Minerva Does Most Of Celica’s Fighting In BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma

By Sato . July 29, 2014 . 2:16am

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Celica Ayatsuki Mercury will be making her debut on BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma later this Fall through an update on the arcade version. In the latest episode of the BlazBlue web radio show, they gave us a first look at Celica in action.

 

Okay, I might’ve said “Celica in action” but it looks more like it’s all her Machina, Minerva, which you can see starting at the 2:27 mark of the video.

 

According to Arc System Works, they’re making her into a character with beginner players in mind, so she’ll be one of the easier ones to learn and control. They also point out that Minerva actually has four arms—two big ones, and two smaller or normal-sized ones.

 

Most of Celica’s playstyle is made of combination attacks with Minerva, which can be switched up with button and joystick combinations. She has an Overdrive attack that can make Minerva stronger, and also heal up her health.

 

Speaking of healing, Celica also seems to have a cute victory animation, where she heals up the character she just beat to a pulp.

 

Celica, along with Lambda-11, will be available on the arcade version of BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma in Japan this Fall. Arc System Works have yet to make an announcement of a console version for the two characters.


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  • Hagaren

    Highlight of the video: Tomokazu Sugita talking about Minerva’s pantsu.
    Anyway, she looks fun. Hope she’ll be available for consoles by the time I get the game.

    • Justin Grant

      I wouldn’t get your hope up. I have a feeling they’re gonna release a new “Extend” version of BBCP for consoles rather than include them as dlc

      • Twilleppac

        Didn’t Extend only really happen tho because of how much Microsoft charged for content patches and the like?

        • Yan Zhao

          Its a good thing this game aint on Xbox then eh? Now we know why MS got the middle finger for this game :3

          • Vesperion

            Pretty sure that was just bad Xbox sales in Japan, so i bet aksys / arksys didn’t wanna bother altogether.

            They kinda didn’t say that though, so it was just the run around like microsoft huh?

        • Vesperion

          Whaaa? that is so not true. Microsoft had no impact on the creation of Extend.

          The issues with the patches was because of how it always had to get approved. Honestly they do give the runaround with the patches sometimes

  • Namuro

    Ragna, you’re so lewd…! (〃>∀<〃)

  • xe7en

    Man… She’s gunna have a crazy hitbox.

  • Luckeh

    Extend for Xbox please ;x

    • Vesperion

      Pretty sure Extend was on Xbox

      • Luckeh

        CP extend

        • Vesperion

          Lol, i knew what you ment. i was just teasing

  • fyi1191

    Celica’s idle stance. Does it fit her?

  • ShinNeoGranzon

    Glad to see that she isn’t just another Carl or Relius.

    • SakuStar Light

      u sure cause she has a puppet just like them….

      • ShinNeoGranzon

        Minerva seems to do all of the attacking for Celica rather than the puppet and the puppeteer each being a separate attacker like Carl and Relius. Notice how Minerva actually stays close to and follows Celica unlike Nirvana and Ada who could be far away from from Carl and Relius

        • SakuStar Light

          sorry…but idk even looking at the video if i didnt see the puppet next to her it wouldnt be like the whole copy thing but its hard to be convince when u have how many mu- variations or characters and how many puppet styles u can change the style and movement but if u have the evidence near you its hard to believe that.

          • Reficul Terumi

            What does it matter if there are three puppet characters if their fighting styles are completely different? Relius’s and Carl’s fighting styles work vastly different despite looking the same and Celica’s Minerva doesn’t even have a health bar, indicating they are the same character in terms of combat like Rachel/Gii/Nago. As far as the Murakumo units, they all fight differently as well. Mu’s fighting style is no where near comparable to Nu’s. You might have a case with Lambda but we still haven’t seen any gameplay from her yet.

          • SakuStar Light

            no your missing the point to this and reading into this all wrong. Guilty gear had a SH** load of styles and weapons and here your giving me a wasted slot. Honestly this is a rip-off i think honestly i see why embryo isnt a game it basically running out of things for that series nice to see guilty gear comming back cause this really is a wasted slot.

          • Twilleppac

            You can’t really say that until you’ve really seen her in action and we’ve seen how she fairs in tournies. You’re just jumping to conclusions after seeing like, what a minute of footage with her?

            Also, with what you said about GG, in Xrd a lot of those unique characters are gone, but you can have Sin tho! that totally makes up for Characters like Baiken or Johnny or Dizzy or Testament not being there, right?…. right?

          • SakuStar Light

            Naw ill stick to guilty gear. I tried to understand but no i see a clone with a gimmick you all see something else thats like how street fighter has ryu ken dan dark ryu akuma <- are they all the same or different and if so what makes them when they all have the same variation of attacks with gimmicks to help change them.

          • Twilleppac

            Celica isn’t a clone tho you dumbass. That’s like saying Relius is a clone of Carl too because he uses a doll despite having ENTIRELY different movesets and drives.

          • SakuStar Light

            frankly idc if im dumbass i pay attention read the title Most of her moves implying shes a wasted spot.

          • Justin Grant

            Yeah, Read the title! Minerva does most of the attacks*

            In Carl and Relius’ case they themselves do most of the attacks not their dolls. Maybe you should read the title before deciding she is a clone character

            Also what do you even mean by wasted spot. I don’t really see a limit to the amount of characters that can be into the game. Celica may cannonically need to be able to fight, Minerva herself could become an important character. People want to play as her, people like Celica. I want you in the future to tell them that their main is shouldn’t have been playable.

          • SakuStar Light

            haha no shes a clone and im sticking to that no changing my mind no trying so as long as you people wanna keep this up you can she a clone shes a clone and above all else shes a clone. Not trolling not trying to be stupid had a friend look at the trailer and he said the same thing….so yeah clone.

          • Twilleppac

            Yeah, you’re either a troll or a complete moron. I’m done wasting my time replying to you.

          • Justin Grant

            Guilty Gear’s Order Sol and Sol. And Ky and Robo Ky are more of a clone than any BB character.

            You haven’t even seen Celica’s moves or her “gimmick” yet. Using Minerva is NOT her gimmick it’s just how she fights. (In the same way that Hakumen’s large sword is not his “gimmick” just what he uses to fight)

            What are you gonna say that Ragna’s a clone of Jin because he uses a sword. Or Noel’s a clone of Kagura because she has a similar uniform.

          • Justin Grant

            None of Celica’s moves will be similar to Relius or Carl. Celica’s playstyle will be nothing like Relius or Carl.

          • Justin Grant

            Guilty Gear has Sol and Order Sol. literally the same person
            How about Ky and Robo Ky.

            And Guilty Gear Xrd which is the most recent has half the characters of +R lol.

            And what would you even define as a wasted characters slot. Just because it isn’t Jubei or something it’s wasted. lol

          • SakuStar Light

            ah so were going on clones point take order soul has more power than soul so are we to assume cilieca puppet has more power than carls cause yeah its just the point you made. Thanks you’ve proven my point even further. Shes a reskin clone with a few gimicks to try to make her different than carl or his father so yeah im right she is wasted.

          • Justin Grant

            Minerva most likely DOES have more power than Nirvana(Carl’s puppet) was not even originally meant for combat iirc.

            Look at the design of Celica. Does she look like a little boy, or a middle age man. I don’t see how she’s a reskin.

            Now look at Minerva she still has a different body type and color. (A much bigger difference than Sol and Order Sol or Ky and RoboKy)

            Now look at the gameplay. Does she seem AT ALL like Carl or Relius. No. Not even in the slightest. I’d say she fights closer to Ragna or Jin than she does Carl (whos doll is completely independent from him). or Relius (who’s doll is sometimes there, sometimes not. sometimes independent.)

            Celica and her doll together are one character. Celica probably takes care of the A moves and healing special, Minerva does perhaps B and C, and other specials.

          • SakuStar Light

            honestly allot i would have expected something new and im not seeing it so there. I see so many Mu on this game So many puppet. You dont see as much to offer on here theres more to offer on persona, GG, and other fighting games they made not here.

      • Herok♞

        Minerva literally never left Celica in the video, they are a two in one deal, so she isn’t a puppet character

        • SakuStar Light

          idk -.- the whole puppet next to her is a bit hard to belive i mean how man mu charectors or variations are on this game and on top of that how many puppet charecters on here….a bit hard to belive.

          • Linkmstr

            They even said that most of the fighting is done by Minerva. So they’re being treated as one character with Minerva protecting Celica and fighting at the same time since Celica CAN’T FIGHT ON HER OWN.

          • SakuStar Light

            so celica is a wasted character sooooo….shes just for show. right not liking this naw think ill stick to guilty gear xrd thanks but no thanks tired of seeing clones or wasted characters thanks.

          • Twilleppac

            Okay, have fun with watered down GG missing half the characters~

            *edit* Also, the only “clone” character is Lambada, you can’t say mu is cuz she has an almost completely different moveset and drive. This is nothing compared to Street Fighter and it’s shoto clones or even smash bros, so…

          • Chogokin

            Xrd could have 3 characters and it would still be better than BB.

          • Twilleppac

            Nope, not unless you’re running on pure nostalgia alone. As someone who’s played both series I’d rather stick with Chronophantasma at this point, unless Xrd suddenly becomes better.

          • Chogokin

            I have played both too, and something tells me you haven’t played much GG and any Xrd.

          • Twilleppac

            I haven’t played Xrd, but I’ve heard that the competitive scene in Japan for Xrd is already dying and that’s not a good sign, no pun intended.

          • Chogokin

            Source? I see Xrd doing well, +R is the one nobody plays.

          • Twilleppac

            I don’t really have a source that’s just what I’ve heard, it could be entirely untrue. But saying that Xrd is better than BB JUST because it’s GG pretty much slaps of pure favoritism.

          • IkariShinji

            What’s up with you and Chogokin debating about GG in a BB thread? Geez…I want to point out that both games are good. The only reason why I don’t play BB as much is because I was tired of the FGC in general not because one is better than the other. If someone doesn’t like BB then let them. If someone doesn’t like GG then let them but come on…….no bashing to make the other one ‘better.’ Just saiyan.

          • Justin Grant

            It’s not that I have a problem with him not liking BB. It’s me having a problem with him not liking BB because it’s cast is less diverse than GG, and because Celica is a clone as both of which aren’t true. When I see something illogical I have a hard time just accepting that the person has no sense of reason and moving on with my life. I’ve never seen someone who plays BB bash on GG saying BB is so much better, but it always seem the (more vocal) GG crowd have to do it at every chance they get.

          • IkariShinji

            I had to figure out if you were the same dude or not lol.

            Well its the internet so you have to pick your battles. I once argued with a guy about raw meat. He claims that nobody in the world can eat raw meat. I showed him what Tartar was and he said quote “That’s a lie stop posting b.s.” and I gave up right after that lol.

            I know its hard but in this case this guy is going to be like this and you’re not going to change your viewpoint so it would be bumping of heads until someone gives up.

            Don’t worry I won’t post anything after this. I wanted to so oh kindly reply back.

          • SakuStar Light

            Honestly BB is nothing but colorful less exciting GG. GG is better plus the weapons are more unique and honestly GG has more memorable characters and considering there story mode is both Combat and story and not a Story without fighting id say GG wins this voucher moving on cause honestly im happy BB is done now lets move to a real 2-D fighting game GG.

          • Twilleppac

            Ooooh you’re a troll, okay, I see your game.

          • SakuStar Light

            =_= troll no im stating the obvious trolling you would be me being funny no im stating the point. Briget-Yo-Yo, Dizzy-angel/Fallen, honestly there so much variety in GG its not even funny. You sir or mam just need to take your head out you @$$ and realize im sticking to my guns. GG is better than BB and honestly GG story is cool and harder than BB plus if i was trolling you id be calling you out your name no im stating something i believe in.

          • Twilleppac

            ” BB is done now lets move to a real 2-D fighting game GG.”

            If those aren’t the word of a troll or at the very least an ignoramus, I don’t know what is. Also BB isn’t “done” there’s still one game left in the series.

          • Justin Grant

            I don’t really see anything about Xrd that could make it an objectively better game than BB. This is just people with nostalgia delusions. What does Xrd have over BB anyway?

          • Chogokin

            While there are less, I prefer GG’s characters and designs. and I prefer the systems that GG has (outside of danger time). Thinking people that prefer GG are blinded by nostalgia is stupid, BB was my first fighting game and I like GG more.

          • Linkmstr

            You haven’t even used Celica before so you can’t really say that Minerva/Celica is a clone or wasted character.

          • SakuStar Light

            she is and sadly ill stay with that sad part im not even trying to troll the signs are in your faces i mean literally in your faces. =_= dang there a fucking puppet next to her its literally next to her if they gave her some unique weapon id be ok but there is a Fing puppet next to her whether or not she attacks does not matter SHE IS A GOD DA– PUPPET USER!!!! jesus idc what arc says shes a puppet and thats the end of it. Her puppet attacks for her shes a puppet she hides behind the puppet shes a puppet user.

          • Linkmstr

            Clearly you have no idea what the meaning “Puppet user” means. Right now, Celica isn’t exactly controlling Minerva. Rather Minerva is moving on her own free will to attack. Of course, the player controls her, but she’s not a separate type of puppet like Carl’s and Relius’s.

          • SakuStar Light

            Honestly i do and honestly you can try all you want im sticking to my guns shes a copy character rehashed and there SO YEAH i’m not changing my mind on character that’s is wasted. SO suck it and move on im done with this cause your not changing my mind your making me hate this character even more she is a puppet that’s the end of it i don’t like her there no denying it she wasted and not worth it so yeah pretty pathetic attempt at to add someone. As i said im done idc what you have to say she is and that’s the end of it move on.

          • Tonton Ramos

            Honestly I’m not even looking forward for Xrd I mean if it has less characters than other Guilty Gear games I’m not buying it! I want ALL CHARACTERS INCLUDING OVERTURE to be in it(but not Order Sol, Kliff, Justice since they are dead but they can be possible DLC.) or make the roster to 30 characters.

          • SakuStar Light

            im looking forward ive made my decision who im playing with and who knows briget and the others may come later there already official art for the rest of the group.

          • Tonton Ramos

            Maybe there will be another XRD game after Sign hope they add more 15 characters if it does I’m buying it hands down even if it means skipping XRD Sign’s story.

          • miju

            I’m going to pop in and say I agree with you (you already know you’re correct) and I admire you for trying to explain the concept of a puppet character to the other person so calmly even after all that.

  • Jaeger Knighty

    If that is her theme in the background, oh man does it sound awesome. I love the start-up from 0:28!

  • ivanchu77

    The video should have been called Mineva Gameplay Demonstration instead, Celica barely does anything xD

  • http://momentsreprieve.com/index/ Aushria

    There was a time when I want Celica to be playable for CP’s console release, but I just… I can’t care about BlazBlue anymore.

    The characters are fantastic, but the roster has become a complete mess, they keep adding more characters just for the sake of adding more characters, and the story is stupidity incarnated as of the end of Chrono Phantasma…

    The only thing I feel it has going for it is the diverse playable cast and unique mechanics. Which are fun in and of their own right until you remember “This game tries to have a story and fails.”

    Oh well, another decent looking character doesn’t hurt. However, next likely comes Trinity Glassfield, Nine, Jubei, Torakaka, and Saya! Since we all know it will happen eventually -_-

    • otakumike

      In terms of fighting games I feel like Blazblue has the better story, then again that isn’t saying much when you compare it to the competition…

    • Chogokin

      I’m not really sure why the story would ruin Blazblue for you when the gameplay is the only thing that really matters.

    • Reficul Terumi

      So far, the only character they have added that does not conform with the story is Lambda. And who knows she could be a Chrono Phantasma. If you went through the story mode completely you’d see that Celica fights as demonstrated. Apart from Trinity, all the characters you mentioned are completely viable as fighters and fall within the story. As long as they have their own unique play styles what would be the issue?

      Where has the story failed?

  • http://www.unit03.net blackraen

    Arc cops gonna come down on that video hard. Watch it while you can.

    • Vesperion

      Siliconera is days late with reporting this, but since the reveal originated from blue radio i don’t think it’ll be taken down.

      I already had a feeling the article was going to link to Setsuna’s vid, since it was already on Shoryuken

      • http://www.unit03.net blackraen

        Yeah it might take a bit but Arc has a history of going after BuruRaji reuploads. Hopefully it’ll stay up since the login requirement for NND seem to make it inaccessible for English speakers, despite having English localization now.

  • IkariShinji

    God dammit Ragna.

  • Kornelious

    Just to cute to complain <3…..I hope they patch her into the console versions soon :)

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