BlazBlue : Calamity Trigger

April 18, 2009 at 3:10 PM | Posted in Games, Playstation 3 | Leave a comment


BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (ブレイブルー カラミティ トリガー ,Bureiburū Karamiti Torigā) is a two-dimensional fighting arcade game by Arc System Works, the staff behind the Guilty Gear series. It was released on November 19, 2008 in Japan and November 20, 2008 in the United States. It will later be released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in the summer of 2009. It is a spiritual successor to Guilty Gear. A playable demo was presented at AOU 2008. The game is currently released for the Taito Type X2 arcade system board, with a 16:9 ratio and 768p resolution.

Before the events of BlazBlue, humanity was on the verge of extinction from the “Black Beast”, a creature of Darkness. Hope came in the form of six heroes who wielded the power of magic. Together, the six heroes & humanity created “Armagus” a combination of Magic & Technology to defeat the Beast, which would be known as The First War of Magic.

After the war, the Novus Orbis Librarium Armagus (the Library for short) (the New World Void Space Cue Administration Bureau in Japan) was created to govern the new world which has discovered the use of Armagus. Under the Library, Humanity began reconstructing & the world was under their dictatorship. However this caused much dissent for the people due to fact Armagus was used in every issue & the widening socioeconomic gap between those who could use & cannot use Armagus. This dissent would eventually form years later into The Ikaruga Civil War or The Second War of Magic, when the Ikaruga Union openly rebelled against the Library. After the war, the Library imposed a harsher rule on the world declaring anyone that defies them will be killed.

On December A.D. 2199, several years after the Second War, a branch of the Library was utterly destroyed by an SS-class traitor named “Ragna the Bloodedge” also known as “The God of Death.” His quest was to destroy the Library. The Novus Orbis Librarium Armagus, hoping to stop him, immediately put the largest bounty ever for anyone who could capture him. Interestingly, Ragna possessed a powerful form of Armagus known as the “Azure Grimoire” (Grimoire of the Blue in Japan), also known as the BlazBlue. This led to the Librarium, as well as the Ikaruga Union and other fighters, to be after not just his bounty, but also his grimoire as well.

Character List:

  • Ragna the Bloodedge (voiced by Tomokazu Sugita)
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Blood type: B
Gender: Male
Origin: Unknown
Hobby: Cooking

The almighty force managing the “Operation”, in order to obtain absolute power over the world, is this man who has rebelled against the “Novus Orbis Librarium Armagus”. Known as the “God of Death”, a bounty for his elimination has been placed in all the regions populated with branches of the Librarium. Ragna is said to be a reincarnation of the Black Beast, and also posesses the Azure Grimoire, a powerful form of Armagus, thus leading others to be after not just his bounty, but his grimoire as well. Ragna’s heterochromia is revealed in Rachel’s ending, which suggests that both of his eyes were green until Rachel bit him, causing one of them to turn red. He is also said to be “blood brothers” with Jin, although he refuses to forgive him for the way he made the inside of his left arm, which currently appears to be mechanical instead of having the usual bones inside it. In game, his tactics revolve around using his power and large sword to keep pressure on his opponents. His Drive Ability is known as Soul Eater, which is used to absorb the opponents life.

  • Jin Kisaragi (voiced by Tetsuya Kakihara)
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 61 kg
Blood type: A
Gender: Male
Origin: England
Hobby: Vintage Motorcycles

From a prestigious family, this man is a retainer of the Librarium’s Kisaragi house. His class is Major. In the past, he had a distinguished military record during the “Ikaruga Civil War” that broke out, and was promoted to the position of Division Commander at an exceptionally young age. He is always cool and calm, though he is a deeply jealous, ambitious, and possessive person, with little care for others. He treats other people like a nuisance, with the exception of Ragna, who is said to be his “blood brother”. His Drive Ability is known as Frost Bite, which specializes in freezing opponents.

  • Noel Vermillion (voiced by Kanako Kondou)
Height: 157 cm
Weight: 48 kg
Blood type: A
Gender: Female
Origin: England
Hobby: Writing Poems

Because of her outstanding combat ability and suitable operation evaluations, she was selected to be Jin Kisaragi’s direct subordinate in her youth. The two were acquaintances in the Military Academy, though Noel thought Jin was extremely weak. However, on a certain mission handed down from the Librarium, her preconceptions were changed. She is actually μ -12-, the predecessor of v -13- (both of them are Ark-Enemy units), although she doesn’t remember it. During the Ikaruga Civil War, she was found amidst the burning fields of Ikaruga, where she was rescued, after which she was adopted by her parents of the Vermillion family. Her Drive Ability is known as Chain Revolver, which specializes in chain linking her combos together.

  • Iron Tager (TR-00009) (voiced by Kenji Nomura)
Height: 240 cm
Weight: 550 kg
Blood type: Natural oil
Gender: Male
Origin: Unknown (doesn’t remember)
Hobby: Bottle-ships

Originally the leader of a battle unit which revolved around physical combat, he was forced to withdraw from the front lines after sustaining a mortal wound in the Ikaruga Civil War. He was brought back from the brink of death at the hands of the scientist “Kokonoe” and revived as a cyborg, and is currently assigned to a combat unit under the direct control of Kokonoe. He seems to be pursuing Ragna, though his goals are entirely unclear. He is also shown to be working with Litchi Faye Ling, and apparently also knows about Arakune. His Drive Ability is Volttech Battler, which specializes in using electricity and magnetism so he can grab his enemies.

  • Rachel Alucard (voiced by Kana Ueda)
Height: 145 cm
Weight: 31 kg
Blood type: Unknown
Gender: Female
Origin: Transylvania
Hobby: Tea

A blood-sucking vampire who is the head of the Alucard family, as the head of the family an enormous castle and a servant have been handed down to her from previous generations. She carries a cat-shaped umbrella called Nago and fights using a chubby, red bat familiar called Gii. She slipped out of her castle in search of fun because she hates to be bored. She also seems to be constantly following Ragna around, which irritates him and causes him to tell her to go home. Her Drive Ability is Sylphide, which allows her to manipulate wind.

  • Taokaka (voiced by Chiwa Saitō)
Height: 165 cm
Weight: 42 kg
Blood type: O
Gender: Female
Origin: Kaka Village
Hobby: Naps, Food

A young lycanthrope of the Kaka tribe who live in the lower class part of Kagutsuchi. Her coat is equipped with massive paw-like hands that include long, retractable claws. She wants to get back the sky above her village that was sealed off with an enormous plate by humans who came to the land and started building a big city. She left her village in search of someone called Ragna after she heard that you could gain a lot of money for defeating him. She doesn’t know it, but she is a descendant of bio-weapons created from one of the six heroes, Jyuubei. Her Drive Ability is known as Dancing Edge: Reckless Kitty, which specializes at dashing at high speeds with a slash attack.

  • Litchi Faye Ling (voiced by Chiaki Takahashi)
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 58 kg
Blood type: AB
Gender: Female
Origin: Shanghai, China
Hobby: Mahjong

A doctor in the oriental part of Kagutsuchi. Apparently, she is vital to the town because of her profession and her knack for sensing others’ needs. She is a subordinate of the scientist Kokonoe alongside Tager, and is currently chasing after Arakune, determined to put an end to his life if neither she nor her fellow subordinates of Kokonoe can change him back to normal. Her Drive Ability is Mantenbou, which manipulates her staff into attacking opponents by itself.

  • Arakune (voiced by Takashi Hikida)
Height: 20-200 cm
Weight: 5-1000 kg
Blood type: Unknown
Gender: Unknown
Origin: Unknown
Hobby: Unknown

Once a man named Han who worked alongside Tager and Litchi, Arakune is an occult being that is constantly seeking knowledge. Its body consists of a mask-like face and an amorphous black and red body, which houses innumerable insects. Currently, it lives under the streets of Kagutsuchi. Because it needs to absorb large amounts of life force to continue its existence, it frequently attacks those of the Kaka tribe and humans alike. It also keeps a diary that it writes what has gone on during its life. Recently, it has sensed the presence of a being with unheard levels of life force, which has caused it to stir – namely, a certain “God of Death” posessing the Azure Grimoire. Its Drive Ability is Crimson, which curses the opponent to where several flying insects will attack him/her.

  • Bang Shishigami (voiced by Tsuyoshi Koyama)
Height: 192 cm
Weight: 105 kg
Blood type: B
Gender: Male
Origin: The Far East
Hobby: Unknown

A ninja-turned superhero, Bang has dedicated his life to exterminating evil and overturning injustice wherever he goes. The scar on his face was given to him by Jin, whom he would like to get back at for that exact fact. His Drive Ability is Burning Heart, which places emblems for every fire punch he lands on his opponent. When four of them are replaced, he can then use his Distortion Drive, “Fuurinkazan”, which gives him enhanced speed and strength, although he cannot block.

  • Carl Clover (voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro)
Height: 144 cm
Weight: 35 kg
Blood type: AB
Gender: Male
Origin: Austria
Hobby: Reading

A young boy wearing a top hat who fights using a large mechanical maid puppet named Nirvana, an Ark-Enemy unit whom he refers to as his sister. He was once a student at the Military Academy alongside Jin and Noel, but he mysteriously dropped out while the other two graduated. Then, having heard of the bounty on Ragna’s head, Carl decided to become a vigilante and go after his bounty on his own, with help from Nirvana. His Drive Ability is Auto Maton, which controls Nirvana.


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