Aphro’s Asskicking Anthems – October 2015

What it is, what it is, what it is... shed no tears! Your boy Aphro has returned once again to provide those crazy sounds for all your beatdowns. This month's Anthem is going to focus on that special type of lady that's always waiting for you. After the jump, let's see if she's your type...

That'll grab your attention, won't it? Scantily clad women, soaring vocals, righteous guitar... rarely gets better than that. Leave it to auteur supreme Daisuke Ishiwatari to blend so many varied elements into one song & make it rock this hard. For the unfamiliar, this is the theme for μ-12 from BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma. Although it'll feel as if I'm referencing a certain meme, I apologize in advance, but this is Noel Vermilion's final form. As THE Murakumo Unit everyone's been looking for, Mu (that's what the funny symbol a few sentences ago means) has the type of power that can change the world. That giant blade from the video's illustration transforms into some pretty impressive/revealing armor. In case the sword motif hasn't registered just yet, check out her Astral Finish.

Full disclosure: This is one of those songs that I knew exactly who I was going to attach to it upon hearing. This can happen for a number of reasons, but today... it's all about truth in advertising. Allow me to explain. Song titles can be misleading, whether by having nothing to do with the song/video or by not even being mentioned anywhere in the lyrics. I don't know about any of you, but I find that infuriating. As such, the character I've chosen this month is the figurative perfect set of lyrics to the title "Sword of Doom II".


Just look at those eyes... that right there is -genuine- crazy.

If I may paraphrase a quote from Forrest Gump: "Anime is as anime does." That psychotic cybernetic sweetheart is Celia II from Chaos Code. She is the demented sub-boss before you fight the sorcerer Kudlak. While she's a far cry from her more docile younger sister, she is that much more powerful. As I mentioned before, she is a total psycho & immensely sadistic. All of her attacks are designed to inflict as much pain as possible & I'd be misleading you if I said it didn't look like she was enjoying every second of it. In all honesty, I would too if I had her arsenal at my command... but that's neither here nor there.

Circling back to what I said about truth in advertising, one of the features in Chaos Code is the "Destruction Chaos": an all-out Level 3 super attack unique to each character. Celia II's is called "Seperation.KAI" and she summons a gigantic sword to attack her opponent. However, among the entire cast (along with Kudlak), Celia II has a unique characteristic. She has a "boss version", not unlike Shin Akuma, that warrants her some increased attack power, enhanced speed & all that goodness. On top of that, though, her Destruction Chaos acquires a new trait that separates her from the entire cast: the boss mode variation of her Destruction Chaos becomes an Instant Kill. To add insult to injury, the next image you (as the player) see after it connects is Celia II surrounded by fire with a somehow even more twisted smile on her face. Hearing all that, come back to the song title & think about the concept of truth in advertising.

Until next time... keep fighting the good fight, my friends.

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