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Akatsuki Blitzkampf, also known as Akatsuki EN-Eins is a series of doujinshi Fighting Game developed by Subtle Style. The game is set in a Dystopian fictional future (year 266X AD), and involves characters that more or less resemble the German and Japanese soldiers of World War II.
The first game’s protagonist, Akatsuki, is a Japanese Super Soldier who spent decades frozen in a submarine that was sunk in the North Pole. When he wakes up and rises from there, 60 years after the last war he fought on, he is trapped in a world that he barely recognizes and has near everyone in the cast chasing after him since his uniform hosts a powerful weapon: one of the mythical Blitz Engines, capable of producing unlimited electrical energy. Akatsuki, logically, does not want to get caught at all and needs to find the truth behind his survival and awakening, so he sets out in a long and hard travel through China and Japan to gather clues, unlock the secrets behind everything, and face his old and new enemies...
The second game known as EN-Eins Perfektewelt starring the new titular protagonist EN-Eins, the sole surviving member of his cloning batch, now set to avenge his siblings against Gesselshaft, the antagonistic organization of the series.
Contrary to most doujin fighting games out there, Akatsuki EN-Eins' playstyle is regarded as old-school and quite reminiscent of the fighting games Capcom produced during the 90's, including parries similar to the ones seen in the Street Fighter III series.
These games provide examples of:
- Auto Revive: The original Anonym's Super, complete with a shaft of light shining down from the heavens.
- Badass Grandpa: Fritz.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Sai combines this with Badass Long Hair.
- Big Bad: Murakumo in the first game (Akatsuki), and Valkyria in the second game (En-Eins). Mycale/Perfecti count as one, despite being a sub-boss.
- Boobs of Steel: Compare Kanae and Marilyn Sue, both close combatants, to Mycale/Perfecti and Anonym, both ranged fighters.
- Church Militant: The original Anonym and the Anonym Guards.
- Cloning Blues: It’s revealed to be all about cloning. Elektrosoldat to Adler, and Tempelritter to Valkyria are the main examples.
- Confusion Fu: Murakumo and his illusions.
- Darker and Edgier: In contrast to most doujin fighters, the first game had a more darker art style and the atmosphere was a lot less anime-like, instead opting for a "used future" style more seen in Western media. The sequel looks set to defy this, however.
- Dramatic Wind: Most everyone wearing a cape or other long, billowy garment benefits from this.
- Drop the Hammer: Literally. Mycale can summon Mjolnir itself to drop on an opponent's head with a satisfying "BWONG!" sound.
- Expy: Elektrosoldat plays pretty much like Guile from Street Fighter. Players refer to his projectiles as Booms and to his somersault kicks as Flash Kicks.
- Evil Eye: In Sai's super.
- Fan Nickname:
- The game is sometimes called Blitzjew or JEWPUNCHER because not only do some of the characters look like Nazis, the game is set in a Nazi Germany-esque dystopian future Japan.
- Elektrosoldat's Super Move, the Blitzbombe, is commonly referred to as Heil Voltage and Nazi Pikachu.
- The recently announced EN-Eins Perfektewelt has already been dubbed by few people as Jewpuncher: Fruity Pebbles Edition.
- Gainaxing: Marilyn Sue and her massive, pendulous sweater cows. It's not at all hyperbole to say it takes most male players about 6-8 hours of playtime to even notice what color her eyes are (they're purple, in case you still haven't looked away).
- Gratuitous German: Japan's fascination with German culture and history is really nothing new, but as noted under No Swastikas, they're not always clear on which parts of it aren't cool to emulate.
- Guns Akimbo: Anonym uses a pair of chrome-plated Webley revolvers.
- Gun Kata: Anonym, again. Her super is named Tetragrammaton
- Katanas Are Just Better: Fritz uses a katana to fight, and while he can't go for long combos, every hit causes massive damages. Murakumo also uses a katana, but only for one special move and his Super.
- Lighter and Softer: Apparently, EN-Eins Perfektewelt. Sure, nazis are still involved, but it suddenly became a lot flashier and more colorful compared to the previous versions, culminating with a playstyle shift into more combo-heavy-involved in a vein of Marvel vs. Capcom or just about a majority of doujin fighters. Some people aren't that pleased.
- Magic Skirt: Mycale and her former host Kati, who probably has the most magical skirt of all, considering the hemline ends just below the crotch and it somehow still doesn't show anything.
- Meaningful Name: Subverted. She may have the look down pat, but Marilyn Sue is not a canon Mary Sue, thus extended with “Da Jie” name in the sequel EN-Eins. Her role in the plot is mainly to serve as a pain in Akatsuki's ass and a walking pair of breasts that can hurt you . Besides, the concept of a Mary Sue is very (very) familiar to the Japanese, but the specific term Mary Sue isn't. She was most likely named Marilyn in honor of a certain legendary sex symbol, and "Sue" just sounds cute when appended to a girl's first name.
- Mecha-Mooks: Elektrosoldats are soldiers equipped with the Blitz Engine.
- Meganekko: Mycale, which fits quite nicely with her cool and collected demeanor.
- Mighty Glacier: Fritz and Blitztank.
- Nintendo Hard: The first version had a brutally hard Murakumo. Later versions toned down his AI heavily.
- No Swastikas: Subverted. The "nazi" characters aren't actually called Nazis, nor do they have any of the Nazi regalia other than the general layout of their uniforms. The subversion comes when you see Elektrosoldat win a match, salute and yell "Sieg Heil!" Yep.
- Palette Swap: Adler in the first versions of the game, and Perfecti before the Ausf. Achse (arcade) version of the game. Now it’s Valkyria’s turn.
- Putting on the Reich: Murakumo, Elektrosoldat, and Adler, and to a lesser extent Kanae and Akatsuki (the game's hero) as well. Justified in the cases of Adler and Elektrosoldat, who actually are Nazis. Later on, Perfecti joins in on the fun in Ausf Achse.
- Arguably, EN-Ein can also count in Perfektewelt, but it's debatable considering his mild case of Pretty In Mink. Let's not forget Tempelritter, who looks like a cross between a Nazi and a Valkyries.
- Oh, and they also added a mad doctor Expy of Josef Mengele in Perfektewelt, too. If the third game features a club-footed propagandist in a suit, it just may be time to stage an intervention with the folks at Subtle Style.
- Though with Akatsuki, he's more like a representative of the Japanese navy during WWII.
- Nazi Zombie: Adler looks like an undead version of Elektrosoldat. Later versions give him a different look from his unit, by giving him different standing, crouching and walking animations, and an evil grin.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Marilyn Sue Da Jie's Super. 100 hits in 5 seconds. Damn.
- Real Is Brown: The colors were unusually drab for a fighting game. That is until EN-Eins Perfektewelt was announced.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: Anonym uses them
- Shock and Awe: Both Akatsuki and Elektrosoldat's schtick.
- Also Adler and Murakamo, but less emphasized on compared to Akatsuki.
- Shotoclone: Akatsuki, who is more in the mold of Kyo than Ryu. Elektrosoldat's resemblance to Guile is also important to note. EN-Eins is a mixed between father and son from Howard and Bernstein family, with a heroic trait as the two sons of two respective families
- Sinister Shades: Sai. He uses them to cover up his freakish-looking eyes that can cause painful diseases and afflictions in whoever he looks at.
- Stupid Jetpack Hitler: Elektrosoldat is a Nazi robot.
- Super Mode: Wei's various powerups.
- Tank Goodness: Blitztank.
- The Wiki Rule: Here.
- White-Haired Pretty Boy: Murakumo.
- ↑ In keeping with the Street Fighter II parallel, she splits the "Zangief" role with Wei, in that both are strength-based fighters who have their own agenda and aren't interested in the main conflict at all. Just like how Zangief wants to prove himself the strongest man alive and couldn't care less about that Shadaloo and Psycho Drive hoo-ha, Marilyn Sue doesn't give a crap about super-soldiers or world conquest and just thinks stealing the Blitz Engine would be a great career move.
- ↑ Not THAT salute, thankfully.