Tuesday, October 8, 2013

BlazBlue: Alter Memory

If you are a fan of fighting games, then chances are you have at least heard of the BlazBlue series by now. It is one of the few fighting games out there that not only provides players with deep engaging gameplay, but a deep storyline as well. The game has a cast of very loveable characters, and over the past few years it has really gained quite the cult following. While the game originally was released as sort of a take off from the Guilty Gear series (same gameplay style, but with a new world, set of characters, and story); it soon grew into something larger than anyone could have imagined.

The BlazBlue of today has really evolved past its initial release. There have been three main entries in the series, a few spin off titles, a few improved versions and ports, it has had many arcade releases, it has quite a few novels as well as short stories to add to the game's overall story, there are mangas, and even radio shows for it. On top of that, BlazBlue merchandise can be found throughout Japan, memes started by the game are seen allover online ("LOL Ice Car" being just one of many), and the game's soundtrack has really caught on as well. Although at first glance BlazBlue might seem like just another overlooked anime styled fighter, but in reality; it is anything but. So, what is the next step for this series? Well...

Introducing BlazBlue: Alter Memory! As you may recall, a few months ago we here at NGR reported on a BlazBlue anime in the works. At the time all we were able to state was that it would follow the storyline of the original game (Calamity Trigger), and that it would be coming out sometime within the next year. Well, guess what? Today is the day!

Today (yesterday for Japan) the very first episode of Alter Memory aired, and the good news is; you can now watch it! By going to Funimation's official website, you can watch the newest episodes of BlazBlue: Alter Memory as they air in Japan. Now these episodes are only in sub formation as of right now, but that doesn't mean things wont change in the near future. As with most animes, chances are BlazBlue will be dubbed once the show finishes its initial (first season) run in Japan. If you want to wait until the English version is released, go ahead, but if you would like to watch it now, please click the following link!

http://www.funimation.com/shows/blazblue/anime

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