The Neptunia series has a long history of turning video game consoles and companies into anime girls for their games. But the new spin-off game, Hyper Goddess Faith Noire: Ultra Goddess Black Heart, takes it a step further and gives famous Japanese game franchises their own anime girl treatment.
Note: As the names of these characters have no official English names as of yet, these are my own transliterations of the Japanese.
Bio (ビオ) — Resident Evil
Bio’s name comes from the Japanese title of the survival horror series — i.e., ” Biohazard.” You’ve gotta love the little zombie chewing on her shoulder and the little red and white umbrella it carries around.
Moru (モルー) — Monster Hunter
Moru’s name comes from the first syllable of the franchise she represents: Monster Hunter — and she definitely looks the part.
Lifai (リーファイ) — Street Fighter
It’s easy for anyone who’s ever played a fighting game to see that Lifai is modelled after Chun Li from Street Fighter. I also enjoy that her bracers have down to forward punch written on them.
Lid (リッド) — Metal Gear
Her name is Lid, as in Metal Gear Solid. Her design is based on that of “Old Snake” in Metal Gear Solid 4.
Win (ウィン) — Pro Evolution Soccer
Win is the embodiment of the Pro Evolution Soccer series — or as it’s known in Japan, Winning Eleven.
Saori (さおり) — Tokimeki Memorial
Tokimeki Memorial, back in the PS1 days, was the first break-out game for the dating sim genre. The game’s main love interest is Fujisaki Shiori.
Restore (レストア) — Record of Argarest War
Restore personifies the Argarest War franchise. In appearance she looks like the game series’ Ellis and Fiona — and as they were both healers, this adds another layer to Restore’s name pun.
Little Rain (リトル・レイン) — Neverland
Little Rain represents Idea Factory’s Neverland series of games. Both her name an appearance are based on the Spectral Force character Little Snow.
Generia G (ジェネリア・G) — SD Gundam G Generation
Representing the Gundam G Generation series of games, Generia G takes her appearance from any number of captains from the Gundam franchise.
Lady Wakku (レデイ・ワック) — Pac-Man
Fruit on her dress, a giant bow, and sitting on a ball — need I say more?
Ai Masujima (増島 愛) — [email protected]
Ai Masujima represents the Idolmaster series (though it’s not the first time Neptunia has parodied this series). She is based on [email protected] 2‘s Mami Futami.
Estelle (エステル) — Dragon Quest
Dressing like the hero from Dragon Quest III, Estelle’s appearance is especially iconic for Japanese gamers.
Ain Al (アインアル) — Final Fantasy
A crystal on her chest, a rabbit that looks like a moogle, and a character design that looks more than a little like FFXIII‘s Lightning, it’s obvious at a glance that Ain Al represents Final Fantasy. I should also mention that her starting weapon in the game proper is an FFVIII-style gunblade.
Sango (サンゴ) — Dynasty Warriors
Dynasty Warriors, called “Sangoku Musou” in Japanese, appears as a girl that looks a lot like mainstay character Sun Shang Xiang.
Poona (プーナ) — Opoona
From quirky little Wii game Opoona, it’s pretty easy to guess the origin of this character’s name.
Brossa Aizen (ブロッサ 愛染) — Sakura Wars
Weird foreign-sounding name and an 18th century European military-esque uniform? This could only be Sakura Wars.
Ryuka (琉歌) — Yakuza
With an outfit halfway between that of a hostess club girl and a white mobster suit, Ryuka is a clear embodiment of the Yakuza franchise — or “Ryu ga Gotoku” as it is called in Japanese.
Tsunemi (つねみ) — Vocaloid/Project Diva
Tsunemi is based on the world’s most popular virtual singer, Hatsune Miku.
Hyper Goddess Faith Noire: Ultra Goddess Black Heart was released for the PlayStation Vita in Japan on May 29, 2014. There is currently no word on a Western release.