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Time Gal is a Full Motion Video game in the vein of Dragon's Lair, originally developed by Taito for arcades in 1985, with the animation done by Toei Animation and Studio Junio.

The "plot" revolves around a time bandit named Luda going through different time periods in order to make himself leader of the world in his own time. Another time traveler, 16-year-old Reika Kirishima, aka Time Gal, is out to stop him. There is no hint of this in the actual game, however. Besides the last part, anyway.

The game was eventually ported by Wolf Team to the Sega CD for a Western release in April 1993. It also saw releases on the Pioneer LaserActive, MSX, Sega Saturn and PlayStation. Additionally, Reika has made appearances in Castle of Shikigami 3 and Elevator Action Deluxe as a playable character, and also appears in Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders.



  • Action Girl: Reika. She travels through time and space fighting in nothing but a bikini and manages to kick butt.
  • American Kirby Is Hardcore: Par for the course for a Japanese game in the early 1990s. Japanese cover, European/American cover.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Unlike contemporary games starring male characters, such as Dragon's Lair and Space Ace, which loved to show their protagonists explicity receiving gruesome yet comical deaths, few of Time Gal's game overs explicitly kill Reika off onscreen; most simply have her receiving the blow and then gaining either a shocked or exhausted expression. Most of them also have her turn into a chibi rather than stay an anatomically correct human, presumably to avoid showing a beautiful girl being seriously hurt. The only deaths that explicity kill Reika off are her disintegrating if she shoots the cavemen and her turning into an angel after her ship is shot by a missile.
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  • Bloodless Carnage: Several of Reika's deaths like being hurled into a whirling propeller or eaten by a shark should be gory, but are done as cartoon slapstick instead.
  • Bowdlerize: The U.S. Sega CD version had the year 666 changed to 999. It also changed the text for a Time Stop option in 1941; the original version had "Pray to God". The U.S. version changed it to "Hope for luck". What's more, if this option is selected, Reika actually starts praying in the Japanese version, while the American version has her say, "Please help!" She turns into an angel in both versions, though.
  • Canon Foreigner: Reika made an appearance in the game Castle of Shikigami 3 for the Wii with her own story mode. Aside from that, she was also playable in Elevator Action Deluxe and appears in Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: In B.C. 44, Reika flirts with the man she's fighting against.
    Reika: Hey, good-looking. You're my kinda guy! Oh, how old are you?
  • Catchphrase: "Sore!" ("There!"), said by Reika enough times to count.
  • Clothing Damage: Some of her "deaths" are this.
  • Convection Schmonvection: The very first level has Reika hopping over lava.
  • Defeat by Modesty: Some of Reika's "death" scenes just have her losing her clothes.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: 3001.
  • Enemies with Death: The main opponent in 666/999 AD appears to be The Grim Reaper.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: No matter what era, what location, what creature, what person, everything and everybody wants. Reika. Dead. In some cases, it's possible that Luda convinced people that Reika was evil, but still.
  • Evil Laugh: Whenever Reika dies, there is immediately a shot of Luda laughing his ass off. Can also count as Game-Over Man if you're on your last life.
  • Excuse Plot
  • Exposed to the Elements: Even while in the Ice Age or space, Reika spends the whole game wearing a space bikini.
  • Expy: Reika's appearance is pretty obviously based on Lum from Urusei Yatsura. note . She received a redesign in Castle of Shikigami 3 to reduce the similarity.
  • Fanservice: Reika goes around the game wearing a space bikini and some failure scenes have her clothes torn up.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: A few of the death scenes aren't deaths at all. For example:
    • In one scene in 66,000,000 B.C., a dinosaur rips her panties off. Embarrassing, but not fatal.
    • Another one in 500 has someone whip her breast. Definitely painful, but again, it's not fatal.
    • Finally, there's a death scene in 2001 where a thug slices the back of her top in half. Same deal as the 66,000,000 B.C. scene. On the other hand, she does lose her gun along with her undies, and presumably she loses her time gizmo thingy along with her top, so that would make further progress impossible.
  • Genki Girl: Reika.
  • Grandfather Paradox: One death scene has Reika fire her gun into a bunch of cavemen — and promptly dematerialize, having allegedly shot one of her ancestors.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: If Reika gets slashed with a sword, the screen just turns black as a white slash mark appears.
  • Gratuitous English: For starters, "Time Gal". Another example would be whenever Reika uses her Time Stop ability; she announces it with a shout of "STOPPU!" She finally says the whole thing before defeating Luda, announcing it with "TIIIIIIIIIME STOP!"note  ("Stop" being pronounced properly this time.)
  • Humongous Mecha: Appears chasing Reika in 3001.
  • The Hyena: Despite constantly being in dangerous situations, Reika always finds something to laugh at. However, she does stop laughing when things get too dangerous. This only holds true for the Japanese version, however, as she's a lot less giggly in the U.S. version.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: In 500 A.D., there are multiple death scenes involving Reika slamming her body into a boulder while riding a mine cart. In one of the scenes (in the U.S. version), her only reaction is a calm "Uh-oh", said not before, but as she's slamming into said boulder.
  • The Many Deaths of You: Oh yes, they're one of the big highlights of the game. Though, getting your boobs whipped or your pants bitten off doesn't really qualify as a "death".
  • Minecart Madness: In one segment Reika has to ride a mine cart through an underground area, while bending left and right and sometimes having to jump up or down out of the cart to avoid obstacles.
  • MST: Retsupurae did their usual lampooning of the game here.
  • Oh, Crap!: Reika in some of the death scenes.
  • Ow, My Body Part!: In the Japanese version, some of the fail scenes in 500 A.D. have a big, fat guy whip Reika's breasts, causing her to sometimes exclaim something to the effect of "Ouch, my boobs!"
    • Luda does this as well, right before you defeat him.
  • Rent-a-Zilla: The first enemy Reika fights, in 70,000,000 B.C., is basically Godzilla without the dorsal spikes. It even has Godzilla's iconic roar.
  • Shout-Out, Japan-only: In one of the death scenes in 1588, Reika is chased by a shark. What does she say while this is happening? "JAAAAAAAAAWZUUUUUUUUU!"
    • In the U.S. version, when she swings on a vine in 65,000,000 B.C., she attempts a Tarzan scream.
    • HIDEBU!note 
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Most of Reika's deaths are pretty slapstick-y, although less explicit than those of contemporary Full Motion Video games.
  • Stripperiffic: Reika wears what looks to be a space bikini.
  • Super-Deformed: Most of the death scenes render Reika as a chibi for some reason.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: 1941 has a Time Stop option that has Reika stay on the plane that's about to collide with the side of a ship. The face she makes before collision screams this.
  • Time Stands Still: Every level has a section where Reika stops time in order to get herself out of a particularly tricky situation (read: you are given a set of choices and must pick the one that lets you continue the level). The rub is that the time stop freezes her as well; essentially, she's freezing time so as to give herself a few seconds to think of an out.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Why, exactly, does Reika jump into 1941 on a plane at the battle of Pearl Harbor?!?
  • Widget Series: A 16-year-old girl who goes through time battling (among other things) dinosaurs, cavemen, pirates, and rogue motorcyclists? How could it not be?
    Slowbeef: Wow, this could not be any more Japanese.
  • Winged Soul Flies Off at Death: In the 1941 stage, while on the wing of a falling plane, there's a Time Stop moment where you have to choose the correct option to progress further into the level. If you choose the "Pray to God"/"Hope For Luck" option, the plane will crash into the side of a ship, and you see Reika's spirit ascending into heaven.
  • A Winner Is You: Once you beat the game, you get a short scene in which Reika gets a medal for saving the world, and she blows a kiss at the player, with the screen saying, "VICTORY!"
  • World War II: 1941, natch.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: Reika often taunts whatever is chasing her. For example, while being chased by bugs in the year 4000, she says, "This way, this way!"
  • You Gotta Have Green Hair: Reika.
  • Zeerust: 2001 and onward.


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