"In my right hand, I carry the sword of judgement and in my left, the scales of justice. I serve the wings who govern the heavens. I am their word and their sword made flesh."
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (non-playable)
BlazBlue: Phase Shift 2
Major Tsubaki Yayoi (ツバキ＝ヤヨイ) is a soldier of the Novus Orbis Librarium and the heiress to the Duodecim's Yayoi family. She wields the Sealed Weapon Izayoi and is very close to Jin Kisaragi, Noel Vermillion, and Makoto Nanaya. To Tsubaki, Jin means everything, and she strives to bring justice to the world.
Tsubaki is a fair skinned woman with back length red hair, and blue eyes.
In BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, Tsubaki's natural battle uniform consists of a beige shirt with a black collar, beige pants with a black waistband, grey gloves, and grey boots with a cross emblem embedded on the front. Over this is a beige cloak along with a mini-apron dress with a flower design on the waist area. It has yellow lining, and the kneecap sections ends in the shape of three yellow flower petals. As she wields the Sealed Weapon Izayoi, she wears a winged hat, which matches the color of the rest of her uniform, and has a blue eye at the center. In BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, she wears the same uniform, however, she takes on a darker color scheme. And finally, in BlazBlue: Central Fiction, her outfit once again only changes it's color, donning a much brighter color scheme than before.
Steadfast and an organizer of people, she is beloved because she never fails to consider those around her. However, she can be too serious and has a tendency towards stubbornness, so there are times when she's unable to adapt.
On the surface, Tsubaki can be seen as the perfect heiress - Calm, intelligent, modest, and outwardly professional with even the smallest of things. Beneath this surface, however, Tsubaki struggles to find her own sense of justice, a weakness that is exploited by Izanami and Yuuki Terumi. She wants to act on what she believes is right, but struggles to defy the Duodecim and NOL which she was raised to be obedient to. As time has progressed, Tsubaki has overcome her conditioning, fighting for her own beliefs and her friends.
One of Tsubaki's more defining traits is her love for Jin, who she has known since childhood. Her loyalty to the NOL is matched only by her affection for Jin, and has even fantasised about marrying him. This love is not blinding, however, and she will stand against him if he acts against what she believes is morally right. Her dedication to Jin and her friends has lead to a intense dislike towards Ragna the Bloodedge. She is also prone to jealously of those around Jin, feelings that were manipulated by both Terumi and Hazama into hating Noel. This is no longer the case, however.
Unlike many nobles, Tsubaki does not flaunt her status, instead using it to try and make a positive influence on the world around her. Upon meeting Makoto for the first time and seeing her being the victim of racially motivated bullying, Tsubaki intervened, preventing it with her status as the Yayoi heiress.
Powers & Techniques
Thanks to her bloodline and years of training in martial arts, Tsubaki is a fierce combatant. She has a high Ars Magus aptitude that allows her to effectively utilise the Sealed Weapon Izayoi, a weapon passed down the Yayoi household. When using Izayoi, Tsubaki is able to fight against most opponents on an even keel, and frequently switches between its whip and sword form for its blade. Izayoi is able to effectively blind Observers from using Phenomenon Intervention, and Tsubaki can even cast a Zanki Barrier to further fight against that class of opponent.
Tsubaki is the only known person able to use the Zero-Type Izayoi, giving her access to the Immortal Breaker. With this, she can kill beings like Rachel Alucard and force her opponents to recognise their own death. There is a drawback in that it cannot kill those with the Power of Order or individuals with unique circumstances like Izanami, who is a Drive. Regardless of Izayoi, Tsubaki is a skilled negotiator and quick-thinker who is constantly aware of her surroundings, having realised that the Battle of Ragna the Bloodedge was a trap to ensnare her from the second she was invited serves as one example.
Unfortunately, Tsubaki is not as powerful as Jin or Noel, who wield Nox Nyctores class weapons. She will lose to either in a straight fight, and is forced to rely on the Zero-Type in order to effectively best the strongest opponents, but even then this may not be enough. She was previously easy to manipulate thanks to her hidden feelings and tendency to confine her emotions for the sake of others, but Tsubaki has overcome this with time and the help of her friends. She already fallen prey once to Izayoi's nature to blind its user, and once over-relied on her weapon to the point of dying in one Continuum Shift. For an unknown reason, Tsubaki's sight has been restored and she has not suffered from overusing Izayoi since.
The next head of the Yayoi Family of the Duodecim. She is a member of the Zero Squadron, Wings of Justice – the squadron in charge of policing internal affairs of the NOL.
Though she was born into a prestigious family, she doesn’t flaunt her status. She excels in both the literary and martial arts, is reliable and takes matters seriously; although, some might say she’s too inflexible when it comes to rules.
Jin and her are childhood friends, and she meets Noel and Makoto in the Military Academy. Despite her enlisting in to the services, she herself does not like fighting and believes her efforts will help establish order, which will eliminate war. For that cause, she is ready to soak her hands in blood.
Tsubaki receives the order from commander in chief of the NOL, the Imperator, to terminate her best friends Jin and Noel for desertion. Her heart still torn, she takes her family heirloom, the Izayoi, and reluctantly heads to Kagutsuchi.
Tsubaki tries to reason with her friends, but is instead consumed by her jealousy for Noel, falling victim to Hazama’s scheme. When she hits rock bottom and is blinded by her path, she is saved by the Imperator. Her loyalty becomes even stronger.
She heads to the Coliseum to capture Ragna, but is intercepted by Jin, Noel, and Makoto. The three of them help her realize her true feelings, breaking Tsubaki free of the Imperator’s curse.
Appearances in other Media
- BlazBlue: Central Fiction Consumer Edition Official Site (JP), Character - Tsubaki Yayoi
- BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Official Site (US), Character - Tsubaki Yayoi
- BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Official Site (EU), Character - Tsubaki Yayoi
- BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Arcade Mode, Izayoi, Act II
- BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, Story Mode, Tsubaki Yayoi - ARCH ENEMY, Bad Ending
- BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Library Mode, Character #014