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BlazBlue creator Toshimichi Mori: Tsubaki was originally conceptualised as a lesbian (yuri) character

Posted by Cheng Kai 'KarbyP' Sim • June 22, 2014 at 4:34 p.m. PDT

BlazBlue: Bloodedge Experience, the latest light novel spin-off for the fighting game franchise, was recently released in Japan on June 20.

To commemorate the novel's release, 4Gamer met up with BlazBlue series creator Toshimichi Mori along with Bloodedge Experience's author Mako Komao for a little chat about the newly-released book and also the fighting game franchise in general.

Most of this interview was about the BlazBlue: Bloodedge EXperience as well as the other light novel spin-offs for the franchise, so we won't go into detail for that.

But what some of you BlazBlue fans may find interesting is the story that Mori shared about how the character Makoto Nanaya came to be -- she was created to fill a gap.

"...I'm not an expert on the "yuri" genre (fiction depicting girl-on-girl romance) or anything, but I think I can reveal now that initially, Tsubaki was going to be a yuri (translates to "lesbian") character.

"To the point that she'd often go 'I love Noel!'" Mori said, in response to a remark the 4Gamer editor made, about how it's quite unfortunate that there are no yuri characters in the BlazBlue series, as Mako Komao happened to be a renowned Yuri fiction author.

"However, mid-way while writing the plot for BlazBlue, I realised that I couldn't quite make it work. So in the end I changed it so that she had affections for Jin instead.

"This created a gap of sorts. To fill that gap, I created Makoto Nanaya, and the rest is history. Anyway, it looks like I'm just not capable of writing yuri fiction, I suppose."

So now you know why Makoto is so attached to Noel in the game's story mode.

Source: 4Gamer.

Comments

Ginta36 said on June 22, 2014 at 4:39 p.m.

Cool story bro.

#1
Ninjagoon said on June 22, 2014 at 4:45 p.m.

that would've been interesting. Tsubaki X Noel shippers will be glad to hear this.

#2
tibbers123 said on June 22, 2014 at 4:46 p.m.

Damn! they shoulda went with that. Would have been cool and I might had played her lol

#3
ButterdDanish_EMP said on June 22, 2014 at 4:46 p.m.

BlazBlue I want to hear your other secrets.

#4
KarbyP said on June 22, 2014 at 4:46 p.m.

Glad you thought so.

Always glad to bring the peoples more BlazBlue anything if a lot of people would check out the story.

#5
SqueakyBloom said on June 22, 2014 at 4:49 p.m.

While I find the original Tsubaki X Noel relationship adorable, I just can't help but love Makoto and anything related to her more.

Oh Makoto, why you so cute?

#6
Doopliss said on June 22, 2014 at 5:04 p.m.

Instead they gave her creepy incest vibes, good job.

#7
GreedyMcGurgleburg said on June 22, 2014 at 5:06 p.m.

Very cool story brohammer

#8
GakoTheChef said on June 22, 2014 at 5:08 p.m.

Tsubaki x Noel? I am all about that Kreygasm

#9
Vone said on June 22, 2014 at 5:11 p.m.

lol yeah instead we get Jin in love with Ragna

#10
theshredder39 said on June 22, 2014 at 5:11 p.m.

Well I guess some of that concept rubbed onto Makoto given how that character is in that one manga series.

#11
Doopliss said on June 22, 2014 at 5:14 p.m.

That too, but I was talking about how her family has issues with inbreeding.

#12
Vone said on June 22, 2014 at 5:21 p.m.

Oh whoops. I somehow read your comment and the moment I read "incest" I thought Jin and Ragna since this is BlazBlue.

#13
Jason said on June 22, 2014 at 5:21 p.m.

Yeah, Capcom aren't the only perverts in the FG industry.

#14
LightSpdAeon said on June 22, 2014 at 5:37 p.m.

Jin loves Tsubaki.

#15
RyuGoomba said on June 22, 2014 at 5:38 p.m.

So, Makoto is a lesbian?
Aw yeah gurl.

#16
JiCi said on June 22, 2014 at 5:55 p.m.

Wait... what? The Hell did I read?

Well, he made Makoto the yuri-centric character instead, so I can live with that :P

No seriously:
- She kissed another girl (Mai) in Remix Heart.
- She goes crazy when she beats Litchi during an Arcade mode match in CS.
- She gropes Tsubaki from behind at the end of Carl's gag reel.
- One official artwork shows Makoto groping Noel from behind while they are both taking a shower.

#17
Yung said on June 22, 2014 at 6:20 p.m.

She still is in the many doujinshis I read.

#18
Atrkl said on June 22, 2014 at 6:21 p.m.

lol Blazblue

#19
Yung said on June 22, 2014 at 6:25 p.m.

I guess she's just naughty, like that other bitch from Senran Kagura.

#20
zeroroute said on June 22, 2014 at 6:31 p.m.

well her name is one letter off from yaoi (I know that's male stuff), so I'm not surprised

#21
Solar said on June 22, 2014 at 6:44 p.m.

Platinum is my waifu

no pedo

#22
ChunLiliLover said on June 22, 2014 at 7:42 p.m.

Yuri love is the purest love of all.

#23
jme said on June 22, 2014 at 7:42 p.m.

But Tsubaki likes Jin-sama #Kappa

#24
spotlesseden said on June 22, 2014 at 8:23 p.m.

Both Nu and Jin loves Ragna so much that they want to kill him.

#25
Dr_Panic_PhD said on June 22, 2014 at 8:40 p.m.

Personally I always had that feeling even before she became a playable character. It still seems possible and rather less disturbing considering Jin and Tsubaki practically grew up like family. Either way, I didn't need this article to tell me that Makoto would totally be open to a threesome, heh.

#26
HooliganComboFTW said on June 22, 2014 at 9:18 p.m.

I can hear the ships leaving the harbor from here.

#27
TheTTimeLives said on June 22, 2014 at 9:27 p.m.

Seriously, why is every fighting game creator a huge perv?

Like, ohhh it would be so invented if we said she was a man, or a lesbian, or a girl that is drawn like a girl but is a man or is gay.

The writing of all these characters is so dimensional the only reason for this could be the porny aspect. Seriously, it's weird and many of the japanese players think it is too.

#28
SoftShocks said on June 22, 2014 at 9:35 p.m.

That's hot...

#29
Xykes said on June 22, 2014 at 10:26 p.m.

People in love with other people =/= porno

People in love with other people =/= perverted

That's ignornant.

#30
Chaos15 said on June 22, 2014 at 10:52 p.m.

And Makoto became one of my favorite characters ever.
Dear God I love yuri!

#31
DJoe said on June 22, 2014 at 11:15 p.m.

That explains why I don´t like Tsubaki.

#32
Meiga said on June 22, 2014 at 11:40 p.m.

I had to register an account just to reply to this.
You made my day with this comment Thanks.

#33
KickStartMyHeart said on June 23, 2014 at 3:19 a.m.

I was gonna rant about something. Something like, "this is what people mean when they say they want more homosexual characters in games, for the game creators to not be AFRAID or hesitant to include them! Not to force the creators to make homosexual characters to fill out some equal representation checklist!"

...But it sounds like they made Makoto lesbian instead of Tsubaki, so...

#34
AugustAPC said on June 23, 2014 at 5:19 a.m.

...what does? That she was initially a lesbian character? ...that she's not a lesbian?
Sounds dumb as sh*t to me.

Anyway, Tsubaki as a lesbian might have been interesting... but I'd rather have Makoto <3

#35
ChipsLight said on June 23, 2014 at 5:56 a.m.

Yeah but, now it's Makoto who's a lesbian in Remix Heart

#36
barnardex said on June 23, 2014 at 6:24 a.m.

So, she is the only squirrel that doesn't like nuts o_O?

#37
Cael said on June 23, 2014 at 6:29 a.m.

And I'm ok with that.

#38
RoKtheReaper said on June 23, 2014 at 6:51 a.m.

... So is she lesbian? Or is she just extremely flirtatious? e_e; Please don't let that be the case....

Can someone give me definite clarification?

#39
AugustAPC said on June 23, 2014 at 8:49 a.m.

Is she? I haven't read it, but I haven't heard that they came out and said she's homosexual. I know she's been flirtatious with female characters... like fondling their breasts... but that sh*t's pretty common in anime, ain't it?

#40
courte said on June 23, 2014 at 9:07 a.m.

All of this. No. I'm going to go play cyberbots. Between ragna litchi jubei and tsubaki and all of their attached love issues, that's way too much love and shipping, incestuous or not.

#41
umad said on June 23, 2014 at 9:20 a.m.

people actually play this moe game?

#42
KarbyP said on June 23, 2014 at 10:07 a.m.

Yep, BlazBlue is a hot game.

If it wasn't so technically challenging I'd play it more too.

#43
tortoos said on June 23, 2014 at 10:44 a.m.

Yes people play it, because it's a fun and well designed fighting game. You'd be surprised that there are great fighting games that aren't titled 'street fighter' I guess.

Also I'm surprised some people didn't know this about makoto, since it's been HEAVILY implied she's been bisexual since she was first introduced. From the way she acts to her dialogue. Not that it really matters, but still.

#44
ScarletTerror said on June 23, 2014 at 12:17 p.m.

Makoto is Makoto.

#45
CockyChris_97 said on June 23, 2014 at 12:53 p.m.

Love Makoto!!! My main wafu in Blazblue!!!

#46
KarbyP said on June 23, 2014 at 4:05 p.m.

Btw, do any of you BlazBlue players know who Galileo from Japan is?

#47
Raiden365 said on June 23, 2014 at 4:36 p.m.

Top Litchi player. Now that Fio hasnt been playing as much he's probably the best Litchi in the world. He's all over Jourdal2012 YT channel. Watch his antics there.

#48
joestar316 said on June 23, 2014 at 4:51 p.m.

Nice to see a blazeblue article for once. Such a great game that people hesitate to try out.

#49
PurplePonyJotaro said on June 23, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Thats right and canon love is the only true love.

#50
HooliganComboFTW said on June 23, 2014 at 8:48 p.m.

Makoto pretty much swings that way
http://i984.photobucket.com/albums/ae...

#51
PurplePonyJotaro said on June 23, 2014 at 8:51 p.m.

Clever.

#52
PurplePonyJotaro said on June 23, 2014 at 8:53 p.m.

Indeed.

#53
ALMG7 said on June 24, 2014 at 8:34 a.m.

Tsubaki supposed to be yuri?
Called it. Totally called it. My friends said I was crazy.

#54
Dragonage2ftw said on June 25, 2014 at 4:56 p.m.

So, lesbians = porn, in your mind?

Wow. Your smart.
/sarcasm.

#55
PurplePonyJotaro said on June 25, 2014 at 8:59 p.m.

Jin is a lunatic due to Terumi's influence. He does not love anyone including Ragna who he obsesses over the idea of murdering(and not anything sexaul contrary to fangirl belief).
However his Hakumen self does care deeply for Tsubaki.
Though I am a little out of date with the canon.

#56
PurplePonyJotaro said on June 25, 2014 at 8:59 p.m.

Tao is Taokaka.

#57
PurplePonyJotaro said on June 25, 2014 at 9 p.m.

I don't know if I would call them perverts as much as I would call them idiots.

#58
PurplePonyJotaro said on June 25, 2014 at 9:02 p.m.

That is the case with Nu. Jin just wants to murder him.

#59
ScarletTerror said on July 1, 2014 at 7:07 p.m.

Ah somebody gets it.

#60
PurplePonyJotaro said on July 20, 2014 at 9:56 a.m.

" So in the end I changed it so that she had affections for Jin instead." #JinxTsubakiconfirmed

#61


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