Tsubaki Yayoi (ツバキ＝ヤヨイ) is a wielder of the Sealed Armament: Izayoi, and a soldier of the World Void Information Control Organization’s Magic Formula Troops. She is a playable character starting from BlazBlue: Continuum Shift.
Tsubaki is a young woman with long red hair and blue eyes. She wears a white cloak with an eagle eye mask to cover her face. When in battle, she wears the Izayoi hat, a Japanese-style military uniform, and black military boots.
When she is under the influence of Mind Eater spell, her eyes turn red and her entire uniform is given a brown-black shade. This change carries over in BlazBlue: Chronophantasma. In the Epilogue, she returns to her original appearance in BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, with her uniform being whiter than before, this continues into BlazBlue: Centralfiction.
When not on a mission as a member of the 0th Division, she wears a white cloak and black tights with her white military boots. Her hair is hidden under her white beret as well as under her cloak.
When she was in the Military Academy, she wore a blue headband with her standard uniform, except that she wears a longer skirt, black pantyhose (possibly instead shown as stockings and suspenders in Remix Heart), and brown knee-high leather boots with small heels.
When she was a child, she had short hair kept in a bob cut, and wore a bright, pink kimono with flower patterns.
In the end of BlazBlue: Centralfiction, Tsubaki wears her Control Organization uniform similar to her 0th Division uniform and the color of her uniform is blue.
Tsubaki is a serious, mature, and intelligent person. She has always followed her orders from the Control Organization and has complete faith in them (likely to honor her family name). She has always had a childhood crush on Jin, and deeply loves and cares about him. She was also good friends with Noel, Makoto and Carl Clover when they were at Military Academy. However, when Hazama told Tsubaki about the alternative timeline where she was always with Jin as his secretary and how Noel usurped that position away from her, she becomes extremely jealous. She begins to harbor a hatred toward her best friend that, once manipulated by Emperor’s magic, evolves into a desire to kill her in order to be with Jin. Even after changing sides, she still respects Hakumen despite sharing different views.
In BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Tsubaki’s personality had almost been completely overwritten by the effects of Mind Eater, the spell that Izanami cast on her to control her directly. Her devotion to the Control Organization had been taken to its greatest extreme, and she was little more than a mindless drone who lived to carry out any and all of the Emperor’s orders, including killing her own friends. When Jin confronted her, however, she showed signs of resistance due to her feelings for him.
After Makoto, Noel, and Jin manage to free her from the Mind Eater curse, she realizes that the Emperor’s justice is a lie and decides that she will fight for a justice she believes in as an individual: to fight for the people she loves and the friends she cherishes. Even after eventually learning of Ragna’s actual blood-relation to Jin, she still acts antagonistic towards him, but comically dreams of an awkward possibility of accepting him as a possible brother-in-law. Another comical instance of her otherwise serious personality is her being infatuated with romanticized settings, as seen in Bang’s gag reel in Continuum Shift and/or her enthusiasm with the Six Heroes.
As a child, Tsubaki was the only heir to the Yayoi family. She was not the first child of her parents, but the first to survive to adolescence and subsequently adulthood due to her family’s bloodline shrinking. She was lonely, especially when going with her father to meetings of the Twelve Originators. During one such event she met and befriended Jin Kisaragi.
During her time in the Military Academy, she was close friends with Noel and Makoto Nanaya. She is described as a straight A student, and has a rather no-nonsense personality. She is very serious and reserved, and is a member of the dignified Yayoi family.
Heart to Heart
Entering her dormitory, Tsubaki met her roommate, Noel Vermillion, who she tended to; a short while later, Makoto Nanaya stormed in, coldly introducing herself as Nanaya, when Nanaya left, both Tsubaki and Noel went to their mandatory orientation. Days later, Tsubaki dove into a conflict between Nanaya and her bullies, taking charge, much to the beastman’s disdain. Delivering a moving speech about nobility, Tsubaki was able to dissuade the bullies from their actions and brought the action to a standstill; after Nanaya left, Tsubaki met with Jin for advice on the situation, finding that she needed to do more action than words.
Later on, Tsubaki, with Noel in two, were searching for Nanaya until Tsubaki confronted Noel on her habit of constantly apologizing, this soon lead to teasing Noel which prompted Noel to run a short distance away, however, the ground, underneath her and Tsubaki, crumbled, which left the two hurtling towards the abandoned district of the Military Academy; thankfully, Nanaya had arrived in time and saved the two by using her tail as a cushion. Because the artificial ecosystem did not reach the area they were in, Tsubaki decided to venture out to find an exit, but was stopped short by Nanaya and the two argued about how they dealt with their inner turmoil. Noel eventually, and accidentally, made Nanaya break into tears, which led to the trio overcoming their differences and finally accepting one another. Jin arrived shortly after and rescued all three of the roommates before giving them their punishment of serving food in the school cafeteria for a week. Soon afterwards, Nanaya revealed her true name to her roommates.
BlazBlue: The Wheel of Fortune
After graduating from the Military Academy, Tsubaki was assigned to the 4th Thaumaturgist Squad, secretary to Major Jin Kisaragi, her childhood friend and love interest. Due to their special relationship, Tsubaki and Jin have a good time together as superior and subordinate.
On the last day of 2199, Jin wanders off-town to skip a meeting. Tsubaki tells him off and manages to make him promise to return later on time. As Jin goes away, Tsubaki meets Makoto, who invites her out for a chocolate parfait. Tsubaki comes along and while eating, happens to learn from Makoto about the Grim Reaper, who had been destroying Control Organization branches one after another. Hazama, who just happens to have been there for boiled eggs, interrupts them. He reminds Makoto about her duty of the day and walks off.
As Tsubaki runs back to the office, Jin is nowhere to be found. Hazama, who happens to have seen her running in the halls, tells her that there is no point looking for Jin since he is known for doing so from time to time. Tsubaki however, insists to know Jin’s whereabouts, claiming that Jin never left without telling her. Hazama takes the opportunity to mock her relationship with Jin, wounding her mentally. Satisfied, he then drops the topic and tells her that Jin went to the 13th Hierarchical City of Kagutsuchi to look for the Grim Reaper, Ragna the Bloodedge.
Tsubaki rushes to Kagutsuchi to stop Jin, and is stopped at the gate by Makoto, as touching the gate without permission will kill her. However, when they actually touch the gate, it opens. Makoto says that she has a bad feeling, telling Tsubaki not to go in, but she insists looking for Jin and tells Makoto to call for reinforcements, while she will goes after Jin and call him back. Makoto agrees, on a condition that Tsubaki returns alive.
Going inside Kagutsuchi’s Control Organization Headquarters, Tsubaki finally meets Jin. She begs him to return to his post, but Jin, who seems to be mentally unstable, slaps her and leaves. While being unconscious, Tsubaki has a dream of Jin’s childhood, which turns from a peaceful paradise filled with laughter into a hellish burning nightmare. The end of the dream makes Tsubaki bolt awake. She meets Hazama again, who seems to have been waiting for her to wake up. Hazama tells her where Jin was going, and prompt her to be hurry so she can be of any help.
Tsubaki reaches the Kiln at the lower most level and sees Jin fighting Ragna. As Ragna gains the upper hand, Tsubaki runs out from her cover to shield him, trying to push Ragna back by punching him. However, Ragna simply waves her off. Suddenly, the Kiln opens, and Nu-13 descends. She attacks Tsubaki, saying that she is a nuisance. Ragna takes on Nu and a fight breaks out. As Tsubaki watch them fight, she has different visions entering her mind.
As Nu defeats Ragna, Jin screams at her, telling her to let go of Ragna, to which she replies by hurling a sword at him. Tsubaki stands between both of them and takes the hit instead. Nu, annoyed, attempts to finish her off with a barrage of blades, but Ragna stabs her midway before finally fainting. However, Tsubaki is still gravely injured. Jin, in a panic, tries to heal her, but his healing Magic Formula refused to work, and Tsubaki dies in his arm.
As the time loops happen, Tsubaki’s situation gradually changes. She avoids her fate of dying, but joins the 0th Division instead, thus losing her position as Jin’s secretary. As even more loops take place, her empty position is finally taken by Noel, who was born from the distortion caused by the loops.
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
By the end of BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger’s True Ending, she is assigned by Hazama to kill Noel and Jin. In BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, Tsubaki heads to the 13th Hierarchical City of Kagutsuchi to search for Jin and Noel. Unbeknownst to Tsubaki, Hazama is just using her to gauge Jin’s Power of Order, and to push Noel further into becoming Mu-12.
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift
She uses a Magic Formula Armament called Sealed Armament: Izayoi. When Tsubaki found Jin, he told her to get rid of Izayoi because it “steals the light from the user’s eyes”, implying it would, after a certain period of time, cause her to go blind.
Tsubaki is revealed to be a fan of Hakumen, going so far as to own all the books and movies based on the exploits of the Six Heroes. In Hakumen’s Story Mode, he indirectly reveals that in the past she had been his secretary instead of Noel. While they had more time together, he ultimately neglected her for his own explo
its. She pleaded for him to stay when he had left, but continued on, and she was killed as a result. To remember the mistake he had made, he named one of his attacks in her honor. After her fight with Noel, Hazama tells Tsubaki that because of Noel’s continued presence, she took Tsubaki’s place as Jin’s secretary, relegating Tsubaki herself into assassination tasks. Tsubaki, already slowly losing her sight due to overuse of Izayoi becomes depressed and angry at Noel, believing she stole everything from her (though Hazama left out that Tsubaki would have died anyway in the timeline where she is with Jin). Hazama uses the surfacing of these emotions to his advantage by having Phantom use its sorcery on Tsubaki to manipulate her jealousy for his own purposes. The critical point of her jealousy is reached when she pleads Jin to back down, telling him that she only wanted to be with him, and wishes Noel were dead. Ultimately rejected by Jin, Tsubaki sides with Hazama and the Emperor as her eyes turn red and her white clothes become black.
In her true ending, she has the opportunity to kill Noel, but finds she cannot bring herself to do it, and is confused as to which side she is on. Adding further to her distress, she has completely lost her sight thanks to the Izayoi.
Roughly one month after the events in Kagutsuchi, Tsubaki has been promoted to Major for fending off Ragna the Bloodedge’s terrorist assault, though she realizes it was simply a front to keep the Control Organization functioning on the outside. Hazama later delivers her an order from the Emperor, which tells her to go to Ikaruga to capture Ragna the Bloodedge.
Following her orders, Tsubaki arrives in the 6th Hierarchical City of Yabiko’s Rail Station and meets Makoto, who tells her to defect because she questions the Emperor’s motives. Tsubaki punishes her for rebellion, but a message from the Control Organization tells her that the Yabiko branch will take Makoto into custody instead. Afterwards, she patrols Ikaruga by herself, and by chance, encounters Ragna at the Blockaded District. She tries to apprehend him, but to no avail. Ragna attempts to destroy the Izayoi to free her, but Hakumen blocks his attack and tells Tsubaki to flee, to which she grudgingly complies. Through the Emperor’s Event Interference, Tsubaki is led to Kiln in Ibukido, and meets Jin once again. They fight each other, and during the battle, the spell the Emperor placed on her goes berserk, tearing her between her free will and the spell’s compulsion to kill Jin. He tries to save her, but the Emperor somehow interferes. She is forcefully awakened as Izayoi, the Immortal Breaker, and resumes her fight with Jin.
As the battle is undesired, Amaterasu rewinds time and renders the past events obsolete, returning Tsubaki back to the station without her knowledge. Instead of meeting Makoto, she is greeted by Ikaruga’s lord, Colonel Kagura Mutsuki. He tells her to meet him later on, but is interrupted from further communication by Hazama. Putting Kagura’s invitation aside, Tsubaki splits up with Hazama and patrols Ikaruga on her own, but this time she fails to encounter Ragna. Some time later, however, she receives the news of Kagura capturing Ragna and is invited to the Colosseum to retrieve him after his tournament. She accepts the invitation and is able to confirm that Ragna is indeed in Kagura’s custody, but refuses to watch the tournament.
After the tournament, which was wrecked by Azrael midway, Tsubaki follows Kagura back to the arena again to retrieve Ragna, only to see Makoto, Noel, and Jin waiting for her. Commenting that she
is surprised to know that even Jin is involved in Kagura’s little coup against the Emperor, she proceeds to fight them in an enclosed barrier made by Kokonoe Mercury. Makoto easily pushes her physical body to the limit with sheer strength, and Noel continues to push her mentality even further by doing no more than running away all the time. As Tsubaki furiously blames at her, Noel uses her power of the Eye to acknowledge her and force her to materialize as Weaving Zero: Izayoi. Tsubaki fights Jin in her new form, and gradually regains her sanity as Jin’s words reaches her. However, yet to be completely free, she stabs Jin the moment he drops his guard. This action deeply shocks Tsubaki, enabling her to see her mistakes. She faces the darkness within herself, and realizes how much she loves her friends. With an encouragement from Hakumen, who somehow entered her mind the moment she came in contact with Jin’s Power of Order, she finally breaks free from the curse. She is overjoyed to unite with Noel and Makoto once again, as well as seeing that Jin survived thanks to the Power of Order, and bursts into tears.
In the epilogue, she had arrived at a scene to find Ragna that who accidentally harmed Noel and Jin. Before she leaves, Rachel Alucard arrives and asks her where is she going, Tsubaki answers that she is going after Ragna. Rachel asks Tsubaki how she sees Ragna through her clouded eyes, Tsubaki answers that Ragna is an evil that must be destroyed, and she would inherit Jin’s responsibility to defeat the Emperor and Ragna. Rachel reveals that either she or Jin must kill Ragna before he dies a natural death, and if that fails, Tsubaki must use her Sealed Armament: Izayoi’s Immortal Breaker technique to kill Rachel herself, saying that would be an alternative way to kill Ragna.
Nearing the climax of BlazBlue: Centralfiction, Tsubaki fights Ragna, under the impression that Ragna had betrayed her and Jin, though unbeknownst to her, he only intended to devour her memories as part of his plan to use the power of the True Blue in order to realize her dream along with everyone else’s.
Powers and abilities
Tsubaki’s fighting style is an interesting interpretation of the standard “sword and shield” style of traditional Western swordplay, where her oddly shaped, floating book acts as a small buckler shield. Tsubaki’s short sword is capable of adopting a variety of shapes, sometimes as appearing as a fencing foil, a whip sword, a floating claymore or even a staff. Her book, similarly, can change its form. Lights and angelic imagery feature prominently in Tsubaki’s fighting style, such as wings and feathers appearing around her for various attacks. Because of how her Drive works, her style is punctuated by moments of gathering light energy before rushing down opponents with long protracted combination attacks.
Tsubaki’s Drive is Install (インストール Insutōru), where she charges up energy, which she utilizes to enhance her specials by pressing the Drive button in lieu of the original input key. Her Overdrive is Second Install (セカンドインストール Sekando Insutōru) in which the gauge fills up automatically, letting her press on with her enhanced specials without having to stop to charge. In Chronophantasma, her clothing changes black and her eyes red. She also gains several new moves with her additional Distortion Drive, Divine Judgment: Blade That Butchers the Soil (審罰・地ヲ屠ル刃 Shinbatsu: Chi wo Hofuru Yaiba, localized as Requiem Maledictis) displaying the ability to summon a multitude of blades at her opponent. Her Exceed Accel, Divine Judgment: Lightning That Shoots the Darkness (審罰・冥を射る雷 Shinbatsu: Mei wo Iru Ikazuchi, localized as Macto Lux Kyrie), shoots forth a spiked-construct from the shield. If it connects, she follows it up with a winged bow construct that fires a multitude of arrow-like lasers that criss-cross and pierce the opponent.
- “Tsubaki” is Japanese for “camellia”, a huge beautiful flower that has no scent, yet wilts easily. In Japanese flower symbology, red, yellow and white camellia’s represent “in love”, “longing” and “waiting”, respectively. “Yayoi” means “march” (the month of her birthday), “life” and “extensive”, while it also literally means “Increasing Life”. “Yayoi” is the original name of the third month on the lunar calendar, expressing the lunar month theme of the Twelve Originators.
- In the original Japanese version, her moves have theme of justice or divinity.
- In English localization, her special moves bear names from movements/chants for a Requiem Mass.
- Tsubaki’s Astral Heat uses what appears to be the statue located in the Cathedral. However, in BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, the statue is black, reflecting Tsubaki’s corruption.
- When she became corrupted by Izanami’s magic, her black clothes have silver/white highlights and a green ribbon tying her corset in BlazBlue: Continuum Shift. It has been changed in BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, it shows her with her original gold/yellow highlights and red ribbon.
- In BlazBlue: Alter Memory, Tsubaki’s eyes became dark blue after she fights with Noel with the usage of the Sealed Armament: Izayoi.
- When Amane Nishiki uses his Astral Heat on Tsubaki, she has red eyes, despite hers being originally blue.
- She is the only character that has color alterations in her attire: Starting with a yellowish uniform in BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, passing through a black and red scheme in Chronophantasma (due to the Mind Eater curse), and coming with a whiter version in Centralfiction.
- Tsubaki’s birthday, March 14, is on the same day as White Day in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and China, which is an mirror equivalent to Valentine’s Day where girls respond to boys who gave them gifts on the said holiday.
- In the drama track The Wheel of Fortune, it is revealed that Tsubaki actually loves chocolate so much, that Jin advised her that it was harmful for her health.
- According to Mu-12’s winquote against Tsubaki in BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II, the Izayoi’s side effect has already affected 65% of Tsubaki.
- Tsubaki, Noel, Jin, and Terumi are the only characters in the BlazBlue series with playable alternate forms. In Tsubaki’s case, Izayoi serves this role.
- During her gag ending in BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, Tsubaki admits that she hates pandas upon seeing the panda (Lao Jiu) in Litchi Faye Ling’s hair. The reason for this is unknown. Strangely, she is extremely gullible in the gag ending, as she even believes that Litchi (who at the time was drunk) had been taken over by Lao Jiu and gets 'coerced' into cosplaying and getting a new Peking duck.
- Within the game’s files, mainly the images for character name graphics from places like the selection screens, a file for a name Tubaki Yayoi is found. This is a common mistake Japanese people make when romanizing the tsu sound due to using a different transliteration method.
- In Chronophantasma’s Tutorial Mode, Tsubaki will teach the Beginner - Game Rules section by herself, and then the Beginner – Rolling class alongside Makoto Nanaya.
- Tsubaki shares her English voice actress with Kokonoe Mercury.
- Appearances in other media
- Tsubaki is featured in Square Enix game Lord of Vermilion III along with Rachel Alucard and her Izayoi form.
- Tsubaki, along with Ragna and Noel, appears in the mobile game Seven Knights, with Kokonoe being Japan server’s exclusive. Tsubaki starts in her Military Academy attire, when upgrading into five stars she will wear her BlazBlue: Continuum Shift outfit, and upon upgrading into six stars her suit will turn black, like in BlazBlue: Chronophantasma. In the Korean server, she is available only as a costume for the game’s original character.
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