Jin Kisaragi

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"I am the cold steel...the blade that will restore balance to this world! Nox Nyctores, Yukianesa, activate!"
ジン=キサラギ
Jin Kisaragi
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Name

Jin Kisaragi

Birthday

February 14

Species

Artificial Human

Voice Actors

Tetsuya Kakihara (Japanese)
Mitsuki Nakae (Japanese, young)
David Vincent (English)
Wendee Lee (English, young)

Blood Type

A

Height

178cm

Weight

61kg

Hair Color

Blonde

Eye Color

Green

Drive

Frost Bite

Birthplace

United Kingdom

Likes

Nothing

Dislikes

Meat Dishes, Weaklings

Hobbies

Collecting Vintage Motorcycles

Affiliation

Novus Orbis Librarium
Military Academy
Kisaragi family

Character Titles

Hero of Ikaruga (イカルガの英雄)
Torifune Izanagi
Hero of the Frozen Blade [1]

Character Themes

Lust SIN, II, LA
Under Heaven Destruction, II, LA
Imperial Code, II
Childish Killer, II, Cross Line
Bloodline

Appearances
Games

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (playable)
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift (playable)
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II (playable)
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend (playable)
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma (playable)
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend (playable)
BlazBlue: Central Fiction (playable)
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle (playable)
BlazBlue Alternative: Dark War

Manga

BlazBlue: Remix Heart
BlazBlue: Variable Heart
BlazBlue: Chimelical Complex
BlazBlue

Novels

BlazBlue: Phase Shift 2
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger - Part 1
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger - Part 2
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift - Part 1
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift - Part 2
BlazBlue: Spiral Shift – Hero of the Frozen Blade

Short Stories

Evergreen Eyes
purgatory hell
Trigger Shift
Scarlett Rose

Drama Cd

BlazBlue: The Wheel of Fortune
BlazBlue: Happy Trigger – Blue Drama Rebel One
BlazBlue: Happy Trigger – Blue Drama 2 Rebel Two

Major Jin Kisaragi (ジン=キサラギ), also known as the Hero of Ikaruga (イカルガの英雄), is one of the main characters of the BlazBlue series. He is the current wielder of the Nox Nyctores - Mucro Algesco: Yukianesa and is a product of Order. Jin is the younger brother of Ragna the Bloodedge, older brother of Saya, and a member of the Duodecim's Kisaragi household.

Jin is one of the original playable twelve characters who debuted in BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger.

Appearance

Jin is a slim yet muscular young man with fair skin, short, blond hair, and green eyes.

BlazBlue Jin Kisaragi Model Sheet 01.jpg

He wears the blue uniform of the NOL infantry division. His uniform consists of a sleeveless blue coat with red lining and gold trimmings, a sleeveless white tunic secured at the waist with three black belts, and underneath everything a black form-fitting, full-length bodysuit with long sleeves. He wears a pair of thick, long, white gloves folded over just below his elbows. Detached, long blue strips of cloth are attached to his coat by a pair of large silver buttons near his shoulders. They end in black triangles with a single gold stripe on the outside, while the inside remains completely blue. These sleeves reach down to his knees and also have large pauldrons. Jin also wears the standard blue NOL infantry boots, which bear gold trimmings, a gold cross along the tongue of the boots, and silver metal toes.

Military Academy Uniform

During his time at the Military Academy, Jin wore the standard male school uniform, a pair of white shoes, and grey glasses. It is unknown if Jin had problems with his eyesight around this time or if he wore them for purely aesthetic reasons.

When he fought in the Ikaruga Civil War, Jin wore a variation of his NOL uniform, donning a sleeveless blue coat with red lining and gold trimmings, with a matching pauldron fastened to his uniform by a metal plate engraved with an unknown symbol, a sleeveless white tunic over a sleeveless black undershirt, metal arm guards and fingerless gloves, white trousers and boots trimmed in blue and gold.

When he was young and still lived at the church with Ragna and Saya, Jin often wore a pale blue jacket, a black shirt, light brown trousers, and dark brown shoes. On the night the church burned down, he was wearing a light blue shirt and black shorts.

In his teenage years after he was adopted by the Kisaragis, Jin wore a traditional Japanese attire consisting of a white kosode (shirt), blue hakama (trousers), white socks and sandals.

NOL formal wear

For important ceremonies, Jin wears a more formal version of his NOL uniform consisting of a sharp blue suit with black cuffs, gold trimmings, and a large shoulder cloth with various insignia sewn upon it, as well as a white shirt, red tie, a pair of white trousers, and the standard blue NOL infantry boots with gold trimmings. On certain occasions he has also worn a blue beret or a NOL cape similar to Kagura's but in blue.

Personality

Calm and collected, but also somewhat aloof when it comes to other people. He's an exceptional soldier and commander, but also ambitious and jealous, which makes him extremely possessive.[2][3]

To most, Jin is apathetic, cold, distant, and aloof, barely showing any emotion to anyone. He is much more complex than most would initially think thanks to years of influence under Yukianesa and Order. He has a deep brotherly love for his brother Ragna, a love that both aforementioned factors manipulated into something twisted and corrupted. Another person that Jin has a strong attachment to is his childhood friend Tsubaki Yayoi - the two of them will do nearly anything for one another and she is one of a few people that truly understands him. In the timeline where Jin became Hakumen, Tsubaki's death haunted and wracked him with guilt for nearly 100 years. His most complicated relationship is with Noel Vermillion, someone who he despises for looking like his sister. As time goes on, however, he begins to become softer towards her.

Prior to gaining control of Yukianesa, Jin was prone to emotional and mental outbursts. He would allow the Nox to control him and make decisions without his consent, attacking both friends and foes alike. Once he solidified his control, Jin began to formerly identify more with Order and to destroy anything that would oppose it.

As a child, Jin was described as a "crybaby", being sensitive and extremely attached to Ragna. He was often jealous of the attention that Saya was shown and would cry whenever Ragna was ill. He was also terrified of the moon, thinking it would crash at any second; as he grew older, the fear of the moon turned into a hatred. As a teenager in the Military Academy, Jin was popular, cool, and calm, being seen as a model student by all.

Powers & Techniques

Born to oppose Ragna, Jin is an embodiment of Order with exceptional skills in Ars Magus. He wields his Nox, the Mucro Algesco: Yukianesa, with unrivaled skill, and utilizes it in an iaijutsu style; he keeps the blade within its sheath at most times, only drawing it to attack and defend. Jin's swordsmanship is elegant, with every strike being both precise and deliberate. He has owned the Nox all of his adult life; his control over Yukianesa's ice-related abilities allows him to create and shape water in the air and crystallize it, giving birth to a myriad of techniques. Some of the objects that Jin can create include swords of varying sizes, arrows, and beams of ice. His mere presence creates snowflakes in the air, and his Drive is Frost Bite.

Because of Order, Jin is completely immune to Phenomenon Intervention and the Immortal Breaker. His will is so strong he quite literally willed Platinum into existence, although it was not a permanent solution. His will is stronger than that of Yukianesa's, being able to keep its mental influences at bay. Even without Yukianesa, Jin is an accomplished martial artist who has received years of formal training from both the Kisaragi household and Military Academy. After a month of further training from Jubei to help him refine his control of Order and Yukianesa, Jin has become much more powerful; something that several characters including Hakumen and Relius remark on. [4][5]

During the civil war, Jin managed to break through the entirety of the Ikarugan defenses by himself without killing a single person - all while being goaded into killing by his Nox.

Unfortunately, Jin has lost his ability to fight per Trinity's deal - his body is unable to battle. As a Major with his own unit, Jin is likely an accomplished tactician and commander.

Creation & Development

BlazBlue Material Collection Commentary

About the Design/Setting

Mori: I'm sure many know this, but part of Jin's personality is actually quite broken. However, there's meaning even though he's broken; please take a look at the Story Mode for this, and watch over Jin warmly. In the concept for his design, he wore Japanese clothing that gave off a bit of a "soldier" vibe. Different divisions of the NOL wear different colors.[6]

About the Voice and Voice Actor

Mori: I was troubling over who to cast as the voice when one of our staff members went and suggested, "How about Kakihara-san?", and I saw the anime about that drill piercing the sky. Although it was the hot-blooded hero type, the voice was an unusually cool type, so I went and asked. There was some worry over if it'd be alright for the role to have a slightly broken feeling, but now I can't think of anyone other than Kakihara-san for Jin. [6]

Genesis of the Azure Flame Commentary

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Mori: Jin's personality and backstory were mostly unchanged from the very beginning, as far as being a younger brother chasing after his older brother, Ragna. While designing him, it occurred to me "the protagonist's younger brother shouldn't give off such an uptight feeling" so his dual-wielding style was changed to a single sword; "his clothes feel like a protagonist's, doesn't it seem like it would fit right in as the uniform of an enemy force from an old robot anime?" so I returned to the roots of his concept and tried out a design using the image of the Shinsengumi. There were quite a few changes in direction. If I were to consider [the process of] Jin's design altogether, his frame gradually became thinner, letting his more feminine traits feel more natural. Since I was taking inspiration from the Shinsengumi, I wanted to design his sleeves to flap around a bit, but thinking about whether that was reflected in the game or not... in the end, it wasn't really (lol).[8]

Official Profiles

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Official Site Profile

A major of the NOL hailing from the Kisaragi family, who earned the title "Hero of Ikaruga" by ending the Ikaruga Civil War. Although he is supposed to be faithful to the NOL, one day he suddenly ignores his orders and heads to the 13th Hierarchical City of Kagutsuchi.[12]

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Official Site Profile

An Ars Magus of the 4th Thaumaturgist Squadron with the position of major, known as the "Hero of Ikaruga" due to his victories during the Second War of Ars Magus. Despite being treated for injuries from the previous incident, as if being led towards something, he heads for the Kagutsuchi branch of the NOL. [13]

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Official Site Profile

Although praised as the Hero of Ikaruga, Jin Kisaragi has split from the NOL due to certain events. Released from Yukianesa's curse through the Power of Order and having received Jubei's teachings, Jin heads towards Ikaruga.[14]

BlazBlue: Central Fiction Official Site Profile

Story

A captain of the NOL, from the famous Kisaragi family. Although he was supposed to be faithful to the NOL, one day he suddenly ignored his orders and left for the 13th Hierarchical City of Kagutsuchi. Only he remembers that he once held the title of Major and was hailed as the "Hero of Ikaruga."[15]

Personality

Calm and collected, but also somewhat aloof when it comes to other people. He's an exceptional soldier and commander, but also ambitious and jealous, which makes him extremely possessive.[16][17]

BlazBlue: Central Fiction Library Entry

Jin Kisaragi

Ragna's younger brother, who is commonly known as ‘Hero of Ikaruga.'

He is almost always cool and composed – the keyword being ‘almost.' To most, he is apathetic and even cruel at times, but deep down he's ambitious, competitive, and lonely. According to Ragna, however, he was a little cry baby in his youth.

He was adopted by one of the families of the Duodecim, the Kisaragi family, and there nurtured his talents into what they are today. He is given his own unit while still in the Military Academy, and only moments after graduating, he is sent to Ikaruga, where, his war efforts will earn him the infamous title. He will become the youngest commander of a unit that size, with the rank of major. He wins his commendations for bringing down the leader of the Federation, Tenjo; however, Jin doesn't remember the details of the event because Terumi erased parts of his memory.

The mental strain placed upon Jin from his beloved Nox Nyctores: Yukianesa, causes him to behave irrationally when around Ragna. He is filled with attachment and murderous intent, often ignoring his orders to quench his thirst.

After he overcomes Yukianesa's curse, he gains the Power of Order, and is able to control his will. Now under the guidance of none other than jubei, Jin sets off to free his childhood friend, Tsubaki, from the Imperator's curse. His destination? Ikaruga.

Jin, Makoto and Noel encounter Tsubaki, where Jin uses the Power of Order to rid Tsubaki of her Immortal Breaker power, freeing her from the curse.

Then, Jin takes a stand against the Gigant: Take-Mikazuchi, with Noel and Ragna at his side, but is gravely wounded by Ragna's hands after Ragna is affected by ν's sword.[18]

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Official Site Profile

A swordsman hailed as the "Hero of Ikaruga." Calm and collected, he doesn't involve himself in others' affairs, yet still excels as a leader.[19]

BlazBlue Alternative: Dark War Official Site Profile

A soldier of the Novus Orbis Librarium with the rank of "Major." He is the calm and collected leader of the Fourth Thaumaturgist Squadron, and the heir to the famous "Kisaragi family" of the Duodecim, and possessor of the extremely powerful "Nox Nyctores Causality Weapon - Mucro Algesco: Yukianesa."[20]

Appearances in other Media

  • The mobile game Mabinogi Duel stars Jin as a playable card.
  • The MMO Action Game Lost Saga stars Jin as a playable character.
  • The MOBA game Chaos Heroes Online stars Jin as a playable character.
  • The mobile game Fantasy War Tactics stars Jin as a playable unit.
  • The arcade collectible card games Lord of Vermilion Re: 2 and Lord of Vermilion 3, from Square Enix, have Jin as a card.
  • The PSVita music app NAX Music Player has Jin as purchasable background skin.
  • The mobile rhythm-game GROOVE COASTER 2 has Jin's theme 'Lust SIN' as purchasable track.
  • The arcade rhythm-game GROOVE COASTER 3 has Jin's theme 'Lust SIN' as purchasable track.
  • The MMORPG Phantasy Star Online 2, by SEGA, features Jin's outfit, hairstyle, voice (only male avatar) and weapon as customization for the player character.
  • The iOS/Android game Medal Masters: Call of destiny has Jin as a playable character.
  • The iOS/Android game Venus Eleven Vivid! has a character which uses Jin's outfit and signature move Musou Senshouzan (localized as Crystal Strike) for a special attack.
  • In the fighting game Them's Fighting' Herds, the avatars in "Pixel Lobby" can wear Cosplay cosmetics based on Jin's uniform and hairstyle (unlocks if the player owns a copy of BBCF on Steam)

Trivia

  • Jin ranked 5th in the popularity poll held for BlazBlue's 10th anniversary.[21]

References

  1. BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Character Introduction Trailer #1
  2. BlazBlue: Central Fiction Consumer Edition Official Site (JP), Jin Kisaragi
  3. BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Official Site (US), Jin Kisaragi
  4. BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, Story Mode, Chrono Phantasma, Episode 5
  5. BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, Story Mode, Chrono Phantasma, Episode 9
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 BlazBlue Material Collection, Character, Jin, Page 34
  7. BlazBlue Material Collection, Character, Jin, Page 35
  8. BlazBlue: Original Setting Material Collection - Genesis of the Azure Flame, Chapter 1 - Phenomena: Dawn (事象:黎明), Jin Kisaragi, Page 12
  9. BlazBlue: Original Setting Material Collection - Genesis of the Azure Flame, Chapter 1 - Phenomena: Dawn (事象:黎明), Jin Kisaragi, Page 13
  10. BlazBlue: Original Setting Material Collection - Genesis of the Azure Flame, Chapter 1 - Phenomena: Dawn (事象:黎明), Jin Kisaragi, Page 13
  11. BlazBlue: Original Setting Material Collection - Genesis of the Azure Flame, Chapter 1 - Phenomena: Dawn (事象:黎明), Jin Kisaragi, Page 13
  12. BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Official Site, Jin Kisaragi
  13. BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend Official Site (JP), Jin Kisaragi
  14. BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Official Site (JP), Jin Kisaragi
  15. BlazBlue: Central Fiction Consumer Edition Official Site (JP), Story - Jin Kisaragi
  16. BlazBlue: Central Fiction Consumer Edition Official Site (JP), Jin Kisaragi
  17. BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Official Site (US), Jin Kisaragi
  18. BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Library Mode, Character #002
  19. BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Official Website (JP), Characters, Jin Kisaragi
  20. BlazBlue Alternative: Dark War Official Website (JP) - Jin Kisaragi
  21. http://www.blazblue.jp/10th/contest/characters/