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Aquapazza: Aquaplus Dream Match is a 2013 Fighting Game released for the arcades and PlayStation 3. The "Dream Match" refers to how all the entire cast hail from various Aquaplus titles. It's a Crossover between Utawarerumono, Tears to Tiara, and To Heart, along with a few characters from Kizuato, Routes, Comic Party, and White Album. When a mysterious mind control potion is concocted in an attempt to Take Over the World, everyone has to beat each other back to their senses and stop the Evil Plan before it's too late.

See also The Queen of Heart, a series of fighting games featuring several characters from visual novels by Aquaplus (Known back then as Leaf), from which Aquapazza can be considered a Spiritual Successor.

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  • Absent-Minded Professor: Serika. She's a graceful magical powerhouse, but she tends to space out.
  • Action Girl: Karulau with her hard-hitting BFS. Octavia's sword is more conventional, but she also qualifies.
  • Adaptational Badass: The characters from To Heart and To Heart 2 can now throw down like ever before: Multi fights with a mop, Konomi is an agile fighter with a food-themed super, Tamaki with powerful grappling moves, Manaka drops books (although by accident) in battle, and Sasara cosplays as a Valkyrie, and fights with a combination of shield and halberd. Assists characters Serika, Yuma and Ma-ryan can also cause a lot of damage if given the chance.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Chizuru, in contrast to the more cutesy female characters.
  • Anachronism Stew: Despite Rina and Yuki coming from The '80s, their concert hall stage has three jumbotrons, which didn't exist in the 1980s.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: An endless amount of continues in Story Mode.
  • An Ice Person: Yuki summons gigantic, damaging snowflakes during her performance. Llyr can summon mini-glaciers.
  • As Long as There Is Evil: What the Yata no Kagami spouts after Chizuru is beaten in Another Story.
  • Assist Character: Thirteen of them, all with different abilities and attacks.
  • Blow You Away: Hakuowlo and Ulthury's specialty.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Everyone under the effects of the Aquapazza.
  • Combos: Present and accounted for, though some characters are easier to use than others.
  • Class Representative: Manaka's Splash Art name directly inverts this regarding her.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: As a boss, Tamaki really abuses her ability to counter and grab you out of an attack. Hakuowlo's specials let him attack you from nearly every direction, which can be overwhelming when he's paired with Ma-ryan.
  • Cool Big Sis: Ulthury is one for Camyu, Tamaki is one for the To Heart 2 cast and Karulau gives off this vibe as well.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Chizuru is implied to be one in her ending.
  • Crash-Into Hello: Konomi's Splash Art with her dog, Genjimaru.
  • Cute Bookworm: Manaka, whose book dropping-prone antics make her a Badass Bookworm as well.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Touka thinks Multi is adorable.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Camyu, the Cute Witch assist character.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: Some of Touka's combos aren't exactly user-friendly. Tamaki also has abysmal range, but she has some ridiculously good grapple and throw combos.
    • Manaka embodies this in every essence of the word. She has no run button, her dash is an awkwardly adorable stumble, and her backdash rapidly decreases her emotion to fight. However, mix in her long range, multi-hitting projectiles, effective normals, and fierce Climax Super and you can easily win over those who underestimate her.
  • Ki Manipulation: One of Octavia's assist attacks has her fire a large and flashy energy sphere.
  • Lethal Chef: Chizuru. She even claims that her wish in Another Story was to become a better cook.
    • Konomi weaponizes food for one of her Super Arts.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Manaka is a clumsy Book Worm, but those dropped books are deadly if used correctly.
  • Life Meter: A 200% version.
  • Light 'em Up: Riannon's spells, which can be devastating if placed correctly.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Chizuru can rack up damage like nobody's business. One of her specials is even a textbook Speed Blitz. Sasara's shield dashing combos cover a lot of ground and can completely dominate a fight if used well. Hakuowlo's no slouch, either.
  • Long-Range Fighter: Riannon, Morgan, and Satsuki, who rely on spell-casting, arrows, and bullets respectively. And, while not exclusively so, Sasara can play this way with her halberd's long reach and wide swing arc.
  • Magic Knight: Arawn has this play style.
  • Magic Staff: Riannon's weapon. Llyr's is more of a magic trident.
  • Mighty Glacier: Arawn is the closet thing the game has to one. He's not very fast, but some of his sword combos hit like a truck.
  • Mind Manipulation: The result from consuming the titular Aquapazza.
  • Neck Snap: Tamaki has a few nasty variations of it, including an anti-air grab and the second half of a super attack.
  • Older Than They Look: Ma-ryan, who supposedly graduated from high school but looks like a child.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Pretty much every character from To Heart seems like one until they start fighting.
  • Out-Gambitted: Ma-Ryan thinks Sasara isn't smart enough to trick her in Sasara's Another Story ending, leading her to get tied up and tickled mercilessly by Sasara after successfully tricking her.
  • Panthera Awesome: One of Hakuowlo's specials summons a gigantic battle tiger.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: Hakuowlo and Yu, who fan wind and fire respectively.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Konomi, Multi, and Rathty. Ma-ryan's Meteor Move is much stronger than it has any right to be. Riannon also qualifies, though she's a magic powerhouse instead of a physical one.
  • Playing with Fire: Arawn, Oboro, and Karulau have flame-based specials. Rina, Camyu, and Yu's assist moves are fiery as well.
  • Power Copying: Serika's assist move involved copying and using your opponent's attacks.
  • Power Glows: With pretty much any spell or special, but Riannon's are the flashiest.
  • The Red Mage: Riannon qualifies as one with her rounded spell list.
  • Through His Stomach: Tamaki tries this with her romantic interest in her ending... by adding Aquapazza to the dish.
  • Throw the Book at Them: Or more precisely, drop the book on them: Manaka fights with books, whether by dropping them on her opponents, or hitting directly; and one of her supers has her dropping a row of bookcases on her opponent.
  • Token Mini-Moe: There are a lot of Moe gals in the roster, but Multi stands out the most for this trope.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Ma-ryan, complete with an annoying Noblewoman's Laugh.
  • Versus Character Splash: For the characters and their assists.
  • Victory Pose: Multiple ones for each character, with varying degrees of Fanservice.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: Sasara magically dismisses her halberd and shield as part of some of her victory poses. Only she sometimes also dismisses her armor, leaving her in a strapless leotard that she finds quite embarrassing.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In a curious case combined with Breaking the Fourth Wall, when one character's life meter is depleted, some of the assist characters look at the camera in disbelief, as if they were calling out the player for allowing the main character to be defeated. It's most notorious with Octavia, and Ma-ryan starts yelling at the front of the screen.
  • Why Did It Have To Be Dogs?: One of Tamaki's victory poses involves her running away from Konomi's dog at a full sprint and yelling at him to leave her alone.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Ma-ryan and Chizuru. Both recover.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Tamaki's moveset is a combination of devastating grapples, chokes, and throws. Her primary special attack is a German Suplex. Half of her Splash Art is something right out of Alex's playbook.
  • Zerg Rush: Multi and Boss Ma-ryan have specials that summon a rush of robot maids and schoolgirls respectively.

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