Video Game: Vanguard Princess
Those who wish to keep the status quo, and those who wish to break it down. In a not-so distant future, when global conflict and strife have brought the world to exhaustion...
Amidst the worsening wars, a passenger plane was shot down by accident. One after the other the passenger were confirmed dead, but one young girl returned uninjured. Before long she grew up to be beautiful, but as time passed, a mysterious ability began to awaken within her. At first she was brought to a private research institute, but once the government's attention came to her, the began to analyze her power for military purposes. Her power, capable of distorting even the laws of the cosmos, came to be called "Tactical Sorcery".
She showed remarkable combat skills, but the military sought for even greater power and she was subjected to cruel human experiments. And then, after a certain accident, her powers began to ran wild, and cause the "Astral Impact". The shockwave, tinged with powerful magic, reached over a wide area, and bestowed numerous girls with the blessing of "Tactical Sorcery". Before long, girls with magical powers became a common at the front lines. Because of their beautiful appearance in combat, they were called "Vanguard Princesses", and an inspiration to the soldiers.
One year had passed and the war was coming to an end, when she who had been thought missing was reborn as the "Enforcer of Reason" and began to plot the downfall of mankind. And as if something was leading them there, the Vanguard Princesses proceeds to the field of battle...
A freeware game
released on June 26th, 2009, Vanguard Princess
is an indie Fighting Game
created by former Capcom
employee Sugeno Tomoaki (a.k.a. Suge9) with Enterbrain's Fighter Maker 2nd. While the game's entire cast are female, it does not play like a button-masher like most all-girl fighting games, nor is its gameplay is derived from games such as the Guilty Gear
Gameplay-wise, the game is more akin to games such as Street Fighter II
. However, there is something that makes this fighting game stand out from the rest: It's a "2-on-2 fighting game
". Before each match, players can chose one of four support characters to help assist them in battle, and they key to this game is experiment with different support characters to utilize characters' abilities effectively. Alone, each of the main characters face chaining limitation; but with the aid of their partners, they can they can increase their chaining potential and perform effective combos.
More about the game (and how to run it on your computer) can be found here
. A complete wiki is available here
It was announced that an English localization
of the game has been licensed by eigoMANGA, a digital manga-publishing company, in 2011. The English version of the game was released in late 2012 via GamersGate and Amazon Downloads for $10. The Xbox LIVE Arcade
and PlayStation Network
release, and availability on other digital distribution services has still yet to be announced, but the Steam version was released in late 2014.
This game features trope examples of:
- 108: Yui is the 107th generation of her family.
- A-Cup Angst: Parodied with Yui feeling flat compared to Rikako in this 4koma by Suge9.
- Absolute Cleavage: Luna, Hilda and Juliet. A little disturbing with the latter, since she doesn't look older than twelve.
- Archer Archetype: Ayane.
- Ambidextrous Sprite: Ayane's eyepatch is naturally on the left side of her eyes, yet it can magically swap to the other.
- Ambiguously Brown: Juliet and Kaya.
- Amnesiac Heroine: Kaede.
- Ancestral Weapon, BFS: Yui's sword, Sakuya.
- Assist Character: The gameplay is built with them in mind.
- Ass Kicks You: Two of Natalia's attacks give the player quite a view given how little she wears down there.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: During the Transformation Sequence of Kurumi's Union Art with her assist.
- Bare Your Midriff: Luna, Eri, Juliet, and Hilda.
- Beam Spam: Some of Kurumi's Union Arts qualify as this, depending on her assist.
- Haruka's Crimson line Liberty Art has you manually input buttons presses to spam her beam attack.
- Berserk Button: Lilith really hates it when people don't believe her when she says that she's a demon and the daughter of Satan.
- BFG: Luna has a special move where she uses one.
- Bounty Hunter: Luna.
- Combat Stilettos: Luna and Kaede wears these. Especially Kaede, who has several flying and diving kick moves where she hits an opponent high-heel first.
- Cool Sword: Saki's sword.
- Cute Bruiser: Lilith. She's a Glacier Waif too, seeing as she's the Zangief equivalent of the game. Kurumi, Eri, Eko, and Juliet also qualifies.
- Cute Ghost Girl: Kanae can summon a ghost girl to curse the opponent. Cute, but malicious.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Juliet.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Loli-Hilda.
- Declaration of Protection:
- Yui does one towards Ayane in the latter's ending after Ayane noticed that she's slowly being Brought Down to Normal.
- Haruka's ending reveals she promised Hilda that she will be with her when they first met, prompting her to go on a quest to save her in the game.
- In Kurumi's ending, she makes one for the sealed Hilda with Eri, saying that they will protect her from the Government if they come for her.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Kurumi's ending.
- Detached Sleeves: Kaede and Hilda.
- Downloadable Content: Steam version currently has three: A free uncensoring one and recently one that adds the (re-balanced) Final Boss to the playable roster and some other updates. The latest ones seems to be centered on Lilith. There's talk of a free netplay DLC in the works.
- Driven to Suicide: Kaede's ending revealed that Colonel Miokawa put a contract on herself so that her own daughter would kill her. She never forgave herself for causing her own daughter to lose her memories through the experiments she headed.
- Drop the Washtub: Kanae can summon a large metal pan to fall onto her enemies head.
- Dual Wielding:
- Epic Flail: Juliet's Weapon of Choice.
- Expy: Luna is Stripperiffic, has long, ponytailed red hair, and uses guns and even pulls out a giant rifle for one of her specials. Yep, the resemblance to Yoko is uncanny.
- Eyepatch of Power: Ayane.
- Famous Ancestor: Lilith not just any demon, she's the daughter of Satan.
- Foreign Fanservice: Natalia, a blond and big-breasted foreign soldier who doesn't wear much below.
- Fusion Dance: Kurumi's Unison Arts has her fuse with her assist character, resulting in a different appearance and attack (although all functionally similar for the move) depending on which assist character you fuse with. Hilde is the only one she can't use this move with.
- Gainaxing: Every girl that's a bust size higher than a A-cup.
- Girlish Pigtails: Yui, Eri, Eko, and Juliet.
- Going Commando: Luna, though she wears a patch to cover her unmentionables.
- Gun Kata: Luna.
- Hair Decorations: Almost everyone in the game falls under this trope.
- Heir to the Dojo: Haruka was supposed to be this, but she left to become a sorceress. Her younger sister Yui takes her place instead.
- Highly-Visible Ninja: Kaede.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Unlike most characters, Ayane really loves the powers she received from the Mass Super-Empowering Event and is heart-broken when she notices them disappearing in her ending.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Just how is Ayane able to launch a volley at that close a range anyway? Also, juggling with arrows.
- Improbably Female Cast: The only male characters in the game are nameless Gas Mask Mook soldiers who show up the slide pics in the endings.
- Joshikousei: Saki, Yui, and Rikako.
- Kendo Team Captain: Saki. As per usual with this trope, she's shown to have several fans and sees herself as a rival to Yui, the Heir to the Dojo of the game.
- The Last Dance: Ayane is a variation. While she's not dying, she is losing her powers, and her Story Mode involves her going on one final mission and seeking one last match with Yui before she loses them completely.
- Lethal Joke Character: At the first glance, Kurumi seems to be a Joke Character. Her normal attacks don't do a lot of damage and her health is low. However, she is the only one in the game who can cancel, and her normals can be chained. But her biggest advantage is that her support gauge fills very, very quickly, enabling her to do more stuff with the support characters. It doesn't hurt that her first super move, Unison Arts, does ridiculous amounts of damage AND restores some of her life. However, it requires both a full super gauge and a full support gauge.
- Limit Break: The Liberty Arts.
- Little Miss Badass: Lilith.
- Loner-Turned-Friend: Hilda was this for Haruka, which is why she chose to stay with her in her ending.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Kaede is revealed to be the daughter of Colonel Miokawa and had lost her memories after she volunteered to be a human experiment.
- Magical Girl: Kanae fills this trope for the series. She wears a white sailor fuku with a green skirt and yellow bow on her chest. She walks around with a large magical staff, summoning washpans, cartoon dogs, and Cute Ghost Girls to aid her partner.
- Magic Skirt: Juliet, Shiera, and Kanae.
- Magic Staff: Haruka's staff.
- Master Swordsman: Yui is said to be the best sword fighter in Japan, and Saki specifically seeks her out in her Story Mode to show that she can beat her at swordplay.
- Meganekko: Kaede.
- Miko: One of the stages have a bunch of them in the background. Kurumi's Unison Arts move with Kanae turns them into a gigantic one.
- Ms. Fanservice: While it's true that every woman in the game is one, Luna◊ is Ms. Fanservice among Ms. Fanservices (NSFW).
- Muscles Are Meaningless: All over the place.
- Multiple Endings: Depending on which character you use.
- Mysterious Past:
- Kurumi. According to Lilith, she was once a demon queen named Frederica who was reborn into a human. Depending on how it went, it may be a Dark and Troubled Past.
- Kaede turns out to be the daughter of Colonel Miokawa who had volunteered herself for human experimentation. However, something went wrong during the process and she lost her memories.
- Named Weapons: Yui's sword, Sakuya.
- Ninja Maid: Juliet.
- No Arc in Archery: Possibly justified because Ayane isn't really shooting from far away but at that distance, why bother to use a bow anyway?
- Patricide: Or to be more accurate, Matricide. In her ending, Kaede learns that the person she was contracted to kill was her mother Colonel Miokawa, who had put a contract on herself to atone for her sins, which included accidentally brainwashing her own daughter when she experimented on her.
- Panty Fighter: Almost every girl has an attack that flashes their knickers (the exception to this rule is Yui, if you don't count her cut-in animation). Some of them don't even have to do that much.
- Panty Shot: Practically the only girls who don't do this are the ones who either don't wear skirts or don't wear panties. Or Hilda Rize, because her panties are in plain view.
- Pile Bunker: Natalia's weapon of choice.
- Professional Killer: Kaede, who works as an assassin.
- Promoted to Playable: Loli-Hilda in the English version is playable in the Story Mode. Unfortunately, she can't perform a Union Art with Kurumi.
- A recent DLC allows a balanced Adult Hilda to be playable.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: Yui.
- Rain of Arrows: One of Ayane's special moves.
- Rapunzel Hair: Several of the characters have very long hair.
- Razor-Sharp Hand: Kaede, who primarily fights by slashing people with her hands.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Kaya and Maya respectively.
- Religious Bruiser: Natalia is explicitly called very religious in her bio. Naturally, she really hates the resident demon, Lilith.
- School Swimsuit: The pool stage has several women and girls wearing these.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Ayane wears one.
- Sempai/Kohai: Newcomer Rikako is apparently Saki's sempai.
- Spirited Competitor: Unlike most of the other characters, Saki joins the tournament to test her skills against various fighters, especially against Yui.
- She's Got Legs: Oh lordy, does Luna got legs.
- SNK Boss: In the Japanese version, Hilda Rize is ridiculously overpowered, due to having a powerful assist and a projectile focus that no other characters can reliably counter or even defend against, but this is balanced by her AI being easily confused. However, the English version combines this with a Perfect-Play A.I. who can throw lightning-fast projectiles in a way that no human could possibly match, to the point where most characters can hardly get close to her without being pounded by one of her many specials, which she fires off one after another at lightning speed. She doesn't cheat, per se, but with her moveset, she doesn't need to.
- Stance System: The core of Luna's gameplay.
- Statuesque Stunner: Hilda is considerably taller than some of the other characters when she's not floating.
- Stripperiffic: Luna, Kaede, Natalia, Hilda and Kaya, and Juliet.
- Student Council President: Saki's bio mentions that she will be one by the next term.
- Super-Deformed: The characters in the Characters Select menu.
- Super Move Portrait Attack: Added in v1.08 for more eye-candy.
- Super-Strong Child: Token Mini-Moe Lilith is the resident grappler of the game, pulling off lots of wrestling type power move on characters that are at least twice her size. Being a demon explains her strength.
- Token Mini-Moe: Lilith and the assist characters. A loli-fied Hilda can also be one too as an assist character.
- Together in Death: Haruka's Ending has her choosing to stay with Hilda when she Ascends to a Higher Plane of Existence so that they disappear together, because she doesn't want them to be separated ever again.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Eri and Kurumi, respectively, can arguably be this.
- Telephone Polearm: Newcomer Rikako's weapon of choice happens to be a metal traffic sign that has a symbol for "no tanks".
- Wrestler in All of Us: Lilith can perform Suplex Finishers and piledrivers, given that's she's this game's equivalent to Zangief.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Played straight with Saki and Hilda's support character, Maya. Yui has green hair, Haruka and Lilith have teal hair, Kurumi and Hilda have beige hair, and Sierra has purple.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Kaede and Juliet wears thigh-highs. Natalia wears Thigh-High Boots.