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Akatsuki Blitzkampf (アカツキ電光戦記, Akatsuki Denkō Senki), also known as Akatsuki/En-Eins (アカツキ/エンアイン, Akatsuki/En-Ain) is a series of doujinshi Fighting Game developed by Subtle Style. It first released in November 2003 under the name Akatsuki Shisei Ichigō (アカツキ試製一號, lit. Akatsuki Prototype Nr. 1), prior being finalized and retitled in April 30, 2007 as Akatsuki Blitzkampf.
On September 27, 2007, Monthly Arcadia confirmed that the game would be launched as an arcade title, published by SUBTLE STYLE itself. The last update was called Akatsuki Blitzkampf Ausf. Achse and it was released on February 20, 2008 for the Sega NAOMI arcade system, then was announced on March 26, 2019 to have a PC port. It is soon followed by the sequel known as En-Eins Perfektewelt (エヌアイン完全世界, En-Ain Kanzen Sekai) in 2010.
The game is set in a Dystopian fictional future (year 266X AD/199X BC up to 20XX BC), and involves characters that more or less resemble the German and Japanese soldiers of World War II, including Norwegian Valkyries. . . The story more or less begins with the awakening of the first game’s protagonist, Akatsuki, a Japanese Super Soldier who spent decades frozen in a submarine that was sunk in the North Pole in the last wars. When he wakes up and rises from there, 50 years after the last war he fought on, he is trapped in a world that he barely recognizes and has near everyone in the cast chasing after him since his uniform, the Tactical Robe, hosts a powerful weapon: one of the mythical Blitz Motors, capable of producing unlimited electrical energy. Akatsuki, logically, does not want to get caught at all and needs to find the truth behind his survival and awakening, so he sets out in a long and hard travel through China and Japan to gather clues, unlock the secrets behind everything, and face his old and new enemies. . .
The second game, EN-Eins Perfektewelt, stars a new titular protagonist: the aforementioned EN-Eins. He's the sole surviving member of a En-Clone batch who was presumably saved by Akatsuki in the previous game off-screen; now he's set to avenge his clone brothers and fight against Gesellschaft, the antagonistic organization of the series. And around the same time, Mycale (Perfecti) (now switching host body between Kati’s to Anonym Merell Rambus) has taken Gesellschaft’s leadership and declaref a war against old humanity on Earth, in order to lure En-Eins out of the shadows to achieve the power of God (known as Ener-Gaia) Eins and create a new humanity under their tyranny.
Contrary to most doujin fighting games out there, Akatsuki and En-Eins' playstyle is regarded as old-school and quite reminiscent of the fighting games Capcom produced during the 90's, including parries similar to the ones seen in the Street Fighter III series.
In recent years, Akatsuki himself became somewhat popular in his own right, at least enough to be a Guest Fighter in Under Night In Birth (originally from 2012; he showed up in two Updated Rereleases from 2015 and 2020). Thank to said guest appearance, he was added as one of the 7th series representative in the Crossover fighting game Blaz Blue: Cross Tag Battle (2018-present), with him (in his canon Blitzkampf version, rather than the UNIB one) and Blitztank are the first fighters representing their home series.
These games provide examples of:
- Auto Revive: The Anonym Merell Rambus' Super, complete with a shaft of light shining down from the heavens.
- Back From the Dead: Mycale/Perfecti, and by extension both Murakumo and Adler. The differences between her and the Gesellschaft’s male soldiers are:
- Mycale had her soul bound to her wand (Mazen Dine Slave) right before her original body was executed (which happened in The Middle Ages by being burned at the stake). Whoever finds and touches said wand will be possessed by her in few seconds; this has the huge con that she'd be rendered useless if the host either is knocked out or dies.
- Murakumo and Adler have multiple clones where they can transfer their souls into, should their original body die. On one hand Adler has an advance Elektrosoldat body, proclaiming himself as “Super Adler”; while Murakumo has two known substitute bodies: Yin Xu / In Fu (Da Wei Ye Lue and Marilyn Sue Da Jie’s Black Hand boss, killed by Marilyn in her quest for power) and Senke Misa (Kanae’s Ground Staff Overseeing Department Superior, who'd ultimately become Murakumo’s current host body after his original one is killed)
- Badass Grandpa: Fritz.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Sai combines this with Badass Long Hair.
- Big Bad: Murakumo in the first game (Akatsuki), and Valkyria in the second game (EN-Eins). Mycale/Perfecti count as one, despite being a sub-boss.
- Boobs of Steel: Compare Kanae and Marilyn Sue, both close combatants, to Mycale/Perfecti and the two Anonyms (Merell and Guard), both ranged fighters. The latter part followed by Tempelritter and Valkyria.
- Church Militant: The original Anonym and the Anonym Guards.
- Cloning Blues: It’s revealed to be all about cloning. Elektrosoldat to Adler, and Tempelritter to Valkyria are the main examples, including En-Eins being the Sole Survivor of his batch.
- Confusion Fu: Murakumo and his illusions.
- Darker and Edgier: In contrast to most doujin fighters, the first game had a more darker art style and the atmosphere was a lot less anime-like, instead opting for a "used future" style more seen in Western media. The sequel seems to defy this, however, but its lores and environments are still very dark.
- Demonic Possession: Mycale can do this via her Simple Staff (Mazen Dine Slave), possessing Kati at first and then Anonym Merell.
- Dramatic Wind: Most everyone wearing a cape or other long, billowy garment benefits from this.
- Drop the Hammer: Literally. Mycale can summon Mjolnir itself to drop on an opponent's head with a satisfying "BWONG!" sound.
- Expy: Elektrosoldat plays pretty much like Guile from Street Fighter. Players refer to his projectiles as Booms and to his somersault kicks as Flash Kicks.
- Evil Eye: Sai has these, which is why he uses Sunglasses At Night. His "unsealed" eyes can give other players different penalties, ranging from merely annoying debuffs to a nasty combo of several debuffs AND Life Drain.
- Fan Nickname: The game is sometimes called Blitzjew or JEWPUNCHER because not only do some of the characters look like Nazis, the game is set in a Nazi Germany-esque dystopian future Japan.
- Elektrosoldat's Super Move, the Blitzbombe, is commonly referred to as Heil Voltage and Nazi Pikachu.
- EN-Eins Perfektewelt was near immediately dubbed by few people as Jewpuncher: Fruity Pebbles Edition.
- Gainaxing: Marilyn Sue and her massive, pendulous boobs. It's not at all hyperbole to say it takes most male and many female players about 6-8 hours of playtime to even notice what color her eyes are (they're purple, in case you still haven't looked away).
- Good Is Not Dumb: Kati actually fits this by the time she is playable as herself in EN-Eins. She's very peppy and all, but she has come to realise that deep down, Mycale/Perfecti is deeply lonely despite her power.
- Gratuitous German: Japan's fascination with German culture and history is really nothing new, but as noted under No Swastikas, they're not always clear on which parts of it aren't cool to emulate.
- Guns Akimbo: All Anonyms uses a pair of chrome-plated Webley revolvers.
- Gun Kata: Anonym, again. Her super is named Tetragrammaton. Merell’s superior, Anonym Guard, has the actual super that can used for combo.
- Heroic Lineage: Sorta. Akatsuki is a descendant of the Agarthan civilization, explaining why he was made into a Super Soldier
- Honorary Cool Uncle: Surprisingly, Sai is one to Kati. This is because he's an associate of her parents, a rich German couple from Shanghai, and one of his reasons to get involved in the first game's plot is to find her, save her and bring her back home.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Between Kati (a young teen) and Sai (mid 30's but is actually much older)
- Subverted by Akatsuki and Fritz, since they're around the same age, but the first was a Human Popsicle for decades while the other aged naturally.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Fritz uses a katana to fight, and while he can't go for long combos, every hit causes massive damages. Murakumo also uses a katana, but only for one special move and his Super.
- Lighter and Softer: Looks-wise, EN-Eins Perfektewelt. Sure, nazis are still involved and the lore is still pretty dark, but it suddenly became a lot flashier and more colorful compared to the previous versions, culminating with a playstyle shift into more combo-heavy-involved in a vein of Marvel vs. Capcom or just about a majority of doujin fighters. Some people aren't that pleased.
- Loners Are Freaks: How Kati sees Mycale/Perfecti as, despite how much evil the latter did with using the former’s body.
- Magic Skirt: Mycale and her former host Kati, who probably has the most magical skirt of all, considering the hemline ends just below the crotch and it somehow still doesn't show anything. Her panties are only seen when she's knocked out.
- Meaningful Name: Subverted. She may have the look down pat, but Marilyn Sue is not a canon Mary Sue, thus extended with “Da Jie” name in the sequel EN-Eins. Her role in the plot is mainly to serve as a pain in Akatsuki's ass and a walking pair of breasts that can hurt you . Besides, the concept of a Mary Sue is very (very) familiar to the Japanese, but the specific term Mary Sue isn't. She was most likely named Marilyn in honor of a certain legendary sex symbol, and "Sue" just sounds cute when appended to a girl's first name.
- Mecha-Mooks: Elektrosoldats are soldiers equipped with the Blitz Engine.
- Meganekko: Mycale, which fits quite nicely with her cool and collected demeanor. Unsurprisingly, when Kati is released from her control she ditches the glasses.
- Mighty Glacier: Fritz and Blitztank.
- Ms. Fanservice: Kanae, Marilyn, Tempelritters and Valkyria fit this tropes.
- Murderous Thighs: Valkyria and her Tempelritter clones has one on their throws, but Kanae has plenty than them due to being a grappler.
- Nintendo Hard: The first version had a brutally hard Murakumo. Later versions toned down his AI heavily.
- No Swastikas: Subverted. The "nazi" characters aren't actually called Nazis, nor do they have any of the Nazi regalia other than the general layout of their uniforms. The subversion comes when you see Elektrosoldat win a match, salute and yell "Sieg Heil!" Yep.
- Older Than They Look: Mycale is a centuries-old witch, but she IS possessing a teenage girl and later a young woman.
- Claude D'Aspremont aka Sai turns out to be this, as his path explains that his Life Drain powers have kept him young for several decades.
- Palette Swap: Adler in the first versions of the game, and Perfecti before the Ausf. Achse (arcade) version of the game. Now it’s Valkyria’s turn.
- Putting on the Reich: Elektrosoldat and Adler are Nazis. Later on, Perfecti joins in on the fun in Ausf Achse.
- Arguably, En-Ein can also count in Perfektewelt, but it's debatable considering his mild case of Pretty In Mink. Let's not forget Tempelritter, who looks like a cross between a Nazi and a Valkyries.
- Oh, and they also added a mad doctor Expy of Josef Mengele in Perfektewelt, too. If the third game features a club-footed propagandist in a suit, it just may be time to stage an intervention with the folks at Subtle Style.
- Nazi Zombie: Adler looks like an undead version of Elektrosoldat. Later versions give him a different look from his unit, by giving him different standing, crouching and walking animations, and an evil grin.
- As it turns out, it's the result of a Blitz Motor’s power; when Murakumo awakened before Adler in his original body and then possessed Senke., the same happened to him. Adler's case eventually got subverted in En-Eins.
- Playing With Fire: One of En-Eins’ main gimmicks.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Marilyn Sue Da Jie's Super. 100 hits in 5 seconds. Damn.
- Real Is Brown: The colors were unusually drab for a fighting game. That is until EN-Eins Perfektewelt was announced.
- Reincarnation: Toyed around. Since the Perfecti Cult (which later became Gessellschaft) is pretty much Catharism under another name, one of its main teachings is that the body is a temporal thing and vessel and one should prepare for the Final Day / Walhalla. As such, after the death of her original body in this canon's version of the Albigensian Crusade, Mycale / Perfecti's soul can take over the bodies of some women (via her wand) and thus "reincarnate" through the centuries. Three women are her known vessels: a female doctor from World War II who called herself Dr. Mycale killed by Murakumo after his Uriah Gambit on Akatsuki, Kati (a rich German girl who lives in Shanghai, her host in the original games) and Anonym Merel Lambuth, who's "used" by Mycale to become Perfecti
- Murakumo and Adler use this concept differently, as rather than taking over "pre-existing" bodies, they'd rather clone themselves and transfer their souls to such clones.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: Anonyms uses them
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Sai and Kati are an Intergenerational Friendship version.
- Shock and Awe: Both Akatsuki, Blitztank and Elektrosoldat's schtick.
- Also Adler and Murakamo, but less emphasized on compared to Akatsuki.
- Shotoclone: Akatsuki, who is more in the mold of Kyo than Ryu. Elektrosoldat's resemblance to Guile is also important to note.
- Adler can also be count due to being shoto Guile than Elektrosoldat’s original charged Guile.
- En-Eins is a mix between father and son from Howard and Bernstein family, with a heroic trait as the two sons of two respective families (Rock and Adel).
- Shout-Out: Anonym uses Gun Kata and her super is named Tetragrammaton.
- Sinister Shades: Sai uses them to cover up his freakish-looking eyes that can cause painful diseases and afflictions in whoever he looks at.
- Stupid Jetpack Hitler: Elektrosoldat is a Nazi robot.
- Super Mode: Wei's various powerups.
- Adler achieves this in En-Eins.
- Tank Goodness: Blitztank.
- The Wiki Rule: Here, Here and Here.
- White-Haired Pretty Boy: Murakumo. He originally was dark-haired, but when he started using Blitz Engines on himself, his hair turned white.
- In keeping with the Street Fighter II parallel, she splits the "Zangief" role with Wei, in that both are strength-based fighters who have their own agenda and aren't interested in the main conflict at all. Just like how Zangief wants to prove himself the strongest man alive and couldn't care less about that Shadaloo and Psycho Drive hoo-ha, Marilyn Sue doesn't give a crap about super-soldiers or world conquest and just thinks stealing the Blitz Engine would be a great career move.
- Not THAT salute, thankfully.