Amane Nishiki is an androgynous male character with violet hair tied in a bun and blue eyes with dark pink eye shadow and red lipstick. He wears a flowing pink and red kimono that exposes his shoulders underneath is sleeveless black skintight turtleneck, black shorts and legwarmers, and red platform sandals. He also sports a translucent pink scarf which appears to levitate through unknown means. In Story mode, Bullet states that he looks identical to his appearance 10 years prior.
Pre-battle, Amane wears a royal white geisha outfit, underneath, he has a pink and red-colored checker pattern kimono.
Amane is a friendly, respectful, and eccentric individual. He refers to battles as “dancing” and his gameplay style even resembles such. He is always on the lookout for possible fellow performers, asking both Ragna the Bloodedge and Carl Clover to join, being very persistent to have the latter do so. His subordinates greatly revere him and he in turn is shown to be very generous towards them, going so far as to treat them to a surprise vacation in the 7th Hierarchical City of Kazamotsu. He often addresses any individual he meets as “my dear”. Despite his heavily female appearance, Amane’s personality is fairly masculine.
However, he can make rather careless mistakes at times and is rather slow at realizing his error, such as when he trained Bullet’s squad dancing techniques for 3 days before realizing he made a mistake, having mixed up the words “troop” with “troupe”. This is shown again during Noel Vermillion’s arcade when he mistakes her for a cross-dressing boy.
Amane is a young man who travels around, gathering a troupe of young and handsome men as he goes. Upon stumbling across the news that a cute vigilante boy was heading for Ikaruga, he immediately sets out to look for him. As he finally meets the boy, Carl Clover, Amane asks him to join his troupe, but Carl declines and runs away; Amane chases after him, however, and encounters Rachel, who is suspicious of his mysterious nature. As they engage in combat, they gain the respect of each other and Amane reveals his purposes: he claims that to dance on the greatest stage, also the greatest battlefield where greatest warriors gather is his wish. The majority of his troupe are orphans of war from around the world, which he has adopted.
As a Bystander, Amane rebooted the Takamagahara, reviving the AIs so they could observe the world instead of the Master Unit. He also desisted making Carl Clover being a part of his dance troop, due to the latter’s personality changes and acts (becoming more like his father).
When he encountered Celica Ayatsuki Mercury, Minerva attacked him to make a connection with Amane, which extended Celica’s life-span a little. He also offered Ragna his observation, but the offer was rejected. Amane seems to know a way of saving the world without killing Noel, and he needs her and Tsubaki Yayoi to seal the Amaterasu Unit and send it back through Nemesis Horizon. Since sending the empty Unit to the other side of the Gate might cause the world to disappear, Amane has prepared a replacement for the god.
After Terumi’s defeat, Amane watched as Ragna erased himself from everyone’s memories, and assured him that nothing is left of him in Takamagahara. His memories of Ragna were also erased.
Powers and abilities
Amane has an unusual ability that allows him to form his clothing into various shapes. His Drive, Spiral (
In terms of fighting style, he mainly focuses on theatrical dancing-motions along with a variety of motions that also involve weaving his many cloths, as well as forming them into a variety of shapes such as a ribbon, a kite, non-Spiral-based drills, a gunbai fan and so forth.
Amane could very well be an extremely powerful individual, casually brushing off the results of any fight he is in as if he was merely testing his opponent. In Bang Shishigami’s gag scenario, Amane was able to withstand blistering heat, freezing cold, and electrocution without any lasting effects. Although it is implied that he is immortal due to his mysterious relationship with Rachel Alucard, his appearance having not changed for at least 10 years, and his ability to effortlessly shrug off a majority of damage inflicted upon him in Centralfiction, Amane himself states that he is not immortal. Rachel also says that Amane is 'the Uzume', something that he is apparently unaware of. As well as this, Slave Red does not seem to work on him, it is unknown whether he is immune, or just was subjected to this spell before.
Amane is one of the Qualified.
- While “Amane” can be a name with different meanings, “Nishiki” (錦) may mean “brocade”.
- In Arcade Mode, Rachel refers to Amane as “Uzume”. This is a reference to Ame-no-Uzume-no-Mikoto, the goddess of dawn, revelry, and mirth in Shintō religion. It was said that Uzume was able to coax Amaterasu out of a cave by dancing at the entrance.
- Akin to Bang’s surname, Amane’s theme song, Bushin, is romanized in Kunrei-Shiki without an “h” (as Busin). It is also the on'yomi reading of his title of “Uzume”.
- Most of Amane’s special moves are named after various Super Sentai series’ titles, with the kanji involved having alternate readings that describe the move itself in the form of a pun. For example, Tensō Rakugeki: Gosei at first appears to be an homage to Tensou Sentai Goseiger, but the kanji used (天葬落撃: 篭勢) translates to “Heaven Burial Falling Strike: Cage Force”. All the puns of the titles are as listed including Gosei:
- Ninpu Sengeki: Hariken (Ninpū Sentai Hurricaneger; Hariken is an alternate reading of the “Har” sound in “hurricane” instead of “hur”, due to that sound being used in the Japanese pronunciation. Ninpu is also a coincidental pun on the kanji for/as well as NOT TO BE confused for “laborer” or “pregnant woman”.)
- Jūken Dageki: Gekiren (Jūken Sentai Gekiranger; the “ren” is taken from the Japanese pronunciation of “ranger”, which is “renjā”.)
- Chōjū Rengeki: Raibu (Chōjū Sentai Liveman; Raibu is a pun on the way “Liveman” is pronounced in Japanese, which is either “Raibuman” or “Raivuman”.)
- Tensō Rakugeki: Gosei (Gosei Sentai Dairanger and Tensō Sentai Goseiger; the latter is the closest pun out of the rest.)
- Chōjin Kaihi: Zettō (Chōjin Sentai Jetman; Zettō is a pun on the Japanese pronunciation of “Jetman”, which is “Jettoman”.)
- Gangan Senpu: Ginga (Seijū Sentai Gingaman; Ginga can also mean “galaxy”.)
- Hazan Gekisō: Jiyakua Dengekitai (J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai and Gekisō Sentai Carranger)
- Kyōryū Tokkō: Seijū Rensōkyaku (Kyōryū Sentai Zyūranger, Zyūden Sentai Kyōryūger and Seijū Sentai Gingaman)
- Kaizoku Senkō: Gōkai Rasen Renpa (Kaizoku Sentai Gōkaiger; Kaizoku here oddly happens to be an altered kanji pun on the kanji for “pirate”.)
- Jakutoku Meika: Gōhahōyō (J.A.K.Q./Jakka Dengekitai and Tokumei Sentai Gō-Busters)
- His birthday, November 15, is Shichi-Go-San in Japan, a festival for five-year-old boys, seven-year-old girls, and three-year-old children of both sexes.
- Amane’s otherworldly nature is hinted at by his hagoromo, a garment typically associated with tennin, spiritual beings that resemble angels.
- Amane is one of the few characters to actually receive a change to his total amount of HP from one installment to the next, while nearly all other characters still keep their current amount of HP throughout the series.
- In an interview with BlazBlue producer Toshimichi Mori, he mentioned that the ideas for Amane’s Drive and fighting style were originally proposed by Tomokazu Sugita, the voice actor of Ragna.
- His Astral Heat morphs characters into younger or earlier versions of themselves; however, most of the time, it is done in parody:
- Ragna: Teen-aged Ragna as seen in his BlazBlue: Continuum Shift story.
- Jin: Younger Jin from Tsubaki’s BlazBlue: Continuum Shift story; Yukianesa is wrapped up.
- Noel: Her appearance when she was adopted into the Vermillion family: hair cut short and wearing a white shirt with long sleeves; a black tie; a long, black skirt; and white stockings with dark brown shoes. However, in this case, she has a red tie and a blue skirt.
- Rachel: Her appearance in the Phase Shift novels.
- Taokaka: Reverts to a Kaka kitten, shown in Ragna’s flashback in BlazBlue: Continuum Shift.
- Tager: A wind-up toy version of Tager.
- Litchi: She has back-length hair tied into a dark green ribbon bow with Lao Jiu, small circular glasses and is carrying a plate of meat buns. She also wears a red Chinese shirt with long sleeves, white tights, and red slippers. Oddly enough, her bosom is still quite large, implying that her body began maturing at an early age.
- Arakune: A tartar, like the one seen in Lambda-11’s gag scenario in BlazBlue: Continuum Shift.
- Bang: His hair is worn into a messy ponytail, and he has no scar. He wears a skintight sleeveless exposed top, a dark green hakama, and is barefoot.
- Carl: He has a purple-collared, long-sleeved shirt with an orange tie; black shorts; and brown shoes. Ada is presented as a plush toy.
- Hakumen: Pakumen.
- Tsubaki: Reverts to a child, identical to her BlazBlue: Continuum Shift story-line when she first met Jin, but with her eyes still red.
- Hazama: Kazuma Kval.
- Makoto: Wears a short orange top that bares her midriff and short black tights, and is barefoot.
- Valkenhayn: Appears in his younger form, when he fought the Black Beast alongside the rest of the Six Heroes.
- Platinum: Trinity Glassfille.
- Relius: He looks slightly younger with shoulder length hair, and wore white chemise collar shirt with maroon cuffs, a white scarf with a purple gem, purple vest, and black trousers. Presumably when he worked alongside the Sin Architects.
- Bullet: Appears as a child with an identical outfit to her adult form, but with slightly longer shorts.
- Azrael: Simply appears more childlike. Outfit seems to be unchanged, only lacking his goatee.
- Mirror-Amane: Appears virtually unchanged, although his hair is in a different style.
- Nu-13: Turned into the younger form that Noel had seen in the mirror in BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, happily hugging a Ragna plushie, ahoge heart-shaped. She keeps her eyepatch on this occasion.
- Mu-12: Turned younger, wearing a blue experimental robe. Her hair retains the distinct fray.
- Izayoi: Similar to Tsubaki’s result, except with a purple dress.
- Kagura: Appears as a teenager wearing the Military Academy’s school outfit, holding a wooden sword.
- Terumi: A chibi-like version of his ghost form kicking his legs frantically while holding a Rod of Asclepius.
- Kokonoe: Her appearance at the end of BlazBlue: Phase Shift 4 novel.
- Celica: A younger Celica wearing a pink school dress with white long sleeves, black wrist cuffs, and black and blue shoes. Minerva becomes a small wind-up toy. She bares a strong resemblance to Little sister.
- Lambda-11: Turned younger, wearing a white experimental robe and hugging a Tartar plushie.
- Hibiki: Appears as a child wearing a sleeveless top with a sash tied around his waist, pants, and shoes, and with a small black bird accompanying him.
- Naoto: His appearance in BlazBlue: Bloodedge Experience — Part 1 and Part 2, with Raquel on top of him.
- Konoe: Her appearance bares a strong resemblance to Me from XBlaze – Lost: Memories.
- Izanami: Her appearance bares a strong resemblance to Saya Terumi from BlazBlue: Bloodedge Experience — Part 2.
- Es: Her appearance from XBlaze – Code: Embryo.
- Susanoo: Terumen.
- Mai: Wearing a Military Academy school uniform, as she appeared in BlazBlue: Remix Heart.
- Mitsuyoshi: Himself as a kitten, wearing similar attire to his Great Dark War armor.