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1[[quoteright:300:]]께''Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer'' is a 1995 UsefulNotes/NeoGeo FightingGame by Technos Japan, which was later ported to the UsefulNotes/PlayStation in Japan only. It is unique in that the game is centered around a manga and superhero theme, and features character design by Creator/MasamiObari.께The gameplay at heart is pretty basic and has no complex combos. However, it has the main catch that during the run in the single-player mode, you are able to [[MegaManning get the special moves of your defeated opponents]].께In the year of 1999, the entire Kanto region of Japan was devastated in a terrifying record breaking earthquake. With Tokyo at the epicenter, the capitol of Japan is moved 115 miles offshore to a manmade island, and through such efforts, the new city of Neo Tokyo is born at the dawn of a new millennium. Along with reviving Tokyo into a new city, the project aimed to have public services and civil functions all automated by a central super computer for a safe and eased high quality of life for its citizens, and established a prestigious academy for the youth of Japan known as the Grand Bernard Institute.께Much to anyone's surprise however, crime exponentially skyrocketed in the years after, and with inexplicable cause, as officials considered the system infallible and with strict control by the computer's AI. Strangely, this all occurred upon Bernard electing a new principal, Shizuru Osaki. Though considered little much but coincidence by the public, plenty of individuals have correlated this conspiracy into truth with their own investigations and insights. As fate might have it, these individuals weren't just any normal people, but those with powers and abilities able to see through to the truth with their own fists. Into the year of 2017, along with protecting the citizens of Neo Tokyo from crime and evil, so have these unordinary people found that the root of it all lies deep within Bernard. Best of all, they are those better known as if lifted from the pages and chapters of sequential media itself: Superheroes.께Best said from a popular manga series before, Neo Tokyo is about to explode!께These characters include:께* Isato Kaiza AKA Gowcaizer: TheHero. HotBlooded and has a deep passion of justice. [[PlayingWithFire Plays with fire]]. Voiced by Creator/NobuyukiHiyama ([[PigeonholedVoiceActor OOOOOHHHH]])* Kash Gyustan AKA Hellstinger: The closest candidate of TheRival. A WingedHumanoid nicknamed [[RedBaron Prince of Destruction]] who is TheCasanova and has passion in music. Voiced by Creator/HikaruMidorikawa.* Sun Hualing AKA Karin Son: The heroine of the game. A descendant of Seitei Taisei, making her a female {{Stripperiffic}} [[Literature/JourneyToTheWest Son Goku]], fighting with many of his arsenals such as miniature selves, [[SimpleStaff staff]] and transportation cloud. Voiced by Creator/TomoSakurai.* Kyosuke Shigure: The 'cool guy' loner who's got a grudge with Ohga. Walks around with BadassLongcoat and fights with a blade-stick and summoned spirits, either wolf, bird or monkey. Voiced by Creator/RyotaroOkiayu.* Shaia Hishizaki: [[TheDitz Ditzy]] IdolSinger who's actually an undercover policewoman trying to arrest Ohga. Fights with her 'pet' Ball Boy which can shoot laser, bash himself to the enemy or burn in fire. Voiced by Creator/YumiTouma.* Ikki Tachibana AKA Brider: Former {{Delinquent}} turned into soldier to serve Ohga, but defects and forms a group of fellow brethren to fight in the name of '''[[ForGreatJustice JUSTICE]]'''. Heavily draws inspiration of ''Franchise/KamenRider'' in how he fights. Voiced by Masami Obari. (Yeah, the guy who designed them all.)* Ranpou Fudoh AKA Fudomaru: Member of ancient {{Ninja}} clan who poses as a science teacher, out to vanquish Ohga. Uses various ninja techniques and throwing vials of explosives or lightning. Voiced by Creator/RyotaroOkiayu* Randy Riggs AKA Captain Atlantis: Nerdy archaeologist who found the mask of Atlantis and when he dons it, he becomes a muscular grinning superhero who's all-confident. You only see that superhero self. Voiced by Creator/HideoIshikawa.* Marion: A robot designed by the Belnar Institute's Technology Division leader Professor Thomas. Seems to be gathering battle data.* Gouichirou Kaiza/Shen-Long: OldMaster who kicks ass with ki and bare fist. He's out to have vengeance against Ohga who beat him in combat in the past. * Shizuru Ozaki/Ohga: The principal of Bernard Institute and the BigBad and FinalBoss of the game, who aims to [[GodhoodSeeker attain godhood]].께The game was later adapted into a three-part OAV directed by Obari, infamous for its strange English translation.께----!!Tropes associated with ''Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer'':께* BrotherSisterIncest: ''Heavily'' implied with Ryo and Suzu Asahina, who [[FusionDance combine]] into the boss known as the "Platonic Twins". The OVA confirms their relationship.* TheCameo: Burnov from the Neo-Geo ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' makes an appearance in one ending.* CaptainErsatz: Shen-Long looks a wee bit like [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Master Asia]]...* DoItYourselfThemeTune: In addition to voicing Brider and providing character designs, Obari also sang a rendition of Brider's theme, "[[ No Return]]".* {{Expy}}: Brider to ''Franchise/KamenRider''. His origin is kinda similar to Takeshi Hongo/Rider One indeed.* {{Fanservice}}: Of course, this is Masami Obari we're talking about. Karin and Shaia are both High Octane Fetish Fuels.* ForGreatJustice: [[ Brider]] [[ is a]] [[ FOUNTAIN]] [[ of it.]]* {{Gainaxing}}: Shaia's background stage involves images of her doing this a lot...* HeroicBSOD: Isato enters one in the OVA after he accidentally kills Ryo Asahina during a fight with the Platonic Twins. When Suzu reappears seeking revenge, Gowcaizer [[SheatheYourSword refuses to fight back against her]].* HotBlooded: Gowcaizer himself.* MonkeyKingLite: Karin is a descendant of the Seitei Taisei race, people similar to Sun Wukong. She also fights with an elongating staff, has her personal transportation cloud and her inherited skill is making a clone of the user.* MusicalAssassin: Subverted. Hellstinger carries a guitar everywhere, but it's not his guitar play that he uses to beat you with. He uses his guitar physically.* NonindicativeName: Judging by the title, you would think that Gowcaizer is the guy with [[ShockAndAwe electrical-based attacks]]. Not so; Gowcaizer prefers PlayingWithFire while Brider's the one to use ShockAndAwe.** This isn't the case in the Japanese version, where the game's title is instead ''Burning Hero Gocaizer''.** Also, the name Brider has nothing to do with brides or other wedding-related stuff.* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Most real names are AllThereInTheManual* PowerCopying: Just like ''VideoGame/BloodStorm'', every character has a specific special move that can be covered by other characters after admitting defeat.* RuleOfCool: ''Brider''. He's basically the lovechild of ''Franchise/KamenRider'' and ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'', with extra spice of passion of [[ForGreatJustice justice]] that would make [[VideoGame/FatalFury Kim Kaphwan]] proud. And his desperation move is RAMMING YOUR ENEMY WITH A RIDER BIKE.* ShoutOut: Every character is derived from different genres and premises of manga and comics:** Gowcaizer: Is based on classic hot blooded shounen protagonists, especially from martial arts series.** Hellstinger: Lifts elements from both premises of manga revolving around everyday people who turn into super famous celebrity alter egos, and comics based around musicians and bands, including doujinshi and official sponsored merchandise.** Karin Son: Is based on manga heroes who carry on legacies of famous historic figures whose journeys and travels take them to Japan.** Kyosuke: Inspired from supernatural investigation manga protagonists, including being one of the few who don't hide their identities.** Shaia: Is based on protagonists from double life slice of life manga, especially for those who come to Earth as aliens.** Captain Atlantis: Is based on classic American superheroes.** Marion: Is based on manga premises of non human beings and creatures developing humanity and learning about human life. In her ending we have homages to [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Guncannon and Guntank]].** Brider: Is based on lone henshin sentai heroes and school centered action manga.** Fudoumaru: Is based on modern day ninja manga protagonists.** Sheng Long: Is based on morally ambiguous crime and darker themed martial arts manga protagonists.** Platonic Twins: As mentioned before, takes a lot from forbidden brother and sister incest romance stories and are also based on sentai henshin manga villains.** Ohga: Is based on manga villains whose motives are to attain godhood and ultimate perfection.** Necrocaizer: Is based on scantily clad 1990's comic book superheroines.* ShowerScene: In the OVA* SNKBoss: Ohga. Joysticks will be thrown when you fight this bastard. You have been warned.* SpiritualSuccessor: To the UsefulNotes/NeoGeo ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon''.* {{Stripperiffic}}: Karin and Shaia, as implied above. Special mention to Suzu Asahina's [[CanonForeigner OVA-only]] transformation, "Platonic Slave" -- the one with her breasts only covered by {{Power Crystal}}s a full inch away from them.* WingedHumanoid: Hellstinger----


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