So, it seems that Michael Doi isn't the only "fancy dancer" in Enix's Bust-A-Groove rhythm game series. Meet the Flower Dancing Team from the Japanese only Bust A Groove: Dance Summit 2001. Although the picture is rather small, I think it's obvious even at this size that these are no ordinary ladies, these girls are drag queens, through and through!
Dance Summit 2001 did not include any of the original BAG characters and introduced a four player mode where players would dance as a team rather than individually as in previous games. Each team of characters has their own style of music that they dance to and The Flower Dancing team uses House Music. Makes perfect sense given the time period, and I'm glad they went with house rather than the stereotypical Disco.
Actually, I think that Drag Queens might just be the next logical step for the Ouendan/Elite Beat Agents series! Imagine a team of Tranny's that cheer you on through a soundtrack of drag queen classics like Judy Garland's "The Trolley Song" and Jennifer Holiday's "I'm Telling You I'm Not Going." It brings a tear to my eye just thinking about it...
Thanks to Tsunehito for sending this one in! Image courtesy Mr. Skullhead75
Side Note: A friend of mine was fortunate enough to attend a talk at GDC about the Americanization of Ouendan. Apparently, the Elite Beat Agents with their afros and Blues Brothers suits weren't the original plan for the game. They brought out some early concept art that showed that the title was originally to be called Disco Rangers. And their inspiration for the look of the team? Why, none other than the Village People! How hot would that have been? I must say, the mind reels.