Omega Quintet Takes A Cue From Senran Kagura With Costume Destruction

By Sato . July 15, 2014 . 1:33pm

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We’ve seen the heroine idols of Omega Quintet along with their friends, and things seemed pretty family friendly. We almost forgot it was a Compile Heart game. No more. This week’s issue of Famitsu reveals that the game… has costume destruction.

 

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The above image depicts the “cool beauty,” Kyoka, who appears to have gotten parts of her clothing torn off. While the Verse Maidens do perform songs that go with dances, they also fight the “beep,” a phenomenon that has been degenerating the life of mankind.

 

According to Famitsu, the costume destruction happens after one of the Verse Maidens takes several attacks from an enemy.

 

Omega Quintet is slated for release on September 18, 2014 in Japan for PlayStation 4.


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  • otakumike

    Haha, this shouldn’t surprise me as much as it did. xD

  • The pandering is so intense with this title. x’D
    Guess I’ll stick to Aikatsu! for my idol games for now.

  • less clothes moar power….

    • Except for the male characters of course~. (But I’m waiting for it. ♥q♥)

      • British_Otaku

        Senran Kagura 2’s Murasame?

        I’m hoping that these fellows grow from a April Fool’s Joke to a real thing.

        http://gematsu.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Senran-Kagura-April-Fools.jpg

        • I hope so too~. Also, I didn’t think I’d be attracted to anything Senran Kagura. But here I am. Clearly wrong and quite attracted. ♥

          • Hinataharem

            Luckily newer entries in the Senran series will be getting more males, with costume destruction!

          • Yay~! And the fanservice comes full circle!

        • Wtv

          Wondering what Katsuragi will grab now.

      • darke

        Less clothing for more power is guys too; but it usually tends to be in sword-and-sorcery stuff like Conan where the guy wearing nothing but a loincloth beats everyone. :P

        • It’s considerably more rare for men though (for obvious reasons).

          But in the case of JRPGs, this always applies, lol.

  • DanijoEX ♬ the Cosmic Owl

    I wasn’t expecting Omega Quintet to follow that…I know Neptunia U and Bullet Girls have that feature besides Senran Kagura.

    Must be a new trend…

  • AkiraScare

    Forget Beep CH has degenerated me into loving this kinda stuff (0_0) A LOT!!!

  • Black Heaven

    Anime logic, enemy attacks rip off your clothes, but still keep your skin complexion and hair untouched.

    Really, this costume ripping seems to be the ‘in’ thing for galge recently.

    • I think that’s what bothers me most about it; just the clothes taking damage. At least throw some dirt or smudges on the characters too.

      • British_Otaku

        We can’t have Idol Princess Chan 1-5 getting dirty!

        I am a bit curious about their motivations though, if they want to reach into the fanservice through amusing or embarrassing clothing damage, there isn’t much of a reason why other reasonable and potentially attractive options aren’t being considered.

        It isn’t like we are asking the decapitation or anything from Berserk to be a thing here. It would be the same thing as Dragon Ball, slight smudge to convey that there is risk but not enough to make anyone look hideous.

        • Lol~.

          I was kind of thinking that too. At the same time, I feel that CH is very “cheap” and that they’ll explore things, but in the “cheapest” way possible.

          . . .When will we get the Madoka of these games? Everyone wants to use the magical girl genre for themselves (and not its intended audience), but they’re still cheating. Go all the way and give us Berserk-style damage too next time! I want to see the idols cleaving eldrich abominations in half and then lose an arm! (And obligatory Guts armor DLC should be confirmed too.)

          • Wtv

            Doesn’t need to be violent to me, but….a mahou shoujo game from a big developer and with a good writer would be actually a dream game.

            Even better if it’s a action-RPG with a protagonist with really long hair. For some reason I always wanted to play with a female protagonist with long hair in a action-RPG on a cool japanese game…

            But that’s never going to happen, so I won’t think about it. Lily Bergamo almost gave me hope for some time, though.

          • Oh, I would love if it weren’t violent actually! I personally love magical girl best when it is catering to its intended audience and not needing to be ~dark and gritty~. That would also be a dream for me as well. (I hope that as Nintendo comes to appreciate their female audience even more, they realize how profitable BSSM and PreCure are and make a pair of magical girl games, each geared at the younger/older audience. Them of L-5!)

            That would be particularly fantastic though. ♥

            Lets continue to hope for that day~.

      • Black Heaven

        Dead or Alive series is taking steps in that direction, being all smudgy and dirty with their babes (and dudes). Yes it’s not anime style, but still a fanservice heavy game.

        Who knows maybe they’re also gonna do the clothes ripping.

        • Oh, I didn’t know~! I dig that! I may still have to pick up the newest entry. >u<

        • Wtv

          The focus on sweat and dirty on the end of the fight are part of the fanservice, though. They look sexier for some reason…

          But it’s cool because it’s realistic. Don’t know if it would be the same in a anime character.

          • Black Heaven

            People just love seein’ their ladies all sweaty and dirty.
            http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/430/609/3d9.png

            For anime though, girls are supposed to be portrayed as epitomes of perfection. They can keep their hair smooth & silky even after an intense battle like they use some kind of godlike shampoo. And maybe smudging off that perfection may lose their appeal to some people.

    • Wtv

      You’re not being realistic about the hair. They would have to animate it.

      CH didn’t even create portait to some playable characters in Neptunia Victory.

    • Shippoyasha

      That’s why ‘perfect hair forever’ is a thing in Anime.

      Gotta keep that supermodel hair intact!

  • DesmaX

    Man, I wish the attacks would cut their skin, so there’s some blood together.

    I feel like something is missing when I see only the cloth being cut

    • This. But I guess devs worry about eventually stepping into guro territory if they follow through entirely.

      • DesmaX

        Just some “ketchup paint” would do fine for me.

        Nothing fancy, just a cut would be enough

        • Same here~.

        • SobriK

          That’s not a bad idea. Danganronpa did it right in my opinion by making the blood a cartoonish, unrealistic color. There was no debate about what it was supposed to be, but it never felt gratuitous to me since it looked more like paintball than CSI.

          I could see that approach working well for games like SK & this one where the mood’s supposed to be lighthearted and fun. IIRC, Ikki Tousen & Master of Martial Hearts had the occasional blood and bruising mixed in with the clothing destruction – but those were a bit more serious than SK ever aimed to be.

        • Göran Isacson

          I have to admit, I laughed a little at this comment because from a certain perspective you really sound like Hannibal Lecter being supremely dissapointed his victim’s blood spray isn’t artsy enough XD

          Like, I get what you mean that it IS weird that clothes ripping happens without blood… but like people said up here, their focus is so NOT on realism or drama, it’s cheesecake and slight tittilation. And the kind of clientele who would receive tittilation from young girls in frilly outfits getting cut up and bloody, WELP. I don’t think there are a lot of developers, mainstream or otherwise, who wants to appeal to that particular audience.

          • Shippoyasha

            That’s a good point. While sexual fanservice is still risque in Japan, they are quite a bit hesitant about the violence way more so. Sad as it may be, a lot of Japanese localizers tends to censor blood considering it just gets all types of negative press there. It’s pretty funny how it’s a yin and yang of censorship going on with the Eastern/Western worlds.

          • Göran Isacson

            Mm, perhaps. I was more thinking that it’s really a matter of audience you’re aiming for. If this had been the kind of grim, gritty game where combat damage was a thing, I doubt they would have fought in frilly, cute outfits. That kind of game would have given them either realistic body-armor or futuristic robot-armor perhaps, and it’s tone would have been weary and worn down since that’s the kind of environment that would justify showing battle-damage on your character.

            here though? I think it just threw me anyone would want blood because, well. LOOK at it. It’s clearly aiming for cutesy mood with these designs. I don’t even think it’s a question of censorship, I think it’s just a matter of priorities. If you want to create a cute and adorable mood, you don’t show people being subjected to serious harm. It’s about what’s appropriate for the tone they’re trying to set, and that tone is not, from what I can tell, a dramatic one.

      • Wtv

        Even though people have the wrong impression, these kind of works try to be really light-hearted in any way possible, so they probably want to avoid something that looks like the characters are in too much pain.

        It’s like Strike Witches, where they are in a war, and a lot of people are dying, but the characters will never die…Well, they do bleed, though.

        I think japanese can’t make blood in games without transforming it in Kill Bill-like, though.

        • Oh, I know. Haha, I get their intention and mentality entirely. But I mean that there’s definitely a group out there that’d be pushing for things to be taken to the next level every time, and devs don’t want to have to worry about getting “gross” eventually.

  • Am I the only one who looks at these girls and thinks “One, Two, Four, Five, Three”?

    • Princess_Eevee9

      Huh?

      • The Intoners from Drakengard 3.

        They’ve got the same color arrangement (though One is admittedly only “red” by association with another character).

        • Princess_Eevee9

          Sorry I’m still confused. Never even played the game.

  • Eric Harris
  • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

    It’s so awesome that Compile Heart is going the realistic route. Anyone wearing these types of outfits in battle are sure to get rips in their clothing…otherwise they should be wearing armor.

    • They’re not going that realistic though, given they don’t take any other physical damage. x’D
      (Aside from that, why would you want to ruin an outfit as cute as that~!?)

      • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

        That actually would be cool if they got cuts and bruises. However, it is sad that their cute little outfits get ruined. ;_;

        • Wouldn’t it? I think it’d look badass~.
          I know. ;u; I can handle clothing damage on plain or ugly outfits, but this is absolutely unnecessary~!

    • realistic route?

    • NeptuniasBeard

      Lol realism. Those outfits will tear in VERY convenient places. And of course, the skin won’t be touched

      • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

        Of course! They must be packing some excellent moisturizer. As I was saying to puchinri, it would be cool if they showed scratches and bruises.

  • darkbartz

    They should go the Ar Tonelico 3 route and have them become more powerful with less clothes. Guys too of course.

    • darke

      Yeah, the guys stripping in Qoga was the most amusing part of combat. :)

  • Seems that costume break is the in thing right now. Not that I’m complaining though lol.

    • Firekitty

      I’m totally okay with it, but I’d like to see a game or two with a male cast make use of it…

  • Callonia

    Picture too small can’t see very much!

  • Monterossa

    It’s time to buy a PS4.

  • Bob Slim

    Thanks to senran kagura looks like we. Will be seeing more of these games from now on

    • kratoscar2008

      More like thanks to Ikkitousen, there is a PS2 beat em up game with cloth damage long before SK.

      • Bob Slim

        Well I dont know anything about that. Love ikkitousen anime btw dont know about the games

        • kratoscar2008

          You should see Tenjo Tengue, its basically Ikkitousen 0.5.

          • Bob Slim

            I know about that the manga is way better then the anime

          • kratoscar2008

            Thats always the case when you adapt a work to another medium, the ones that indeed do translate well are exceptions.

      • Ni ~Algidus~

        also the creator os SK did the PSP 2d beat’em ups of Ikkitousen that had the same mechanic and jiggle physics

        • kratoscar2008

          I remember that game, it was okay.

  • alixraen

    SO much pandering with the costume ripping becoming the new trend…and I personally can’t wait for it to be over, I don’t need hints of fanservice in all of the games by these companies, just give me a solid title to play. I don’t need the ‘bonus’…

    • specs10

      It seems to me that with each new game, compile heart’s gameplay gets better bit by bit. As long as that keeps up, I say keep the service coming!

      • alixraen

        I can see how a lot of people love it, but for me personally, it’s kinda distracting. >_>

        • specs10

          Yeah, I can understand that. Fortunately there are tons of non-fanservice games out there. I think the ones with service just get talked about a lot since the idea of a game with sex appeal stirs up emotions for both the people who like them, and for the people who don’t.

        • Repede91

          I enjoy the pervy fanservice; but totally get that others actively dislike it. Wonder how difficult it would be to include an option to enable or disable. Similar to how games used used to have toggles for gore, blood, dismemberment etc.

          DOA5U has toggles for different levels of breast physics or the option for none at all.

          • That would be pretty cool to please both crowds that way~.

          • Wtv

            They could easily cut out the animations in Senran Kagura without losing any of the gameplay or sense. It doesn’t seem hard to make they don’t lose clothes at all too…since you can actually finish a fight without it happenning (and seriously, the game is so easy that in most mission the cloth damage doesn’t even happen).

            But…IMO, they don’t need to. Just like a violent game doesn’t need a option to censor the violence for the ones that don’t like it. And seriously, most people would still dislike the design and still not buy the game at all. So I don’t think it’s worth…

            The normal thing to do is ignore the games that you don’t like, not wanting them to change it to appeal you.

            Now if this was a thing in every game, not just some niche ones, I would understand.

          • alixraen

            The problem is I like these niche games! XD

          • Wtv

            Well…there are cases. I don’t think it’s the majority though.

            And I understand. I like these niche games alright…but I always find those touching girls mini-games ridiculous.

            I can get past them most time, though.

          • darke

            I always liked the ‘alternate blood’ low-violence options that some games, like Serious Sam, had. Was always more fun to have green alien blood, or flower-power-hippy blood then the usual red. :P

    • Lol, basically. A few titles here and there to cover fanservice bases works, but things are getting a little wild lol.

    • Shippoyasha

      To be fair, it’s not really a new trend in the anime/manga world. It just feels new in gaming because visuals for fanservicey games are so much better these days. Even a few years ago, they would never attempt clothing destruction because the technology to do it convincingly in 3D wasn’t really there.

      There always has been clothing destruction in a lot of fighting and fanserivcey content for decades. Some legendary anime shows since the 60s has them. Games like Okami played around with clothing destruction a lot, resulting in fan ‘disservice’ with the occasional man-butt being shown or the occasional girly boob/butt service.

  • Armageddon

    “Omega Quintet Takes A Cue From Senran Kagura With Costume Destruction” :/. I think I’ll hold off playing fan service games.

  • Well, I guess we know what will be in Neptune VII. >____>

    • Bob Slim

      Oh I can dream

  • Christopher C

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Actually wait. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWaLxFIVX1s

    Crap. Why CH? WHY!!!

    • Kumiko Akimoto

      Because why not?

      • Christopher C

        because I was hoping this game wouldn’t sink that far.

        • Kumiko Akimoto

          You say sink I say rise.

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    I hope more games end up doing this, I always like a good clothes break in a game.

  • benhofb

    I dunno if it is directly taken from Senran Kagura, really. I mean, clothes destruction has been a thing in a few other fanservicey games like Queen’s Gate/Queen’s Blade.. Not that I played those or anything…

  • ishyg

    F***, another game I can’t play in front of my wife. Good thing Senran Kagura and Bullet Girls are on the handhelds. Why do the games I like have to be fanservice games?

    • Play it and tell her you’d love her more if she dressed like this…

      Or “not… dressed like this” since in this case we’re talking “costume destruction” as in “less clothes” you could say O_o

      You know what I’m talking about :P

      • ishyg

        Haha. I can get rid of the clothes without destroying it though. *wink*

  • wererat42

    They’ll all have costume destruction… except Takuto or whatever his name is. But they’ll add that in for the NA release.
    And then re-release it in Japan with the male costume destruction added as a “plus” edition. At the same price as the original.

    • The reality I wish for but also roll my eyes at, lol. >u<

  • Kornelious

    Well Compile Heart’s seems to be taking a liking to the clothes break system…..Though I can understand it in SK and HDNU because they are action games…..Being in a turn based RPG just seems….unnecessary -_-

    • DarkForestBlade

      MarvelousAQL (XSEED) published Senran Kagura, not Compile Heart.

      • Kornelious

        I know, I was just using that as an example, since it seems to have originated from Senran Kagura

  • Kyosuke Yoshino

    I’ll probably buy a PS4 for this game…

  • Prinny Dood

    Dood i give it till 2016 when people start ripping girls clothes off for real dood! Ladies im sellin pepper spray for 20 hl a can dood!^<

    • Eric Harris

      Ah yess can I get one of those please? /approaches Prinny. . . . Thankyo/RIPS OFF PRINNY’S PANTS!

      • darke

        Clearly not only women, but men and penguin-things are vulnerable to this clothes-ripping epidemic!

      • Prinny Dood

        Wtf! Dood! *Trys to use the pepper spray but it was facing the wrong way, and he sprayed himself* Ackk! My eyes! My eyes dood!*.*

  • I’ve pre-ordered it so I’ve got this too look forward to and on the note of clothes ripping I have Bullet girls the month before too =P

  • Annnd disregarded more than it was before.

  • Vash bane

    well …. wasn’t expecting that at all.

  • WhyWai

    YaY!

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