BlazBlue: Alter Memory is an anime that features a character named Ragna the Bloodedge, who is also known as The Grim Reaper. He has a reputation for destroying NOL branch offices; because of this, he has a high bounty on his head. The start of the series sees the characters living in a time loop; however, after Noel Vermillion rescues Ragna in episode two, the time loop is broken.
During this episode, it’s revealed that Hazama is a disguise for Terumi, a person that Ragna encountered during his past; more specific information about their meeting is revealed in a flashback dream that Ragna has later in the episode.
Near the end of episode two, it was revealed that Noel is the true Azure Successor, and this is rather important for what happens in this episode. When Terumi, posing as Hazama, is talking to a character named Relius Clover, it’s revealed that Noel needs to be awakened as a Murakumo Unit in order for the God-Killer to be completed. Apparently, Noel has been considered to be a dud as the Azure Successor, and that it was the next one after her that was assumed to be the true Azure Successor.
Ragna ends up fighting with another bounty hunter and his Archenemy. After the fight, Ragna appears underground and falls unconscious. A mysterious girl and Tao the bounty hunter find him. The mysterious girl tells Tao to take Ragna to a doctor. We are introduced to Dr. Litchi, who treats Ragna. It appears Dr. Litchi has knowledge about Ragna and what his abilities are.
BlazBlue: Alter Memory has an interesting story, but in a lot of respects, it can still be a bit confusing and a little hard to follow. As of right now, there was a scene that opened the episode that featured Rabbit, the blond girl in the dress, that I didn’t understand. I suspect it’s supposed to be a hint to something that comes up later in the series, but right now, I’m just left scratching my head and wondering what that was about.
There were also some unexpected twists that appeared in this episode, with the major one being the fact that Hazama has another sinister identity. When he’s Terumi, he doesn’t wear a hat, so we can see he has tall and spiky green hair. Whenever I saw him as Terumi, I couldn’t help but think that this hair kind of made me think of the Joker from the Batman franchise, especially the animated versions of the Joker.
This episode also threw several new characters into the mix, and I have to admit that I felt a little overwhelmed by the time the episode ended. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention that in episode three, we finally learn the name of the pink-haired girl with glasses at the computer is Kokonoe; unfortunately, we still don’t really know what exactly she’s supposed to be doing in the series yet.
Even though I may still be feeling a bit confused and a little overwhelmed by this series, I can still see the potential for an interesting story to emerge. The overall story is still compelling enough to me that I will continue to watch BlazBlue: Alter Memory. I will continue to hope that future episodes will start providing more information that will help clear up the confusion that I’m still having in regards to this series.