Even if BlazBlue is set in a cynical Crapsack World, there are some amazing moments of idealism, kindness and love that are guaranteed to warm your heart.
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Litchi Faye-Ling may be working for the bad guys over at NOL now, but even if that was the case, she still is a kindly, motherly woman with a big heart (who is just unfortunately Forced Into Evil rather than going on willingly). Here are some of her actions that will melt your heart.
Litchi's relationship with Linhua. Litchi came to Orient Town, while Linhua was lost and confused and nobody was taking the poor girl in. Instead of ignoring her when she should've been concentrating on researching Arakune's cure, kindly offered her hand and made Linhua her apprentice in doctorate and acted as her mother figure, teaching her many things.
Her treatment to the Kaka clan is generally this. Trying her best to protect them from Arakune's rampage helped with Taokaka, teaching the kittens valuable lessons and trying to help the repopulation problems of the clan, and this is despite Elder Kaka saying that they're doomed anyway. The top of the moment, however, is chronicled at her CT story, when Elder Kaka asks if she would leave them alone after she finds what she's looking for. For someone like Litchi who could've gained much more fame if she didn't stay at a backwater town, hanging around with ignored ones, you could think she'll move away. But her response was instead that she'll stay in Orient Town, as the people needs her and she's grown too attached to them. She didn't care for glory, she only wants to help those in need.
Also in her CT story, when she thought Bang was a stalker and knocked him away, she ended up in Ronin-Gai and met some children whom she befriended and these children... told heavily dramaticized stories of Bang. Litchi can just reveal the truth on how much of a stalker Bang was, but she instead agreed with the children on how great Bang is. Her eventual treatment in Bang after CS would count as well, when nearly everyone else has been treating him like a joke, Litchi always treats him with respect (though not as much as lovers) and of all people, Bang was amongst the people she thought highly of, his presence is what passed her mind when she's making that heavy decision to join NOL, showing how much she treasured their friendship.
In Carl's story in CT, she appears and continues to show concern to the poor child, even if he's constantly driving her away. This eventually culminates in her sacrificing her life to protect him from Nu's wrath. When Carl, in distraught, asked why she'd throw away her life for some stranger, she utters this line before her death: "Do we need a reason to help other people?" While the event becomes non-canon, it speaks a lot about her personality.
In CS Extend, Platinum's story, the mere sight of her chatting nonchalantly with Jubei about Kokonoe pisses the hell of Luna, and jealous over "Boobzilla" out of a massive case of A-Cup Angst, beating her and then proceeds to bawl on Jubei on how he could be a boobmonger that not even Jubei can calm her down. Does Litchi hold a grudge? No - instead, she kneels down, pats Luna's head sweetly and explains to Luna that she and Jubei were merely talking about adult things (not that kind, she swears) and that she doesn't think ill of Luna or Sena. This was enough that Luna for once stops being a jerk. Also in Platinum's Gag Reel, despite being dreamed of as an Evil Overlord, when she woke up, Litchi is there, treating her wound kindly and reprimanding Tager for walking the wrong way and knocking Platinum out.
And to top of it all, even if she has joined NOL... when she met Carl who was pissed off at either her in league of NOL or for being an adult at all, Litchi's response to him was to let him beat her up until he calms down a little, and when he's left in distraught, she gave him a genuine sweet Cooldown Hug and lets him cry into her chest, calming him down eventually... until Relius comes in and attempts to kill Carl for calling him out. Does Litchi start obeying her new boss (because he has the secret of the cure)? No. She instead calls out on his parenting skill, enough for Relius to eventually try to subject her into Disproportionate Retribution of attempting to kill her too, until she and Carl are bailed out by Nirvana. This event was important enough that Carl eventually starts admitting that all adults are not bad, especially Litchi and Bang, and wishes he'd grow up like Litchi.
There's a minor, easy to miss, but equally heartwarming one in casual plays. If you set the round to be more than one in a match, and you had Litchi beat down Noel, her victory pose involves looking concerned and gave encouraging words that Noel shouldn't lose hope. Which means, yes, even if the world is out to pick on Noel all the time, Litchi would still give her support, and she wasn't supposed to know Noel that deeply compared to her other friends.
In her normal ending, Kokonoe, previously refusing to help her with Arakune, becomes a doctor & dedicates her life to saving Litchi's. Essentially making Litchi her own Arakune in a Heterosexual Life-Partners kind of way.
Ragna the Bloodedge
Yes, you heard me right. Even the so-called "Grim Reaper", Ragna the Bloodedge, has his share of nice moments. He may be a world criminal with an Artifact of Doom, but he's got a softerside.
In a timeloop that he died, he made a promise with Rachel to fight as a human being until the very end. In another timeloop that he survived... yes, he remembers it!
He actually met Taokaka when they're both little. During the flashback chronicling it, it was a pretty sight of him playing with kitten Tao, even if he kinda forgot her in the present.
Back in CT, when he first encounters Arakune and was kicking his ass, Litchi stopped him and begged him not to kill Arakune so he can be saved. Ragna argued with her, talking down about how Litchi is in denial, but in the end, he backs down and promises that if he meets Arakune again, he'll just run off, since he Wouldn't Hit a Girl. A very relieved Litchi told him that he's actually a very kind person despite the rumors, cementing his Jerk with a Heart of Gold status.
The many many moments of when either he's saved by Noel (CT) or he saves Noel (CS). He may get annoyed at her constantly calling him "STUPID", but it's clear he cares about her.
To further elaborate on the latter, Ragna, despite being told that the only way to stop the now Brainwashed and Crazy Noel is to kill her, Ragna instead chooses to sacrifice his left arm in order to bring her back. Given the unfriendly terms on which they parted at the start of Continuum Shift, it wouldn't be all that surprising if he chose to kill her, but instead he committed his most selfless act so far. Together with the Lambda-11 incident mentioned below, it shows just how far Ragna has grown beyond being motivated solely by revenge.
In the climax of CS, Lambda-11 butts into his losing battle with Terumi and promptly gets herself killed. All of the sudden... Ragna cries, a good enough sign that he's still a good guy... but that didn't end there. With her body flinging to Ragna's arms, he saw the spirit of Nu-13, promising that she'll always be with Ragna. Instead of rejecting her like usual, Ragna apologized... and what follows is a brutal beatdown against Terumi, in the name of Nu-13.
And there's his "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Yukianesa in Jin's CS story. Jin, badly injured and unable to use Yukianesa, and very determined to beat up his brother, looks to be on the verge of a mental breakdown. Ragna's response? "Hey Yukianesa, if you have an ass, you'd better watch it."
A lot of his interactions with Jin could qualify. Ragna blames Jin for Saya's death and is prepared to fight to the death against him. But he can never use his full strength against his little brother. And he tells an unconscious Jin at one point that if the time for him to die comes, he'll let his little brother kill him.
Ragna's interactions with Rachel tend to be fraught with Belligerent Sexual Tension, but her bad ending in Continuum Shift has Ragna tearing a hole in the fabric of reality, through what appears to be nothing more than Heroic Willpower, in order to save her from the darkness in which Terumi has sealed her. Given the games' tendency toward Serial Escalation, one wonders what sorts of things he'll be pulling off in the future for her sake.
Episode 8 of the Anime is basically him showing off the heart of gold he has. In an adaption of Lambda's gag reel; after she gets lost from Kokonoe's lab, Ragna saves her from Arakune and basically cares for her through the episode. Up until this point, he's shown nothing but hatred towards the Murakumos but seeing how innocent Lambda is really cooled him down. He also gives what's possibly his warmest smileyet.◊
The anime had its flaws but damn! His speeches to Noel were downright heartwarming.
Ragna: Hey Noel... I lectured you a lot about being an idiot and stuff like that. But I really appreciate your good and straight ways... Despair, you say? You IDIOT! Don't get despaired alone! If you saw the evil in the world then you must have seen its opposite, right? The few days since I met you, to me they weren't that bad!
Ragna: Hey Noel, remember! Even if it's just those around you, they aren't to be thrown away, right?
Ragna: Idea System/Engine: Reverting connection! Wake up for once and for all! Don't run away! You have to make destiny yourself, Noel!
And the one that really takes the cake:
Ragna ( smilling ): I could heard you... Your voice asking for help that time...
Not that she remembers a second of it, but Noel's Anger Born of Worry towards Ragna when she saves him from falling into the cauldron and repeating the timeline in Calamity Trigger is nothing short of adorable. She even falls asleep on him afterward - to which Ragna's response is to stay there and let her do so until she wakes up.
During Chapter 12 of Chronophantasma, when Noel is sealed in her own room with Arakune trying to devour her, Ragna is right outside trying to break in along with Makoto and Kagura. When Noel returns to this plane (thanks to Rachel), she cries out for her "brother" to save her (an echo of the remnants of Saya in her consciousness); he wastes no time toppling the door despite Celica being there with him. For as short a moment as this, it shows that he really does care for her. It may also be enough to convince Makoto that he's worth saving after the events of Chronophantasma.
The Extend backstory Military Academy: Heart to Heart, detailing how Noel, Tsubaki and Makoto became friends in the NOL Academy, was one long Crowning Moment of Heartwarming. A major plot point focuses on how much Makoto suffers through racism and abuse, but eventually finds companionship and acceptance among Noel and Tsubaki.
Makoto and Rachel both score a heartwarming moment in the ending of Slight Hope, Makoto's Extend Story.
While she's haughty throughout Calamity Trigger and most of Continuum Shift, Rachel took Makoto's case very seriously, only jesting about one scenario and being not the least bit obstructive, but what really sells it is her Dare to Be Badass when tempting Makoto to "peek behind the curtain". Considering this all took place slightly before the events of Continuum Shift, this display of genuine kindness and respect might be Foreshadowing Rachel's Character Development later on, losing her haughty and aloof attitude.
As for Makoto herself, after facing that said Dare to Be Badass, it takes her but one last glimpse upon one of the broken dolls to remind her what she's fighting for, and she affirms Rachel's evaluation of her moxie in the below quote. But what really cements the heartwarming is the final act: before leaving, Makoto takes one last moment to say a silent farewell to them, in essence praying for what remained of their souls.
Rachel: So what will you do now?
Makoto: What do you mean?
Rachel: You just got to peek behind the curtain - it's a place not many get to espy. I suppose your options have... broadened, correct? Or am I mistaken?
*Makoto glances back into the coffin, and after a long Beat, grins to Rachel*
Makoto gets a two-for-one on heartwarming during Relatives. When Carl gets too aggressive in his interrogation of Tsubaki, she chooses to drop down and pulverize the aggressor - while she craters the ground at Carl's feet due to a last-minute dodge, she ceases aggressions once she realizes who it is, and when Carl turns his gaze on her, she grabs Tsubaki and bails without a fight.
The heartwarming with Tsubaki is obvious: not only did she save her friend from a roided-up Nox-wielding vigilante, she even chose to counsel her afterwards and try to convince her to leave (it failed, but she tried).
The heartwarming with Carl is less obvious, but noticeable when linked with other stories: thanks to Noel in Desperation, she learned that Carl is traveling with a Nox he treats like his sister, and in Darkness Visible she got a last-minute glimpse of Relius and Ignis fighting Lambda, and Kokonoe and Tager briefed her on what he's like. Not only did Makoto refuse to fight Carl out of concern for his safety, but she chose not to mention Relius' whereabouts so Carl wouldn't get hurt by him. While Carl goes looking for trouble on his own and finds it anyway (via the aforementioned Relius), it shows that despite being out of touch for more than two years, Makoto still cares about him. The Arcade quotes confirm that this isn't one-way.
Carl (CS): It's been long since last we met. I'm relieved to see your happy-go-lucky demeanor hasn't diminished over the years. Makoto (CS): Carl, don't push yourself so hard. Don't worry about a thing. I'll take really good care of you.
The sentiments carry over into Chronophantasma arcade as well.
Carl (CP): You haven't changed at all, have you, Miss Makoto? To be honest... that makes me a little jealous. Makoto (CP): Carl, you can't blame yourself for everything. You owe that much to yourself... If there's anything I can do to help, just let me know.
Partial translation from the Blazblue wiki available here.
During Chapter 12 of Chronophantasma, Makoto is trying to break into Noel's room with Ragna and Kagura at her side while Arakune is trying to feast on her. When Ragna topples the door, she and Celica go right to Noel's aid and pull her from Arakune's grasp while Kagura lures it out and goes to town. Even after, Makoto stays awake with Celica to ensure Noel gets her strength back for tomorrow. While this is usual fare for Makoto, what amplifies it is that, given Makoto's relationship with Noel, one can believe without a word said that were she not on relief duty, she'd be at Kagura's side painting the walls with Arakune.
As the Morality Pet for both Jin and Hakumen, as well as a potential Love Interest for the former, the red-headed Valkyrie has her share of heartwarmers. Again, eventual allegiance with the Imperator and uber jealousy with Noel be damned.
Not to be forgotten is the part where he mentions how one of his techniques (which is usable in-game) is named for her... "Tsubaki".
Not to mention Tsubaki's interactions with Jin. Pretty much all of them, but especially the one where she defeats him in her story mode counts. After defeating him, she demands he go back to the NOL. The normally aloof and uncaring Jin gives a wry smile and says "yeah, if I break my promise, I'll have to give you my soul, right?", showing that he hasn't forgotten the promise he made to her when they were both kids. Just goes to show that even colossal jerks have loved ones.
In Tsubaki's story mode, after being manipulated by Hazama into thinking Noel stole her place to be with Jin, she tracks Noel down and angrily attempts to kill her. After defeating her and leaving her helpless, Noel lies there, closes her eyes, and awaits the final blow. However, the blow never comes: unable to kill her friend, Tsubaki breaks down into tears. Even though Hazama's Mind Rape leads Tsubaki down the dark path anyway, it cements the fact that, like Litchi, she works for the bad guys, but definitely isn't a bad girl.
When you replay the Arcades after the Story mode, you can get other insights that could be Heartwarming. In Tsubaki's case, in case she beats Litchi, she tells her that she's a good person and will let her guard the citizens (of Orient Town) while she's off doing whatever. How is this Heartwarming? This means, corruption by Terumi and Relius aside, NOL is also a damn genuine organization that wants the people they rule to be in peace, not to oppress them for power and personal gain.
The exchange between Noel and Tsubaki in Heart to Heart where Tsubaki teases Noel, who spent the rest of the story apologising over trivial things and meekly talking to Tsubaki as a noble. Noel gets increasingly embarrassed and indignant until she snaps, and Tsubaki says "See? That's how friends should speak to each other."
After being freed from the Imperator's control, she breaks down crying in Jin's arms thanking that she didn't kill him, while apologizing. Then she apologizes to Noel and Makoto for trying to kill them as well; Makoto seems to try to play it cool at first, but eventually all three girls eventually break down crying being glad that they've been reunited after all of the grief they went through. The crying is quite loud and ear grating, but it also really helps sell the heartwarming aspect, so it works.
And then there's- Hold on a sec! Tao has her heartwar... warm... nice moments, too, ya know? Keep looking down for more info, meow!
Taokaka's bad ending in Continuum Shift; specifically the scene where Torakaka carries the battered and bruised Taokaka piggyback while gently chastising the latter for not being strong but moments later encouraging her to become strong.
Two simple words: Kitten. Taokaka. Daaaaaaaawwwwww... <3
Lambda-11 in Continuum Shift has one in Arcade Mode. After beating Ragna, Kokonoe orders her to kill him for standing in the way of her goals, but Lambda doesn't follow her orders. Instead she breaks down crying and refuses to kill him, hinting that some of Nu's memories are still intact and that she still harbors romantic feelings for him.
In BlazBlue: Alter Memory, the first episode (The Red Rebel) really showcases how much of a Nice Girl Noel can be. She sees Ragna, a complete stranger and a wanted criminal, sleeping. Instead of taking him into custody, she rests his head on her lap, checks to see if he has a fever and tries to get him to a doctor before he bolts.
In Chronophantasma during one of the Gag endings, Ragna ends up with the Spectacles of Eros again. Celica, however, is completely unaffected by them because she already loves Ragna that much.
Ironically enough, Litchi's bad end in Continuum Shift gives Kokonoe one of these. When Litchi kills Arakune, she begins losing her memory and it's hinted she may become like Arakune. Kokonoe,who spends most of the game teetering on the edge of the Moral Event Horizon takes over Litchi's clinic while watching over her along with Tager. At the end, she states that she WILL save Litchi, mirroring Litchi's attitude towards Arakune. After seeing her actions in the rest of Continuum Shift, this helps prove she does still have a heart.
In Chronophantasma when Kagura sets up a meeting with Bang, who is still driven to the fact Kagura was a traitor for going to the NOL, unaware of Tenjo's orders for his abdication. The ensuing meeting of Bang and Homura made this troper smile, considering it had helped Bang regain trust in his comrade, as well as complete his mission of finding the lost heir to Tenjo's legacy.
For those who think Kokonoe is too cold to invoke one, during the whole Azrael fiasco, she notices that Tager is losing focus during Bullet's "fight", which is interfering with her trap. Her response is to reconfigure the trap; after Kagura manages to ire the Mad Dog, Kokonoe proceeds to teleport Azrael away, but not before warning Tager that "he has two seconds" - at which point Azrael pops out in front of him, Tager nails him in the gob, and Azu-nyan is tossed into his interdimensional cell. Kokopuffs then explains that the whole Bullet incident was the entire reason she gave Tager that opportunity. It shows that she does care about her subordinate enough that she's willing to plop a confused maniac in front of Tager just so he can punch him in the face for some quick catharsis.
In one of Chronophantasma's gag reels, Relius and Hazama get transported to an alternate world where Relius is actually a really good dad. Oh, and Hazama is his mild-mannered and polite butler. As strange and hilarious as the whole thing is, it's oddly sweet to see them both acting nice for a change. At the end, Relius even says part of him doesn't want to go.