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Rinka and Ranka Kagurazaka
A mysterious illness suddenly broke out on girls in their teens and twenties, enhancing them mentally and granting them the ability to turn their bodies into extremely lethal weapons. The cause of the illness was a particular virus currently classified into two types: “A-Virus” and “V-Virus”

The World Government enacted a law to care for patients infected with the virus. Five secret artificial islands were established to quarantine the infected patients.

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One such quarantine island: Bhikkhuni.

The island famous for successfully controlling the “V-Virus”. Girls who enroll in Bhikkhuni’s school can overcome the virus. And thus, it is a school with many hopeful applicants. Among them is a pair of sisters infected with the “V-Virus”.

The elder Rinka Kagurazaka, whose innocent graces hide her power within.
The younger Ranka Kagurazaka, whose outgoing energy belies her frailty.

They are still unaware there is only one way to control the virus.

And that is…for infected patients to battle each other.
Game’s Introduction

Valkyrie Drive -Bhikkhuni- is the videogame side of Marvelous' Valkyrie Drive project. The game has spawned an interquel manga called Bhikkhunism and ongoing manga sequel/AU for mobile phones called Otherside.

The game is set in the same universe as Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid but in a different island, the eponymous Bhikkhuni. This island is famous for being the only one to successfully gain control over the Armed Virus’ infection. Rinka and Ranka Kagurazaka -our protagonists- are recent arrivals to the island and can't wait to finish the island's program to cure their infections and return home. But soon enough they discover there is more than meets the eye and that obtaining a cure might be harder than they thought...

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The game saw the light on December 10, 2015 in Japan, on September 30, 2016 in Europe and October 11, 2016 in the United States. A PC port was released worldwide on Steam on June 20, 2017.

Valkyrie Drive -Bhikkhuni- provide examples of:

  • Academy of Adventure: Whereas Mermaid was downright considered a Penal Colony, Bhikkhuni is a boarding school with all kind of services needed to let its students have a comfortable life.
  • Alpha Bitch: Viola fits the trope to a T until her character development hits in.
  • And the Adventure Continues: The Order ending has the girls deciding to take the fight to AAA and they're not alone this time around because Koharu is revealed to have been contacting the other artificial islands in order to unite all Valkyries against the World Government.
  • Artistic License – Biology: This goes without saying. It is highly unlikely, if not outright impossible for a virus to grant people the ability to turn into weapons and back again
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  • Author Appeal: Being a game by Kenichiro Takaki, Bhikkhuni takes many cues from its sister series, Senran Kagura like the Dressing Room, the clothes-breaking mechanics and the well-endowed cast.
  • Badass Gay: Due the nature itself of the virus and the strict regime imposed by the Pillar Gods, every single girl on the island needs to be this to be allowed to remain on the program.
    • Special mention goes to Gundari, who was able to lead her generation into forcing a stalemate against the World's Army so she could rescue her lover, Echigoya
  • Beginner's Luck: Subverted. The first time the newcomer Valkyries –Rinka, Ranka, Mana and Momo– face any of the senior students they are defeated by them.
  • Beneficial Disease: The Armed Virus already gives enhanced physical capabilities to its hosts but the VR strain that affects the game’s cast also enables them to be Extar or Liberators at will.
  • BFS: Koharu’s rapier gets progressively larger on each Drive level.
    • Rinka’s Katana ends being bigger than her in Final Drive.
    • Mamori’s sword form is once again wielded by Mirei.
  • Big Bad: Gundari takes this role after Bhikkhuni's secrets are brought to light.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: The Director keeps tabs of the entire island via a surveillance system ran from her office.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Mana. Although in her defense, she was a genuinely good girl at the start of the game
    • The Director shows shades of this once her plans for Koharu are derailed
  • Bleached Underpants: Despite being part of the same franchise, Bhikkhuni is a lot tamer than its sister anime Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid. In an interesting example of this trope, this situation stems only from the strict regulations that the Japanese Rating Board puts on videogames, if Bhikkhunism and Otherside are any indication.
    • Amusingly enough, despite Valkyrie Drive as franchise being known by the huge amounts of yuri fanservice, Bhikkhuni is also tamer on the fanservice department than recent entries of its sister series Senran Kagura as well.
  • Boss Rush: Order 20-B has Rinka and Ranka taking on the Four Pillar Gods in a gauntlet.
  • Brains and Brawn: This the basic Dynamic the Kagurazakas have when paired together: Rinka brings the Brains and Ranka the Brawn.
    • You get this dynamic by pairing any character with Manpukumaru.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Same-sex example between Rinka and Ranka. Ranka, especially, since she truly only has eyes for her sister and gets jealous if anyone else gets too close to Rinka.
  • The Cake Is a Lie: Those infected with the virus are lured to the islands under the promise of being cured of their condition. However, it's later revealed that there is no cure for the virus and that the Four Pillar Gods have taken to freezing the time of those infected indefinitely until a cure is found some time in the future.
  • Cast Full of Gay: Every girl in the island is a lesbian. And that includes the Four Pillar Gods especially Gundari who is revealed to be Echigoya's partner.
  • Child Soldier: Momo was raised in the battlefield before coming to Bhikkhuni the manga reveals she was part of the SOLDIER program like Mirei and the subsequent cultural clash is the driving theme behind her character arc.
    • Viola mentions in passing to have been in actual combat during her interactions with Momo.
  • Closed Circle: The characters are on a remote island surrounded by a giant barrier. It's near impossible for them to leave Until the girls take down the barrier that is
  • Clothing Damage: As expected from a Takaki videogame.
  • The Conspiracy: The latter half of the story focuses on the Kagurazakas (and Momo) fighting to discover the truth behind Bhikkhuni.
  • Continuity Cameo: Mirei and Mamori from Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid are available as DLC characters. They don't figure into the plot, but character-wise this appearance takes place after the events of Mermaid.
    • In addition, Mermaid island is mentioned in the Order ending as one of the islands that Koharu has contacted in a bid to unite all Valkyries to fight back against the World Government seeking to use them as weapons.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Zig-Zagged with our protagonists:
    • Rinka and Ranka come from a relatively normal background, Mana only has self-esteem issues and while Koharu’s past is left mostly unexplored, is implied she hasn’t had to face any real issues before coming to Bhikkhuni.
    • Momo is a Child Soldier, Viola mentions to have been involved in actual wars and Manpukumaru’s fixation on food is coping mechanism for whatever transpired in her past
  • Deus Sex Machina: To turn into weapons, Extars have to enter a trance-like state. While sexual arousal isn't required, it is the easiest way to get Extars to transform.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: By the start of the third chapter Mana has willingly become the Director’s enforcer so she can fulfill her wish of becoming Bhikkhuni’s ruler.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Manpukumaru’s nicknames for Momo (Peach) and Koharu (Shadow Moon) fall into this.
  • Equippable Ally: The VR-Virus allows for every girl in the roster to become this at will.
  • Evolving Weapon: By raising the girls’ Extar rank they can adopt newer and stronger forms during combat. Unlike Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid, the Bhikkhuni Valkyries can access four different tiers of power: Drives 1, 2, 3 and Final Drive.
  • Final Boss: Depending on the route, you get to fight either Gundari in Chaos 20-C or Koharu in Order 20-C.
  • Friend in the Black Market: Echigoya will get anything for you as long you meet her prices
    Echigoya: "I will deal on anything but lives as long the price is right!"
  • Gag Censor: Unlike the Senran Kagura games, Bhikkhuni counts with two layers of censorship, Lens Flare Censor and underneath it, a bunch of flowers ensures no naughty bits get exposed during gameplay.
  • Gainaxing: The animation of all the characters' breasts is very bouncy, even when they're not moving that much.
  • Gender-Restricted Ability: The Armed Virus doesn't affect XY chromosomes so only females can become Extars and Liberators.
  • Gilded Cage: Despite Bhikkhuni being an artificial island built to quarantine V-Virus carriers, it counts with all kind of luxurys for its inhabitants: Shopping Districts, Luxury homes, top of the line medical services, beautiful beaches and a caring and capable faculty to take care of you…
    • Crapsaccharine World: …But you have to battle other alumni every day and if your track record isn’t satisfactory, you will shipped off to another island right on the spot. This without taking into account the whole “get sealed inside a giant robot indefinitely” or the "used as a weapon by the government if you leave the island" bits.
  • Humongous Mecha: The Four Pillar Gods, teachers and guardians of the island are modelled after The Four Gods. To wit:
    • Kongo is based on Genbu
    • Gouzanze is based on Seiryu
    • Daiitoku is based on Byakko
    • Gundari is based on Suzaku
    • Later in the game is revealed that the entire VR-Class is being groomed by the Director to become the fifth member: Kirin. Thankfully the girls are able to stop this plan.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The narrative gets a lot darker after an unnamed, naked girl drops out of Gouzanze.
  • Lens Flare Censor: Used to censor the character models once their clothing is destroyed in combat.
    • Since Mirei’s uniform doesn’t includes a bra, it grants this to any girl that wears it.
  • Living Weapon: Momo was treated as one in her Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Mecha-Mooks: The island has a huge amount of these to serve as sparring partners for the Valkyries
  • Might Makes Right: Since the treatment for the V-virus depends on the students fighting each other in a regular basis, those Valkyries that perform exceptionally well during the combats receive preferential treatment by the island's faculty. At the beginning of the game Manpukumaru, Viola and Koharu's power is so well known by everyone that they are exempt of assisting to class and are able to spend their days doing whatever they want.
  • Multiple Endings: A first for a Takaki game. Depending on your performance you can unlock two ending routes: Chaos or Order.
  • No Canon for the Wicked: Downplayed because the Chaos ending isn't a Bad Ending (although the girls decide to remain on the island instead of trying to liberate it) but after completing the game for the first time regardless of the ending you get, you will get a notification saying to achieve an SS rank on certain missions with a "!" mark on them in order to view the true ending of the game. Achieving an SS rank on these marked missions will unlock the Order route which also leads to the Sequel Hook detailed below.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: During the Order route, Rinka, Ranka, and Momo are having a talk on what to do next after learning the truth about Bhikkhuni in the preceding chapter. When Rinka asks Ranka if the latter would like to come with her (to fight against the Pillar Gods), Ranka somehow takes this as a marriage proposal, immediately going on a tangent about where the two of them should get married. When Rinka asks what Ranka is talking about, Ranka realizes her mistake and becomes embarrassed. Even Momo is at a loss for words because of this.
  • Onehanded Zweihander: Rinka, Koharu and Mirei wield their swords with one hand.
  • One-Woman Army: Through the game you pretty much mow through all of Bhikkhuni’s students with the girl of your preference.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield Played with, while only Liberators are able to wield Extars, the VR-Class members are able to freely interchange roles and extars between them.
    • Played straight with Mirei and Mamori since they can’t change roles and are restricted to each other as possible partners.
  • Recycled In SPACE: By extension, this is basically Senran Kagura that is high(er) on yuri.
  • The Reveal: More meta than anything, but Bhikkhuni reveals that Lady J and Rain Hasumi's status as Extar/Liberator hybrids isn't actually all that unique: the entire cast of Bhikkhuni are hybrids.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Turns out that all the shops and facilities on the island are being run by these. Only the current graduating class are humans.
  • Robot Maid: The Elite district assigns these to its tenants to take care of their daily needs.
  • Rule of Cool: The whole game runs on this.
  • Schoolgirl Lesbians: Everyone in the island.
  • Science Fantasy: On one hand you have a futuristic setting filled with robots and on the other you have all the protagonists using weapons like swords, spears and bows.
  • Sequel Hook: In the Order ending (also called the "True Ending" by the game itself), after Bhikkhuni has been liberated it is revealed that Koharu has been in contact with the other artificial islands including Mermaid and is looking to unite all Valkyries in order to fight back against AAA.
  • Shout-Out: Rinka and Ranka get dressed on Asuka and Homura's shinobi uniforms in the manga.
    • Momo makes one to Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann of all shows when she's trying to cheer up Ranka after Rinka was sent to the hospital after pushing herself too hard:
    Momo: Don't believe in the me who believes in you. Believe in the you who believes in Rinka!
  • Stealth Pun: Half of the girls on the island transform into weapons through sex. They're objects of desire, you see.
  • Spiritual Successor: The franchise is this to Senran Kagura. Both series feature busty girls, are heavy on fanservice with breasts being the main fetish, and are conceptualized by the same creator with the only difference being that this franchise doesn't bother keeping the yuri as subtext.
  • The Stoic: Momo is this during the first half of the game. She later grows out of it after interacting with the Kagurazakas and Manpukumaru for an extended period of time.
    • Mirei continues to be like this as expected.
  • Tron Lines: Connect mode gives the girls an appearance that can only be described as half-naked Tron girls.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Rinka and Ranka have this dynamic with each other.
    • As does Koharu and Viola, although surprisingly Koharu is the tomboy of this pairing.
  • Transformation Sequence: The Drive cutscenes.
  • 20 Minutes into the Future: Bhikkhunism reveals that the story is set in an unspecified point in the future.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: The Director, Echigoya and the Four Pillar gods are so commited to keep Bhikkhuni as a safe haven for Valkyries that they will endorse Mana's sociopathic behavior and seriously consider killing the Kagurazaka's for asking too many questions
    • The World Government/AAA falls under this as well. According to Echigoya in Chaos 17-A, the World Government was formed in order to keep the world safe. The way they do this is by controlling wars and weapons between each countries by selling the latest weapons to each other. As Echigoya says: they start conflicts to end conflicts. Rinka is horrified by this revelation.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Bhikkhuni's entire staff but special mention goes to Gundari considering she's the one that created Bhikkhuni's system.
    • The World Government/AAA would fall under this but their methods are considered by others to be too brutal. So brutal, in fact, that after learning about the truth of Bhikkhuni in the Order route, the main cast agrees with Koharu's plan of contacting the other artificial islands to unite all the Valkyries in the world and fight back against the World Government.
  • We Interrupt This Program: Echigoya is fond of hijacking the Director's transmissions to advertise her shop.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 4 reveals that the Pillar Gods are powered by Valkyries and that the Director is in fact, Gundari.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Subverted, all the Valkyries are aware of what happened while they are in Extar form.
  • World of Action Girls: Is easier to count what characters aren't one. Justified since the Arm Virus only affects females.
  • World of Buxom: Every female character is decently stacked.
  • Younger Than They Look: Momo, despite being one of the most mature girls in the cast, is actually the youngest character in the game with her being only 14 years old.
    • Echigoya is only 18 despite running a massive commercial operation that covers the needs of everyone in the island.
  • Yuri Genre: One of the most blatant examples. Let's just say that none of the girls are shy about showing their affections for one another and leave it at that.
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