See a GR editor turned into a BlazBlue character. Also, win stuff!

Wow, what an honour. Daisuke Ishiwatari, creator of Guilty Gear, just designed a new fighting character in front of our very eyes, based on... well, me actually. Admittedly, it is a female version (at Cundy's request - thanks boss), but still, how cool is this? Ishiwatari and 'Mr BlazBlue' Toshimichi Mori also gave us signed copies of their game and some amazing, rare, BlazBlue merchandise to give away. But first, let's look at that character design, shall we?

Here's a video of Ishiwatari making some magic happen on a piece of paper. Apparently, he doesn't normally draw in front of people, so we're very lucky to see the creative process. To do it 'on the spot', in front of cameras must've been hard. But as you can see, after some brief thought, he delivered with aplomb...

And here's the finished design:

Above: A female version of me... I think she should be called 'Justine'. Or maybe 'Owl'. To rhyme with Towell

As you can hear in the video, Ishiwatari incorporated a flute into the character's design that "manipulates people's minds" (sounds similar to my guitar...) and an outfit that includes a speaker on the right leg and valves for amplification around her waist. She's also wearing a star necklace, which he obviously picked up from my pendant.

I think she would fit right into the character roster of BlazBlue, and the fact that she came about in a mere ten minutes is brilliant. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if the character does find its way into the next game. At which point I'll sue for use of my image! Only joking.


Win stuff

So... I'm guessing all this BlazBlue talk has made you hungry for those competition prizes, eh? The competition is open to UK residents only (sorry, US readers, but you get cool stuff every weekend from GR US that we don't) and this is what's up for grabs:

Above: You want this

The entire list of prizes is as follows:

Nendroid Figure (SUPER RARE!)
Some awesome concept art prints. (SUPER, SUPER RARE!)
Chibi Noel mouse mat.
Art book signed by Toshimichi Mori
Japanese T-shirt featuring Hazama's Snake Demon things.
Two very nice posters.
A limited edition copy of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, signed by Toshimichi Mori and Daisuke Ishiwatari.

Signed copies of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift.

What do you have to do to win this mega-haul of BlazBlue awesomeness? Easy. Just answer the following question via the email link below and the answer that entertains us most will win the top prize. The four next most entertaining answers will win the runners-up prizes. Simple. Here's the question:

If you were a character in BlazBlue, what would your special attack or weapon be and how would it work?

CLICK HERE TO ENTER (And don't forget to include your name and address!)

By entering, you are agreeing to our usual terms and conditions. The competition will run until Monday, March 14, 2011. Winners will be notified by email. Good luck!

Above: As you can see, 'Mr BlazBlue', Toshimichi Mori (left) was particularly thrilled to meet me

09 March, 2011




  • robertpopovic - March 9, 2011 3:12 p.m.

    It's the rebirth of Testament!
  • ssj4raditz - March 9, 2011 3:13 p.m.

    I gotta say, you make a nice-looking anime lady, Mr. Towell.
  • JMAN1156 - March 9, 2011 3:22 p.m.

    You should be proud that he drew you as such a hot lady. :-p
  • Clovin64 - March 9, 2011 3:28 p.m.

    I bet most of the GR users are going to be fapping over female Justin tonight. Awkward...
  • HowdyCowboyCheesesBurger0911 - March 9, 2011 3:31 p.m.

    You're really a woman traped in a mans body.
  • BurntToShreds - March 9, 2011 3:32 p.m.

    Nice. Ishiwari is a kick-ass artist. I'd like to see some kind of manga drawn by him.
  • EuroAsianManOfDiscovery - March 9, 2011 3:40 p.m.

    Goddammit, why the hell am I living in Ireland?
  • Robx - March 9, 2011 3:43 p.m.

    After some professional analysis done with previous training and expertise from CSI, I certify it was based on Justin with the following picture: SORRY JUSTINE̶, I HAD TO DO IT! Hahaha that looked awesome, shame it's only available for UK, share with the rest of Europe!
  • Denrok - March 9, 2011 3:47 p.m.

    You look quite sexy Justine Owl.
  • Robx - March 9, 2011 4:09 p.m.

    @Denrok I believe the joke is Owl Towell Epic name.
  • GoldenMe - March 9, 2011 4:47 p.m.

    Justin Towell, my favorite editor, in a female version. Sorry life, I don't need you anymore.
  • jackthemenace - March 9, 2011 4:59 p.m.

    Wow. Justin's Sexy.
  • Mooshon - March 9, 2011 6 p.m.

    Always impressed by anime cartoonist skills. Great to see a compo that uk users can enter wahey!
  • IAmARobotWhoTurnsIntoATruckAndIFindNoLevityInThis - March 9, 2011 6:20 p.m.

  • Kage_No_Shi - March 9, 2011 6:48 p.m.

    Canada rarely gets stuff. I've only seen one or two contests here open to Canadians V_V Been wanting this game too *sighs*
  • KiwiCommander - March 9, 2011 7:42 p.m.

    I agree with robertpopovic, it looks like testament. BTW, I love GG and BB music, probably one of the best fighting game soundtracks.
  • Cyberninja - March 9, 2011 8:29 p.m.

    darn i would love this stuff but i guess it evens out also did they provide any details about BB3?
  • donutman7 - March 9, 2011 8:55 p.m.

    Goddangit, oh wait, I live in the US of freaking A
  • Mexicutioner - March 9, 2011 8:57 p.m.

    Freaking A! I really want that stupid Noel Nendoroid! You have any idea how much they go for on eBay!? GAH!!!!
  • Ded - March 9, 2011 10:59 p.m.

    You know he's not BlazBlue's lead designer, right? You're thinking of Guilty Gear :D

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