Character Analysis: Neptune

Hello and welcome to all you beautiful dragons, today we’re doing something a little different. This is a character analysis of your beloved protagonist: Neptune from the Hyperdimension Neptutnia series. We’re asking two questions, how does the console and company (SEGA) affect her character and which of her forms is closer to her true nature? So without further ado let’s get into it.

First and foremost it’s unclear how much the unreleased SEGA Neptune influenced Nep’s character. There’s debate on whether she personifies the SEGA Neptune or a fictitious console created by the game developers. For the purposes of this analysis we’ll consider it a mixture.

Originally the SEGA Neptune was planned to be an intermediate console between the SEGA Mega Drive (Genesis) and the SEGA Saturn. It would be a Mega Drive (Genesis) combined with a 32X but the project was cancelled in 1995, not wishing to dilute the market for the soon to be released Saturn. There isn’t much information on the scraped console so it’s hard to speculate any personality traits derived from it.

On the other hand, the fictional Neptune console the game developers designed, made in-game by Planeptune, specs and features can be found. Visually the console is nothing like anything available in reality, an indication of Planeptune’s technological advancement and focus. It’s shaped like a D Pad with each side being a CD Port. The primary colour is a solid black with neon purple highlights. It has many features that gamers can only dream of existing. An A.I. operating system, capable of automatically performing complex tasks with a simple auditory command. The A.I Model Neptune is designed to emulate a real human. It’s starting configuration is energetic and optimistic, making it difficult to control at times. More time spent communicating with the console the more it adapts to the owners preferences and less errors occur. Among the many other futuristic features are, a multiple split-core processors that emulate human DNA, the memory is beyond comprehension and has the capability to play 4D games, audio and movies; but the only other important feature for our purposes is the Play Controller. It’s able to output movies, music and can tickle you. How very Nep?

Now it’s difficult to determine what era of SEGA Idea Factory might have considered for inspiration. Let’s assume more modern SEGA, beyond the Dreamcast days. Looking at the games released in that time doesn’t hold much water. There are many different franchises made and released by SEGA including arcade games. Amongst all of them are many games that can reflect both sides of Nep’s personality so it’s best to try to narrow down the scope. It’s safe to say SEGA is most known for Sonic the Hedgehog and maybe those are the only games that need to be considered. Between 2001 and 2003 SEGA shifted to third-party software development. Deciding to stop producing their own consoles, SEGA started developing games for third-party software such as the PS2 and Gameboy Advance. Then between 2003 and 2015 SEGA merged with Sammy (a pachinko and pachiclot manufacturing company). Eventually Sammy completely took over SEGA after buying it’s remaining shares. From there SEGA experienced many changes but nothing that would have an impact on a character inspired by the company.

Megadimension Neptunia V2
Megadimension Neptunia V2
Megadimension Neptunia V2
Megadimension Neptunia V2

Above are the four different forms of Neptune. Her human form, Goddess form, Next form and older Neptune. It’s hard to connect her design to SEGA. The closest is the white and blue colouring in reference to the company’s logo. Except this blue is the wrong shade. Neptune has a light blue colour whereas the SEGA logo sports dark blue. Yes Neptune has a lot of D Pad imagery but D Pads are a staple for most controllers nowadays, including the ones with joysticks. So SEGA barely influences Nep’s character design.

It’s clear to see the bigger influence is the fictional Neptune console created by the game developers. Neptune’s goddess form and older Nep are the best examples with the black and darker purple colour scheme. Her goddess lost purple form resembles the console the most with the see through purple screen on her stomach. Older Neptune’s outfit is basically a pallet shift of regular Nep’s Parka dress with a few details and shapes changed.

Neptune’s personality has already been touched on in a previous post, be sure to read that for a more indepth take on Nep’s personality. To recap she is a happy-go-lucky girl with a strong sense of justice. She’s a bit ditzy but confident and optimistic. In her goddess form, she’s more mature and calm. She takes full advantage of her intelligence and observation skills. So what influence did SEGA have when creating Nep’s personality? As previously stated SEGA is bound to have released and/or developed games that fit both her forms personalities so we’re just going to focus on the company’s mascot: Sonic the Hedgehog. For those unfamiliar with the Sonic games it might be hard to see the similarities. Sonic is a free-spirited humanoid hedgehog with a strong sense of justice and adventure that’s gotta go fast. Couldn’t resist. Sonic can be reckless, charging into situations and fights without thinking. Generally Sonic is easygoing, cool, carefree, impatient and hates being bored. He has a lot of self confidence which results in an inflated ego, sass, quick-wit and cockiness. Quickly multiple parallels start to appear between Neptune’s and Sonic’s personalities. They’re both super confident, easy going and have a strong sense of justice. Looking at other characters in the Sonic series there isn’t an exact character that matches Purple Heart. There are similar traits here and there but nothing on the level of Neptune and Sonic. So it can be assumed that Idea Factory took inspiration from SEGA’s mascot character, Sonic, when personifying SEGA and the fictional console they made for it. Of course it’s also worth noting the fictional Neptune console. A console that’s A.I operating systems default configuration closely resembles Neptune’s personality, energetic and optimistic.

Finally, Neptune’s true nature needs to be determined, something which isn’t really that difficult. All that’s needed is older Neptune. Older Neptune is from the Ultra dimension and because CPUs are created in that dimension and not born Neptune never became a CPU. As Neptune has gotten older her personality has become a combination of her energetic self and Purple Heart. Leaning more towards the human form of Neptune that players are familiar with. Even though Neptune is believed to be a bit ditzy by other characters there are moments she uses that to her advantage. This information partnered with what can be surmised regarding the relationship between SEGA and the designing of Neptune, it can be assumed that Neptune’s human form is her true nature. Purple Heart is a mature, calm damper on her energetic nature when she needs it. Despite this, at times Neptune’s true nature will leak through when she is in her goddess form. For example, when she transforms into Purple Heart just so she can ride a rollercoaster.

In conclusion, it has been determined that SEGA’s influence on Neptune’s character largely stems from their mascot character Sonic the Hedgehog. And as for Neptune’s true nature it can be determined that it shines through in Neptune’s human form. The energetic, optimistic and friendly protagonist players love.

Thank you for taking the time to read about Neptune.This took a bit longer then I would’ve liked but what can you do. I’ll see you all in the next post.

-Your Hostess-

Image Source: https://ideafintl.com/nep-v2/characters/

Cover image: Hyperdimension Neptunia sprite

Ranking the Goddesses

Hello and welcome to all you beautiful dragons, today I’m starting a waifu war. That’s not my intention but when you rank characters it’s a risk. The point is people have different opinions on waifus. This is a joint piece featuring myself, The Hostess and Saethyrax the Daydreamer. The main order was decided by me and if Saethyrax’s opinion differs it’s written in red next to the black. Similarly sections he’s written are in red. This is also a great way to introduce the characters to anyone who doesn’t know the series.

12. Peashy

Source: Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory
Source: Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory

“Boo! Play with me too!” – Peashy

“Oops! I forgot! I wasn’t supposed to say it’s nice to meet you. Forget that I was nice, okay?” – Yellow Heart

Peashy is one of the CPUs for Planeptune in the Ultra dimension. She personifies a PC, easy to figure out from her name. Peashy is pretty much a child and not the adorable kind. No, she’s an unruly kid that freely tackles others and breaks things. Peashy can be annoying. Her energetic and outgoing nature compliments her combat style, punching/fists. Despite her tough act she can be very emotional and burst into tears. To reiterate she is a child. An annoying child. Granted Yellow Heart’s design is cute and she has impressive “assets”, if that’s your thing. Underneath that she’s still Peashy. When she transforms her personality barely changes. There’s no hate for Peashy but she is annoying. That lands her at the bottom of the list.

11. Ram

Source: Hyperdimension Neptunia: Victory
Source: Hyperdimension Neptunia: Victory

“Get frozen into a glacier, dummy!” – Ram

How dare you make Rom play hostage and make her cry! You’ll pay, dummy!” – White Sister

Ram is one of the CPU Candidates of Lowee, the younger sister of the Lowee twins. Both sisters personify the Nintendo DS handheld systems. Ram is the more dominant twin, taking charge in conversations. She leans closer to the more aggressive side of Blanc’s personality. Although no one can compete with Blanc’s rage. Again she’s a child so she’s playful and in her case bratty. This brattiness and her big headedness can make her unlikable. On top of that she freely dishes out insults. Ram is akin to a steamroller. She’ll take over a conversation, sprinkle in some insults and not listen to reason or other people’s opinions. She does have her good points. She will do anything to protect her sister. She can be cute, if she would shut her mouth some of the time. Bottom line when you compare Ram to the other CPU Candidates she is the least likable. 

10. Rei Ryghts

“Oh dear! I’m sorry, sorry, so so sorry!”- Rei Ryghts

“Your low-class whore personality makes it debut, I see. This is why you CPUs are vulgar whelps.”- Blue Heart*Only assumed based on the established naming convention.

Rei Ryghts was the CPU of the forgotten nation of Tari and the main antagonist of Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory. She personifies the Atari 2600 console. She led the villain group of Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory unaware that she was even a goddess having forgotten long ago, believing herself to be just a normal human. 

Rei has a drastic personality change when she transforms into her goddess form. Rei’s personality is quite gentle in her human form. She lacks confidence and has trouble conveying her ideas to her allies, who constantly tease her on a daily basis. In her Goddess form however, she becomes incredibly aggressive, arrogant and abusive towards others. She also loses her confidence problems when she’s transformed. Rei’s CPU personality would sometimes leak through to her human form, totally changing outward impressions of this normally kind, soft spoken girl. Rei’s reason for being a villain is because she failed as a CPU, she believed all CPUs were doomed to fail.

Rei is more interesting than the previous two. When there’s a large difference between a CPU’s human form personality and Goddess personality it makes scenes and encounters more entertaining. However Rei is an antagonist. A good antagonist but still one all the same. Of course the hero characters are going to out rank her.

9. Vert

9. Nepgear

Source: Hyperdimesnion Neptunia
Source: Hyperdimesnion Neptunia: Mk2

“Perhaps the world can wait just one more week while I speed through that game…” – Vert

“Wh-?! Breasts are symbolic for both maturity and fertility. The size of my bust equates my aptitude as a goddess.” – Green Heart

Vert is the CPU for Leanbox and personifies Xbox consoles. On the surface she appears to be the oldest and most mature of the CPUs. She’s kind, regal and loves her tea. Around the other CPUs she happily takes a big sister role, not having any younger siblings herself. Once you look beneath the caring, wise and sometimes playful Goddess you see that she has a serious gaming addiction. Locking herself in her room for several days, skirting her duties as CPU to play games. Due to her lack of a younger sister Vert tries her best to steal Nepgear as the sister she never had. Maybe if Microsoft attempted a handheld console that would change for poor Vert. Something else you quickly begin to realise with Vert is that she can sound quite pretentious, especially when talking about herself. Being proud of your beauty and “assets” is all well and good but maybe don’t mention it every time you level up. Vert is my least favourite of the main Goddesses. No hate, just a preference for more entertaining personalities. That is why she is here.

8. Nepgear

8. Vert

Source: Hyperdimension Neptunia: Victory
Source: Hyperdimension Neptunia: Victory

“What the goodness?” – Nepgear

“I still have a ways to go… I have to try harder…” – Purple Sister

Nepgear is the CPU Candidate for Planeptune, personifying a fictitious handheld console, N-Gear, based on the unreleased Sega Game Gear. Nepgear’s personality is the opposite of her older sister. She’s organised and hardworking, most of the time being the more mature/responsible out of the two. Nepgear is a simple character. She’s genuine, kind and a reliable girl who deals with major self confidence issues. This low self esteem means that she gets pushed around or requires encouragement from her team to push through. Making Nepgear a bit of a doormat. Nepgear is a tinkerer and is pretty good with technology, occasionally using these talents to help out her sister and friends. Nepgear is pretty much the nice doormat who is overshadowed by other characters. Sorry Nepgear you’re not a little closer to Neptune this time.

7. Noire

7. Rom

Source: Hyperdimension Neptunia: Victory
Source: Hyperdimension Neptunia: Mk2

“Who are you calling “socially inept?!”- Noire

“As soon as we’re done here, this guy’s fired.” – Black Heart

Noire is CPU of the nation of Lastation, she and her nation personify the Playstation series of consoles. Noire fits the role of your typical tsundere for your regular anime gaming needs. Out of the main 4 she is the hardest working, a lot of the times putting work before her own well being. During her time off from Goddess work she either plays games, spends time with her sister or does cosplay, she prefers to keep her cosplay hobby a secret though. In the remake of the first game she is the first of the other three goddesses to befriend Neptune and in later games is usually the closest friend Neptune has out of the other goddesses, even if it doesn’t seem it on the surface. I will say, out of the costume designs I like Noire’s the best.

I agree. I like Noire’s costume design best, there being some exceptions here and there. Personally I’m not a big Tsundere person. There are some who are my favourites but generally I find Tsunderes unnecessarily mean. Being cute for just your crush doesn’t make up for that in my book. So there are characters I like more than Noire.

6. Neptune

6. Noire

Source: Hyperdimension Neptunia: Victory
Source: Hyperdimension Neptunia: Mk2

“No matter what happens, we’ll make it through with my protag ruleset!” – Neptune

“Why bother with statistics when reality has already given you the answer?” – Purple Heart

Neptune is the CPU for Planeptune and personifies a fictitious Sega console that is based on the unreleased Sega Neptune. She is carefree and playful, appearing to act immature most of the time. Her ditziness combined with her strong sense of justice means Neptune acts before thinking. Sometimes that works out in her favour and others leave her needing help. Her friendly, happy-go-lucky nature means she makes friends pretty easily, quickly giving them cute nicknames. Her optimism and confidence are traits that Nepgear and others admire about her. When she transforms into Purple Heart her personality changes dramatically. Purple Heart is much more mature and serious than her human form. She can take a step back and assess a situation with keen observation and in a rational manner. Maintaining her strong sense of justice and confidence, possibly increasing with transforming, results in Purple Heart having an inflated ego, believing that no one can beat her. Oddly I like Purple Heart more then Neptune, something to do with her taking situations seriously. Neptune see’s everything as a joke or a game. That’s entertaining and sets the tones for the games but not enough to have me calling Neptune waifu.

5. Uni

5. Neptune

Source: Hyperdimesnion Neptunia: Victory
Source: Hyperdimesnion Neptunia: Victory

“It’s not like I wanted to come to this concert or anything.”- Uni

Uni is the CPU Candidate of Lastation, making her Noire’s younger sister. She personifies the Playstation handheld consoles. Uni is only really similar to Noire in that she’s a little bit tsundere, there are other similarities between them but no other obvious ones. Uni comes off as an ordinary teenage girl desperately trying to live up to her sister’s expectations, even missing out on making friends to do so. Despite her lack of free time, she has managed to become best friends with Nepgear.

Uni is the only of the goddesses that prefers to use ranged weapons, though in some games she forgets you’re supposed to shoot enemies with it not whack them. In her human form she uses rifles and in her HDD form she uses a BFG (If you don’t know this acronym, what rock have you been living under. No, not the giant.) the likes of which rival most other BFGs you’ll see. The fact she uses such a heavy weapon shows that even though she looks about 16 (hard to tell but she looks younger than Compa, who may be in her 20s) she’s stronger than most people in their prime. Interestingly, she’s the only goddess to get “smaller” when she transforms.

Uni is a great character and the only reason I can give that she is in this spot is because she has tough competition. She’s beaten by cuteness, entertainment and personality differences.

4. Rom

4. Uni

Source: Hyperdimension Neptunia: Victory
Source: Hyperdimension Neptunia: Victory

“Ram, when you’re a meanie… I don’t like it…” – Rom

“Let’s… do our best.” – Rom

Rom is the other CPU Candidate for Lowee and older sister of the Lowee twins. Both sisters personify Nintendo handheld consoles. Rom takes after the more soft spoken and serene aspects of Blanc’s personality. She can be quiet and even seen as shy. Although Rom mostly follows the lead of Ram she does have her own free will. Rom doesn’t always agree with how Ram acts or what she does but let’s her sister do what she wants anyway. When push comes to shove Rom will be the one to get Ram to listen to reason when she’s too busy steamrolling. She is exceedingly polite, calling everyone Miss or Mr. Rom is a precious cinnamon roll that needs to be protected from this world. Rom is my favourite CPU Candidate because of how adorable she is.

3. Uzume Tennouboshi

Source: Megadimension Neptunia V2
Source: Megadimension Neptunia V2

“I’m pretty hungry.” – Uzume

“It’s Uzume’s turn!~” – Orange Heart

Uzume is the CPU for Planeptune in Zero dimension. She is the personification of the Sega Dreamcast. She comes across as a tomboy with the desire to appear cool so that she’s seen as reliable. Uzume puts all her friends and people above everything else, willing to die in order to protect them. Only those closest to her can catch a brief glimpse of her relaxing. All of this is a mask she created when she became the only CPU left in Zero dimension. Her true nature comes out to play when she transforms into Orange Heart. In her Goddess form Uzume is this cutesy, adorable muffin full of innocence. A girl of pure heart that wishes everything is okay. I fell in love with Uzume. Her personality change is a bit of a whiplash but just made me fall harder.

2. Blanc

2. Plutia

Source: Hyperdimension Neptunia
Source: Hyperdimension Neptunia: Mk2

“I’m now writing a battle harem, slice-of-life novel. It will be epic.”- Blanc

“Tch! It’s the damn game’s fault! We’re playing the boxing game next! Left, left, right hook, uppercut!!!”- Blanc enraged, her usual state.

“Shut it! I can’t stand the way you talk all high n’ mighty, Thunder Tits!” – White Heart, shouting at Green Heart

Blanc is the CPU of Lowee. She personifies the Nintendo consoles, mainly the Wii. She’s the most aggressive out of the CPUs. She’s got a hair trigger personality, meaning that one moment she’s the calmest person you’ve ever seen, then in a blink she’s rage incarnate. Her volatility makes her difficult to work with, but she will work with others if it’s for the fate of Lowee or Gamindustri as a whole. The other CPUs, mainly Vert, like to get her riled up just because they think it’s funny. She is probably the toughest out of the CPUs, I personally have had her hold out way longer than the others in losing combats.

Blanc likes to read and aspires to be a writer, she’s not very good though and nobody buys her books. She is very caring about her younger sisters, even if they drive her up the wall frequently. As the games went on she’s become a lot more open, spending more time with her fellow goddesses and generally having fun.

Blanc is extremely entertaining and funny, this comes from her quick changes in personality. I see some of myself in her. She’s an avid reader and dreams of being a writer. Although an extreme and exaggerated, Blanc is an example of the idea that it’s the quiet ones to watch out for. Quiet people can be nice and polite but if you anger them it’s scary. I know, I’m like this, not as short of a fuse as Blanc. As much as I love Blanc there is one more who holds the top spot in my heart.

1. Plutia

1. Blanc

Source: Hyperdimension Neptunia: Victory
Source: Hyperdimension Neptunia: Victory

“Nice to meet you! I’m Plutia. Actually, Neptune isn’t the main character, I am!”- Plutia, bonus voice

“Hey Blanny. Look at me. Let me see your tear-stained face and bright red eyes…” – Iris Heart, teasing the Blanc of her dimension

Plutia (Pururut in Japan) is the CPU of Planeptune in Ultra dimension, which is based on the 80s. She personifies the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis for you guys in America). Plutia is a very kind, cheerful and easy going individual. She seems to be constantly tired to the point that she doesn’t even bother to change out of her pyjamas, yes that dress is her pyjamas. Plutia has one of the largest personality differences between her human form and her HDD form, Iris Heart. Iris Heart throws all of Plutia’s kindness out the window, being a sadist with a massive superiority complex. Iris Heart considers all the others her pets, there to be “played” with. Iris Heart speech is generally  quite lewd, tending to make dirty jokes or speak in innuendo. You’d be forgiven for thinking Plutia and Iris Heart were different people. Plutia does have mild sadistic tendencies but not to the extent of Iris Heart. Plutia’s hobbies include making dolls, spending time with her best friend Noire (Ultra Dimension) and napping, who’d have thought.

Plutia is my top girl. I love her character design, her personality and her HDD form brings a new dynamic to the group. It’s pretty clear by now that the cuteness factor influences my likes and Plutie’s got that, even with her sadistic tendencies.

Here we are at the end. Who are your goddess waifus? Do we have similar tastes? If you didn’t know the characters before I hope you do now. Thank you all for reading. Sending you love and light and we’ll see you in the next post.

-Your Hostess-

-Saethryx The Daydreamer-

Neptunia 10th Anniversary Month

Hello and welcome to all you beautiful dragons, today I have a very special announcement. August 19th is the 10th anniversary for the Hyperdimension Neptunia series. To celebrate, this August we’re going to spend the whole month talking about this great series.

There are so many entries within the Hyperdimension Neptunia series, including the main games, spin off games, a 2013 anime and a manga. Hyperdimension Neptunia is a mix between RPG and visual novel. During main story events most of the visual novel sections are fully voiced, in the English version.

Each game has its own story but the story structure for the main games can be generalized, sort of. Hyperdimension Neptunia takes place in a world where major gaming companies have been reimagined as nations ruled by goddesses. The goddesses, in true anime form, are a human girl anthropomorphism of their nation’s console. Our protagonist Neptune and her nation are based upon Sega, if were still a competing company in the console war, with Neptune being based on the unreleased Sega Neptune. In every game there is always a threat that arises which the goddesses must unite against to protect the land of the series, Gamindustri. Sometimes they end up going to different dimensions and help protect that world before finding a way home. The spin off games vary dramatically on what you might get.

This is a brief introduction to the series. There is so much to cover over the next month why rush with sharing all the information now. Hopefully you’ll discover a new series or a game to try out. Maybe you’re already a fan and just happy to celebrate with some fellow fans.

After what happened in June, having a project will be good. At the least keeping focus will be easier. As part of the celebration we’re doing a 30 day challenge. Go to teatimewithdragons on Instagram to take part. Thank you all for reading and we’ll see you all in the next post.

-Your Hostess-