Otomedius Excellent is a Gradius parody, even though Konami already makes Parodius. The game has you command not so much a ship, but a woman holding onto a rocket booster with handlebars. It’s a bit surreal.
Excellent does feature a good deal of customization. First of all, you can pick from a number of lovely ladies with names I can’t remember based on their inherent attributes, or if you’d rather, their looks. Then you can customize the kinds of weapons and abilities they get in the power meter.