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Ever wondered "What if Bomberman became a MOBA game, and instead of cartoony robot characters, featured an assortment of cute and sexy girls à la Otomedius?" If so, then Bombergirl is the answer you've been waiting for.

Bombergirl is a spin-off game in the Bomberman series, it was developed by Konami and released on August 30, 2018 for the e-Amusmement arcade system. It is a MOBA-styled take on the classic Bomberman gameplay where 8 players split into two 4-player teams take control of the titular Bombergirls and battle against each other as they race against the clock to take over their opponent's towers and destroy their base. There are four types of Bombergirls among the game's roster: Bombers, characters who specializes in planting many bombs; Attackers, melee-oriented fighters geared towards fighting the enemy's team; Shooters, who are similar to Attackers but utilizing long-ranged attacks instead, and Blockers, supportive characters who can assist allies and create obstructions. Each Bombergirl possesses unique stats and special skills they can use to fight against enemies or support allies if sufficient amounts of Team XP has been earned. Similarly to Otomedius, Bombergirl also features cameos and references to other Konami properties such as Castlevania, Tokimeki Memorial, BEMANI, TwinBee, and not least, Bomberman.


The plot of Bombergirl is rather sparse, however, some of the characterizations of the game's cast is handled through its Denser and Wackier comics published on the official Bombergirl twitter. Although its gameplay is simplified compared to other MOBA games, however, Bombergirl features a streamlined, arcade-styled approach to the genre on top of the Bomberman foundation. XP earned through collecting the Team XP power-ups and is shared among the entire team rather than individual players, being defeated by enemies (or stage hazards) causes the player to lose a stat power-up rather than losing character levels, and the game being designed for quick and simple skirmishes. The game also features a large variety of maps to play, some which of include unique level gimmicks and hazards similarly to the classic Bomberman games. Players can also dress-up the Bombergirls in various costumes and accessories, as well as change their chat voices and special skills with other ones (if available) from the Locker Room. After each match, players can pull various items such as costumes, extra skills, and unlockable characters through the Bomber Gacha; if the player receives an item they already own, it rewards CP instead, which can be spent through the in-game shop in the Locker Room.


Also, and whenever a player is defeated, they're treated to seeing their character's clothes blown to shreds while they wait to respawn. Bombergirl is that kind of a game.

The game itself, however, has never been released outside of Japan. Despite its limited availability, Bombergirl has gained a cult following and it has also received updates over the years, adding new maps, extra characters, and unique events, one of which featured a collaboration crossover with Quiz Magic Academy. The game also spawned a number of merchandise, ranging from keychains, artwork tapestries, and figurines of the Bombergirls. The developers also has expressed in developing a PC version of the game and releasing it through the Konami Amusement Game Station service as a pay-per-play game. On January 5, 2021, an open-beta for the PC version was released and was planned to run through until January 12, however, it was pulled short due to server connection problems.

The game's official website can be found here, and the official Bombergirl twitter can be found here for the comics and game announcements (Japanese).

Bombergirls explodes with trope examples of:

  • Affectionate Parody: The official Bombergirl twitter has a couple of parodies with the characters in the game and Konami's other games as well as a few anime series.
  • Animal Motifs: Sepia's nun hood with her default outfit feature bat-like ears. Urushi's default costume is themed after a mouse, which also serves as a reference to the real-life Nezumi Kozō.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: After every match, players can earn costumes and accessories via the Bomber Gacha after each match, and they can spend money for extra rolls.
  • And Your Reward Is Edible: Some of the accessories players can earn include food such as cake, meat on bone, candy apple, banana coated in frosting and sprinkles, and fried squid.
  • Animal-Eared Headband: Urushi wears a mouse-eared hairband with her default outfit.
  • Art Shift: Can be invoked in the game by wearing a Super-Deformed styled hair accessory for the matching character, which also doubles as modesty option as it replaces the default character portraits and fanservicey defeated artwork with something cutesy and sillier instead. The comics also tends to pull this, having characters looks go from super-deformed to a realistic artstyle or the style of another anime/manga/game series at the drop of a hat.
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Asagi's Great Psychic Wave Sword can cut through metal as shown in these comics.
  • Big Fancy Castle: The Aquablue Castle maps, a set of maps that references Aqua's Lewysia Aquablue vampire family and features statues of her Servant Knights.
  • Blood Knight: Oren is one through and through. She loves fighting more than having a three meals a day, her motto is "Life is a battle!", and her "likes" involves various forms of conflict.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Despite the game featuring human-like characters fighting each other with explosives, sharp weapons, energy weapons, fire, electricity, and angelic/demonic powers, the game's violence is tame and lighthearted, the defeated characters are shown getting dirtied by gunpowder with only their clothes receiving the damage, and there's not a single drop of blood anywhere in the game. Even if a characters hit by an oncoming train or eaten alive by a shark, they merely poof out of existence upon meeting their demise.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Urushi's Ninja Art Idaten Foot skill, which grants her faster movement speed at the cost of some of her HP.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: The cast of Bombergirl and their character designs are visually distinctive from one another.
  • Cartoon Bomb: This being a Bomberman spin-off, the characters are capable of using these as their primary Weapon of Choice.
  • Chainsaw Good: In addition to wielding the Vampire Killer, Sepia also wields a massive cross-styled chainsaw, which she can either slam it down on her foes with her Cross Crush skill, or rev it up and mow down her enemies down with her Cross Chainsaw skill.
  • Clark Kenting: Urushi hides her double life as a thief who steals from the wicked and helps the weak and as a school girl with accompanying attire. Similarly, Asagi lives a double life as a police officer.
  • Classy Cat-Burglar: Urushi has an alternative cat-girl burglar outfit.
  • Clothing Damage: When a player gets defeated by the enemy, fall victim to a stage hazard, or lose a match, they're treated to seeing their character humiliated (or in the case of Aqua and Aloe, aroused) after their clothes are blown up, complete with a "BOMBERGIRL" warning tapes over certain areas of the character's body, but there is also a chance for those tapes to be removed upon defeat with their defeated artwork presented in full.
  • Cute Little Fangs: A few of the girls such as Asagi, Momoko, and Pine have small fangs adding to their cuteness.
  • Cute Mute: Hudson Soft's Honey averts this in the game as she serves as the game's guide and announcer, however, she is mute in the comics and communicates with signs.
  • Colourful Theme Naming: Some of the characters are named after or based off colors.
    • Shiro's and Kuro's names are Japanese for "white" and "black", respectively, while Grey's name is an alternative spelling of "gray". Shiron's name is also derived from "Shiro".
    • Oren's name is derived from "orenji", which means "orange" in Japanese. Similarly, Emera's name was derived from "emerald", as in a shade of green. Sepia's name comes from the reddish-brown color of the same. Momoko's name was derived from "momoiro", which means "pink" in Japanese. Pine's name was derived from "pineapple", referring to her primary yellow color.
  • Color-Coded Multiplayer: The player's side and allies are colored blue, while the enemies are colored red. The explosions from the player's bombs are also color-coded for their respective teams.
  • Combat Medic: The Blocker types each have at least one skill that can heal teammates and allied structures.
  • Competitive Balance: The four Bomergirl types in general are...
  • Competitive Multiplayer: Par for the course as Bombergirl is a MOBA game, however it also features a dedicated single-player mode where the player can play various maps against the CPU.
  • Cooldown: A Bombergirl's skills operate on a cooldown meter, and the amount of time between use varies on the skill.
  • Cultured Warrior: Sepia's hobby is gardening and she's also a descendant of the vampire-hunting Belmont clan.
  • Denial of Diagonal Attack: Played straight with normal bomb attacks, however, some skills avert this as characters in this game have full 8-way range of movement and not being restricted to only 4 direction.
  • Denser and Wackier: The Bombergirl comics, which takes the characters and put them into a Gag Series complete with a super deformed artstyle and poking fun at Konami's other works as well.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Asagi, who will cut down anyone for breaking the law under her watch, and is often played for laughs in the comics.
    Asagi: "Police! Raise your hands quietly and be cut down!"
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Urushi's default outfit has her partially barefoot.
  • Elemental Powers: Some of the characters feature elemental powers with some of their special skills.
  • Everything Is Trying to Kill You: Other than the opposing team, players also must deal with Supporter mooks and occasional stage hazards such cannons from enemy gates, oncoming trains, and collapsing bridges where players can get eaten by sharks before falling into the ocean below.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Sepia's eyes are closed with her idle animation, but she does open them during gameplay and when she's selected as the player's character. In the comics, however, she plays this trope straight.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Oren and Olive wear one.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Pine's eyes has yellow clover pupils and blue irises.
  • Experience Meter: Represented as a circular meter next the Power Gauges of both teams.
  • Expressive Accessory: The Bomberman-styled hair clips worn by Shiro, Shiron, and Kuro changes expressions to match theirs.
  • Fair Cop: Asagi is an attractive police girl with a fairly large bust with added cuteness of her wolf ears and tail.
  • Fanservice: Bombergirl thrives on providing players eye-candy of the girls, from seeing their clothes being blown up to shreds bordering on Wardrobe Malfunction, to dressing them up in various anime fanservice outfits such as a Playboy Bunny, School Sport Uniform, and School Swimsuit, among others. The game does, however, also feature a number of modest outfits to wear, as well as a super-deformed hair accessory that changes the matching character's portrait to a cutesy chibi.
  • Fire-Breathing Weapon: Olive's Act Spread skill has her use flamethrowers that deal radial damage to enemies in front of her.
  • Friendly Fireproof: Subverted. Getting get hit by your allies (or your own) explosions will not hurt you, but you will be momentarily dazed.
  • Going Commando: Some of the girl's defeated artworks implies their panties were blown up completely with their unmentionables being conveniently covered up by hand or an object, while some others such as Aqua and Aloe with their default outfits give the impression they weren't wearing panties to begin with.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Played for laughs in the comics.
    • This comic celebrating Aqua's official debut in the game ends with Shiro about to get clocked by her and Momoko after she ticked them off.
    • In this comic leading up to Sepia Belmont's then-upcoming addition to the game, Shiro was welcoming Sepia along with the other Bombergirls until innocent people were being attacked by demons. Sepia's response? She brandishes the Vampire Killer and her Cross Chainsaw. The comic then proceeds to a black panel, and then resumes to Sepia celebrating her victory of slaying the demons, with the Shiro, Momoko, and Aqua mortified how she defeated them.
  • Graphics-Induced Super-Deformed: The in-game character models are represented in a super-deformed fashion. They also have a hair accessory with a goofier chibi design that changes the standard character portraits for the matching character.
  • Guest Fighter: Guest characters from Konami's other properties includes Shiori Fujisaki from Tokimeki Memorial, Pastel from TwinBee, Tsugaru from Beatmania IIDX, and Grim Aloe from Quiz Magic Academy.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Papuru is a fallen angel who has angelic and demonic traits. In the comics, it is shown that her mood affects one of her traits becomes dominant.
  • Have a Nice Death: Whenever the player or a team is defeated, they're treated to an seeing their chosen Bombergirl's clothes being blown up and revealing some skin. Alternatively, by wearing the super-deformed hair accessory for the corresponding character, they're treated to a sillier image of their character in chibi form being defeated instead.
  • Heroic Lineage: Sepia Belmont, who is a descendent of the legendary vampire hunting Belmont clan.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: Urushi, who is a ninja and a thief yet her outfit worn for thievery is anything but stealthy.
  • Homing Projectile: Olive's Act Homing skill has her shoot a homing missile from her gun.
  • Horny Devils: Grim Aloe, a devil girl who loves teasing the player, flaunts her seductive looks, and gets turned on whenever her clothes gets blown up. Aqua, although she's a vampire, exhibits qualities of this trope whenever she gets defeated.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Bombergirl is this to the mainline Bomberman series, featuring a number of cute and sexy girls rather than cartoony robot characters, with a healthy dose of cheesecake thrown into the mix.
  • Improbably Female Cast: Good luck finding a male character in this game outside of the comics.
  • Insufferable Genius: Pine has a smug dementor that stems from her immense IQ of 10 billion.
  • Janitor Impersonation Infiltration: Olive is a street sweeper Bombergirl, but she's secretly a member of Contra seeking to clean up the Earth of alien invaders.
  • Jiggle Physics: Although the game lacks breasts physics on the character models, there are jiggle physics used for the character's hair, clothes, and wick-like tail, which can be seen when rotating them around in the Locker Room.
  • Konami Code: During Konami's 50th anniversary, a shirt and skirt was added in the game (along with other Konami-related tribute items), and the shirt features the Konami Code written on it.
  • Life Drain: Asagi's special skills have this effect if she can hit her opponents with her sword.
  • Life Meter: Each character has one of varying amounts between Low, Medium, High, and Extra High. The Power Gauge, however, is the life meter for the teams, which can be depleted slightly by defeating players or by greater amounts by destroying the enemy's towers. Destroying the enemy's base will deplete their Power Gauge entirely.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Asagi is a wolf girl who looks human other than her wolf ears and tail. Her chibi artwork also features a canine-like noise.
  • Level-Map Display: The PC version adds one to make up for the loss in vertical visibility due to using a wider-than-tall aspect-ratio compared to the arcade version.
  • Love Freak: Sepia Belmont is a big time love freak. She spouts love and spreading love often with her voice lines, "love" is one of her likes, and her loving personality runs off to the point of madness.
    Sepia: "Love! Truly, love is the most precious thing in the world!"
  • Magic Idol Singer: Momoko and Pine are part of a magical idol singer group, the "Pretty Bombers".
  • Multicolored Hair: Some of the girls have hair multiple hair colors, some using a similar shade of color (e.g. Shiro, Kuro), or having at least two or more different hair colors (e.g. Asagi, Pine, Papuru, Olive).
  • Naughty Nuns: Sepia Belmont, who, on top of being a descendant of the Belmont clan, is also a well-endowed and curvaceous nun clad in form-fitting nun attire that emphasizes her Boobs of Steel complete with detached sleeves and thigh-highs, has a love-obsessed personality, and appears to be very fond of Aqua, who's a vampire.
  • Ninja Maid: Emera after getting her custom maid body and she is armed with a variety of energy-based weapons at her disposal.
  • Palette Swap: Some costumes and accessories come in alternate color palettes, some of which also changes the character portraits to match while adding or changing certain features of their base design (e.g. a palette swap for Pine's default outfit adds black/yellow stripped elbow gloves and leggings, a palette swap for Papuru's default outfit that gives her tattooed legs and a cleavage window).
  • The Pollyanna: Shiro, who has an upbeat fun-loving personality, and optimistic even if she loses.
  • Pointy Ears: Aqua has them as she's a vampire.
  • Power-Up: The Bom (raises bomb capacity), Fire (raises the range of the explosions), and Speed (raises the player's movement speed) power-ups from Bomberman make a return in this game, along with a Team XP power-up that increases the team's XP meter to steadily raise the Team Level.
  • Rare Random Drop: The Bomber Gacha that takes place after each match, which is where players can random earn items such as costumes, accessories, chat voices, extra skills, or unlockable characters.
  • Robot Girl: Emera is one. Although her default outfit implies her body is mostly robotic, her defeated artwork, a piece of promotional artwork, and her swimsuit skin indicates that her body is less robotic than it appears.
  • Robot Maid: Emeria, after having disappeared prior in prior events, she returns with a custom maid robot body.
  • Screen Crunch: Downplayed. The original arcade version of the game was designed for a vertically-oriented display, whereas its PC version is displayed in a horizontally-oriented aspect-ratio, losing a great deal of vertical visibility as a result compared to the arcade version. Despite this, the PC version does use the horizonal-oriented screen real estate properly by refitting the UI elements, offering a wider playing field, and makes up lack of vertical visibility by giving players a mini-map they can view on the upper-right corner of the game screen, which can be zoomed-in or out with a dedicated button.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: There's a dedicated button on the arcade version's control panel that allows players to escape and respawn at their base in 3 seconds, which is faster than being defeated by the opponents and waiting 5 seconds to respawn, provided they don't get killed while recalling. The PC version also adds this button on the upper left corner of the game's HUD, but players can alternatively use the Recall button/key on their controller or keyboard as well.
  • She's Got Legs: Some of the girls such as Oren, Asagi, Papuru, and Aqua show off their legs with their default outfits.
  • The Starscream: Pine, who's the sub-leader of the Pretty Bombers, and wants to use her immense intellect to overthrow Momoko's position as the group's leader.
  • Stripperiffic: Although any girl can be this due to game's ability to allow players to dress up them in variety of skimpy outfits, however, girls such as Oren, Olive, Urushi, Emera, and Papuru by default wear outfits that show off varying amounts of skin and some form of T&A.
  • Sweet Tooth: Papuru has a fondness for Western confections as her "likes", especially when it comes to cheesecake.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: Olive's gun, which is functions as a homing missile launcher, a shotgun, a flamethrower, and a broom.
  • Super-Deformed: The Bombergirl comics are presented in this style. There's also a hair accessory item for each Bombergirl that changes their standard character portraits into comical super-deformed chibi.
  • Supreme Chef: In promotional artworks and the comics, Kuro is shown to be a talented chef.
  • Thanking the Viewer: Whenever the player decides to end their play session by not inserting anymore credits/tickets after a match, they're greeted to a "Thank You For Playing!" screen while the last chosen Bombergirl will say something as the player ends the game.
  • Title Scream: The game's title is either spoken by one of the Bombergirls or all of them at once when the player is greeted to the game's Title Screen.
  • Token Wholesome:
    • Played straight by Shiori Fujisaki, who, compared to the some of other girls in Bombergirl, by default wears a modest school uniform (moreso compared to Shiro, Kuro, and Grey) from her home series, and her defeated artwork shows the least amount of skin with her clothes mostly in-tact. Even her swimsuit outfit barely gets harmed if she's defeated compared to the other girls with their respective swimsuits.
    • Downplayed by Pastel. Her default outfit from her home series shows next-to-no skin, until her clothes does get blown up, which shows some underboobs with her legs partially with her defeated artwork.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: Bombergirl features the ability to change the character's clothes as well as give them various props or accessories. Some of the unique costumes alters the character portraits to match. There are some costume items however that are exclusive to certain characters and cannot be worn by others.
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: Anytime when a Bombergirl is dressed up in a swimsuit or bikini, some of whom have their own unique swimwear and accompanying portrait.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: Emera's Omega Delete skill, where she turns one of her arms into this and fires a massive laser beam in front of her.
  • What the Hell, Player?: Momoko gets quite mad/irritated at the player whenever she is defeated.
  • Wingding Eyes: Aqua and Aloe sport heart eyes whenever their clothes are blown up.
  • Whip It Good: Sepia, being a descendant of the Belmont clan, wields the ancestral Vampire Killer and she can use in the game as a skill.


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