New BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Fighter Is Izayoi, Tsubaki’s True Form [Update]

By Spencer . November 13, 2012 . 7:10pm

Japanese forums are buzzing about a new fighter in BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasm supposedly in this week’s issue of Famitsu. The magazine says Izayoi, the true form Tsubaki Yayoi, is a playable character. We were introduced to Izayoi as a shield, sword, and hat in BlazBlue: Continuum Shift.




The same sources state BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma will debut in arcades on November 21.

Update: An earlier article said Izayoi was the true from of Tsubaki Yayoi’s weapon. Izayoi is the true form of Tsubaki Yayoi.



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  • Cephrien_Takusukai


  • Julian Soria

    IT IS

    • Mr_SP

       …Tsubaki is a Murakumo unit?

      • heartless141

         nope, seems like her legs are normal.

        • Mr_SP

          Her weapon turned her clothes into a magic, skin tight armour with floating bits.

          Definitely Murakumo-based.

  • Isn’t her whole uniform the Izayoi? :| 

  • anthony apduhan

    So it’s not Cecilia Mercury after all? It’s a human version of Izayoi.

    And I though Aki Izayoi from Yu-gi-oh 5Ds is playable character…

  • SantiagodelosSantos


  • gangrelion

    I was thinking that he would be a male character voiced by Norio Wakamoto, just like Tomokazu Sugita suggested. That would be funny.

  • heartless141
    • LynxAmali

      It is, at least armor-wise, it’s the same.

      • heartless141

         huh no? it’s completely different if you ask me.

    • TokkanRAM

       That’s Ayame Yayoi, Tsubaki’s ancestor from the Phase Shift novels.

      • heartless141

         i know, i was referring to the weapons. hence “it” thought that would be the unsealed form of izayoi

  • This sounds confusing, almost like Tsubaki is not a person but part of Nox Nyctorex.

  • refrain

    Well, she looks pretty cute.

  • Cephrien_Takusukai

    I’m pretty sure it’s just Tsubaki wearing Izayoi in it’s true form.

    Pretty much the Tsubaki version of Mu.

  • Hinataharem

    Hope she isn’t broken


    okay this has me hype for a new bb. can’t go wrong with more asami imai

  • Cute. lulz

  • Jezzy

    Sooooo… the final battle is going to be Izayoi vs Noel’s Mu-12 form, and Noel’s power of FRIENDSHIP shall free Tsubaki. Calling it now.

    • heartless141

      You watch too much MLP

      • Jezzy

        MLP totally invented friendship.

        • heartless141

          totally! i never knew it existed before that

      • Mr_SP

         We’re using the anime definition of “The Power Of Friendship”. That is… big guns, big swords and crying. You know, like battle anime and video games have been using for decades.

        • D H

          Noel gets to be the Nanoha of Blazblue…
          Listen to Me or Get Shot…….but then we’ll be friends, yay ^.^!

      • Foofin Around

        Too much MLP…?  There is no such thing! xD

  • Welp, Noel sure as hell isn’t gonna “save” Tsubaki without a fight. Izayoi’s gonna make that abundantly clear.

    As for Izayoi, the design doesn’t click me right now. Not even a mask? You know, to symbolize her cursed blindness?

  • O_O! Awesome. Shes beautiful. ^_^

  • raymk

    Isn’t this just tsubaki with her weapon in its true form?  Regardless i’m hype its another character for me to main since I main tsubaki. 

  • Maia Kasoya

    Oh, oh, she looks beautiful… And kinda like Litchi with that hairstyle.
    But I don’t see anything with an eye on it, like her shield or awesome hat.

  • Herok♞

    I wonder if there will be anymore characters, there are only two more I can think of.

    • Jubei and Kokonoe? I can see phantom at some point, and the Imperator.

      • Jubei = Yoda in SCIV. Just wait.

        Kokonoe. Argh, I want to start that same damn argument so bad, but I shan’t.

        • Herok♞

           When you say start the argument are you for or against it because I could debate either side.

          •  *sigh* Fine, but only because you asked.


            I’m all for her inclusion in the roster, but let’s be real. She’s better off staying in Sector 7 doing what she does best and making sure her plans go underway. She’s the center of operations. She may be a powerful mage, but if she can prove that she can just go out and fight by herself, she’d have done it by now. But she won’t because anyone like her knows how stupid it is to enter enemy territory, especially with Terumi and Relius around. Hell, she can’t create a barrier complicated enough to halt Rachel of all people.

            But she CAN be a Big Damn Hero, showing up to thwart the bad guys’ plans personally when the time is right. That would be sweet. Fighting game or not, NPC’s can be likable and memorable without needing to be playable through some sequel or unlock.

          • Herok♞

             I think what will happen is she will somehow get cut off Tagger and be forced to go to Ikaruga, She has a lot invested with many of the characters that it would give her a chance to really shine especially with the story mode being 3 big sections instead of a bunch of small ones this time. Also I agree she doesn’t have to be playable, like she immediately became one of my favorite characters because of how she interacted with Tao in the first game but I think it would help the story because it gives her the opportunity’s to really drive plot this time.

          • @Cyberninja776:disqus

            If Tager does get cut off completely, Kokonoe will let him take care of himself until he’s reachable again, like she always did. If she needs him for something vital to her plans, she has Noel and Makoto to help him. God knows if Azrael EVER cooperates with Kokonoe. Ragna is also an alternative. Ragna holds the Idea Engine and it saved his ass once, he has a debt to pay.

      • Herok♞

         when I think future characters I think either of them becuase Jubei is the most powerful person ever and Kokonoe had a whole help me Kokonoe episode about her being a character later.

    • Aisha Lee

      there is always Torakaka (which I still can’t find a way that she would be different then tao) and Litchi’s assistant.

      • Herok♞

        Torakaka is apart of one of Taos distortions so she is not possible but I was thinking two other cats could make the cut and I had over looked the assistant because I don’t think she would be able to fight in any way.

        • Aisha Lee

          It could be possible for tora to still be playable down the road remember that jubei is also in tao’s astral (which ASW would probably change around in BBCP). As for Litchi’s assistant (depending on how far CP takes places from CS) she could have obtained some from of combat skill or the could just give her an ars and take it from there (with the events revolving around Litchi, I can’t help but feel that they could have Linhua track Litchi down.)

          • Herok♞

            Well Litchi didn’t exactly go missing so I think Linhua has no reason to go after her but it would still be nice to have her as a fighter.

          • Aisha Lee

            I can of want Linhua as a fighter for story material (I would think that she would find it strange that Litchi isn’t around to run the clinic either that or Litchi told Linhua to watch the place while which would pretty much throw a wrench in her addition but this is just me speculating.)

    • TheRealMalek

      The imperator (i could spoil here but nah ;p)
      Phantom / Kokone A. mercury
      Tomonori (ta’s uncle and jubei brother)
      Trinity true form
      Mai Natsume (nearly sure it will be at one point, we need a trap)
      Lord Tenjō son (if it’s not one of the new character)
      Cajun Faycott

      In fact that seemd there is still a lot of room for new characters

      • Herok♞

        Mai Natsume (nearly sure it will be at one point, we need a trap)
        Lord Tenjō son (if it’s not one of the new character)

        I think Amane is both those things (Trap and Tenjo’s son).

        • MrJechgo

          Trap? We already have Amane and Platinum XD.

          • Herok♞

             I know I was quoting the original comment and saying that those were what Amane already is.

      • Internet is Crash

        Lotte Carmine. make it happen.

      • MrJechgo

        Imperator = no brainer XD
        Phantom = really hoping for that
        Kokonoe = Hell yeah, that would be awesome !
        Jubei = YES ! a 1000 times YES !
        Tomonori = can’t… he got killed by Terumi
        Celica = I don’t know… she got killed by Terumi, but the latest manga, Remix Heart, Kokonoe apparently managed to save someone and teleported that person using her magic through time and space.
        Trinity = That could work, but that could nerf Platinum severely, since Trinity would take back her Nox.
        Mai Natsume & Cajun Faycott = they could work and probably reveal a few other details about Noel, Makoto and Tsubaki.
        Lord Tenjō son (if it’s not one of the new character) = I hope he’s a new character, because both Azrael and Amane don’t fit the bill at all. I’d imagine a real ninja.

  • Such a waste on Jin.

  • Fidelis

    “Bankai. Suzumushi Tsuishiki: Enma Izayoi “

  • Izayoi! Looking good! Jin doesn’t know how good he’s got it.

  • Foofin Around

    Oh my goodness, YES!  I absolutely LOVE this news article!  Hype just went through the roof!
    Sorry.  I just really love Tsubaki, that’s all. (;^_^)

    • brian yep

      But um, this is just a rumor for now.

      • Foofin Around

        True, true.  Still, Siliconera hardly ever makes an article about rumors unless there’s evidence that supports the rumor.  It’s one of the main reasons as to why I trust this site over almost any other site out there.

        …. That, and I really do love Tsubaki.  I have a great appreciation for each character, but Tsubaki is just one of my favorites.  Couldn’t help it! xD

      • TokkanRAM

         It’s not a rumour, it’s from tomorrow’s issue of Famitsu. Subscribers got it a day early.

    •  Funny that Tsubaki news is what brought you back here after so long. lol

      • Foofin Around

        Ugh.  I’m just about to leave, too.  I promise, I didn’t want to have to stay away as long as I have.  I’ll have to make a post about why soon, as I definitely feel like I owe everyone an explanation.  I’m really sorry, Garyuu. : … As well as to everyone else on the OT that reads this!

  • kaimonorukia

    So much for being the only girl with pants.

    • Foofin Around

      Umm…. The picture at the bottom of the article isn’t revealing in any way that I can think of.  Sure, her outfit isn’t as thick or doesn’t have as many layers, but it’s not like they made her into some fan-service type character…. But that’s just my opinion on the matter. (^_^)  
      (Note: I’m not saying that fan-service characters are necessarily bad though, to those of you that like them.)

      • rebecasunao

        Yayoi’s outfit is certainly much better than the other girls’, but you can see it’s still trying to pander. Can’t think anything else of skintight suits that are so tight they show her belly button. And they also make her boobs stand out.
        I don’t dislike the idea of having female characters wearing nice clothes that makes their body look prettier, but when a character is like that it’s because it was created to please men who play games. Kinda tired of that.

        • raymk

          Nope not really the whole game is pandering to females and males.  The only reason you can’t see it is because of the double standard,man can show their chest and females can’t show their bewbs so you are kinda saying that anything that females wear or don’t wear is pondering and your giving them no way out.  Skin tight isn’t auto pondering but the majority of the time it is for both male and female characters by default because thats all people want to see it as.  

          You can say just by a female character being cute or having bewbs at all its pondering and that needs to stop as well,  its like your saying females aren’t supposed to look like females.  I mean at this junction what isn’t pondering if I may ask? Even fully clothed can still be considered pondering so please enlighten me, I won’t troll you i’ll listen.

          • rebecasunao

            Thank you for being respectful. Usually when people disagree with me they’re really defensive and kinda aggressive. I’ll edit this post with my reply as soon as I can!

          • raymk

            Ok thankyou and sorry if I came off as rude I really didn’t mean to.  There are some things I don’d understand and little by little i’m trying to learn.  I don’t disagree with you on this matter completely either and yet I can’t bring myself to agree with everything you said either.  Like I said i’m willing to listen though as those who don’t listen cannot learn.

        • Foofin Around

          I’m really interested in where the discussion with raymk goes, as it looks like you two are sharing your thoughts and ideas respectfully!  As for where I am…

          I know I’ve stated that I agree with you on a few different points.  And after looking at a better screenshot of her character artwork, I understand where you’re coming from.  So again, I can’t really disagree with you.  At the same time, I’m not 100% on board with you either.

          So it has been established Yayoi and Tsubaki are different characters.  There’s that, but something tells me that they’re either gonna be sharing the same body or some other crazy thing like that.  Which leads me to this: I didn’t fall in love with Tsubaki’s character because of the fan-service elements.  Heck, there was hardly any fan-service in her character or sprite design (artwork is a bit of a different story… I’m looking at you, Gallery).  I fell in love with Tsubaki because of how she was made as a character and how she developed.

          Yes, there are players that play just because of the fan-service targeted at them.  But that doesn’t really seem like it could be the case with the Yayoi characters.  We know little about Yayoi specifically, but the Yayoi family is known for being sort of regal.  Fan-service was never part of their design to begin with, and I can’t think of any reason as to why that would change now.  

          So I can definitely see your point, and I can respect the fact that you share it consistently and usually in a positive and respectful manner.  But like raymk has said below, Tsubaki is a fully realized and developed woman.  She is going to show secondary sex characteristics.  Is that pandering?  I think it really depends on the context of the character.  In Tsubaki’s case, I don’t think that it is pandering.

          And I would just like to say thank you for discussing the matter.  I definitely agree that it’s important to let people know that over-sexualization of either sex can have a negative impact.  I appreciate that you show others in a well-thought out and respectful manner. (^_^)

  • Luna Kazemaru

    So much win

  • Sam Park

    She looks a lot cuter this way, maybe Jin (But most likely Hakumen) might finally notice

  • Sam Park

    Makes sense since the Izayoi is called a Sealed weapon, and that means this is its unsealed dangerous form, that will most likely either Kill Tsubaki or blind her completely

  • cameron forsyth

    hrmm reminds me of a murokumo unit. but we will need the giant sword to clarify what the izayaoi is. but i can’t imagine relius made it but maybe it’s what relius based them on? wait?.. would that mean murokumo units are also nox nyctores? and now that i think about it izayaoi’s ability to steal light is similar to the azure grimours ability to steal souls. and in relius’s story we clarified that humans souls are like a little light?

    i love blazblue’s story. sooo much potential to go into!

    • solilocus

      !!! SPOIL !!!
        If I remember correctly the story, the sealed weapon Izayoi is the prototype for all the Murakumo unit. It’s prime power is to steal light. This is used by Hazama to blind the Takamagahara and Amaterasu in order to avoid their intervention. The Murakumos are the evolution of the Izayoi in the sense that they do not only avoid the effects of the Amaterasu, but are able to destroy it.
      As for the Nox Nyctores, the Izayoi is not part of those 10 weapons, but it could also be a prototype. Thus making the Murakumo the first Nox Nyctores created.
      !!! SPOIL !!!
        I like how the unsealed form of the Izayoi, with the armor and floating swords, reflects the Murakumo units. Mu12 VS Izayoi need a special song !

      • cameron forsyth

        hence the sword shape! brilliant! where do they come up with this stuff. right right the izayaoi is a ars armament.

  • XiaomuArisu

    So we have four new characters?
    Maybe people will accept CP as a sequel instead of a update.

    • TokkanRAM

       It’s unfortunate that some people don’t understand that when fighting games change around the system mechanics, it basically becomes a brand new game regardless of whether or not new characters are added. Stuff like overdrives, crush triggers, negative penalty now auto-draining your barrier, gold bursts being removed and all that make BBCP a very different game from BBCS.

      • Go2hell66

         not to mention were getting a whole new chapter in the story, if that isn’t a new game then i don’t know what is

      • XiaomuArisu

         I like youXD
        Well for me CS was a real sequel too and Exceed was the first real update version.But it had the content people wanted:Story for the dlc characters,Relius etc.
        But it seems people want Quantity intstead of Quality.

    • MrJechgo

      Actually, that would be “at least” 4 new characters, because there could still be more characters coming in the console version. Rumors have it that Jubei, Phantom and Kokonoe could be playable characters as well.

      Also, you don’t need to worry about CP being mistaken for an update: new title, new mecanics, new characters, new story. It’s a sequel alright ^^

  • Go2hell66

    i like it, but if there’s a true form tsubaki, they should scrap the old one.
    the cast is getting soo full and tsubaki was such a crap character anyways(gameplay wise)

    • XiaomuArisu

      …your joking,right?
      BB has HDsprites.BB has a diverse cast.When BBCS had 3 new characters people complained it wasnt enough.After that we got four new ones,but still not enough.
      And now they are too many?
      BTW I like Tsubakis gameplay just because you dont like it doesnt mean its sucks.

      • Go2hell66

        yea but eventually were gonna get to a point where every character is a clone of some other character, Noel>Mu12, V13>Lambda, Tsubaki>Dark Tsubaki, i don’t really like where the cast is headed

        and if you like tsubaki’s gameplay great for you, personally i find it very boring and straightforward, and she’s not exactly winning people matches either(unless your Konan :))

        • XiaomuArisu

           Noel and Mu-12 play differently
          Nu and Lambda well Lambda is Nu
          Tsubaki and Izayoi…no idea she looks differently and may has different moves

          Jin and Hakumen Same guy very different

          spoiler end

          Ryu-ken-dan-sakura-akuma-evil ryu-shin akuma Thats cloning

          • Go2hell66

            i don’t think clone was the right wording
            yea they all play differently,i still want all new original characters llike bullet, azrael and  amane, having the same characters in 20 different forms is boring, you might as well just play a dbz game

            yea forgot to mention jin and hakumen as well…

          • Mike Pureka

            Sorry, but you’re wrong.  The ONLY thing any of those characters have in common is a vaguely visual aspect and some nonsense story stuff.  Frankly, Bullet looks more like a “clone” character from a GAMEPLAY (you know, the part the matters) aspect than any of the ones you’re IDing as “clones” or whatever (Except Lambda and Nu, who have never appeared in the same game together.)

        • Luna Kazemaru

           Dark tsubaki is still tsubaki dude lol all they did was change her color plate same with nu so they really aren’t clones. well in nu’s case it was just a change in name for plot.

        • Uh its been that way since Hakumen was Jin ._.

        • HR

          Although there are several versions of the same char their playstyles are different. There’s no way one can honestly say Noel plays like Nu who in turn plays like Mu. Or that Jin plays like Hakumen.

          • Go2hell66

            never said i was talking about playstyles, i’m talking about the characters themselves

    • Göran Isacson

      Yeah, I get what you mean. There’s a certain point where creating a second version of a character, even if it DOES play differently from the other, just feels like a cheap way to pad the roster. I’m all for variety in lineups, part of why I’m not very fond of Playstation Allstars and their use of Cole AND Evil Cole. One crazy cyborg chick with tons of swords was good enough in my mind, don’t think we needed many more than that.

  • MrJechgo

    oh, interesting… too bad they kinda spoil a Mu-12 vs Izayoi battle. Can’t to try her ^^

  • cameron forsyth

    a clean copy of her character portrait work has been cut and hosted on the BB Wiki, although try not to read anything, that site is naturally full of spoilers outside of the games. can’t believe i missed that sword, anyway i’m still more convinced it’s a form of murakumo.

  • I hope we’re not going to get a separate “true-form” version of Bang in his red loincloth or a “true” in a nude apron.

    Jubei can still be playable if he was replaced by Torakaka in Taokaka’s Astral Finish.

  • ThatAzure

    Cool~! Izayoi looks sexy; gonna have to try her :D~

    “We were introduced to Izayoi as a shield, sword, and hat in BlazBlue: Continuum Shift.”
    I’m not sure that is entirely correct. According to the BB wikia:

    “The Izayoi takes the shape of a short sword resembling a quill tip and a book-like shield. However, it can change its shape for some of Tsubaki’s attacks. ”

    Not sure if anyone pointed it out yet, but it thought I’d say it anyway.

    Then again, it could be the hat too since on the wikia it says that the hat may be a part of izayoi too. Who knows.

    • TokkanRAM

       Actually neither of those fully correct. Izayoi is not just the hat, sword and shield, it’s Tsubaki’s entire outfit.

      Also, BB Wikia is a poor source as it incorporates fanon and makes some strange assumptions.

      • ThatAzure

        Hmm.. yeah you could be right. I thought Tsubaki’s outfit was the outfit of the Zero Squadron, but that may just be her cloak that she wears before showing her actual battle outfit.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Erza Scarlet?!

  • Hidayat246

    Ummm, Tsubaki-san <3

  • Genjo

    OMG <3 i am sold! i am getting it DAY ONE!

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