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Akatsuki Blitzkampf (アカツキ電光戦記 ''Akatsuki Denkō Senki'') is a [[{{Doujinshi}} doujinshi]] [[FightingGame fighting game]] developed by Subtle Style. Released on April of 2007 as a sequel to Subtle Soft's 2002 game ''Akatsuki Shisei Ichigou'', ''Akatsuki Blitzkampf'' 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. Also, the gratuitous amount of extra modes the game provides (such as Survival[[note]][Endurance Matches][[/note]], Time Attack, or SUGOROKU[[note]]A sort-of Snakes and Ladders-like 'game' that the player must clear[[/note]]) and the ways that they are unlocked is largely reminiscent of a console release of an arcade fighting game, further reinforcing the semi-retro feel.

The game itself is set in a fictional future (year 266X AD), and involves characters that more or less resemble the German and Japanese soldiers of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. The protagonist is a top officer of this alternate universe's equivalent of the Imperial Japanese Navy, the titular Akatsuki, who was believed to have died 50 years ago during a ''very'' important weapon transporting mission in the Arctic Pole. Now that he has "returned" to life ''and'' has adquired several new powers, Akatsuki wants to finish what he started... but since he's stuck in a strange land that he doesn't really recognize anymore and there are many people going after the power he holds, which can potentially change ''history'' depending on which country gets his hands on it, this goal will NOT be easy to fulfill.

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. It included new artwork, graphics and voice tracks, improved versions of some characters, etc. The trend would be continued in 2011 with the LighterAndSofter sequel ''En-Eins Kanzen Sekai'' aka ''Ein-Eins Perfektewelt''.

Contrary to most doujin fighting games out there, ''Akatsuki [[GratuitousGerman 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 Franchise/StreetFighter III series.

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* AlternateHistory: It looks like the post-war Earth has become a ''heavily'' {{dystopia}}n and militarised CrapsackWorld. [[spoiler: And there's a Nazi-inspired Secret Society, ''Gessellschaft'', that is looking to get ''even more'' power...]]
* AutoRevive: Anonym's Super, complete with a shaft of light shining down from the Heavens [[LightTheWay which also hits the opponent]].
* BadassGrandpa: Fritz, who is at very least in his 70's or maybe even his 80's [[spoiler: and was war buddies with Akatsuki 50 years ago]].
* TheBadGuyWins: An pretty possible outcome, if the player chooses a villain's Story Mode [[spoiler: or Anonym's]]. [[spoiler: Both Murakumo and Mycale attain WorldDomination (surely at the expense of [[LivingMacGuffin Akatsuki's life]]), Marilyn Sue takes over the [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Black Hand Triad]], Anonym is subjected to a GrandTheftMe [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished right after defeating Murakumo]]... [[SubvertedTrope and Adler]] ends up OutGambitted but that doesn't deter him.]]
* BattleInTheRain: It's played totally straight in Sai's HongKong stage, but when it's time to fight Elektrosoldat and Adler in [[spoiler: Tibet's [[http://wikitravel.org/en/Yarlung_Tsangpo_Grand_Canyon Tsangpo]] Grand Canyon]], what takes place is two Battles In The ''Snow''.
* BigBad: Murakumo.
* BoobsOfSteel: Compare Kanae and Marilyn Sue, both close combatants, to Mycale and Anonym, both ranged fighters.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: ''Ausf. Achse'' removes quite a bit of the blood and Elektrosoldat's rather, uhm tasteless "Sieg Heil" victory phrase.
* CherryBlossoms:
** Murakumo's Super in ''[[UpdatedReRelease Ausf. Achse]]'' has him slashing the foe upwards several times and then stabbing them back to the ground while some cherry blossom petals fall on them. This is a {{bowdlerise}}d version of the original Super, which is pretty similar save for the lack of petals [[OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank and the borderline]] RainOfBlood...
** Also, the pre-''Ausf. Achse'' game's pre-fight screens had cherry blossom petals raining down on the rivals's portraits.
* ChurchMilitant: Anonym.
* CloningBlues: A very important part of the plot relays on cloning, and it tends to have ''very'' bad consequences for said clones:
** The Elektrosoldats are clones of [[spoiler: the local SmugSnake Adler]] (as if [[PaletteSwap their looks]] weren't a giveaway) equipped with [[spoiler: Blitz Engines]]. And being one of these sucks: [[spoiler: the playable [[IllBoy Elektrosoldat]] [[WoundThatWillNotHeal has serious problems with internal injuries]].]]
** [[spoiler: Senke (Kanae's superior in the Japanese Army) and In Fu (Wei and Marilyn's Triad boss) are clones of Murakumo that he uses to manipulate their groups. In Fu's [[ExpendableClone murder]] kicks off Wei and Marilyn's story modes.]]
** In ''EN-Eins Perfektewelt'', [[spoiler: EN-Eins himself, who happens to be the SoleSurvivor of his clone batch.]]
* CombatPragmatist: Murakumo is a pretty dirty fighter who not only [[ConfusionFu uses]] [[MasterOfIllusion illusions]] and his katana, but also [[LandmineGoesClick sets traps/bombs on the ground]].
* ConfusionFu: Murakumo and his illusions.
* DarkerAndEdgier: In contrast to most doujin fighters, the first game had a darker art style and the atmosphere was a lot less anime-like, instead opting for a "used future" style more seen in Western media. ''EN-Eins Perfekwelt'' averts this with a more garish diamond-studded aesthetic.
* DeadlyGaze: Other than snake-style martial arts, this is Sai's primary means of assassination: evil eyes that can cause ailments or death on whoever looks into them. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Or makes fish drop on them everytime they jump.]]
* DramaticWind: Most everyone wearing a cape or other long, billowy garment benefits from this.
* DropTheHammer: Literally. Mycale can summon Mjolnir itself to drop on an opponent's head with a satisfying "BWONG!" sound.
* EasyModeMockery: In ''[[UpdatedReRelease Ausf. Achse]]'', choosing the Easy Mode locks the player out of the chosen character's Story Path after the fifth match. Instead of anything similar to an ending, it ends with a picture of [[spoiler: Perfecti, Murakumo and Blitztank]], a "Ninmu kanryou!" ("Mission finished!") from the Narrator and a message that urges the player to play in Normal Mode instead.
* EnemyCivilWar: All over ''Gessellschaft''. Murakumo's AGodAmI mentality clashes with Mycale's own intentions [[spoiler: (and Perfecti's for that matter)]], whereas [[spoiler: Adler]] seems to have his own ideas about what should be done...
* {{Expy}}: Elektrosoldat plays pretty much like Guile from Franchise/StreetFighter. Players refer to his projectiles as Booms and to his somersault kicks as Flash Kicks.
* [[SailorFuku Gakuran]]: Subverted. At some point, [[http://i.imgur.com/f2f9YLM.png a young man]] [[FaceFramedInShadow in a shadowed environment]] is seen dressed in what seems to be a Japanese schoolboy outfit aka ''gakuran''... but since this happens in [[spoiler: Murakumo]]'s prologue, it's obvious (at last within context) that this "young man" is ''NOT'' a middle school/highschool student but an adult wearing a military uniform. [[note]](Then again, the SailorFuku and the ''Gakuran'' '''did''' start as military clothing...)[[/note]] In the game proper, [[spoiler: '''no one''']] wears a school uniform to fight.
* {{Gainaxing}}: Marilyn Sue has ''massive'' and ''bouncy'' boobs. 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, [[MyEyesAreUpHere in case you still haven't looked away]]).
* GratuitousGerman: Japan's fascination with German culture and history is really nothing new, but as noted under NoSwastikas, they're not always clear on which parts of it aren't cool to emulate.
* GuestFighter: Akatsuki shows up in ''VideoGame/UnderNightInBirth.''
* GunsAkimbo: Anonym uses a pair of [[CoolGuns chrome-plated Webley revolvers]].
* GunKata: Anonym, again. Her super is named [[Film/{{Equilibrium}} Tetragrammaton]]
* HeyYou: Characters like [[spoiler: Kanae]], [[spoiler: Fritz]] and [[spoiler: Murakumo]] refer to [[spoiler: Akatsuki]] ''not'' by his name, but as [[spoiler: "[[YouareNumberSix Experiment 1]]"]].
* IllBoy: [[spoiler: The playable Elektrosoldat]]'s ending reveals him as one, since [[spoiler: he [[WoundThatWillNotHeal cannot properly heal his injuries anymore]].]]
* ImperialJapan - KatanasOfTheRisingSun:
** Akatsuki and [[spoiler: his former BadBoss]] Murakumo are almost surely representatives of this world's equivalent of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_Japanese_Navy Imperial Japanese Navy]].
** Subverted with Kanae, who seems to have been inspired by the modern [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan_Self-Defense_Forces Japan Self-Defense Forces]] (''Jietai'') instead.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Fritz uses a katana to fight, and while he can't go for long combos, every hit causes [[ForMassiveDamage massive damages]]. Murakumo also uses a katana, but only for one special move and his Super.
* LadyOfWar: Both Anonym and Marilyn Sue qualify in one way or another. Anonym is calm and collected and fights with revolvers, Marilyn has a very physical but also very elegant fighting style.
* LighterAndSofter:
** Apparently, ''EN-Eins Perfektewelt''. Sure, Nazis are still involved, but it suddenly became a lot flashier and more colorful compared to [[RealIsBrown the previous versions]], culminating with a playstyle shift into more combo-heavy-involved in a vein of ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom'' or just about a majority of doujin fighters. [[BrokenBase Some people aren't that pleased]].
** ''Ausf. Achse'' ''might'' be another example, since it removes quite a bit of [[OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank blood]] and has a brighter, also more colorful visual interface. i.e, here's a comparison between [[http://i.imgur.com/k1TPCLT.jpg a shot of Elektrosoldat's prologue in the original]] to [[http://i.imgur.com/NumEFVq.jpg a shot from its Ausf. Achse rendition]].
* LightningBruiser: Fritz is at first sight a MightyGlacier, but some of his moves make him dash through the screen rather fast so a player with good timing and nimble fingers will make him this instead.
* LivingMacGuffin: Akatsuki aka TheProtagonist is one of these, thanks to his connection with...
* MacGuffin: The Blitz Engines, missing weapons that apparently [[spoiler: can provide ''endless'' supplies of electric energy.]] No wonder they're so sought after.
* MagicSkirt: 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. Pretty much the only time she gets a PantyShot is when she gets knocked out.
* MeaningfulName: Subverted by Marilyn Sue, who is '''not''' a canon MarySue. Her role in the plot is mainly to serve as a pain in Akatsuki's ass and try kicking, punching and [[{{gainaxing}} bouncing]] her way up the Triad hierarchy [[note]](In keeping with the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' parallel, she splits the "Zangief" role with Wei, in that both are strength-based fighters who have their own agenda and aren't interested in the main conflict at all. Just like how Zangief wants to prove himself the strongest man alive and couldn't care less about that Shadaloo and Psycho Drive hoo-ha unless they bother him directly, Marilyn Sue doesn't give a crap about super-soldiers or world conquest and just thinks stealing the Blitz Engine would be a great career move.)[[/note]]. Besides, the concept of a MarySue is familiar to the Japanese, but the ''specific term'' MarySue isn't. She was most likely named Marilyn in honor of Creator/MarilynMonroe, and [[RuleOfCute "Sue" just sounds cute when appended to a girl's first name.]]
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_destroyer_Akatsuki Akatsuki]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murakumo Murakumo]], hmmmm?
* MechaMooks: Elektrosoldats are soldiers equipped with the [[spoiler: Blitz Engine]].
* {{Meganekko}}: Mycale, which fits quite nicely with her cool and collected demeanor.
* MightyGlacier: Blitztank is incredibly slow, and not to mention HUGE, but it can deal ''massive'' damage to the enemies.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Who would say that blocking ''fish'' falling on one's head would be fun?
* [[NaziZombies 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.
* NintendoHard: The first version had a brutally hard Murakumo. Later versions toned down his AI heavily.
* NoSwastikas: 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, salute[[note]](not THAT salute, thankfully)[[/note]] and yell "Sieg Heil!". U h m, it's a GOOD thing that line was removed from the ''Ausf. Achse'' version.
* OffModel: Mycale's portrait in the original game's intro [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/f6ae9a412916d11e1c4f9a4288f819d9.jpg had a pigtail cut off.]] It was fixed in her new portrait for ''Ausf. Achse''.
* OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank: Whenever Fritz or Murakumo hit their rivals with their katanas, each hit draws large quantities of blood. Same goes to anyone unlucky enough to be caught in [[DeadlyGaze Sai's Super]].
* PaletteSwap: Adler in the first versions of the game, and Perfecti before the Ausf. Achse (arcade) version of the game.
* PuttingOnTheReich: 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 [[{{PrettyInMink}} Pretty In Mink.]] Let's not forget Tempelritter, who looks like a cross between a Nazi and a {{valkyrie|s}}.
** 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.
* PunchParry: Subverted by the "Reflect Attack" mechanic, where the effects are the same but the visuals are personalized: i.e, Sai just [[RuleofCool ups a hand and takes as indifferent a pose as one can get]] ([[LeaningOntheFourthWall and stares at the screen too]]), Mycale covers herself with her cape while [[SummonMagic summoning]] a [[{{Valkyrie}} Valkyrie]] with [[LuckilyMyshieldWillProtectMe a protective shield]].
* RapidFireFisticuffs: Marilyn Sue's Super. 100 hits in 5 seconds. ''Damn.''
* RealIsBrown: The colors were unusually drab for a fighting game. [[DefiedTrope That is until]] ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8ANjltTJkY EN-Eins Perfektewelt]]'' [[LighterAndSofter was announced]].
* RevolversAreJustBetter: Anonym uses them
* ShockAndAwe: Both Akatsuki and Elektrosoldat's schtick. [[spoiler: 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 [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Kyo]] than [[Franchise/StreetFighter Ryu]]. Elektrosoldat's resemblance to [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Guile]] is also important to note.
* ShoutOut: Anonym uses GunKata and her super is named [[Film/{{Equilibrium}} Tetragrammaton]].
* SinisterShades: Sai. He uses them to cover up his freakish-looking [[MagicalEye eyes]] that [[DeadlyGaze can cause painful diseases and afflictions in whoever he looks at.]]
* StupidJetpackHitler: Elektrosoldat is a Nazi robot [[spoiler: and a clone]].
* SuperMode: Wei's various powerups.
* TankGoodness: Blitztank.
* TokyoisTheCenterOfTheUniverse: Massively averted. The game takes place in a {{dystopia}}n East Asia... but the three game stages located in Japan are NOT in Tokyo, but in the [[http://wikitravel.org/en/Mount_Fuji Mount Fuji]] area: Kanae's stage is supposed to feature the ruins of an old military base near Fuji (probably based on the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Fuji_Maneuver_Area East Fuji Maneuver Area]]), Akatsuki's is at the entry to the infamous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aokigahara Aokigahara forest]], and Fritz's is the top of Mount Fuji itself.
* TheTriadsAndTheTongs: Marilyn and Wei are associated with a Shanghai-based Triad group known as ''The Black Hand'', led by a man named In Fu [[spoiler: who was a clone of Murakumo.]] Their Story Modes begin with [[SacrificialLamb In Fu]]'s murder [[spoiler: almost surely done by Marilyn herself.]]
* TwinkleToesSamurai: Murakumo's rather... hilarious forward walk animation.
* VocalEvolution: When ''Ausf. Achse'' was released, the characters got updated voice tracks that followed this trope. i.e., [[TheHero Akatsuki]] still possessed a [[BadassBaritone deeper than usual voice]] but the delivery was more intense compared with the calmer-sounding original one, whereas [[BigBad Murakumo's]] initial TenorBoy voice became somewhat higher-pitched and quite louder. It's kinda funny since [[TalkingToHimself both Murakumo and Akatsuki were voiced by the same guy.]]
* TheUnfought: [[spoiler: Mycale is a playable character, but one couldn't fight ''against'' her in-story until ''Ausf. Achse''.]]
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