Some analysis of certain aspects in BlazBlue
Tragically desperate or just plain selfishness? An analysis of Litchi Faye-Ling.
Before reading, I would recommend you in finishing the True Story. This will contain a lot of spoilers.
What Litchi did in Continuum Shift was exceptionally shocking. The only genuinely good character who in Calamity Trigger
can be described as 'The least person that Ragna needs to worry about' (since she had no interest on his head)... suddenly joined the Obviously Evil
NOL in order to pursue her original goal to save Arakune. She may not be very evil, but it is a known fact that her Fatal Flaw
is her selfishness. People thought she stood for pure kindness and goodness, but by joining NOL, it may seem that she has abandoned all those. Let's find out why.
Point 1: Myth about Relius capturing Arakune for bargaining chip
There were at first rumors when the BBCS spoilers came that her joining NOL was because Relius Clover captured Arakune, making them think that he did it so Litchi will have no choice but to join, putting her in similar situations as other characters that had their beloved life directly in danger after being captured by a bad guy. Such as Sophitia Alexandra
, Leon Magnus
and perhaps Eddy Gordo
. Common scenario, yes. However, as the actual game came out, it turns out that Relius wasn't even thinking of Litchi at all. He just caught Arakune for no apparent reason, or at least a reason he didn't disclose to the audience. In short, Litchi joined NOL on her own will, without any push, or any Mind Screw
courtesy of Hazama (who did that to Tsubaki). This created quite the uproar that Litchi willingly betrayed the trust that the people of Orient Town, Kaka Clan (Taokaka included), Carl and Bang; all who cared for her greatly, then she abandoned them all for her selfish reasons, there were also speculations that all her kindness was just a lie to make her get through the common people more easily. This was enough to create a Broken Base
- Its not exactly true that she joins the NOL just because she could. Relius Clover downright tells Litchi that he can save Arakune, and since it was Terumi who orchestrated Lotte Carmine's deterioration, this is believed as plausible. The price for that is working for the NOL, and staining her hands with evil. Plus adding that Relius captures Arakune provides that he does plan on experimenting on him. Now its unlikely he'll actually do anything, but their current positions allow Litchi to use the NOL's technology to find a way to cure him.
- Except it was Hazama who said that, Relius' only meeting with Litchi was during his attack on Carl and all he mentioned was the connection between her and Kokonoe. Therefore, whatever Relius planned on Arakune, it wasn't on the purpose of coaxing Litchi, and people were pissed that they were blaming the wrong person, even if Relius is over-the-top sinister. Besides, Litchi had no idea that Terumi was behind the deterioration and there's no telling what she will do if she finds out, she could either end their contract and steal some technology, or just be submissive and work accordingly. Nor did she know about Arakune has been captured. Therefore, the villains did not push her and made it look likenote she joined because she could, and it was advantageous.
Point 2: How desperate is she
It turns out that Arakune alone wasn't her reason of her desperation. The only people she knew could help; Kokonoe and Tager; refused to help, mostly because Kokonoe was too set on killing Terumi. Worse, Kokonoe even pitted her against Tager just to prove a point. She's probably left alone, and as the alternate ending stated, killing Arakune or not, she pretty much only had 2 to 6 months to live, not a very long time. In between that she only had a short time to live, and Arakune's lifespan is pretty much shorter than hers, nobody she knew wanted to help her, Litchi became extremely desperate that on the sanest line of thinking, her only option is to join NOL and get treated there, prolonging her time to find a cure for Arakune, which may be in NOL as well. So, in that case, regardless if she wanted to save Arakune or not, her body has reached the point that it might not be able to sustain herself. If she decided to be too overly high in morality and didn't wish to dirty her hand by NOL, her only choice was to just lie down doing nothing significant for 2 to 6 months, as her memories start to fade, and she withers and dies. Or the worst case; she becomes the next Arakune and the first victims would be the people of Orient Town. Perhaps Litchi didn't realize it, but at any rate, she would choose to stain her hands for awhile rather than killing the people of Orient Town mindlessly.
- Of course she is desperate, but I highly doubt she'd jump off a bridge if she were told it would help Arakune. The alternate ending takes place months after Litchi would have killed Arakune. Even so, her time to work is limited, and even if her body holds out, she too will begin losing memories.
- The things obsessed people would do to be with their lover does have an article, though. Most people accepted that she is obsessed, for obsessed people, even that 'jump off bridge' or even 'burn a city or two' would become a viable option. So perhaps, the only way to be sure she won't jump off a bridge even if it would help Arakune is to show that she is not obsessed... while facts do say she is obsessed.
Point 3: Abandonment?
So why didn't she tell the townspeople about joining NOL? There were a lot of theories, but haters would chalk it up as 'They were insignificant to her, so she doesn't care or bother to tell.' It might not be true, but another way to look at it is that Litchi isn't as mentally strong as you all thought. She knew her decision would hurt the people of Orient Town, and especially Carl and Bang, who had their grudges against NOL (Carl since his hated father is in there, and Bang because of what they did to Ikaruga), yet she didn't have the strength to tell them, fearing disappointment and their attempt to stop her at all cost, which would mean she will have to fight them, and she's not going to like it. There will be a big burden placed on the people if she told them, so she chose to spare them from that.
- Who cares about minor characters anyway, and the people of Orient, the normals if you will, think that the NOL, despite its rough way of work, is actually keeping the world in order. They don't know what the organizations true motives are.
- From the player point of view, the people of Orient Town ARE insignificant, yes. However, Litchi has considered them dear to her life and they were pretty important people. How important they are IS in question, and should Litchi consider them okay to be killed if it means saving Arakune, the reason why she's in Orient Town in the first place, that would be her crowning moment of obsession, or if you're feeling cynical... Moral Event Horizon.
Point 4: Warnings
Another debate that the haters used against her was that Arakune himself has warned her GREATLY, while he's being himself that Litchi should just forget about him and end his existence. However, it will result her being bedridden, and her sickness is not cured, although Kokonoe is there to help her... but if she didn't kill him, she probably wouldn't be bedridden, therefore not averting Kokonoe's attention from Terumi. On a positive look, however, it could be interpreted that she knows a way and tries telling Arakune to stop being pessimistic and giving up.
- Arakune only warns Litchi in their alternate CS endings, where he finally recalls Litchi.
Point 5: Hostility
The one chink that could draw questions on whether Litchi's true face is someone who cared only for herself or not was shown during Rachel's story, when they fight each other. Rachel did insult Litchi's efforts to save Arakune, causing her to show no kindness at all, only hostility, her eyes are really open wide in anger, while she ranted on how desperate she was. Also take note that the one who struck the first blow was Litchi and this was before Rachel started insulting. If you remember her Arcade Mode in Calamity Trigger
, Litchi mistook Rachel as a 'lost child who couldn't find her mommy' and is treating her kindly until she showed some suspicious actions, but that trait seemed gone in Continuum Shift. This could be attributed that what happens in the Arcade Mode didn't get carried over in Calamity Trigger's True End. Other factors may include that Hazama told her to hold off his worst enemy if she wants any progress in getting the cure. She certainly was in a bad mood since she knew what she's doing is wrong and she had to endure, then Rachel nonchalantly pressed her Berserk Button
. Who was on the wrong side on this case? Was it Litchi who attacked our protagonist Rachel, who is actually right? Or was it Rachel who didn't take account to Litchi's lower status and acted high and mighty like usual, making it look like the rich trampling on the poor? You'll never know.
Point 6: Would she?
There are easy conclusions that with her suddenly joining NOL on a whim like that, or the encounter with Rachel above, makes her think that everything other than Arakune is insignificant, thus should NOL orders her to burn Orient Town, or kill those she cared about if she wanted information to the cure, she will accept gleefully. Most of her defenders think this is not true, and I will agree... Her kindness as shown to Carl was one of the more genuine things she could show, and what cements her that joining an evil organization doesn't make her heart evil. Thus, if she ever was ordered to do such thing, she will have a lot of hesitations. However, if ordered to attack Kokonoe and Tager, Litchi might have less hesitation. They may be friends, but they, especially Kokonoe, has hurt her feelings and pushed her to join NOL, so there will be a chance that she is angry at them for ignoring her like that. Kokonoe, on the other hand, may probably try to kill her for siding with Terumi. She's become desperate to kill Terumi, and learning that her student hanging around with Terumi may make her lose it, feeling a great betrayal, and responds with disowning her and attempts to kill her. Who knows? It might happen...
- Its implied that the erosion that Arakune went through is similar to Litchi's. Her emotions are erratic at this point and rationality can easily be thrown out the window. Her objective is to save Arakune, anything that gets in her way is met with some hostility, but being someone with patience, it will take a while to press Litchi's patience before she attacks,unless of course you press the Berserk Button.
Point 7: Beyond the Story
However, it is also known that all of Litchi's fighting abilities come by drawing the spirits of the dead from the Boundary. It means that her control over Mantenbou and perhaps her chi manipulation were all thanks to the very same source that is corrupting her inside out. Many would believe that if Bang used the Houyoku Rettenjou on her, it will deprive her of her fighting skills. On the story standpoint, it seems like a good choice that Litchi finally stopped fighting... but on gameplay standpoint, it means we will lose Litchi as a playable character. Perhaps NOL would give her another mean to fight with telekinesis utilizing Mantenbou and chi manipulation without further corrupting her, and so once she was cut off from the Boundary and would leave NOL, she will still be able to be a playable character without heavy changes on her play style. So in short, her joining NOL would be some sort of Fridge Brilliance
, it may look shocking, but when you look more into it, you will realize that it would be beneficial if we want to keep Litchi forever in the BlazBlue
Point 8: Alignment
Now that we've broken down most of her aspects, there were two alignments that would fit her best:
- Neutral Good: She is overall unaligned to everyone and only joins NOL because something interests her, unlike Tsubaki who was indoctrinated to serve from the start. Her goal is always about the health of Arakune and by default, it shows selflessness, which is Good. Two of the characters mentioned in Point 1 (Sophitia and Eddy) were pegged as Good despite working with evil, so if it can work for them, it can work with Litchi as well. Besides, Word of God also consider her Good.
- True Neutral: While it is unknown to judge by now, with how Litchi acted, it may not come of no surprise that her alignment is 'wherever Arakune is' and thus Litchi is lacking a sense of justice to prevent herself to join evil. And if she really was obsessed, or as it's shown right now... then if told to, she may burn a town or two if that's what it takes. People will praise that as 'romantic and devoted for her lover', however it will drive her away from the status of 'Good'.
Point 9: What will she do?
Now that she has joined NOL, what do you think she will do? If all Hazama wanted was just the Seithr research data, she can easily put them in computer and she's available for many things to prove her will to save Arakune. She can be a cannon fodder for the heroes to handle, and they might not show mercy, and perhaps Litchi would return the favor as well:
- Ragna might have known her during his CT story and understand his plight. However, he's easily riled up and would consider Litchi joining NOL to be a hypocritical act. Taokaka might be disappointed that Boobie Lady chose Black Squiggly, her Arch-Enemy, and feel betrayed. Litchi would feel bad on Tao, but on Ragna, in account that he's a dangerous criminal who killed many innocent Punch Clock Villain of NOL, she may not show any mercy.
- Jin was one of the people blocked by her and Tsubaki. Knowing Jin, he will be mightily pissed off. However, there is Jubei who was fond of her by Jin's side, and Jubei was far wiser to think that she's gone insane. However, Litchi has ignored Jubei's warnings so many times that Jubei may think she's a lost cause. While Litchi would view Jin as a traitor of NOL who is perfectly okay to be destroyed, and if she gets near Tsubaki, she will want to bring Jin back to Tsubaki.
- Contrary to what people think, Noel might not know Litchi at all, the CT Gag Reel is probably counted as non-canon. And when Noel gave Carl to her, it was probably because she's 'looking for the nearest doctor'. Like Jin, Litchi would see Noel being a traitor, as well as if she spoke to Tsubaki, side with Tsubaki to eliminate Noel for her sake.
- Rachel has insulted Litchi's goal and pressed her Berserk Button, thus it was easy enough to see why Litchi wouldn't believe Rachel one bit or not doubt in beating her. On the other side, Rachel would've seen Litchi as a lost cause as she ignored her warning. Therefore, Rachel would keep up the hostility rather than stopping people to kill her.
- Hakumen is in the same boat as Jin, with the bonus that Hakumen is much more extreme in his way, and would go out of his way to kill the one who dared block him. If Litchi remembered events of the past, she would recognize him as one who killed Arakune (as in his CT bad ending) and would be completely hostile to Hakumen. The feelings this time is mutual.
- Kokonoe refused to help her in the most crucial timing, and Litchi dared side with Kokonoe's worst enemy Terumi. If they get pissy at each other, the feeling this time is mutual.
There are points that could make her have a Heel Realization
, such as Carl or Bang reminding her that she has other people to live with, and especially Bang who has the Phoenix Rettenjou, THE alternative for NOL's cure for Boundary problems. However, while Litchi would view them positively and feel bad on attacking them rather than those mentioned above, they might not return the favor. Carl could be pissed that she dared side with his father and Bang would have to choose between justice or her, the two things he liked. And judging on how he learnt about who the true enemy is and how he was able to choose duty over love (CT Ending), perhaps him attacking Litchi wouldn't be too out-of-place.
Overall, the chances of her Heel Realization
wasn't as high as everyone thought she'd be, Anti-Villain
as she is currently. It all depends on how high her obsession rate is.
Aside of that, she could stay in the backgrounds and just bother with her research. However, this being a fighting game, this will be less than likely as it will put her on the bus.
In conclusion, perhaps her act was quite selfish, but there were some tragic backgrounds behind her actions, also her act would be beneficial for her future as a BlazBlue
playable character, so if you're feeling positive, then 'tragically desperate' would fit her best. Do we still have to bash Litchi as a filthy traitor who sold her good heart for her own desire? Personally, I don't think it's necessary, but if you still dislike her, well, I cannot stop you. She may look petty on the outside, but deep down, I think that she does deserve some pity. While she never asked for help, most of her supporters consider her like a mentally Distressed Damsel
, as her only choices were either stay, wither and die; or stain her hands for a better future. Perhaps you may still hate her for siding with the antagonist after being a thoroughly good guy beforehand, but Litchi has deeper motives than just a traitor with big boobs.
I'm just human, so I may make errors. If you do find an error, rebute this analysis!
Ragna, the feared Grim Reaper, has contradictory views on the afterlife. He fears ghosts, implying he at least believes there is life after death. But at the same time he denounces the existence of Hell.
Boundary Corruption Counter 101
So with EXTEND, we found another one who can survive passing through the Boundary: Makoto. With that, we can deduce on how the Boundary corrupts, how fast, and what either completely destroys or slows down the corruption. In Makoto's case, we knew she was completely focused on The Power of Friendship
, her bonds with Noel and Tsubaki. And that allowed her to survive intact. Thus, we can conclude that the power of bonds are very important. Next up, Hakumen also survived. Considering he's Jin, it's very probable that he survived 'due to sheer will' AND the bonds between him and Tsubaki AND Ragna (yes, Hakumen is less obsessed, but doesn't mean he no longer respects his brother). And possibly, the rest of Six Heroes except Terumi (he still had high opinion on Jubei at least). Then there's Litchi, whose corruption seemingly slowed down. She focused on saving Arakune with The Power of Love
, but at one point, she was distracted by giving care on the people on Orient Town. The focus on saving Arakune was her biggest stalling method for the corruption, but when she slowly forgot her purpose and thought she's better off killing him in CT, the corruption acted up and started picking up the pace. However, at her true end, she probably realized that if she lost focus on Arakune, that's the moment the Boundary will catch up to her. Even then, the bonds she shared with the likes of Carl, Taokaka and Bang were also strong enough, that she still tried to remember them despite signing up with NOL, therefore she probably has more chance to survive the corruption.
And then... Lotte Carmine? How did he fail alone while the rest 'succeeded'? Simple. If you recall his sane self, we already know he's an utterly antisocial, glory-seeking scientist. He believed in making the glory for himself only and completely refused to form a bond with Litchi, even if it's just friendship, he considers her utter annoyance. His quest of glory got mirred with how Kokonoe treated her, hitting on his inferiority complex. Thus, when he tapped into the Boundary, he has no focus (his quest for glory became doubtful and unfocused due to his inferiority complex) nor bonds (Loners Are Freaks
) to keep his mind occupied, therefore easily corrupted into Arakune. It was only later after he turned into Arakune that he remembered Litchi, which formed a very small bond for him (no matter how late it is), that it enables him to have a periodic sane moment.
Also, it would seem that whether you are fully human or not affect just how easily corruptible are you. True enough, Hakumen and Makoto were able to survive with sheer willpower and focusing on The Power of Friendship
. However, Hakumen is on a Susanoo Unit, not his human body of Jin Kisaragi. Makoto is a beastkin. It is probably noted since they seem to specialize in combating the Black Beast, their body possesses something to hold off the Boundary corruption better than any normal humans, so not being corrupted doesn't seem so utterly special to them (but still awesome). On the other hand, Litchi and Lotte were mere humans. Litchi may be able to stave the corruption by focusing on The Power of Love
, but her body of a normal human is failing her, therefore at that point, she was receiving symptoms of corruption, but even that still grows slow. On the other hand, Lotte has nothing to focus so strongly, is a human, therefore, his fall and corruption were swift and fatal. Yes, we know, Humans Are Flawed
...Only not so much, as there are three humans who dared the journey and pretty much emerged intact... physically, that is. Ragna the Bloodedge was pulled in by Nu, who intended to merge with him and become the Black Beast, and yet he came out with his body mostly intact. He did forfeit the Azure Grimoire, however, and his memories disappeared with it, only to return in time for him to offer himself up to the Black Beast and force it to sleep for a year fighting it from the inside out
. It's safe to say that he had enough willpower to manage the dive and keep the Boundary from seizing his consciousness, as he would never had remembered otherwise - and even then, he had to keep his focus on Jin and Saya despite a BFS
gouging his chest out. Jin also made the dive, literally, as he went after Ragna in an attempt to save him. Any memory loss he sustained involved his transfer into Susano'o as he became Hakumen. The same willpower that governs the power of order, as well as his strong bond with his brother, allowed him to cross over otherwise in his pre-dive state. That leaves us with Relius Clover, who was dragged in when the Black Beast emerged, only to resurface eighty years later with his memory completely scrambled - it wasn't seized from him during transit, as he spent the next year reassembling it, but he was lacking in some area. His will was strong, to be sure, as he got right back to work once he recovered, but one has to wonder if he truly considers Yuuki Terumi and Shuichiro Ayatsuki friends or merely associates, or his will towards this certain work that requires perfection is just that strong, the same drive that would lead him into turning his family members into Nox Nyctores.
Nu and Terumi both failed to transfer across physically - Nu was torn between any Saya remnants within her personality and her programming to reunite with Ragna and become the Black Beast, which she did. She did have something of a soul, however, as she was transferred into Lambda soon after her failure in Calamity Trigger
, and her body reconstructed itself due to its lifelink with Ragna as well. And for his vaunted ego, Terumi is an extracontinuual spectre who went bugfuck nuts after one trip between timelines too many, and he has no "body" to speak of. Kazuma Kval, whose body he took, lacked the will to survive, and Terumi wasn't providing, so Relius had to rebuild it from scratch after his own jump. It is possible Ouroboros drives the user insane, but there's no way to tell since Terumi's completely nutbar already. It does also show why Terumi completely failed and probably in a worse level than even Lotte Carmine, if you refer to the 'Lesson' section below: He was so devoid of friendship, bonds, love and reveling in despair as well as thinking of himself only so highly
, even before his first trip, so much that the Boundary elevates his 'bug fucking nuts' level into some level that is beyond comprehension and turns him into the monster extraordinary we all know..
Lesson of the analysis: While race does have some
influence on one's ability to retard (that is, suppress) the Boundary's influence, if not cease it, the strength of one's bonds, friendship
, coupled with pure willpower
, has a much stronger influence.
Back in Calamity Trigger
, we were introduced to Makoto - on the surface, she gave the appearance of a cheery and whimsical beastkin girl, basically Fun Personified
. Throughout Continuum Shift
, however, we started to see that not everything was as it appeared: beneath all of that, she was compassionate, determined, wise... and troubled by Fantastic Racism
. Like with Litchi (though not in the same way), a number of fans only saw what was on the surface and were quick to cry foul, some of them branding her a Canon Sue
, even though the signs point to something else entirely (there are good reasons her birthdate is April 2, after all).
The key to thwarting these accusations and understanding the full depth of her character involve understanding her tumultuous origins, and between Heart to Heart
, her bad ending in Continuum Shift
, and Arakune's Arcade commentary, it's clear what we saw in Heart to Heart
is but a taste of what she's endured. What is written here is a possibility of what that entails, any evidence that she's faced that possibility, a negative result from that possibility, and a corresponding positive result. Grab a hanky before reading...
- Verbal and physical abuse: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" is something we hear a lot as a child. The two work in very different ways - sticks and stones speak louder due to the direct pain induced, but words are harmful in an erosive manner. Both work as developmental deterrents, discouraging a child from growing along a particular path. What differentiates abuse from discipline is that the latter is meant to prevent bad development (delinquent behavior, harmful release of frustration, excessive bursts of violence) while the former can universally stunt development altogether. Racism makes this worse: a prejudiced mind will care not for things like "potential" and "ability" and instead punish a person simply for being outside their desired mindset.
Evidence: Anyone who watches Heart to Heart automatically knows where this evidence exists - the bullies attack Makoto with words and hands. Even though she returns fire (and mocks Tsubaki in the process), she feels unwanted after everything that transpired.
Negative Result: As stated above, this is a developmental deterrent. Makoto is still quick to verbally retaliate when people mock her race or her humanity (this is her secondary Berserk Button), and her potential was tainted due to regular exposure. This is the "mask" of her Jerkass Fašade, and part of the origin of her "One of the Kids" mentality. As a side note, in Remix Heart, it was stated that she disliked studying, but in Slight Hope she was capable of learning and adapting quickly. She was never an idiot, but all the abuse discouraged her from cultivating intellect.
Positive Result: If Makoto had the chance to get away from all the abuse (like the time spent with Noel and Tsubaki), she could have the chance to harden herself against all of that. Further, the physical abuse also toughened her on a physical level. Combine the above with interrogation resistance techniques (a compulsory for espionage work - like NOL Intelligence), and she becomes stupidly resilient to mental and physical torment - already from this one section alone, Hazama is completely stripped of all trolling options that do not involve tripping her Berserk Button or using Ouroboros liberally. Relius' probing remains effective, however, as keeping the masked creeper from boring into your soul requires specialized techniques that are not on the Intel curriculum.
- Financial woes: A comfortable life can help shelter one from regular abuse, but maintaining it requires money, and that requires serving society. The rates differ from one region to another based on currency and the local standard of life. Racism is also a factor here, as rates can be recalculated in an unfair manner against the prejudiced. Add in a large family, and these rates can spiral out of control.
Evidence: What was the reason Makoto enrolled at the NOL Military Academy again? It was to help provide for her family - and if her gag reel has any truth to it, House Nanaya may be up to its acorns in debt. If her relatives don't have jobs of their own, it falls to her to bring in the bread, so to speak, which puts quite a bit of pressure on her.
Negative Result: Makoto is forced to take on a mercenary mindset when on the job (she does take breaks and some proper vacations, or she would if she had the time), and tries to remain active as much as possible to make ends meet. Undoubtedly, Hazama is milking this for all its worth via pointless tasks and possibly suicide missions (considering what she becomes, is it any surprise?), and he's probably stiffing her on the pay as well. Her Double Agent role does provide some benefits and a secondary income, however.
Positive Result: On the other hand, because of this mercenary mindset and her need to get in touch with her friends, she takes her work very seriously - she will take every clue into account, investigate every lead, concoct a plan that allows her to complete her work as quickly as possible, and alter and reconstruct the plan on the fly. This has the side effect of making her a nightmare to plan against if you don't understand her motives: due to regular contact with Carl, Relius has a better idea how "friendship" works, and planned around her platonic bond with Jin by helping him away from Ronin-gai. This plan failed because, while he left enough wiggle room to catch up to her in case she didn't follow, he was not expecting an encounter with Bang Shishigami, who followed Jin at her request. Terumi, however, thinks friendship is utter bullshit and refuses to understand, leaving the entirety of his backup plan on the chance she would be caught by Relius while he mindraped Tsubaki into oblivion. We all know how this turned out.
Addendum: Further evidence and results have come to light via Amane's Astral - poor families typically only have enough money for food and board, meaning they have to take measures with clothing to at least remain decent, and this usually involves buying smaller clothes at a discounted price. This outfit, no matter the age, leaves her arms and belly bare, but the post-Astral outfit is barefoot as well. While this makes Makoto appear shameless at first, showing off her assets as copiously as a T game will allow, it also keeps her humble, which is why she never acts bigger than she is unlike a number of other individuals. Think of her outfit in the same light as Clay residing at the very bottom of the Driftveil Gym - a constant, self-inflicted reminder that she started out with nothing.
- Betrayal: This is where matters get particularly deep. No matter what woes you may face, you can always count on a friend to help you through them... except when they prove you can't. Betrayal leaves a particularly deep scar, as you never expect a "friend" to turn on you when you need them, and it undermines the trust you have in the rest of your companions. The size of the scar is proportional to the size of the betrayal - the more serious the backstabbing, the harsher its effects on you, and some scars never heal completely. Racism worsens the matter as the "betrayer" will have fewer compunctions against turning on the "betrayed", and in fact may be more prone to manipulating the victim for their own benefit.
Evidence: We haven't actually seen anyone betray Makoto on the level required, but we do have a reliable testimony that suggests at least a heavy betrayal or a number of lesser ones. "You say they're your friends, but you don't trust them. Not really. Deep down, you're merely waiting for the other shoe to drop. In nature, oppressed creatures are known to cozy up to those who are controlling them." What Relius is suggesting is that Makoto, at least on a subconscious level, expects to be betrayed at some point - she has likely been tempered as such due to her past experiences, and facing that is a source of pain she wishes to never again experience.
Negative Result: This is half the "frame" of her Jerkass Fašade - it's hard to make friends when a number of them have all turned on you, especially with racism as a root. She acted like a jerk because she didn't want to make friends for this reason, but she got Noel and Tsubaki anyway, and even then, as Relius notes, she still has some issues with them.
Positive Result: On the other hand, due to being betrayed in multitude, Makoto learned - and quickly - how to judge a person as being trustworthy. Said Jerkass Fašade had enough holes in it that a capable observer (like Tsubaki) could tell what she was like underneath, and anyone who could come to understand her despite the facade could work to destroy it from the inside out. Even afterwards, she is a strong judge of character, able to make out who's worth befriending and who isn't in short order - she and Jin got along real well despite his cold front, it took only a few encounters for her to trust Bang with rescuing Jin in Slight Hope, and a good philosophical discussion caused her to find Tager trustworthy (he may not trust her, but that may be Kokonoe's programming - that's neither here nor there). On the other hand, she's one of two people (the other being Litchi) who don't trust Hazama at all with little prior contact with him (just about everyone else learned that he was rotten through firsthand experience) - the big reason she defected from NOL Main Branch is due to learning just how corrupt of character he truly was.
- Genocide: This is the big one. Ethnic cleansing of any level is going to scar its survivors forever, an eternal testament to the depths to which humanity can sink. Whether something small like a lynching or something huge like the Nazi Holocaust, anyone who endures will have their faith in their fellow sapient sorely tested, have to cope with any losses they endure, whether friends (Jacob? JACOOOOOOOB!!!), family (Mommy! Daddy! Don't leave me!!), or even belongings (My tote-bag!) and drastically change their lives to heal from the resulting trauma. Nothing is ever the same anymore.
Evidence: There is no evidence, to date, that suggests Makoto has faced a genocide aside from the results listed below, but the full extent of those results may be evidence enough. She certainly won't talk on her own (nor should she) until she can be comfortable discussing it, but it may be possible that the "Chrono Phantasma" and "Nemesis Horizon" phenomena may force it out of her anyway.
Negative Result: This is the other half of the "frame" of her Jerkass Fašade - even without traitors in the midst, she may be afraid of making friends only for them to up and die months later, especially if said traitors are involved. A paradox, that - too strong to die alongside her friends, yet too weak to save any of them. Because of this, she may be overprotective of the friends she has (Noel and Tsubaki), and that is slowing down her own recovery.
Positive Result: And yet, that is her drive, her motivation. Having seen so many friends die from race hate and betrayal, she wants to ensure that whatever friends she has left do not share that fate, and to this end, she will strengthen herself and her friends, physically and otherwise, in order to minimize that possibility. Now that she has Noel back with her, that time is going to be put to good use sparring with her and Tager (and possibly Azrael) - if Noel's makeover is any indication, she may have "embraced Makoto's overflowing spirit" after all.
- Total Results: "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts" - sometimes an amalgamation of issues may cause new problems and new growth to arise. This case is no different.
Negative Results: The whole racism package had completely tainted Makoto's natural childhood, so she demonstrates the "One of the Kids" mentality mentioned earlier during the Academy days in order to live out what she never could. While Noel and Tsubaki don't mind it much, and neither does Carl (and after he dropped out, that kid needed a hug from someone), CS!Jin feels that her continued niceness is a sign of stagnation - that she "never graduated". Fortune!Jin found it welcome, however, and it's likely CP!Jin may soften up to her a bit more as well.
Positive Results: There are no extra positive results that come together from all of this, but instead all of it serves as evidence of its own - showing the level of compassion Makoto does, and the sheer potential she possesses, as well as her (initially) hidden desire for friends, despite all the raw crap she endured in one of the worst childhoods in BlazBlue (and that says something when one considers Ragna and Carl are the top contenders) would require an unyielding will, as anything less would leave one irreparably broken. Like with Ragna, Rachel admitted that this was the trait that endeared her to Makoto in the first place.
And yet, with all of that, one of the things that should keep her from being a Canon Sue
is the fact that no matter how she may develop (and there are many ways, let us tell you), there is always a possibility (or several) that do not allow her to obviate anyone else in the cast (a Canon Sue
would render at least one person completely useless). Despite every trait working for and against her, she has no way to destroy Terumi himself, no Azure, Order, or Boundary-severing Nox - and with what she does have, this is something she will never need.
Terumi Yuuki, The Lucifer/Satan figure of BlazBlue universe
Terumi has shown himself as an utterly irredeemable prick, add to the fact that he, by the Word of God
, is claimed to have no redeeming qualities. His acts, however, leave him very open to be referred as the Lucifer/Satan figure of the BlazBlue
universe, regardless if Christianity and Catholicism and Bibles weren't a recurring theme of the game (a lot of stories puts up such symbolism
for Rule of Cool
after all). So, let's take a look on how much Terumi is the equal of Satan, even if his acts weren't chronologically similar.
is a fairly safe name, note
but his other aliases such as Hazamanote
, Kazuma Kvarnote
, Dark Susanoo
and The True Evil
are more in-line with Names to Run Away From Really Fast
. However, remember that Satan's true name was Lucifer
which translates to "Lightbringer" and suddenly the safe name, Terumi Yuuki
, turns into a play on how Lucifer's name meant something grand and good, but instead ended up representing something so wicked. Another point to bring to mind that the true name of The Devil in Islam is "Ibliis" (plural: Abaalisa
) which is derived from the Arabic verbal root "balasa", meaning "he despaired", therefore, "Ibliis" means "he/it that causes despair
". Now just what is Terumi's truth, goal and great joy in life again?
To add more irony, Lucifer is the prince of Darkness while his name refers to 'Lightbringer'. In the same vein, Terumi Yuuki, whose 'Yuuki' meant 'courage', promotes despair, one antithesis of courage.
Lucifer eventually led a rebellion to take God's throne, but ultimately failed. Unlike Lucifer, however, while Terumi did the same, rebelling against his 'God'-like figure the Takamagahara and Amaterasu, his rebellion has been largely successfull
, plunging the world of BlazBlue
into a state of chaos. And as shown in Chrono Phantasma, he wants the world to turn into his paradise of "Place where everyone kills each other for his own amusement". That... just screams off "Reshape the world as he sees fit", like Lucifer did.
Banishment to Hell
Just like Lucifer was cast down to Hell after being struck down by Archangel Michael, so did Terumi. Once he betrayed the heroes after the Black Beast is beaten, Hakumen took the matters at hand and sealed him to the Boundary, at the cost of going there himself.
Terumi, as Hazama, disguises himself as a mild-mannered informant of NOL who has a tendency to bring the worst of the people around him, even with sweet words and Half Truths
, without most of the people noticing. He wouldn't outright state he is Terumi, Troll extraordinaire, unless it's the right time, or against those who knew his cover (such as Rachel). Manipulating the weak sides of humanity and picking them on the weakest moment, spreading temptations and Deals With The Devil
. Well, such practice is pretty common for Satan/Lucifer as well, taking guises of normal humans (hello, Louis Cypher
!) and hiding his true self and intentions, while manipulating things with just small words and temptations.
Terumi, believe it or not, fits ALL the Seven Deadly Sins
, whether he's trying or not. Sure enough, his worst case is Pride but his second biggest one is Wrath. Pride is typically represented by Lucifer, while Satan occasionally represent Wrath. Let's explain how much he fits the different deadly sins.
- Pride: The worst sin of man is one of Terumi's biggest trait, just as how it led Lucifer into thinking that he's better than God and decided to shape the world in his image, leading to his rebellion against God. Terumi's pride shows in that he thinks he is much much better than everyone else and decided that his image of the world, truth and lies (Everything are lies, the only truth is despair) has got to be the accepted truth of the world, and he's going to shove it in, whether the world likes it or not. Obviously, nobody thinks like that, only he alone thinks like that, but he thinks it's the best thing ever because he thinks so, because he thinks he's the most awesome being ever. Also notice that in Japan, he'll shamelessly use the pronoun "Ore-sama" when he's in Terumi form to refer to refer to himself, this pronoun is usually used for someone who thinks too highly of themselves, while it's not inherently bad, when used in context of Terumi, it shows how much he loves to boast about how he thinks he's better than everyone else. Compounding this, whenever he's in Terumi form, he refers to everyone else with "Temee", the lowest, most insulting 'you' pronoun to indicate just how low he thinks of everyone else (and in English, you can be assured that he's gonna insert a Precision F-Strike to those he talks to). And notice that when he's in Unlimited form, he uses quotes to indicate that he Hates Being Touched... he has such a high pride that he thinks human touches are just disgusting for him. Pride is also the one thing that led him to eventually murder Nine, he couldn't stand about being geased into obedience by Nine, a human, even if it's a witch, so he retaliated by manipulating Trinity's love for his form, Kazuma Kvar, to release him and then backstab Nine to satiate his vengeance over his hurt pride.
- Wrath: Omnicidal mania aside, Terumi's wrath serves to emphasize his hubris rather than detract from it - many a time he has gone into fits of murderous rage when his "truth" is called into question, people act like he isn't the most important being in the universe or, more recently, when his plans go utterly awry. And even beyond physical harm, he is willing to engage in mental and emotional torment for any reason, up to and including pure impulse. Satan is also probably angered by how God casted him down to Hell, thus lashed out at the sinners that was drawn to him, torturing them to quench his frustration on how his rebellion failed.
- Sloth: Terumi's one truth is despair - to forfeit attempts at improving upon oneself. It isn't enough that Terumi embraces it, but actively attempts to sow it through manipulating world affairs. His ideal "playground" is a bloodsoaked pit where others murder for his amusement, where he doesn't have to lift a finger for the world to fall apart around him and all he does is just watch and gets himself amused at others' suffering. He even espouses sloth on a professional basis - in Carl's bad ending, he tells the lad with a straight face that he is letting his pocket of the Intelligence division rot, and he is rarely, if ever, seen doing Intelligence work. Further expounding the problem, when one of his subordinates proves competent at her work in this division, Terumi orchestrates at least one suicide mission for her to keep her out of his machinations, and when that fails to do its job, rather than understand how she works, he goes straight for murder - "it is easier to stab a man in the back than it is to stare them in the eyes". Ironically, Terumi is snake-themed, while the punishment for Sloth is getting thrown into a pit of snakes...
- Envy: Envy is described as a "desire for other people's things" - it was never said that these "things" had to be physical. Terumi himself doesn't seem to desire a lot of what the other characters have. Poisoning others' good fortune is a demonstration of envy, and Terumi is steeped in these acts. His first act is being the "odd man out" of the Six Heroes, who got along with each other rather well - rather than try to correct himself and fit in, he sought to divide them amongst themselves and manipulated Trinity Glassfield to that end, exploiting her love for Kazuma Kvar, whose body he inhabits. There would be usually an excuse to 'not better himself', that being Nine geasing him into utter obedience (they were only interested in his knowledge of the Black Beast so they can beat it), but considering why he's the 'odd man out' in the first place, the reason why he was thrown into the Boundary by Nine no less, was because he was already a rampaging monster and gleefully killed Jubei's brother Tomonori for no reason, his steeping of 'poisoning others' fortunes' has been rooted in him since the beginning. In more recent days, he gratuitously tormented two young men who came to be known as Ragna the Bloodedge and Jin Kisaragi, using the latter as a literal vessel to destroy his psyche, abduct their younger sister, murder their aunt, immolate the church they grew up in, and sever the former's arm, and later still, he exploited Jin again, using the seat of his ministerial secretary to drive a bloody wedge into the friendship of Noel Vermillion and Tsubaki Yayoi, both to torment them and to exploit them for his own malicious deeds.
- He also has a kink to make one's bad fortune get even worse, such was the fate of Lotte Carmine when he encountered him. Not only he gave him the wrong lead in his attempt to expand on his friend's Boundary research, he went on to, without care, turn him into the abomination called Arakune and overall made him too delusional. When it turns out that said friend, Litchi Faye-Ling, who was much more fortunate, getting the soft spot of Kokonoe, is a pleasant woman that is loved and adored by many, especially in Orient Town, Terumi instead utterly wrecked her good fortune by playing up her guilt in not preventing Lotte to turn into Arakune, and made her leave those who loved and adored her and join his side against her will as he just said he had the cure she sought for both her and Lotte, while in the same time ruining her relationship with Kokonoe note , pits her against Bang Shishigami, a new friend of hers that she respected while he was heavily infatuated in her (Two birds in one stone, as Bang has tangled with Terumi and lived to tell the tale), all for the 'cure', which in the same time, had her unwittingly quicken a phenomenon called 'Day of Destruction' due to her conflict with Bang, all of which was tormenting enough for Litchi and for Terumi, he might've said he wanted her research, but considering that he could easily steal it since he knew of its existence even if Litchi hid it, it is extremely probable that he was just doing all that to torment her.
- Lust: People think of lust and interpret it as gratuitous amounts of sex. In reality, lust also covers for any form of physical pleasure - addictions are one such form. In Terumi's case, everything that falls under Wrath and Envy qualifies as Lust, on the premise that he enjoys making others suffer. In one encounter with Hakumen, he said that, even though he needs people to hate him in order to remain manifest, he tortures people the way he does because he enjoys watching them suffer. Likewise, so sundry is his pleasure that at the end of her Arcade run, Makoto explicitly asks Terumi if he gets off to "screwing with other people's lives" and in her Story mode, when Rachel saves her from Hazama's fury, he accuses the vampire of "cock blocking" him. Given how often he resorts to it, "addiction" is a suitable description for these tendencies.
- Further expounding the problem, particularly psychotic addicts can be driven to violence when deprived of their "fix" or forced to go through withdrawal. Terumi has been known to lash out against those who seek to resist his torture of them or treat his torture victims, which integrates Lust with Wrath even further. Examples include Rachel, who simultaneously tainted his pride by comparing him disfavorably to Ragna ("I could list his flaws for an eternity and yet... he is still a very interesting man"), and Ragna himself, who mocked him after he was thrashed upon to Terumi's delight. Most notorious is Makoto, who not only resists most of the trolling and psychological warfare he inflicts upon her, but also because she tends to the emotional wounds he inflicts upon her friends, all of whom are his personal favorite stress toys. Many times he is driven to psychosis and homicidal rage due to the overlap between his plans and his euphoria, unto both of which she is a threat.
- Gluttony: Gluttony is the desire for excess - to take more than one's fair share, nourishment or otherwise. As stated elsewhere, Terumi needs others to hate him in order to remain manifest - while Ragna's and/or Kokonoe's hatred alone would be more than enough, he doesn't stop there, instead tormenting and drinking the ire of everyone he could possibly reach. If the theme song 'Gluttony Fang' isn't a tip-off enough...
- There is another thing to exemplify his gluttony. Nox Nyctores are made of the souls of people smelted within the Cauldron, all of which were wracked with fear and anguish over their imminent deaths to the Black Beast. These things would make Terumi happy, even if that was used to destroy his misbegotten creation. However, by the end of the Dark War, Nine felt bad for the souls she used to create the Nox Nyctores, so she decided that enough is enough, they served their purpose in the destruction of the Black Beast, and as an apology, she's going release them instead of leaving them trapped with the weapons, by destroying the Nox Nyctores one by one. Terumi would not have that - dismissing those souls would sever them from the agony he craves so dearly. So when he learned that Nine was doing that and his Ouroboros was next in line to be destroyed, Terumi devised the plan using Trinity's love of Kazuma as described in the Envy entry, and then got Nine killed so he can use Ouroboros to continue sowing misery through the world, drinking long and deep of it to his insatiable heart's content. That the other Nox Nyctores would remain operational is but a side effect.
- Greed: Greed is more than the desire for money - it is the unjust acquisition, hoarding, and pointless expenditure of political resources, money being one of them. Any money Terumi does not spend on personal care or Intelligence mission budget (or possibly donates to Relius for his own expenditures) remains trapped within his pocket of the Intelligence division, and he clearly has plenty to go around with how he mismanages his own division - pointless missions waste resources and hoard them at the same time (agents sent on these missions are not conducting more productive work), whereas suicide missions like Makoto's trip to Ibukido are much bigger wastes (in destroying the budget money and the agents sent on these missions). It also contributes to inflation, which makes the hoarded money diminish in value over time and works to cripple the economy. In conjunction with Gluttony, he complains about how Intelligence is understaffed despite his mismanagement - more agents means more resources he gets to control, which can invoke a spiral reaction.
- Orthodox Christianity also occasionally adds the eighth sin being Despair. This one needs no further explanation, Terumi WORSHIPS despair and considers it the only ideal truth there is, and he's hell bent to ensure that it becomes the accepted norm of the world and everyone experiences it.
With all these, we can probably assume that the world of BlazBlue
is really in deep trouble. Terumi really matches his credentials with Lucifer and Satan, and instead of being trapped in Hell/Boundary forever, he's set loose, creating an utterly despicable, but extremely powerful enemy. Sure enough, he's got style and flair to appease his fandom, but there is no doubt that if there's a Satan figure of the BB-verse, Terumi is the one.
We already made comparisons between Terumi and Satan
. But it's just as likely that he would be similar to his herald
as well, considering that in one of the supplemental materials, he and Relius were using Saya for a vessel of that 'thing', which may also be the Satan stand-in if not Terumi. This is to compare Terumi to the Antichrist.
Goals and Events
is often mentioned to take over Europe as part of his Evil Plan
to Take Over the World
. He also is described as the one to kick start the Apocalypse. Now Terumi under the guise of Hazama is the leader of the NOL's intelligence division. However he and Relius have been implied to be controlling the Imperator's string, making them both the men behind the man
and the rulers of the NOL, established to be a New World Order
. This is a looser take on because we don't know where the Library started, are they rotten to the core since the beginning or they really used to be a proper and supportive one before shit goes down, however since the goverment involved Europe, Terumi has achived one of his goals (as long as he keeps Imperator Saya
under his control.)
The Antichrist's second goal is to bring The End of the World as We Know It
so that the forces of evil can win. Terumi has instigated a Class 1 Apocalypse by making (albeit by accident) the Black Beast, (More on that later) and wants to pull off a Class 5 Apocalypse. Therefore he fulfills the criteria of his goals.
is said to disguise himself as either someone benevolent, unimportant or harmless. Then the public at large; either he and the Intelligence division doesn't exist
or he is regarded as a good man by member of the Intelligence Division and related NOL branches. This gives Terumi free reign to do whatever he wants with few people knowing. On top of that what we are seeing is not his true form, but that of Kazuma Kvar, a man specifically engineered to be his disguise.
The False Prophet
According the The Bible
, The Antichrist is a false prophet that tries to undermine Christianity's Faith and pervert its teachings. Here Terumi tries to undermine his enemies while forcing everyone to believe Despair as the only truth
, as well as destroy the lies (read: everything)
. He's also in charge of the Intelligence Division of the NOL, meaning that he has people capable of espionage and misinformation and will do so at his command (not that he still won't do it himself, but he prefers
that everyone else would do his dirty work, as detailed in the Sloth section of the Satan comparison, thus relying more on being a Manipulative Bastard
The embodiment of all Evil
Arcording to theologian Bernard McGinn, as Jesus is the ideal model of humanity
his opponent at the end of days would be a being of concentrated evil, and there is no better concentration of pure evil
On top of his Omnicidal Mania
, he also breaks cuties
, Mind Rapes
on a regular basis, and more often than not Kicks The Dog
, and does despicable acts For the Evulz
. And then revels in taunting their miseries while flaunting his superiority
as well as fully adhering to the lifestyle of It's All About Me
No discussion on the Antichrist would be complete without the numbers 666 or 616. In this case it is in the Invocation
of his and Ragna's Azure Grimoires. This particual Artifact of Doom
was invented by Terumi himself and Ragna found it from the remains of the Black Beast (which Terumi also created)
The Antichrist has many different interpretations
- The Man of Sin/Lawlessness: The Antichrist has been equated with The Man of Sin. A figure from 2 Thessalonians 2:3 that's described as one who will be revealed after a falling from Christ's Church and will oppose and exhert himself over everything called god and setting himself on his temple. Now there are two beings that are as close to God as we can get in the series: The Master Unit Amaterasu and the supercomputer Takamagahara. The latter was personalty taken care of be Terumi himself. He then claims to have its powers after the fact resulting in the end of the Continuum Shifts perpetrated by Takamagahara. When you can take out two godlike beings you have a reason to think you are above the God. And so Terumi did, (Though he's not calling himself a god...yet), and in fact, all his attitude where he gets pissed off whenever people think he's not the most awesome being in the world, or someone calls bullcrap on his 'truth of despair'... he seems like he DOES really want to be above God to watch men suffer for his personal amusement. On a literal note, Terumi embodies 'all' the Seven Deadly Sins AND the additional 'eighth' sin of Despair to boot. (See the above analysis for details)
- Being in league with other figures: Rome wasn't built in a day, not was it built by one man. Terumi has other people helping him with his goals. Among them are Relius Clover, Saya and through her the entire NOL. Speaking of which, as mentioned before he has an entire division of espionage under his control, unless your name is Makoto Nanaya.
- Satan: This is explained in the previous analysis.
Long Story Short, Ragna and company better find a way to off the little troll. Because even if he's not Old Nick, he is still in a position where if he succeeds, the entire earth will go down in flames and despair. And nothing would please him more than that.