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.
IT’S FUCKING REAL.
Bros in battle! Best tag team!
As some of you might already have guessed, I’m a fan of Japanese girl idols. One of the many, many idol groups in existence today in Japan is NMB48, a Osaka-based spin-off group of the (in)famous AKB48. NMB has a weekly show that’s surprisingly entertaining as well as educational called NMB to Manabu-kun, in which the members of NMB and a few comedians listen to guest lectures by experts in various fields.
Back on May 15th, the theme of the episode was pataphysics/the science of sci-fi. One of the topics of the lecture held by university professor Yanagita Rikao was the age-old question of "WHY ARE MAGICAL GIRLS NEVER ATTACKED WHILE TRANSFORMING???"
This was his answer, based on the magical girl series Futari wa Pretty Cure.
Question: The transformation scenes in Pretty Cure are very long, so why don’t the bad guys attack the girls in the meantime?
"Even when I was little, I was thinking ‘Hey! Attack them now!’"
"I found this odd as well, so I watched the transformation scene many times. And what I noticed is, when the Pretty Cures yell ‘Dual Aurora Wave!’ and transform, a rainbow-colored column of light shoots up from the ground, going BOOM!"
"And then the Pretty Cures levitate, and go up into the air. Based on this, I believe the protagonists of Pretty Cure are being held up in the air by the power of light.”
"When we think of light, we usually think it heats up things or lights up things. But in reality, light has the power to hold up things as well."
"When the sun is beating down on us in the summer, the human body is being pressed downwards by the sun beams with a force of 2/100,000g.”
"But this is only about a one-hundred of the weight of a mosquito, so no matter how hot it is, we don’t feel that sunlight is heavy."
"So that means the light holding them up must be extremely strong. If we assume that the two Pretty Cures each weigh about 45kg and do some calculations…”
"It means the light during the transformation must have the energy of 2,100,000,000kW per 1m2.”
"While the entirety of power that Japan is capable of generating is only 100,000,000kW.”
"So they’re using 21 TIMES the amount of energy the whole of Japan can generate.”
"So what would happen if a bad guy jumped in to try to sabotage their transformation?"
"He would EVAPORATE INSTANTLY.”
“DEATH AWAITS ANYONE WHO DARES TO DISRUPT A PRETTY CURE TRANSFORMATION.”
"So this means the best thing to do would be to transform close to any bad guys."
"Yes. They are the strongest while they transform, and are practically invincible.”
Okay, so hopefully this will be the final update on what’s been going on. :)
Since yesterday evening, I have had private email communication with Mr. Queen. I am satisfied with what he said. He’s personally apologized to me, and is withdrawing the DMCA takedown complaints against this blog. I’ve accepted his apology.
As of this post’s writing, Tumblr has not yet restored the content, but I am hoping that they will soon. I am also checking with them that the now-retracted DMCA complaints will not be counted against Escher Girls or the Tumblr users who submitted content to Escher Girls that was removed.
I consider this situation resolved with the restoration of the removed content, and I wish Mr. Queen well.
If you spread around the initial controversy, please spread this around too.
If you are a media outlet that has been covering this situation, please update the story with these new details.
I know sometimes that the controversy gets a lot of play but people miss the retraction/resolution, and I don’t want that to happen here.
As a sidenote, I discovered today that Tumblr did send me an email explaining what happened about the apparent removal of my post about the initial DMCA takedown requests. The email was eaten by my spam filter.
According to the email, Tumblr processed the DMCA takedown against that post and removed it by accident. They restored the post shortly after, but I assume in the process, all the reblogs were lost.
I hope that clears up something that people had been wondering about. :)
Thank you everybody so much for your support and help during this stressful time, it’s been overwhelming and I feel really touched <3
Hopefully this is the last time I will be addressing this situation, and we can all put it in the past and move on. :)
~Ami Angelwings, owner of Escher Girls
Edit: Changed a bit of the phrasing to be more clear what happened.
Update (Aug 8, 12:40PM): Tumblr has said they’ve now restored all the content removed. I am making sure nothing has been missed. If you were one of the users who submitted content & had it removed, I’d encourage you to check with Tumblr that no mark will be held against your account for this incident. Let me know if there’s still an issue. Thanks :)
As noted in my edit above, Tumblr has said they’ve now restored all of the content that was removed. If you’re one of the users who had their content removed, I’d encourage you to check with Tumblr that this won’t be held against your account in the future.