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Break Blue - Blazblue doujinshi: Kokonoe Edition!

Blazblue is certainly content on standing out as its own fighting game series: not only does it feature really unique characters but the story mode is even pretty well developed for the genre. Utilizing a visual novel-styled approach, Blazblue attempts to weave a tale that spans across multiple games, or even media (since, in Japan, the story is also supplemented with light novels, and there will also be an English release of the game, XBlaze: Code Embyro, which supposefully serves as a standalone prequel), which, for a genre all about the metagame of fighting mechanics, is pretty damn ambitious; the only thing even more ambitious is them trying to make it as coherent as possible despite all the convolutions.

Not only does the game previously feature looping timelines and commonly used words associated with the twist (like "divergence" and "singularity", or in other words: "when the time line splits" and "the root cause of it")... but the game really loves to throw around a bunch of its own terms, such as "Observers", "phenomena intervention", "seithr", "The Boundary," "Continuum Shift", and more. To be honest, it's confusing trying to figure out not only what they all mean, but what the hell do they have to do with the actual story. I couldn't really even begin to define what each of those terms because either the word has multiple meanings, such as the wiki's explanation for the "Power of Order", or so many people don't know what it truly means that they have to make up their own explanations!

Now, that's not to say that I don't enjoy the story, and I do kind of have a grasp on the terminology, but still, it's quite difficult to wrap your head around it all... so imagine my surprise when I see a pornographic Blazblue doujinshi trying to incorporate it into its plot! So, for this blog, I decided to put the spotlight at a couple of Blazblue hentai manga that I thought, at least attempted, to try to be more than just random hookups... because, yes, there are probably a bunch of mangas featuring Arakune groping Litchi Faye-Ling in that typical, tentacle rape fashion that we all associate traditional Japanese porn with.

Break Blue: Stray Cat

If you checked out my previous blog, you might've seen that I listed Kokonoe as my second favorite character of the game... so naturally, I went to look up some material on her (I'm going to pretend, since Jubei is my top favorite character, that that Jubei x Valkenhayn yaoi doujin does not exist... and if you're asking how I stumbled onto that, it was because I was looking for some Jubei x Nine action). So, from the site I frequent, there were only two doujinshi about her that are translated, if not the only ones in existence, and they were both appeared to be connected, like one's a sequel of the other. Thinking that there must be some kind of ongoing storyline (like this series of doujinshi based on the anime Kanon that features a "relationship" between Akiko Minase and the main character Yuichi Aizawa, spaning over dozens of volumes that's probably still ongoing), I decided to check it out.

Right within the first couple of pages did the author piqued my interest: Yuuki Terumi, the big bad of the series, has Kokonoe's face within his hand, at his mercy. Standing in the same boss stage where the characters fought against him in their perspective timelines, Yuuki Terumi has evidently won against Kokonoe, and she is powerless to resist. Not content with merely killing her, Terumi has a much sinister plan for her (one that, surprisingly, didn't involve rape): using an opening to the Boundary, Terumi tosses Kokonoe inside like a ragdoll, remarking that she might end up like her former assistant who traversed the Boundary and ended up as the corrupted Arakune... who, speak of the devil, appears out of the blue to kill Kokonoe. However, before she is overwhelmed, she wakes up in bed, thinking that it was only a bad dream...

Only that it's not a dream. See, the Boundary is, "supposefully", an "intersection" of timelines, and Terumi remarks, before dumping her in, that he wants to witness her "continuum shift", which is basically defined as a deviation of one of the looping timelines... so this means that Kokonoe has awoke in a different timeline, with a different set of events. In the first two games, you play through each character in their own timeline that may or may not coincide with the others, and the continuum shift is essentially an alternate turn of events... so, in this doujin, she has awaken in a world where Ragna did become an orphan... but he did not become the wanted bounty, dubbed the "Grim Reaper", nor the infamous SS-class criminal that everyone wants to kill or make love to (in Jin's case, both). Despite neither reality being a dream, Kokonoe quickly, if not almost immediately, readjusts to this world, as though she always had the memories of this timeline.

She looks cute like that. Her personality's venomous... but still waifu material.

But her emotions from the "dream" do get the best of her, which prompts Ragna to tease her a bit for her crying before actually comforting her... with sex. Yes, it's at this point of the story that they get it on (though, then again, porn would suck if we didn't get to see anything), and despite Ragna's attempt to "rationalize" it (by suggesting that having sex would help Kokonoe determine what's real and what isn't), it's pretty much fluff for this part. Like every other hentai manga, they always go in the same order of sexual acts that it's almost textbook material, so about two-thirds of the book is devoted to this. Eventually they finish doing the deed, but the pillow talk at least ties back into the story: like how a child would feel depressed about having fun at a carnival that's close to closing, Kokonoe is feeling down about how "this" world is a world of lies... but when Ragna asks her about it, she doesn't elaborate.

However, Ragna does say something to cheer her up: even if there is an alternate world, that world, and the people inhabiting it, still exists, so it can't be a lie (or something to that effect). This helps get Kokonoe back to better spirits, at least enough to tease Ragna, but the resolution isn't left at that: in a castle far away, Rachel and Valkenhayn are discussing the fate of Kokonoe: since they are Observers, they have the ability to see through different timelines, and thus, are able to see what happened to her. They reason that, after coming into contact with the Azure (some powerful object or being) in the Boundary, Kokonoe was able to create her own perfect world. Furthermore, in this new world, Kokonoe has erased all traces of Terumi, and as a result, Terumi is unable to invade this world as neither Kokonoe nor Ragna (who has no grudge with Terumi in this world) have any ties to him, allowing Kokonoe to live in this new world in peace.

It's a little bit inconsistent because, for one thing, Terumi's interactions with Ragna is what caused him to become an orphan (as he convinced Jin to side against Ragna and destroyed their home), so Ragna should still hate Terumi (because it is said, in the videogame's storyline, that Ragna's hatred for Terumi is one reason Terumi is able to exist at all). Not only that, since when is Terumi able to cross worlds? Was he always able to do that, or was that a mistake on the author's part? Regardless, despite the inconsistencies (should I really be nitpicking the story of a pornographic manga?), the short story was pretty interesting, and all things considered, it sounds like a pretty happy ending.

Break Blue: Stray Cat Extend

As much as I enjoyed the first book, the second one was a bit of a disappointment. Acting like a sequel, it feels like a collection of side-stories stitched together rather than having one narrative like the first volume, and as humorous and light-hearted as some of the antics were, I personally felt the trade off wasn't worth it (each story could've been a separate volume done in depth rather than just mere, half-assed plot points). The intro initially seemed just as promising though: mirroring the videogame, Ragna is in the orphanage ready for adoption following the incident, only instead of being taken in by Jubei, Jubei instead sends Kokonoe to raise him instead. This means, since Kokonoe is a scientist and not a warrior, Ragna doesn't get the training he needs to fight, and probably doesn't even get the Azure Grimoire that everyone's hunting him down for, further propelling and reinforcing the concept that he's more of a regular house-husband in this universe.

Though Jubei's badassery doesn't rub off on Ragna, he still manages to influence the young lad: instead of telling Ragna that Kokonoe is taking care of him, Jubei tells Ragna that he's taking care of Kokonoe because she's a lazy person (just like many cats, I suppose) and needs someone to look out for her. Ragna also mentions how Jubei is worried about how Kokonoe might not ever meet a nice guy in her life... so you can already tell where this is going: despite Kokonoe's reluctance to take him in, she does so anyway, and Ragna ends up being more than just her caretaker and maid, eventually becoming something of a romantic interest. Even if it's the kind of gooey, heart-warming clich'e usually found in romance novels, I somewhat enjoy it.

Flash-forwarding to the future, Kokonoe and Ragna are making love (because of course they are), but there's another reason than just because they were bored: apparently, Jubei wants to have grand-children, so the cute couple are trying to conceive a child. However, while cross-species babies aren't impossible in this series (Kokonoe herself is a product of a human mage named Nine, and Jubei, an anthropomorphic beastkin mammal), the whole "trying to get pregnant" plot point is clearly another excuse to have more sex, as well as Kokonoe's unexplained inability to conceive a baby (so they can keep trying over and over again). This makes Kokonoe frustrated, as noted by her fellow co-worker Litchi Faye-Ling, who, like her humongous breasts, serves no other purpose than to notice that.

It's hard to see from this angle, but trust me: they're as big as her head!

And unlike those massive mammaries, there's a bit of subtlety in the next plot point though: throughout the book, perhaps even in the first volume, Kokonoe acts somewhat detached to the relationship, seemingly like she's not really having sex for the fun of it, but rather, just because Ragna wants to; she even tells Ragna to disregard her "entertainment" if it means hurrying the process up. However, whilst at work one day, she not only starts to daydream about having sex with Ragna, but in her fantasy, she's even taking charge of the situation instead of letting Ragna do as he pleases, kind of hinting that maybe she's not as frigid as she appears to be. After the entire dream is over, unlike my dreams where I wake up too damn early[/i], Kokonoe snaps back to reality... only to realize that she's been touching herself this whole time, and had ruined her pants, prompting her to change.

Speaking of ruining clothes, the final plot point involved Kokonoe stumbling across her mother's mage outfit while spring cleaning, and recalls how her mother would let her dress up in it, sharing her dream about growing up to be a mage (whereas, in the game, she despises her mother's abilities, which is why she became a scientist instead). Perhaps wanting to feel like a child once more, she dons the costume briefly to pretend to be a magicial girl, only to feel embarassed. Before she could take it off, however, Ragna catches her in the act and, of course, becomes so aroused that he starts doing it with her in her mother's clothes, much to Kokonoe's protest of not wanting to have sex while wearing it (and, of course, she doesn't really resist). After the deed is done, they return the set back to the rightful inheritor, Nine's husband Jubei... albeit without washing it, but while Jubei knows that it smells off, he figures it's because its old and shrugs away the thought, ending the stories.

To me, the second volume didn't feel as interesting as the first because it only continues the original story, which, in my opinion, concluded quite well... but it did utilize the character's personality a bit more (Ragna is still a jerk with a soft side while Kokonoe is an obnoxious brat), and it wasn't like it was a bad read. Anyway, I chose these two stories because I liked the first one for what it attempted to do, and I felt like I should mention the second story as well since it was a sequel. There are other entries in the "Break Blue" series regarding the other characters, which I haven't gotten around to read just yet, so if I do and I feel like it's worth mentioning, I might do a part two to this blog. Either way, thanks for reading my blog, I hope you found these doujinshi as interesting as I do, and hopefully I'll make another blog about another videogame series' hentai.

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