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Hazama (Chronophantasma, Character Select Artwork)
Kana: ユウキ=テルミ
Rōmaji: Yūki Terumi
Kana: ハザマ
Rōmaji: Hazama
Profile
Gender: Male
Race: Artificial Human (Created from Azure Grimoire prototype)
Date of Birth: April 29
Height: 183 cm (6'0")
Weight: 61 kg (134.5 lbs)
Blood type: AB
Eyes: Yellow
Hair: Green
Weapon: Nox NyctoresGeminus Anguium: Ouroboros, butterfly knives
Professional Status
Affiliation: Novus Orbis Librarium
Previous Affiliation: Six Heroes
Department: Intelligence Department
Position: Captain
Personal Status
Status: Unknown
Material Collection Information
Hobbies: Collecting silver accessories
Likes: Boiled eggs
Dislikes: Cats
Move List
Drive: Ouroboros
Overdrive: Jörmungandr
Distortion Drives: · Serpent's Infernal Rapture
· Eternal Coils of the Dragon Serpents
· The Serpent's Unholy Wrath
Astral Heat: Hungry Darkness of 1000 Souls
Appearances
Game(s): BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (NPC)
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend
BlazBlue: Chronophantasma
Spin-off(s): BlayzBloo: Clone Phantasma
Novel(s): BlazBlue: Phase 0
BlazBlue: Phase Shift 1
BlazBlue: Phase Shift 3
BlazBlue: Phase Shift 4
Manga(s): BlazBlue: Chimelical Complex
BlazBlue: Remix Heart
BlazBlue
Anime(s): BlazBlue: Alter Memory
Voices
Japanese Voice: Yūichi Nakamura
English Voice: Doug Erholtz
Erik Davies (CT-CS)
Spike Spencer (CSII)

Hazama was a captain of the Novus Orbis Librarium's Intelligence Department and was one of the main antagonists in the series. In reality, he was an artificially created human designed to be the host vessel for Yūki Terumi, a former member of the Six Heroes and the creator of the Azure Grimoire and the founder of both the Novus Orbis Librarium and Sector Seven . He originally appeared as a non-playable character in the story mode of BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, but starting with BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, he became a playable character.

InformationEdit

Hakumen (Calamity Trigger, Story Mode Illustration, 2)
Terumi among the Six Heroes
Night VisionAdded by Night Vision
Yūki Terumi was the original creator of the Azure Grimoire and, alongside Relius Clover and Shūichirō Ayatsuki, the Black Beast. After being brainwashed by Konoe, he was forced to serve as one of the Six Heroes who fought against the Black Beast in the First War of Ars Magus. After the beast was destroyed, he was freed from the spell by Trinity Glassfille, due to her affection towards his host body, and he in turn murdered her and Konoe.

He was the original owner of the Susano'o Unit armor (which now belongs to Hakumen), and it is assumed that, after realizing he was forever linked to the Master Unit while in the armor, he drove himself out of it – which is possibly why he now appears as a ghost. He was formerly sealed away in the Boundary after Hakumen sacrificed himself to pull him in, with help from Jubei. He was later released before the events of BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger by Takamagahara.

Calamity Trigger Reconstruction (Continuum Shift Extend, Story Mode Illustration, 5)
Terumi possessing Jin.
Mikiyo2Added by Mikiyo2
Years before the events of Calamity Trigger, Terumi had appeared at Celica A. Mercury's church, where Ragna the Bloodedge, Jin Kisaragi, and Saya lived. Upon arrival, he killed Celica. After possessing Jin, Terumi burned down the church, cut off Ragna's arm, and abducted Saya. For much the events of the first game, Ragna believed Jin to be responsible for this incident.

Years later, Hazama worked alongside Sector Seven and Relius Clover to create Mu-12, a Murakumo Unit designed to become a heart for a new Black Beast that Sector Seven desired to destroy the NOL. Hazama, who's artificial body is in actual fact, an Azure Grimoire, sought to fuse with Mu to become the Black Beast's body; however, this plan was thwarted by the Takamagahara who subsequently fired Gigant: Take-Mikazuchi upon the 5th Hierarchical City of Ibukido, decimating the city into what was soon known as the 'Burning Fields of Ikaruga'. Mu's smelting process was halted and she was later adopted and christened as Noel Vermillion.

Calamity TriggerEdit

During the majority of Calamity Trigger, Hazama is supervising Noel Vermillion's mission to return major Jin Kisaragi to his post, and attempts to avoid fighting anyone, claiming he "is not good with that sort of thing". However, during Rachel Alucard's story mode, he appears twice as Terumi, the first time mocking Valkenhayn R. Hellsing, and the second time mocking Rachel herself.

Calamity Trigger Reconstruction (Continuum Shift Extend, Story Mode Illustration, 8)
Hazama reveals his true personality.
Night VisionAdded by Night Vision
After the final fight of the True Ending in Calamity Trigger, he appears before Noel and Ragna, and after Rachel arrives, he loses his calm demeanor. His hair spikes up and his voice becomes much louder. Rachel and Ragna, having recognized Terumi from the attack on the church years before, attack him immediately, but he simply shrugs it off, and begins to taunt Ragna over the church attack before departing. After the credits roll at the end of the True Ending, he is shown issuing confidential verbal orders to Tsubaki Yayoi to kill Noel and Jin.

Continuum ShiftEdit

In BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, he appears as the main antagonist and a playable character, planning to destroy the core unit, Amaterasu, using Noel Vermillion, who becomes the Perfect Murakumo Unit, Kusanagi – Mu-12. He sacrificed many NOL members in order to temper her. When he and Ragna battle, the former overwhelms the latter and proceeds to take his life. But Nu-13's soul in Lambda-11's body sacrifices herself to protect Ragna and gives him her Idea Engine before dying. This allows him access to the True Azure and he defeats Hazama. However, Ragna does not kill him, and the latter calls the former a chicken before falling unconscious. During the ending it is revealed that Hazama and Relius Clover are working for Ragna and Jin's little sister Saya, who is now the Imperator of the Novus Orbis Librarium.
True Ending (Continuum Shift, Story Mode Illustration, 9, Type A)
Hazama with Relius over the Cauldron
In the post-credits sequence he is shown standing over a Cauldron containing the remains of Nu with Relius, commenting that it could be used to make the "Sword of the Imperator" (イザナミノツルギ Izanami no Tsurugi, Sword of Izanami).

It is revealed that Terumi, like Hakumen and Rachel, will fade away without an Observer. Takamagahara, and later Mu (with the power of the Eye), with whom he shared a Life Link, observed him in BlazBlue. However, Mu lost her power after she turned back to Noel and Takamagahara was attacked by a magical virus from Phantom, losing its power. Terumi did not fade away, however, because he had awakened Izanami,  her vessel Saya is observing Terumi. As an added measure, he is using Ragna's hatred as a force to bind him to this world, as well.

ChronophantasmaEdit

In the Six Heroes story, Trinity forcibly switches the positions of Hazama and Terumi, making Terumi the "outer" in order to bypass Hazama's Life Link with Noel Vermillion and allow Hakumen and Jubei to eliminate him. However, Terumi is saved by Phantom at the last minute, and switches back with Hazama off screen. Hazama is later found and attacked by Trinity, but uses her lingering feelings for Kazuma Kuvaru to get her to let her guard down and attack, only to be stopped by Hakumen. The two battle, but while Hakumen seems to have an overwhelming advantage, he is unable to kill Hazama, who leaves with Phantom in tow. Trinity tries once again to force Hazama and Terumi to switch, but something interrupts her.

Later on during the summoning of the Master Unit Amaterasu, Hazama is seen using the Azure Grimoire to gather souls into the cauldron, kicking off the "Day of destruction." When Hakumen encounters Terumi again near the tower, he explains that whatever interrupted Trinity's attempt to switch them caused Terumi's consciousness to separate from Hazama and transfer to a doppelgänger body. While Hakumen and Terumi fight, Hazama is ambushed and bound by Trinity, which causes Terumi to become paralyzed as well. Hakumen uses his Time Killer technique to erase Terumi's "time" and kill him, which appears to have some devastating affect on Hazama. He stabs Trinity while she's unfocused, saying that he'll take her down with him, and falls with Platinum into the water below. Their whereabouts became unknown afterwards.

PersonalityEdit

Hazama maintained a calm and quiet demeanor around most people, pretending to be harmless as a member of the Intelligence Department. He claimed to hate fighting and preferred to avoid conflict. This, however, was simply a guise to his true nature. When people saw through it, he showed his true colors as selfish and manipulative; destroying other people's lives and twisting their beliefs for his own gain. He had no qualms with killing those who got in his way and showed absolutely no remorse for his actions.

He was shown to be just as cruel and detached as Terumi himself, working in sync with him with almost no problems and taking just as much pleasure from the suffering of others as he did. Hazama took every opportunity to upset others by mocking them, deliberately provoking them, or even bringing up and prodding at a sensitive topic; all for his own enjoyment. Even when he was on the losing side of a conflict, he would take the time to insult and taunt his foes.

AppearanceEdit

Yūki Terumi
Terumi's appearance in the Phase Shift 1 novel.
TakotoAdded by Takoto

Hazama's appearance is taken after the shady, creepy archetype. He is depicted with bright green hair and an ever-present smile with his eyes closed, belying a demonic nature. He wears a simple black suit with a white shirt underneath, short brown gloves, and brown steel-toed shoes. He dons a pair of black trousers held up by two brown belts. He completes the outfit with a black fedora hat to close the shady visage. When allowing Terumi to take over his form, he removes his hat and tie, his hair spikes upward, and he opens his eyes, which are gold with snake-like slits for pupils. His smile also becomes that of a psychopathic killer.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

In battle, Hazama wielded the Nox Nyctores named Geminus Anguium: Ouroboros; a steel hook crafted in the shape of a snake that he summoned in front of him, attached to a chain of green/black energy, which he could use to attack opponents from afar, or reel them in, as well as zip around the battlefield quickly, if not instantly, and close gaps between him and his foes. On the other hand, he also used Balisong-style butterfly knives for close-range attacks. Most of his attacks were similarly based on summoning green/black energy and serpentine apparitions to attack his foes, with his Astral Finish being a gigantic cobra of green energy composed of many smaller snakes. Outside of his magical prowess, Hazama was incredibly nimble and flexible, his moves vaguely reminiscent of dance techniques.

Having been the original creator of the Azure Grimoire, he possessed his own imitation (which is revealed to be his whole body being made from it), activating it in an identical manner to mock Ragna. When activated, a large magical circle enveloped him, slowly sapping away vitality of anyone who steps inside. Also, Ragna was unable to use his own Azure Grimoire, as Terumi/Hazama have extreme knowledge of it to the point of being able to shut down other Grimories. This was until Ragna absorbed Lambda's Idea Engine to bypass such a law and render Terumi/Hazama's Grimoire useless in the same manner. In the Story Mode of the first game, Hazama's true form as Terumi depicted him as a black apparition with green glowing veins and aura, or alternatively, his facial features became psychotic and his hair spiked up.

Hazama's drive is Ouroboros, utilizing his Nox Nyctores' namesake to soar around the battlefield using his weapon to pull him in, regardless of whether or not Ouroboros has made contact, in order to make up for his lack of long range or projectile attacks. Above his Heat is a counter for his Ouroboros that determines how many times he can pull himself in (2 at max). Though it usually recharges after two seconds, he can get some back by simply hitting the opponent with the weapon and allowing it to click a second after it lands.

Hazama's Azure Grimoire also carries the same weakness that Ragna's does: Celica A. Mercury's seithr-nullification shuts it down by merely being within his presence. However, as Hazama's entire body is made from the Grimoire, the effects are much more potent. He becomes almost crippled, and while he still retains the ability to fight, his power is nowhere near the level it normally is.

Musical ThemesEdit

Title Description Used In
Gluttony Fang Hazama's theme Continuum Shift
Continuum Shift II
Continuum Shift Extend
Endless Despair Unlimited Hazama's theme
Nightmare Fiction VS Ragna the Bloodedge
Gluttony Fang II Hazama's theme Chronophantasma
Endless Despair II Unlimited Hazama's theme
Nightmare Fiction II VS Ragna the Bloodedge
SIX-HEROES VS Six Heroes

StagesEdit

Stage Name Description Used In
Kagutsuchi Port PM16:45 The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. Continuum Shift
Continuum Shift II
Continuum Shift Extend
Adventus The devil is not so black as he is painted.
Grave Marker of Bases The worth of a thing is best known by the want of it.
Chronophantasma

TitlesEdit

Date(s) Arcade Title(s) Story Title(s) Game(s)
AD2200/01/07 -Mirror- re-Play Advent Sword Continuum Shift
AD2200/02/03 Hundred Years Visitor Chronophantasma

EtymologyEdit

Hazama's name is unusual in the fact that it has no real point of origin. However, in Arabic, the word "hazama" means "defeat", which is undoubtedly ironic considering Hazama's position as one of the most powerful individuals in the BlazBlue series. However, it is much more likely that he was named after the place in the Boundary – the Edge (挟間 Hazama) – where he and Hakumen were sent – or the Hazama train stations in Tokyo and Kagawa.

TriviaEdit

  • During the extra scene from the Arcade Mode of Continuum Shift II where he unleashes Mu-12, he is briefly voiced by Spike Spencer.
  • Hazama's birthday falls on the International Dance Day, a reference to the fact some of his sprite movements and one of his alternate color palettes are based off Michael Jackson.
  • Hazama has been described by the creator, Toshimichi Mori, as "Having no redeeming quality".
  • Hazama's Drive name, Ouroboros, refers to either a serpent or a dragon. The Ouroboros is usually represented by a snake biting its own tail, symbolizing infinity or a never-ending cycle. This image is also shown in Hazama's crest.
  • Hazama is the one of two characters who enjoys Noel's cooking, as seen in her gag ending, the other being Mai Natsume. This leads to the assumption that Hazama has no taste in food.
  • Although Hazama gets his bad ending by losing to Jin, he must lose to Ragna to get his Help Me, Professor Kokonoe! section in Continuum Shift.
  • Relius had to "kill" Terumi to get him to appear in ghost form and later infiltrate Takamagahara. This can lead to the assumption that Terumi must be run out of his body by injury, or otherwise have it rendered inaccessible for him to appear in ghost form.
  • His fourth color scheme in Continuum Shift resembles Ragna's color-suit.
  • Hazama is one of several characters, namely Ragna; Jin; Rachel; Hakumen and Platinum, who are playable in Lost Saga.
  • Noel commented that Hazama likes to swallow his hardboiled eggs whole rather than eating them. This is in line with Hazama's snake-like tendencies. This habit was shown in the BlazBlue: Alter Memory anime.
  • In the anime, it is shown that the serpent apparitions Hazama summons in-game are actually Ouroboros coated with dark energy, likely thanks to his own Azure Grimoire.
  • His Overdrive is called Jörmungandr, which references the Jörmungandr of Norse mythology that grew large enough to bite its own tail, signifying the worlds end if it ever let go. Coincidentally, the symbol of Jörmungandr looks somewhat similar to the top half of Hazama's crest.
  • The video has been uploaded from the account Trololhazama
    TrolololHazama was a Zen United/Arc System Works Europe prank created for the European release of Continuum Shift II. Before the release, there was a site with a Continuum Shift II News Countdown (which is now offline) and in the source code of the site there was a ultimateblazbluenews.html link. Under the link can be found a YouTube video with a Hazama-styled Trollface and a flashing NICE TRY caption.
    • The background music is Zen United/Arc System Works Europe's version of the song I Am Glad, 'Cause I'm Finally Returning Back Home, which was originally performed by Eduard Khil. This version lacks vocals and the music is in a chiptune style.

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