By Steve Baltimore / June 3rd, 2014
Since I reviewed Hyperdimension Neptuina: Producing Perfection this week, and thought the game was much more enjoyable if players knew a bit about the series before playing, I decided to write a short guide featuring the goddesses found in the game. Although the game does introduce each character and land, I wanted to put something out with a few more details for people jumping into the series for the first time.
The world of Hyperdimension Neptunia is divided into four lands; Planeptune, Lastation, Lowee and Leanbox. Each of these represents a game company that has or had consoles on the market. Planeptune is Sega country, Lastation is Sony, Lowee is Nintendo and last, but not least, Leanbox is Microsoft. These countries are locked in a constant battle for shares to control Gameindustri, though the goddesses are all friendly to each other.
The goddess of Planeptune, Neptune, whose name comes from the abandoned Sega console, is very laid back. She never takes anything too seriously, and would rather spend her days lounging around or playing games than worrying about shares, but, when push comes to shove, she will always get up and get things done. When she transforms via her HDD Mode, she becomes Purple Heart, and her personality does a complete 180. She becomes very serious and level-headed, for the most part. Her sister, Nepgear, who is likely named after the Sega Game Gear, is much more level-headed, but has a geeky side. She loves giant robots, manga, and is always tinkering around with mechanical things.
The goddess of Lastation, Noire, is the exact opposite of Neptune. She is very diligent, and will always put work before play. She is also that classic tsundere character. Yeah, she is not very forthcoming with her feelings at all. She considers Neptune her friend, but getting her to admit that would likely be challenging. When she activates HDD Mode, she becomes Black Heart, though her personality doesn’t change much. She just get more aggressive. Her sister, Uni, whose name likely comes from the UMD disc used in the PSP, has most of the same traits as her big sister. Uni is always working hard to get praise from Noire for doing a good job, and Noire make this very difficult for her at times. She considers Nepgear to be a friend, but, much like her big sister, it would likely not be easy to get her to admit that.
The goddess of Lowee, Blanc, has a very split personality. One side of her personality is very soft-spoken and sweet. The other side would just as soon smack you as look at you. Blanc spends a lot of time reading and takes her job as CPU very seriously, since Lowee is an old and proud nation. When Blanc activates HDD Modem she becomes White Heart. Her personality doesn’t really change that much, but the sweet side of it is pretty much gone in this form, with only the aggressive side showing. She has two younger sisters, Rom and Ram. These girls represent the DS, and, if you look closely at their hats, you will see one half of DS symbol on each. The girls are very playful, but mischievous. One is very sweet while the other is pretty abrasive, and both would likely get you into trouble quickly if you let them.
The goddess of Leanbox, Vert, acts much more mature than the other goddesses in some ways. She is very well-endowed and flaunts this at every opportunity. This is a pun on the 360 in Japan having a number eroge, or erotic, titles. Vert loves to play MMOs. The one she is seen playing in the series is Four Goddesses Online, in which she has a really high-ranking clan. When Vert transforms, she becomes Green Heart, and is basically just the same as before, just more powered up. Vert has no sister, since Microsoft has no handheld systems. However, she will try to steal Nepgear away from Neptune any chance she gets.
I hope that this guide has helped to give you a bit more insight into the inner goings on. Now that you know a little bit about the world and Goddessess of the Hyperdimension Neptunia series, this will likely make some of the things you see in Hyperdimension Neptuina: Producing Perfection make a little more sense. This guide was just a short glimpse into the series; you may want to check out other titles in the mainline series for more information.