I consider myself to be something of an Anime opening connoisseur*, so when a game has an Anime-style intro, I tend to take notice. While nothing will ever beat the opening of Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon for the N64, some come pretty close. Speaking of close, there’s an awful lot of hugging going on in the new intro for Blazblue Chronophantasma Extend. Trinity’s Hugging Celica, pre-murderclone Noel’s hugging Celica, Konoe’s hugging Celica, Celica’s hugging Ragna’s jacket… but it’s not just Celica! Arakune is very clearly about to give Litchi a big old hug, Kokonoe is fixing Tager’s hug servos, and Tao would totally be hugging that butterfly if she had a bit more energy. Even the song, when translated from Japanese, is about how great hugging is.
If this doesn’t signify a dramatic shift in game mechanics, I don’t know what does. This is obviously Arc System Works’ subtle way of telling us that the new game will be all about hugging, cuddling, and love. Some people might be upset about this, but a hug is basically the same thing as a Genesic Emerald Tager buster if you think about it. Toshimichi Mori is finally making the game he always wanted to make, and I, for one, support his vision.
*The best OP of all time is Asterisk from the first season of Bleach and if you disagree I’ll fight you.