Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax

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Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax
Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax.jpg
Japanese PS Vita game cover
Developer(s)Ecole Software
French Bread
Director(s)Takaharu Terada
Producer(s)Ryutaro Nonaka
Composer(s)Yui Isshiki
Platform(s)Arcade, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
  • JP: March 18, 2014
PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
  • JP: November 13, 2014
  • NA: October 6, 2015
  • EU: October 6, 2015[1]
  • JP: July 28, 2015
PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
  • JP: December 17, 2015
Genre(s)Fighting game
Arcade systemSega RingEdge 2

Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax[a] is a 2D arcade fighting game developed by Ecole Software and French Bread and published by Sega. The game celebrates the 20th anniversary of ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Bunko imprint, featuring various characters from light novels published under the imprint.[2] The game was first released in Japanese arcades in March 2014,[3] and later released on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita on November 13, 2014.[4] The console version was released in North America and Europe in October 2015.[5][6] The game's theme song is "Belief" by Mami Kawada.

An updated version of the game, titled Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax Ignition (電撃文庫 FIGHTING CLIMAX IGNITION, Dengeki Bunko Faitingu Kuraimakkusu Igunishion), was released in July 2015.[7] The update contains additional characters and more balanced gameplay.[8][9][10] The updated version was released on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in December 2015, currently only in Japan.[11] The updated version's theme song is "ID" by LiSA.


Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax is a two-dimensional fighting game, in which two players fight against each using both a playable fighter character and an assist character. Fighting uses three main attack buttons: weak, medium, and strong, along with a support button used for summoning a player's assist character. After an assist character is summoned, players need to rebuild their support gauge before they can summon them again. By building the Climax Gauge with attacks, players can perform powerful Impact Skill attacks, and can also use Blast Icons to perform Blast Attacks, allowing them to escape from combos.[12] The home version features an original story campaign, Dream Duel Story, and online multiplayer, and supports cross-save functionality between the PS3 and Vita versions. Samples from the represented light novel series are also included as unlockable content.[13]

In the Ignition update, it adds another assist character slot, but for Blast only instead of Assist. A new system called Ignition is introduced, giving one character in each team a power-up after each round. From the second round on, if the same Ignition on the team's character from the previous round is reused, it gives an "Extra Ignition".

Character roster[edit]

The initial roster features 12 playable characters and 18 assist characters from 22 light novels and the current roster is 19 playable characters and 30 assist characters. The roster features characters under the Dengeki Bunko imprint, among playable characters and assist characters that can be called while in the middle of a round to help the playable character in various ways. All characters are voiced by their respective actors from the anime adaptations, with a few exceptions. A non-playable character known as Denshin (電神) (voiced by Mao), based on the Dreamcast character from Sega Hard Girls, summons the playable characters for their aid to combat a malevolent entity (voiced by Ken Narita) from the organization Zetsumu who takes the form of the captured playable characters, followed by a form of Akira Yuki from Sega's Virtua Fighter series, with Pai Chan as his assist, as boss characters; both Akira and Pai later became playable characters in the console ports and post-Version 1.20 arcade versions.[14][15]

Eight additional characters (four playable and four assists) were added to the roster by mid-2014.[16][17][18] The second Sega guests, Selvaria Bles and Alicia Melchiott of Valkyria Chronicles, first appeared in the console ports and later added to the arcade version 1.30, along with other assist characters from other Dengeki Bunko's published series.[19][20][21] The games' various stages and their accompanying music tracks are based on other Sega titles, such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Nights into Dreams..., Shinobi, Border Break, Valkyria Chronicles, 7th Dragon and Phantasy Star Online 2.[22] The DLC characters from Sword Art Online, Yuuki and the assist Llenn, were released on December 25, 2015. DLC characters from And you thought there is never a girl online?, Ako and the assist Rusian, was included in a future update.[23]

Playable characters[edit]

Character Series Voice actor Arcade revision Original Ignition
Akira Yukiabc Virtua Fighter Shin-ichiro Miki 1.2 Yes Yes
Akoaeg And you thought there is never a girl online? Rina Hidaka 2.3 No Yes
Asuna Sword Art Online Haruka Tomatsu 1.0 Yes Yes
Emi Yusaae The Devil Is a Part-Timer! Yōko Hikasa 2.0 No Yes
Kirino Kosaka Oreimo Ayana Taketatsu 1.0 Yes Yes
Kirito Sword Art Online Yoshitsugu Matsuoka 1.0 Yes Yes
Kuroko Shiraiae A Certain Magical Index/A Certain Scientific Railgun Satomi Arai 2.15 No Yes
Kuroyukihime Accel World Sachika Misawa 1.0 Yes Yes
Mikoto Misaka A Certain Magical Index/A Certain Scientific Railgun Rina Satō 1.0 Yes Yes
Miyuki Shibaaf The Irregular at Magic High School Saori Hayami 1.1 Yes Yes
Qwenthur Barbotagee Heavy Object Natsuki Hanae 2.0 No Yes
Rentarō Satomia Black Bullet Yuki Kaji 1.15 Yes Yes
Selvaria Blesab Valkyria Chronicles Sayaka Ohara 1.2 Yes Yes
Shana Shakugan no Shana Rie Kugimiya 1.0 Yes Yes
Shizuo Heiwajima Durarara!! Daisuke Ono 1.0 Yes Yes
Taiga Aisakaa Toradora! Rie Kugimiya 1.1 Yes Yes
Tatsuya Shibaaf The Irregular at Magic High School Yuichi Nakamura 2.1 No Yes
Tomoka Minato Ro-Kyu-Bu! Kana Hanazawa 1.0 Yes Yes
Yukina Himeragia Strike the Blood Risa Taneda 1.15 Yes Yes
Yuukiaeg[24] Sword Art Online Aoi Yūki 2.2 No Yes

Assist characters[edit]

Character Series Voice actor Arcade revision Original Ignition
Accelerator and Last Orderab A Certain Magical Index/A Certain Scientific Accelerator Nobuhiko Okamoto and Rina Hidaka 1.2 Yes Yes
Alicia Melchiottab Valkyria Chronicles Marina Inoue 1.2 Yes Yes
Boogiepop Boogiepop series Kaori Shimizu 1.0 Yes Yes
Celty Sturluson Durarara!! Miyuki Sawashiro 1.0 Yes Yes
Dokuro Mitsukaiab Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-Chan Saeko Chiba 1.2 Yes Yes
Enju Aiharaa Black Bullet Rina Hidaka 1.15 Yes Yes
Erio Tōwa Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko Asuka Ōgame 1.0 Yes Yes
Floretia Capistranoae Heavy Object Shizuka Itō 2.0 No Yes
Haruyuki Arita Accel World Yuuki Kaji 1.0 Yes Yes
Hinata Hakamadad Ro-Kyu-Bu! Yui Ogura 1.0 Yes Yes
Holo Spice and Wolf Ami Koshimizu 1.0 Yes Yes
Iriya Kanaae Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu Ai Nonaka 2.15 No Yes
Izaya Oriharaab Durarara!! Hiroshi Kamiya 1.2 Yes Yes
Kazari Uiharuae A Certain Magical Index/A Certain Scientific Railgun Aki Toyosaki 2.15 No Yes
Kino Kino's Journey Aya Hisakawa 1.0 Yes Yes
Kōko Kaga Golden Time Yui Horie 1.0 Yes Yes
Kojou Akatsukia Strike the Blood Yoshimasa Hosoya 1.15 Yes Yes
Kuroneko Oreimo Kana Hanazawa 1.0 Yes Yes
Leafa Sword Art Online Ayana Taketatsu 1.0 Yes Yes
Llennaeg Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online Minami Tsuda 2.2 No Yes
Mashiro Shiina The Pet Girl of Sakurasou Ai Kayano 1.0 Yes Yes
Miyuki Shibaaf The Irregular at Magic High School Saori Hayami 2.1 No Yes
Pai Chanabc Virtua Fighter Minami Takayama 1.2 Yes Yes
Rusianadeg And you thought there is never a girl online? Toshiyuki Toyonaga 2.3 No Yes
Ryūji Takasuad Toradora! Junji Majima 1.1 Yes Yes
Sadao Maō The Devil Is a Part-Timer! Ryōta Ōsaka 1.0 Yes Yes
Tatsuya Shibaaf The Irregular at Magic High School Yuichi Nakamura 1.1 Yes Yes
Tōma Kamijō A Certain Magical Index Atsushi Abe 1.0 Yes Yes
Tomo Asamaae Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere Ami Koshimizu 2.15 No Yes
Wilhelmina Carmel Shakugan no Shana Shizuka Itō 1.0 Yes Yes
Zeroae Grimoire of Zero Karin Takahashi 2.15 No Yes

Other characters[edit]

Characters who appear for certain playable characters' Special and Super Moves
Character Series Voice actor Arcade revision Original Ignition
Heivia Winchellae Heavy Object Kaito Ishikawa 2.0 No Yes
Milinda Brantiniae Heavy Object Eri Suzuki 2.0 No Yes
Airi Kashii Ro-Kyu-Bu! Rina Hidaka 1.0 Yes Yes
Alas Ramuse The Devil Is a Part-Timer! Unknown 2.0 No Yes
Maho Misawa Ro-Kyu-Bu! Yuka Iguchi 1.0 Yes Yes
Saki Nagatsuka Ro-Kyu-Bu! Yoko Hikasa 1.0 Yes Yes
  • ^a : Available as extra, post-arcade and console release content.
  • ^b : Unlockable, but unplayable in Arcade and Dream Duel Modes in original game's console version.
  • ^c : Akira and Pai were originally non-playable in pre-console release arcade versions of original game.
  • ^d : Also appears for certain playable characters' Special and Super Moves.
  • ^e : Introduced in Ignition.
  • ^f : Both playable and assist characters. If certain playable characters are selected, certain playable characters will instead be assist characters and cannot be selected as the same character who has already been selected from the playable roster in Ignition.
  • ^g : Downloadable characters in "Ignition".


Aggregate scores
73.20% (Vita)[28]
Metacritic66% (PS3)[25]
75% (Vita)[26]
Review score

Awarding it 4 out of 5, Hardcore Gamer described it as "a love-letter to anime and Sega fans".[30] In contrast, PlayStation Lifestyle awarded it a score of 5.5 out of 10, writing that "although solid enough as a fighting game, the emphasis here is certainly not on gameplay and can often leave newcomers disconnected from the fun."[31] Destructoid said that it "may be too simplistic for most hardcore fighting game fans to enjoy as anything more than an ephemeral lark, but also perhaps still too complex for those that find the genre intimidating."

The PlayStation 3 version of Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax sold 34,671 copies within its first week in Japan, placing it at number six on the video game sales chart, while the PlayStation Vita version sold 25,607 copies in the same week, placing it at number nine on the chart.[32]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Japanese: 電撃文庫 FIGHTING CLIMAX Hepburn: Dengeki Bunko Faitingu Kuraimakkusu?


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