BlazBlue (Franchise)

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BlazBlue (ブレイブルー) is a 2D fighting game series that first released in Japan on arcades on November 20, 2008, as BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger. Since then, the BlazBlue series has released a variety of games and evolved into a multi-media franchise, producing novels, comics, animation, and theater.

Overview

The earliest release date regardless of region is used for consistency.

C-Series

The main part of the BlazBlue series is named the "C-Series" because the subtitles of the main games in this series all start with the letter C. The series focuses around the life of its protagonist, Ragna the Bloodedge.

  • BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (2008)
    The first mainline game in the C-Series.
    • BlazBlue: Chimelical Complex (2011)
      A manga adaptation of BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger focusing on Ragna the Bloodedge.
    • BlazBlue (Manga)
      A manga adaptation of BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger.
    • BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (Novel) (2013)
      The novelization of BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, consisting of two novels.
    • BlazBlue Material Collection
      BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger's material collection, which included one short story for each playable character.
      • Memory of BLUE (Ragna's short story)
      • purgatory hell (Jin's short story)
      • THE BLUE (Noel's short story)
      • Trust You (Tager's short story)
      • Capricious Us (Taokaka's short story)
      • Endless Waltz (Rachel's short story)
      • The Diary (Arakune's short story)
      • Borderline (Litchi's short story)
      • Puppeteers (Carl's short story)
      • Fortune favors the bold (Bang's short story)
      • Innocent Black (Hakumen's short story)
      • an evil sign (Nu-13's short story)
    • BlazBlue Manga
      Lighthearted four-panel comics published online. A second season was published in issues of the now-defunct arcade gaming magazine Monthly Arcadia and also provided online.
    • BlazBlue Official Comics (2009)
      A series of two volumes of lighthearted four-panel comics.
  • BlazBlue: Continuum Shift (2009)
    The second mainline game in the C-Series.
    • BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II (2011)
      An arcade remake of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, that was later provided as a free update to the console version of the game.
    • BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend (2012)
      An extension of BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger introducing new playable characters.
    • BlazBlue: Continuum Shift (Novel) (2013)
      The novelization of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, consisting of two novels.
    • Live Act BlazBlue ~Continuum Shift~ (2016)
      A live play adapting the story of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift.
    • BlazBlue Drama CD The Wheel of Fortune (2010)
      A drama CD detailing an alternative universe where Noel doesn't exist and Tsubaki serves as Jin's secretary instead.
    • BlayzBloo: Super Melee Brawlers Battle Royale (2010)
      A lightweight action spinoff for Nintendo DSiWare.

BlazBlue: Phase Shift

Consisting of the four BlazBlue: Phase Shift novels, numbered simply from one to four, and sometimes including a fifth book, BlazBlue: Phase 0, all of which are set during the Dark War.

  • BlazBlue: Phase Shift (2011)
    A series of four novels that follow the Six Heroes and Celica A. Mercury through the Dark War.
  • BlazBlue: Phase 0 (2010)
    A standalone novel that details the Dark War during the very first loop of the Looping World. Due to the similarity of its title to those of the Phase Shift series, it is often lumped together with them.

BlazBlue: Remix Heart and BlazBlue: Variable Heart

Two series of manga that focus around protagonist Mai Natsume during and shortly after her time in the Military Academy.

  • BlazBlue: Remix Heart (2013)
    A lighthearted manga that showcases the Military Academy as Mai becomes fast friends with Tsubaki, Noel, and Makoto.
  • BlazBlue: Variable Heart (2016)
    The sequel to BlazBlue: Remix Heart but no longer set within school bounds, which picks up shortly before graduation, just as the Ikaruga Civil War ends.

BlazBlue: Bloodedge Experience

  • BlazBlue: Bloodedge Experience (2014)
    A series of novels set in an alternate universe to the mainline C-Series, following the protoganist Naoto Kurogane and the troubles of his Drive, Bloodedge, through a close-to-modern time period.

XBlaze

A couple of visual novels set in an earlier alternate universe to the mainline C-Series. It introduced the Mitsurugi Agency and was the first to focus heavily on Drives.

  • XBlaze Code: Embryo (2013)
    The first game in the XBlaze series, following Touya Kagari and his misadventures with Es and other lively characters surrounding the mysteries of the Wadatsumi Incident.
  • XBlaze Lost: Memories (2015)
    Following the unnamed protagonist as she searches for her younger sister and is pulled into a mysterious space known as the "Phantom Field".

BlazBlue Alternative: Dark War

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle

  • BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle (2018)
    A spin-off tag-team fighting game that crosses over the BlazBlue universe with those of fellow fighting game series Persona 4 Arena and Under Night In-Birth and the 3DCG animated series RWBY.

Miscellaneous

  • Eat Beat: Dead Spike-san (2015)
    A simple rhythm game for Android and iOS, which was ported to Nintendo Switch in 2018.
  • BlazBlue Radio
    A companion, animated, Japanese-language web radio show that brings on various voice actors to have a generally good time and share news. From the eighth season onwards episodes are subbed officially in English, Simplified Chinese, and Korean.

Creation & Development

Name Origin

The series experimented with different titles before it was finalized as BlazBlue. The story was set to be about the "Azure," so staff wanted to include the word "Blue" in it no matter what. The Blue Blood was the first idea, but became Blue Bloods to shorten the length. Further along the process, RiotBlue almost became the decided title, but had to be changed due to a potential copyright issue; the final title was changed to BlazBlue just two days before the official release. Toshimichi Mori mentions that upon the sudden name shift, a designer suggested that the "Blaz" in BlazBlue be pronounced "blay."[1]

History

Date of Release Title Visual
2008
November 20, 2008 JP ARCADE
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
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2009
April 9, 2009 WEB RADIO
BlazBlue Radio
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June 25, 2009 JP
June 30, 2009 US
PS3, XBOX 360
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
November 20, 2009 JP ARCADE
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift
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2010
January 27, 2010 JP NINTENDO DSIWARE
BlayzBloo: Super Melee Brawlers Battle Royale
(BlazBlue: Battle X Battle)
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February 20, 2010 EVENT
BlueFes 2010 -Spring Raid-
at Shinagawa Stellar Ball
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February 25, 2010 JP PSP
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
July 1, 2010 JP
July 27, 2010 NA
December 3, 2010 EU
PS3, XBOX 360
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift
August 7, 2010 EVENT
BlazBlue Streaming
at Shibuya AMG Hall
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August 19, 2010 JP MOBILE
BlazBlue: Mobile Battle
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August 20, 2010 JP NOVEL
BlazBlue: Phase 0
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August 26, 2010 JP PC
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
September 9, 2010 EU PS3, XBOX 360
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
December 9, 2010 JP ARCADE
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II
2011
January 22, 2011 LIVE
Guilty Gear x BlazBlue Music Live 2011
at Kawasaki CLUB CITTA'
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February 14, 2011 JP COMIC
BlazBlue: Chimelical Complex
March 31, 2011 JP
May 31, 2011 NA
Nov 4, 2011 EU
PSP, 3DS
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II
April 20, 2011 JP NOVEL
BlazBlue: Phase Shift 1
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July 1, 2011 NEWS BROADCAST PUPPET SHOW
BlazBlue Play
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December 17, 2011 JP PS3, XBOX 360, PS VITA
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend
2012
February 14, 2012 NA PS3, XBOX 360
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend
February 14, 2012 NA
February 22, 2012 EU
PS VITA
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend
March 24, 2012 TOURNAMENT
BlazBlue Revolution
at Differ Ariake
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May 31, 2012 JP PSP
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend
August 5, 2012 EVENT
BlueFes 2012 -Riot Summer Again-
at Shinkiba Studio Coast
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November 11, 2012 JP ARCADE
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma
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December 21, 2012 JP WINDOWS 8
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
December 26, 2012 JP 3DS
BlazBlue: Clone Phantasma
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2013
January 19, 2013 JP NOVEL
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger - Part 1
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February 7, 2013 JP COMIC
BlazBlue: Remix Heart
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May 19, 2013 EVENT
Arc System Works Festival
at Pacific Yokohama
September 20, 2013 JP NOVEL
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift - Part 1
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October 8, 2013 ANIME
BlazBlue: Alter Memory
October 9, 2013 JP COMIC
BlazBlue
October 24, 2013 JP PS3
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma
October 24 - November 10, 2013 EVENT
BlazBlue Museum
at Akihabara Gamers
2014
March 3 - March 9, 2014 STAGE
Live Act BlazBlue ~Continuum Shift~
at The Galaxy Theatre (Tennōzu)
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March 25, 2014 NA PS4, PS3, XBOX ONE
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma
April 24, 2014 JP, NA PS VITA
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma
June 20, 2014 JP NOVEL
BlazBlue: Bloodedge Experience - Part 1
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July 12, 2014 LIVE
Guilty Gear x BlazBlue Music Live 2014
at Kawasaki CLUB CITTA'
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October 9, 2014 JP ARCADE
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Ver 2.0
December 11, 2014 STEAM
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift
2015
January 7, 2015 JP
February 23, 2015 NA
March 23, 2015KR
APP
Eat Beat: Dead Spike-san
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March 29, 2015 LIVE
BlazBlue Music Live 2015
at Zeep Tokyo
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April 23, 2015 JP
June 30, 2015 NA
July 28, 2015 NA (PS Vita)
October 23, 2015 EU
PS4, PS3, XBOX One, PS VITA
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend
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July 12, 2015 EVENT
Blue Fes 2015 -Lord☆Ultimate~-
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November 19, 2015 JP ARCADE
BlazBlue: Central Fiction
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2016
March 2, 2016 STEAM
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend
August 10 - 14, 2016 STAGE
Live Act BlazBlue ~Continuum Shift~
at Shinjukumura Performing Theater
October 6, 2016 JP PS3, PS4
BlazBlue: Central Fiction
October 20, 2016 JP NOVEL
BlazBlue: Spiral Shift – Hero of the Frozen Blade
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December 12, 2016 JP COMIC
BlazBlue: Variable Heart
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2017
April 27, 2017 STEAM
BlazBlue: Central Fiction
August 3, 2017 JP ARCADE
BlazBlue Central Fiction Ver 2.0
2018
March 22, 2018 JP, NA NINTENDO SWITCH
Eat Beat: Dead Spike-san
March 31, 2018 JP
June 5, 2018 NA
June 22, 2018 EU
PS4, NINTENDO SWITCH, STEAM
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
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November 20, 2018 BlazBlue 10th Anniversary BlazBlue 10th Anniversary Logo.png
2019
February 7, 2019 JP, US
February 8, 2019 EU
NINTENDO SWITCH
BlazBlue: Central Fiction Special Edition
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April 25, 2019 JP ARCADE
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
November 21, 2019 PS4, NINTENDO SWITCH, STEAM
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Ver 2.0
TBA
TBA MOBILE
BlazBlue Alternative: Dark War
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External Links

References

  1. BlazBlue: Original Setting Material Collection - Genesis of the Azure Flame, Chapter 1 - Phenomena: Dawn (事象:黎明), BLAZBLUE Title & Logo Transition