YMMV / Under Night In-Birth

  • Awesome Art: The in-game splash arts are well drawn and breathe alot of life into the characters depicting them. As mentioned in Visual Effects of Awesome blow, the sprites themselves are also excellent.
  • Awesome Music: The whole soundtrack is awesome enough to warrant its own page.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Mika is a heavy fanbase divider as of late, especially if you compare her popularity in Japan to the western fanbase. Some may like her for being a cute and funny comic relief in the story. On the other hand, there are people who say she's cute and funny to the point of being unbearable. Her possible inclusion as a DLC character in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle over the likes of Seth or Hilda hasn't helped her case in the least.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: The localizations for both Exe: Late and Exe: Late[st] were rather rushed to put it nicely, but Exe Late[st] definitely stands out. Both are plastered with spelling and grammatical errors, while Exe: Late[st]'s localization flat out changes the names of terminology that has already been established and even has the character themes renamed.
    • Let's not forget Exe: Late labelling Wagner as a guy.
  • Crack Ship: Merkava/Vatista are paired together in a lot of art despite their interactions in their arcade ladders being less than friendly. This was because both of them lacked a real birthday and the developers had them share Christmas Day as their pseudo birthdays.
  • Complacent Gaming Syndrome: A LOT of people have been using Phonon nowadays ever since the release of Exe: Late[st]. Earlier versions of Exe: Late involved the trinity of Gordeau, Waldstein and Merkava. This occurred with Akatsuki and Seth as they rose into prominence in the arcade release of [st].
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: With how much fan-art Vatista gets, you'd swear she's far more relevant to the plot than she actually is. In general, she's loved for having a cute design along with having one of the most unique movesets in the game. note  At least until Late[st]'s chronicle mode revealed that her missing wing is Hyde's Insulator and she has knowledge of what lead to the Hollow Nights. She's actually one of the most important characters in the story. Seemingly acknowledged by Arc System Works, as when the reveal trailer for the 3rd DLC pack of Blazblue Cross Tag Battle was released, they chose Vatista as the thumbnail over Naoto Shirogane and Hakumen, both popular characters in their own right.
    • Not to be outdone, Merkava is also quite popular for having a cool design and moveset, alongside an interesting backstory as an Anti-Villain Tragic Monster. People were quite displeased that neither him nor Vatista made it to the initial roster of BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
    • The game as a whole is this for Arc System Works. Despite getting considerably less publicity than the likes of BlazBlue or Guilty Gear, Under Night In-Birth still enjoys very positive critical reception and an active and dedicated fanbase that would love for Arc and French Beard to give it more love, with plenty wondering why Exe: Late[st] hasn't been ported yet, until 2017; 2018 on the other hand, was when it was finally brought to the west. It's status as a darkhorse made it surprising that it was chosen to be part of a massive fighting game crossover alongside BlazBlue, Persona 4: Arena and RWBY.
    • There are more than a few fans disappointed that Londrekia was Demoted to Extra, and demands for him to be made playable in future installments are high. Mostly comes down to being rather relaxed and well-dressed in a game where most of the males look like punks, and showing surprising civility with fellow darkhorse Merkava.
    • Roger, Gordeau's deceased friend, has become incredibly popular among fans and a few even want him playable. However, Word of God has stated that the chances of him coming back are very slim.
    • Gordeau himself was already one for his Dark Is Not Evil traits, laid-back personality, and the memes surrounding the Engrish in his attacks, if only gaining slight detractors for his top tier status prior to Late[st]. However, he has gained a surge of popularity as of late with his appearance in Cross Tag, where he is the most popularly played character in the game as of the beta test. It also helps that he has a very western-appealing design and both looks and acts a lot like Dante.
  • Fanon: While the late arrival of a story mode leaves many questions about the world and the cast unanswered, Hyde is commonly portrayed as a Supreme Chef that's frequently shown serving food to the other characters.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Hyde/Vatista is a pairing that owes its roots to Vatista's arcade story, with most of the scenes involving them together being either hilarious, sweet, or both, which made many people find their relationship endearing. In the Exe: Late era, it was likely the most popular ship in the fandom. Many fans of it felt almost cheated when Late[st] added a Chronicle mode that expanded on Hyde's relationship with most of the other girls in the cast, but gave Vatista zero interaction with him. Like with Vatista's Ensemble Darkhorse entry above, Arc System Works seems aware of the ship's popularity, and listed Hyde as one of Vatista's "good partners" on her stat card in Cross Tag. Also helping is that one of her wing-pieces is the Insulator that Hyde wields, as explained in the Chronicle mode which further cements their relationship in-universe from behind the scenes.
  • Fountain of Memes: Gordeau, courtesy of him calling his attack names in hammy Engrish. Just to list some examples, we have MORTARU SURAIDO, TAABULENCE, and the infamous GURIMU REEPAH!
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: People can't seem to agree on who to ship Hyde with. Leading the pack are Vatista and Orie, with smaller camps for Linne and Yuzuriha, and a different can of worms concerning Seth.
  • Memetic Mutation: Nobody wears panties. This video is a bit of proof. Apparently intentional as the development team worked under a "No Visible Pantyshot" philosophy. note 
    • GURIMU REEPAH!! Explanation 
    • "Who the hell is Roger?!" Explanation 
      • "Bob moved to Tekken."
    • Fashion Model Vatista. Explanation 
  • Moe: There's no small amount of these characters in this game.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Of course, Hilda with her Noblewoman's Laugh.
  • The Scrappy: Nanase is commonly hated for being an Ungrateful Bastard towards Hyde, while looking and acting like a stereotypical Tsundere in a game otherwise clean of anime cliches. People also tend to find her voice annoying. The saving grace of this is that most of the other characters in-universe (including her own friends) think she's annoying too. It's highly possible this reaction was completely intentional by the writers, see Deconstructed Character Archetype under Nanase's entry.
  • Tier-Induced Scrappy: Quite a few, especially before [st] rebalanced the cast.
    • Exe: Late era:
      • Gordeau, due to reaching damn near Game-Breaker status via the reach on his scythe-based attacks and how simple he is to use overall. He got nerfed in Late[st].
      • Chaos is often on the low-end of the spectrum, due to how little he has in the way of reversals, fast anti-airs, and being unable to command Azhi Dahaka while under pressure himself. Not so much anymore in [st].
      • Waldstein is a Grappler character that is generally held to be the second-best character in the game due to his physical-attacking range being one of the largest of any fighting game despite the careful need to use his tools well in neutral. You Can Panic Now.
      • Merkava is usually part of the trinity of the best characters in the game, alongside Gordeau and Waldstein, due to his ability easily set up pressure and has a variety of moves to cover various angles; his darkhorse status protects him from fan backlash a bit though. He was reworked slightly in [st], which gave him a few bad matchups but he's still very strong.
      • Akatsuki, due to his hindered physical range on his normals which prevent him from playing a decent footsies game compared to everyone else. This was before most of his buffs in Exe: Late[st], as in that version he now resides on the opposite side of the tier list.
    • Top Tier:
      • Phonon was introduced in Late[st] where she's used very frequently due to her long range and solid hit-confirms, and is also stated to have the range of Gordeau and the combo potential of Eltnum. It's commonly said that she made Gordeau irrelevant because she does the same things he does but better.
      • Seth's increase in health and easier combo routes have rocketed him to the upper tiers where his high consistent damage, unblockable setups, extreme mobility, and a command grab have made him very commonly played. The only thing holding him back is the need to work around his combo proration, his lackluster blockstring-frame data/range on his normals and his very heavy execution. But putting time into him will often promise more reward than risk.
      • Vatista is Difficult, but Awesome taken to its (il)logical extreme. She's so precise that you're pretty much required to use a fight stick to be able to pull off some of her most advanced combos, and her learning curve is insane, dissuading players from giving her a chance. Players who are patient enough to figure out all her unique tricks, however, will find that she's a Master of All with unmatched zoning power, extreme combo potential, and a decent health bar with loads of defensive options. Really, the only major drawback to Vatista as a whole is how difficult it is to master her, but those that do can turn her into the invincible In-Birth exterminator she is in the story proper.
      • Yuzuriha has many of the same Difficult, but Awesome problems listed under Vatista's entry, except instead of charge moves she has commands and is expected to play at blazing fast speed, where her primary gimmick is her three-way-delayable-sword-draw move whose stance gives her many other options for various tools and tricks on hand. The payoff of being able to play her well is enormous, but good luck not getting carpal tunnel in the process; even then her biggest weakness is that her frame data alone on block and/or whiff akin to her exact archetype of character tends to lead to bad decisions by any Yuzuriha player to screw themselves over with a big punish window.
    • Bottom Tier
      • Enkidu is currently considered the weakest character, or at least the least advantageous one, with his most optimal damage coming from his Havoc-based combo routes, his lack of a meterless reversal, a wonky counter, and lack of options in closing the gap with his opponents. Not to mention a majority of his attacks are very unsafe on block, especially without any resources to cancel with.
  • Vanilla Protagonist: While Hyde is well-liked by the fanbase for his quirks, Linne, the other protagonist, isn't nearly as popular with the crowd, since many find her personality lacking. While she's not hated, she's often forgotten about in favor of the more colorful cast that's supposed to play second-fiddle to her. Apparently, Linne's restrained looks and personality was made with this intention, she was never meant to be all that colorful in her appearance and mannerisms.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: This game is visually stunning. The stage backgrounds are beautifully modelled and blend together well, and the sprites are as stellar as always, with Waldstein's massive model being especially impressive.
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