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Better known in North America for the anime than the games which started the franchise, Galaxy Fraulein Yuna is one example of what happens when you set a magical-girl story three centuries into the future. It was created by Mika Akitaka and developed by Hudson Soft and Red Entertainment.

The main character, Yuna Kagurazaka, is a bit better off than Usagi "Sailor Moon" Tsukino as far as brains and coordination go, and has the good fortune to be winner of an interstellar beauty contest, a teen celebrity, and an Idol Singer even before she gets called to become the Savior of Light, a Magical Girl tasked with saving the entire universe from the forces of Darkness.

As of 2021, the franchise consists of four games (not counting remakes) and two sets of OAVs, a two-episode arc and a three-episode arc, both set before the third game.


Galaxy Fraulein Yuna provides examples of:

  • Martial Arts and Crafts: See the I Know Madden Kombat trope, above.
  • Medium Awareness: Yes, they know they're video game characters...
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: Well, losing your hand is hardly a minor injury, but Ayako's reaction still qualifies for this trope.
  • Mysterious Protector: Polylina is an homage/parody of Tuxedo Mask, even throwing roses as a means of announcing her arrival and making a flowery speech every time she shows up. Of course, the only reason she's still "mysterious" is that Yuna is too dense to figure out that Polylina is really her friend Lia.
    • The second OVA continues the Sailor Moon homage/parody by giving Polylina a white robot cat who can transform into a weapon.
  • Neo-Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe: Well, except for Yuna 2.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: More than one opponent in the (game) series will announce her presence this way.
  • No Fourth Wall: Oh, they know you’re watching them...
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Elner. Also, the rest of the Matrix of Light (Yuna's android "doubles"), although they can appear human later on. Very debatably, Yuri Cube as well (as a human-looking android).
  • Ojou: Subverted, inverted and deconstructed, especially by the first game - the original Japanese title was Ginga Ojousama Densetsu Yuna, or "Galaxy Lady Legend Yuna" ... but very few of the "ojousama" in the game are Ojou. Especially Yuna herself - she's an ordinary girl from a not-rich family. Roppongi no Mai, on the other hand, acts like this to the hilt.
    Yuna: Hey, I wonder if she means “ojousama” not as “young lady” but as “my queen” like those disreputable women on TV...
  • Parental Obliviousness: Yuna’s parents are clueless about her job as the universe’s protector. Of course, they do chalk up Yuna’s long absents form home, her power suit and the fact that people are always trying to blow up their neighborhood as is all part of her television career.
  • Plot Coupons: Much of the first game revolves around finding Yuna's partners/"doubles." Then she needs to access the Dark Realm, and needs to go find a book with the proper incantation first. The second game plays it similarly straight, looking for the Eternal Princess's navigational beacons, and then the keys to get at one of said beacons.
  • The Power of Friendship: Tends to come to Yuna's aid for the final battles.
  • The Power of Love: Usually played straight, but horribly subverted in the second OVA when Ayako tries to convert her oldest sister to the good side and it looks like it's worked as the sister draws Ayako in for a hug... and then she plunges her hand through Ayako's heart, rips out her reactor core, strangles her, and hurls her corpse at Yuna.
  • Secret Identity: Subverted a lot in the first game. Also played with thereafter in that Yuna has no idea that Lia and Polylina are the same person.
  • Sexy Santa Dress: Yuri wore one at the beginning of the second OVA.
  • Shopping Montage: There's one in the second OVA, when Yuna takes Ayako shopping.
  • Show Within a Show: The Masked Maiden Polylina.
  • Situational Sexuality: Given the Improbably Female Cast, might explain Yuna's Fangirl crush on Polylina; her fantasizing about Misaki being a Stalker with a Crush would fall into this category as well. (Her official profile does list her favorite and least favorite types of guy.)
  • Tragic Monster: The sometimes-ignored finale of the Abyssal Fairy OAVs has all three of the Devil Sisters' cores pulled into one giant monster plant big enough to eat El-Line. Notably, Yuna is the only one who insists on trying to save Ayako ... when even Ayako's "ghost" wants Yuna to pull the trigger.
  • Transformation Sequence: Subverted gloriously in that pretty much any character who needs to transform can do so in the time it would take to throw a punch or draw a gun. Used straighter in at least one cutscene from the third game, but it's still fast and relatively practical.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Do not, under any circumstances, kill one of Yuna's friends. It doesn't matter how powerful or badass you are, she will utterly destroy you.
  • Verbal Tic: Yuri's habit of ending all her sentences with -desu.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: The Mirage Cannon, The Eternal Princess' main gun that has enough firepower to obliterate a planet. In Yuna 3, it becomes one of Yuna's special game attacks.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Yuna. Almost none of her friends can touch her in this regard. She has yet to meet either of the fates usually associated with this trope.
  • Worthy Opponent: This is Lia's stated reason for assisting Yuna throughout much of the first game: she wants Yuna to become a Worthy Opponent so that they can fight it out fairly, Yuna for the side of Light and Lia for Darkness. After they finally have their duel, Lia's Heel–Face Turn kicks in and they become straight allies, with Lia frequently aiding Yuna in later battles (and storylines).