Hyperdimension Neptunia

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This article is about the Hyperdimension Neptunia game series. For the first video game in the series, see Hyperdimension Neptunia (video game).
Hyperdimension Neptunia
Neptunia.jpg
European cover art for the first video game
Genres Role-playing game
Developers Idea Factory
Compile Heart
Felistella (PS Vita)
Publishers
  • NA Idea Factory International (PS Vita)
Platform of origin PlayStation 3
First release Hyperdimension Neptunia
August 19, 2010
Latest release Hyperdimension Neptunia U
August 28, 2014

Hyperdimension Neptunia (超次元ゲイム ネプテューヌ Chōjigen Geimu Neputyūnu?, lit. "Super Dimensional Game Neptune") is a video game series of role-playing games created and developed by Idea Factory. The series debuted in Japan on August 19, 2010 with the video game of the same name exclusively for the PlayStation 3, later re-released as an enhanced remake under the name Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 for the PlayStation Vita. Two sequels, Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 and Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory, in addition to the remake titles for both of them and three spin-offs on the PlayStation Vita, have also been released. Another upcoming sequel on the PlayStation 4, titled Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory II, is scheduled for release in 2015. It has also branched off into a manga, light novel and anime media franchise.

A television anime series adaptation, titled Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation, began airing in July 2013.

Release history[edit]

Hyperdimension Neptunia is the first game within the series, with the name originally derived from the scrapped Sega Neptune[2] which combined the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and Sega 32X into one unit, originally scheduled for release in 1994 or 1995 before the project was dropped after the release of the Sega Saturn.

There are two sequels which have been released under the names Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 and Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory. Another game, titled Hyperdimension Neptunia PP (神次元アイドル ネプテューヌPP Kamijigen Aidoru Neputyūnu PP?),[3] was released on June 20, 2013 for the PlayStation Vita in Japan and it was released in the west in June 2014 as Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection, developed by Compile Heart, Idea Factory and Tamsoft.

During a streamed interview at Tokyo Game Show 2013, Idea Factory and Compile Heart announced that Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sisters Generation is currently under development,[4][5] in addition to another presently unnamed future Neptunia title.[6] Re;Birth 2 was released on 20 March 2014.[7] Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart (超女神信仰ノワール 激神ブラックハート Chō Megami Shinkō Nowāru Geki-Shin Burakkuhāto?) with Noire as the main character, was released on May 29, 2014.[8]

On 16 March 2014, two new next-generation games have been announced, titled Hyperdimension Neptunia U (超次元アクション ネプテューヌU?) and Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory II (新次元ゲイム ネプテューヌVII?).[9] Hyperdimension Neptunia U is an action game spin-off exclusively for the PlayStation Vita released on August 28, 2014 in Japan, developed by Tamsoft,[10] whilst Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory II will be a PlayStation 4 title.[11]

At Tokyo Game Show 2014, an enhanced remake of Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory for the PlayStation Vita, titled Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 3: V Century, was announced.[12][13]

Games[edit]

Main series[edit]

Title Details

2010 – PlayStation 3
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2011 – PlayStation 3
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2012 – PlayStation 3
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2015 – PlayStation 4
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Spin-offs[edit]

Title Details

2013 – PlayStation Vita
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Idol-raising simulator game with rhythm and dating sim elements.



2014 – PlayStation Vita
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Turn-based tactical role-playing game which utilises a battle grid.



2014 – PlayStation Vita
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Musou-type real-time action game.


Remakes[edit]

Title Details

2013 – PlayStation Vita
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  • Developers: Felistella
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2014 – PlayStation Vita
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  • Developers: Felistella
  • Producer/Publisher:



2014 – PlayStation Vita
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Common elements[edit]

Setting[edit]

Games within the series takes place in the world of Gamindustri (ゲイムギョウ界 Geimugyō-kai?, a pun on ゲーム業界 Gēmu gyōkai, "game industry"), which is divided into four regions: Planeptune, Lastation, Lowee, and Leanbox. Each region is completely different from the others in appearance and atmosphere, with each representing a specific video game console. In the beginning of the story, the four goddesses are fighting each another for "shares" in a war known as the Console War.

Characters[edit]

Protagonists[edit]

Four goddesses[edit]

They are also known as the Console Patrol Units, or simply CPU.

Neptune (Purple Heart)
(ネプテューヌ, Neputyūnu)
Voiced by: Rie Tanaka (Japanese), Melissa Fahn (English)
The main protagonist in most games of the series and the goddess of Planeptune (representing the Sega Neptune). She has a childish personality and lots of energy, and likes to jump headfirst into danger. However, her personality completely changes once she transforms into Purple Heart, taking on a much more serious and mature character. Her dungeon ability is Hammer Crush, which allows Neptune to destroy breakable obstacles. Her default weapon is a sword, and uses a gun for her Gun command.
Noire (Black Heart)
(ノワール, Nowāru)
Voiced by: Asami Imai (Japanese), Erin Fitzgerald (English)
The goddess of Lastation (representing the PlayStation 3), who has a very individual personality and likes to perform things by herself in her own time, yet is quite forgiving and fair. She initially has a strained relationship with Neptune, who acts as her rival.
Vert (Green Heart)
(ベール, Bēru)
Voiced by: Rina Satou (Japanese), Tara Platt (English)
The goddess of Leanbox (representing the Xbox 360), who is quite intelligent, but overestimates her strength, and is less informed about Arfoire's monsters compared to the others. She displays signs of arrogance, and has a rivalry with Blanc, partly due to Vert's large breast size.
Blanc (White Heart)
(ブラン, Buran)
Voiced by: Kana Asumi (Japanese), Wendee Lee (English)
The goddess of Lowee (representing the Wii), who tends to get very loud and angry quite easily despite her harmless appearance. Her short temper is matched by her foul mouth, which can easily be demonstrated in almost any conversation involving her. She is flat-chested, and easily gets frustrated when reminded so.
The sisters[edit]

The goddesses' younger sisters, who are the CPU candidates.

Nepgear (Purple Sister)
(ネプギア, Nepugia)
Voiced by: Yui Horie
First appearing in Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2, she performs a supporting role within the anime as the younger sister of Neptune. She has a caring personality, and is adept at handling technology. She represents the Game Gear.
Uni (Black Sister)
(ユニ, Yuni)
Voiced by: Eri Kitamura (Japanese)
First appearing in Mk2, she is the younger sister of Noire, who she strongly admires. Due to this admiration, she develops an inferiority complex. She has a deep friendship with Nepgear within the anime. She represents the PlayStation Portable.
Ram (White Sister)
(ラム, Ramu)
Voiced by: Kaori Ishihara
First appearing in Mk2, she is one of the younger sisters of Blanc, who is more talkative and bold than her twin sister Rom. Ram and Rom represent the Nintendo DS.
Rom (White Sister)
(ロム, Romu)
Voiced by: Yui Ogura
First appearing in Mk2, she is one of the younger sisters of Blanc, who is more shy and timid than her twin sister Ram.
Other protagonists[edit]
Compa
(コンパ, Kompa)
Voiced by: Kanako Sakai (Japanese), Cristina Vee (English)
She is a girl who attends nursing school, and is the first character to join Neptune's party in the first game. She has a shy personality, however will do anything to help Neptune. She occasionally makes allusions to medical conditions. Her dungeon ability is Monster Call, which can summon bosses at certain points. Her default weapon is a giant syringe, which acts as a sword and a gun. Her name is derived from Compile Heart, the company who developed the game.
IF (Iffy, Ai-chan in Japanese)
(アイエフ, Aiefu)
Voiced by: Kana Ueda (Japanese), Kate Higgins (English)
She is a guild member, and joins Neptune's party after they bump into her during their second dungeon excursion in the first game. She is a headstrong character, and likes to accomplish the important things first. She's also very attached to reality, though she will break the fourth wall when she gets too angry. Her dungeon ability is Treasure Search, which reveals hidden treasure chests within a given area. Her default weapons are a set of claws, and she also carries a gun for her Gun command. Her name is derived from the initials for Idea Factory, the parent company of Compile Heart.
Histoire (Histy)
(イストワール, Isutowāru)
Voiced by: Mika Kanai (Japanese), Stephanie Sheh (English)
Although her true form is a tome, she became able to transform into a fairy-like being once Neptune broke her seal. Early in the game, Histoire contacts Neptune telepathically. She assists the player by providing the tutorial, during the first dungeon. In the sequel, she becomes the Oracle of Planeptune and serves as CPU in Neptune's place.
Nisa
(日本一 Nippon ichi)
Voiced by: Kaori Mizuhashi (Japanese), Michelle Ruff (English)
Self proclaimed hero who travels Gamindustri to fight evil, however behaves akin to a lunatic. She becomes angry when reminded that she is flat-chested. She has an obsession with justice, and constantly calls herself the heroine. She has large blue hair and sports a red scarf, in a similar fashion to a prinny, and her hair is tied back into a ponytail with a hair clip resembling the NIS logo. Her English localization name is derived from NIS America, the distributing company of the game, and Nippon Ichi in the Japanese version, referring to Nippon Ichi Software. She is playable via a purchasable DLC ticket on the PlayStation Network.
Gust
(がすと, Gasuto)
Voiced by: Natsuko Kuwatani (Japanese), Cassandra Morris (English)
She is a young girl who creates items, usually out of very strange ingredients, and sells them. She travels the world to become a master alchemist, since she wasn't very good at the art when she was young. She has a remarkable love for money, but knows how to handle it. Her name is derived from Gust Corporation, who at the time of the game's publication had traditionally released their games under the NIS America label. Her outfit resembles that of a character in the Atelier series produced by Gust; she also claims to hail from Salburg, a location within the Atelier universe. She is playable via a purchasable DLC ticket on the PlayStation Network.
5pb.
Voiced by: nao (Japanese), Mela Lee (English)
An additional character in the first game, her in-game events can be purchased as DLC via the PlayStation Network. Her stage name is directly derived from 5pb., the music company nao belongs to. In the sequel, she appears as a big pop star in Leanbox, who performs concerts to keep people from converting to ASIC. Her real name is Lyrica, and is very shy to people while offstage. She wears the 5pb. Records logo on her necklace. Because nao speaks Japanese, her in-game events come in English subtitles only within the localized version.
Red
Voiced by: Kanae Itō (Japanese), Carrie Keranen (English)
An additional character in the first game, her in-game events can be purchased as DLC via the PlayStation Network. Her name is directly derived from Red Entertainment. She is a young lesbian girl who constantly travels the world in search for wives, eventually running into IF and declaring her as first wife.
Plutia (Iris Heart)
(Pururut, プルルート, Pururūto)[14]
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa
First appears in Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory, and also appears as a protagonist within the anime. She is the goddess of Planeptune within the V dimension, and is based on the Mega Drive. Lazy and always tired like Neptune, Plutia is calm, friendly and nice, and values friendship. Her personality completely changes when she transforms into Iris Heart, becoming sadistic and cold.
Peashy (Yellow Heart)
(Pish, ピーシェ, Pīshe)[15]
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki
First appearing in Victory, Peashy is an infant with strong physical strength, and an artificial goddess. During the anime, she has a teary rollercoaster relationship with Neptune. She represents the PC Engine.
Setag
(ゼイゲ, Zeige)
An anime-only character, she is Vert's technician. Her name is a play on Bill Gates, and she has the Microsoft Windows logo attached to her hair.
MAGES.
(メージス, Meijisu)
A magician girl appearing in Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1.
Broccoli
(ブロッコリー, Burokkorī)
A little girl first appearing in Victory. In Re;Birth 1, she can join Neptune's party near the end of the game.
CyberConnect2
(サイバーコネクトツー, Saibā Konekuto Tsū)
First appears in Victory. In Re;Birth 1, she is a friend of Financer, the chamberlain of Blanc. She can join Neptune's party in the later part of the game.
Falcom
(ファルコム, Farukomu)
First appears in Victory. In Re;Birth 1, she is a newbie adventurer who can join Neptune's party near the end of the game.
MarvelousAQL
(マーベラスAQL, Māberasu AQL)
Appears in Victory and Re;Birth 1.
Tekken
(鉄拳, Tekken)
Appears in Victory and Re;Birth 1.

Antagonists[edit]

Arfoire/Magiquone (マジェコンヌ Majekon'nu?)
Voiced by: Chiaki Takahashi (Japanese), Laura Post (English)
The main antagonist appearing since the first game, who has the goal of defeating the four goddesses and taking over Gamindustri. She wears black and purple gothic style clothes, along with a hat carrying a thorned rose, and has purple hair. She was formerly acquainted with Histoire, until Arfoire turned against her when they split Gamindustri into four parts. Her English localization name is based off the R4, a Nintendo DS game card which allows the owner to play pirated games. In the Japanese version of the game her name is Magiquone (マジェコンヌ Majekon'nu?), which refers to magicom (マジコン?, "magic computer"), a Japanese umbrella term[16] for devices that enable piracy on game consoles.
Pirachu/Warechu (ワレチュー Warechū?)[17]
Voiced by: Neeko
A talking mouse, and an antagonist. Assistant of Arfoire in the anime.
Anonydeath (アノネデス Anonedesu?)
Voiced by: Yuki Fujiwara
First appearing in Victory, Anonydeath is another antagonist within the anime series. Depicted as a hacker working behind the scenes, he is hired to perform jobs by an unnamed client. He is a male who behaves and talks in a feminine manner, and has an obsession with Noire. He is responsible for the hacking of Lastation's servers (a reference to the 2011 PlayStation Network hacking incident).
Rei Ryghts/Rei Kiseijyo (キセイジョウ・レイ Kiseijō Rei?)[18]
Voiced by: Yū Kobayashi
Originally taking the guise of an anti-goddess activist, she reveals herself as the final antagonist towards the end of the anime, being in reality the goddess of the former nation of Tari, a reference to the Atari 2600. Her plans to destroy the world are thwarted by the protagonists.
Linda (リンダ Rinda?)
Voiced by: Junko Minagawa
An antagonist who kidnaps Ram and Rom within the anime.
CFW Trick (トリック・ザ・ハード Torikku za Hādo?)
A giant robot-like being that likes to lick little girls appearing in the anime.

Other characters[edit]

Abness (アブネス Abunesu?)
Voiced by: Yui Shōji
Self-professed "protector of little girls worldwide", within the anime she acts as a reporter who aims to uncover stories relating to little girls.

Other media[edit]

Hyperdimension Neptunia
Manga
Choujigen Game Neptune: Megami Tsuushin
Magazine Famitsu Comic Clear
Original run November 2010 – ongoing
Novel
Hyperdimension Neptunia TGS Hono no Futsukakan
Published by MF Bunko J
Published May 25, 2013
Manga
Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation – Hello New World
Written by Mikage Baku
Magazine Dengeki Maoh
Original run June 2013 – ongoing
Anime television series
Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation
Directed by Masahiro Mukai
Written by Shogo Yasukawa
Music by Hiroaki Tsutsumi
Kenji Kaneko
Masaru Yokoyama
Studio David Production
Licensed by
Network Tokyo MX
Original run July 12, 2013September 27, 2013
Episodes 12 & OVA (List of episodes)
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Manga[edit]

A manga series based on the game titled Choujigen Game Neptune: Megami Tsuushin (超次元ゲイム ネプテューヌ ~めがみつうしん~?) began serialisation in November 2010 within the Famitsu Comic Clear.

A manga series illustrated by Mikage Baku which complements the television animation, titled Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation – Hello New World (超次元ゲイム ネプテューヌ THE ANIMATION はろーにゅーわーるど?), began serialisation within the June 2013 issue of Dengeki Maoh. A spin-off novel of the anime, titled Hyperdimension Neptunia TGS Hono no Futsukakan, was published by MF Bunko J and released 25 May 2013.[19][20]

Anime[edit]

An anime adaptation Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation was produced by David Production of Japan and directed by Masahiro Mukai.[21] Series composition and script writing are done by Shogo Yasukawa and a musical score composed by Hiroaki Tsutsumi, Kenji Kaneko and Masaru Yokoyama. Character designs are done by Hitomi Takechi, based on the original designs by Tsunako along with art direction by Masanobu Nomura and sound direction by Jin Aketagawa. The twelve episode series premiered on Tokyo MX on July 12, 2013 and were later aired on BS11, KBS, Sun TV and tvk. The series was acquired by Funimation for online streaming in North America with English subtitles.[22] The opening theme is "Dimension tripper!!!" by Nao and the ending theme is "Neptune☆Sagashite" (ネプテューヌ☆サガして?) by Afilia Saga.[23] "Go→Love&Peace" by Ayane is used as the ending theme of episodes 3 and 4, in addition to "Ito" (?) by Afilia Saga on episode 10.

The television anime series adaptation received a mixed response, with praise for its original story and humour revolving around videogame industry in-jokes, and criticism for its use of melodrama.[24]

Mobile applications and casual games[edit]

An online mobile card game for Android and iOS titled Neptune Collection (ネプテューヌコレクション?) was developed by Idea Factory and hosted by GREE starting from February 15, 2013. It is a collectable card game which involves social networking elements.[25] The game's servers shut down on July 31, 2014.

Alarm clock applications featuring Neptunia characters have also been released for Android and iOS.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ishaan (November 16, 2010). "Hyperdimension Neptunia Orbits Over Europe In March". Siliconera. Retrieved November 14, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Hyperdimension Neptunia's Creator Dreams of a Fighting Game". kotaku.com. 2012-09-28. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  3. ^ By Spencer . April 9, 2013 . 12:02pm (2013-04-09). "Neptunia Idol Game's Story Is About The CPUs Vs. Idol Group MOB48". Siliconera. Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  4. ^ "『ネプテューヌ』の新作『Re;Birth2(仮)』が開発進行中! 『超女神信仰ノワール 激神ブラックハート』の続報も【TGS2013】" (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. 2013-09-22. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  5. ^ 2013-09-22, (TGS) 『ネプテューヌ』の新作『Re;Birth2(仮)』が開発進行中! 『超女神信仰ノワール 激神ブラックハート』の続報も【TGS2013】, Livedoor News
  6. ^ 『ネプテューヌ』完全新作情報など、サプライズ&ぽろりも飛び出した"秋のコンパイルハート超次次元ガラパゴステージ!!"の模様をレポート! (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. 2013-09-22. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  7. ^ 2013-11-12, Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2 Reaches Vita In March, Siliconera
  8. ^ "Two more Neptunia games announced for PS Vita". Gematsu. 2013-03-17. Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  9. ^ "【速報】『ネプテューヌ』の新作が2作も!? 『超次元アクション ネプテューヌU』&『新次元ゲイム ネプテューヌVII』が発表" (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. 2014-03-16. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  10. ^ 2014-04-08, Hyperdimension Neptunia U is a PS Vita game developed by the studio behind Senran Kagura, Gematsu
  11. ^ 2014-06-16, Hyperdimension Neptunia VII confirmed for PlayStation 4, Gematsu
  12. ^ 2014-09-20, Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 3: V Century announced for PS Vita, Gematsu
  13. ^ 2014-09-20, PS Vita『神次次元ゲイム ネプテューヌRe;Birth3 V CENTURY』が発売決定! 『ネプテューヌVII』最新情報も公開に【TGS2014】, Dengeki Online
  14. ^ "Character: Pururut". TVアニメ「超次元ゲイム ネプテューヌ」公式サイト. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "Character: Pish". TVアニメ「超次元ゲイム ネプテューヌ」公式サイト. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  16. ^ 2010-04-20, Console game makers fight 'magicom' piracy craze, Asahi Shimbun
  17. ^ "Character: Warechu". http://nep-anime.tv/chara.html?chr=warechu. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  18. ^ "Character: Rei Kiseijyo". TVアニメ「超次元ゲイム ネプテューヌ」公式サイト. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  19. ^ 2013-04-26, TV Anime “Hyperdimension Neptunia” Official Site Launches and PV Releases!, Tokyo Otaku Mode
  20. ^ 2013-04-01, 「超次元ゲイム ネプテューヌ」本格始動 公式サイトオープンにスタッフ情報やPV公開, animeanime.jp
  21. ^ "David Production Makes Hyperdimension Neptunia the Animation". Anime News Network. December 27, 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Funimation Adds Hal, 009 Re:Cyborg Films". Anime News Network. July 4, 2013. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Hyperdimension Neptunia Anime Ads Feature Ending Song". Anime News Network. July 10, 2013. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  24. ^ 2013-11-12, Gamers are Bound to Get a Laugh or Two Out of Neptunia: The Animation, Kotaku
  25. ^ http://www.compileheart.com/mobile/app/nepcolle/

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