A dive into the recently discovered character lore on Blinx and Aniki (previously nicknamed the ‘Technician’).
On the 27th of December, 2002, Famitsu, a major Japanese video game magazine known for delivering exclusive news, released an issue that contained a mini guide book for Blinx: The Time Sweeper as part of the Hi-Complete Bible series (vol. 33 in this case). The guide book contained exclusive information on the characters, information on the game's mechanics and a walkthrough for the first two rounds.
I previously had no interest in this guide but after I was prompted to look into it, I requested for photos of the guide from the seller on eBay. After I received the photos, I prompted bought the magazine and now we're here.
Most of the magazine was stuff that's found in other guide books but the characters page had some exclusive information which I have summarised and discussed below.
Birthday: 12 Dec
Birthplace: Time Factory
Species: Time fairy
Blinx was born in the Time Factory itself on the 12th of December, the same date Blinx: The Time Sweeper was released in Japan. The game was first released on the 7th of October in the US so this makes things a bit more complicated.
Since he was born in the place he works at, you could assume that the Time Factory is an established society. Blinx’s birth parents were likely to be working in the Time Factory as well.
As for his species, it probably shouldn’t be literally taken to mean that Blinx is a magical time fairy cat. Naoto Ohshima tends to use the term 'fairy' to describe his anthropomorphic characters. For example, he refers to Sonic as a 'hedgehog-like fairy'. The word for fairy is ‘yōsei’ or ‘yousei’, creatures that are innocent, playful, fairly intelligent and can learn the human spoken language.
‘Time fairy’ seems to imply that time itself is linked to the cats' existence, but there’s no other material to further explore this, except maybe the cat gods and their technology as depicted in the Destiny Ruins.
Regardless, the Time Sweepers are anthropomorphic cats so there’s no debate there.
Strong curiosity: Yes
A show-off: No
Okay with heights: Yes
Strong sense of justice: Yes
Easily bored: No
Weak for girls: Yes
Trusts instincts: Yes
An extension of the WthBW! DVD’s contents.
“Team leader that Blinx defers to. A cool, collected, and reliable being. Thinks of himself as Blinx’s older brother.”
The name of Blinx’s childhood friend was finally uncovered to be Aniki, a Japanese honourable term for an older brother or a superior.
While saying or writing his name makes me feel like a complete weeb, it’s a fitting name. Fitting the Big Brother Mentor trope, he is Blinx’s team leader, reliable and not afraid to rebuke Blinx if he goes against orders. It’s possible that he’s older than Blinx but that’s up to you.
Additionally, there were teams before MOTAS. There would have to be two other Time Sweepers who were also members of Aniki and Blinx’s team. By the events of MOTAS, Blinx had his own team, and Aniki still led Blinx and his friends to some degree.
And that's the summary of all the information that I found to be significant additions to the Blinx canon. The real name of 'the Technician' is personally the most important for me, having not known his name for over a decade. I already guessed that his connection to Blinx was as both as his superior and a close friend but it's nice to have it confirmed.
All relevant fansite pages have been updated in light on this information.
And you can download the guide here.
Stick around in case I get uncovered more Blinx lore in the future!
A quick guide to playing TTS and MOTAS in Gen 8.
Here’s a guide to help you run Blinx: The Time Sweeper and Blinx 2: Master of Time and Space in 2019. For some of you reading, you can finally play that cute time cat platformer that you missed out on because you didn’t know it existed at the time.
If you have an OG Xbox that isn’t gathering dust in the garage, you can play the games on their release platform, obviously.
Also the only way to play MOTAS so if you wanted to mess around with the character creator you’re going to have to get your hands on said console.
(The frame rate is trash. Both games, both disc and store versions.)
For players who have an Xbone and either don’t own a copy of TTS or want to experience the game in the best quality, this is your best and most accessible option. You can either put your TTS disc right into the Xbone or purchase a copy from the Microsoft Store for 10 USD.
Here’s some footage from the Xbone version.
Sadly, MOTAS is currently not playable on Xbone because the people at Microsoft are cowards.
Currently, OG Xbox emulation is not yet at a stage where the Blinx games are playable (we’re talking like 0.5 fps).
Cxbx-R has made great progress over the last two years so once the vertex buffer cache is implemented, the games will start running more smoothly. For now, though, you’d probably want to check up on emulation progress next year or contribute to its development if you’re impatient.