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Rachel Alucard (Continuum Shift, Story Mode Illustration, 4)

The Popularity Glasses being worn by Ragna.

Gag Reel (Chronophantasma, Story Mode Illustration, 1)

The Popularity Glasses A being worn by Ragna.

The Popularity Glasses (モテメガネ Mote Megane, localized as Spectacles of Eros) is a powerful item that is only seen in gag scenarios. These magic glasses Rachel made for Ragna to tease him, which makes the wearer instantly irresistible among the opposite sex. However, for some reason, they don’t seem to affect Rachel herself.[1]

The glasses themselves appear as a pair of pink hued, butterfly-shaped glasses. According to Valkenhayn, the glasses themselves are so finely crafted that the wearer may not even be aware that the glasses are resting upon their facial features.

During Rachel’s gag scenario in BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, the Popularity Glasses managed to convince beastmen (i.e. Makoto Nanaya and Kokonoe Mercury), but it also made two Murakumo Units (Lambda and Noel) and an Event Weapon (Nirvana) fall under its effects, subsequently making them fall in love with Ragna.

Centralfiction (Story mode illustration, 66)

The Popularity Glasses F being worn by Ragna.

An upgraded version of the Popularity Glasses, known as Popularity Glasses A (モテメガネ A Mote Megane A, localized as Spectacles of Eros Mk-II), appears. Just like the previous version, it made all the girls fall in love with Ragna. However unlike the previous version, this time it even made Tsubaki Yayoi and Ignis fall in love with Ragna. When Celica Ayatsuki Mercury appeared at the scene, it turned out she was unaffected by the Popularity Glasses A, where she admits that she really loves Ragna. This made all the girls become jealous, which created flames of jealousy that were close to exploding, prompting Rachel warn Celica to run away, before the flames exploded.

In BlazBlue: Centralfiction, Ragna is made to wear the Popularity Glasses F (モテメガネ F Mote Megane F). This time, more girls were affected, the girls being: Taokaka, Nu-13, Nine, Izanami, Minerva and Es. They start to compete for Ragna, but after some are eliminated through fighting, the rest agree to a cooking contest with the winner claiming Ragna as their prize. The contest is brought to an abrupt end when Noel’s and Izanami’s cooking accidentally mix and trigger a massive explosion.

Trivia

  • The Japanese name of the Popularity Glasses is written in katakana instead of kanji, but it most likely stands for Possessed/Popularity Glasses (持て眼鏡 Mote Megane).
  • Jin Kisaragi also fell under the Glasses’ power despite being a man. However, as correctly stated by Rachel herself, his feelings did not really need that much of a modification to fall for Ragna.
  • Mai Hazuki’s love for Noel’s cooking was able to overpower the effect of the Popularity Glasses, although Rachel said that this was because Mai did not understand love well enough for the Glasses to have their full effect on her, another reason may be because Mai was formerly male.

References

  1. BlazBlue (Chronophantasma, Chronophantasma Extend, Centralfiction), Glossary, items section, entry #23

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