Where Do BlazBlue Character Ideas Come From?

By Spencer . March 27, 2014 . 1:50am

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From Azrael to Yuki Terumi, the BlazBlue series has an interesting cast of characters. BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma for PlayStation 3 which is out now in North America adds a rushdown character who fights with scientific tools and a stylish stance changing character. We were curious where BlazBlue characters come from since the fighters aren’t from an existing series or designed to represent a country or martial arts style.

 

"Rather than looking at other game characters and saying this is an awesome style, I get more inspiration from manga," producer Toshimichi Mori answered.

 

"There’s this manga called Ajin in Japan. I like that one and for 3D action, I appreciate Attack on Titan. I also follow Medaka Box and I read a lot of Nisio Isin’s stories. I really enjoy those and the characters that show up in the Zerozaki series are really inspirational for me," Mori continued. "The characters Isin make stand out because of the way he presents them. Isin writes these characters and just from his words I can visualize what’s going on."

 

"Just like Star Wars I wrote out the story and if BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma sells I can finish the rest," Mori added with a laugh. Mori asked me if BlazBlue fans in the West like the series for the story. "Of course," I said, "I think the story is what fans are looking forward to and what makes BlazBlue unique."

 

"You know the BlazBlue Phase 0 novel? Chrono Phantasma has the Phase 0 story in it. If people are fans I can see if I can ask if it can get localized."


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  • anthony apduhan

    I can’t wait to see how Blazblue ends. I really need my kokoro to break and my tears to shed…

  • Pyrofrost

    My favorite part of this article!

    “You know the BlazBlue Phase 0 novel? Chrono Phantasma has the Phase 0 story in it. If people are fans I can see if I can ask if it can get localized.”

    HELL YES! ASW, Aksys…make it happen!

  • Go2hell66

    it was pretty obvious that the entire cast are all based on different anime/manga stererotypes, that would have been my 1st guess

    • Shippoyasha

      I’m pretty sure they are talking about the complexities of the character rather than just the archetypes or visual style alone. Medaka Box is a great example. It had the kind of unexpected depth to all its characters the way BB characters do.

    • God

      False, Terumi is based on me, but since an “absolute god” playable character would be too story breaking, they chose to make him a God wannabe.

  • Namuro

    Man, I keep hearing about “Ajin” everywhere. I think I need to read that one just to see what all the fuss is about…

  • KnifeAndFork

    Really am ready to move back onto Guilty Gear Xrd now…kinda done with BB

    • Go2hell66

      You and me both

    • Shippoyasha

      Um, what? Why do people always weigh one or the other? Why do people have to always put GG above by putting BB down? This is like Final Fantasy fans putting one game down to praise another.

      • AzureRyuujin

        You and me both. I love both franchises and I can thank BlazBlue for pulling me out of depression when it was released.

      • Ni ~Algidus~

        because these people like GG more than BB?
        BB was clearly a substitute of GG since ArcSys lost the rights of the series to sega some years ago and got it back recently.

        • ν•˜μ„Έμš”

          That’s not the point. He/she is trying to say “why can’t one enjoy both.” Similar to some that argue “Pokemon is better than Digimon” etc when there’s no harm in enjoying both.

          Or a more common one, Xbox vs Playstation vs Nintendo.

          • Ni ~Algidus~

            because of preference. People just like the characters, soundtrack and universe of one over the other

          • RichyGaming

            Preference is one thing. But BlazBlue is heavily compared to Guilty Gear as if its a job for people.
            You can’t say it’s just preference. People over exaggerate on how superior Guilty Gear is to BlazBlue that it makes me feel that people just bandwagon the hate, the Chuck Norris kind of way (As in, Guilty Gear is the god of fighting games).

            Seriously, I don’t even see anybody comparing games to Street Fighter as much in articles or other forms of media.. hell, even to people in general. It doesn’t even have to be Street Fighter. BlazBlue takes the cake on hate.

            My point is, both series are good. You don’t have to like both, but you don’t have to rub it in people’s faces, and that’s what happens all the time.

          • ForteWily

            “Seriously, I don’t even see anybody comparing games to Street Fighter as much in articles or other forms of media…”

            Then you have not been in SRK forums for more than a minute.
            I kid… I kid.

            I think that the biggest reason that the two series are compared to so much is one simple fact. A lot of how BlazBlue works, as a fighting game, either references or is inspired by Guilty Gear. To the point where some mechanics don’t make sense outside of “Well, we did that for Guilty. Might as well.” (I look at you Gold Burst, good ridden… ).

            That said, I think that the best thing that BlazBlue recent instalment has managed to do is step out of that shadow. On a functional level, Chrono Phantasma is a much difference animal than what BlazBlue has done before it, nor does it try to retrace something that it has done previously with Guilty Gear.

            Myself, I am a Guilty Gear Guy… I will admit that. I have struggled with BB in the past and likely continue to do so. That said, I can’t say that one is better than the other. At this point that is clearly an “apples and oranges” comparison….

          • RichyGaming

            >Then you have not been in SRK forums for more than a minute.
            I kid… I kid..
            No, don’t take it back lol. I really don’t go to SRK, being totally honest. The only type of site I go to for stuff like FGC is Dustloop.
            BUT. I’m about to visit SRK in 5…4…3…2… morrow!

          • Ni ~Algidus~

            That’s because the people who tend to hate on BB knows GG since the beggining and really don’t like the today animes tropes used in BB. And to speakt the truth the comparison between the two is fair. BB uses alot of GG concepts and system. The new OverDrive system on CP was called out in the FGC as a Tension rip-off. The style of fighting of Ragna and Jin are straight up inspired by Sol and Ky (even the colors). Also GG have been prized alot since it came out. X had the title of “Best 2D fighting ever released” when it came out, the same happened with XX. Also GG helped the whole “Chaotic Fighter” or “Anime Fighter” to be what it is today.
            GG people can be an ass and over react about saying how GG is supreme and how they want to suck ishiwatari’s dick but also BB fans need to calm down, because every time that someone say that they like GG over BB, they come up with a text saying “why people don’t like BB?” or “why people don’t like both?” or when some random BB player shows up in a GG article to say that BB is better and have better characters desings and how the more modern tropes of BB are better etc. Both sides are pretty annoying.

            >Seriously, I don’t even see anybody comparing games to Street Fighter as much in articles or other forms of media..

            Go to a KOF thread in a Fighting game related thread. I’m tired of seem people calling KOF a SF with Turbo speed and broken combos.
            I’m not even going to say the things that happened when TK fans vs DOA fans days were a thing because they acted like animals towards each other

            > You don’t have to like both, but you don’t have to rub it in people’s faces, and that’s what happens all the time.

            for me people can say whatever thay want in whatever way they want if i’ll care about it it or not that’s another story, they have the right to express it. Normaly I just ignore the loud complainer or shut their mouths (since these kinds tend to use the same half assed arguments to complaing about something over and over)

          • RichyGaming

            Well, it’s true that BB uses a lot of references, but aside from manga and anime references, is that not how Guilty Gear’s spiritual successor suppose to serve? When people have first heard about BlazBlue, I’m sure people were expecting at least some amount of Guilty Gear references being in there. Even if it is ripping off a lot of content, they’re from the same company right? Correct me if I’m wrong but Capcom does/did it too. Ex: the moves (although Capcom has nothing to do with this).

            >GG people can be an ass and over react about saying how GG is supreme and how they want to suck ishiwatari’s dick but also BB fans need to calm down, because every time that someone say that they like GG over BB, they come up with a text saying “why people don’t like BB?” or “why people don’t like both?” or when some random BB player shows up in a GG article to say that BB is better and have better characters designs and how the more modern tropes of BB are better etc. Both sides are pretty annoying.

            That’s a good point. The BB part is true too. I really am one of those big fans of BB though, except I’m not biased enough to start rubbing it on people’s faces. But seriously, if people really don’t like BB then they don’t have to involve themselves with it, instead of giving it a bad name. That’s what my whole rant was about, pretty much. I definitely have not seen GG players POV though so I am biting more than I can chew.

    • Raine

      Why not play both?

    • Ni ~Algidus~

      you are not the only one. I wanted to play CP on a competitive level as I did with the previous interations but the franchise lost its apeal to me (to speak the truth my interest in the frachise lowered when Extend was announced).
      Xrd on the other hand is making me hyped since the first trailer and because GG finally got a decent sequel in the fighting game genre

      BACK TO BACK

  • Evo Eden

    I really enjoy those and the characters that show up in the Zerozaki series are really inspirational for me
    ———-
    “It’s a masterpiece”
    http://static.zerochan.net/Zerozaki.Hitoshiki.full.1242553.jpg

  • dacresni

    No mention of type moon?

    • lackofstyle

      Eh I don’t really see anything that could be “type moon” inspired( except maybe lamda/nu unlimited blade works) do you

      • dacresni

        the whole teach me Konoe sensei segment comes from teach me Ciel sensei.

        • lackofstyle

          …..wow I’m an idiot, why didn’t I make that connection

    • CDM

      He didn’t necessarily get inspiration for the characters, which is what this article is addressing, from Type-Moon, although the Litchi-sensei and Konoe-sensei segments are definitely inspired by it (as in, direct rip-off).

      • dacresni

        Let’s call it an homage, possibly more by the devs. I mean, the story is told via visual novel.

  • Six

    Something about BB’s story is oddly compelling. It’s got to be the stupidest thing I’ve ever experienced, but I wanna see how it turns out.

    Just waiting on that Vita release.

    • Aspenharls

      That pretty much sums up every Shonen anime/manga out there. Ridiculously stupid, yet I still look forward to reading a new chapter of the “Big 3″ every week.

  • Brimfyre

    I canceled my preorder at the last minute and opted for the Vita version instead. It was painful, but it is just so much easier to take in the story on a handheld, at my leisure (and that fanservice).

    But for some reason I suck at fighting games on Handheld, compared to on the console. I’m not sure why. So it looks like it will be Stylish mode for me.

    Hopefully the console CP will find it’s way to PS+ eventually.

  • MrTyrant

    Man…I don’t know I don’t like Nisio Isin work and neither didn’t like Medaka Box. Maybe its a reason why I don’t feel an strong attachment to BB cast although I need to read Zerozaki.

    But don’t mind me, these are my shitaste anyway haha

  • Zeronos

    Ah that’s why Azrael(My Main) was based from somewhat from Zaraki Kenpachi (Bloodlust) and Yonjiro Fuuma (MOAR bloodlust and personality) with a little bit of Akainu (Much more bloodlust and the cape) on the mix.

  • Minos

    …This guys sounds like a really likeable person.

  • brian

    I thought that Daisuke Ishiwatari did the story?

    • Fidelis

      Daisuke Ishiwatari is the creative mind behind Guilty Gear’s world, music, & narrative. The only thing he does for BlazBlue is compose.

      • ForteWily

        I would not be shocked if Daisuke has some hand in the coding of the games. That said, he is not a driving force in that department.

  • z_merquise

    I’m surprised Mori didn’t mention Trigun. I still remember him mentioning that before. Plus Ragna had some similarities with Trigun’s protagonist (Vash the Stampede).

    • Ouryu

      Ragna has similarities to Dante too, white haired with red coat, the name of his theme (Rebellion), a sword that can change into a scythe (see DMC1 last weapon) and a healing factor.
      Jin does iaido like Vergil, he does the same pose than Vergil after his Astral finish. His future self is Hakumen and Vergil is Nelo Angelo.

    • Suzaku

      Ragna is actually Heine Rammsteiner + Cloud Strife + Dante, according to some of the creation materials I read way back.

      And Hakumen was based loosely on a design Mori did in highschool, based on a samurai in a movie that wore a mirror mask.

    • Ni ~Algidus~

      yeah. he said that BB were inspired by Trigun and Die Hard

  • CDM

    “Medaka Box”

    … I can see it. Now can we get Kumagawa to crossover into BlazBlue?

  • d19xx

    I was expecting either weed or crack.

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