BlazBlue empathic Artifact of Doom that constantly searches for more souls to consume to become stronger. In the Bad Future, its host Nightmare assumes his Super Mode Night Terror and proceeds to slay entire cities at a time and become monstrously overpowered. When he has consumed the entire world, it's left a barren, twisted wasteland tainted by Soul Edge's power. Since Nightmare, the Azure Knight, has completely merged with Soul Edge, the energy of Soul Edge now appears Azure.
Rachel is Slayer's daughter.It makes sense. They're both vampires who enjoy bugging the crap out of their respective games' lead characters, both have shapeshifting clothes (Rachel's little wings and Slayer's shoulder thing) and both live in a mysterious castle. Plus Rachel's clothes have a cross on them that's extremely similar to the cross Slayer wears, possibly a family crest. Plus her father is mentioned but his name is left a mystery.
BlazBlue is an alternate reality of Guilty Gear.The divergence was the Black Beast's attack which prevented Gears from being created because it destroyed the research (and maybe Frederick and That Man along with it). In the Guilty Gear universe the time loop was never started (maybe That Man/I-No altered time again) and without the Black Beast devastating the world, Gear development went uninterrupted. This, of course, opens the way for the crossover fighting game which some of the development team want.
In most timelines, Bang and Arakune warp to the past through the Cauldron and become two of the Six Heroes.Hakumen's Arcade Mode ending has a stylized picture of the Six Heroes. Hakumen and Jubei are fairly obvious, but the ones we don't have 100% positive ID on include 1) a man with a giant nail tied to his back and 2) an abstract face curled over what looks almost exactly like one of the bell bugs Arakune summons with his forward Drive. The Law of Conservation of Detail demands it! Plus, it would be funny if Bang was his own mentor (of whom he carries the giant nail as a memento).
The "Old Hag" who raised Ragna and the others was Nine.At the beginning of Ragna's Story Mode an "Old Hag" is mentioned twice: once when Ragna finds Saya and wonders where the Old Hag is and again when Terumi states he's going to kill her. Now my theory is that she was actually Nine, the witch of the Six Heroes and Kokonoe's mother. This would explain a couple of things: what happened to Nine, why Jubei trained Ragna and sympathized with him (they both lost someone they loved that day), why Kokonoe hates Terumi so much as well as the animosity she has towards Jubei since he wasn't there to protect her (probably off wandering).
The Cauldron itself is not what sends the Black Beast back 100 years to form the time loop.The time shift is caused by the Takamagahara device mentioned in Ragna's ending (and other places). Every time the Black Beast is created, it waits for Kagutsuchi to be destroyed, then somehow pulls the Beast into the Cauldron and triggers the time warp that sends it back to one hundred years ago. Either Jin or this loop's Hakumen gets caught in the warp as well, depending on whether or not Jin made it to the basement this loop.
Taokaka's face is not, in fact, in permanent shadow.Her face is literally a flat black surface with round, red glowing eyes and a Cheshire Cat Grin. Check out Bang's Story Mode Image 5; one of the Kaka clan kids has her face protruding well out of the hood, where it can't possibly be in shadow, and still looks like Taokaka's "shadowed" face. It's caused by some random flaw in the process of cloning them from Jubei, I'm sure.
Arakune is another form of Melchsee's Door.Both are shapeshifting, all-consuming blobs of blackness with the ability to extend massive bony claws and a hankering for the local raw Phlebotinum (seithr in Arakune's case, PSI in the case of the Door), which they are also made of. Plus, the Door is also sentient.
Ragna's Sword Is an intelligent device.If you take a look at it, there is what appears to be a revolver chamber near the hilt, other than a gunblade, what kind of sword would have such a thing? A sword that possessed a cartridge system is what. All we need now is to see Ragna's Transformation Sequence....
All Grimoires are Lost Logia.
Nu is CinqueSpecifically an upgraded duplicate created sometime after StrikerS by a lost clone of Jail. She's based on the original in terms of appearances and genetic abilities (Rumble Detonator + Stinger Knives = Sword Summoner) but her fondness for swordspam has been cranked up to eleven. She was supposed to have been used against the TSAB along with her sisters but something went wrong and she wound up sealed in the Gate after her Nox Nyctores screwed up her programming and made her kill Jail. By extension of course, this also means that Saya was the genetic base for both Cinque and Nu Cinque.
Rapture is on the other side of the BoundaryArakune's physical and mental state are the result of incredibly excessive splicing. He has spliced himself with the Insect Swarm plasmid and Natural Camouflage gene tonic, as well as tonics/plasmids from the Houdini and Spider Splicer library. The red substance he is streaked with is ADAM, and his history with the Kaka Clan shows he is used to attacking little girls for their power. He also wears a white mask, although not as fancy as the ones the splicers wear. Litchi is also revealed to have taken power from the Boundary in order to bring Arakune back and cure him, but since she's a bit more sensible, she only grabbed herself Incinerate! and Telekinesis plasmids. The former she uses for her All Green Distortion Drive. The latter she uses to move her staff around (which is presumably a Nox Nyctores since everyone and their grandma seems to have one in this game).
The Warp is on the other side of The BoundaryA horrifying place where one can do insane without sufficient willpower? A place full of truly unimaginable power at the cost of body, mind and/or soul altering mutations (like with Arakune)? Well, doesn't THAT sound familiar? Obviously, whoever came to or was raised on this planet that caused The Boundary to go up made it as a buffer between that planet's reality and the cold crushing unreality that is The Warp.
Arakune is Carl's father.Think about it; the guy's been missing for the entire storyline. Its possible that turning Carl's sister into a Nox Nyctores caused his transformation into his current state (and he did go insane because of it). IIRC, Litchi did recognize Nirvana (at least Rabbit did).
Arakune is a failed version of the Black Beast.Several of his attacks turn him into a head that resembles the one seen in Tager's second ending. He didn't posses a Nox or an Azure Grimoire, thus he couldn't complete the transformation.
Arakune is Uboa's son.Compare this to this.
There is a timeline where the Black Beast never existedSpecifically, the first timeline. Considering that the Black Beast was, in the end, responsible for its own creation in the next timeline, there must have been an original timeline where the Black Beast came from. Of course, the only person who can answer what created the Black Beast of that world is Rachel...
Jin knew Ragna the Bloodedge was the Black Beast all along.In the ending which shows him follow Ragna and Nu back in time, he is stated to know what Ragna had become (when he was talking to Rachel). Its possible that being possessed by Terumi granted him the knowledge of the Black Beast, or at least the fact that Ragna was destined to become it (which would also prevent him from knowing that the Library was involved with the Black Beast itself, albeit indirectly). This knowledge drove him insane, and led him to want to kill Ragna even after Terumi dumped his body. Its possible he is in a similar boat as Rachel, if a bit more limited due to amnesia. He's still crazy, but he knew he had to stop the Black Beast somehow. The only hole in this is that Jin wasn't aware that Ranga was the Bloodedge himself, he merely suspected it based on the name (remember, Ragna's pictures have him with white hair, when he's actually a blond like Jin). Still, he knew that someone named Ragna was going to become the Black Beast.
Bang is a living Nox.Self-explanatory. It does give a good reason for his manliness.
Noel and Rachel are the future reincarnations of Nanoha and Fate.Noel and Nanoha were both dubbed by Cristina Valenzuela, while Rachel's character design is a ripoff of Fate's. For some reason, Hayate's DNA also gets into Fate's offspring/reincarnation, thus giving Rachel the voice of Hayate.
BlazBlue is the sequel to inFAMOUS.The Black Beast = The Beast. There. Arakune and v-13 (whose presence makes Noel's personality basically go on vacation), and only speaks ill of other characters or fails to give them a chance to stand down when they mistake her for a boy or spend much of the battle mocking her.
Noel will be the protagonist by the third game.Ragna holds an imitation Azure Grimore, and with it on he can trash Hakumen (who is admittedly at 20% power, but he fought the Black Beast back in the day); Noel does not know how to fight, she has had her Nox Nictores to do that for her; even her Astral Finish is provided by it. Events will conspire to either strip them from her or she will abandon them (possibly due to her friend below). Rachel, Ragna, Kokonoe, etc. (whoever really) will be busy between the second and third games training her to use the Game Breaker power of the true Azure. Power that will be demonstrated in a uncontrolled way in Continuum Shift as a desperation move to stave off disaster, likely killing Tsubaki Yayoi in the process, and giving her the determination to get over the inevitable angst about being the MacGuffin Girl Person of Mass Destruction. Terumi will wish it was just the White Devil after him then.
The "Master Unit Amaterasu" generates the Boundary.It keeps out whatever drove Arakune mad and warped his body. If Terumi succeeds in destroying it, we're all screwed.
Noel is distantly related to Sion from Melty Blood.Search your feelings, you know it to be true.
Litchi is an Eldritch Abomination.Of the "seemingly human, but somehow just wrong" variety. How else do you explain the fact that she has a body, an outfit, and a personality like that, but not a mile-long line of suitors outside her door? No, she's been changed by whatever she gained from the Boundary, and the only person who can't instinctively feel her oozing wrongness is known Idiot Hero Bang Shishigami. Note also that Hakumen had a similar "purge the tainted" reaction to her as to Arakune.
Arakune had a Dissidia: Final Fantasy run-in when he went into the Boundary.He tasted of dis pear and was broken more severely than Sephiroth. He does not want to eat Bang because inside Bang's head is The Void.
Lao Jiu will consume Litchi one day.Based on the above WMG, and... look at Litchi's storyline and compare it with... Millia Rage. Both quits their own organization for their own purposes, and possesses an inhuman power (Litchi tapping power to the Boundary, Millia and her Prehensile Hair), this is after another of their colleague tapped into another similar power (Arakune and Zato/Eddie). If anything, Litchi would inherit one massive theory that Millia carried: Millia might get consumed with her hair, which is a similar beast like Eddie (which consumed Zato). Now, what is Litchi's equivalent for Millia's hair? What did she gain from the Boundary? It's Lao Jiu. It would consume her, per Arakune's warning. Why Lao Jiu? All the answers lie in... Noel's Joke Ending. It's not joke at all, but Foreshadowing! Why? Noel might like cute stuffs quite a lot, but to go on hypnotized stance on Lao Jiu? It must've been its power trapping Noel in such stance. Also, Litchi is a doctor, and usually doctors avoid alcohols (and she set a good example on the Orient Town people, so I don't think she's secretly hiding some wines), so why would she be drunk on Noel's story? Because it's another of Lao Jiu's corruption! It makes her drunk and insistent. Alternatively, it amps up her love of cosplaying, the usual Litchi may held herself not to drag anyone for her to put costumes on, but why did she do it on Noel? Because Lao Jiu made her do it.
Ragna, Jin, and Saya are the descendants of the Sixth Hero.Assuming the Sixth Hero wasn't related to the Ikaruga Ninjas then this might be the case. It would explain why Terumi chose to use Saya as the template for his god killing weapon. And why he went out of his way to possess and kidnap Jin and cut off Ragna's arm. Terumi might have really hated the Sixth Hero; hence why he gets his kicks ruining the lives of these siblings.
Carl's father Relius Clover is the one who created Terumi's "Hazama" body.He's been described as a talented alchemist. Creating artificial bodies seems right up his alley.
Arakune is starting to get better.His dialogue in Continuum Shift contains fully coherent sentences in scenes with both Litchi and Carl, and even with his speech cutting in and out, he seems to be a good bit more lucid than in Calamity Trigger.
The reason why Bang's Nox never activatesYou know what the Nox Nyctores do, mostly, right? Increase the user's emotion/psychosis. Now what is Bang's greatest emotion? Hot-Blooded. Now imagine if his Nox is active. Bang's Hot-Blooded-ism will be so great and the universe will explode, unable to contain the awesomeness that is Bang and his Nox. Terumi was dumb enough to not notice that. Bang and his overloaded Hot-Blooded-ness is the key to destroy gods, not Noel!
The whole thing is a metaphor for a message board.Master Unit Amaterasu is the board owner, and the Susanooh unit is a position as a moderator. Terumi is a former mod who got all pissy about not being able to do things his way, and thus had his title removed and given to a former Jerkass (Jin) who mended his ways and started enforcing the forum rules properly (Hakumen). The Cauldrons and the Azure Grimoire are Terumi's troll threads. He used to keep pissing off a pair of easily angered forum goers (Ragna and Nu) until they would flip out and force the mod (Hakumen) to lock the thread (kill the Black Beast). He's now trying to piss off the board owner's girlfriend (Noel) until she makes him close the message board for good. He's succeeding.
Bang is related to, or an alternate universe incarnation of CAPTAIN GORDON, DEFENDER OF EARTH!They're both comic relief Large Hams who defend something (Gordon defends, well, Earth, and Bang is a "defender of love and justice") and are possibly homages to other series. (Gordon is clearly an tribute to Flash Gordon, while Bang's mannerisms and fighting style just scream of Naruto.) Of course, if this theory were true, who are his Jennifer and Thursday? Could they be Litchi and her panda?
Yukianesa is Jin's childhood turned into a Nox by Terumi.Yukianesa is nowhere in sight when Terumi burnt down the orphanage and right after that, Jin apparently lost his memories. After being adopted by the Kisaragi family, Jin somewhat leads a normal life, never even remembering his past (which probably explains why he's so nice with Tsubaki). However, when Jin gets promoted and receives Yukianesa, he started getting loopy. Why is that? It's true that a Nox Nyctores amplifies the user's psychosis, but why is the effect so big to Jin? Because like how Jin is contained in Hakumen's armor, Yukianesa contains a part of Jin's soul: his childhood, courtesy of Terumi. A part where he hated Ragna for ignoring him, and Saya for taking away his brother. Which kind of explains why in Continuum Shift, he tried conversing like an aloof senior, but then Yukianesa took over and he goes on 'KILL' mode. Basically, there are three faces of Jin:
Terumi is another alternate future for Jin.Both enjoy engaging in cruelty to Saya-alikes, both combine a calm facade with murderous psychopathy, and Jin's arcade mode has him giving a version of Terumi's signature "This world is nothing but lies" to Tsubaki. Also, everything in BlazBlue is a reference to something else, and such a thing has been done elsewhere.
Sector Seven has tangled with Metatron or a related material.Lambda and Nu and presumably Mu as well have limited teleportation abilities. We've seen sort-of teleportation in ZOE with Zero Shift and the Urenbeck Catapult. There's the fact that Lambda and Nu's Murakumo unit armours rather resemblance Anubis, especially during the winpose where they face the camera with the sword-wings spread. Plus Metatron has done some trippy shit before, like making Radium go nuts. Maybe it enabled Ragna and Nu's fusion into the Black Beast?
Bang is the anti-Xenomorph.The Xenomorph's Chestburster comes out of a chest. Bang commands you to jump into his chest. QED. moon falling. So yeah. MOOOOOOOOOON!
Saya is the host for the Amaterasu Unit.... Or at least has a certain connection to it that Terumi targeted for her.
Kokonoe is older than she looks.Her mother was Nine, a human woman who fought with Hakumen in the Dark War 95 years ago. This means she can't have been born more than about 30 years after the Dark War. She must have inherited her father's long lifespan.
Ragna will merge with the remains of the Black Beast.He already has prior to the first game. Rachel's story in the Material Collection is about how after she saved him he broke the seal on the Black Beast's remains and merged with it. It became his right arm and his fake Azure.
Continuum Shift's sequel will see an epic quest for Bang Shishigami to cancel Litchi's Face-Heel Turn and possibly genuinely win her love.They're all heading for Ikaruga now, and Bang still remains the force of goodness. This will be a test for Bang whether he CAN sway Litchi to the other side and prove his love for real. Maybe his new Nox would cure Arakune so it cancels out Litchi's joining with NOL. And if Bang does it full-heartedly, maybe Litchi would finally see that he's really a good man and would take him seriously. Except love, if Arakune is cured and alive. Still, this looks as if Litchi's Face-Heel Turn is a premonition to Bang's most epic quest.
Going with the above entry, Bang will be forced into a Moral Dilemma regarding Arakune and LitchiLitchi, one way or another, will end up being corrupted after extensive use of the Boundary's power, which, for lack of better phrasing, ends up royally fucking with her mind. For some reason, Bang is only able to use his supposed recovery Nox once, or suffer some form of consequence. Bang will either have to choose to save the love of his life, when all it means is going right back to where they all started, or curing Arakune, fulfilling her wishes at the cost of her well being. Alternatively, he only thinks he has one use, but everything was actually okay from the get-go, we have a little laugh, and he saves them both.
Taokaka's joke ending in CT is going to be fulfilledIt's been confirmed that one of them is true: Litchi becoming an antagonist. However, another factor can be considered fulfilled: Jin the main antagonist was not meant to be Jin, but Relius, because CT forbids that Relius be seen so they had to use Jin as a model for him (and in actuality Jin gets into a full blown protagonist). Therefore... yeah, we can expect Bang going out in a blaze of glory, and Tao getting her Super Deluxe mode.
Iron Tager is Lord Tenjo.All we know of his past prior to being Iron Tager is that he was a "Leader of Ikaruga Resistance." It's not entirely impossible that Kokonoe, with her mastery of both science and magic could repair the frozen and sliced apart body of Lord Tenjo, and recreate it in the form of Iron Tager.
Terumi will betray SayaSaya's goal doesn't sound so evil or enjoyable for Terumi in the long run, and he seems to be the type of person that "Screw everyone else, everything is all about me!" in a more extreme version than Relius. I would predict that in the end of the sequel of CS, Terumi stabs Saya in the back no matter what her true intention is, grab her power, corrupt it for his own and turn to the Big Bad that everyone would pull themselves together to kick his ass. He may also take Relius for the ride, or kill him.
Phantom is NineThe revelation would be something like this: Kokonoe: You killed my moth— Terumi: WROOOOOOOONG!
Relius is Ragna, Jin, and Saya's real fatherYou know they live in an orphanage. And they have blond hairs (used to, for Ragna). And you know how Relius acts for his children. Also, in CS, it is revealed that Ragna and Jin aren't really humans. Thus, Relius might've experimented them to the point that they're no longer humans (though they still look human), then suddenly considered them a failed project and threw them off, along with Saya. When he met Terumi, he probably realized that Saya still has potential, thus had Terumi capture her so he can create the androids out of her (Noel, Nu, Lambda, etc).
Carl will be the 3rd game's 4th ProtagonistAs of current, Ragna, Jin and Noel do not concern themselves of Relius, the OTHER great threats, very much. Carl, on the other hand, has a lot of beefs against Relius. Rather than having any other people dealing with him (would be Anti-Climax if Ragna, without buildups and such, suddenly tossed Relius aside), it'd be fitting that Carl is the one to ultimately off him. Between his Character Development and Mori telling about Carl's prominence in CS Story and declaring him the strongest vigilante... Perhaps in the 3rd game, Carl will be some sort of 4th Protagonist, leading the vigilantes (Bang, Platinum and perhaps Taokaka) to assault on Relius while Ragna and the other big guns deal mainly with Terumi and Saya.
The Imperator will turn out to be the master of another powerful UnitAssuming the Imperator isn't just a puppet ruler, how else would Saya keep people like Terumi and Relius in line? Following the trend of naming things after deities and artifacts in Japanese Mythology, the Imperator's Unit will probably be named after a mythological Big Bad like Amatsu-Mikaboshi.
Litchi's current situation is one way for Toshimichi Mori to say something to SNK Playmore... especially Garou: Mark of the WolvesIf anyone remembers Garou, in the presumably most canonical ending, Rock Howard ends up joining Kain R. Heinlein in order to find out more about his mother, which Kain might have information about and he told Rock that she's might still be alive. However, years and years and it looks like Garou 2, which may resolve on how Rock goes along with Kain, went through Development Hell and hasn't been touched while The King of Fighters has gone to about 13 official titles. Mark of the Wolves is acclaimed as one of the better fighters of SNK, so perhaps Mori has learned about it... and is pissed on the Development Hell it went through. So, his take was, to give a BlazBlue character a similar situation with Rock. Rather than picking Ragna, he picked Litchi, the one who has all the makings of such "last minute Face-Heel Turn", thus, Hazama convincing her might look like how Kain convinced Rock:
Valkenhayn is a werewolf, but Toshimichi Mori did not initially plan this.Initially, Valkenhayn was just going to be Rachel's Battle Butler who is actually one of the Six Heroes. But then Toshimichi Mori heard about the sequel to Twilight and thought, "Now she's making werewolves suck, too? THIS IS WRONG. I MUST FIX THIS." And he rewrote the story to make Valkenhayn a werewolf.
Carl might become a Shipper on Deck for Bang/LitchiPretty much because those two are the only adults he knows that are good person (Litchi has proved herself many times, while in one of his CT story paths with him meeting Bang, Carl noted that while he's over the top, Bang isn't really a horrible person). So pretty much those two (mainly Litchi, but Bang may be a second consideration) will be one of the counterpoints Carl has against Relius who's trying to prove him that adults are evil. Thus, in any case, he might try shipping them both, or at least push them together (Carl might be the one to give Bang a What the Hell, Hero? for his over-the-top advances to Litchi (if Platinum the Trinity didn't bother to do it already); while he also might be the one to persuade Litchi that Bang is more than just a dirty Stalker with a Crush and is more than willing to help) Angel Notes. At some point prior to the events of that story, something "killed" the planet, covering it in a toxic substance called "Gin" or "Grain", though humans eventually developed a tolerance for it. In the meantime they created the A-Rays, creatures genetically engineered from human and animal DNA which could absorb Gin to power special abilities. The Black Beast seems to fit the "planet killer" bill, with Gin being basically the same thing as seithr, and the Kaka clan are oh so obviously the first A-Rays. Bang might even be an early example of the freakishly powerful Ether Liners. Rachel is most likely the descendant of Arcueid Brunestud and Tohno Shiki - she can remember the previous timelines due to her inheriting the Pure Eyes of the Nanaya clan, which allow the owner to see things which normally cannot be seen. This is supported by the power of Observers being referred to as "The Eye". "The Boundary" is the same thing as the "Akasha", "Root" or "Origin" desired by all magi. Both the Azure Grimoire and the Holy Grail are described as "devices to reach Origin", use homunculi with white-blonde hair and red eyes as mediums, and can produce monsters made of darkness under the wrong circumstances. In addition, "The Third Magic" used by the Holy Grail has the power to keep souls in the world after they should have passed on, which seems to describe Terumi. Arakune's transformation is the result of him following imperfect rituals left by the Makiri family. Somehow, Litchi gained access to The Second Magic used by Zelretch (with similar effects to those of the Kaleidostick's Prism Trance). The Sankishin go as follows:
Ragna has become a "perfect" Black BeastOriginally the Black Beast was created by a fusion of Ragna and Nu, with Nu's mind in control, resulting in an uncontrollable monster. In Continuum Shift, Nu sacrifices herself to give Ragna the power to save Noel - in other words creating a fusion of Ragna and Nu with Ragna's mind in control, which retains his normal appearance. This could very well have been The Plan on the part of one the antagonists.
Bang hitting Arakune with Houyoku will create an EddieHouyoku's ability is said to SEVER the connection with Boundary, but not destroy the Boundary elements in it. So, when Bang hits Arakune with Houyoku; while it will certainly restore Roy into normal, the remnants of the Boundary will gather up into one new being, the true Arakune, a la Eddie from Guilty Gear. If BlazBlue continues after the Continuum Shift sequel, Arakune will no longer inhabit Roy's body, but rather become a sentient beast like Eddie, desperately looking for a new host. In other words, Bang... Nice Job Breaking It, Hero.
Based on the WMG above, Eddie!Arakune will be the Karmic Death of ReliusThis might be ending the game after the sequel of Continuum Shift. Thing is, after Bang hits Arakune with Houyoku, Arakune left Roy and will seek a new host... who better than the nearby Relius, who sought vast knowledge to make the perfect doll? Unfortunately for Relius, the mass Boundary elements contained by Arakune is also too much for Relius and he started losing his mind just like Roy did. Eventually, he's reduced to be like Arakune, except nobody cared about him since he's done too many atrocities (that not even Carl would forgive). Then, Hakumen comes in and strikes him down for being corrupted by the Boundary, before Relius could try to master the Arakune moveset, thereby making Hakumen kill a non-tragic monster unlike when he killed Roy in Arakune's CT Story.
The reason Tsubaki is such a bitch is obvious!I mean, c'mon. The NOL is evil. Anyone with eyes can see that. OH, WAIT. Ragna is Kyon, and Nu is Haruhi (sort of).
Terumi will be backstabbed and sealed for good by SayaWe don't know how much it will succeed, though. Basically, Saya might be aware of what kind of person Terumi is and decided to eliminate him one day when they make death in the world permanent, so Terumi doesn't come back to troll people. Her plan was to have him sealed in the Boundary after he's taken out, and make sure he never comes back. This is why she purportedly has Relius investigate Arakune and get Litchi to join her, since due to their usage/knowledge of Boundary, they will be able to find a way to seal Terumi for good. The reason of this is because Litchi's defection to NOL may mirror another event in Guilty Gear: Anji Mito goes from a carefree Japanese into an agent of That Man, and his first mission was to arrest I-No and get her sealed. Considering Saya-Terumi is getting like That Man-I-No...
Jin forcefully took Yukianesa from SayaIn Continuum Shift, it's revealed that Jin got Yukianesa from Saya. Now, we all know that Jin was a colossal Jerk Ass even as a child, so it's unlikely that he would have gotten that weapon as a gift due to him bullying the living hell out of Saya. So, then, suppose that he coerced her into handing it over while Ragna was out fetching water before the church was burned down.
Terumi is actually Tomoya Okazaki after countless times of getting the bad endTomoya does border on a Jerkass in how many times he makes Sunohara's life a hilarious living hell. However, in the same time, he's gotten a lot of shits thrown at him (Heartwrenching, even), and was forced to live up to many variations on his life for many times (playing the game many times). Terumi is the result when Tomoya failed to get into CLANNAD's true ending after so long. The stress of losing Nagisa and Ushio and dying miserably so many times pushed Tomoya over the edge, and thus when he dies AGAIN... he completely loses it and decided "Ah screw it! Since the world is making me a miserable bitch, I will have my vengeance! I will make this world a horrible place for life!". Then, his ghost didn't even bother to reincarnate and he changed his name to "Terumi Yuuki"... and the rest is history.
Taokaka will be the new Boobie Lady in the next sequel.The changes in her latest in-game sprites is a clue! Now that Litchi has done a Face-Heel Turn there will be a "good" counterpart who will get in her way: The grown up Taokaka.
The next game will have either Dr. Han or Linhua as a PCNow that Litchi has gone into NOL, Orient Town is practically unrepresented come next game. The only one who can represent them now is either both of them. If included, Linhua can be seen as how Mori would've handled Satellite Characters eventually (unlike how Kishimoto deals with Tenten), and seeing that she's the closest with Litchi, she'd be one of the people who'll try to convince her that even if she lost Arakune, she still have a home in Orient Town. Dr. Han, on the other hand, would be a chance for Arksys for a more proper Faust counterpart, being a wacko doctor (he's noted to be eccentric).
Litchi is meant to mirror Rider before becoming a Heroic SpiritNot just on the basis of they're the series' respective Boobie Ladies. Litchi used to live separated with the whole cast (only concerning herself to save Arakune), and had Taokaka to continuously pester her about her boobs; just like Rider isolating herself with the humans and had her sisters Euryale and Stheno tease and bully her. However, when they expose themselves to the humanities, they went batshit and practically gets to have a Face-Heel Turn or sorts (Rider turns into the scary Gorgon form after being harassed with humans one too many; while probably a lot of people didn't care about Litchi wanting to save Arakune and in desperation after realizing that Arakune is in danger; she ends up joining NOL), and probably in the near future, just like how Rider eventually consumed Euryale and Stheno, in her tenure as an ally of NOL, Litchi ends up wounding or even killing Taokaka, and had a massive Freak Out!, realizing she crossed the Moral Event Horizon. She'll end up as a Death Seeker, urging those who fight her to kill her already, in which someone (presumably Bang), as the counterpart of Rider's Perseus, will defeat her and might kill her.
Makoto is related to the Nanaya family.Specifically, a descendant of Shiki, who must have reclaimed the name sometime. Obvious surnames aside, her Astral splitting the moon after the opponent gets punched into it - which, if you've been paying attention around this site, is harder than most might think - must be thanks to some form of the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception.
Valkenhayn is not a werewolf.He's a Gangrel.
The Mu-12 armor will return in the sequel worn by *drumroll* ...Imperator Saya, it's even her size, and fighting games that "kill" off characters always find someone new to give the moveset to.
The translator in Continuum Shift is a Troper.Otherwise, how in the hell can they come up with such big shout out list to the other media? Such as "Why So Serious" and "Heeeeere's Terumi!"...
Ragna is the original BloodedgeHe, or at least a part of him broke free of the Black Beast to fight against it after it was pulled into the past. His sword and coat are yet more time paradoxes.
Sol Badguy is the first BloodedgeAlright, it's heavily hinted (I think, I've yet to finish Continuum Shift's True End) that the girst Bloodedge gave his life to save Jubei back when the Black Beast was running around, which shows Sol's case of Jerk with a Heart of Gold, plus Ragna's sword does look like Sol's... 'Course I have no proof, but Black Beast vs. Gear!Sol would be a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
Ragna's joke ending in CS was actually foreshadowingThe Crimson Grimoire will play a larger role down the line, and Ragna was not only told about it but where he could find it.
Arakune is going to die in the third game.His real name says it all. It is a horrible, cursed name that only results in brutal death, even an entire millennium after your ancestors left their home planet and relocated to Earth to escape it. Trying to break the curse is what drove Arakune to research the power of the Azure in the first place.
Terumi is Mori's Jerkass Stu.He gets to spend all of his screentime rampaging around being as hugely dickish as he chooses, only receives any sort of comeuppance outside of canon, and by the way...
Bang will turn into Kamen Rider for real.As said, he has the Phoenix: Rettenjou Nox. In the arcades, Arakune feared that Bang will rub him with his belt because it will make him 'cease to exist'. Meaning, Arakune knows what Phoenix: Rettenjou is, and where it's located. Which is Bang's belt. And since it looks like a Rider belt, it means that to activate the Nox, Bang just needs to do a Kamen Rider henshin pose and yell... then he will turn into a Rider-like creature. Kamen Rider Phoenix?
Saya is actually a Murakamo Unit herself, and was never Ragna's sister in the first place.This speculation comes from the idea that Terumi is indeed the one running everything behind the scenes, and through Relius, actually created Saya herself, who's now Terumi's "puppet queen" as mentioned in an above entry. Notice how stoic her personality is and how monotonous her manner of speech is in her appeances in Continuum Shift? Recall Noel talking that way in Calamity Trigger when she first encountered Nu-13? Then Saya herself must just like them. Speaking of which, how is it that Nu-13 seems to "know" Ragna the most and not Saya the Imperator (who called Ragna "scum")? It's because Nu-13 was in fact the "Saya" who was Ragna's sister, planted there in the past by Terumi in order to condition her into becoming sweet and clingy to Ragna before "kidnapping" her, reprogramming her, and eventually placing her in the Cauldron in Kagutsuchi. That way Nu-13 would be eagerly waiting for Ragna and thus fulfill her role of merging with Ragna to form the Black Beast and ensure the occurrence of all the significant chain of events. And as for Saya, she will eventually assume her true Murakamo Unit form by the third game to be the final boss there when the time comes.
Noel will have the ability to assume her Murakamo Unit form (aka Mu-12) at will in the third game.Since at the end of Continuum Shift she and Tager are now in the same team, then she must have met and talked with Kokonoe as well (who did want to have Noel captured during Continuum Shift in the first place if you recall). During this time, Kokonoe made a few "enhancements" to Noel, so that she would have an "ace in the hole" in what could be the fight of her life in the third game. This could either be a device similar to the "Idea Engine" Lambda-11 had (now possessed by Ragna, which was how he was able to kick Terumi's ass and turn Mu-12 back to Noel), or an enhancement to Bolverk. Either way, it's unlikely Noel would be sent there to Ikaruga without such an "ace in the hole" given what she, Tager, and everyone else will be up against. And this time, Mu-12 won't be Noel's Superpowered Evil Side, but rather, Noel will still be in full control of herself, and will be able to change herself back to normal if and when she's done fighting the big fight.
Carl has the potential to become an Observer.That's why he can remember some of the alternate time loops from CT so well, and why Rachel seems to have such interest in him. But the path he has chosen himself and his refusal to let go of any ties to his past like Ada makes it impossible for him to reach this potential. It's also the real reason as to why Relius tried to kill him.
After the third game, Rachel and Valkenhayn will be revealed as villainsTaokaka's joke endings have proven that it is a tool for "Funny Aneurysm" Moment, or at least alignment switching tools for those designated as villains. Jin and Litchi appeared as "villains" in her CT joke end, and guess what? In CS, Jin had a Heel-Face Turn, while Litchi had a Face-Heel Turn. Now, in CS, the "villains" for Tao's Gag Reels are apparently Rachel and Valkenhayn (and they're obviously good in canon). Who's to say that after Terumi is beaten, Rachel and Valkenhayn will reveal their true cards and their own nefarious plans, but couldn't get it rolling because they have to take care of Terumi first?
Members of the Kaka clan skyrocket in intelligence at a certain age.
Valkenhayn had a hand in the Murakumo Units.The basis for this is because he and one of the researchers sound, and◊ look somewhat similar. Perhaps his "going way back" with Terumi extends to more than just the Six Heroes.
The Ikaruga War was started to create Nirvana.In Tager's Continuum Shift ending he has a flashback to when he was in the Ikaruga War, and talks about how the Nox Nyctores were used for something. Add that to something Arakune says about Nirvana his own story and the statement Hazama makes that the Nox Nyctores required thousands of human souls to be made. If this is so, perhaps Ada is like a "focus point" around which all these souls center?
The sequel will have six new charactersThis is not counting Makoto, Valkenhayn, and Trinity, who will all return as standard characters. They'll be Saya, Tenjo's son, Kokonoe, Jubei, Relius and Nine (the true identity of Phantom). Saya will be the FINAL Boss. Tenjo's son and Nine will be DLC. Saya will only be playable on the home version. The new music themes will be: Relius vs. Carl, Kokonoe vs. Hazama, Jubei vs. Haku-men, Saya vs. Ragna, Saya vs. Jin and Tenjo vs. Bang
Relius is actually doing Kagutsuchi a favor by capturing ArakuneTheir plan is to have Litchi join NOL then go to Ikaruga. But then, that would mean leaving Kagutsuchi and Arakune alone, and then without Litchi keeping tabs on him, he's free to consume many people. So, Relius took it to his hands to capture Arakune and store it with NOL so it doesn't consume people, saving the lives of thousands of innocents.
In some iterations of the time loop, Arakune is thrown back into the past and pops out a century earlier than the Black Beast.Where, in the early 21st century, where none of the relevant plot points have happened yet and our real world is still trucking along, we know him as the Slender Man.
In the third game, or however they end the story, Makoto will defeat the Big Bads.After all, defeating insane, evil, superpowered beings is what squirrel girls do.
Bloodedge Ragna from Phase 0 will be a secret character in the sequel.If we had Order-Sol in Guilty Gear, then I'm not surprised, thanks to the time loop shenanigans, that Bloodedge Ragna will appear and meet the current timeline Ragna. Hell, it could be a crowning moment of awesome if that happens!
The latest version of Nu in the third game will be...Omega-24! Cause Lambda-11+Nu-13 = Omega-24! Bonus points if she does a Heel-Face Turn. More bonus points if she teams up with Noel as Super Mode Mu-12 against Saya (since 12 is 24/2).
The Boundary is what Yukari Yakumo's gaps open up to. This would mean either Yukari is either the Anthropomorphic Personification of the Boundary, or is a Humanoid Abomination. Or both. Oh Crap.
Sister named Ragna after the original Bloodedge.
Bang will save Litchi in the third game.Well, duh. But I guess this needs clarification. Litchi gained some power from being exposed to the boundary - that is to draw power from their alternate universe selves. Being exposed to the Boundary, however, leaves one in a state of decay. Just ask Arakune! Litchi will eventually rot and decay. Now, guess who conveniently has the Nox Nyctores necessary to rip the Boundary a new one?
Hakumen keeps saying that he is Hakumen because part of him still feels like Jin.It's some sort of affirmation; the more you repeat it the more likely you'll believe it to be true. Especially how Continuum Shift shows that he still feels something for Tsubaki.
Hakumen is actually Hideo Kojima
The real Imperator and true Big Bad of the series is HypeDog.[[spoiler: He's controlling Saya by torturing her with his incessant barking. This will be revealed in the third game.
The reason behind Jin's hatred with Saya is...Chronicled in Wheel of Fortune. Original Jin saw Tsubaki dead by the hands of Nu in cold blood. This Jin's extreme hatred to Nu. And then, time loop occurs, and when Jin was little, memories of him hating Nu started to manifest, causing him to dislike Saya, who was the template of Nu and looked like her, and gets amped into real hate when Ragna gave her more attention. Basically, Jin's hatred to Noel and Saya was based on the fact that they looked like the person from the previous timelines that killed his beloved.
Hakumen defeated the Black Beast because the Black Beast's animator suffered a fatal heart attackActually Hakumen and the Six Heroes were losing and could only run away from the Black Beast. But then, it happened and the Black Beast perished and Hakumen took credit. History never knew that the Black Beast's full name is the "Legendary Black Beast of AAAAAAUUUUGGGHHH!"
By the end of the series, Jin will overtake Hakumen in strength.
In the third game, the bad guys will use the Power of Order against Jin somehow...But Noel will stop them, saving Jin from his fate and fulfilling her promise to Jubei.
The Spectacles of Eros will be instrumental in Terumi's defeat.Once Rachel finds out Terumi is alive because of all the hate he's directed towards him, she will find a way to modify the glasses to affect everyone in the world, regardless of gender. She will then place them on Terumi, who will then be ripped apart by a colossal swarm of loving fangirls and fanboys, never to return.
Terumi was born as the Slender ManAs more people learned about the Slender Man Mythos and feared him, the Slender Man grew powerful to the point where he became alive and sentient. The first thing he did was wander around his homeworld, the internet, first around Something Awful, then to websites, such as YouTube, Twitter, and even here at TV Tropes, where the Slender Man was introduced. Over time, he discovered the art of trolling, and became one himself. The hatred directed at him grew and grew, until finally the Slender Man, now in the guise of Yuuki Terumi, was able to leave the internet and wreck havoc on the offline world.
Litchi will have to be revealed to have a past similar to Shirou EmiyaWhich might explain why she is kind to everyone and put everyone else's (That she knows) well being in before her own including her own morality and the sides she choose. She probably will have a past revealed that she is some sort of Sole Survivor on her own hometown being massacred, adopted with a kind family and defines with the virtue of "saving everyone before self", in which she doesn't mind afflicting herself with the Boundary if she can save Arakune, she thinks she herself is worthless, being a Sole Survivor. Of course, this is a darker take, as in"'What if Shirou went through Unlimited Blade Works while disregarding Archer's warnings."
Ragna isn't limited to channeling his Azure power to just his right arm.Just because the BlazBlue is his right arm doesn't mean he can't use the power of azure throughout his body and sword. That just means his right arm is the easiest to use. Hell's Fang and its follow-up require both arms. Gauntlet Hades' follow-up uses his foot. When Ragna saves Noel, the animation wasn't Gonzoed, that's just him using his left arm to channel power instead of his right.
The reason why Phoenix: Rettenjou was inactive for the long time is due to how much of a Crapsack World the current world is.With Black and Gray Morality and such. Phoenix: Rettenjou is a weapon that thrives on idealism and such, and so it found the home at the most "idealistic" character: Bang. But due to him being put as a Joke Character, ridiculed, and the world just likes being cynical, the Nox got pissed. It went into a slumber, until it felt like it's time to bring forth idealism to the world. If Bang could spread idealism throughout the Crapsack World, and things are starting to look up, the Phoenix: Rettenjou would activate.
The 3 Siblings/Protagonists (Ragna, Jin and Noel) will have their own opposing Antagonistic Rivals within the Novus Orbis Librarium.Granted, we already have Ragna VS Hazama/Terumi and Noel VS Tsubaki. In the next sequel, we will be having Jin VS Saya.
Hakumen will have to die later in the seriesIn order to have absolute order in the world, only one person of the same genre will have to exist. And since Hakumen is still Jin, only either of them will have to exist in the current timeline. And it is highly unlikely that we will see the "Original" dying instead of the "Alternate" now, would it?
There is an opposing energy called Crimson.To go along with the Crimson Grimoire theory above and as a result of Law of Conservation of Detail. Why did Noel's other gun stream red when the other was streaming blue? You could say design choice but you could argue that because the limiters placed on Noel by Bolverk were being released, then that was Azure energy. The red gun then seemed be releasing a different energy, crimson energy. Plus, I'm a sucker for yin-yang concepts.
Lambda is still alive.There is one overlooked plothole. Sure, Ragna saw Lambda dying, but who's to say that it was only a replica? Lambda's True End ends with her encountering Relius and he seemed interested in taking her in. If he has shown interest, it kinda makes no sense that he suddenly lets her go. My guess is that Relius created a copy of her, transferred the Idea Engine to the copy and sent the copy out to Ragna/Terumi. The real Lambda might still be held within Relius' lab.
Terumi is actually gay.The reason why Terumi makes Mu wear such a skimpy outfit is because he's uncomfortable with his sexuality, also no straight guy says "toodles", even as a joke. YOU KNOW I'M RIGHT.
Next sequel, the Litchi vs Arakune theme will be titled "Executioner" rather than "Weak Executioner."The reason why it's called "Weak Executioner" refers to just how weak-willed Litchi is in terms of slaying Arakune because she still loved her thus she couldn't fulfill her duty as Arakune's executioner. After Continuum Shift, provided that Litchi receives Character Development to not only think about Arakune only, she will be able to fulfill her destiny to give Arakune a well-deserved rest without even doubting anything, thus her song title evolves, in a sense that she's no longer a weak executioner.
Mori's plan to make Carl the 4th Protagonist goes along with the current boom of Miyuki Sawashiro.As of current, Miyuki Sawashiro has gotten a bit more popular and got many leading roles here and there. Then Mori realized, "I only made her play a sub character!!" So in order to promote her, he made Carl much and more prominent so eventually, by the next BB, Carl becomes a prominent and possibly main protagonist, thus BB becomes yet another series who follows the current hype of "Miyuki Sawashiro being a lead." In other words, "Sorry I made you play a sub character, Miyuki."
BANG'S NAIL IS THE NAIL THAT SHALL PIERCE THE BOUNDARY!!All the hints about him allude to it's ability to "cut people off from the boundary." Therefore his new Astral Finish will be a Shout Out to Giga Drill Breaker.
Next in line of Face-Heel Turn-ing: Bang ShishigamiEveryone seems to forget that every Nox Nyctores have side effects on the user. Bang may possess the Phoenix: Rettenjou, but he doesn't know how to use it, which means, the Nox hasn't been giving side-effects on him. Now... what do you think the side effect of Phoenix: Rettenjou is? Quite possibly, it grants him immortality like a Phoenix. Instead of being an awesome thing to use, Bang will suffer Who Wants to Live Forever? as he sees justice constantly being trashed by Hazama, the world becoming more and more of a Crapsack World as cynicism constantly prevails over his idealism and Litchi betraying him with her previous Face-Heel Turn and would never win her love... and he couldn't do a thing. Doomed with such life, Bang will eventually had enough and conduct Immortality Immorality and become a Fallen Hero.
Litchi is a Fake DefectorTo wit, her Face-Heel Turn may look as if she's desperate, but she doesn't seem to plan to stay long, for these facts:
Terumi had a hand in creation of Nox Nyctores... by influencing Nine.Recall how Nox Nyctores was created. It involves a sacrifice of many human souls. Nine at first did not know what to do about beating Black Beast, but Terumi, being the creator of the Black Beast, knew its weakness... the creation of Nox Nyctores. So he influenced Nine, the one with greatest mastery with magic, to create the Nox Nyctores, which could only be possible with the combo of Terumi's knowledge and Nine's magic. Without a choice, Nine sacrificed humans to create the weapon to counter the Black Beast, and it succeeded. People die, but humanity's survival is ensured at cost of the stain at Nine's hands.
Jin will be the main character in the third game, alongside with Bang.One game for each sibling, the fact that he got better during Continuum Shift helps. And he will become "The Hero of Ikaruga", but this time in the truest sense.
Saya is actually the original Anti Sankashin Core Unit, aka Alpha-1.Think about it, Saya was kidnapped by Terumi 10-ish years prior, yet there have been 13 core units and number 12 was a involved with the destruction of Ibukido 5 years before the main story. The timeline just doesn't make sense, unless she's actually much much older. My theory is that Saya is actually 100-ish years old and was created by Terumi himself. The story states the first core unit was locked in the Boundary due to fear from it possessing the "Eye." Now what if sometime after the Black Beast was defeated she emerged from the Boundary and due to its memory erasing effects had lost all of her memories. Jubei or Rachel found her at this point and realizing what she was took her to the church so she would be hidden from Terumi or anyone else seeking to use her. Saya's face/heel turn off-screen wasn't because Terumi mind-raped her, it was because he restored her memories of being tortured by scientists and then locked in the Boundary for 80-90 years. This theory also explains how Saya possessed Yukianesa, it was her version of the Murakumo.
Nu-13 or Tsubaki will be the main heroine of BlazBlue 3Noel's story is effectively over, whereas Nu has just completed a Redemption Equals Death heel/face turn and will most likely be in need of saving thanks to now being in the possession of Relius Clover. Tsubaki has been built up for two games now and Jin seems to have realized that at the very least he does care about her... also delicious irony in the fact that Tsubaki would be stealing Noel's spot as the main heroine.
Carl is a clone of Relius.Relius is designed with a mask for the reveal that both have the same face.
Nirvana is controlling Carl by pretending to be his sister.Many times in Carl's story and arcade modes Nirvana is seen reacting to people Carl has never met such as Valkenhayn and Terumi. In addition, every character aligned with Sector Seven has told Carl that the Nirvana unit is dangerous, perhaps with a manipulative nature being the reason. Its reasoning for protecting Carl are possibly explained by Hakumen in Carl's CT arcade story - citing that Nirvana is fueled by Carl's blood lust. This is something easy to come by with someone like Carl, given his past. All that was explained in the creation/awakening of both Nirvana and Ignis is that a human body is used in the process. The fact that Nirvana is known to many characters far older than Carl suggests it has been around for a while, not newly created from Ada like Ignis was. Ignis is also apparently not sentient and only follows Relius's orders. Nirvana is known to act on its own, attacking Ranga, Hazama, and almost attacking Valkenhayn. Also, many of the people Carl fight is provoked by Nirvana explaining to him that he/she is dangerous, causing him to lash out with almost no other provocation. This makes it seem as if Carl is acting at least partially on Nirvana's influence to further its own goals as well as aiding Carl's to keep him on its side. Once Relius is done with, Nirvana may decide to attempt to break Carl's already damaged mind and take partial control over him in a manner similar to what Yukianesa did to Jin, if this is already not being done.
There is a Time Skip in-between the True StoryOtherwise, how it would explain suddenly Ragna developing Angst? What Angst? on The Reveal about Saya gave Jin the Yukianesa. He would normally pique that a little more than suddenly treating it like "Cool story, bro", they both reveal that in-between the Time Skip. Also, a Time Skip would explain why Noel and Makoto did not develop any semblance of Angst after Tsubaki, the last one of the usual trio, still stuck with NOL and Hazama while they're in Sector Seven at the end of True Ending (they would deal with their angst in that Time Skip). In other words, there may be an extra storyline regarding on whatever happened in-between "Battle against Mu-12" and "Journey to Ikaruga."
Relius' ultimate plan is...An evolution for humanity. He sought perfection, but has no regards on human lives. Because in his eyes, humans are not perfect thus currently, they are only useful as his guinea pigs. Therefore, he's trying to develop things that would eliminate the current human race, and create "perfect" beings like he is currently, or Ignis. Once he's gotten a hold of that, he will drop the contamination to the world, ensuring COMPLETE. GLOBAL. SATURATION.
Makoto knows a surprising amount of what's REALLY going on, and her loyalty is to Noel first and foremost, before anything or anyone else.The name of her theme is "Alexandrite." That is the name of a unique, natural gemstone that reflects one color under natural sunlight, and a completely different color under artificial light; artificial stones will reflect even mode shades under different kinds and shades of light. Perhaps the theme-song's name hearkens to her role as a double-agent? But her cover is blown now, before her music ever got to play in a story-mode battle. Why hearken back to it? In fact, in the first place, why is she betraying the NOL to work with Sector Seven? Her stated reason for joining the NOL was to recieve financial support for her large family; apparently she must care for them a lot. But just as Noel's parents needed to be hidden from the NOL's wrath, Makoto's family will now need to be hidden, and a large family of squirrel-people isn't going to be easy to hide. If they were the reason she joined the NOL, why put them all in that kind of danger? Also, is Makoto any more loyal to Sector Seven than she was to the Libarium? She already turned traitor to one organization; why not another? In fact, Makoto warned Tager that if he hurt Noel, she would kill him. Killing Tager would make her an enemy of Kokonoe and all of Sector Seven. And Makoto NEEDS Sector Seven's help, since by that time she had already betrayed the NOL. But she was willing to become marked for death by the world's only two superpowers, dooming her family along with her. Why? Because Noel is THAT important to her, apparently. Noel is not only the heir to the True Azure, but she also became the heir to (or at least the Eye of) the Master Unit, Amaterasu; the Sankishin named after a sun goddess. If Makoto is the alexandrite gemstone, then perhaps Noel is the sun that brings out Makoto's true colors? No one else gets Makoto's real color — she will betray and play both the NOL and S7 against each other, just to protect Noel. When Tager asked Makoto why she was betraying the NOL, she told him that she thought it would be sad if someone cloned a T-Rex, since the beast would be born into a hostile world where it could not live in peace. But she wasn't really talking about the dinosaur, she was talking about the Murakumo Units. Living people created only to be tools, and heartlessly abused. Recall Lambda's "Joke" End, which was dead serious, not even remotely funny. Just as Makoto sought out and found Noel outside the city in Noel's Story Mode, Makoto found Lambda when she left the city on foot. Makoto probably sought her out, too. Even if she ran across Lambda only by accident, she is completely unsurprised and unthreatened by Lambda's threatening armored appearance, and goes out of her way to befriend Lambda. Makoto knows exactly what the Murakumo units are, and that Noel is one of them. Maybe that's why Makoto seeks to protect Noel... but maybe it's the other way around, and Noel in specific is the reason that Makoto is sympathetic to the Murakumo in general. Makoto is based on Ratatoskr, the squirrel of Norse Mythology who ran up and down the World Tree (which is depicted in her magical symbol), who listened to the wisdom of the eagle at the top (also depicted in her symbol), and who used that knowledge as ammunition to taunt and needle Nidhogg, the serpent who chewed endlessly on one of the Tree's roots. Makoto is a squirrel-girl who worked in the Intelligence department of the organization that runs the world, and her greatest enemy is Terumi, who has an evil-serpent-monster theme. Maybe the eagle will be represented by a specific character later, whom proves to be Makoto's real boss (the Master Unit?), or maybe the eagle is just the Intelligence Department itself and she learned everything she knows on her own. Either way, she's working to thwart Terumi, and she, rather than Kokonoe, will probably be the one to do it, even if she isn't the one who actually kills him.
Ragna's Blood-Scythe is a Sankishin UnitRagna's blade would appear to be another Ars Magus, but it was in the hands of the Bloodedge, the hero who held off the Black beast for a year on his own, with only one arm and blind in one eye, thus it was made before the Ars Magus were developed. Since it appears to be partially magical and mechanical specifically when he uses Black Onslaught, it must be a very powerful artifact. And before anyone pulls the it was a weapon from a previous Ragna, he got it from Jubei who received it from the First Bloodedge.
Phantom is actually Celica.This canon is screwed up. No one would expect it. Plus, she's been a big focus in the light novels and there's yet to be any mention of what happened to her body after the church incident, so... who knows?
Bang is a Nox NyctoresSpecifically Bang is Phoenix: Rettenjou!
Saya is actually Alpha-1, the original Murakumo UnitShe was used as a template for the rest of the Murakumo units. By "template" they probably mean she was the first to be converted into one. She lost her soul in the process, turning her into an emotionless doll. When she went into the boundary, she regained her soul. She was then sealed back by Hazama and Relius, unbeknownst to her. All the events leading up to this eventually broke her, and she decided that humanity wasn't worth it and upon being salvaged by Hazama and Relius, was made Imperator and now has them as her underlings, not knowing the truth.
Bang is going to be the Spanner in the Works for the bad guys.In other words, Hazama and Relius' downfall would be because they didn't pay enough attention to Bang. Hazama only acknowledged Bang being more tricky than his "comic relief" self does, but he failed to realize that Bang has the Phoenix: Rettenjou. Bang is also never in the account of Hazama's backup plan after backup plan after backup plan, all his plans hinges more on Ragna, Jin, Noel, Rachel and the remaining Six Heroes. Thus, Bang will be an unexpected element that will crumble Hazama's well built plan by just being there. The true definition of Spanner in the Works.
Phoenix: Rettenjou isn't a good weaponCould be effective, but it has a use that will be disastrous for the world. All Platinum said is that it has the power to sever the connection to the Boundary, and people take it that Bang will use it to cure Arakune and save Litchi. However, they miss out one thing: "sever connection to the Boundary can also mean that Phoenix: Rettenjou can be used to completely separate the world with the underworld/afterlife (Boundary). Therefore, when people die, they're stuck to Earth and if this continues, in the near future, the world will be filled with ghosts. Platinum's message was not "Use this Nox to save your lover!" but "Be careful about this Nox, or you can end up creating a Ghost World."
Bang isn't that Highly Visible as we all thought to beWe thought Bang with his over-the-top manner, hammy yells and everything, we thought he's a Highly-Visible Ninja. We took things on face value. However, with his increasing values of story importance he's getting, it became clear that Bang is in fact, a true ninja, master of stealth. What stealth, you ask? We were all being treated with the facts that he's a Joke Character and were constantly reminded so. And when we were trying to accept such fact, Bang was instead prepared to be a major player in the eventual BlazBlue universe, and when the time comes, he would surprise everyone with his importance that he has gathered so far while fooling everyone that he's going to be stuck as an ineffectual Joke Character. In other words, Bang is the ultimate Red Herring of BlazBlue.
Terumi Was Once a ManNamed Joshua Radcliffe. He was beaten by the Ruina, unable to escape Despair Event Horizon by Perfectio and eventually developed a sight of despair. Soon, he became a ghost, a shell of his former self and changed his name into Terumi Yuuki. Thus is one of the many possibilities of
If there ever was a Guilty Gear and BlazBlue crossover, Hazama won't be quite as fortunate as he was in BlazBlue.For starters the Guilty Gear series is less willing to let their villains get away with their evil deeds. (As there are plenty of times in which I-No can attest to that.) Another thing to consider is that the BlazBlue storyline does like to mention that the reason why Hazama hates Rachel because he fears the fact that she is a young vampire whom has the potential to truly defeat him, think about how he would fare against an old pro like Slayer?
If Jubei is ever a playable character, he will be Brought Down to Normal.He will be treated like Hakumen, storywise, in that his injuries will Nerf him a bit but he's still a respectable fighter in general. However, just like Hakumen, "his normal is not everyone else's normal."
Litchi is suffering Fake Memories to make her obsessed with Arakune... designated by Hazama.If you remember, her Boundary corruption seems to deal with jumbling her memories. In this case, her corruption has been on the stage since before CT on why she left Sector Seven, the corruption gave her Fake Memories that Lotte Carmine is a wonderful Marty Stu that can do no wrong, when extra stories such as her Short Story gives us the fact that both Lotte and Litchi distanced themselves after he lashed out at her, and that Lotte himself has been shown as not really wonderful if his interactions with Kokonoe in various flashbacks and EX Story in Continuum Shift II has shown (he might've been a Green-Eyed Monster with serious inferiority complex to everyone he comes across). When Lotte became Arakune, Litchi investigated a little, and was corrupted a bit, and originally wanted to heed Kokonoe's words that it's too dangerous and not worth her time. However, that bit of corruption immediately gave her Fake Memories that he's her lover, he's screaming for help, and it's totally her fault for letting him, leading her to continue further her research, leave Sector Seven and ends up in NOL all for his sake. When she interacted with Orient Town people, she gained many people that love her and messed with her corruption, making her think she had to kill him, but in her CT ending, the corruption acted up, restored, making her convinced that she must save him because that's what lovers do. And this was all designed by Hazama from get-go, on request of Relius. Relius was very impressed by Litchi's research during the EX Story, but she's on Kokonoe's side thus he can't use it. But then, he saw Lotte and his inferiority complex and on research found out their relationship. So he had Hazama eventually try on experimenting Lotte, resulting Arakune. And when Litchi tried tapping to the Boundary, Hazama gave her the Fake Memories corruption to obsess over Lotte, eventually leading her to NOL. This may also be why Litchi was extremely suspicious of Hazama because her corruption might react to him being the originator of the corruption.
Terumi will be revealed to have a God ComplexAnd we'll get to know why he has that: Basically, he was suffering some sort of despair. However, other people did not despair for some reason. Terumi got pissed. "I don't wanna be the only one to suffer. I WANNA MAKE EVERYONE SHARE MY SUFFERING, LIKE IT OR NOT!" So off he goes trolling people and making people fall into despair, because in his own opinion, that's the only truth there is. In that regard, he wants to be the God of the World so he can shape it to his own liking, where the only truth is despair and the rest are just lies that he hated. The origin of his excuse was based on real life issues where there are some cancer victims trying to infect his cancer to other unassuming people just so they're not the only one who suffers. Terumi is the same, he can't stand suffering alone.
Cooking Mama is the announcer for Portable Continuum Shift IIOn a much less serious note, after venturing forth in cooking, gardening, crafting and babysitting, the world's most famous Engrish-accented woman decided to do something a bit less sexist by... announcing a fighting game, apparently.
There will be two more games after Continuum ShiftThe third can center on Saya, Tsubaki, Litchi and Kokonoe, while the fourth will finally deal with Terumi and Relius directly.
ASW will call in Norio Wakamoto AGAIN to voice whoever is Terumi and Relius' true boss as seen in the Wheel of FortuneCase in points: Wakamoto isn't that unfamiliar with ASW, he voiced Johnny. Besides, with his memetic status, reputation as his villain roles, PLUS even Tomokazu Sugita (Ragna) and Yuuichi Nakamura (Terumi) respect him a lot so much that they drag Takahiro Sakurai (Suzaku Kururugi to play a 3-way battle Yu Yu Hakusho Genesis game, all picking up Wakamoto's character (Chu) and making up Wakamoto impressions for the whole battle... If ASW said Terumi and Relius' boss are in, what's stopping Sugita and Nakamura to demand, "BRING WAKAMOTO TO VOICE HIM!!!"
Bloodedge will return.A man so powerful that he fought the Black Beast single-handed without the use of the Azure Grimoire; even if he was originally Ragna himself, Terumi and Relius aren't ones to pass up a chance to at least try to revive Bloodedge through DNA samples, or at least by researching what made Bloodedge so resistant to begin with.
Terumi is AmaterasuHe just pretends to hate Amaterasu to fool his boss. His actual goal is to free himself from the boundary.
Male Prime Field Devices are modeled after JinAt the end of Noel's story, Terumi mentioned the existence of male Prime Field Devices, or Noel's "brothers." If female ones are modeled after Saya, male ones might be modeled after Jin. Both were kidnapped at the same time, and both have very high Armagus aptitude.
Litchi is an alien from Planet Tits.First take a look at the All Hail Oppai video. Listen to what Charles said about the Chinese Federation:
Terumi's goal is To Create A Playground For EvilIt's the only thing to explain why he's doing things For the Evulz. If the world is full of messed up things, he practically ensures his existence and eternal fun. This is why he's trying to destroy Master Unit Amaterasu in the past, their world-resetting tendencies may attempt to reset his Playground for Evil if he once succeeded. Hell, if the world is so messed up, he doesn't even need Ragna to hate him. Basically, just get people to ask "who turns this world into this mess?", and be reminded that Terumi did it. They'll hate him and it'll be a steady income of existence for Terumi.
Bang was an Ax-Crazy ninja.The keyword being was. Thus far the source of Ikaruga War in a deeper detail is Bang, who seem to portray that Ikarugans are brave rebels of justice to oppose the tyrannical NOL. However, as BlazBlue doesn't seem to be letting anyone who gets serious and be in story to be 100% Good (such as Litchi), and Bang is getting his own prominence soon, he will be revealed that... like every other War, there were no good side and bad side. The Ikaruga side weren't composed of Chaotic Good ninjas as Bang thought to be. They, including Bang, were pretty much blood-lusted Ax-Crazy ninjas who murder NOL soldiers the same way NOL incriminates them, an eye for an eye to say. They have slowly forgotten the ninja tenets taught by Lord Tenjou, or the ministers serving Tenjou were fooling them around with promises that they shall be heroes, but in turn, they view NOL soldiers, who are just as human as they are... to be devils that needs to be slaughtered in the name of justice and they went mad in killing them. Bang, however, did see Jin killing Lord Tenjou and in that moment, he starts remembering most of the teachings Tenjou did to him. When Ikaruga citizens moved to Ronin-Gai, to atone for his sins, Bang tried his best to lift the spirits of the survivors and next generation will move on from the bloody past. Thus Bang had to made up the past to be told to the children, that he's a hero of justice fighting for the evils of NOL and the Ikaruga Federation and their ninjas are honorable rebels rather than Ax-Crazy ninja, so the children can have people to look up into. This, however, is also possibly why Phoenix: Rettenjou remained inactive in Bang's hand. Bang tried to cover his sins with another sin of lie, and it's a big one since he pretty much spread his lies to his kinsmen. This may end up as a possible double-edged sword for Bang because Nox Nyctores are Evil Weapon by nature so when it awake, it may feed on Bang's sense of justice, possibly reverting him back to his Ax-Crazy ninja self. This can be used later if Bang confronts the system of NOL... such as Saya giving him a Not So Different Breaking Speech.
Bang will try to cure Arakune.In a case of I want my beloved to be happy, Bang will try to use his Nox Nyctores to cure Arakune. It's been stated that his Nox can cut connections to the Boundary, and when/if Litchi finds out she will no doubt ask him for his help. He will do as Litchi asks and use his new found powers to cure him, but...
Arakune does not want to be curedBoth Kokonoe and Lotte, in a moment of sanity, say he choose this path. If given the choice, he would get his memories back, but his abilities as Arakune are to valuable to him in his research of the boundary. After Bang cures him, he will begin looking for ways to become Arakune, but keep his sanity. By the time of the fourth game, he will of suceeded.
Tenjou's son is actually evil/messed up psychologicallyThis is the world of BlazBlue after all. Either way, Tenjou's son has no implication that he'd be a Generation Xerox of Lord Tenjou, being just and all and revered as a good man. It could be that he is a Green-Eyed Monster on Bang, considering that Bang inherits the Phoenix: Rettenjou and that nail, while he got left with nothing. Or he was captured by NOL and experimented at cost of his sanity. But at any rate, he's probably set up to be Bang's bitter rival more than Jin ever could be, in a more personal level too. Which leads to...
Next BlazBlue, Bang CAN swipe off the "story protagonist" position from Ragna/Jin/NoelFeaturing him and Tenjou's son as rivals and main characters of the story (and probably Litchi would've taken the 'heroine' spot?). It's not like this notion hasn't been used: Sengoku Basara at first had Tokugawa Ieyasu as a Bratty Half-Pint Distressed Dude Joke Character no one takes seriously, but remains a good-hearted man, and come Sengoku Basara 3, he Took a Level in Badass and swipes main protagonist position from poster boys and actual main character Date Masamune, whereas new character Ishida Mitsunari is introduced as his new rival, all while Masamune remains the face of Basara. Bang was a joke throughout CT and CS, but he remains one of the whitest in morality (even after Litchi failed). Who can say that next time, he gets the Ieyasu syndrome (from joke character to serious main character)?
Hazama doesn't hate liesIt was all part of his Trolling. He set up a hammy and convincing speech about how the world is a lie and the only truth there is is despair, but not one bit in his speech says he hates such lie. And even if he did, it is very possible that in the end he just pulls this off, the Troll he is: "You remember that time I said that I hate lies? Well... I Lied." Just to pull our legs after thinking "Oh at least he has one virtue that he never lies... wait, did he just lie to us all the time!? FFFFFFFFFF—!!!" He's baiting us for THAT, and it's a pretty common troll strategy.
Phoenix: Rettenjou will work like Goldion HammerLet's look at it, Bang is definitely a superhero parody, while GaoGaiGar is one, in Humongous Mecha form. Bang styles himself "Hammer of Justice." He has a gigantic nail. Part of Goldion Hammer's Hammer Hell Hammer Heaven is stabbing the Zonder with a nail before smacking it with the hammer. So in short, probably when the time comes, Bang will stab his nail to either Arakune/consumed Litchi, and then pulls Lotte/Litchi from the core of the corruption, hence 'separating connection with the Boundary'. And whatever remains of the Boundary will be given the "Hikari ni nare" treatment. When you squint, the process looks similar on how GaoGaiGar uses the Goldion Hammer on a Zonder robot before the core is purified... Bang probably includes both plugging out and purification.
Take-Mikazuchi is Ragna from an alternate timeline.Well think of the way Rachel speaks to it after she deflected the beam she seams to speak as Take-Mikazuchi is someone very close to her. Also in the latest Extend trailer we can see for a split second Take-Mikazuchi's front lit up, and it does indeed have a humanoid shape strangely similar to when Ragna was turned into the Black Beast in one of his endings.
Nu-13 was cut by someone wielding Saika while being experimented upon/created.Saya probably only had normal sisterly feelings for Ragna as a child, but in the process of being forged/uploaded/whatever into a Murakumo unit, someone had Saika on hand and cut her with it For Science!. Instead of Nu becoming Yandere for all mankind, something in the process "only" amplified her feelings for Ragna. Her red eyes are also a symptom of having been Slashed.
Terumi used Yukianesa during the Dark WarJust look at the picture of the Six Heroes. The only Nox that matches Terumi's sword's silhouette is Yukianesa. I suspect that like how the Susanoo unit still contains Terumi's memory, Yukianesa also still contains Terumi's memory. And that it is the reason why Yukianesa tends to steer Jin to do something that benefits Terumi.
The sentient being within Yukianesa is one of Umineko's Stakes of Purgatory - Asmodeus of Lust, and Jin's musical theme "Lust SIN" is actually a nod to her.Yukianesa is said to be the representation of Jin's repressed emotions, and if you took into account Yukianesa's way of convincing Jin to commit dastardly deeds. Yeah, Yukianesa is Asmodeus, alright. "Groundhog Day" Loop and Hazama's Seen It All attitude.
Saya ends up as the final boss of the next game.She ends up being so freakin' evil that even Hazama and Relius are disgusted and want to stop her. All of the characters end up fighting their way to beat Saya up in Arcade Mode. With regards to how she is as a boss, she'll be part of the background (i.e. Apocalypse) and will be harder than Nu, Hazama or Ragna. Oh, and she won't be playable (even with cheats).
Platinum the Trinity's body isn't Luna.Just about everyone assumes the body is Luna's and Sena and Trinity came into it from elsewhere, I propose that it's actually SENA'S body and Luna is the one renting space.
The next game's protagonist will not be Ragna.But instead focuses on mysteries of the Ikarugan War, which will demand either Bang or Tenjou's son to take the main protagonist role. Jin may take a little more role as well, but he might not be a main player, but he is still one of the most important character of the verse. Why? There are other games that follow this formula, such as Sengoku Basara (Ieyasu-Mitsunari taking center stage over Masamune-Yukimura), or The King of Fighters during the NESTS saga (K''s Team over Kyo's Team).
BlazBlue and Guilty Gear take place in the same multiverse.If you can decipher Sol's Magi Babble in GG2: Overture, his description of the Backyard being a realm that provides the backbone and reason for the entire world of GG to exist sounds not too unlike this series' description of the Boundary, which is where multiple timelines cross paths and intersect. Notice that Sol explains that the magic of the GG verse temporary accesses the Backyard to draw upon it as a power source, whereas more than a few characters in BB are interested in the power that lies within the Boundary. It is not implausible that the Boundary and the Backyard are but two of many names for the same plane of existence, or at least share some sort of connection. Thus Ishiwatari, Mori, and the rest of the ASW crew have some very reasonable means of creating a crossover between these two series.
Rachel and Valkenhayn will now give more attention to Carl in BlazBlue 3.In Relius' Story Mode Rachel and Valkenhayn are now showing an interest in taking down Relius (especially Valkenhayn) so if Carl becomes a more prominent character those two will start to pay more attention to him. While Valkenhayn has been making efforts in trying to convince Nirvana that he is not her enemy and Rachel still does have a bit of an interest in Carl let's just say while there is a good possibility they will do more Carl X Rachel ship-tease the idea of Rachel and Valkenhayn aiding Carl against Relius is possible. (In which Relius will of course not approve of the idea of Carl working together with Rachel and will try to make sure that this doesn't happen.) That isn't to say that Ragna will be flat out ignored though (however it might give the Gag Reels another excuse to make him a Butt Monkey depending on how he feels about Rachel spending more time with Carl than him).
Tenjou's son will be EVIL.Brainwashed and Crazy or just a straight up evil (though probably not to the level of Terumi and Relius), I'm pretty sure that they'll pull this one twist for Bang and finally make it that there's no such thing as overly white faction in the BlazBlue world (Ikaruga Federation included). So... what's the idea behind this guessing? Because Bang is such a Kamen Rider homage, they're going to make yet another homage inside Tenjou's son... evil Riders, in particular the most popular between them: Shadow Moon. (Plus, Shadow Moon shares the same Japanese VA as Jubei, thus making it easier to find VA.)
The REAL reason why NOL tries recruiting LitchiYes we know that they probably sought interest in her research in the Boundary. But that's not the true reason. It's just a cover for something... Because they want to research her boobs, therefore making something to increase the Saya's boobs. Why? Noel is a template of the Saya, therefore she will possess things from her. What's stopping them to say that Saya also has a massive A-Cup Angst and is trying to fix that?
Kokonoe will end up helping Carl against Relius.At the ending of CS it has already been confirmed that Carl is now going to seek Kokonoe since she once worked with Relius in the past. Over the course of CS's storyline it is flat out stated that Kokonoe despises Relius and hates the fact that she once worked with him. So most likely Kokonoe will be perfectly willing to help Carl against Relius and see what can be done with Ada/Nirvana.
Arakune will at least regain his sanity and his ability to speak coherently.Arakune was already showing signs of this in CS but whether it's due to outside causes or whether if he will just naturally be able to regain his sanity and the ability to speak coherently. This would help make sure that Litchi's time with the NOL is short-lived as he can try to help her escape and if he manages to escape with her than he will try to be The Atoner for all the damage he has caused as his current form.
Hazama will get so jealous of Relius getting more attention than him.If Carl does indeed get a bigger role in BB3 the storyline will most likely pay a bit more attention to Relius than Hazama and at least in a Gag Reel or few Hazama will be seen as a petty whiner that he is not getting as much attention as he use to. Granted this doesn't mean that Hazama will be a flat out case of Demoted to Extra but he will most likely get less of a role in the sequel. Though granted Relius and Hazama will probably start to lose their Villain Sue status by the sequel but still.
The entire BlazBlue verse is Inside a Computer System.Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
Ragna, Jin, and Saya are all clones of whatever was found in the remains of the Black Beast...... which was almost certainly either a fusion of Bloodedge and Nu-13 or just Nu-13. It's already been hinted multiple times that Ragna at least is an Artificial Human, meaning it's very possible for Jin and Saya to be the same, and it would be why they needed to hide Saya from Terumi: she's a successful clone of the Black Beast's core, something you really don't want to let Yuuki Terumi have. He got his hands on her anyway. What's more, if this image is official as people say it is, it shows that Ragna has a similar tattoo to the Murakumo Units, and that he's number 5, which might make Jin number 6 and Saya number 7. Which would call into question just how many 'failed' Boundary Interface Prime Field Devices were in Ikaruga when Makoto found them: 5 and 6 are running free, 7 is the Imperator, 11 was stolen by Sector Seven, 12 is Noel Vermillion, and 13 is possibly regenerating in a Cauldron at NOL headquarters, meaning that even if they'd preserved all the other clones, Makoto could only have found seven of them. Also, it would make Ragna possibly a clone of himself, Saya a clone of a clone of herself, and Jin his own uncle who has his Alternate Timeline future self running around.
The next game, Terumi will be a separate character with HazamaAs it stands right now, Unlimited Hazama is pretty much a stand-in for Terumi, except with his fedora and eyes still closed. Come next game, however, Terumi will take Mu-12's place as 'Other self of an existing character', in which he will have his Anime Hair and both eyes open, and possibly separate moveset than regular Hazama, to emphasis more on his Ax-Crazy self rather than his "pimpin' smooth criminal" guise. He'll also be the hidden final boss a la Mu-12 or Unlimited Ragna. When fighting against other characters, it's simply Terumi shedding his Hazama guise and decided to finally get serious. But when the player IS Hazama, the plot will go like Kazuma Kvar finally regaining sentience and claims an extra body for him to use the Hazama moveset, while Terumi retains his own body and fights Kazuma/Hazama as Terumi himself.
As for the 3rd BlazBlue's Arcade Game.Hazama and/or Relius will still be the general Arcade mode end-bosses but things will go a bit differently. The character you are playing as will either be able to either counterattack them when their gloating and/or get saved by one of the other characters. This will serve as a bit of Take That to BlazBlue: Continuum Shift's Arcade due to how it was a known reason why Hazama (and to a lesser extent Relius) is highly regarded as a Villain Sue. At worst the character you are playing as will be able to successfully retreat while at best Hazama or Relius will be the one(s) forced to retreat. However not to go too far into Diminishing Villain Threat Hazama and Relius will most likely not be excluded from being victorious at all in their respective Arcade Mode playthroughs.
There is no third game planned.Mori has absolutely no idea where to take the plot, so he's deliberately trying to kill off the series through terrible spin-offs note and endless re-releases of Continuum Shift. After everyone abandons the sinking ship, he'll be free!
There will be a spin-off title featuring Jin, chronicling his time during the Ikaruga Civil War.Because why not? Besides, it's already implied that the war was orchestrated by the NOL, so it could be beneficial for helping to better understand the universe of BB. Its name? BlazBlue Musou. note Alternatively, another scenario could show Bang defending Ikaruga from NOL soldiers. What's not to like?
Bang has poor eyesight.This explains why he mistakes Noel for a young man even though she is clearly female. All he has to go off of is chest size. This also explains his winquote against Litchi (in which he frantically questions who just beat the stuffing out of her). He didn't recognize her until the fight ended.
Taakaka is going to teach Arakune how to emote.If I recall correctly, Taakaka and the Kaka clan do wear mask. And she can somehow emote with it. And Arakune wears a mask too; therefore, in some continuity, Taokaka will find Arakune and teach him how to emote with his mask. Learning this will help him communicate with others better. A little. Of course, before this Taokaka and Squiggly would have to fight each other, but Taokaka would win anyways. Might even be a gag ending, with some foreshadowing.
Arakune did NOT learn his lessons and be appreciative for what Litchi didFirst of all, his quote in the trailer is about how he no longer needs a certain something/someone, all while Laughing Mad after he's able to speak coherently. What's to say that Litchi did succeed improving his condition, and he paid it by being a colossal dick to her... AGAIN? Recall that other materials portray him as thinking that Litchi is utterly annoying and his only obsession is to become the ultimate scientist above all else. Then he also got a much more sadistic and creepy Astral Heat. It could be that he's merely manipulating Litchi's feeling to cure him in some parts that at least makes him coherent again, and then ditches her because that's all she's useful for to him, probably also taunting just how stupid Litchi was because she's too "obsessed" on him. Poor Litchi. Hope Spot, in various ways he finds entertaining rather than following the flow of nature. Of course this is one reason he sought to eliminate Takamagahara, he can't have something just reset his designs making him start from zero all over. This will have the side effect that having someone kill Terumi means killing a part of living: Death itself. Though probably it would be remedied after killing Terumi that Ragna would make a Heroic Sacrifice and lives up to his Grim Reaper moniker, becoming Death itself. However, unlike Terumi, he'll be decidedly nicer.
Arakune has been infected by Blacklight.How this is possible, I can't say, but both Arakune and Alex Mercer are amoral scientists who were turned into shape-shifting monstrosities associated with the color black and absorb knowledge through the consumption of other living beings. Well, Alex is actually the virus itself, but let's not let technicalities get in the way.
Litchi won't survive Chronophantasma.Though Arakune is getting better, regaining his speech and his sanity, Litchi is more in-tune with the Boundary then ever. She'll find a cure, probably Bang's Phoenix: Rettenjou, and make sure Arakune gets cured, but she won't get to it in time. Maybe she can't get to Bang, maybe she'll have done some bad things while working for the NOL and doesn't really want to live with the guilt, maybe Hazama or Relius will capture her and keep her in one place so she'll just rot away, but whatever happens, she's either dead, or turned into another blob thing like Arakune was.
Arakune knows about the fourth wall.Some of his dialogue mentions people watching. This may refer to Takamagahara, but if this line continues into Chronophantasma, then he's not talking about that anymore, he's talking about the player. He recognised when he was in a JRPG in his Gag Reel, and the set of the fourth-wall-breaking segment Help Me Professor Kokonoe! is apparently in the boundary somewhere, so his Genre Savvy-ness coupled with the Boundary may allow him to see out of the screen.
Makoto has a crush on Noel.Makoto's been all but confirmed as bisexual, so this is a possibility. She has the odd tease with Jin, Tsubaki, Platinum and Carl, but Noel's the only one she's actually serious with. She's very protective of Noel (willing to defy the NOL AND Sector Seven to protect her), Noel was the first one to really take her in with open arms in the NOL Academy, Relius mentioning Noel was one of the major things that broke Makoto in her bad ending, and even before Makoto was revealed as bi their interactions were utterly dripping with Les Yay. The only reason Makoto's hasn't openly revealed her feelings yet is because she's not really sure Noel feels the same way, and is scared of what her reaction could be. Maybe she'll pop the question in one of Chronophantasma's non-canon segments or one of the tie-in mangas, but I doubt it will happen in the main storyline, at least in the English dub. Eastern developers have been known to Hide Their Gays on the western releases of their games (like with Kanji from Persona 4, who was outright stated to be gay in the Japanese release, but made more ambiguous in the western release because the dev team thought western audiences wouldn't like a gay character), so we'll have to wait for people to translate the Japanese release for conformation or Jossing.
The final boss for Chronophantasma arcade mode is not Nu-13 or Imperitor Librarius but Tsubaki.What? This is wild mass guessing after all.
Bang Shishigami is a pseudonym.I mean, what kind of "Japanese" name is Bang? Very un-Japanese and probably written in Katakana. Pretty sure when he's born in Ikaruga, he has a much more common Japanese name, but as he took up the "Hero of Justice" persona, he thinks his old name just won't give a good impression, he needs an Awesome McCoolname, so he came up with the name "Bang Shishigami" and got too over that he used it as if it's his birth name.
The villains' plans will backfire horribly.As the true ending of Continuum Shift transpires, Hazama states that he will carve the "Sword of the Imperator" (implied to be Nu-13). Now that Noel has tamed her Mu form (not fully confirmed yet), and once Nu (personality is self-explanatory) is awakened, he and Relius are in deep trouble... Unless they have another backup plan.
Makoto will be the next victim of Litchi's cosplay fetish.Since Noel and Tsubaki were already in scenes with Litchi regarding her cosplay fetish, Makoto will most likely be the next victim of Litchi's cosplay fetish in a gag reel. However much to Litchi's surprise unlike the previous two ladies Makoto will end up liking it and the gag reel will try to play up the fanservice as much as they can for a T-Rated game (and will probably lampshade that fact as well).
Makoto will never have an armagus-invoked Super Mode.With Mu-12 and Izayoi coming into full swing in Chronophantasma, speculation of a "Murakumo Makoto" or similar is in full swing, with this image◊ the latest in the line (though the image is a parody bringing up the point). However, the entire idea of Makoto getting a Super Mode in such a fashion reeks of plotkai, and here are the reasons that oppose it - while "Unlimited" Makoto would be welcome, that's likely as far as she'll need to go without crossing certain lines.
Bullet killed her own unit and is in heavy denial about it.Since she's apparently so far blamed Sector Seven, Relius and the Wings of Justice for killing her unit it doesn't look like she has an actual, coherent idea of who did it, so how about this: In actuality she had in fact killed her own unit herself, for unknown reasons. The incident, however, caused her so much trauma since she was as close as family to them, that she mentally blocked it out and fell into denial about the whole thing, even blaming others for it, quite like what happened with Siegfried when he accidentally killed his own father. Her story will be her gradually going more insane as she chases the "culprit" responsible for their deaths, until someone, most likely Rachel, Relius or Terumi or even Kokonoe finally force her to face the truth. What her reaction may be is up to interpretation.
Amane's vain, seemingly creepy persona is actually just plain Kayfabe, a show put on for the "audience."Once Carl actually does join Amane's troupe, it turns out that behind the scenes, Amane's a surprisingly nice, great guy, and that his usual persona of being all vain and obsessed with youth is just a show he puts on when out in public as part of his "show." He treats Carl and Ada kindly and respects Carl's wishes, and is not the type to betray him, especially considering that doing so would be bad for business. I only say this because if he really is just a generic creepy paedo type I'll be pretty disappointed.
Terumi is Andrew Hussie.Think about it. They're both huge trolls that enjoy pissing off/killing people.
Sometime in the future, Ragna will receive some kind of new move/ability from the arm of his made from Lambda.And I'm not talking about the Idea Engine Ragna absorbed from her when she took a blade to the back to protect Rags from Hazama. I'm referring to something, a technique or otherwise, based off of what Lambda is capable of in-game. This doesn't seem to be the case in Chronophantasma, but you'd think having an arm made from the remains of a Murakumo Unit would give you some sort of power boost.
The Boundary is the world of Eversion.It's a happy-looking world at first, but the deeper you dig in, the more insane and horror-filled you get, one that may reduce yourself into insanity, or as many Let's Play-ers got reduced to insanity as they got deeper into the game. And Lotte Carmine is a Zee Tee that tried so hard, died many times and finally reached the "Good Ending." Once he got his "goal," he already turned into Arakune.
Kagura Mutsuki is Lord Tenjou's son.Calling it right now. While he's allegedly part of one of the Duodecim families, this doesn't mean much, since the Kisaragi family is known to adopt talented children with the potential to use Armagus from all over the world to strengthen their line. Only Tsubaki's is confirmed to be bloodline-devoted. If the Mutsuki family operates the same as the Kisaragi, then Kagura might well have been adopted and raised as a Mutsuki. And he's now planning his coup in revenge for his father. He looks a lot more ethnically Japanese than almost anyone else in the series, too.
Amane is Nago given a human form.Courtesy of Rachel. She has Nago run an errand for her by giving him a human body, and having him pose as a travelling showman/immortal sorcerer so that he can find the vigilante Carl Clover. And as such, Amane shall be voiced by Ezra Weisz in the English Dub. Because why not?
Bullet's team was massacred by Azrael.Apparently, her team was killed in an incident involving Sector Seven. One of Azrael's many crimes is supposedly genocide. Plus, if Azrael's being sent out under orders from Sector Seven now, who's to say that hasn't happened before? And this will pave the way to make Azrael the Terumi to Bullet's Ragna.
In the English dub of CP, players will be given the option to switch Hazama's battle voice from Erik Davies to Doug Erholtz.Since everyone was already under the impression that Doug was voicing Hazama from the beginning, why not continue to play up the confusion? It worked for Daisuke Ishiwatari and Joji Nakata in Accent Core Plus, after all, not to mention that Doug's brief tenure as Hazama in Extend seems to be one of the few instances of Darrining that fans don't entirely disapprove of.
Carl will sacrifice himself to save Litchi, giving Nirvana to Celica.Carl's had a strong attachment to Litchi since her voice is similar to Nirvana's, which would obviously tear him apart when he hard to face her while she's working for the NOL. Since it's been revealed that Celica was the previous user of Nirvana it's reasonable to believe that Carl would give up his position.
Arakune used to be handsome.Really, the only things "supporting" this are one line in his Help Me, Professor Kokonoe segment ("You trying to pull that 'I used to be a hottie' move?") and Litchi's sometimes baffling fixation on returning him to normal. There's actually no definite evidence that he used to be beautiful, but... well, this entry won't spoil the page or anything.
The Final Battle of the series will be Ragna and Jin vs Saya and will be set to "Stardust memory" or a remixed version.
Bullet, Azrael, and Amane are all part of Takamagahara.Up until this point, all the characters we had seen introduced as playable characters had been NPCs in previous games. This three newcomers break that trend... Or do they? Upon rewatching scenes with Takamagahara in CS, I noticed they also followed Two Guys and a Girl. Further, one male who spoke in an effeminate voice, (Amane) one male in a gruff voice, (Azrael) and one female in a focused voice (Bullet). How? Simply put, given the sheer amount of power Takamagahara held, it stands to reason that this super reality-hacking computer had a back-up plan prepared in case it were breached... Which, while impossible in it's eyes, was still something to plan for. Hence, the three aspects of Takamagahara's body (TA, TB, and TC) upon the Phantom's virus wrecking things, were each uploaded to sleeper agents Takamagahara personally had created and placed into the world in positions they could manipulate. This both explains why these three new characters hadn't been a part of the plot up until now, or even mentioned... Takamagahara brought them into existence. Oh, and if these three characters don't outwardly act like the above is true? Easy Amnesia caused by the Phantom's Virus damaging their memory, causing them to Become the Mask.
The Kaka clan, alongside being genetically engineered from Jubei, also had genes from other sources mixed in.Most notably Martian genes. It's why the Kakas have pure black faces. Compare Marvin the Martian◊ to Taokaka.◊ Since it's only some Martian genes, it's why you can see the mouths of the Kakas, as well as only affecting their face.
Ouroboros and TerumiA lot of people have come to the conclusion that his Nox contributes to his madness, but what if it's actually the opposite? We know from Bolverk's effects on Noel that some Nox act as emotional suppressants. Furthermore, Terumi gets his own spot on the roster in Chronophantasma; it's already been said on released info that he no longer uses Ouroboros in this form, so maybe he discarded it because it's actually holding him back and has only just found a way of doing so. It's a known fact that Ouroboros can affect one's memories, so what if it's affecting Terumi too? There may be some canon material that contradicts this idea, but wth.
If Platinum's body really is Trnity, when when she returns to normal, Luna/Sena would go to the Boundary
Platinum was a Fusion Dance between Trinity Glassfield and Kazuma KvalTrinity and Kazuma were sent to the Boundary right? We knew what happened to Trinity but what happened to Kazuma? My guess id that his soul wound up in Trinity's body but in the process Split into two.
All of the Chronphantasma DLC characters will have their own Story Modes eventually, and one of the DLC characters is going to be CelicaFor the second one, it's been revealed that Celica's younger self was transported to Chronophantasma's timeframe by Kokonoe. On top of that, she has had some strangely disproportionate attention in promo material, having a cameo in a trailer and being alongside two main characters, Noel (the female lead) and Rachel (the Big Good), in a collector's set's box art. On top of that, Platinum was introduced in Continuum Shift, and she became a playable character. For the first point, it has happened with Makoto, Valkenhayn, and Platinum (and Relius to a lesser extent, due to him coming with CS EXTEND). To justify Terumi in his Six Heroes outfit being in the same game as Hazama, I'm going to vouch for a previously mentioned WMG (i.e., that Kazuma Kval will regain his body, and any games after Chronophantasma will have Kazuma adopt Hazama's moveset for the sake of great justice).
Incoming timeskipAfter Terumi being deemed surplus to requirements in Chronophantasma, will there be a timeskip to change the dynamic given that Izanami is possibly looking to be the new Big Bad? Some characters will be retired (and given something approaching closure) and give some background characters the space to come into the playable lineup (coughjubeicoughcough). Valkenhayn did foresee the series going stale in HMPK, but as Kokonoe has already made the jump to playable, it'll have be something else to refresh the franchise (if it's even needed).
Litchi's whole story is supposed to follow all Five Stages of Grief one by oneIt may be just a gut feeling, but a LOT of her life seems to have deals with the five stages, as she grieves over the loss of Lotte Carmine. Here's how it goes:
Amane is Izanagi, or at least possessed by him.It would explain his immortality, as well as his resemblance to Izanami-possessed Saya.
Does relying on Iaido actually impede Jin?This Troper is of the opinion that Iaijutsu and its namesakes are Awesome, but Impractical. You see plenty of other characters use it, yes, but they tend to use it either a) against enemies who are much weaker than they are; Yamamoto against Ayon, Vergil against that Grim Reaper thing , or unworthy opponents; Mitsurugi vs Tanegashima. In other words, they only use it to show off because they know they'll get away with it, and when they fight someone who is actually worth their time, they forego it and switch to conventional swordplay; Yama vs Aizen and Ywhach, Vergil vs Dante in cutscenes (Rule of Cool combined with Gameplay and Story Segregation), and so on. Keeping it in series, even Hakumen seems to follow this, as he never uses it (Yukikaze, for example; Jin does, Haku doesn't), impracticality of his sword size notwithstanding, yet Jin uses it exclusively, even in cutscenes, especially in circumstances where it would be extemely unwise to do so, as Ragna would no doubt attest. Would he do a better job if he learned how to use Yukianesa in ways other than Iaido?
Tsubaki and/or Jin WILL end up killing RachelThe other wiki states that Observers (i.e. Rachel) must observe themselves at all times or they'd cease to exist, which makes Rachel's request to Tsubaki kind of odd; if Rachel wanted to die so badly if/when things went pear-shaped, couldn't she just stop observing herself? The fact she asks Tsu implies it will happen at some point. Which leads to this; what will become of Hakumen? Rachel's observing him is the only thing keeping him around (and Haku's saying even that's not enough anymore), so if she dies, so does he, which makes little sense for the good guys. Haku used to be observed by Kokonoe, so Rach could hand him back if need be. Unless the plan is for present Jin, who seems quite a lot stronger than WoF Jin (the current Haku), to replace him, which seems unlikely.
There will be 2 Ragna in the next game.Like Hazama and Terumi in CP, there's gonna be 2 versions of Ragna: the normal one to please the fans and Black Beast Ragna who, like Terumi, will have "Black Onslaught 3" as his theme. Also, if this version defeats Rachel, she doesn't just shrug it off as usual. She actually dies.
Rachel is the Master UnitThe design of the Master Unit fits in with the coffin design seen often in the series, which means like Take-Mikazuchi and Nu's coffin in Calamity Trigger, someone is probably inside it. Rachel says the world is based on "her" memory when referring to the Master Unit, which means the Master Unit is based on someone. Furthermore, Rachel is a Chrono Phantsama, a being pulled from her own time. Something happened that led to the world only being preserved by Rachel's memory. This explains why Rachel is so adamant about protecting the current world and why Amane is telling her not to get directly involved. It also fits in with the story she told Ragna about the girl endlessly rewriting a story with a set beginning and end.
Alternatively, the Master Unit is the Azure Shrine Maiden.Rachel and Hades are both manifestations of her with one being the girl wanting to be saved and the other being the monster trying to killing herself alongside the whole world. To elaborate, the first time the black beast struck she didn't simply drive it back, it was a grueling battle that ended with the creation of the units and special weapons such as Izayoi. Clavis was the creator of the units which were ultimately used to drive the black beast back into the boundary whilist the Maiden was put into Amaterasu and thrown into the boundary to restore the world and keep it from ending again. What happened is that over time the loneliness drove the girl insane and when humanity rediscovered the boundary and made an eye of the Azure, she decided to write her story and threw the world into a time loop. Rachel was misteriously born into the Alucard family with no mother to speak of roughly at the same time Sechs got influenced by Izanami and Kagari manifested the powers of the black beast because those were the early drafts of the story. By the time Ragna became the hero of the story, Amaterasu had rewritten stuff so much that Terumi winded up a villain sue made for the sole purpose of diverting the hate away from Izanami, Saya became a vessel just so that Ragna had strong emotions against killing her, Jin became Hakumen to keep Ragna's black beast at bay, Noel survived Ibukido's purge to serve as a proxy for Saya and become an eye which would be loved as a person instead of hated as a crazy android, Rachel would deploy Tsukuyomi like crazy to stop Izanami and even then so they still haven't prevented the apocalypse or saved the girl inside Amaterasu instead of just trying to kill Izanami and her.
Relius stuffed Ada's and his wife's souls into a Nox Nyctores in order to protect them.So assuming the whole plan of the Big Bads was the one they wanted to do all along, that is using all the soul's of the people in the world to create the "Embryo", it can also be assumed that Relius knew about the whole "Chosen people" still being around thing. This can mean that Relius put Ada and Nirvana and his wife into Ignis in order to protect them from the Imperator's literal soul grab (since he knew they were of no relevance to the Master Unit's memory). Relius claimed multiple times that it was simple to create a body out of seither, so he was possibly planning on turning them back to humans again. Combined with the oddly Heartwarming Gag ending, and that he himself outright stated his goals was different from the Imperator's (creating a world where things are not pre-determined is pretty noble considering it'c coming from his mouth); his original characterization as a "mad puppeteer" who was only interested in experiments is somewhat questionable now. (This theory was inspired by a forum post but I forgot where I read it so I'm afraid I cannot site the source of the original author.)
Arakune will become a full-time monster in the next gameIt will be revealed that the reason why he's got gibberish talk was because a nearly futile Battle in the Center of the Mind between the monster Arakune and Lotte Carmine. However, with the Embryo sucking out all Seithr except the 'Chosen Ones', it's very probable that the monster Arakune is the Chosen One, while Lotte is deemed unworthy, and so every essences of Lotte would be sucked into the Embryo and Arakune will be fully a monster, able to speak coherently but his mindset would be the literal consuming monster 24/7.
Hazama wanted Terumi to be separated from his body, because he has plans of his own.In Terumi's Arcade Mode ending, Hazama nonchalantly informs Terumi that the two have switched positions, and says that things aren't looking too good. Terumi may have been too busy freaking out that he was vulnerable to detect Hazama's sarcasm. Furthermore, Hazama is listed as MIA instead of dead after stabbing Trinity and falling into the lake.
Azrael is a shout-out to SCP-076-2.Insane amounts of power? Check. Covered in tattoos? Check. Unrestrained killer incapable of love or compassion? Check. Works for a shadowy scientific organization? Check.
Cajun Faycott is the reason Makoto has a job in Sector Seven.We know that the events of the Remix Heart doujin, no matter how lulzy and reviled they are by many, are canon due to mentions of Mai and Taro in Chronophantasma. Cajun is shown to be a personal acquaintance and assistant of Koko's since the fourth chapter and is part of Makoto's circle of friends from her Academy days. Makoto was a double agent working for S7 while serving as a lieutenant in the NOL's Intelligence Department, and may have been installed in S7 before her tenure with the NOL. It's so logical a sequence of events, it'd be surprising if this wasn't canon.
In the next game, we may see the return of Hazama/Terumi. Emphasis on "may." There's no telling how Hakumen outright obliterating our resident troll with Time Killer would affect the life link he established with Noel in Continuum Shift. After all, Nu fell into a Cauldron and then technically died a second time as Lambda but regenerated because Ragna was still alive, so who knows? There's also the fact that Hazama keeps his cool when separated from Terumi, whereas Terumi is having a major malfunction, implying that (as stated above) the Hazama personality had some plans of his own.
There is a shop in Ikaruga that sells replicas, or even real versions, of Ragna's coat and Blood Scythe.Ragna comes back from the past, he's missing his coat and sword. By the time he gets back to Kagura's place, he has both. Who says the scenes took place immediately after the other? Plus, Kagura rules Ikargua, so he might not care if a shop celebrates a rebel/thinks it might help foster rebellion against the NOL's iron-fisted rule. Plus, if NOL fugitives like Ragna, Noel, and Jin can walk around freely, the local NOL force is too weak/doesn't care, either.
Alpha-1◊ will be playable.For those who don't know, Alpha-1 is an official joke genderswap of Ragna turned into a Murakumo Unit. And c'mon, would you also want to see it in action.
Blaz Blue Chrono Phantasma will be given new reversions wih additional story/arcade mode content like the previous game.The way how the story mode in Phantasma has grown to be rather divisive compared to it predecessor for various reasons. (The mode has become more streamlined, certain new characters didn't have that big of a role, etc.) So this would be a good time for Arc System Works to do some damage control here. And the potential new Gag Reels could also be used as the game's Self-Deprecation regarding some of the problems people had with the story mode and/or be used to try to answer a few other questions fans had about the game even if its for more comical purposes. (Like why was Bullet the next victim of Litchi's "Cosplay Fetish"? Simple they were going to let Litchi play around with Makoto like that but unlike the previous two girls Makoto liked it in fact she liked it a little too much in which they couldn't show the results while still maintaining that T rating.) But still all joking aside there is a good chance that CP will get reversions with additional story mode content and said reversions might not be exclusive to the PlayStation 3 unlike the original.
Carl Clover's role in the storyline is not finished yet in fact its quite possibly far from finished.While Carl did not get a bigger role in Phantasma it seems like he and Litchi and free now and that Relius has been defeated however that might not be the end of Carl's role in the story. Fortunately this doesn't necessarily mean that a Diabolus ex Machina will come in that will aid Relius and screw over Carl but still even if Carl still doesn't get a bigger role there is a good chance its not finished yet. Besides there are still certain questions that have yet to been answered like for example what is the real reason why Amane was so interested in Carl.
In the next game Relius will get a new doll.Given that Carl will restore Ada, I think that he will end up using Ignis while Relius makes a run with another Detonator when shit inevitably goes south in the next game. Furthermore, if our Makoto barely escaped Relius from another timeline then one must ask what happened with the Makoto of that timeline and why our Relius dropped his stalking all of a sudden?
Azrael is the Sebastian Shaw of BlazblueHe absorbs the attacks he receives, that's because apparently nothing works on him. The tatoo seals are probably to store this energy and liberate it when he wants to use it.