MELTY BLOOD: TYPE LUMINA to add Aoko Aozaki in January alongside Dead Apostle Noel

Written by. Ryuki Ishii based on the original Japanese article (original article’s publication date: 2021-12-31 23:31 JST)

Project LUMINA has announced a new playable character for MELTY BLOOD: TYPE LUMINA; Aoko Aozaki. She will join the roster alongside Dead Apostle Noel on January 13 (JST) as part of a free update.

MELTY BLOOD: TYPE LUMINA is a 2D fighting game based in the world of Tsukihime –A piece of blue glass moon– and is the latest game in the MELTY BLOOD series. It brings the series into high definition with all-new character visuals. On the gameplay side of things, the battle system has been revamped and implements a simple-to-execute combo system. The development is being handled by FRENCH-BREAD with a story penned by Kinoko Nasu for the story mode.

Aoko Aozaki is one of five magicians who exist in the world. She is the only person capable of using the Fifth Magic/Magic Blue. In Tsukihime –A piece of blue glass moon–, she appears in the prologue as a mentor figure for the protagonist Shiki Tohno and gives him a pair of magical glasses that suppress the effect of his Mystic Eyes. She is the first protagonist of Mahoutsukai no Yoru (Witch on the Holy Night), and a younger sister of Touko Aozaki, who appears in a number of TYPE-MOON titles including Kara no Kyoukai.

A special voice line will play out when Shiki is defeated by Aoko.

In MELTY BLOOD: TYPE LUMINA, Aoko will join the fight as an agile and versatile character who can use magic bullets to attack from a distance and her martial arts skill to engage in hand-to-hand combat. Like in previous titles, she can triple jump and double airdash.

Her Browning Starmine, a large laser attack, has a decent range and is useful for putting pressure on the opponent. The EX-version allows her to move first even if the opponent guards it, so it’s useful as a follow-up move after using an attack that would leave her open to enemy attacks.

Aoko’s Floating Starmine (proximity orbs) can be used in two ways. The floating type will detonate on contact with an enemy, and the explosive type can be activated at any time. The former can also be used as a shield when approaching an enemy. Placing the latter above a downed enemy is a good way to dish out extra damage upon standing up. An aerial version of Floating Starmine is also available.

Aoko’s Arc Drive is Severe Break Slider, and her Last Arc move is Retroflow – Genesis Light Year.

MELTY BLOOD: TYPE LUMINA is currently available on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC (Steam). Aoko Aozaki and Dead Apostle Noel will join the roster on January 13 (JST) as part of a free content update. New character stories and battle stages will be added as well.