"I am the white void. I am the cold steel. I am the just sword. With blade in hand I shall reap the sins of this world and cleanse it in the fires of destruction. I am Hakumen. The end has come!"
Artificial Human (formerly)
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (playable)
Hakumen (ハクメン) is the former leader of the Six Heroes who resides within the Sankishin's Susano'o Unit. He is the former wielder of the Interfectum Malus: Ookami. Before donning the mantle of 'Hakumen', he was a time-displaced Jin Kisaragi who was transported nearly 100 years in the past.
Hakumen is one of the original twelve playable characters who debuted in BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger.
Hakumen approaches every situation with almost mechanical detachment, and engages with only one purpose: total victory.
Stoic and disciplined - Hakumen is a man of few words who only speaks when necessary. He believes in balancing the world and will do anything in his power to do so. He is a firm believer in his principles of justice and doing what is right, yet never fails to say exactly what is on his mind when the time is right. Hakumen's pride can border on hubris, but his confidence in his own abilities is founded in his overwhelming capability.
Although he seems quiet, Hakumen's mind is always analyzing the situation at hand, mechanically assessing the best way through it. Despite the fact that he is hailed across the world as a heroic icon and his name is known by everyone, Hakumen does not revel in the popularity. Popularity and fame are irrelevant to him; all that matters is his mission to destroy everything left behind by the Black Beast and Yuuki Terumi. Every single battle is approached with no mercy or remorse, only the objective of an annihilating victory.
Hakumen is not without his humanity, however, and his personality as Jin still lingers deep beneath his silence. He cares greatly for Tsubaki Yayoi, and harbors feelings of regret for not being able to save her in his original timeline. Although he would loathe to admit it, Hakumen does also care for the other Six Heroes (bar Terumi), particularly Jubei and Trinity Glassfille. He would never turn his back on his comrades, and would go out of his way into mortal danger to save them. Celica A. Mercury is another person that Hakumen thinks highly of thanks to the time they spent together during the Dark War.
Powers & Techniques
Being the leader of the legendary Six Heroes is enough of an indicator towards Hakumen's undeniable strength. He is permanently clad in the Susano'o Unit, one of the Sankishin. This gives him complete immunity to seithr, incredible physical power, and nigh impenetrable armor. The true ability of the Unit is to allow its user to slash through time itself, something that Hakumen can use in conjunction with his Nox Nyctores - the Intefectum Malus: Ookami. Ookami is a weapon that can nullify Ars Magus itself with its special blade, but its true power has yet to be actually seen. Regardless, it is still a Nox-class weapon, and used in conjunction with the power of the Susano'o Unit, Hakumen is an extremely powerful figure.
In gameplay, Hakumen is one of the more unique characters. He has a unique Magatama Gauge, instead of a Heat Gauge, which is used for him to activate his special attacks. His gameplay Drive is Zanshin, alternatively known as God Slash - Hakumen briefly conjures a small shield-like sigil in front of him and launches a counter whenever attacked. Outside of gameplay, one of Hakumen's most powerful attacks is a technique called Time Killer which strips a target of all their remaining time in the world and instantly kills them. Although this ability is powerful, an Observer can Observe themselves to stave off the effect for a week, and the ability is useless against individuals such as Izanami.
Power is not the only thing in Hakumen's possession. He is also a product of Order and he can employ its power to fight against great threats to the world. This was most evident in his battles against the Black Beast. Hakumen is also a cunning and strategical leader who employs his vast knowledge of the world in every battle, proving himself well versed in many areas. Even Hakumen's own presence is enough to leave men such as Ragna the Bloodedge so scared that they are unable to move. The legendary knight is well trained from his years as Jin under the Kisaragi household, meaning that he excels in hand-to-hand martial arts and academics.
Yet, for all his strengths, Hakumen is not as powerful as he once was. Thanks to the complicated circumstances surrounding the Observation from Kokonoe and Rachel Alucard, Hakumen is only at 20% of his original strength, putting him at a severe disadvantage. He is, however, not so proud as to underestimate his opponents, and does not let his personality come between himself and victory. Hakumen's own will is enough to survive his soul being shattered and to stay within the Boundary for nearly a century without losing himself to insanity.
One of the Six Heroes who defeated the Black Beast. He analyzes every situation calmly and mechanically, always taking the best possible option.
He shows no concern for anyone or thing that is not his enemy. The truth behind his identity, however, is jin, who slipped through time while falling into the cauldron with Ragna and Nu. On the verge of death, Rachel decides to save Jin by merging him with the Susano'o Unit, turning him into Hakumen.
Since Hakumen and Jin are in fact the same existence, they would not normally be able to exist in the same plane, but because of the continuum shift, they are able to coexist.
After defeating the Black Beast, he is sealed away in another dimension at the hands of a certain someone, but is later salvaged from the Boundary by Kokonoe. His prolonged time in the dimensional prison has stripped from him a majority of his strength.
While under Kokonoe’s control upon being salvaged, Rachel frees him. He then heads towards Ikaruga so that he might see his own form of justice through.
Appearances in other Media
- In the MOBA, Smite, the Goddess Nemesis references Hakumen's signature 'White void' speech in one of her taunts in her Blind Vengeance skin.
- ArcSystemWorks livestream, 02/15/2018
- BlazBlue: Central Fiction Consumer Edition Official Site (JP), Hakumen
- BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Official Site (US), Hakumen
- BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, Teach Me, Miss Litchi! Episode 5 - Ars Armagus? Nox Nyctores? What the?
- BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, Story Mode, Chrono Phantasma, Epilogue
- BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, Story Mode, True Ending
- BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Story Mode, Episode 011, Chapter 092
- BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Library Mode, Character #011