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BlazBlue, much like Guilty Gear, has plenty of Rummage Sale Rejects to go around. This is a list of the playable characters who are introduced in Blazblue: Central Fiction. Voice actors are listed as Japanese/English.

It also contains unmarked spoilers. You may wish to finish the game's story modes before reading. Go here for characters introduced in Calamity Trigger, here for characters introduced in Continuum Shift, here for characters introduced in Chronophantasma, here for non-player characters, here for light novel characters and here for manga characters.

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    Hibiki Kohaku 
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Levi seems to have found a new occupation.
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  • Height: 168 cm
  • Weight: 51 kg
  • Blood type: A
  • Date of Birth: November 7
  • Birthplace: Unknown
  • Hobbies: Pottery
  • Likes: Japanese confectionery
  • Dislikes: Sloppy people

"I don't have a wish. I am and always will be...empty."

Voiced by: Mitsuhiro Ichiki (Japanese) / Steve Staley (English, Chronophantasma only)

Kagura's personal assistant, a serious and rather androgynous-looking boy. As Kagura's personal assistant, he is the one largely in charge of planning and setting up Kagura's plans.

It has been revealed that Hibiki is now a playable character in Central Fiction. As revealed in Chronophantasma Extend, his family is a clan of assassins, and as such he uses a very fast and deceptive fighting style, armed with twin swords.

His Drive is Double Chase, which allows Hibiki to create illusory copies of himself. These shadow clones can be used either as simple decoys, or he can choose to immediately teleport to the clone's current location. His Overdrive, Schwarz Reis, increases the clones' travel speed.

His Exceed Accel Sakuougi: Haraebina/Mark: Purification has him doing 2 somersault kicks that launches the foe upward, then doing a powerful circular slash as they come down that knocks the foe far away. His Astral, Amatsugomori Nakikarasu/Divine Nightfall: Raven has him doing a crossing slash and then the screen turns black. Switching the imagery to a moonlit foggy night, Hibiki distracts the confused opponent with his clone and then proceeds to deliver some beatdown, ending with him and his clone doing a cross slash across the foe, killing them.

  • Almighty Janitor: He's said to be about as tough as Jin, despite being lower rank.
  • Animal Motifs: Crows. His portrait in the fourth game has a flock of crows in the background, his shadow clones dissipate into shadow crows when they disappear, and he himself disappear into crows in one of his win poses. Even most of his move-set contains a bird/avian motif.
  • Ax-Crazy: Act 3 of Central Fiction reveals that the kind, loyal, hardworking young man we saw in Chronophantasma was a mask that hides a deeply disturbed individual.
  • Badass Longcoat: A standard NOL one, which he trades in for a Badass Cape in his playable appearance.
  • Battle Butler: To the Mutsuki family. His family has served under them as bodyguards and assassins for generations. He's also the second to appear after the debut of his fellow Battle Butler, Valkenhayn.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Naturally given who he directly works for.
  • Berserk Button: Don't insult Kagura to his face, or worse, show some insubordination or traitorous actions towards Kagura. Also, don't call him a ninja.
  • Blade Spam: His DD Tsugaimai: Oboro Ootori has him throwing his swords at his opponent and then does a multitude of slashes on the enemy back and forth. The effect of the slashes only occur after he's done slashing.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: His master is at a very high pecking order in the NOL and also a strong and talented fighter, but like Valkenhayn, he still does his job out of loyalty.
  • The Captain: His rank in the NOL.
  • Casting a Shadow: To an extent; he can extend his shadow then makes a clone (or himself) appear from below, make clones out of shadow, and surround his foe with darkness as seen in his Astral.
  • Ceiling Cling: One of his intro poses has him poking out of the screen's top edge before falling down.
  • Characterization Marches On: Perhaps because he didn't much screentime, but in Chronophatasma Hibiki seemed like a relatively normal, mild mannered, young man who was simply loyal to Kagura and nothing else. Then Central Fiction comes around and fleshes him out a bit and shows just what was Beneath the Mask the whole time.
  • Confusion Fu: His general playstyle is to confuse his opponents using his Drive. He might be sending his clone forward, or sending himself forward while leaving a clone in his place. Some of his special attacks will also leave the opponent guessing.
  • The Consigliere: for Kagura.
  • Counter-Attack: His Maga Uchi special is one; following up from another special move (Zanshoukyaku), if this move is performed and he's attacked, he'll retaliate with a quick Rolling Attack.
  • Deconstructed Trope: Of the Battle Butler with Undying Loyalty archetype. Hibiki is so defined by his service to Kagura, its left him little in the way of normal emotions and desires. As a result, he's more than a little unhinged when it comes to "protecting" Kagura, and might have some deeper feelings of resentment toward him.
  • Deadly Lunge: His Hizanshou special is one, where he dashes forward with his swords pointing towards the opponent, impaling them if they hit, then forcefully dislodge them like a lever. Subverted with Hizanshou Kai where he instead appears on the opponent's back, doing an upper slash.
  • Deadpan Snarker/Servile Snarker: With a heavy emphasis on deadpan.
  • Death from Above: One of his moves, Senshijin (Tipped Beak Blade) has him diving from above blade-first. His DD Kuremi Kazuchi: Nue has him teleporting directly on top of his opponent and then delivering a powerful slash downward. In Overdrive, he follows it up with a Spinning Piledriver for a good measure.
  • Detachable Blades: His swords have detachable cutter-esque blades that he's shown replacing at the end of each match round. His Tsugaimai: Oboro Otori DD also start with him throwing the blades of his swords.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: His Drive.
  • Dual Wielding: In his playable appearance, he wields 2 short rectangular swords.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: When he was revealed, most people assumed he was actually a she, until they heard his voice. Apparently, most people didn't recognized what uniform Hibiki's wearing actually.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Shortly before he was confirmed playable, data miners managed to find Arcade quotes of him within Chronophantasma Extend's data. Central Fiction was announced almost a week later.
  • Easter Egg: His Senba special normally throws knives downward. If his opponent is Kagura, however, he'll throw paperwork downward.
  • Extreme Doormat: By his own admission in the trailer for Central Fiction. He claims to have no real desires of his own and has devoted his entire life to serving Kagura. Dummied Out material from CPE suggests Hakumen is not impressed.
    Hakumen: One of the Mutsuki children? Begone. You lack the power necessary to create change.
    • Nine also mercilessly lampshades this, especially since others have desires of their own and yet Hibiki doesn't.
    • As the story goes on, it's revealed that this aspect of his personality is played extremely darkly. Because Hibiki has no ambitions of his own and because his main skill is assassination, Nine deduces that his ultimate desire is to become the perfect killing machine, with no emotional attachments whatsoever, and slay Kagura. Although Hibiki denies it, it's made very clear later on, especially in Act 3, that his emptiness has birthed a terrible insanity.
  • Foil: To Valkenhayn, his fellow Battle Butler as both characters display Undying Loyalty to their charge. However, Valkenhayn is wholly devoted to Rachel and genuinely trusts her judgment on things, even if he constantly worries for her safety. By contrast, Hibiki is quite literally obsessed with "protecting" Kagura at all costs, taking actions that Kagura himself would disapprove of. It's also implied that he secretly desires to kill him and that protecting him is just a front so nobody can steal his chance to do so. Their backgrounds also contrast a bit; Valkenhayn had quite the history of being a hitman (who's after Rachel's dad's life, no less) before becoming Rachel's liege, and is even a part of the Six Heroes while Hibiki's entire life was being taught to serve Kagura and nothing else.
  • Fragile Speedster: Hibiki's fast as hell, and his attacks are made to confuse the opponent and rush them down, but he is tied with Taokaka, Carl, Ragna, Celica, and the Murakumos (except Lambda) for having the lowest health in the game at 10000.
  • Haughty Help: Hibiki is normally humble and soft spoken to most people, but he often throws snark at his boss as he has to rein his boss in from his "fratboy" and perverted antics.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: Not as bad as Bang, but still a bright blue poncho isn't exactly something you'd wear in the assassination business.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: And it's mercilessly lamp-shaded too. Practically everybody agrees that he's way too good to be working for someone like Kagura.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Despite knowing full well that Noel cannot be killed by conventional methods due to her status as "Successor", he futilely continues to cut at her, rationalizing that "if he keeps attacking, she will eventually die." It's just as crazy as it sounds in-universe too.
  • Killing Intent: Nine senses it from him when he's triggered by her saying that she'll kill Kagura. Then, as Nine shows him his deepest desire - to be a tool for killing - she concludes that he indeed has this.
    Nine: "Natural Killers"note . No anger, no hatred, no grief... their only emotion is the urge to kill. That is your desire - yourself as a tool that is pointed toward everything.
  • Leitmotif: "In the Shadows"
  • Mask of Sanity: Act 3 reveals that he's been wearing this since his introduction.
  • Numerological Motif: Downplayed. It is never brought up, but Hibiki is associated a lot with the number two. He is Kagura's Number Two, can create the illusion of there being two of him with his Drive (appropriately named "Double Chase"), wields two short swords, is the second Battle Butler to appear in the series after Valkenhayn, and becomes playable in the second game he appears in. Two, as mentioned on the main trope page, represents duality, and this ties in brilliantly to Hibiki's dual nature: he's a hardworking servant to Kagura on the outside and an emotionless killer on the inside.
  • Promoted to Playable: Gets to show off his fighting skills in Central Fiction.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: As shown on his bio, one of his likes is Eastern confectionery and it's coupled with a rather youthful appearance. He is also a disturbed individual inside, but he tries to hide it.
  • Reality Ensues: He was raised as an assassin - a "tool" for killing - before becoming Kagura's bodyguard. Even as he tries to act civil, he's still have a mind of a killer deep down - and CF explores this side of him.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Kagura's red.
  • Reverse Grip: He holds his swords in this manner.
  • Shoryuken: His Souyokusen (Twin Wing Spin) is this, done with his swords while spinning. His Exceed Accel "Sakuougi: Haraebina" also starts with him doing an anti-air kick.
  • Sanity Slippage: Hibiki's actions and words become increasingly insane as his Act 3 story progresses, to the point where his stated purpose (enforcing Kagura's will) no longer falls in line with what he's actually doing (betraying Kagura's will). Tsubaki asks him if Kagura is involved in trying to kill Noel, Hibiki just brushes her off. Kokonoe telling him that he can't kill Noel and his wish can't be granted because Noel is an Observer (a powerful one at that)? Hibiki just states that he'll become an Observer too and kill her that way, which isn't even possible, by the way. Noel proving Kokonoe right by making it so all of Hibiki's attacks are ineffective? Simple solution: just keep doing it until she finally dies. It takes Hazama of all people to finally call him out on this and, since it's Hazama we're talking about, manipulate him.
  • Satellite Character: Much of his characterization revolves around his master Kagura. Considering the direction his character is being taken, it's understandable.
  • Slide Attack: One version of his Hiyokujin special (where he and his clone rushes towards the opponent) has the real Hibiki doing a sweep to the opponent's leg. The other version has the real Hibiki being the one that jumps and delivers a kick to the head.
  • Spinning Piledriver: One of his special moves (Misago Kudaki/Osprey Smasher) is the Izuna Drop version of this.
  • Spread Shot: His Senba special (followup from Zanshoukyaku) has him firing 3 cutter blades downward in a spread.
  • The Starscream: His ending involves Nine revealing his innermost desire - that he wants to actually kill Kagura for the thrill of the kill and to truly become emotionless. Hibiki is naturally horrified and tries to deny it.
  • Stealth Expert: Being raised as an assassin gives him great skill in stealth.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: These skills allow him to suddenly appear behind people without them sensing him, even sneaking up on characters like Jin and Tager.
  • The Stoic: He's always stern and serious, rarely emoting. That makes his rare moments of anger all the more chilling.
  • Supreme Chef: An excellent cook and Rachel actually is impressed by the tea he makes. Dummied Out commentary confirms that his skills aren't limited to tea.
    Rachel: Your cooking is exquisite. Why not leave the service of that cad and enter mine instead?
  • Sword Pointing: He does this to Izanami in his CF Act 2 ending. He doesn't believe it when she shows the future in which Kagura is executed by the masses who rebel against the NOL, thinking that she's lying. He lowers it when she says that the future may change if he kills the "superior entitled" that made the events fixed.
  • Theme Naming: A ton of his moves are bird-themed, possibly as the "phoenix foil" to Kagura's dragon.
  • Three Strike Combo: His Exceed Accel works like this.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Japanese sweets.
  • Tyke Bomb: As Central Fiction shows, being this has affected his mind to a terrifying degree.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Kagura and the Mutsuki family, to the point where he has no issues conspiring behind the NOL's back to assist him in his cause. Deconstructed later, however, in that this loyalty (combined with Izanami's manipulations) makes him make questionable decisions, some of them going against Kagura's wishes, and his innermost desire is actually "to murder Kagura" and that his loyalty may be a way of presenting himself to be The Only One Allowed to Defeat You.
  • What You Are in the Dark: As his ending reveals, Hibiki is told by Nine he wants to kill Kagura and be an emotionless tool that can kill anyone. And if Act 3 is any indication, she may have had a point.

    Naoto Kurogane 
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Ready to paint the town red.
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  • Height: 176 cm
  • Weight: 69 kg
  • Blood type: B
  • Date of Birth: December 1
  • Birthplace: Japan
  • Hobbies: Tending to cats
  • Likes: Rest
  • Dislikes: Eye drops (because it's hard to use them)

"Forgive me, but if that's one of the Murakumo Units, I'm going to have to destroy it."

Voiced by: Nobunaga Shimazaki (Japanese), Billy Kametz (English, Cross Tag Battle)

The protagonist of the supplementary novel Bloodedge Experience, joining the main series as a playable character in Central Fiction.

He starts off as your everyday high school student... with a strange ability named Hunter's Eye, which lets him see the life force of other people in numbers. He lives in an apartment in the same building as his cousin, Haruka Hayami. His life starts to change once a mysterious blonde girl came into the picture; the girl was being chased by a strange man with a life force of 0. Out of curiosity, he ran after the two; in the dead-end, he saved her from said strange, grotesque insect man, but Naoto got his right arm cut off in the process and was slowly bleeding to death. The girl, named Raquel Alucard, offered to save his life in exchange for him to find the Azure. In the next morning, he wakes up to find that he's technically dead (his life force being 0) but Raquel has shared her immense life force with him, but doing so would eventually turn him into a vampire within a year's time - unless he does what she made him promise to.

His drive is Bloodedge, which lets him create weapons using his own blood. He also has a special trait known as Enhancer, which gives his drive, specials, and Distortion Drives additional properties if you use them in the middle of a dash. In the case of his drive, this can also be achieved by holding the drive button. His Overdrive, Blood Repulsor, not only makes his Drive attacks automatically enhanced, but it also changes Naoto's appearance: his hair becomes white and spikes up.

His Exceed Accel Grim of Phantom (GOP) starts with him punching the foe in the gut. Then he knees them upward and then forms a giant axe made of blood and chops down on his opponent as he falls. His Astral, Edge of Eternity (EOE), has him create a large scythe out of blood and repeatedly slash his opponent with it before charging the blade with dark energy and unleashing a final strike that creates a wave of blood, erasing his opponent from existence.


  • Accidental Pervert: Due to the fact that Raquel does not like wearing clothes and doesn't care if she is naked, he ends up in this situation a lot.
    • Happens again when he and Makoto are in free-fall and he ends up landing in her breasts. He gets uppercutted for his trouble. Makoto even lampshades this trope directly afterward.
      Makoto: I bet you're the type of guy who "accidentally" finds himself in perverted situations.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: His normal eyes are green in Bloodedge Experience but are changed to brown in Central Fiction.
  • Adorkable: He gets flustered pretty easily when he's around a scantly-clad woman.
  • Ambiguously Related: If you read between the lines or dialogue and foreshadowing, he may in fact indirectly be the uncle of Ragna, Jin, and Saya. Their mother (a Prime Field Device) is implied to be based on Naoto's sister, Saya Terumi. It is never explicitly spelled out for the audience.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Happens to the point of parody. He loses his right arm and Raquel makes him one out of her blood. Then Clavis cuts off that arm, before reattaching it in a way that unlocked his vampiric powers. Finally he loses his right arm again when Spinner Superior’s Fusion Dance weakens his link with Raquel and Spinner cuts off his left arm and right leg. Naoto then creates temporary limbs out of a black fog that he loses after the fight before his blood arm returns and Relius gives him Artificial Limbs for the other two.
  • Artificial Limbs: Naoto's left leg is the only limb he has that is actually normal. His left arm and right leg are both mechanical, made by Relius as replacement. His right arm is made of Raquel Alucard's blood.
  • Back from the Dead: He died really early on in his own novel, but was brought back by Raquel Alucard, who shared her life force with him, although this process threatens to turn him into a vampire in a year's time.
  • Badass Transplant: Said right arm is where he mainly uses his Drive ability from.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: He has the power to manipulate his own blood but he is overall a pretty friendly guy.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In Central Fiction.
  • Berserk Button: He gets noticeably upset at Kokonoe when he witnesses how she treats Lambda, namely like an tool or object, something which he is vehemently against.
  • Betty and Veronica: Haruka and Raquel, respectively, for him. Haruka is his cousin whom he lives with in her apartment and is a gentle person (most of the time) who tends to him a lot. Raquel the goth-loli vampire is a new girl to his life, everything about her screams "foreign", she has some weird habits and she's also the Herald for his new adventures.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Despite all she has done to him, Naoto still wants to protect his sister, Saya Terumi. When Naoto was fighting Spinner’s strongest bug that had kidnapped her he has the perfect opportunity to kill her, but after a mysterious voice asks if he wanted to kill her, Naoto screamed that he would save her and killed the bug.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When his teacher-turned-Apostle tried to force Haruka to take part in his masochistic sexual acts, Naoto kicked down the door and punched him in the face. Likewise, in Central Fiction, Naoto arrived just in time to fight an angered Ragna (courtesy of Hazama) and managing to calm him down before he goes into a deep end that he'll never be able to return from.
  • Bloody Murder: Bloodedge, which lets him manipulate his blood.
  • Butt-Monkey: In Central Fiction, everyone tries to beat him up on sight for one reason or another (minus Celica, but even then, Minerva goes berserk on him). The most common reason being that he is similar to Ragna.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to his sister, Saya Terumi's, Cain.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Does so on Raquel’s behalf, calling Clavis selfish when he refuses to let her have a say in whether or not she stays with Naoto. Clavis apologizes but cuts off Naoto’s arm as well. When he sees Raquel made the arm he reattaches it, unlocks the positive traits of his vampire transformation, and listens to her wishes.
  • Canon Immigrant: Like Celica, he was primarily a novel exclusive character and now he has a starring role in the main series.
  • Can't Live Without You: Naoto is technically dead. Biting him lets Raquel give Naoto her life force to keep him alive.
  • Cast from Lifespan: After being bitten by Raquel Alucard, he is effectively immortal, since he can instantly heal from fatal wounds. However, healing his injuries takes away from Raquel's life force.
  • Casting a Shadow: After losing his left arm and right leg while fighting Spinner Superior (and his right arm reverting to blood due to his weakened link with Raquel), he, in his subconscious, meets a mysterious figure who struck him, which shook him awake and giving him the temporary ability to make new limbs out of shadows.
  • Claustrophobia: Does not like being in places with a lot of people in a small area, so he has to walk for 30 minutes to get to school to avoid public transportation.
  • Charged Attack: His Drive attacks can be charged, increasing their range and letting them break guards.
  • Close-Range Combatant: He has arguably the shortest range of the the entire roster when he doesn't use his drive, but is rewarded with good damage and screen carrying into the corner if he lands a hit.
  • Cool Uncle: In an incredibly twisted way, it's revealed that Naoto is technically this to Ragna, Jin, and Noel/Saya. The 5th Prime Field Device was implied to be modeled after Saya Terumi, and it was able to conceive children by mating with a Black Beast.
  • Covert Pervert: Plays video games that seem to be of the Harem Genre. He says it's only because his best friend Shinnosuke bought them.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: His clothing bears the same red cross insignia that Rachel has on hers.
  • Curtains Match the Windows: Normally both his hair and his eyes are brown. No longer applies when he uses Bloodedge.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He saw his sister kill his entire clan and then was nearly killed himself via Kiss of Death.
  • Dash Attack: His unique ability Enhancer makes his drive, specials and DD have a modified effect if used after a dash.
  • Dead Alternate Counterpart: Relius revealed that the Naoto he knew died by Clavis' hand and he didn’t meet a Hazama at the time. The current Naoto isn’t from the past, he is from a completely separate “possibility”.
  • Determinator: Naoto will never give up, even when the odds are stacked against him. This, combined with his Healing Factor, makes him nigh-impossible to kill.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: Naoto has an extremely steep learning curve. His special ability, Enhancer, requires you to master dash cancelling in the middle of your combos just to increase his damage output and alter his specials' properties for longer combos. If you pull it off, Naoto boasts some of the highest damage in the game, but prepare to have your fingers tested to their limits.
  • Dimensional Traveler: After his world was destroyed Raquel brought him to an alternate future, the main timeline.
  • Doomed Hometown: Or rather Doomed home universe. Because of the events in Central Fiction, all of the alternate “possibilities” are disappearing. Raquel is only able to save Naoto because, being an Embryo, she is tied to the Boundary and sends him to the present so he can stop whatever is causing the alternate possibilities to disappear and save his world.
  • Dying Deal Upgrade: He lets Raquel bite him to save his life, sharing her life force at the cost of being her servant and having to help her find the Azure within a year to stop his transformation into a vampire.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: During his battle with Spinner Superior, Spinner fuses with Raquel, weakening Naoto’s connection with her and causing his right arm to dissolve into blood, and proceeds to cut of Naoto’s left arm and right leg. Naoto is about to die when a mysterious man appears in his mind, approaches Naoto and punches him in the chest with a black arm, which causes him to wake up, create new limbs out of black fog and create a scythe from his blood to rip Raquel out of Spinner.
  • Eye Color Change: Whenever he uses Bloodedge, his eyes change color from brown to red.
  • Famous Ancestor: He has Mei Amanohokosaka as his ancestor, courtesy of his family, the Terumi family, being an offshoot of the Amanohokosaka clan. In the novels, Mei is mentioned to be the then-current head of the clan.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Only his right arm, the one with Bloodedge, is fully sleeved.
  • Fingerless Gloves: A part of his new outfit for Central Fiction.
  • First Episode Resurrection: He died quite early in the first book and then gets resurrected almost immediately after.
  • Foreshadowing: In his Act 1 arcade play, he mentions that while Nine is dangerous, she's still less of a menace than a "monster" he fought some time ago. That "monster" is implied to be his own sister, Saya Terumi, when Relius mentioned that the 5th Prime Field Device (the one who "gave birth" to Ragna and siblings) was based on a "monster" who was killed by her "brother".
  • Gone to the Future: In CF, it's implied that he jumps to the future with a cauldron. Subverted. He didn't come from the past, but rather from an alternate timeline and he didn't jump into the Cauldron, Raquel sent him there so he could survive the destruction of their world.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: He would have died about a dozen more times if not for Raquel’s life force keeping him alive and healing his wounds.
  • Healing Factor: Naoto can instantly heal wounds that would normally be fatal, although he cannot regrow limbs. This is due to his connection with Raquel letting him feed off of her immense life force.
  • Heir to the Dojo: He was chosen as the heir to the Terumi clan because he inherited the Hunter's Eye.
  • Heroes Fight Barehanded: Outside of Bloodedge, he fights using mainly his fists. He's also the main character of his own set of novels.
  • Hero of Another Story: Quite literally, he's the main character of an entirely different series that takes place sometime before the series.
  • Hey, You!: Taokaka aside, who is The Nicknamer, there are several other characters who don't call him by his name. Ragna calls him "shitty brat", Valkenhayn calls him "greenhorn", Izanami calls him an "outsider", and Nu calls him "who".
  • Hot-Blooded: Just listen to how he calls his Divine Smasher Distortion Drive.
  • Identical Stranger: Not normally but when he activates Bloodedge, he's almost a dead ringer for Ragna. In CF, some characters (notably Rachel and Nu) note that Naoto feels like Ragna to them, and Rachel even points out that his existence makes Ragna's own thinner. In gameplay, many of his moves are his own equivalents of one that Ragna has. For example, his Shoryuken Inferno Crusader is identical to Ragna's Inferno Divider, the complete Overdrive version of his Divine Reaper has elements of Ragna's Dead Spike and Carnage Scissors, and Edge of Eternity is one to Black Onslaught, even ending with the opponent being disintegrated.
  • Idiot Hair: His ahoge, which adds to his rather generic protagonist design.
  • Immortal Life Is Cheap: Since Naoto’s connection to Raquel keeps him from dying, he takes a lot of abuse, even more than Ragna. He has received fatal or near-fatal wounds from Valkenhayn, Clavis, Spinner’s Apostles as well as his bugs, Saya and from Spinner himself.
  • Improvised Weapon: Saves Raquel from one of Spinner’s Apostles by hitting him with a fire extinguisher.
  • Invocation: like Ragna, he has a special quote that he uses during his Astral Heat.
    "Edge of Eternity! Behold, the bloodstained blade. Not a shred of your soul shall remain! Let darkness...CONSUME YOU!
  • I Will Find You: The ending of the second novel has Raquel telling him to find the Azure, and to find her later. In CF, Naoto comes from another world looking for her.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Much like Ragna, he loves cats.
  • Kissing Cousins: He has feelings for his cousin, Haruka Hayami. She returns his feelings and she has kissed him. However, Naoto’s stubbornness gets in the way of him acting on his feelings.
  • Lady and Knight: The Knight to Raquel's Lady.
  • Lag Cancel: Using Shift Sway or Drive and then cancelling to a dash makes it easier for Naoto to do an "enhanced" version of his special moves after his normal attacks.
  • Leitmotif: "Jaeger" (read: yeager), which is German for "hunter", but without written with an umlaut which is normally used for the "ae" portion (ä).
  • Lightning Bruiser: Compared to Ragna, Naoto has a higher damage output, better defense, and higher health. The only thing he lacks compared to Ragna is a projectile and has shorter range.
  • Magical Eye: His right eye is the Hunter’s Eye, which lets him see people's remaining life force as a number.
  • Mark of the Supernatural: While it's currently unclear what it actually signifies, Naoto has the same tattoo on his body as Ragna and Es (WARNING NSFW), not to mention it appearing in several other characters' clothes. Notably, he didn’t have it in ''Bloodedge Experience'' (WARNING NSFW) meaning it has to be connected to events that happened after the end of that series and before he was brought into the present.
  • Megaton Punch: His Divine Smasher DD has him dashing forward with a powerful bloody punch.
  • Mistaken Identity: Is on both the giving and receiving end of this trope. A majority of the cast mistakes him for Ragna at first and he mistakes several characters for people he knows. He thought Rachel was Raquel, Lambda and Nu were Kiiro, Makoto was his aunt Yuki, Izanami was Saya Terumi, Celica was Haruka (at least in his Gag Reel), Hakumen was a currently unknown “Ally of Justice” and Hazama was a different person named Hazama. Story Mode reveals that him being mistaken for Ragna is intentional: Naoto is technically his uncle because Ragna's mother, the 5th Prime Field Device, is implied to be a replica of Saya Terumi, Naoto's sister. Also it's implied by the end of the game that when Hazama jumped into the cauldron, he'll end up in where Naoto came from.
  • Mistress and Servant Boy: Raquel often orders him to do errands such as making tea or bringing her stuff. Sometimes in the middle of class. Naoto then gets joked as being her "servant" by his friends at school.
  • Moment Killer: Twice, he had his moments with Haruka ruined. The first by Raquel and Haruka's mother, and the second by Saya; subverted for the second, however, as Haruka immediately pulled him back and then went to kiss him.
  • Nice Guy: Despite the tragedies in his life, such as having lost most of his family, Naoto never lets the trauma surface, and instead aims to live a normal life. Regardless, Naoto can never stop himself from helping those in trouble, even if it means disrupting his ordinary life. There are times when he doesn't think out his good-willed actions, diving headfirst into any kind of situation where he thinks he can help others.
  • Nom de Mom: Chooses to go by his mother’s last name, Kurogane, as opposed to the name of his clan, Terumi.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: His Shift Sway special lets him do this to enemy attacks. If used after dashing, he can also shift to the opponent's back.
  • Noodle Incident: Naoto says to Nine that he "paid a high price" to come to the future. He also says that he once fought a "monster" that is scarier than Nine in the past. Exactly what he meant by those is not yet explained.
  • Not What It Looks Like: His cousin Haruka walks in and sees him fumbling around with a naked girl and her reaction is to find something to stab the two with.
  • Only Sane Man: He feels that he is this in BE. Between the insanity of his situation, getting suddenly attacked at various points by Valkenhayn, Clavis and Spinner, and having to constantly keep track of Raquel, he can only snark about how ridiculous his life has become. He's still this in Central Fiction, constantly commenting on the weirdness of this new world and its inhabitants.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Appears to be this at first. Subverted in that he was already the heir to the Terumi clan, possessed the Hunter's Eye and was taught how to fight by his mother at a young age.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Naoto is not a vampire, although he will become one a full year after being bitten. Until then he is in a state between life and death, reliant on Raquel.
  • Outside Context Hero: In CF, as Naoto is a newcomer from the past, he's "alien" to the present world and, in particular, Nine's plans.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: Asks Raquel to wear clothes and tries to put them on her himself when she refuses and struggles against him. In his victory quotes, he asks the same to Makoto and he also offers his jacket to Mai.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: Using his Drive's full power (translates into using Overdrive in gameplay) will turn his hair white, making him look similar to Ragna.
  • Promoted to Playable: Like Celica, he comes from a series of novels before being inserted in the main games as playable.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Whenever he activates Bloodedge, his eyes change color from brown to red.
  • Reluctant Warrior: Unlike Ragna, who's always ready to fight anyone who gets on his nerves, Naoto actually doesn't like to fight and constantly tries to talk things out and only uses violence as a means for self-defense. Unfortunately, he's a playable character in a fighting game.
  • Sacred First Kiss: When Haruka kisses him he lies and says it’s his first. Considering his first kiss was stolen by Saya using Soul Eater on him when she wiped out the Terumi Clan, he had a pretty good reason to lie.
  • Saving the World: Raquel tasks him with saving their world in his Act 3 ending. Because the main timeline, which is the source of all the possible universes, is in jeopardy, his world disappeared. In order to restore his world he must stop whatever is threatening the creation of “possibilities”.
  • Second Year Protagonist: Second year student at Shin Kawahama First High School.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: He can shape his blood into weapons. So far he has used a sword, a spear, claws, an axe and a scythe. In his Divine Reaper DD, he also shapes his blood into a monstrous head like Ragna's Dead Spike.
  • Shoryuken: He has one that mimics Sol Badguy's Volcanic Viper move, named Inferno Crusader (named after Ragna's Inferno Divider of course). He also has a kick version, named Phantom Pain.
  • Shower of Awkward: Naoto experiences this since Raquel has no problem walking in on him when he is in the bath and demanding he wash her hair. He begrudgingly obliges but has to beg her to not make him wash her body.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": In Bloodedge Experience, "Kurogane" is written in kanji, but in Central Fiction, it is written in katakana.
  • Stat-O-Vision: His Hunter's Eye displays a person's remaining life force as a decreasing number.
  • Synchronization: For some reason, his and Kiiro's heartbeats are completely synchronized with each other. CF also reveals that he has a life-link with Rachel somehow.
  • Three Strike Combo: His Banishing Fang can be followed up twice, with the finishing one either a front kick or a launching uppercut.
  • Unblockable Attack: How Bloodedge works, if charged; it will guard crush the opponent unless they use barrier guard. His Phantom Pain special is also unblockable.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: At first, he would simply rely on his Healing Factor and enhanced strength to beat his opponents into submission. After gaining Bloodedge, Raquel starts training him to be a better fighter. Completely averted by the time he appears in CF.
  • Warm Bloodbags Are Everywhere: If he becomes a vampire he will attack those close to him in his thirst for blood. He helps Raquel with her quest to find the Azure so he can stop the transformation and avoid this.

    Nine the Phantom 
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Profile
  • Height: 171cm
  • Weight: 56kg
  • Blood type: AB
  • Date of Birth: April 30
  • Birthplace: Unknown (presumably Ishana)
  • Hobbies: Unknown
  • Likes: Celica & Family (Jubei and Kokonoe)
  • Dislikes: Shiitake mushrooms

"Just so you know...there is no such thing as the 'truth' in this world. Just illusions..."

Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura (Japanese; Chronophantasma-Cross Tag Battle), Rie Tanaka (Japanese; Cross Tag Battle 2.0-current) / Amanda Céline Miller (English, Chronophantasma and Cross Tag Battle)

Real name Konoe A. Mercury. Another one of the Six Heroes, "Nine" (as she prefers to be called) is the one who taught humans how to use magic. She's Jubei's wife and Kokonoe's mother. Her sister Celica ran the orphanage where Ragna, Jin, and Saya lived. Additionally, she used human transmutation to create the Nox Nyctores. She died at the hands of Terumi after the Dark War. This was his revenge for being strong-armed into working with the other heroes and was also done to prevent Nine from releasing the souls that powered his Nox Nyctores. Sometime after this event, she was reanimated as his puppet, the mysterious Phantom. After the events of Chronophantasma, Nine ends up freed from her enslavement by the Imperator, and is now putting into motion a plan of her own. She becomes a playable character in Central Fiction, serving as the boss of Act I of the game's Arcade Mode story, titled "Phantom of Labyrinth".

Nine's "ability" is called The Abyss Diver, but is not a Drive per se but rather magic attacks, which depend upon a stock system similar to Platinum. Certain moves will cause one of three kinds of ribbon-esque rings to appear around Nine, each one color-coded to a specific element (red = fire, blue = water, green = wind). She can only stock up to three elements at a time, and by using each combination she can use a wide variety of special moves, giving her the largest move-list of the entire roster. Her Overdrive is called Burning Red, and makes it so that all of her moves build elemental rings even when whiffed, in addition to adding automatic elemental buff whenever she uses a spell.

Her Exceed Accel Scarlet Vein has her knock the foe upward, then commands a demon named Hi-no-Kagutsuchi to crush the foe between its fists. Her Astral, Colorless Void, involves her trapping the opponent in a raised crevice from the earth as it transforms into Hi-no-Kagutsuchi which swallows them whole and envelops them in a circle of fire. She then rises up, creates a giant portal with a pentagram symbol, and rains dozens of meteors upon the opponent.

For info about her younger self, Me, see XBlaze Lost: Memories.
For more, see her character page here.
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    Izanami 

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The (former) Imperator. Just as flat as her lookalikes.
Profile
  • Height: Unknown
  • Weight: Unknown
  • Blood type: Unknown
  • Date of Birth: April 22
  • Birthplace: Unknown
  • Hobbies: Jigsaw puzzles
  • Likes: The world
  • Dislikes: Ragna the Bloodedge
I shall deliver death unto all of the living.

Voiced by: Yukana (Japanese) / Kate Higgins (English, credited as Kate Davis in Alter Memory)

Full name Hades Izanaminote . The Imperator Librariusnote  — the head of the Novus Orbis Librarium and de facto ruler of the world. Only a few have actually seen the Imperator in person, those few being the heads of the Duodecim and select high-ranking members of the Library. She's shown first in CS true ending and becomes more prominent in CP onward.

Confirmed as a playable character for Central Fiction in the January issue of Famitsu. She serves as the Final Boss of Act II of the game's story, titled "Nightmare Memory". She does not battle in her usual, regally-stylized Shinto priestess kimono, but changes her costume to a less restricting, more revealing outfit, with a giant, floating ring resembling a thunder god drum behind her called the Yasakani no Magatama.

Her Drive is called Sharin (Exodus Arc). By pressing the D button, Izanami activates the Yasakani no Magatama, acting as a stance switching mechanic in the same vein as Izayoi. While in this stance, the Imperator can fire projectiles at the opponent with directional inputs and the D button, and gains several new moves and abilities at the cost of not being able to block. Her Overdrive is called Zekkai (Arc Force). When activated, she gains the ability to use the moves of both her normal stance and Yasakani no Magatama stance, including normal blocking.

Her Exceed Accel Nayuta (Arc Drive)/Melancholy Death involves her trapping the opponent within a seal as several skulls appear beneath their feet. Suddenly, a loud scream rings out as both Izanami transports herself and her opponent into the realm of the dead, with Izanami's face becoming skeletal as she thrusts her hand into the opponent. Her Astral Heat, Tokoyo no Yami/Eternal Darkness, involves her grabbing the opponent and opening a portal to the underworld which unleashes dozens of spirits in a hurricane, which launches the opponent into the air. Still holding on to the opponent, seven skulls appear, crashing into the opponent alongside herself and dragging them into the underworld. She then reappears on the stage.

  • Abdicate the Throne: In the climax of CP, amidst all the battles, she forfeits her position and name Homura the new Imperator. Not because of any danger to herself, but she has gone far with her plans that she doesn't need to be Imperator anymore.
  • Always Accurate Attack: Her Shizuku special tracks the opponent's location.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: In Rachel's Act 2 story and the preview for Act 3, she says that Izanami is a manifestation of The Origin's Drive.
  • Anti-Gravity Clothing: Her ring-crown thingy seemingly floats around her head without any visible attachments. Said crown is actually the Yasakani no Magatama, her weapon, which can float as well.
  • Artificial Human: As revealed in Central Fiction, Saya is actually implied to have been created as a vessel for Izanami. She also has doll-like joints under her arms and her upper legs that seem to hint at this. When electrocuted she also seems to have no skeleton and a doll-like anatomy.
  • Assist Character: Although she is the one controlling Take-Mikazuchi, the Imperator herself can only fire three Energy Balls at you or summon a trio of Attack Drones, making Take-Mikazuchi do most of the work.
  • Attack Drone: Aside from the ones she uses in the boss fight with Take-Mikazuchi, her Yasakani no Magatama is also this. She can either use them to attack directly or fire projectiles.
  • Ax-Crazy: Being obsessed with death and causing it makes her this. She acts calmer than most examples, but that makes it all the more terrifying.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In every single appearance since her introduction, Izanami is usually the biggest victor, since she ends up with the most advantages. She takes control of Takamagahara in CS and sets it so that causality has a sequential flow, meaning no more time loops. CP is her biggest victory yet: creating the Embryo by turning the souls of all living beings on the planet into seithr and bringing forth the Amaterasu Unit, then teleporting Hakumen away effortlessly and triggering Ragna's inner Black Beast, making him go berserk and nearly killing everyone in sight. If CF is any indication, she may have actually accomplished her desire for a "world of death" - the secret Judgment Day stage is implied to take place outside of the Embryo, and it shows that the world has become a hellscape. In the end, however, she's finally defeated, and her soul is absorbed into Noel.
    Rachel: Truth be told... you won the moment you summoned the Master Unit.
  • Beating A Dead Player: One of her win poses has her consigning her opponent to the Underworld.
  • Become a Real Boy: Her Act 3 arcade play has her talk with Relius about the nature of souls. He mentioned that even though she's a Drive-existence of someone, since he sees that she has a "desire" of her own, it makes her a full individual with her own soul. She then says that "granting death to this world" is her desire. This makes it unclear how much of Izanami is, well, Izanami and not a mere amalgamation of outside sources acting out.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: CF story shows her true origins: she's actually a fragment of Saya's soul that came to be because of Relius' and Terumi's torture towards young Saya.
  • Berserk Button: While she's normally calm and affable towards ally and enemy alike, there is one specific thing that will trigger her. If you call her "Saya", she'll show you exactly why she calls herself the Goddess of Death. Only Ragna is allowed to call her by that name.
    Izanami: (winquote vs Naoto) Is this too, a result of the Embryo? Dare not provoke me... and never utter that name again.
  • Big Bad: Of Central Fiction. Izanami's desire to create a world of death through the Embryo make her the main enemy to overcome. She is, however, not the Final Boss. That would be Terumi
  • Bonus Boss: In Act 3, if you defeat every arcade opponent with Perfects, Overdrive, Distortion Drive, and Astral finishes, you'll be transported to the Sight of Gods stage for a 9th fight with Izanami in her Unlimited form.
  • The Caligula: A malevolent avatar of death at the topmost seat of the Librarium's hierarchy is never a promising sign. Makoto's story to Tsubaki suggests she may have been on board with Terumi and Relius in igniting the Ikaruga Civil War, and it's later confirmed in Spiral Shift. The Ikaruga Civil War was nothing more than a bloody ritual to increase her power.
  • Casting a Shadow: She has shrouds of darkness envelop her limbs during most of her attacks, and she can also shape it in her Arms of Sympathy (Renge no Kai) special where she creates a nightmarish face made from shadow and fog and in her Ghost Peak Strike (Gaihou no Geki) special where she turns them into a skeletal T-Rex's head.
  • Catchphrase: Will always make some reference to death. Also has a tendency to say "...Is what I would say."
  • Charged Attack: Aside from her Flaming Dome special, her Orchid (Araragi) special (where she throws her drones like a boomerang) can be charged for longer range and changing its trajectory.
  • The Coats Are Off: Central Fiction shows that the Imperator has a separate battle attire from her regal dress. Her intro with Ragna in her trailer has her discarding it for her current look.
  • Combat Stilettos: Her feet platforms act as these, adding extra damage to her kicks.
  • Complete Immortality: As the avatar of death, she cannot truly die. The only way she's defeated, then, is to absorb her being (consisting of half of Saya and half of The Origin) into Noel/Mu (who possesses both other halves).
  • Cool Crown: She wears a golden ring-thingy that accompanies her hairpins. This ring is actually her weapon, the Yasakani no Magatama, and when she dons her battle attire, the crown floats off her head and transforms. While Izanami loses her crown, she gains a new one in the shape of a unicorn's horn.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Kagura's Act 2 arcade has her face to face with the Goddess of Death herself... who proceeds to utterly humiliate him, literally dancing away at his best attacks and literally knocking him on his back.
  • Dance Battler: Surprisingly for her character, Izanami's attacks include fluidity and grace, and a distinct number of leg movements. Combined that with her Yasakani no Magatama, and Izanami's moveset seems evocative of Shiva's Tandava.
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Part of her new outfit in CF. Naturally, her panties are exposed in many of her attacks.
  • Dark Is Evil: Aside from being named after the Japanese goddess of death, she has dark purple hair, uses a lot of dark-based attacks, and has a lot of demonic and death-related imagery and motifs.
  • Deadly Lunge: Her Thunderbolt Lance (Tourai no Hoko) special is her doing a very fast lunging attack, either with her palm or her feet.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In Chronophantasma. Particularly if she's near Hazama.
    Hazama: And... How are things on your end, Imperator?
    Imperator: I have no problems. If I was forced to give one, it is that your voice hurts my ears.
    Hazama: Ahh, sharp-tongued as always. Even I have feelings, too, you know.
  • Deal with the Devil: Azrael makes one with her in his CF Act 2 ending. In exchange with Azrael defeating the other Entitled and "releasing the Embryo", she promises that he can have a battle really worth his time: with the "Gods outside of the Logic."
  • Death by Irony: She talks about the inevitably of death and how nobody can escape it. Well that includes herself as her own demise at the hands of Ragna and Noel shows she's just as fearful for her own life as anyone else.
  • Deflector Shields: Her Shield of Dreams (Mujuu no Tate) special creates a barrier that absorbs attacks for her while she freely moves around. This works like the Barrier Block everyone else has, including how the Barrier Gauge drains while she uses this.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: During her Distortion Drives and her Exceed Accel, the entire screen turns black and white.
  • Demonic Possession:
    • Relius refers to her body as a "vessel" in which Izanami inhabits. Specifically, Izanami is the manifestation of the Master Unit's drive that possessed Saya's body after part of her soul was driven out.
    • She also can manipulate Tsubaki's thoughts from afar, and this gets increasingly intense that in the Japanese version, Izayoi (in cutscenes) starts talking in tandem with Imperator's voice.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: Izanami has a very steep learning curve due to having different properties than the other characters. She lacks a double jump, instead having a float in its place, which allows her to perform her ground normal attacks in the air, but is quite tricky to get used to. One of her special moves puts up a shield which protects her from all attacks except for throws and unblockables, but costs most of her Barrier gauge in the process, which puts her at a high risk of entering Danger state. Along with her below average health and her changed stance making her unable to block, Izanami is a challenging character to play, but once she is mastered, she has one of the highest damage potentials in her combos besides Carl and Naoto, and her attacks also have fast priority, allowing her to keep up her offensive.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: More like Disc Two Final Boss, but still, she's one for Act 2. This applies to the main story as well. After she's defeated by Ragna and Mu, Terumi shows up and merges with the Susanoo unit to once again take back his position as Big Bad.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: She hates Terumi just as much as the rest of the cast do, though it's less because she has standards and more because she has part of Saya's soul and Terumi was partially responsible ruining Saya's life completely, even torturing her body before Izanami manifested in her.
    Imperator: Do not take that tone with me. We are not peers.
  • Everybody Hates Hades: In Shinto tradition, Izanami is just the Goddess of the Underworld, who while vengeful towards her husband Izanagi, wasn't really that bad. In BlazBlue however, Izanami is the cruel Greater-Scope Villain who wants to create a "world of death" by corroding all life into seithr using the BlazBlue Embryo. Doubly so in the English version, beforehand, she was just 'Meiou' Izanami, that got localized into 'Hades', who is Greek's Underworld God who's actually one of the more sensible Gods compared to the more volatile dwellers of Mt. Olympus.
  • Evil Brit: Even moreso than Jin, and with an English accent in the English-language track to boot.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • Chronophantasma sets her up to be Rachel's counterpart. Both are extremely powerful females outside the normal conventions of life and death, both lead boys with Azure Grimoires (Rachel to Ragna, Imperator to Terumi), and both are surprisingly snarky.
    • Central Fiction reveals that she's one to Noel as well since they both possess part of Saya's and the Master Unit's souls, and are the structure maintaining the Embryo itself.
  • Evil Plan: She plans to create a "world of death", and she created the Embryo for that purpose. She also planned to use the Embryo to create the "True Blazblue" (aka "Book of the Blue Blaze"), but what it is or what it entails is as-of-yet unknown.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She's a very sophisticated, intelligent, formal speaker that will speak politely while ordering the deaths of millions. She seldom drops the tone but the sick interest she has in creating a "world of death" marks her as far too sinister for this to be genuine.
  • Fireballs: Her Flaming Dome (Tengai no Hi) special creates a fireball on top of her, then throws it down; the fireball hits multiple times as it comes down, then releases an explosion as it touches the ground that knocks the enemy upward. It can be charged for increasing its size and damage.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • There were hints of Izanami's existence early in the series, like how Saya changed. Likewise, in the ending of Continuum Shift, Takamagahara spoke with dread about the Imperator's awakening; an omniscient collective consciousness would not freak out unless it was completely game-changing. And around the start of CP, Rachel says that she is "death" and not even Hakumen at full power can stand against her.
    • In CP's final battle, one of her attacks is her deploying 3 Attack Drones to fly towards your position, surrounding you in a triangle shape, and then each shoot a laser beam. Come CF, she can do a similar thing as one of her special moves, named Shizuku.
  • Fusion Dance: Izanami herself is a combination of a fragment of Saya's soul and the Master Unit's drive. This is actually how she's defeated since Noel/Mu also is a combination of the souls of Saya and the Master Unit, she tries to assimilate Izanami into herself and succeeds with the help of Ragna.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Inevitable. She may be the "Goddess of Death" and outstrips the fair share of the cast in terms of power, yet other playable characters like Celica and Taokaka can beat her in a round no sweat. Even when she's Nigh Invulnerable, she's a Glass Cannon in gameplay.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Zig-Zagged. While her presence was revealed in Continuum Shift, the fact that she is the Goddess of Death, and the true extent of her power, is not revealed until Chronophantasma’s True Ending. However, her power is forshadowed early in the game by Rachel, who says that even Hakumen at his full power might not be able to beat her and that, since she is “death”, the only way to defeat her is to kill her host.
  • Glass Cannon: For someone who's supposed to be the goddess of death... she isn't that durable, having 10500 HP.
  • Glowing Eyelights of Undeath: Sports these in her Astral, to terrifying effect.
  • God Is Evil: She is the malicious God Empress
  • God Guise: Her power in the game is god-like and her dedication to death is very real, but she ultimately is unrelated to the Shinto deity that she takes her name from.
  • Grand Theft Me: Saya's body turns out to be a vessel for Izanami. This happens after Saya's soul got split into two and the consciousness of Izanami (as The Origin's Drive) manifested in her body.
  • Grapple Move: Her Distant Affection (Jiai no Yuu) special is a grab that can suck the foe's Barrier Gauge to replenish hers. Her DD Moment of Benevolence and Astral are also grabs.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Of Calamity Trigger, Continuum Shift, and Chronophantasma. She is the true antagonist of the series, but is not in the main narrative, as well as being Terumi and Relius' boss. At first it seems to be Subverted when she appears to be merely a puppet queen for Terumi and Relius, but then it is revealed she had in fact been manipulating them the whole time, and then abandons the two when she no longer needs them. She then takes center stage as the Big Bad in Central Fiction...until she dies and Terumi reveals himself as Susanoo, who quickly upstages and triple subverts her status with the further revelation that her entire existence is nothing more than a product of Susanoo's machinations to cause his "sister" Amaterasu, who Izanami is a fragment of, complete and utter despair before killing her and usurping her position as the "true god".
  • The Heartless: She's the personification of the Master Unit's drive, specifically the function that desires to bring death upon the world as a result of the torture she endured. She's also the part of Saya's soul that remained after being tortured by Hazama, Terumi, and Relius.
  • Hell Is That Noise: During her Exceed Accel, the sound of a woman screaming will play when the colors suddenly become monochrome and Izanami has her face covered with a skull with a psychotic grin. That same sound plays during her Astral, which has an even more terrifying Jump Scare to go along with it.
  • Hidden Depths: Her hobby, "jigsaw puzzles", is both a hint and a joke regarding her nature as The Chessmaster. That is, she views her plans and any impediments to them as a puzzle to be solved. It can also be a reference to her goal, i.e destroying the world and recreating it anew, akin to how jigsaw puzzles are broken and then put together again.
  • Hijacking Cthulhu: Is powerful enough to pull Take-Mikazuchi out of the atmosphere and use it at full power. Justified in that she's a literal goddess.
  • Human Sacrifice: It's revealed in Spiral Shift that the whole Ikaruga Civil War was for providing a lot of this to power up Izanami. During the war, Jin stumbles into a facility that contains a cauldron, a coffin hanging above it, and dead bodies being moved on conveyor belt into said cauldron, which fills a "meter" in the coffin. Jin realized what it meant and what the wars are about, and so resolved to not kill anyone from that point and focused only on the head of Ikaruga, Lord Tenjo. Also at the end of the novel, it's revealed Relius monitored the whole thing and Hazama namedropped Izanami when he's talking to the coffin.
  • Identical Stranger: Naoto thinks that her looks makes her resemble his own sister, which is incidentally also named Saya. This causes a lot of confusion from both. This is because Izanami's body was modeled after the 5th Prime Field Device, who's implied to be based on Naoto's sister.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:
    • Her Exceed Accel has her doing this to her opponent... with her hand. It's also what she does to herself at the end of his arcade story in Act 2 using Ragna's sword, to prove how futile defeating her would be.
    • Mu-12 does this to her once more with more permanent results.
  • Insistent Terminology:
    • She is to be referred to as Hades Izanami. Only Ragna is allowed to call her Saya.
    • On the receiving end, both Ragna and Jin insist on calling her Saya.
  • Invincible Villain: Not even Hakumen's Time Killer does any harm to her. CF has the good guys trying to find a way to defeat her for good. Only after learning her and Noel's nature that they come up with a plan: have Noel merge with her. With the power of the Godslayer and Ragna's assistance, she manages to do it, ending Izanami.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Her betrayal of Relius and Terumi utterly demolished their previously-unbreakable Invincible Villain credentials, leaving them high and dry in their moment of distress.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Her appearance at the end of CS makes the plot thicken, but it's not until the end of CP that she starts making big impact, and it's continued throughout CF.
  • Leitmotif: Has one in CF titled YOMOTSUHIRASAKA. note  She also has an Unlimited theme titled THE WORLD END.
  • Lethal Chef: Revealed in one of the gag endings, she shares this with Noel, who also adopted it from Saya. She exploits this however by using it as poison.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: After spending most of the games as a Greater-Scope Villain who let others do the work for her, in Central Fiction she gets off her throne and decides to personally deal with the heroes intending to stop her Doomsday.
  • Light Is Not Good: She has a golden halo and some of her attacks emit a white glow, but is so not telling of her evil personality.
  • Locked into Strangeness: Much like Ragna, Saya no longer sports the golden locks from her childhood, leaving Jin as the only one in the family who is still a natural blond. In fact, thanks to Saya's purple hair and red eyes, it is Noel who more closely resembles the younger Saya, not Saya herself. It's a side-effect of Relius modifying her body to resemble Prime Field Device no.5, who's implied to be based on Saya Terumi, who has purple hair and resembled Izanami a lot.
  • Lost in Translation: Her name in Japanese is "Meiou Izanami" (冥王イザナミ); that is, "Dark Lord Izanami", Meiou being her title. Meiou is also what the Japanese call "Pluto" (both the Roman god and the planet) and, subsequently, "Hades" (his Greek counterpart), which is what ends up being used in the overseas release.
  • Miko: Official art reveals she has a stylized version of the red-and-white ensemble under her cape. Her battle outfit shares similar elements.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: While she may talk politely, her desire for a "world of death" implies this.
  • Mythical Motifs: She shares her name with Izanami of the Japanese myth, one of the creator gods of Japan who was cursed to be forever trapped in the underworld and swore to kill a thousand men each day (while her husband Izanagi swore that he'll make 1500 men born each day). She and Rachel has a similar conversation near the end of CP. She also desires for a "world of death" and, as her playable version, she has many death/underworld motif to her. The twist, though, is that what she really is is complicated: She was Saya, who was tortured by Relius and Terumi and had her soul broke into 2 pieces, one half remaining on her; at around the same time, the living "Drive" of the Master Unit's user, Izanami, possesses her, warping her mind further, and Relius then modified her body to become similar to that of the 5th Prime Field Device. Izanami is specifically The Origin's desire to end the world as the latter has actually had enough with repeating the world over and over.
  • Necromancy: Being the Goddess of Death, this is kind of expected. Her playstyle evokes a lot of death themes, primarily skulls, and will-o-wisps.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: She's called the Goddess of Death for a reason. Absolutely nothing currently known can come close to dealing permanent damage to her. Even an attack that kills all of one's time is ineffective on her because she's "death" itself, a timeless concept; or, putting it another way, death is when "someone's time is up" - and thus she would lack any "time". The only way to stop her is to destroy her vessel, Saya, which denies her a body to affect the physical world.
  • Nightmare Face: Her face changes into that of a skull during her Exceed Accel. One that sports a very unnerving Slasher Smile. She gets another one that's MUCH worse in her Astral Finish, and yet another, even worse one in the Act 3 trailer.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Her actions and true nature immediately turn the plot darker, and her moveset is full of brutal, terrifying attacks that are a sight to behold. Her stronger attacks and expressions during story cutscenes completely seal the deal.
  • No-Sell: An attack from Hakumen does nothing to her; Hakumen's sword kills time and since she's the avatar of death, and time would be inconsequential to her domain, she's invulnerable to it.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Izanami can get uncomfortably close to people at times. This trait even extends into gameplay as many of her attacks involve her literally lunging at the opponent.
  • Nothing but Skulls: Her Exceed Accel, Melancholy Death, has her foe getting shrouded in darkness that forms a pile of skulls. In the Active Flow version, chains are added on top of the skulls.
  • Oh, Crap!: Her reaction once she realized that Ragna and Noel knew a way to defeat her; merging her with Noel.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: She wants to create a "world of death."
    Izanami: I seek a complete death... to erase every fragment, every trace of this wretched world... repeating itself over and over! That's why I needed the Embryo.
  • Orcus On Her Throne: Despite being the cause of essentially every horrible thing that's happened in the BlazBlue world through her own actions or that of her allies/pawns in Terumi and Relius as well as literally being the Goddess of Death, the Imperator spends most of her time in the background manipulating events, having others do the fighting for her, or just taunting the heroes with her presence. That goes out the window by Central Fiction, however, as she has no intentions of letting anyone, aided by Nine or not, stop her plans.
  • Panty Shot: Her panties are frequently exposed in her attacks. Shown in one variant of her Thunderbolt Lance special; she's specifically wearing fundoshi.
  • Physical God: She is Izanami, the Goddess of Death. And she has all the power to go with it. Downplayed in that she only gets to be "physical" by possessing Saya's body.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Normally wears a highly-stylized Shinto priestess outfit under a big Black Cloak. In Central Fiction, however...
  • Power Floats: She can be seen floating freely during some cutscenes. She also floats all the time during the boss fight with Take-Mikazuchi. In Central Fiction, this is her double jump. While hovering she can perform ground attacks, special moves, and even run.
  • Promoted to Playable: After spending 2 games as a Story Mode NPC, the Imperator has finally decided to show her true power in Central Fiction, after Nine sends the majority of the playable cast after her.
  • Puppet Queen: She was installed by Relius and Hazama to lead the NOL while they lurk in the shadows.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Has purple hair and clothing and is far more powerful than she appears.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Is nearly as long as the Murakumo Units despite being in a ponytail, may be a side effect of Izanami's possession.
  • Razor-Sharp Hand: Her Exceed Accel has her impaling the opponent with her bare hand.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has red eyes and is the Greater-Scope Villain of the game. Her Unlimited portrait takes this Up to Eleven: her eyes are completely red.
  • The Reveal: Every time she appears, the Wham Line or Wham Episode is right around the corner.
    • Continuum Shift: The Imperator is Saya, Ragna and Jin's sister and the template of the Murakumo units Lambda, Mu and Nu.
    • Chronophantasma: Saya is actually being possessed by Hades Izanami, named after the Shinto goddess of death.
    • Central Fiction: Saya is a living doll designed as a vessel, in much the same way Kazuma and Hazama were designed as host bodies for Terumi. Izanami is the physical manifestation of the The Origin's Drive.
  • Self-Mutilation Demonstration: Often lets her opponent attack her just to show how futile it is to actually hurt her.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Her battle outfit bares her back, showing some small blue symbol over it.
  • She Is the King: Holds the title of "Imperator", which implies a male ruler. The Japanese version, "Mikado", is more gender-neutral.
  • Shock and Awe: Her Droplet (Shizuku) special can shock the opponent.
  • Side Boob: Despite being not really endowed, her battle outfit still manages to show this.
  • Slasher Smile: Her Exceed Accel has her face turning skeletal with a wide smile, her Astral has her flashing an even bigger Slasher Smile, complete with Glowing Eyelights of Undeath, Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises, and the Act 3 preview has her briefly appear with Black Eyes of Evil and an even more unnerving smile. Sweet dreams.
  • Slide Attack: Her B version of Thunderbolt Lance is this. Also her 3C move, done with her horned crown.
  • Smart People Speak the Queen's English: In the English dub, where she's given an RP accent.
  • The Sociopath: Classically so. Izanami is charismatic, manipulative, and wickedly intelligent, even through her batshit insanity, but is simultaneously utterly bloodthirsty and utterly devoid of anything remotely resembling empathy.
  • Split-Personality Merge: How she is ultimately defeated. This in turn saves Saya, whose personality and memories are transferred back to Noel.
  • Stance System: Her Drive fulfills this function, much in the same manner as Izayoi.
  • The Stoic:
    • Despite having facial expressions of anger, surprise, and fear present within the game data, only the Amaterasu Unit is able to invoke a reaction from her, and even then her tone remains the same. She does become rather enthusiastic when she tells others of her plans for the world.
    • Averted in Central Fiction, where she displays a much wider range of emotions. This includes an Evil Laugh in the intro, taunting and boasting at her opponent during her pre-match fights, and absolutely losing it when she realizes that Ragna and Noel plan to defeat her by merging her with Noel.
  • Straw Nihilist: She calls the way the world is supposed to be "a world of death." Of course, being the "Goddess of Death", that's her goal.
  • Teleport Spam: Her DD Stake of Supremacy (Hazen no Kui) has her teleporting multiple times as she beats her foe to multiple directions, like Bang's Fatal Eruption DD. She ends it with dragging the foe along the ground and then knocking them away with an energy blast.
  • Temporary Platform: She lacks a Double Jump, instead she creates a platform in the air to stand on when the jump button is pressed in midair. She can do regular standing attacks while doing so, including Exceed Accel.
  • That Man Is Dead: After summoning Take-Mikazuchi and being confronted by Ragna, Jin, and Noel, she insists not to be referred to as "Saya", but rather "Hades Izanami".
  • Time Stands Still: Two of her Distortion Drives stops time completely; her DD Moment of Benevolence (Kyoumu no Koku) is a Grapple Move and uses 50% heat, and her DD Hour of Nihility (Jindou no Koku) is an instant timestop and uses 100% heat. The stage background becomes monochrome while the characters' mugshots have their color inverted.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Rachel's Act 2 arcade ending in CF reveals that Izanami is not actually a goddess of death as she so claims. She was merely programmed with the personality and powers of one. She is, in reality, the "Drive existence" of an as-of-yet unknown girl, implied to be the one within the Amaterasu unit.
  • Tornado Move: Done in her Astral.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Her cool facade comes crumbling down in her final fight with Ragna and Noel. Especially after they figure out the way to defeat her by having Noel merge with her, since they both contain part of Saya's and The Origin's souls. She initially regains her composure when she starts absorbing Noel into herself but once Ragna intervenes, she's reduced to screaming and fearing for her life as her consciousness is absorbed by Noel and calling out to her brother.
  • Villainous RROD: Terumi anticipated that overuse of the Takamagahara on her will is not doing good for her health and it's implied that she won't make it alive to see the result of her victory, if she is victorious at all. Her being the avatar of death, this wasn't going to work out for him. Although, going in a different way, Act 3 arcade of Central Fiction reveals that her vessel is already starting to deteriorate at a rapid pace as diagnosed by Relius, who customized Saya specifically to house Izanami.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: She's very..."adamant" about wanting Ragna on her side. This is because she's one half of Saya's soul, whom had a major case of Big Brother Worship toward Ragna.
  • Walking Spoiler: It is impossible to discuss anything about her without spoiling critical plot details of all four games in the series. CS reveals that she's both the Imperator AND Ragna's sister Saya, thus retroactively connecting her to the events before and during CT. CP reveals that her true identity is Izanami, that she is possessing Saya's body, and that both her powers and motivations are themed around death, retroactively explaining why the Ikaruga Civil War happened in the first place (to satiate her twisted whims and empower her). CF reveals that she's linked to the Amaterasu Unit, by means of being the embodiment of its negative emotions: anger, despair, and hatred that the world refuses to change for her the way she wants it. Also, that Noel is her good half and that the two must merge in order to fully resurrect Saya.
  • Weaponized Headgear: Her Yasakani no Magatama rests on her head as her Cool Crown when it's not active, as seen in her sprite.
  • We Can Rule Together: Half of what she does in Chronophantasma is asking Ragna to join her, trying to taunt him into doing so by using Saya's voice whenever he declines so as to entice him due to Izanami making use of Saya's devotion toward him. Eventually she reanimates Nu to fuse with him, gradually remaking the Black Beast from his flesh, all the while he tries to prolong outright killing Jin, Noel and Celica (he succeeds, but Jin is beaten to an inch of his life in the process).
  • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: Mixed in with Glowing Eyelights of Undeath on her Astral, used to terrifying effect.
  • The Woman Behind the Man: Relius and Terumi/Hazama were working for her all throughout Continuum Shift.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: She's quick to counteract should she encountered some losses.
    • When Ragna moves to activate his Azure Grimoire after stalemating to Nu, she intervenes to jam it. Losing Nu would have thrown her plot to summon the Master Unit off the rails, since Noel was far less likely to comply by this point.
    • When Makoto defeats a brainwashed Tsubaki in Bonds, she intervenes to forcibly reinstate Mind Eater and push the fight to a deathmatch. Losing the Izayoi would leave her without a way to kill Rachel Alucard. Likewise, when Makoto tries again to sway Tsubaki away from the Main Branch, she intervened immediately and threw Tsubaki out of character as a result. That near rescue must have really hit home.
    • When Rachel sends Ragna to Phase 0 through the Ibukido Cauldron and successfully recalls him after the fact, Izanami ordered Takamagahara's destruction. Between this and Makoto, Noel and Jin's successful rescue of Tsubaki, she must have been real sour.
    • After Ragna and Celica emerge with an unconscious Nu in the former's hands, Izanami ejects Hakumen by force, sics Nine on Jubei, and reanimates Nu to hug.exe Ragna, invoking his transformation and near-murder of Jin.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Contrasting Saya's blonde hair, her hair is purple as a result of Relius modifying her body to resemble Prime Field Device No. 5, who in turn was (implied to be) based on Saya Terumi.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: She later commands Phantom to destroy Takamagahara as well after Ragna's plan in CP made intervening with Takamagahara useless.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Her DD Moment of Benevolence visually indicates this. First, she pulls something white and wispy from her target, presumably his or her soul or spirit, and then time stops. In the story mode, she attempts to absorb Noel's soul as Noel attempts to merge with her, but Ragna stops her using his Idea Engine.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Her battle outfit provides a Grade A example.

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    Es 

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  • Height: 149 cm
  • Weight: 38 kg
  • Blood type: Unknown
  • Date of Birth: October 15
  • Birthplace: Unknown
  • Hobbies: Intelligence gathering
  • Likes: Pudding (in her memories)
  • Dislikes: Chawanmushi (because it was not pudding)

Ragna the Bloodedge. I shall guide you to the gates. That is the will of the Azure.

Voiced by: Mayuka Nomura (Japanese), Eden Riegel (English, Cross Tag Battle)

The main heroine of XBlaze. She makes a cameo appearance in several characters' endings in Act 2 and Act 3. It has been confirmed in the April issue of Famitsu that she is to become a playable character in the console version of Central Fiction, and will have her own Arcade Mode story. At an unspecified point after the events of XBlaze, Es has somehow become the guardian for a mysterious gate that leads to the "realm of the gods." She is fated to encounter Ragna, as the Azure has deemed him the one worthy of opening the gate.

Her Drive, Crest Arts, creates afterimages called "Crests" whenever she swings her sword. These Crests have their own hitbox and can be activated by pressing the drive button. Her Overdrive, Amplifier: "Avalon", adds additional hits to her Crests.

Her Exceed Accel is Type: Braver Lancelot, in which she kicks the opponent up in the air, slashes them four times, and finishes with a downward slash to the ground that summons a large crest. Her Astral Heat Type: Exterminator Artorius has her knocking the opponent into the air as she unseals her blade to reveal the original Murakumonote . She then leaps after the opponent and slashes them three more times. On the third and final slash, she performs a diagonal slash that shatters the opponent like glass.

This is for tropes pertaining to her appearance in BlazBlue only. For information about her in XBlaze, see that game’s character sheet.

  • Action Girl: Just like before, a small but powerful girl with a big sword.
  • All There in the Manual: In one of the strangest examples of a “manual,” Es having the same mark on her body as Ragna and Naoto (see Mark of the Supernatural) was revealed by an official dakimakura of all things. Since her tattoo is located above her crotch as opposed to her upper chest like the other two, for some reason, it’s pretty much impossible to show in the T-Rated game.
  • Ambiguously Human: She became human in XBlaze Lost: Memories but still refers to herself as the Embryo Storage suggesting she’s still a Prime Field Device. This is not helped by the fact that, if she still has the Embryo, then the Phantom Field shouldn't exist (as she used the Embryo to create it), and yet it still does as Nine's stage.note  Story mode has Susanoo explain that she's not the real Es, but a copy of her created by the Azure, explaining her deep connection to it and her seemingly different details.
  • Badass Adorable: She’s a small girl that looks like a doll, but you’d have to be a badass if you are capable of guarding the entrance to the realm of the gods on your own. Even Amane is intimidated by her, calling her a “scary gatekeeper.”
  • Beam Spam: In midair she can fire Type: Shooter “Breunor” twice in a row and since it is a surprisingly fast projectile, Es can easily fire over and over again even from the ground.
  • Because Destiny Says So: She believes that her appearance in the current world, the people that she meets, and her purpose, were because of the "will of the Azure".
  • BFS: She still wields the Murakumo but this time it is taken Up to Eleven. The Murakumo in XBlaze was already longer than Es is tall but now it has a sheath that makes it wider than the Dragonslayer. She does unseal the sword, revealing the original blade in her Astral Heat though.
  • Blue Is Heroic: In addition to her eyes and her outfit, several of her attacks produce blue energy due to her using the power of the Azure.
  • Boobs of Steel: While not as big as Litchi, Bullet or Makoto, she's definitely stacked in proportion to her body size and she packs a wallop, able to easily give heavy-hitting characters like Makoto and Ragna trouble in combat, defeating the former and almost beating the latter before he was teleported away.
  • Braids of Action: Of the one long braid in the back variety.
  • Canon Immigrant: She comes from a Prequel Visual Novel but has been brought into the main series.
  • Dash Attack: Her Type: Slasher “Galahad” super, where she summons a Crest in front of her and launches herself through it and does a horizontal Spin Attack when she hits the enemy.
  • Downloadable Content: For CF.
  • Emotionless Girl: For currently unknown reasons she has reverted to this despite her Character Development in her home series. She does, however, remember the people she holds dear to her and thinks fondly of them.
  • Energy Absorption: According to the Library entry, her blade can absorb seithr and then store it in its sheath.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: She comes from 150 years in the past in an Alternate Universe.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Es stands for Embryo Storage. She refers to herself as such, suggesting she still holds the Embryo despite getting a human body in Lost: Memories and leaving it behind to maintain the Phantom Field, which still exists in the current world as Nine’s stage.
  • Gate Guardian: Protects the gate that leads to the “realm of the gods.”
  • Goomba Stomp: Her Jump 2B attack (named Type: Assaulter "Tristan") is her stomping her foe from above. Can be done three times in succession.
  • Guest Fighter: Is technically this. Despite XBlaze existing within the BlazBlue universe, it is considered its own series as opposed to being a side story like the light novels. Because, as Lost Memories revealed, Es' timeline and Me/Nine's timeline are not one and the same, with the timeline branching some time in the past.
  • Hero of Another Story: She's the most prominent protagonist in the XBlaze series.
  • Idiot Hair: Has a large ahoge in the shape of a question mark.
  • Inconsistent Dub: In the English version of XBlaze her sword is named Crystal Sealing Blade: Murakumo but in here it is instead Signati Gladio Crystalis: Murakumo.
  • Instant Runes: What her Crest Arts is based around. She also creates her opponent’s emblem in her hand in one of her victory animations.
  • Leitmotif: "conciliation"
  • Light 'em Up: In contrast to Ragna's and Naoto's Casting a Shadow.
  • Magic Skirt: The underside of her skirt is completely filled in. This is most noticeable in the flip she in Type: Assaulter “Erec”, which would be a blatant Panty Shot otherwise.
  • Mark of the Supernatural: While it’s currently unclear what it actually signifies, Es has the same tattoo on her body (WARNING NSFW) as Ragna and Naoto, not to mention it appearing in several other characters' clothes. Notably, she didn’t have it in XBlaze (WARNING NSFW) meaning it has to be the result of whatever circumstances led Es to being the gatekeeper.
  • Murderous Thighs: Much like Noel’s Muzzle Flitter, her Type: Assaulter “Erec” uses this for a Command Grab.
  • Mythical Motifs: The later parts of the story calls her "Kukurihime". It refers to a goddess of negotiation and mediation in Japanese myth, and those are things that Es also mainly do here.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Downplayed. Visually, she's pretty much in line with the general design of the rest of the cast, but certain other aesthetic elements, such as her musical theme and the visual effect used for her Burst are strikingly different from the other fighters', to help signify her Guest Fighter status.
  • Occult Blue Eyes: Has the same kind as Mu-12, signifying her connection to the Azure.
  • Odd Name Out: A musical variant. Every other character in the series has some mix of metal or orchestral instrumentation, even if they're both downplayed like in Taokaka's theme. Es' theme, however, is pure synth-y techno, and thus sounds like it's from a completely different franchise.
  • Older Than They Look: Her date of birth is October 15, 2045, so she's over 150 by the time of Central Fiction. Also, she's the only character besides Noel and Nu where a concrete date of birth has been given.
  • Outside Context Hero: Like Naoto, she comes from an alternate "possibility" of the verse. She's also well-versed in the power of the Azure unlike the others, and not much people understands her. Downplayed in that she's more of a neutral figure in this game rather than a straight hero.
  • People Jars: Relius' Astral has her being put on one, similar to the state before she was released in XBlaze.
  • Promoted to Playable: Becomes a playable character in CF.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Her outfit is very similar to the one from Code: Embryo except it is purple in parts where it used to be light blue.
  • Red Baron: Promotional material calls her the Azure of Hope.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: It's usually hard to notice, but you can see it in one of her victory poses where she stands with her back facing the camera.
  • Shoryuken: Type: Slasher “Griflet” special, done with her sword.
  • Skill Gate Character: She was designed as being easy so as to help the fans of XBlaze playing her. She's got good reach, small stature, easy projectiles and simple specials for most situations. However, she is lacking in pressure, causing her to struggle in maintaining her offensive.
  • Spock Speak: She retains her exacting, formal speech and occasionally dips into Robo Speak with lines like “Commence termination of the target.”
  • Status Buff: Type: Enchanter “Bors”, which powers up her next special move (either Gawain, Mordred or Griflet).
  • Super Mode: Her Type: Enchanter “Percival” DD which applies the power boost of Type: Enchanter “Bors” to all of her special attacks for a limited amount of time.
  • Sword Beam: Her Crest Arts is a unique variation of this. Her sword attacks leave behind a trail of energy in the air that can be activated at any time, causing them to shoot out spikes as an attack. Her Type: Shooter "Breunor" special and Type: Shooter “Palamedes” Distortion Drive are more traditional versions of the trope.
  • Theme Naming: Most of her attacks have names based on Arthurian mythos.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While she was plenty strong in XBlaze, she mostly just fought with her enhanced strength and a big sword. Here she has the power of the Azure, and she is strong enough that the will of the Azure itself chose her to guard the gate to the realm of the gods.
  • Too Many Belts: Her outfit in this game is similar to her original one in Code: Embryo, only with additional belts. The official designer states that it's to signify that she's "bound" to something.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Despite her return to being an Emotionless Girl she still remembers her love of pudding.
  • The Worf Effect: After being mostly The Juggernaut throughout the story, she's beaten by Susanoo to show off the latter's power. As if to rub it in, the Ameterasu even strips her of her status as Gate Keeper after it recognizes that she cannot beat him.
  • You Remind Me of X: In her arcade play, when she meets Makoto, she says that someone resembling Makoto lingers as an image in her memory.note 

    Mai Natsume 

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About as hot as that other Mai.
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  • Height: 162 cm
  • Weight: 51 kg
  • Blood type: A
  • Date of Birth: April 4
  • Birthplace: 3rd Hierarchical City of Iwasu
  • Hobbies: Appreciation of mysterious creatures
  • Likes: Reptiles (especially chameleons)
  • Dislikes: Sour things (in the past)

"I'm really sorry. This is a huge gamble, but it's the only way I can think of right now!!"

Voiced by: Saori Hayami (Japanese) / Stephanie Sheh (English, Chronophantasma and Cross Tag Battle)

The protagonist of the BlazBlue Remix Heart and BlazBlue Variable Heart mangas, as well as the Remix Heart Gaiden section in Chronophantasma Extend. Like Jin and Tsubaki, she is the heir of one of the the Duodecim noble families; in her case the Hazuki family. She was originally a boy, but a grimoire turned her into a girl a week prior to the events of the Remix Heart manga. She was not able to reverse the transformation, and she got enrolled to the Military Academy where she became a classmate and friend of Noel, Tsubaki and Makoto. After leaving the academy she joined Sector Seven and worked for Kokonoe just as Kajun did. She initially has a sheltered and rather timid personality, though over the course of Remix Heart she learns to open up to others and becomes much more self-confident. She is positive, altruistic, valorous and able to stay cool under pressure. Throughout the Remix Heart manga, her friends tried to help her relieve her condition (although she lied about what her "real" condition is). By the end of Remix Heart she has accepted herself as a woman and decided to live her life as a girl.

Her Drive is Outseal/Exseal, which enables her to throw her spear, Gallia Sphyra: Outseal, at her enemy and alter its trajectory mid-flight. She also possess a unique ability called Variable Arts, in which she can follow up any of her attack buttons with another depending on the button pressed, even if the initial attack misses. Similar to the combo system from the Tekken series and Ramlethal Valentine from Arc System Works' Guilty Gear series. Her Overdrive is named Fuukasetsugetsu/Flurry of the Winter Moon which shortens her charged Drive attack and strengthens her Drive and special attacks.

Her Exceed Accel is called Ouka Ranjin/Shearing Cherry Blossom Storm where she stuns her foe and then slashes them multiple times with her spear. Her Astral Heat, Sharin: "Hirensou Sakuya"/Royal Crimson Sprout: "New Moon Lotus", has her hitting her opponent with two spear swipes followed by her jumping up into the stratosphere and launching her spear downward, which causes a massive explosion upon ground impact.

  • Accidental Kiss: With Taro Sasaga'e, Jin's roommate.
  • Adorkable: She's pretty easily flustered, especially around Taro after she develops a crush on him.
  • Alternate Character Reading: The Grimoire that she's associated with has been named either 名もなき魔道書 (Nameless Grimoire) at the start, 白紙の魔道書 (Grimoire of White Pages) or 無垢なる魔道書 (Pure Grimoire). In all cases, they're alternatively read as ノーネーム (No Name).
  • Ambiguously Bi: She's one of the people that falls for Ragna when he's wearing the Spectacles of Eros, which only affect those who's orientations are compatible with the wearer. That said, she also used to be a guy, so either male Mai was gay, Mai was straight as a male, and is still straight as a female, or Mai is just bi.
  • Badass Adorable: An attractive young woman that is very much capable of fighting.
  • Badass Longcoat: Her Variable Heart/Central Fiction outfit includes a red jacket similar to Ragna’s. Although the badass part of it is limited since she throws it away when she actually fights.
  • Becoming the Mask: Mai tries to pass for a normal girl as she wants to keep her true identity a secret. As a result she deliberately uses feminine speech patterns (such as the first person pronoun "watashi" instead of the more masculine "boku" she had used as a boy) and generally attempts to act as a girl even though she considers herself to be a boy in a girl's body. Eventually however she comes to think of herself a girl.
  • Bishoujo: Mai was officially marketed as a "kyonyuu bishoujo" ("big-breasted beautiful young woman") for the advertisement of ''Remix Heart", which basically tells you the nature of the manga.
  • Blade on a Stick: Wields a large red spear in Variable Heart called Outseal. It's actually a Legacy Weapon, or at least a replica of it.
  • Blade Spam: One of her Variable Arts combo ender is a flurry of quick, painful slashes. Her Exceed Accel is also one.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Has blue hair and is dressed in blue most of the time in Remix Heart. She's brave, kind and helpful.
  • Boobs of Steel: Has the second largest chest and is the second physically strongest among the academy girls; Makoto takes first place in both. Mai has the fourth largest bust among the entire cast, being surpassed only by Litchi, Makoto and Bullet, and beating Taokaka who's fifth. Mai was also marketed as a "kyonyuu bishoujo" ("big-breasted beautiful young woman") for the advertisement of Remix Heart.
  • Canon Immigrant: Unique in that she's only mentioned by Makoto and Noel at first in Chronophantasma, then makes her game series debut in EXTEND as apart of the recap for the series. And finally her playable debut in the console version of Central Fiction.
  • Charged Attack: Her Drive spear throw can be charged for more damage and become unblockable. Her Floral Blizzard Blossom DD can also be charged for more damage.
  • The Chew Toy: In the beginning of the manga, Makoto sure does love to fondle her and make comments on how her flushed reactions to seeing them naked is turning her on.
    • Her roommate, Kajun Faycott likes to tease her as well.
  • Close to Home: In Central Fiction the fact Relius treats people as things (as he says things like "observation target" and "interesting") makes her furious because of the events in the manga where she's called a thing instead of a person due to a grimoire fusing with her body.
  • Clothing Damage: She's prone to this.
  • The Coats Are Off: Tosses her jacket away in one of her pre-fight animations.
  • Code Name: Real name Mai Hazuki.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: While she had become the Intermediary Grimoire, she was able to read her opponents' moves even if she couldn't view them.
  • Combat Stilettos: Mai's new outfit has high heels.
  • Confusion Fu: Her Variable Arts are specialized combos meant to confuse opponent.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Her variant of Relius' Astral Heat ends up with her being put like this.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Her super taste ability, ironically, means that she feels unwell if she ever eats normal food. Still, the ability helped her and her friends a lot of times. There's also the fact that she finds Noel's cooking delicious, which is a saving grace.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: In Variable Heart, using the Outseal's full power would be dangerous to her as it uses Mai's soul to fuel its power. Kajun explains that it needs a "limiter" to be put onto. This happens near the end of the manga.
  • Dark Secret: The fact that she was a man (and the heir of the Hazuki family) is treated as such by her, and she feared for the time it eventually gets out. Later on Chachakaka lets the secrets out and while it does shock her friends, they apparently don't really care; she's still their dearest friend.
  • Dash Attack: One of her specials (Setsuna) is a command dash that can be continued by various attacks.
  • Deadly Lunge: Many of her specials have her rocketing towards a direction along with her spear. One of her distortion drives (Floral Blizzard Blossom) is also one that sends the enemy far back.
  • Death from Above: Her Moon Blossom special is a command leap backwards that can be continued into a diving spear attack to a certain direction depending on the button pressed. Her distortion drive Sylvan Hurricane Assault also ends with her falling from above with her spear. And her Astral has her throwing her spear at its full power from the skies, causing a big blast that craters the ground.
  • Delayed Reaction: In Gaiden ch. 1, it sure took Mai almost a minute to understand that she and Kajun are going to do cooking duty for next week when Makoto told her about it.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Like the Zero-Type Izayoi, Gallia Sphyra: Outseal is an Immortal Breaker. This means it is designed to kill immortal beings like Observers by imposing the concept of death on their minds. This makes it the only weapon capable of truly damaging Fuzzies, a vampire with Healing Factor.
  • Discard and Draw: At the end of Remix Heart she loses the powers of the Intermediary Grimoire but becomes the Blank Grimoire.
  • Downloadable Content: For CF.
  • Dual Wielding: Is capable of wielding both a sword and dagger and does so at more than one point in Remix Heart.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Featured in the Remix Heart Scenario of CPEX before making her playable debut in the fourth game.
    • Her outfit and weapon as well debuted in Variable Heart before being revealed for her playable debut.
  • The Empath: Using her super taste ability, she can view the thoughts and memories of living things. She has done this on the watermelon sprout that came alive in Chapter 3, the soul of the dead legendary Student Council President in Chapter 11, Shiori in Chapter 16 and Cypher in chapter 24. Except for the latter, she also manages to solve their inner problems because of it.
  • Empathic Weapon: Outseal has the ability to automatically teach its wielder how to use it. It also drove her crazy at least once.
  • Everyone Can See It: Everyone in her team quickly catches on when Mai shows signs of being lovestruck with Taro and they decide to do something about it.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: While she was the Intermediary Grimoire, she could access a greater power during times of distress, and her eyes gained shining rectangular pupils while she was doing that.
  • First Kiss: Courtesy of Makoto, it would seem.
  • First Law of Gender-Bending: A powerful grimoire fused with Mai, who it turned female to better fit its power. Mai spends most of Remix Heart trying to find a way to undo this, with few signs of a solution. She instead completes the fusion with the grimoire, losing any chance whatsoever of becoming male again, to gain the power necessary to protect her friends.
  • Flight, Strength, Heart: When she was the Intermediary Grimoire she had enhanced strength, super-reflexes and... her super-taste. Interestingly, it's her super-taste power that is emphasized more than her other abilities.
  • Floral Theme Naming: The majority of Mai's attacks are named after flowers.
  • Flower Motifs: Some of Mai's attacks have effects that resemble the scattering of petals. In addition, petals appear throughout her trailer and her emblem includes a flower on it.
  • Flung Clothing: In one of her intros Mai throws off a cape she normally wears when not in combat.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Makoto refers to Mai as her friend and rival from the academy in her victory quote. They both praise how much the other's fighting skill has improved but then add that they've improved themselves in their victory quotes.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Her win dialogue against Ragna in CF implies that the two of them met before. She actually did briefly meet a younger Ragna (without knowing who he is) during her time as an Academy Student, unaware that he was in possession of the Azure Grimoire that she and her friends had been searching for at the time. They later meet again during Variable Heart, where the two even get into a fight due to circumstance.
    • Also with Platinum as revealed during Mai's Arcade Mode in CF that the latter knows her. Variable Heart reveals that Platinum was once known as Bell, a test model Embryo Storage designated as No.28, whom Mai met during the story and would later protect against Ragna when he tried to kill her.
  • Gag Boobs: If she's marketed as a "big-breasted bishoujo", you know she has these by default.
  • Gender Bender: Was turned into a female before the start of the first manga series by a mysterious Grimoire and tried to find a cure for most of it.
  • Gender-Blender Name: While "Mai" is indeed a girl's name, she has had it even when she was a guy.
  • Godiva Hair: During her naked sequences, her long sidelocks function as this.
  • Go Through Me: In the CF story, she protects Noel from Hazama and tells him to defeat her if he wants to take Noel.
  • Going Commando: Her new outfit makes it very clear she’s not wearing any underwear.
  • Hair Antennae: Mai has had them even as a baby.
  • Hartman Hips: Her hips are noticeably very wide in her character portrait and in-game art, something which was carried over from the Manga.
  • Healing Factor: Outseal lets her wounds heal at an accelerated rate.
  • Heart Symbol: Her crest features a big heart shape together with her spear.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Mai is the protagonist of the Remix Heart manga and fights bravely to defend her friends. Her preferred weapons in that series are a longsword accompanied by a parrying dagger. Averted in Variable Heart, however, where she uses a spear.
  • Hero of Another Story: She's the protagonist of her own manga series, Remix Heart and Variable Heart.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: It’s unclear where Outseal goes whenever Mai isn’t using it.
  • I Am What I Am: It is essentially what the title of Remix Heart chapter 23 says. In that chapter, after Cypher Albar says that she has lied to her friends about her true nature the entire time, she (after words of encouragement from her friends) affirms that she is what she is, no matter what she may become.
  • I Can Still Fight!: She wants to continue fighting Relius even after she's been sufficiently injured that she gets hospitalized after the fight. Though after being sent to the hospital she acknowledges her defeat and wants to gather as many allies as she can before going after Relius again. She also says that to her father after he fights her to test her combat abilities and defeats her.
  • I Choose to Stay: In the end she decides that being a woman is okay, as her new life has given her more lively moments and new, loving friends.
  • I Have No Son!: In her supernaturally-induced nightmare in Chapter 8, her father comes to her and says that she's worthless as she chose to stay being a woman. He later even sends Chachakaka to kill her. Played with in the epilogue: as Chacha revealed, her father may have sent her away, but Chacha says there's a reason why Mai's father didn't immediately kill her - Chacha was sent to do a Secret Test of Character to test Mai's strength. It's also revealed that he sent her away under a fake name so she could be free and live as her own self.
  • Instant Expert: Justified in regards to her wielding Outseal for the first time. The weapon itself immediately gave her the knowledge to wield it effectively.
  • Invulnerable Attack: One of her distortion drives (Floral Blizzard Blossom), if you hold the attack button, will start with her doing a defensive pose that blocks all attacks before the button is released, where she retaliates with a powerful thrust.
  • Javelin Thrower: Her Drive is basically this, with a catch: it's also a Player-Guided Missile. Pressing D again after the throw will make the spear fly towards the foe directly.
  • Jiggle Physics: She's busty and doesn't wear a bra in Centralfiction. Do the math.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: In Chapter 9, a grimoire causes her to lose her memories of her school life and gets freaked out by her surroundings. Thanks to her supertase ability, tasting her own and her close friends' tears allows her to regain her memories.
  • The Leader: Of her team, Remix Heart.
  • Leitmotif: "Variable Heart"
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Turns out Mai's a skilled fighter in her own right, as shown in ch. 16 when 2 assassins find themselves disarmed and then threatened with their own weapons.
  • Living Macguffin: Her complete merging with the No-Name Grimoire (that makes her a woman in the first place) makes her a "Remix Heart", which along with the Azure fragment she later absorbed is a component Cypher Albar needed to make the Crimson Grimoire. He tried to forcefully take the Azure fragment from her, and succeeded; although as he didn't have enough souls to complete it, his Crimson Grimoire is incomplete.
    • Happens again in Variable Heart where Meifang is after her since she’s the Blank Grimoire. Since Mai can receive a Code and become a Grimoire of that type, including an Azure Grimoire, Meifang wants her for said potential.
  • Loss of Identity: Oftentimes she feels conflicted when confronted (directly or indirectly) with issues about (her) womanhood and she fears that she'll lose her "true self" the longer she stays a woman. She also acts boyish from time to time. This is no longer the case in the end as she has come to terms with what she is and decided she's happy to live as a woman.
  • Magic Enhancement: As of Variable Heart her body has become a grimoire called the "Blank Grimoire". It's an empty grimoire, but putting in "Codes" to it can give it new powers related to that code, which can also include turning her into another Azure Grimoire.
  • Magic Kiss: When Mai fused with an Azure fragment which turned her into the Intermediary Grimoire, she gained the ability to copy information or abilities from one person by tasting them and then transfer those into another person by kissing them. She was not able to use those abilities herself though.
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter: Aside from lacking command normals, the way her normal combo works are nonstandard, so learning her unique combos and using them effectively would require a bit of time.
  • Meido: She was tricked into wearing an outfit of one by Kajun in Chapter 4 of the Remix Heart manga.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her battle outfit really doesn't leave a whole lot to the imagination, while also being one of the bustier females in the cast.
    • Inverted in one bath scene in Remix Heart with her, Noel, Tsubaki, Makoto, and Kajun; she's the only one who isn't naked, and gets called out for it.
  • Nice Girl: Mai was shown no love by her harsh father and was prevented from having friends while in the Hazuki household. As a result she is very devoted to the friends she made at the academy and will do what she can to aid them.
  • Nosebleed: Of course, being originally a boy, this is somewhat justified the first few times she sees naked bodies of girls. She also apparently faints as an added bonus. Later on she gets used to it and no longer reacts to seeing girls naked or mind being naked in front of them.
  • Oblivious to Love: Played for Laughs during Ragna's Gag Reel in CF. As with the other female fighters, she is entranced into falling in love with Ragna when he dons the Spectacles of Eros for the last time. She manages to reach the last legs of the competition, but drops out to eat Noel and Izanami's cooking. Rachel said that while she was attracted to Ragna, the fact she was unfamiliar with love and her love for Noel's food resulted in her not being affected as strongly as other girls.
    • Though outside of that gag reel Mai seems pretty capable of recognizing love. She's able to immediately realize that Tsubaki is in love with Jin, something that took years for Noel, and after noticing that she's flustered by Taro she thinks it might be love but only denies at the time it because she doesn't want to accept that he mind has been affected by her transformation.
  • Obsessed with Food: Downplayed; she would at least be obsessed with Noel's cooking because it tastes like heaven to her (and she can't eat any other food due to her condition). She does show an interest in food in general though, saying that she'd like to try the food in the city of Yabiko when she visits it with Noel. In the Spectacles of Eros Finale gag reel from CF, this extends to Izanami's cooking of all people due to its similar quality. Rachel lampshades this, saying that while Mai is affected by the spectacles (i.e making the opposite sex fall in love to the wearer), she's still naive to the whole "love" thing and her obsession with food proves stronger.
  • Ominous Message from the Future: Okay, to be fair it's more like ominous vision of the future, but in Chapter 8 while Mai's dream is going horribly wrong (because of the effect of an artifact) she sees Noel, Makoto, Tsubaki, and Kajun dueling one another as they appear Continuum Shift weapons and all. As it gets worse she sees Noel and Tsubaki's outfits shift to their Chronophantasma versions and almost immediately shift yet again into Mu and Izayoi. The whole sequence is borderline mind rape session that would make Hazama proud.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: Gallia Sphyra: Outseal (or at least its replica) was made specifically for Mai's use and only she can activate its powers. In anyone else's hands it would just be an ordinary spear.
  • Out-of-Clothes Experience: She has one in ch. 23 where she's talking inside her mind with the grimoire that is sealed inside her.
  • Player-Guided Missile: For her Drive, Exseal, the player can choose which direction she throws her spear. She can also redirect its movements towards an enemy by pressing D again.
  • Power Copying: A power she gained for a time, when she was the Intermediary Grimoire. She copied the power and abilities of the last person she kissed (or the last thing she tasted) and then gave it to the next person she kissed. Unfortunately, she had eaten Noel's cooking when she accidentally kissed Taro, causing the next thing he cooked to be a death dish like Noel's.
    • In Variable Heart the Nameless Grimoire got turned into the Blank Grimoire. Kajun explained that this is an empty grimoire but that it's able to gain new powers by having specific Codes (aka "Ritual") inputted in it. For example, putting a code of earth on her would give her earth-based powers. This is the reason the leader of the Zero Squadron, Meifang, is after her.
  • Promoted to Playable: Becomes playable in CF.
  • Properly Paranoid: Played straight overall in regards to Shiori, who she suspects as being a bad guy, although she keeps this to herself. Although subverted in one instance: she thought Shiori is putting poison inside the porridge that was meant for Jin and friends, but it turns out it's perfectly safe.
    • Mai was also pretty cautious with Cypher. He had to first help save her from a berserk Jin and then from an alchemical monster he deliberately sent after her before he gained Mai's trust.
  • Put on a Bus: Partway through Central Fiction Hibiki sends her off to guard Homura and she isn’t seen for the rest of the game until her appearance in the epilogue.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Even in a ponytail it goes down to her thighs during Remix Heart. By the time of the games, which take place 4 years later, her hair reaches down below her knees.
  • Red Is Heroic: Both her jacket and her spear are red and she’s the protagonist of two manga, especially for Variable Heart as she starts using them in that manga.
  • Roboteching: Outseal can change directions midflight.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Shades of it with Kajun, and later Shiori (a new roommate introduced later).
  • Second Law of Gender Bending: At first, she is uncomfortable in her state as a girl. But later on, she comments that her current state of life is "vivid and radiant, and full of life", and that "being a girl is nice." Later, she ends up falling in love with one of her male seniors. In the end, she decides she's happy lo live as a girl and considers herself a woman. That said, she does still tend to act like a guy from time to time.
  • She-Fu: Her fighting style consists of numerous flips and twists so as to show her flexibility and well-toned figure.
  • Shipper on Deck: Supports Tsubaki's attempts to get closer to Jin, much like the rest of her gang.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: As a result of growing up without friends and being turned into a girl, but she eventually manages to overcome her shyness. By the end of Remix Heart she's very open and friendly towards others.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Mai is very kind, polite and loves helping others. However if she or her friends are physically threatened, then she will not hesitate to fight with great skill and determination.
  • Skill Gate Character: Like Celica, she was designed to be easy for beginners, especially for the fans who started from just reading the manga. She has only 2 special moves and all of them does similar things, she lacks command normals (6/forward + attack button), her Variable Arts offer simple yet powerful combos, her Drive is simple to use and aimable, her DDs are simply extensions of her 2 specials and her Overdrive simply strengthens her Drive and special attacks. She's slow on doing mix-ups, however.
  • Starting a New Life: She pretty much does this after she becomes a woman and starts attending the academy. But it's not until after the last chapter (and the epilogue) of Remix Heart when she fully embraces her new life, with her no longer having desires to go back to her old self.
  • Stripperiffic: Her new outfit that was given to her by Kajun in Variable Heart and which was carried over to CF. Not only it bares her back and midriff, it also shows her hips from the sides and a plumber's crack. They also make clear she's not wearing any undies. Mai herself finds her outfit embarassing and remarks it shows too much skin. This outfit does come with a coat though, which Mai removes before entering combat.
  • Summon to Hand: She can materialize Outseal whenever she wants.
  • Super Senses: Taste. Mai can actually hear the thoughts of both the ingredients as well as the chef. Due to this, she normally avoids eating. Ironically, she's the only person who actually loves Noel's cooking, because she can't feel anything but Noel's innocence. She can also use her taste to learn about the properties of objects or to see the memories of people.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Towards Shiori after she saw her memories, which caused Mai to empathize with her since she too had been used as a tool by her family, and later Cypher as well.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Mai is normally very polite and forgiving, but the way Relius Clover treats others angers her to the point that she shouts this at him. Her anger is also shown by the fact she stops addressing him with "anata" (which is polite and which she normally uses when addressing others) and instead uses "omae" (which is insulting).
  • Technicolor Eyes: Magenta to be exact, and in fitting with the uniqueness aspect of the trope she is a Remix Heart, a perfect fusion between a human and a Grimoire.
  • Three Strike Combo: Her Variable Arts is a set of 3 button combos with, well, varying attacks.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: In Variable Heart Meifang treats Mai as a grimoire because she had a grimoire fuse with her. Mai however wishes to continue to live as a human instead of becoming something else.
  • Unishment: As the punishment of breaking the school rules is eating Noel's cooking, she intentionally does it time after time so that she can eat them.
  • Vocal Evolution: In the English dub. In Chronophantasma, Stephanie Sheh gives Mai a rough and slightly deep voice to reflect that she still thinks of herself as a boy. With Cross Tag Battle being set several years after Mai's acceptance of herself as a woman, her voice has now settled on being traditionally feminine, although that rougher voice still comes around in interactions that remind her she was once male, like with Hyde and Mitsuru.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Mai really wants to have the approval of her harsh and distant father. The extremely high expectations he had of her and his apparent rejection of Mai weigh very heavily on her and are the cause of her lack of self-esteem at the start of Remix Heart, as well as the fear she has that everyone she meets will eventually reject her like her father did. By the end of Remix Heart Mai is able to overcome the trust issues and lack of self-confidence caused by her father, but she still wants to earn his approval and respect.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: The villain of Variable Heart tells Mai that, due to a grimoire fusing with her, she's now just a thing instead of a person and considers Mai to be nothing but an object to be used. Mai emphatically rejects that and says she's still human.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: She thinks that she was rejected from the house Hazuki by her father because he no longer found her worthy because of her condition. Later she discovers that this was not the reason he sent her away.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair
    • Hair Color Dissonance: In early art Mai is shown to have blue hair with a green tinge, but later in the manga and in the games she's drawn with blue hair that has a purple tinge.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Both with her school uniform and with shorts when dressed casually in Remix Heart. Averted in later series where she wears pants.

    Susano'o 

WARNING: This whole character is a spoiler for Central Fiction, so the following lists are all unmarked. Tread at your own risk.

Click to show picture.  The one, true Susano'o. Definitely an asshole.
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  • Height: 218 cm
  • Weight: 178 kg
  • Blood type: Unknown
  • Date of Birth: August 8
  • Birthplace: Unknown
  • Hobbies: None
  • Likes: Freedom
  • Dislikes: Amaterasu

Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (Japanese), Ray Chase (English, Cross Tag Battle)

Full name Takehaya Susanoo-no-Mikoto. The true identity of the man known as Yuuki Terumi, and the Japanese god of storms. This is his original form before he separated into two halves due to his body being linked to the Master Unit: Amaterasu, his "sister". His body, the armor, became a dormant shell free of evil which would later be occupied by Jin Kisaragi, becoming Hakumen. His will, or mind, became the entity that would later be known as Yuuki Terumi. When mind and body reunite, Takehaya Susanoo is reborn. His personality changes completely, becoming a ruthless killing machine that seeks to destroy everything in sight. He hates humans because they are creations of his sister Amaterasu, who he also hates with a burning passion. Destroying what Amaterasu creates is the only thing that gives his existence meaning, as well as sustains his life. He is unlocked after completing the game's story mode.

His Drive is called Takegaminote /Divine Warrior. He starts out with eight abilities, seven of which are locked. When he lands a normal attack hit on the opponent, he cycles through the next icon in numerical order. If he then hits the opponent with a Drive move, he unlocks the icon, or if it's already unlocked, levels it up and changes its properties and damage, after which the cycle resets to the start. His Overdrive is called Zessou no Koku/Shrieks of the Entombed, which temporarily unlocks all of his abilitiesnote  and gives him a new Distortion Drive called Nakiugatsu: Houraku no Enki/Collapsing Resentment that instantly unlocks every seal or upgrades it by one level if it's already unlocked.

His Exceed Accel is called Chitagiru: Rengeki/Bloodspiller, which has him punch the opponent in the stomach, knee them into the air and hit them with a Rolling Attack, then finally grab the opponent and slam them into the ground. His Astral Heat, Kyo'ou no Houkou: Orochi Messatsu/Roar of the Mad King, has him slam his opponent into the ground, then conjure a large sword of dark energy, similar to Terumi's Astral. He then swings the sword down, causing a multitude of dark energy slashes to cover the screen in darkness, erasing the opponent from existence and destroying the landscape.
For more, see his character page here.

Introduced in Arcade Version Update 2.0

    Jubei 
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The Mightiest Swordsman. He kept us waiting, huh?
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  • Height: 123 cm
  • Weight: 25 kg
  • Blood type: O
  • Date of Birth: September 3
  • Birthplace: 12th Hierarchical City of Kukunochi
  • Hobbies: Travel
  • Likes: Catnip
  • Dislikes: Setaria viridis

“Whatever happens, you remember it’s a path ya chose. Accept responsibility for what ya do. And don’t ever make the mistake of thinkin’ that the power of the Azure Grimoire is yers.”

Voiced by: Masaki Terasoma (Japanese) / Kirk Thornton (English)

Real name Mitsuyoshi. Ragna's teacher and another one of the Six Heroes. He's a Nekomata who is stated to have the "greatest katana in the world." The legends don't lie — he wields the Nox Nyctores Mucro Somnio: Musashi, a pair of blades that can cut through dimensions, magic, and even straight into the opponent's very soul. He's Nine's husband and then Kokonoe's father, and is known as the "strongest living creature in existence." The Kaka tribe are genetically engineered weapons based on his DNA. After the events with Terumi before the start of the series, he went around destroying Cauldrons to ensure he wouldn't return before eventually passing that mission on to Ragna and going into semi-retirement. Terumi's return and the arrival of Phantom however quickly force him back into action.

Finally makes his playable debut being revealed after the Blazblue Grand Finals at Evolution 2017. His Drive, Shiranui, has him perform a quick dash and slashing attack at his opponents marking them with a specific symbol. This symbol enables his 2 offensive Distortion Drives to track his opponents no matter where it's performed on screen. After using his Fudō: Sharenjin/Immovable Object: Lotus Distortion Drive, his drive is upgraded and named Shiranui: Hagane/Steel. While in this state, Jubei's Drive allows him to move in various directions depending on the player's inputs and attacking his opponent along the way. His Overdrive is Rakan: Gorinkō/Five Circles of Nirvana allows him to place Shiranui's symbols on block as well as use Shiranui: Steel/Hagane's movement options indefinitely.

His Exceed Excel, Miroku: Rinshunrō, he performs a palm thrust on the opponent. If it hits, Jubei will slam his opponent into the wall and slashes the opponent with his swords and claws. His Astral Heat is Ashura: Hōrai Burenshō/Thunderbird Rising, which involves him slashing the opponent and marking them, revealing the innermost contents of their soul. He then performs a finishing series of slashes specially made for the opponent.

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: His Musashi Blades are described to be able to cut "what normally can't be cut". Using Musashi, he can cut through even magnetic fields and sorcery. He has used them once to cut through the barrier surrounding Lambda.
  • The Ace: Even though he has the appearance of a mere house-cat, Jubei is one of the strongest creatures in the world. His physical strength is easily enough to block a punch from the muscular and towering Iron Tager with a single paw. Because of his beastkin heritage, Jubei has a long lifespan, and is already over 100 years old. He has a high resistance to seithr and has eyesight and hearing far beyond that of a human.
    • Broken Ace: At times, though, Jūbei shows a far more jaded and bitter side. Due to many of his friends having died, Jūbei shows deep-seated guilt over his inability to do anything. As such, he has felt that he is nothing more than a weak coward who runs home with his tail between his legs while leaving good people such as Hakumen and Bloodedge to their fate. The supposed death of his lover, Nine, and having to leave their daughter Kokonoe without a family, only wound him further.
  • Always Second Best: Despite being The Ace, he is still not as quick as his brother, Tomonori, although Jubei is still extremely fast himself.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: Despite, or even because of all the losses in his life, Jūbei is even more driven to do what’s right, and will use the power he has to do so.
  • Arch-Enemy: Despite all his warmth and jovial nature, Jubei is capable of hatred, which is primarily directed at Yuuki Terumi. Terumi took everything away from Jubei, having been responsible for the deaths of his clansmen, his brother, his homeland, his wife, his comrades, and an assassination attempt on his daughter.
  • Ascended Extra: Seriously, it took nine years as an NPC before he finally made his playable debut.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Obviously. He even has an eyepatch like the Samurai Shodown incarnation. Also, swap the halves of his Phase 0 name and you get Yoshimitsu.
  • Badass Adorable: He's a talking cat. A talking cat who killed a demon that could potentially destroy the entire planet.
  • Battle Couple: With Nine, at least back in the Dark War.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: In Bang's story mode in CS, when you get to the Joke ending path, Jubei arrives and sees through Bang's lies, smiling evilly and just making things worse for poor Bang.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When Terumi is about to finish off the weakened Rachel in her CF Act 3 Arcade ending, he appears out of nowhere to protect her.
  • Big Good: The closest this game has to one, sharing the position with Rachel and Kagura.
  • Cloning Blues: All of the Kaka's are clones of him with the intended use of war.
  • Compressed Hair: As seen during his Immovable Object: Lotus DD and Astral, Jubei has a pretty impressive mane for a domestic cat, yet you'd never guess it from his appearance while hooded.
  • Cone of Shame: If he gets hit by Relius's Astral Heat, the bastard subjects poor Jubei to being stuck with an Elizabethan collar.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • When Jubei uses his Astral Heat on Terumi, Hazama or Susano'o it reveals an image of Terumi's ghost form. This is because Tomonori saw Terumi's true form before his death and Jubei inherited the eye that could therefore reveal it.
    • Also, in the story, when Jubei and Trinity wanted to create a copy of Tomonori's sword Hihi'irokane, she has Jubei open Tomonori's eye and then use Platinum's Muchourin to manifest the sword through the eye's image.
  • Cool Old Guy: Cheerful in a way befitting an old man, Jubei's jovial outlook on life is infectious, and he wants nothing more than peace for his friends and family. Although his speech is generally rough, his sense of humanity is better than most humans, and it does not take much to emotionally sway him.
  • Counter-Attack: His forward A and forward B moves.
  • Cutlass Between the Teeth: During Taokaka's Astral Heat, he attacks Tao's opponent wielding Musashi in his mouth. His playable self also puts one sword in his mouth during certain moves.
    • In at least one official art in the Material Collection, his younger self also does this, while he holds his other sword with his tails.
  • Dash Attack: His Drive attack, Shiranui (Unknown Fire); in midair, it's a diagonal dash. His upgraded Drive, Shiranui: Hagane (Unknown Fire: Steel) also has him dash about and bounce off the marks he created in the air, colliding with the opponent along the way.
    • Also has his Rekkouzan (Rending Hook Slash) special and his Senju: Todoroki Setsura (Thousand Hands: Thundering Scene).
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: After the incident with Terumi, he sought to destroy every cauldron and knew it'd be too dangerous to take Kokonoe, so he left her in the care of the NOL.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: Yes, very much so. He essentially has two different movesets depending whether one of his Super moves are active or not, and the fact that he is constantly in crouching hitstun means he will be taking more damage than most if the player does not have adequate defense, which is made even harder by the fact that he lacks decent defensive options. However, his quick movement and mixup game gives him an edge and he can carry momentum very well if given the chance.
  • Dimensional Cutter: Jubei's swords are actually powerful magitek items that can cut through anything. This includes creating dimensional portals.
  • Disappeared Dad: Even he admits that he was a pretty shitty father to Kokonoe.
  • The Dreaded: Even when he's injured Terumi prefers to give Jubei as wide a berth as humanly possible. Not even Hakumen is confident that he could beat Jubei if the two of them were fighting at their peak, and that's coming from the man who curbstomped Terumi and Relius at once at 15% power in The Wheel of Fate.
  • Dual Wielding: His Musashi Blades are a pair of twin Kodachi.
  • Easter Egg: Jubei's Astral Finish begins with a slash that reveals the target's soul. For Terumi and Susano'o, it shows the green Terumi ghost from CS.
  • Eyepatch of Power: He lost his eye in Phase 0 after a fight with a Black Beast remnant and got it replaced with a magical one, which belonged to his brother. The eyepatch covers it.
  • Failure Knight: He's never forgiven himself for letting Bloodedge die fighting against the Black Beast. He never tells the world about Bloodedge (perhaps out of shame), so practically no one knows about him.
    • He also sometimes becomes bitter and shows his guilt over being unable to do anything to stop Terumi (as well as the loss of 3 of his friends because of him) and being unable to watch over Kokonoe. However, all of them only drives him further to do what is right.
  • Family Theme Naming: He's named after Yagyu Jubei. His wife is named after an actor who portrayed Jubei in nine films, Jushiro Konoe. His daughter's name is a two-way pun to her mother's name, extending the association with Yagyu Jubei.
  • Foreshadowing: In one of the Teach Me, Miss Litchi segments in CS, Tao is taught about all the different Nox Nyctores. When the subject of Musashi comes up, Jubei says that everyone will see what it can do soon enough. It took nine years, but "soon" finally came, for what's being billed as the Grand Finale, no less.
    Ragna: "Man, are you still keeping that thing under wraps? You'd better bring that sucker out in the next game!"
  • Fragile Speedster: He has some of the fastest movement speed in the game, and plenty of ways to mix people up and lay down pressure, including the ability to side swap upon dashing up to his opponent. However, due to his short height, the game's combo system considers him to be "always crouching" despite still needing to follow rules such as blocking-high-and-low and needing to dodge-attribute attacks normally, meaning that he takes more hitstun from attacks in neutral.
  • Funny Animal: He's pretty much a bipedal cat in a hood for the most part.
  • Furry Reminder: Some of his character tics affirm that he's about as much a cat as he is a person. His love for catnip is an obvious example but some of his in-game animations also emulate real-life cat behavior i.e. falling on all fours, sniffing the air when idle, or arching his back and stretching when getting up from the ground. Relius's Astral also puts him in a Cone of Shame just like a normal cat.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: The reason he hasn't been all that active in Kagutsuchi lately, courtesy of Phantom.
  • Happily Married: Lampshaded in CS when he talks about how wonderful marriage is... "until your daughter hits puberty. But even then it's still good!"
  • High on Catnip: In Hazama's gag reel. It doesn't make Jubei any less frightening for the poor shmuck.
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: Despite being a cat, he somehow managed to procreate with a human woman.
  • Humble Hero: He's rather modest and easygoing for a legendary hero.
  • Idiot Ball: In Continuum Shift. There's nothing else to call it, considering that he doesn't STAY with Noel to guard her from Terumi, despite knowing that the girl is the inheritor of the True Azure AND the new Eye of the Master Unit.
  • In the Hood: He wears a cat-eared hoodie like Taokaka, although it doesn't obscure his face. It does, however, obscure his Barbarian Longhair.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Nine. Jubei is more cat than man, while Nine is human.
  • Irony: He loathes the Black Beast for killing his clan and for causing the current state of the world. And yet, he goes to befriend and later train Ragna, the beast's reincarnation. Justified in that he makes sure that Ragna can and will control his powers, lest he turns into said beast.
  • Killer Rabbit: Who would expect someone dubbed the “strongest creature alive” to be an adorable cat person?
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Or rather a pair Kodachis. For bonus points, as a reference to both Miyamoto Musashi and Yagyu Jubei, it also comes in a pair.
  • Lag Cancel: His Rekkozan/Fissure Slash special, if done in Fudo: Sharenjin state, can be easily canceled to most of his other specials.
  • The Lancer: Towards Hakumen. Jubei is pretty much the closest thing he can call a friend, and one of the few people he shows genuine respect to.
  • Last of His Kind: Phase 0 reveals his clan was wiped out by the Black Beast when it appeared in Japan. Only he and his brother were left alive.
  • Leitmotif: "Stand Unrivaled".
  • Magical Eye: CS reveals that his eye is the Sekigan (One Eye) that allows him to physically switch places with another person. It is inherited from his brother. It also can force Terumi's true form to materialize.
  • The Mentor: Ragna (and later Jin's) teacher, and the one who put him on his current path.
  • Multiple-Tailed Beast: He has two tails.
  • Named After Somebody Famous:
    • Jubei's name is based of Yagyu Jubei Mitsuyoshi, albeit written in different kanji. Yagyu Jubei was a famous eyepatch-wearing swordsman. Also, Jubei's real name Mitsuyoshi is written in katakana.
    • His Nox Nyctores, Musashi, is named after another famous swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi.
  • Nice Guy: He may be a bit of a trickster, but he's ultimately a kind soul.
  • Odd Friendship: He's a feline, but gets along pretty well with Valkenhayn, a canine lyncanthrope.
  • Odd Name Out: Out of all characters, only Jubei's name is written in kanji (獣兵衛), rather than in katakana. However, since "Jubei" is not his real name, this might be the reason why it's different. His real name Mitsuyoshi (ミツヨシ) is written in katakana like every other name.
    • Spell My Name with an "S": Because of this, the way to type "Jubei" in romaji can vary; for one, it no doubt has an extended "u" vowel (making it "Juubei"), but the final portion via the actual name itself can either end with a "ei" or a double "e" ("Juubei" or "Juubee"); the latter version has a more extended light "e" sound.
  • Older Sidekick: Towards Hakumen. He's technically older, and arguably stronger.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: In CF, he personally thinks he should be the one stopping his wife, Nine. But then he got injured, and Ragna steps in.
  • Parental Abandonment: He was forced to do this to the young Kokonoe. This leads to her hating his guts.
  • Parental Substitute: He has taught Ragna and looked after him all throughout the man's adolescence; from fighting to cooking, Jubei has done his best to fill a parental role.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: He is 4'3'', the absolute smallest member of the cast beating Rachel, Carl, and Platinum. And yet, even Terumi shits his pants at his presence. This was what made him unplayable according to Mori despite being active lore-wise from CP onwards because his hitbox is pretty much around the size of Carl without his Nice Hat, turning him into a Game-Breaker for all the wrong reasons. They finally solved the situation by simply making his overall model bigger when he is revealed at Evolution 2017.
  • Poor Communication Kills: An exercise for the reader: see how many Stock Phrases associated with the Trickster Mentor he spouts at one point or another. Also, for all that he warned Ragna not to rely too much on the Azure Grimoire, why didn't he ever explain WHY? This also applies to his half-baked and utterly useless warnings about the people Ragna was going to fight in Kagutsuchi. You'd think he actually wanted Ragna to fail.
  • Promoted to Playable: It's been a long 9 years of Blaz Blue going on, but EVO 2017 reveals that yes, he is coming to the playable cast.
  • Punch Catch: One of the few demonstrations of his strength that we've seen is his ability to do this to Tager. Jubei doesn't think it's a big deal, since Tager's heart wasn't in the fight in the first place. This is turned into a gameplay mechanic of his when he's playable as his forward A will have him perform the exact same move and retaliate in kind.
  • Rapidfire Fisticuffs: His Rekkouzan/Fissuring Slash special has him rushing forward while doing multiple claw slashes, akin to Wolverine's Berserker Barrage and Taokaka's Hexa-Edge.
  • Retired Badass: At least for some years before the start of the first game. The plot then forces him out of retirement.
  • Red Baron: The One-Eyed Lotus.
  • Stable Time Loop: In BlazBlue: Phase 0, it's revealed that the time-displaced Ragna kept calling Mitsuyoshi "Jubei." After Ragna sacrificed himself to save Mitsuyoshi, he started calling himself Jubei in memory of his friend.
  • Stern Teacher: He's an affable and friendly guy, but he's no slouch when it comes to his students, or just Ragna specifically. Though considering who Ragna needs to go up against, it's arguably justified, as he needs Ragna to be prepared for what lies ahead.
    Jubei: "Well, that's embarrassing to think that I trained you... Get up Ragna. We start from the basics."
  • Super Speed: As well as all his natural abilities, Jubei is exceptionally fast, something which even shocks people like Hibiki Kohaku.
  • Supreme Chef: Described as a one-man five-star restaurant by Ragna. It's implied that Ragna took his own cooking skills from him.
  • Unblockable Attack: His Kuro Hyou (Black Leopard) special is an powerful flipping slash done by both his swords that can even go through Barriers.
  • Wolverine Claws: His secondary weapon.
  • Theme Naming: His moves are both themed after mystical creatures and also have a religious motif (e.g. Arhat, Maitreya, Niou, Asura).
  • The Worf Effect: Despite being touted as one of the stronger characters in the series (or perhaps because of that fact), he seems to spend a lot of his time getting injured,PhantomAKA Nine, his wife offscreen him in "Continuum Shift" and she did it again in Chronophantasma. In Central Fiction he gets beaten by Nine for the third time and Susano'o.
  • World's Strongest Man: Well, cat. Jūbei’s powers, or at least the extent of them, have never been shown within the series thus far. However, being one of the Six Heroes, he is likely exceptionally powerful. Claimed by several, amongst them Hakumen and Terumi, to be the strongest creature alive. Hakumen stated during the Dark War, where he was at full power, that even if he were to go all-out, even he may not be able to defeat Jubei. It is implied that Jūbei is nigh-undefeatable in combat as none have dared to engage in battle against him. This is furthered by the fact that when he catches Hazama off guard in Hazama’s gag scenario Hazama seems to just accept the fact that Jūbei will kill him and does not even try to put up a fight. In Taokaka's CS story mode, Relius admits that he would be no match for Jubei. Prior to receiving his injuries, anyway.
  • Youkai: A nekomata.

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