Naoto Kurogane

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"You can't... win against me!"[1]
ナオト=クロガネ
Naoto Kurogane

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Name

Naoto Kurogane

Birthday

December 1

Species

Human (formerly)

Voice Actors

Nobunaga Shimazaki

Blood Type

B

Height

176cm

Weight

69kg

Hair Color

Brown
White (when using Bloodedge)

Eye Color

Brown (sometimes green)
Red (when using Bloodedge)

Drive

Bloodedge

Birthplace

Japan

Likes

Rest

Dislikes

Eyedrops (because it's hard to use them)

Hobbies

Admiring cats

Affiliation

Amanohokosaka Clan
Alucard Clan
Shin Kawahama First High School

Character Titles

Naoto Terumi

Character Themes

Jaeger

Appearances
Games

BlazBlue: Central Fiction (playable)

Novels

BlazBlue: Bloodedge Experience - Part 1
BlazBlue: Bloodedge Experience - Part 2

Naoto Kurogane (ナオト=クロガネ), also known as Naoto Terumi, is the servant of Raquel Alucard and heir to the Terumi branch of the Amanohokosaka Clan, signified by his ownership of the Eye of the Hunter. Naoto is the older brother of Saya Terumi and a cousin to Haruka Hayami. Naoto was sent from his possibility into that of the BlazBlue world to save his own world.

Naoto is the main protagonist of BlazBlue: Bloodedge Experience - Part 1 and BlazBlue: Bloodedge Experience - Part 2. He made his playable debut in BlazBlue: Central Fiction.

Appearance

Naoto is a young man with pale skin, brown eyes, and eye-length messy brown hair with an ahoge poking up at the top of his hair. When using bloodedge however, his hair turns white and his eyes turn red. This makes him resemble another Bloodedge, Ragna the Bloodedge.

In Bloodedge Experience Naoto wears the uniform of his high school, Shin Kawahama First High School, that uniform being a black jacket with black jeans. However in Central Fiction he wears a skintight black jacket with red and white cross emblems and short sleeves, black pants with a red belt, and red shoes with metal guards. He has a marking on his upper chest that resembles Ragna's, though this marking changes when he's in Bloodedge form.

Personality

Has a rough personality. Due to owning the special power of the "Eye of the Hunter," he has experienced many hardships, and he deeply wishes to lead an ordinary and peaceful life. However, because he has a strong sense of justice and can't help but assist those in trouble, he sometimes gets himself tangled in problems. He's not afraid of acting, but often does so before thinking. He's a little too loud for tea.[2]

A young man trying to lead a normal and peaceful life, Naoto has had harsh circumstances thrown his way, shaping him into the person he is now. Despite the tragedies in his life, such as having lost most of his family, Naoto never lets the trauma surface, and instead aims to live a normal life. Regardless, Naoto can never stop himself from helping those in trouble, even if it means disrupting his ordinary life. There are times when he doesn't think out his good-willed actions, diving headfirst into any kind of situation where he thinks he can help others.

He likes to avoid conflict and people, and preferred taking 30 minute walks to school instead of getting the bus since it would mean less interaction. He is not antisocial but just dislikes crowds. There are times where Naoto can be socially awkward and not know what to do, but most of the time, it is because he has been thrown into a ridiculously abnormal situation.

Despite Saya Terumi having ruined his life, he still loves his younger sister and will protect her from anyone who would harm her. His cousin, Haruka Hayami, is another important factor in Naoto's life, but it is Raquel Alucard who has made the biggest impact. The young vampire often gets on Naoto's nerves and sometimes treats as less than human, but the two are as close as they can be, sharing a tight bond. For any of these women, including his aunt Yuki Hayami, Naoto will go far out of his way and take on any odds for them.

In his spare time, Naoto likes watching cats and playing video games, including those in the visual novel genre.[3]

Powers and Techniques

Naoto was taught by his mother in the way of her family's martial arts, excelling in them. As a member of the Amanohokosaka Clan, he is also versed in exorcism, but is nowhere near the level of the main family.

There are two powers that truly define Naoto - the Eye of the Hunter, and his Drive, Bloodedge. The Eye allows him to see the life-force of every living thing - be it human, Kaka, vampire, or otherwise. Having had the Eye for all his life, Naoto can read the runes that the values are presented in and can gauge the health and strength of others by reading them.

Bloodedge is Naoto's main weapon and he uses it frequently to fight his opponents. By using his own blood and hardening it, Naoto can create various weapons to fight his enemies. His arsenal usually includes a katana, a two-handed axe, a large scythe, and an extendable amount of blood that he uses in a fashion similar to a whip. Whenever Naoto uses his Drive, his hair turns white and his eyes turn red, but as of Central Fiction, this is only the case when he truly taps into his power to fight. He can create many shapes with his blood, even making a head similar to that of the Black Beast.

Because of his contract with Raquel, Naoto borders on the immortal, but only when she is around. They share the same life-force, and hers is far and beyond more than most humans. This gives Naoto an ability normally unique to vampires called Regeneration, which means that all wounds sustained will patch themselves up effortlessly. Because his right arm is made from vampire blood and thanks to the sorcery installed in it from Clavis, Naoto has the physical strength of a vampire - this was easily demonstrated when he killed an Apostle with a single blow. For an unknown reason, Naoto can subconsciously create fog from his body to replace missing limbs.

As strong as Naoto is, he still has weaknesses. Without Raquel, Naoto loses Regeneration and his right arm disintegrates back into blood. He is also a three-time amputee, and his replacement limbs have some movement restrictions. Naoto also has a lack of real fighting experience and relies heavily on his Drive to fight tough opponents, which can make him predictable.

Official Profiles

BlazBlue: Central Fiction Official Site Profile

Story

An outsider who arrived from a parallel world to search for a girl called Raquel Alucard. He has the "Eye of the Hunter" that can see the strength of a person's lifeforce, and is the owner of the Drive "Bloodedge" that allows him to fight with weapons made from blood. Opening his eyes to the unfamiliar land of Kagutsuchi and disoriented enough to not know his right from his left, he asks around for "a blonde girl with pale skin, wearing black ribbons that look like rabbit ears.[4]

Personality

Has a rough personality. Due to owning the special power of the "Eye of the Hunter," he has experienced many hardships, and he deeply wishes to lead an ordinary and peaceful life. However, because he has a strong sense of justice and can't help but assist those in trouble, he sometimes gets himself tangled in problems. He's not afraid of acting, but often does so before thinking. He's a little too loud for tea.[5]

BlazBlue: Central Fiction Library Entry

Naoto Kurogane

A foreign body that entered this world, searching for a woman named Raquel Alucard.

He possesses a unique power, 'Eye of the Hunter' that allows him to see the streams of life. His drive is 'Bloodedge,' which turns blood into a weapon.

When he wakes up in the unfamiliar land of Kagutsuchi, he is at a complete loss. Without knowing left or right, he wanders town looking for a 'blonde, pale young girl with ribbons that resemble rabbit ears.' [6]

BlazBlue 10th Anniversary Official Site Profile

The protagonist of the "Bloodedge Experience" official spinoff novels. A high school boy who uses the "Eye of the Hunter" and Bloodedge to fight.[1]

Appearances in other Media

  • The mobile game Mabinogi Duel stars Naoto as a playable card.

Trivia

  • In the BlazBlue 10th Anniversary Character Poll, Naoto placed 19th out of the 84 candidates. He scored one place above Bullet and one place below Nine the Phantom. He had 1,296 votes.
  • Naoto's birthday is the Day of Iron, likely referencing his last name, which can be written as "black iron".
  • Naoto's movelist seems to have a naming theme around dark imagery, but there is no concrete connection between the names.
  • If defeated, Naoto may either call out Haruka or Raquel's name.
  • Azrael believes that Naoto has the potential to become far stronger than he currently is, even sparing him in his win-quote just to see how Naoto will turn out.[7]
  • Several people in Central Fiction remind Naoto of his friends and family back home.
  • Naoto could have taken his father's name, Terumi, but instead chose to honor his mother by taking her maiden name, Kurogane.
  • Naoto's normal eye color is inconsistent across portrayals. Some official artworks have given him green eyes and others with brown. When using Bloodedge, however, they are always red.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 BlazBlue 10th Anniversary Official Site (JP), Naoto Kurogane
  2. BlazBlue: Central Fiction Consumer Edition Official Site (JP), Naoto Kurogane
  3. BlazBlue: Bloodedge Experience - Part 1, Chapter 1 - Contact
  4. BlazBlue: Central Fiction Consumer Edition Official Site (JP), Story - Naoto Kurogane
  5. BlazBlue: Central Fiction Consumer Edition Official Site (JP), Naoto Kurogane
  6. BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Library Mode, Character #094
  7. BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Arcade Mode, Azrael Victory Quote Vs Naoto Kurogane, Act III