Akatsuki Blitzkampf

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Akatsuki Blitzkampf
Akatsuki Blitzkampf box art.jpg
Box art of the game
Developer(s)Subtle Style
Publisher(s)Subtle Style
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
Release
  • JP: April 30, 2007
Genre(s)2D fighting game
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Akatsuki Blitzkampf (アカツキ電光戦記, Akatsuki Denkō Senki) is a Japanese dōjin 2D fighting game, developed by the dōjin circle SUBTLE STYLE for Microsoft Windows.[1] Released on April 30, 2007, the game is a sequel to March 2003 release, Akatsuki Shisei Ichigō (試製1号, lit. Akatsuki Prototype Nr. 1).[2] The title got a lot of attention in Japan and elsewhere for its high-resolution sprites and older style gameplay.[citation needed]

On September 27, 2007, Monthly Arcadia confirmed that the game would be launched as an arcade title, published by SUBTLE STYLE itself.[3] The Arcade game was called Akatsuki Blitzkampf Ausf. Achse and it was released on February 20, 2008[4] for the Sega NAOMI system. It is soon followed by the sequel known as En-Eins Perfektewelt (エヌアイン完全世界, En-Ainsu Kanzen Sekai) in 2010.

Gameplay[edit]

Akatsuki Blitzkampf (or Denkō Senki in Japanese) is set in a fictional future involving several characters that resemble the Nazi soldiers of the World War II era, among others. In-game visuals supplement this sort of specific militaristic theme and environment, portrayed by the flat and somewhat cubist character portraits and story sequence images. Blitzkampf is also a follow-up to a previous SUBTLE STYLE release from 2003 called Akatsuki Shisei Ichigō, involving many of the characters from the previous game.

In terms of Blitzkampf's play style, it is regarded as relatively "old school" in comparison to many other dōjin fighter releases such as Melty Blood, Eternal Fighter Zero, or Big Bang Beat, as many of the systems and conventions in the game are rather similar to several late 90's fighting games created by Capcom. For example, many players allude to the parry system, which resembles the one from the Street Fighter III installments. The gratuitous number of extra modes the game provides (such as Survival, Time Attack, or SUGOROKU) and the ways that they are unlocked is largely reminiscent of a console release of an arcade fighting game, further reinforcing the semi-retro feel. In other words, the game focus is upon space control and careful footwork instead of flashy combos and intense aerial combat.

In Ein-Eins, when activating a burst-like move known as Perfekwelt via A+C+D, will grant the player increased boosts, such as health regeneration, but no longer be able to use EX or regular Super moves when entering this state. Once the gauge limit of Perfekwelt depletes, players cannot use EX or regular Supers, until the regular gauge return usable in the next rounds. While in Perfekwelt state before reaching the gauge limit, players can press A+C+D again to perform a straight through Super attack while in close proximity.

Characters[edit]

Introduced in Akatsuki Shisei Ichigo[edit]

  • Akatsuki: High class technical officer of the Imperial army. Believed to have died in the Arctic oceans at a critical time when the war was coming to its end, during the transportation of a new military unit from an allied country. Fifty years later, he returns alive and unchanged in appearance. Now wielding superhuman abilities, he resumes his mission. He made a guest appearance in French Bread's Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late, and will appear in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle patch 2.0 in November 2019. Voiced by Shinobu Matsumoto (credited Souji Hijikata in his home series) in Japanese, while receiving an English voice in only Cross Tag Battle.
  • Mycale: A witch that belongs to a secret society called "Gesellschaft" (German for "society"); they have been manipulating history from behind the scenes since the Middle Ages. She plans to recover the missing weapon. Later remained as Perfecti as of Ausf. Achse update onwards, as well as being replaced by her spiritual replacement and former host Kati in the sequel game En-Eins Perfektewelt. Voiced by Karumagu.
  • Kanae: An intelligence operative, attached to the second office of the Ground Staff Overseeing Department. With the news of Akatsuki's revival, she is ordered to recover a secret "Blitz Engine", lost at the end of the war. Voiced by 754.
  • Sai (real name: Colonel Claude D'Aspremont): Agent for the Xinhua computer company. He, through clandestine means, gathers information throughout the world. Rumors say that behind his sunglasses lurks an evil eye that can kill a man instantly. Voiced by Shion Hibiki.
  • Fritz: A military surgeon who practiced in the Imperial army during the war. Albeit becoming unaccounted for afterwards, he sets off on eliminating all those who have appeared concurrently with Akatsuki's revival. Voiced by Shion Hibiki.

Introduced in Akatsuki Blitzkampf[edit]

  • Marilyn Sue Dae Jie: An assassin for the continent's largest international mafia "Black Hand" and a master of assassination techniques with basis in, presumably, "Breaking Fist". By plundering the Blitz Engine from Akatsuki, she aims to rise in influence and power. Voiced by Karumagu.
  • Da Wei: A master of Xingyiquan, who, as a cold-blooded assassin, rose up to the ranks of Black Hand's leaders. After his patron was assassinated, Wei searches for the criminal. Voiced by Shinobu Matsumoto (credited Souji Hijikata in his home series).
  • Anonym: An Armed Inquisitor of Heresy, within a religious society - The Sacred Club. She is sent to destroy the headquarters of an organization charged with the heresy of aiding Gesellschaft, the Perfecti Kyōdan. Anonym is a master of the Ranbas-style gun technique, a combination of Chinese self-defense and pistols. There are few Anonym Guards as her replacement in the sequel game En-Eins. Voiced by Strange Heke.
  • Elektrosoldat: Private army of "Gesellschaft", cloned from Adler. Although equipped with the same Blitz Engine as Akatsuki, the connection between them lies shrouded in mystery. However, one soldier begin to oppose Gesellschaft, while at the same time of ended up dying by an unknown disease. Voiced by Kyosuke Amasaki in the first game, later replaced by Yohei Takino after the first game.
  • Blitztank (Denkosensha in Japan): An electrical tank, assumed to have a Blitz Engine as its source of power. According to a copy of the document on new engine research labeled "Gesellschaft", a test piece was developed. However, it was revoked along with the plan itself before the full-scale production could take place. Based on its arcade ending, there are mysterious rumors behind the creation of Blitztanks that the tanks were once humans before being cyberized into living tanks as they are now, by the time when playable Blitztank begin to remember something upon encountering Akatsuki, and progressively attempt to rebel Gesellschaft. It appears alongside Akatsuki in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle.
  • Adler: Formerly, as an officer within the organization "Ahnenerbe", he did research on German ancestry, organization. He participated in excavation of Tibet's ancient heritage, but upon the discovery of the ancient city of Agartha, he uses the science for his own ambitions. He is the originator of Elektrosoldat clone army. Voiced by Kyosuke Amasaki in the first game, later replaced by Nagase Reiji after the first game.
  • Murakumo (real name: Akatsuki Zero): The final boss of the first game. At the time of the previous war, he was a military officer stationed in Germany who planned actions for an inspection group on military affairs. In this position, he got in touch with a religious society called Perfecti Kyōdan, and established the Military Technique Research facility, nicknamed "Gesellschaft". Towards the end of the war news from Berlin is interrupted. He was the original Akatsuki before the main protagonist himself. Voiced by Shinobu Matsumoto (credited Souji Hijikata in his home series).

Introduced in Akatsuki Blitzkampf Ausf. Achse[edit]

  • Perfecti (Kanzensha in Japan): The current sub-boss of the series. The current form of the witch Mycale after leaving Kati's body, and presumably possessing one of the original Anonym as her presumable current host. She was originally a mere palette swap of Mycale in Akatsuki Blitzkampf prior being re-introduce in Ausf. Achse update as her own character and the second round’s sub-boss of the said update after defeating Mycale. Voiced by Kyoko Utsumi.

Introduced in En Eins Perfektewelt[edit]

  • En-Eins: The sole survivor of Gesellschaft's cloning batch, En-Eins aims to stop the evil military organization to avenge his clone "siblings". Voiced by Ai Nishimura.
  • Kati: Former host of Mycale after the latter becoming a separate entity known as Perfecti. As Kati now freed from Mycale, she replaces Mycale’s spot as a playable character. Voiced by Kaori Ota.
  • Anonym Guard: The original Anonym's replacement, after the original's disappearance, and presumably possessed by Mycale and becoming Perfecti. One of the guards begin to search for her whereabout. Voiced by Strange Heke.
  • Tempelritter: Are the female clones of Valkyria, serving as "Gesellschaft"'s foot soldiers like Elektrosoldat.
  • Valkyria: The non-playable final boss of the second game. She, like Adler, also have let themselves being cloned to mass produce Tempelritter and Elektrosoldat army. She briefly appeared as part of Perfecti’s Reflector moves, until properly made her debut in sequel En-Eins. Due to her status a power-up version of Tempelritter, such as can use EX/Super gauge moves infinitely, even after “Perfekwelt” being used, it is highly recommended for the players to prepare a Reflector against her.

Release[edit]

Akatsuki Blitzkampf Ausf. Achse[edit]

Akatsuki Blitzkampf Ausf. Achse
Akatsuki Blitzkampf Ausf. Achse promo art.jpg
Promotional art of the game
Developer(s)Subtle Style
Publisher(s)PIC
Platform(s)Arcade (Sega NAOMI)
Release
  • JP: February 20, 2008
Genre(s)2D fighting game
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

After finding success on the Dōjin soft scene, on September 27, 2007, Arcadia Magazine confirmed that the game would be launched as an Arcade title, with the provisional name "Akatsuki Blitzkampf AC", published by SUBTLE STYLE itself. The first location test was held on November 23, 2007 at High Tech Land Sega AViON in Japan.[5] The game was renamed as Akatsuki Blitzkampf Ausf. Achse and was improved with graphical enhancements and a new character named Perfecti.[6] Akatsuki Blitzkampf Ausf. Achse was released in Japanese arcades on February 20, 2008 for the Sega NAOMI system and published with the help of PIC company. It re-introduces a new character known as Perfecti (Kanzensha in Japan), who was originally a mere alternate version/palette swap of Mycale.

It is a common misconception that the subtitle is a misspelling of the German phrase "Auf Achse," meaning "on tour/on the road/on the move". In fact, the term "Ausf." is short for "Ausführung" and has been very common in historic German military nomenclature, meaning "option model" or "version". Therefore, "Ausf. Achse" literally means "option model with axle(s)" or "moveable/mobile/non-stationary version". "Achse" also translates to "axis", and given the game's militaristic style, a very probable translation is "Akatsuki Flash Fight Axis Edition".

En-Eins Perfektewelt[edit]

En-Eins Perfektewelt
Developer(s)Subtle Style
Rutubo Game Works
Publisher(s)Subtle Style
Platform(s)Arcade
Release
(NESiCAxLive)
Genre(s)2D fighting game
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Subtle Style developed a sequel to the original game called En-Eins Perfektewelt (エヌアイン完全世界, En-Ainsu Kanzen Sekai) in conjunction with Rutubo Game Works. It was released on the System Board Y2 arcade system on June 25, 2010.[7] The game was later ported to the Taito Type X² arcade board and released digitally via NESiCAxLive on February 22, 2012.[8]

It is a common misconception that the subtitle is a misspelling of the German phrase "Perfektwelt," meaning "perfect world", referring to the new titular protagonist En-Eins, the last surviving clone of his cloning batch who aims to defeat one of Gesellschaft’s leader, such as Vakyria (a boss version of her playable clone, Tempelritter) for the sake of creating a perfect world. It also introduces Mycale’s replacement and former host, Kati, as well Anonym Guard as a replacement to the original Anonym.[9]

Reception[edit]

The original Akatsuki game, Akatsuki Shisei Ichigo, was released in 2003 with mixed reviews because of its lack of characters (only three in the first edition, and five with a patch) and gameplay problems, but the second game was released with new characters, backgrounds and a deeper system that includes new modes and online play. Akatsuki Blitzkampf has a strong community in Japan with tournaments and ranking battles in famous Japanese arcade centers like Ko-Hatsu[10] and some non-Japanese enthusiasts have gathered in communities like Shoryuken.com[11] (the official host of the Evolution Championship Series fighting game tournaments in the US).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Subtle Style. "Akatsuki Blitzkampf Official Site". Akatsuki Blitzkampf. Arcadia Magazine. Archived from the original on 2007-08-18. Retrieved 2007-08-06.
  2. ^ Subtle Style. "Akatsuki Shisei Ichigou Official Site". Akatsuki Shisei Ichigou. Subtle Style. Archived from the original on 2007-08-17. Retrieved 2007-08-06.
  3. ^ Subtle Style. "Arcadia Magazine Website". Akatsuki Blitzkampf. Arcadia Magazine. Archived from the original on 2007-08-24. Retrieved 2007-09-06.
  4. ^ Subtle Style. "Akatsuki Blitzkampf Ausf Achse Website". Akatsuki Blitzkampf Ausf Achse (in Japanese). Subtle Style. Archived from the original on 2008-04-12. Retrieved 2008-04-06.
  5. ^ "Akatsuki Blitzkampf AC Location Test flyer". Akatsuki Blitzkampf AC (in Japanese). SUBTLE STYLE. Archived from the original on 2007-11-24. Retrieved 2007-11-22.
  6. ^ Subtle Style. "Akatsuki Blitzkampf Ausf. Achse Website". Akatsuki Blitzkampf Ausf. Achse (in Japanese). Subtle Style. Archived from the original on 2008-04-12. Retrieved 2008-04-06.
  7. ^ a b "「アカツキ電光戦記」の続編がついに登場。AC「エヌアイン完全世界」,明日6月25日より稼働開始". 4Gamer.net (in Japanese). 2010-06-24. Retrieved 2019-05-22.
  8. ^ a b "遊びやすさを向上! NESiCAxLive大規模バージョンアップ稼働開始". Famitsu (in Japanese). 2012-02-22. Retrieved 2019-05-22.
  9. ^ "Exklusives Interview mit Subtle Style". HardEdge.org (in German). 2013-07-18. Retrieved 2019-05-22.
  10. ^ Ko-Hatsu. "THE BATTLE OF KO-HATSUKI: Akatsuki Blitzkampf tournament". Akatsuki Blitzkampf Tournament. Ko-Hatsuki. Retrieved 2007-08-06.[dead link]
  11. ^ "Akatsuki Blitzkampf Shoryuken Thread". Shoryuken.com. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-08-06.

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