Report: BlazBlue Anime Adaptation In The Works

By Sato . May 17, 2013 . 6:28pm

BlazBlue, Arc System Works’ fast-paced 2D fighter franchise, looks like it will be getting an anime adaptation, according to fans who recently bought the second volume of the game’s light novel series.


According to Hachima, fans who were able to obtain a copy of the BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger’s second volume of the light novel series, which was released today, spotted the following message on the cover of the book:


“The giant project that will be dying the world in ‘Blue’ has commenced” and “Anime adaptation confirmed!”


It also reads that you can catch up on the latest information on their official website, but for now there’s no mention of the anime  on the site.


We recently revealed a countdown that leads up to the Arc System Works Festival, in celebration of their 25th anniversary, which begins on May 19th. Perhaps we’ll be seeing more news regarding the anime adaptation at the event?


Arc System Works’ upcoming title, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma is also expected to be shown and played at the event. You can read more about the game’s most recently added characters Kagura and Terumi here.

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  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    I literally gasped and almost closed the window on the game I was playing when I saw the twitter update. This is so awesomeeee

  • AlteisenX

    Sold. I love the animation (as short as they are) in the games, can’t wait to see Trollzama and Jin in inputless action!

  • KuchikiSentou

    I am all over this. Manga, games now the trifecta is complete.

    • Dun forget about the light novels


    Hell yes i love seeing my husband Jin animated.

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    Cant wait to see Jin, oh and Hazama too. Will be so good to see my otp’s in action and voiced on the big screen. Please come west.

  • As said earlier, I’m not sure about this at all. If I’d at least know the studio/director behind the adaption. That said animated vampire loli, and deliciously vulgar Sugita will probably make me watch it anyway~

  • Brimfyre

    Man I hope this turns out well. I always thought it would be the perfect anime.

  • Chiupon

    Probably what it should’ve been in the first place (don’t get me wrong I love the games to death).

    i just hope they don’t like, focus too much on Ragna and make everyone else pathetically weak and irrelevant. The Devil Survivor 2 anime adaptation has me really miffed because it did that. :<

    • ShadowDivz

      Really? Only person i found weak is Daichi.

      • They’re just moving to fast with Devil Survivor. Trinity soul was way better than that blah.

      • Chiupon

        All of them are weak. Except for like, Ai and Jungo. It basically goes like this;

        “oh there’s demons”
        “k, i’m gonna do something”

        “oh no i am fatigued and my demon is now useless help me main character, i know i was capable of defending myself 3 seconds ago but lol not anymore plz halp”
        “K allow me to summon byakko with my hax and kill everything easily with minimal strain and complete with anticlimax”
        “plot plot plot”
        “k thx i’m gonna pass out/die/go away for the rest of the episode now, please have a monologue about how you are the only one who can save us even though in the game everyone was just as capable as you were and we all had access to the same demons and everything was balanced out pretty well”
        “i’m daichi have weak demonz”

        like really if they just had balanced everything out at the start it would’ve avoided less pitfalls, but they made the main guy ungodly powerful so i just wonder why the other characters are even there. he just does everything himself and literally needs like no help so there’s no dynamic in the fight scenes, so they just become reeeeal tedious to watch.

        • Chiupon

          and i don’t want blazblue to become like that with like Ragna doing everything and Noel and the others sitting with their thumbs up their butts or like losing every fight even though they’re capable, or in some cases even stronger than Ragna or other characters.

          tl;dr i don’t wanna see noel get that ass whooped every 3 seconds even though she’s supposed to be okay at fighting when she’s got her guns

        • ShadowDivz

          Io’s boobs help morale. And she summon’s Kikkuri-hime who helped in episode 4…sorta.

          Atleast they try dude. Unlike you who just watches the madness unfold for sheer entertainment! xD

          But yeah, i get what your saying, but im saying Daichi is especially useless.

  • Mace


    I hope it gets dubbed with the original BB english cast. A rare time where I would rather watch dubbed. Vee<3

    • pantsonadog

      Boo it’s all about Sugita :p

    • Astrotrain

      Geez, I hope not!

    • Mace

      I figured I’d be in the minority with that thinking but whatever, I like the Eng voice cast. You’d prolly get it in the original JP VO anyway, so what are yall complaining about.

      • Wait what

        Cristina Vee is <3 so I agree with you.

      • John Diamond

        people revel in dub vs sub arguments

    • TheExile285

      I agree. I think the BlazBlue Dunn is pretty stellar and hope they keep it for the anime.

      Oh and Noel FTW!

    • Demeanor

      Kokonoe kokonoe kokonoe kokonoe!!! XD

    • Kenneth Richardson

      I agree with you! Blazblue has excellent English voicing but people act like only the Japanese voices exist! As long as the scripts are identical, I’d love the English voice actors for the anime.

  • pantsonadog

    Are you guys ready for the goofy antics of Hazama?

  • Neppygear

    Let’s get a nice, financially stable studio to handle it this time, okay? No more Gonzo.

    • omg could you imagine if ufotable did it

      • RichyGaming

        AHHHHHHHHHHHH UFOTABLE!!!!!! -SQUEAAAAAAL- In all honesty I only know about ufotable because of the Fate/Stay series.

      • James Darkly

        that would be pure epicness…. and what about madhouse!!11

    • Shinra

      I think it actually will be fine if the studio handling it was Gonzo, but only if they do it like they did in CT, I mean CT opening and cutscenes were glorious:

      • neocatzon

        Well, there’s a huge difference between full series and cutscenes. I can’t trust current Gonzo for adaptation, their presentations is always lacking even though their 3D is really good.

        • Shinra

          Very true. I guess one of reasons behind the bad quality of the cutscenes from CS was because there were more of them, and they also were longer in CS in comparison to CT. And the only anime series I have watched from Gonzo are Full Metal Panic!, Hellsing and Welcome to the N.H.K. so I don’t really know what to expect from them nowadays.

          • neocatzon

            I like Gonzo for it’s original series, Vandread, Last Exile, Solty Rei, Gravion, Kaleido Star, etc. Their adaptation of Yukikaze even got awards. They produced a lot of great show back then and started going downhill around Afro Samurai release, 2007 I believe. While their current shows not bad, they aren’t giving much impact.

          • Tyler Beale

            Did Rosario + Vampire escape you?

          • Tyler Beale

            Have you forgotten Rosario + Vampire already?

    • John Diamond

      I just hope the animation’s on par and doesn’t suck.

  • fireemblembeast

    Nice, it’s about time we heard back about this! Someone like me who loves the story but kinda stinks at the game (and is too lazy to play it right now) could really enjoy this! ^_^ Hopefully more news soon…

    • Nightmesh

      Same for me in every fighting game but Continuum Shift II is easier with Stylish Mode. Stylish Mode Players Unite!

      • Stylish mode helps you not cock up you’re D-pad. Otherwise technical mode is better. All newbs should start with it. Stylish mode just doesnt get you acclimated to the mechanics it just lets you combo. need to play for hundreds of hours in stylish mode to get it down.

  • Nightmesh

    Oh thank gosh. I’ve been trying to follow the story in Continuum Shift II without having any knowledge of the games story before hand but its just really confusing. Loving the characters though.

    • Neppygear

      Are you playing vanilla Continuum Shift? Because the Extend version has a very cohesive Calamity Trigger retelling.

      • Nightmesh

        Oh I meant to say 2. Fixed it. Is extend still better then 2?

        • Neppygear

          Oh. Yes. Extend has a good deal more story content (full stories for Makoto, Valkenhayn, Platinum, and Relius), as well as the Calamity Trigger retelling I just mentioned.

          And, of course, the basic rebalancing whateveroos. I’m not quite as fond of that aspect, since they nerfed my main to low-tierdom, but oh well.

          • TheExile285

            I agree. Extend is awesome.

    • Really, when I finally got the story it completely hit me over the head and I fell madly in love with the series XD ( I played CSII on the 3DS, I played the arcade version of Calamity trigger)

    • Really, when I finally got the story it completely hit me over the head and I fell madly in love with the series XD ( I played CSII on the 3DS, I played the arcade version of Calamity trigger)

  • Schwer_Muta

    This really has been a long time coming.

    • RichyGaming

      You never know, they might have been working on this while working on BlazBlue titles but just kept hush about it. I actually like those methods to be honest because I almost lost all of my hype for Chrono Phantasma, having to wait since last summer.

  • Maia Kasoya

    I don’t have words to say how happy I am.

  • Yes! I can’t wait to see my Noel! <3 =^_^= <3

    I hope it’s going to be 20+++ episodes!!
    And Please let Production IG animated the anime!!!
    I LOVE their animation and art for BBCS PSvita opening…! Much much better than the old in-game cut-scenes animation!

    • ShadowDivz

      Relax, she has doujins which are just as good if not better. xD

  • Vesperion

    It’s about time

    • Patrick Lucas Honeyman

      Or it was only a matter of time you could say.

      Fingers crossed it’s an exciting show to watch. Don’t want a real cookie cutter take on the franchise, thanks.

  • Fidelis


  • Ben Sylvia


  • fireemblembeast


    • epy

      That would be so awesome.

  • SoulEmbrace2010


  • YoshEE

    Wow about time. I can’t wait til they release!!!

  • Hatsuaki

    Watch it being animated by studio Gonzo.

    • Ni

      Thanks to them we have our trollzama. I couldn’t believe that was Gonzo that animated BB until CS2

  • My jaw dropped.
    Quite literally.

  • MrAlan

    hell yeah!! they were late to work on this i just hope it won’t end like crappy adaptions like devil survivor 2 …. but still i don’t complain :p

    • Is it that bad?

      • bassgs435

        not really ,it’s just extremely fast-paced and with changes on the story because they only have 13 episodes, which isn’t enough to properly cover the game without changing stuff

      • DyLaN

        Eh it depends on different individual. Ppl who want it to completely follow the game will def be pissed. But some players might appreciate tht they make the story unpredictable. Personally I’m mostly cool with it atm. Also wht bass said.

    • Yeah, I dun really like how hibiki trying to act all “cool” by being a loner

  • Linhua

    … my body was nowhere near ready for this.

  • Neophoton

    I’m surprised they only finally decided to do it just now.

  • Richard N

    Damn you Blazblue! Why do you keep getting all the love!? Spread some to your older brother Guilty Gear!!

    Well, I’m sure it’ll be fun. I kinda hope they don’t just simply retell the story of the games and instead do something that’s a possibility within the Continuum Shift. Eh…

  • andref

    I would watch it mainly to catch up on the story I forgot due to skipping continuum shift II

    • TheExile285

      Why not just buy it? Hell, Extend is only like $20 now.

      • andref

        Backlog is way too big and not enough time to give the game the amount of attention to really appreciate it. Though if I did get, by the time I get around to playing it, the anime would probably be out

  • Damarius Wingfield

    YES YES YES! COME TO DADDY! *Unsheathed Sword*

  • Ni


  • Talearc

    I have faith on Ufotable


    • Luna Kazemaru

      pretty sure it will most likely be production I.G

      • TheExile285

        Oh IG is great. Please let it be IG!

  • benhofb

    I bet this anime is going to have a lot of fight scenes… ;P

  • RichyGaming


  • ZekeFreek

    This doesnt make any sense. The story is dependent on like 20 different timelines going on simultaneously. How does that even compute to an anime?

    • Tyler Beale

      It would either just condense it all together (like Calamity Trigger Reconstrustion in CSE), or it could be an all-new story.

      • ZekeFreek

        This is going to be a mess.

        • Its obviously going to follow the true ending for Ragna

        • Astrotrain


        • RichyGaming

          We don’t have a lot of information to go with so far so don’t jump into conclusions yet. At least give it a shot, Zeke.

    • We can follow the exposition of Hazama being a complete bad ass with all the body switching

    • We can follow the exposition of Hazama being a complete bad ass with all the body switching

    • Tenno Seremel

      Most recent timeline + flashbacks, or something.

  • Jezzy

    I hope this show revolves around who can troll Ragna the hardest.

    • MellowMadman11

      Don’t worry, at least one character will!

  • Ryan Chiu

    Can’t. Fucking. Wait.

  • Why wont they do this to Guilty Gear? :,(

    • Tenno Seremel

      My speculations:

      a) They don’t have new GG game to make some profit from new fans. Sure, there are some old games, but their resolution is not going to help with /new/ fans. Besides, it’s 2013 even if graphics are not everything…

      b) GG’s story is not as “condensed” as that of BB. By now it feels endless to me, but maybe it’s just me %)

      Although I still would like to see GG anime too.

  • DyLaN

    Why is every1 screaming for ufotable? AFAIK ufotable is working on KnK:MF and Majocco Shimai no Yoyo to Nene atm…..

    • Go2hell66

      I’d prefer gonzo, i think they did the ct opening? Either way it looked amazing.whoever did that should do the anime as well

      • TokkanRAM

        Gonzo did all the animation in both CT and CS1 (in the latter case, their work was utter garbage). The new animation in Extend was done by Production IG and it was very good looking. I’m not entirely sure who did the CS2 opening, but Mori said once on twitter that it wasn’t Gonzo (it was long ago, I don’t want to spend hours searching up for that tweet).

        • Luna Kazemaru

          I.G did it for CS2 aswell

          • TokkanRAM

            CS2 opening looks kinda low budget for a Production IG animation, so unless you can show me proof then I’m not inclined to believe.

        • Go2hell66

          damn never would have guessed it was Gonzo that did CS1 animation as well, because those cutscenes were complete ASS compared to CT, wth happened? guess they only had a $10 budget for CS1 :/

    • Luna Kazemaru

      like i said i can see production I.G doing it since they have been doing the OPs since CS2

      • DyLaN

        I have no problem with tht. Haven’t seen the OP but I like wht I saw in Gargantia.

        • No Production IG is way too divergent. Another studio please The animation for CSII was better than CS1 but didnt IG only do it for Extend?

      • Go2hell66

        if it looks anything like Shingeki no Kyojin then i’m okay with this

      • fireemblembeast

        Okay, I’d be satisfied if Production I.G. did it! I like their work :3

  • TheExile285

    It’s about damn time. I will be looking forward to this anime.

    Noel and Makato animated….. It will be GLORIOUS!

  • Jordan

    Simple: ABOUT FUCKING TIME! (sorry for caps)…

  • Chow
  • Oni123

    Can’t wait to see tao chow down in this =)

  • Fitzkrieg

    Hype Dog had damn well better be the main character.

  • AWW YEAH! BlazBlue anime is coming! I’m already looking forward to it!

  • Sentsuizan_93

    *screams internally*

  • Demeanor

    This was unexpected! But VERY welcome news, I am in dire need of someone explaining the story to me in a way that makes sense. Could also net more BB fans too.

  • Tenno Seremel

    More Jin awesomeness :3

  • I am totally fine with this as long as Gonzo don’t handle the animation. Hoping ufotable is given the opportunity to animate this!

    • XiaomuArisu

      Ufotable is Awesome!

  • MrJechgo

    Hell yeah :D

  • Sentsuizan_93

    GIF absolutely related:

    • Astrotrain

      hate that dog.

  • Was wondering if they were ever going to make one

  • Istillduno

    Gorilla plate is burning!

    • fireemblembeast


  • anthony apduhan

    Oh may gawd yes! Finally my heart is cured from sadness don’t care if Hazama always a troll I will die happy now!
    P.S. This is my reaction…

  • Bec66

    Knew it would happen eventually

  • Vash bane

    most fans of the series saw this coming miles away
    they were just patient waited for the word

  • Pope The Rev XXVIII

    In the meentime check out Needless, about as close to getting a Guilty Gear/Blaz Blue Anime as you can right now.

  • MrTyrant

    I thought the special annoucement was going to be a new GG but nah. What a let down.

  • Kevin Schwarz

    Jin Kisaragi and Rachel Alucard, animated… I’m sold!

  • Just Tim

    If characters were to be killed off the show, I expect Jin Kisaragi to run them over with the ICE CAR!

    • MrTyrant

      love those pics.

  • Mar Mar


    Accidentally spamming Dead Spike.

  • Dietrich

    First Neptunia, now this. Hype mode engaged!


    The wheel of fate is turning! Rebel 1! Action!

  • Wagnaria

    This made me came more than twice!!! D:

  • Sardorim

    It better have AT LEAST 26 episodes, darn it!

    Don’t let it end up like Devil Survivor 2 where they try to cram everything in like 13 Episodes.

  • Yeah heard about this from ANN, this is very cool to hear. Let see how this anime will do.

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