193rd G-View: Hyperdimension Neptunia TV

Of all the Summer 2013 anime that came out, this is the one I was anticipating the most. Was it worth the wait or is it yet another crappy motion picture adaptation of a video game series. Let’s find out as we take a look at Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation.

I’ll try my best to be as unbiased as possible but I won’t make any promises.

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Just in case, here are the reviews for all three PS3 video games in the series.

Hyperdimension Neptunia review

Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 review

Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory Review

Alternative Title: Choujigen Game Neptune: The Animation.

Genres: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Science-Fiction,

Themes: Parody, Moe, Ecchi, Video Game,

Number of episodes: 12 + 1 OVA.

G-Rating: 10/10 (Favoritism). 6-7/10 overall, depending on who you ask.

Plot Summary:

“This is Gamindustri (ゲーム業界 Gamegyokai?). Beings called the Goddesses rule the countries of this unreal world. The four Goddesses govern four states: Planeptune, Lastation, Lowee and Leanbox. For many long years, these countries fight each other for Share, the source of the Goddesses’ power. However, fearful that the conflict would pointlessly erode their countries’ strength, the Goddesses signed a Friendship Treaty forbidding them from taking the Share by force. Under the treaty, the Goddesses and their younger sisters took a new stage in their relations. It was the dawn of a new, dynamic era marked occasionally by shared laughter, disputes as well as cooperation. What does the future hold in store for Gamindustri?” (From the Neptunia Wiki)

The four main CPUsRight off the bat, I’ll say this. This is, imo, the best motion picture adaptation of a video game I’ve ever seen. Granted, the source material is practically made to be turned into an ecchi Girls Club anime but it’s a video game, so it counts.

Rom and Ram found some coinsThe amount of references to not only video games of young and old, but also to the Neptunia series itself is astronomical. It will leave newcomers to the series lost in the earlier episodes. Once the first major plot kicks in, it’s smooth sailing from there and I guarantee newcomers won’t be as confused…for the most part.

The anime’s story is a mix of all three titles that came out on the Playstation 3 (the first Neptunia, MK2 and Victory) molded into one. Several cutscenes from the three games were taken and used as either part of or the entirety of an episode’s plot. The overall story, on the other hand, is original and is a worthy separate storyline from the games.

While the main story is good, it is not without its hiccups. There are times when the story feels rushed and some parts could have used an extension of 15-16 episodes at least. This is probably due to the show using both series’ current main antagonists and give them both the opportunity to threaten Gamindustri in their own way rather than have only one big bad to take down and create more focus. The second main antagonist is not explained nearly well enough to justify its actions. Granted, it’s not as bad as, say, M. Night Shyamalan cramming an entire season of The Last Airbender into one movie, missing MANY key components that made the original American anime series great. That is also due in part to the games’ overall storylines not being anything academy award worthy. The Neptunia series’ strength has always been in the character development and interaction.

What the show excelled at was capturing the spirit of the Neptunia series. Everything that happens on the show is exactly what would happen if a newcomer were to pick up a Neptunia game for the first time. A majority of the franchise revolves around “bubbles, giggles and sweet bobbies of all shapes and sizes” and the other half is the surprisingly deep (while still lighthearted) themes the series tackles when it needs to, such as child abduction and experimentation. That’s why I can’t hate all ecchi anime or video games…just the ones with dull male leads in them…and some of those are still able to pull off depth when they want to. Every now and then you find one where there is more to the girls in question than a cute or hot bod and a pretty face. The Neptunia series and Neptunia TV are no exception.

CPUs wearing gownsLet’s take a look at the relationship between the CPUs themselves. In the anime, the CPU’s war against each other, a visualization of the eternal video game console war, had come to an end. However, the CPUs remain rivals, even after befriending each other. They are like political parties who, while possibly respecting each other (The CPUs do respect each other), are still rivals competing for shares and becoming the top dog of Gamindustri. That is how the video game industry and commercialism in general work. Cooperation and competition are law.

The CPU CandidatesYet another example is my personal favorite MK2 portion of the series that was used for the show’s first major plot. The part that focused on the CPU Candidates, the fact they were living behind their older sisters’ shadows and their quest to become true goddesses/heroines. It’s nothing new in regards to storytelling but I couldn’t help cheering the ladies on as they faced a great threat that threatened Gamindustri without their stronger sisters to help them. I could go on and on but I think I’ve made my point.

Am I looking too deep into the source material? Maybe, but that’s how much I love this series and its anime adaptation. Will this change the minds of critics who will bash the game because “it’s the “IN” thing to do” or “the game mechanics and graphics are dated” or “it’s a game for Japan fetishists, therefore it sucks”? Unlikely, but I won’t hold it against them. It’s their opinions. Just like all my fans are free to disagree with this review as well.

PlutiaFor Pete’s sake, a person whose opinions I respect, wrote a detailed essay on the character of Plutia, her CPU form Iris Heart and sadism.

Poor CompaThe animation, I feel, also captures the spirit of the Neptunia series. The graphics for all three games, as much as they continue improving, continue being advanced PS2 graphics at best. Most won’t think much of the animation quality but they’re effective and get the job done. Unfortunately, it’s fanservice scenes like the above picture and a certain monster I detest with every single fiber of my being and I believe said character represents all that is wrong with the dark side of otakus, that give critics the fuel they need to bash Neptunia. On the bright side, after the first two episodes, the dirty dogoos and THAT YELLOW BASTARD, are never seen again.

The music, once again, is major fanservice. Several tracks from all three games, mostly MK2 and V are remixed or taken directly from the games and applied to the show. The best part is that they’re all pretty good, including the anime exclusive OP, ED and “special song” near the climax.

IF snappingYou’ll all have to forgive for not going through most characters on the show, for there are many. So many that some Maker Characters either got lots of screen time or only 1.5 seconds or didn’t appear at all. In fact, only one anime original character appeared. There were townspeople and maids but they don’t count. Just take my word for it that there’s a character type for everyone.

Nepgear X VertI would rank the Yuri level of the entire Neptunia series as Grade 3. As for the anime, unfortunately it gets a Grade 4. This part was kinda lacking but what we did get was “Marvelous” (I wonder how many will get this without having to Google it). The most prominent pairings we got was some minor IF X Compa and some delicious Nepgear X Vert, both who just so happen to my favorite characters in the entire franchise.

Chibi Neptunia CPUsOverall, I consider Neptunia TV everything I had hoped for and more. Like most things in life, it could have been better but who am I to complain when what we got was amazing. I can’t say whether my fellow Neptunia fans feel the same or not, or whether newcomers will enjoy the show enough to check out the games. This is mainly due to several events making sense only to fans of the games. Even though I said the show is only confusing at first, there are still other stuff later on in that will continue confusing newcomers.

It’s kind of the same as a manga lure/bait. Viewers want to understand more, they have to play the games to find out…or Youtube Let’s Plays.

All I know is that this show is currently my #1 anime of 2013 and I have little reason to change my mind. I would say give the show till episode 3 to officially decide whether it is for you or not, unless you’re a person who dislikes ecchi and moe in general.

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37 Responses to 193rd G-View: Hyperdimension Neptunia TV

  1. Gobbothegreen says:

    As a newcomer to the series I just have too get in here and that i found the anime enjoyable and it inspired me to purchase the games. So i can say that it managed to make alteast one new Neptunia fan 😀

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    • Overlord-G says:

      I’ll post the reviews of the 3 main games in this review one more time so you can see for yourself whether all three are worth it or not. Personally, I would recommend MK2 and Victory, and the first game is for completionists only, especially because there’s a possibly superior PS Vita remake coming soon.

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  2. MR.KLAC says:

    well give finish watching series it did fine but now have stay tuned cause later on the road the dub version will coming since Funi got the license of it.

    yet even series if did got re-cast with Funi voice roster well let say series is set in alternate universe with different voice roster on it.

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  3. chikorita157 says:

    In short, I did enjoy the show a lot especially for the fact that the girls were enjoyable. With that, I do look forward to the remake later this month.

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  4. Cytrus says:

    No knowledge on the games, as I’ve already told you, but I liked this well enough. I thought the initial episode explained everything well enough, and I never really felt lost, even if there were times I wasn’t sure how significant a given character would turn out to be. Sure, there’s the feeling parts of the story were condensed, but I could live with that.

    The show was mostly light-hearted fun, with shades of drama to keep things from becoming stale. Simple and silly, yes, but simple and silly by choice more than by lack of ability. There were some moments surprising in their implied complexity and execution. My favorite theme was the unique mix of religion, politics, public relations and military potential all combined in the single person of a country’s goddess. While not fully explored, it did give birth to some interesting situations and developments.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      “The show was mostly light-hearted fun, with shades of drama to keep things from becoming stale.”

      That is the Neptunia franchise in a nutshell. What newcomers got here was but a taste of what the games had to offer.

      Oh yes. Some things were definitely condensed but for a 12 episode show +1 upcoming OVA, it was expected that not everything could be explained in detail.

      “religion, politics, public relations and military potential all combined in the single person of a country’s goddess.”

      Yes. That is in theory what a CPU is in charge of. When they aren’t playing games or saving Gamindustri from ultimate destruction, they are like the presidents or supreme deities of their nations, ensuring their “people” aka, consumers, are satisfied and trying to convert others to their “console”.

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  5. mutopis says:

    This is one of those shows that is fun to watch if you dont take it too seriously. Sometimes I need something to distract my brain from too much thinking.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      I actually think all the time. Serious or fun, I try to get something beneficial out of the shows I watch. If I don’t find anything, fun factor it is then. Although I focus more on having fun than challenging my brain.

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  6. Justin says:

    Just finished it. Gave it about the rating you surmised someone who hadn’t played the games would give it (6). Overall, never did feel bored watching it; that alone counts as a good thing. I bow down to David Productions for making it easy for me to get into!

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    • Overlord-G says:

      I expected as much. After all, it is pretty basic as far as ecchi anime go and that is also its greatest strength. Does a show HAVE to be a 10/10 in the eyes of major critics to be labeled as amazing? I haven’t played the Walking Dead Adventure Game nor have I sat down to watch Lincoln yet.

      Point is, the show (even the franchise as a whole) ain’t the next big thing, but for people who enjoyed watching it anyway, does it really matter?

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  8. kracen says:

    It was a struggle to get to watch this. Not for any bad reason, but because I wanted to play the game first before I would then watch it so I understood the characters and themes in the anime itself.

    The problem there was, I don’t own the platforms in which this game is available on, so that was my first hurdle… Now, if it wasn’t for the fact I own Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale (Which btw has some nice Yuri moments in it if you haven’t played it) I would never have had steam start recommending me anime based games, and I was only half paying attention to steam and I noticed Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 as I wasn’t aware it was available on PC. I bought it immediately, hard to play with Keyboard and Mouse so I ordered an Xbox Controller to plug into my PC and then finally began my journey through the first game (Or at least its remake).
    30 hours later after getting the true ending and everyone to max level, and enjoying the lily system so I can make my own pairings. The game, is awesome, I am praying Re;Birth 2 and the others come onto PC to as it was just an extremely fun experience, am slowly making my way through a second play through on new game+ in order to unlock Uni, Rom and Ram, slowly because the enemies don’t scale and so being over lvl 100 against enemies that you one shot is rather boring.

    Game completed, loved and enjoyed, it was finally time to watch the anime, and it was also awesome, so much so that I would say to anyone who is even remotely considering watching this that they should play the game first. There is so much that I would not of understood, or enjoyed had I not played the game first, it made the experience so much more enjoyable.
    The characters from both game and the anime are awesome, to see them animated was just wonderful.
    One thing that does bother me, not about the show, or about the characters or anything, was how I had to google which platform Peashy represented… Because when I found out that she was the PC, I realised how obvious her name made it, Peashy out loud is said near enough, “PC” and as a PC gamer, I should have noticed this… Ah well…

    Either way I give this a 10/10, both the anime and the game…
    Enjoyed it so much, I am seriously considering picking up the manga, a manga which doesn’t have Yuri as its central theme… but damn I just love the characters so much, I want to see more of them.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      Very glad to hear you too were enthralled by Neptunia’s greatness and unlimited yuri potential. More people need to give this series a chance along with the anime.
      The manga too is enjoyable so I’m sure you’ll have fun reading that.

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  9. While I haven’t played the games myself, I’m really interested in them. I’ve seen full let’s plays and found them entertaining. Although I’m not really sure if I can call myself a “fan” because I didn’t play the games. I also heard the OP’s ,ED’s, and other vocal songs of the games and I loved the passion and catch they have. But I am FEELIN’ THE FIERY BEAT OF THE BGM! That part where Neptune saved Noire from the dragon, MMMMMM-MMMMMM! THE BASSY BEAT WITH THE WONDERFULLY COMPOSED BRASS AND STACCATO FLUTES TO TOP IT OFF! THAT SONG IS EPIC
    It’s a positive start. Funny too.
    Anyways…
    Wanna talk about how the Conquest End could be expanded and possibly earn the title of Modern-Day Epic?

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    • Scratch that, the legato in was also strings now that I listen again. STILL EPIC

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    • OG-Man says:

      You like the series and sought out as much of its merchandise as you could so that’s enough to label yourself a fan.
      One does not speak of the Conquest End in my presence. EVER!

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      • kracen says:

        Why do I have it to notify me of new comments…. You just reminded me of the conquest ending…. That damaged me for days after.

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      • OG-Man says:

        Poor, unfortunate soul. OG-Bear feels your pain.

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      • Replace the yuri goggles with a tin-foil hat for a second. What if it was all a huge ploy to start conflict between the nations once more so there could be advancement? Goddesses can’t die and Nepgear knew that. She took Arfoire’s words to heart but would never admit it. It would look bad if she openly agreed with her enemy.

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  10. That was surprisingly intense towards the end.

    Of course, classic old me wishes for all-out conflict every time it gets the chance.

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  11. I’ve always had an unexplainable soft spot for Underling. I doubt she had the intention of wrongdoing in the first place because in the series, she makes a few comments about doing it for money. I’m sure she was desperate enough to the point it drove her to do bad things. She’s no evil goddess, just some cannon fodder. If there is to be a bad character that ends up good in the end, I think it would be Underling. And give her an actual name, ffs.

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  13. kakikitsune says:

    I have only just finished watching half of the anime and I fell in love with it within the first few minutes of episode one, not that I was surprised I was hyped up just from reading the summary. As far as the games go I have not had the pleasure of playing any of them, but I’m WAY beyond being so far gone into fangirl mode that I’ve already started looking into getting all of them. That shows how hard I have fallen for the characters and I enjoyed all of the video games references so much that I had to keep my laughter and sqweeing down, because my dad had fallen asleep on me after the second episode. Of course, that was back at 3AM and its now past 8AM so I can’t blame him, as for me I’m still too hyped up to go to sleep and thought I would look for a post about this amazing series. As has happened before I’m pretty much in complete agreement with you OG and my only regret is not having found this series sooner, but thanks to random anime shopping sprees I now have another fandom to jump right into! X3 I’m so happy and I’m off to go fangirl uncontrollably now and read about the games, and as always thanks for reading my thoughts or in this case ramblings lol X3

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    • OG-Man says:

      Glad to have you on board the Neptunia bandwagon. The more fans, the better.
      If you enjoyed the anime I’m sure you’ll enjoy the games.

      These days it is best to play the Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth Trilogy as those are the definitive versions of the first three games, though if you want to play the original PS3 versions that’s good too. Check out my reviews of those to see if you’re interested. Otherwise stick to the Re;Birth Trilogy.

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  16. yurimylove says:

    game consoles need (yuri) love too 😀

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