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