Videogame: Akatsuki Blitzkampf

Akatsuki Blitzkampf (アカツキ電光戦記 Akatsuki Denkō Senki) is a doujinshi fighting game developed by Subtle Style. Released on April of 2007, the game got a lot of attention in Japan and elsewhere for its high-resolution sprites and older style gameplay. In-game visuals supplement this sort of specific militaristic theme and environment, portrayed by the flat and somewhat cubist character portraits and story sequence images.

On 2007, Arcadia Magazine confirmed that the game would be launched as an arcade title, published by SUBTLE STYLE itself. The Arcade game was called Akatsuki Blitzkampf Ausf Achse and it was released on 2008 for the Sega NAOMI system.

The game is set in a fictional future (year 266X AD), and involves characters that more or less resembles the German and Japanese soldiers of World War II. The protagonist is Akatsuki, a top officer of this alternate universe's equivalent of the Imperial Japanese Navy, and who was believed to have died 50 years ago during a mission in the Artic Pole. Now that he has "returned" to life, Akatsuki wants to finish what he started... but in a strange land that he doesn't recognize anymore, and with many people about to beat him to the punch, this will NOT be easy.

Contrary to most doujin fighting games out there, Akatsuki Blitzkampf's playstyle is regarded as old-school and quite reminiscent of the fighting games Capcom produced during the 90's, including parries similar to the ones seen in the Street Fighter III series.

Provides Examples Of:

  • Alternate History: It looks like this present world is heavily dystopian, and both Japan and Germany still struggle to rule it.
  • Auto-Revive: Anonym's Super, complete with a shaft of light shining down from the heavens.
  • Badass Grandpa: Fritz, who is at very least in his 70's or maybe even his 80's and was war buddies with Akatsuki 50 years ago.
  • Big Bad: Murakumo.
  • Boobs of Steel: Compare Kanae and Marilyn Sue, both close combatants, to Mycale and Anonym, both ranged fighters.
  • Cherry Blossoms: Murakumo's Super has him slashing the foe everywhere while sakura petals fall on the screen.
  • Church Militant: Anonym.
  • Confusion Fu: Murakumo and his illusions.
  • Darker and Edgier: In contrast to most doujin fighters, the first game had a more darker art style and the atmosphere was a lot less anime-like, instead opting for a "used future" style more seen in Western media. The sequel looks set to defy this, however.
  • Dramatic Wind: Most everyone wearing a cape or other long, billowy garment benefits from this.
  • Drop the Hammer: Literally. Mycale can summon Mjolnir itself to drop on an opponent's head with a satisfying "BWONG!" sound.
  • Expy: Elektrosoldat plays pretty much like Guile from Street Fighter. Players refer to his projectiles as Booms and to his somersault kicks as Flash Kicks.
  • Gainaxing: Marilyn Sue has massive ones. It's not at all hyperbole to say it takes most male players (and more than one female) about 6-8 hours of playtime to even notice what color her eyes are (they're purple, in case you still haven't looked away).
  • Gratuitous German: Japan's fascination with German culture and history is really nothing new, but as noted under No Swastikas, they're not always clear on which parts of it aren't cool to emulate.
  • Guest Fighter: Akatsuki shows up in Under Night In-Birth.
  • Guns Akimbo: Anonym uses a pair of chrome-plated Webley revolvers.
  • Gun Kata: Anonym, again. Her super is named Tetragrammaton
  • Imperial Japan - Katanas of the Rising Sun: Akatsuki, a representative of the Imperial Japanese Navy during WWII. Same goes to Murakumo, who actually was Akatsuki's direct boss and Bad Boss in the past. Subverted with Kanae, who seems to represent the actual Japan Self-Defense Forces (Jietai) instead.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Fritz uses a katana to fight, and while he can't go for long combos, every hit causes massive damages. Murakumo also uses a katana, but only for one special move and his Super.
  • Lighter and Softer: Apparently, EN-Eins Perfektewelt. Sure, Nazis are still involved, but it suddenly became a lot flashier and more colorful compared to the previous versions, culminating with a playstyle shift into more combo-heavy-involved in a vein of Marvel vs. Capcom or just about a majority of doujin fighters. Some people aren't that pleased.
  • Magic Skirt: Mycale probably has the most magical skirt of all, considering the hemline ends just below the crotch and it somehow still doesn't show anything.
  • Meaningful Name: Subverted by Marilyn Sue, who is not a canon Mary Sue. Her role in the plot is mainly to serve as a pain in Akatsuki's ass and try kicking, punching and bouncing her way up the Triad hierarchy note . Besides, the concept of a Mary Sue is familiar to the Japanese, but the specific term Mary Sue isn't. She was most likely named Marilyn in honor of Marilyn Monroe, and "Sue" just sounds cute when appended to a girl's first name.
  • Mecha-Mooks: Elektrosoldats are soldiers equipped with the Blitz Engine.
  • Meganekko: Mycale, which fits quite nicely with her cool and collected demeanor.
  • Mighty Glacier: Fritz and Blitztank are both incredibly slow (and Blitztank is also HUGE), but can deal massive damage to their enemies.
  • Nintendo Hard: The first version had a brutally hard Murakumo. Later versions toned down his AI heavily.
  • No Swastikas: Subverted. The "nazi" characters aren't actually called Nazis, nor do they have any of the Nazi regalia other than the general layout of their uniforms. The subversion comes when you see Elektrosoldat win a match, salutenote  and yell "Sieg Heil!". U h m.
  • Palette Swap: Adler in the first versions of the game, and Perfecti before the Ausf. Achse (arcade) version of the game.
  • Putting on the Reich: Elektrosoldat and Adler, who actually are Nazis. Later on, Perfecti joins in on the fun in Ausf Achse.
    • Arguably, EN-Ein can also count in Perfektewelt, but it's debatable considering his mild case of Pretty In Mink. Let's not forget Tempelritter, who looks like a cross between a Nazi and a valkyrie.
    • Oh, and they also added a mad doctor Expy of Josef Mengele in Perfektewelt, too. If the third game features a club-footed propagandist in a suit, it just may be time to stage an intervention with the folks at Subtle Style.
  • Nazi Zombie: Adler looks like an undead version of Elektrosoldat. Later versions give him a different look from his unit, by giving him different standing, crouching and walking animations, and an evil grin.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Marilyn Sue's Super. 100 hits in 5 seconds. Damn.
  • Real Is Brown: The colors were unusually drab for a fighting game. That is until EN-Eins Perfektewelt was announced.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Anonym uses them
  • Shock and Awe: Both Akatsuki and Elektrosoldat's schtick. Thanks to the Blitz Engines
    • Also Adler and Murakamo, but less emphasized on compared to Akatsuki.
  • Shotoclone: Akatsuki, who is more in the mold of Kyo than Ryu. Elektrosoldat's resemblance to Guile is also important to note.
  • Shout-Out: Anonym uses Gun Kata and her super is named Tetragrammaton.
  • Sinister Shades: Sai. He uses them to cover up his freakish-looking eyes that can cause painful diseases and afflictions in whoever he looks at.
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: Elektrosoldat is a Nazi robot.
  • Super Mode: Wei's various powerups.
  • Tank Goodness: Blitztank.