One might say that doing a QnA is a bit egotistical when I barely have any followers across my social media. Let's pretend for a moment I'm the most fascinating person in the world, simply for being an overly passionate Blinx fan. I'm sure someone out there would agree with me.
I asked the members of Blinx Corps to send me questions to my Curious Cat account. After discarding all the dumb meme-related questions, I'm left with just under 20 questions. Introductory paragraphs aside, let's get right into it.
Are you going to answer every one of these questions?
How old are you?
How tall are you?
Just above 150 cm, fun-sized.
How long have you been a fan of Blinx?
I can’t say for sure as I’ve been a Blinx fan since I was young, but the earliest point where my passion for Blinx started was at age 12, all the way back in 2010. To answer the question, I’ve been a dedicated Blinx fan for almost 8 years.
Hypothetically, if you were able to change blinx 2 in any way, how would your ideal version be different? what would be the same?
To preface, I have a great fondness for MOTAS and out of the two Blinx games, is the one I played the most. Of course, I do have a lot of criticisms. I could write an essay on what I would change about the sequel but I’ll list off some of the main points:
Why is Picaro your favorite non-Blinx Sweeper character in Blinx 2?
Here’s why I think Picaro is best boy (out of the supporting Time Sweeper cast but not including Blinx because Blinx will always be the best character of the series but out of Picaro, Chron, NecoJi and Pelon he’s my favourite).
In MOTAS, Picaro is essentially the comic relief character. He’s hot-tempted, doesn’t give a shit and has that purple and black aesthetic I love. As I was developing and expanding the Blinx characters’ personalities through my art, Picaro became my favourite character to draw. He was the character I chose when I was drawing a particularly weird scenario. At some point, I started shipping Picaro with Blinx because of an off-hand joke so his hot temper was translated to sexual frustrations and unrequired love (poor guy haha). And not gonna lie, gay characters are fun to work with which made Picaro even more of a favourite for me. To me, Picaro is one of the most expressive characters of the series, only surpassed by Blinx.
Why or What makes the Blinx universe so attractive/interesting to you?
This question is weirdly enough, one the hardest for me to answer for some reason. I feel that no matter how much I write, I won't be able to suffieciently explain why I find the Blinx universe so interesting. I guess the least I can say is that I appreiciate how much potential it has. Most areas of the Blinx universe can be explored and expanded, but you can't just interpret it in any direction you please. The relatively strict rules of the universe determine what is and isn't possible in the Blinx universe, and working within these limitations makes things a lot more fun.
Another thing which I think makes the Blinx universe stand out is how almost everything is both light-hearted and melanchoic. Blinx, for example, is an adorable cat who wears a blue jacket but said jacket is a protective double-layer uniform that protects him from the dangers of the worlds he visits everyday. He can die multiple times and day and would probably develop PTSD if it wearn't a G rated game series. Get what I'm saying?
Out of all the sweeper models, which one do you like best?
The TS-16000 LV3, super slick model. I appreciate that it was brought over from TTS to MOTAS and is implied to be the standard LV3 model within the Time Factory.
Do you believe in the future there will be a 'romantic' relationship for Keiko? Either with another character of your own design or shipped with that of another Blinx fan? Just asking if thats even a thing that can happen.
Interesting question. For those of you who don’t know, Keiko is my signature Blinx fan character. She’s a friendly and enthusiastic Time Sweeper with a love for baking and chocolate chip cookies. Alongside her teammates of my own creation, she’s also friends with a number of Fan Sweepers owned by other Blinx fans.
Keiko’s current main romantic love interest is Ian, her best friend and teammate. Ian is an absolute bean and this is a weird statement to make as the creator, but I basically ship Keiko with him. She’s also the romantic interest of another person’s fan character, so this can be considered a canon ‘romantic’ relationship as well. She's a pretty flexible character so I think the potential for romantic relationships with other characters is still there.
Who is your favorite Blinx fan character?
Keiko? I don’t think I have a favourite Blinx fan character that is one I didn't create. As much as I like Blinx fan characters in general, I’m not all that invested in anyone else’s characters except my own. So Keiko is basically my favourite character. Call me biased, but I think Keiko is one of the more interesting characters so she’d probably be my favourite anyway.
Will KoJi ever be developed into a real character?
Drew the demon child, I hope you're happy.
Aside from Blinx, what are your favorite games?
Out of the games I grew up with, the party game Fuzion Frenzy is one of my favourite original Xbox games alongside Blinx. My favourite game on the DS is Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time. I played as Skitty on my first playthrough (big surprise) and my partner was Cyndaquil. I’ve played the game from start to finish multiple times now. The one PC game that I’ve spent the most time on is Sims 3.
Too lazy to not be anonymous, so I'll just do a heads up and note you that I'm PARTNERiNTiME! Anyways... Your favorite video game felines? List as many as you can!
I mean, it would take less characters not mentioning who you are at all but okay.
First off, obvious choice number one would be Bl-
Oh, and one more thing about the question about fave VG felines: Please refrain from listing BLiNX, whether it concerns official characters or fan characters; that would be too obvious
Well now that’s just cold.
My favourite cat Pokémon are Skitty and Luxray. I’m not a huge Sonic fan by any means, but Blaze the Cat needs more game appearances damnit.
Yeah I don’t know a lot of cats in video games. A lot of my favourite cats are either real life cats or iconic characters like Pusheen.
Are you trash, do you suck real hard but is that okay?
It’s my reality that will not be substituted.
Bullied any 12 year olds on the internet lately?
I recently bullied a kid into silence after I said I could understand what she was typing.
Do you think Blinx matches the general definition of a quote unquote "furry"?
Blinx is an anthropomorphic cat that looks like a human, talks, walks on two legs, has human emotions and has a job. Sounds pretty furry to me.
What is your drawing setup like? Tablet, Software, etc.
I draw on a hybrid 2-in1 laptop. It’s bulky but it does the job. I’m considering buying a proper screen tablet one day. My current art program of choice is FireAlpaca. It’s free and I recommend it if you like Paint Tool SAI. Colour correction and general edits I do in GIMP.
How did you get your art style?
I started drawing in primary school and I mostly drew Pokémon (my favourite Pokémon to draw was Ninetales). Once my household got internet access, I joined a Sonic Fan Characters fanclub and of course, the Time Factory Forums. I also created a DeviantArt account where I posted my Sonic, Pokemon and Blinx fanart. Over time the Sonic and Pokemon art faded out. Anime was also a huge factor in the development of my art style, mostly in how I draw humans but I think the Time Sweepers takes some aspects of anime too.
There were a few artists I looked up to but for some reason they all deleted their accounts or got involved in drama so I can’t really mention them here.
While it's can be pretty much left unsaid, the style of the Blinx games will be my biggest inspiration. I would like to think that my current art style partially mimics the style of the Blinx games though I can’t say for sure. My art style has remained pretty much the same as when I first started but is much more polished.
Well that was fun. Answering these questions took me a while but I'm glad I did. I tried to draw more art for this QnA blog but it ended up looking like crap so... I hope a catgirl with glasses and an underdeveloped joke character was enough.
Until next time then.
If you do not know of the WELCOME to the BLiNX WORLD!! DVD yet, read this blog first. Many thanks to Somnax for the translations as usual. Additional notes come from Somnax and myself (catgirl140).
Time Factory, 26:00
"Time" is made in the Time Factory in another world. It monitors the flow of time it sends, and if there's a problem, it's their duty to go to that world and fix the time flow.
The infomation pertaining to the location of the Time Factory is as helpful as always, better than "somewhere". In Blinx: The Time Sweeper, time is created in the Time Factory but in Blinx 2: Masters of Time and Space, the Goddesses create time. It remains as one of the biggest inconsistencies in Blinx canon.
Time Sweepers, 26:10
There are workers called Time Sweepers at the Time Factory, who travel to every world and collect time crystals. With their sweepers, they collect time crystals in other worlds every day.
Guess you could say that Time Sweepers are working around the clock. Of note is that the word used for "they" is usually used to refer exclusively to males.
Blinx is a Time Sweeper in training. Based on the power of the time crystals he's collected, he hasn't been one for long, but he's proficient in manipulating time.
He's not worried about whether he'll move up further in the ranks, but he has some misgivings about his work and wants to become a fully fledged Sweeper soon.
It appears that Blinx was still in training at the time of the World B1Q64 incident. This is also supported in the JPN TTS manual where Blinx comments "gotta remember this for the exam". The most interesting characterisation here is that Blinx seems to have had some doubts about his abilities as a Time Sweeper.
When he sees someone in need, he has to help them. He's a bit clumsy, and others see him as laid back. However, he's actually very strong-willed and won't give up when he sets his sights on something.
Has a positive personality. Quick to forget about things that bother him. Acts on his instincts.
The section delves into parts of Blinx's personality, some traits not evident in-game. His clunsiness and laid back nature could be expanded into his relationships with his superiors and peers during training.
Likes and Dislikes, 27:00
Likes people who use time wisely.
Doesn't like people who waste it.
Likes cold milk and cat powder [basically Eastern analogue to catnip] cookies.
Hates cold places as much as death itself.
Skilled in football/soccer juggling.
Likes comedy movies. Doesn't like violent stuff.
A princess living in World B1Q64 that is a species similar to our own. Taken hostage by the Tom Tom Gang.
As of now, there is still no mention of Princess Lena or the inhabitants of World B1Q64 actually being human.
Tom Tom Gang, 27:30
A group of time thieves that travels across many worlds. They sneakily plunder naturally produced time crystals, and sell them to people in other worlds.
But... this time...!?
Interesting that it specifies that they don't normally break time themselves, and it actually says that they sell the time crystals to people (not just "worlds"), though it seems like B1Q64 and 5J7A are cases of them deliberately breaking time instead, leading to all the chaos.
A girl that attracts visitors to the shop with her looks. Works the store as a part-time job. Gives helpful advice in the shop. A bit strong-willed, but has a feminine sense to care for others. Always gives Blinx support.
Well, they're certainly upfront about her looks, for one. Also seems to imply she already knows Blinx (which you might have taken as implied by her referring to Blinx by name in Round 9 anyways). Her job being part time falls in line with existing implied canon of her becoming a full-fledged nurse by MOTAS.
Time monsters, 27:50
Time monsters evolve from time crystals. Not only do they attack anyone that comes near, but if they're not dealt with, they'll continue to absorb time energy, and finally explode, destroying the world.
Nice to have have the specifics.
The opening clip
is the same for everyone,
it can't be defied,
it's bestowed upon all by nature.
manipulate it however you wished?
Blinx; Time Sweeper in training
One weapon; a sweeper
Jump! Pounce! Sweep!
Villains that are after time crystals
Happy times are being snatched away
Corrupted time running amok
A world will end...
Being able to save it...
They courage that anyone must have
Naoto Oshima and art director Toshihiko Masuda recently posted cutscene storyboards for Blinx 2: Masters of Time and Space on Twitter (on the 17th and 18th of October respectively). Pleasently surprised that fans are being blessed with Blinx content even after the surge in content in 2017. All the storyboards were drawn by Masuda.
Upon translating the storyboads of the Time Goddesses, we can confirm that they are indeed based off the Norns in Norse mythology. Urðr spins time, Verðandi measures it, and Skuld cuts it.
For some time, the contents of the WELCOME to the BLiNX WORLD! DVD has remained a mystery to the Blinx community. The only background information known about the interestingly named DVD was that it was distributed as a special good at the Commemoration Release Event. Copies are hard to come by and when it comes to Blinx merchandise, it wasn't the most sought-after item in comparison to the NTSC-J versions of the games and promotional posters.
That is, until Emmett Eon over on the Blinx Corps discord recently bought it, ripped the contents and uploaded the files to archive.org and the video to YT.
It's a worthwhile watch for any Blinx fan. I highly recommend watching the whole thing, at least for potential cursed imagery and dubbed Catherine.
After you watch it, feel free to read my time-stamped notes on the video below.
0:23 - Opening clip.
2:32 - Main showcase of Blinx: The Time Sweeper. Dubbed Catherine is a thing now. Catherine briefly explains the Time Controls.
3:35 - Slideshow of key art.
3:31 - Catherine, producer Katsunori Yamaji and test lead "super player" Utako Tanaka talk about the game.
5:26 - Shiny 3-D renders of the time crystals.
7:14 - Cursed imagery.
7:40 - Demonstration of two solutions to the first double door puzzle.
8:56 - Slidey boy.
10:04 - Renders of the Time Monsters.
11:05 - Backflips for days.
12:18 - Message from Katsunori Yamaji on the game's development.
16:00 - Game's introduction cutscene.
19:30 - Promotional clip, primarily focusing on Time Controls. Blinx appears to be doing the voiceover.
24:27 - The making of the TV commericials that aired in Japan, Christmas magazine spread and DVD cover.
24:41 - The Blinx cosplay seen at Tokyo Game Show 2002, holding one of the TS-1000s used at the Commemoration Release Event.
25:33 - High-quality boards of Blinx's "emote" renders.
25:51 - Closing slides. Features key art including some of the Blinx emotes and never seen before key art.
Below are scans of the DVD cover.
And finally, some screenshots of the key art seen in the video. Some of the artwork has been previously seen in cropped or lower resolution forms. These images can be found at TTS Key Art.
Hello fellow Time Sweepers! Hope you're having a good day so far.
So as you've noticed, this month's featured art is a bit different. Normally I would feature one piece from last month (linked to the source) on the Home page. This has worked well so far until this month where I was having difficulty choosing what to feature.
So my solution to this was to still feature one piece on the Home page but have it link to a blog which featured more artwork (which you are reading right now)! I plan to make this the standard routine in the following months.
So without further ado, here's this month featured art!
Blitz 2018 by Noxivaga
Noxivaga's fan characters
NPC Squad by naomi2321
I’ve never expected that a Blinx Discord server would grow as much as it did. But here we are.
Blinx Corps will be turning 1 on the 30th of June. It’s a perfect time to look back on the server’s creation and history. Channels created, channels deleted (rip #other-games) and so, so many emojis. Having a place where Blinx fans can discuss, share and laugh together in this day and age is a wonderful feeling.
For a little backstory, I created Blinx Corps after the Blinx Wikia admin Psittacidae13 proposed a Discord server for editors to communicate with each other. After no word on this (Psittacidae13 simply forgot about it), I decided to create a general Blinx server. Blinx Corps is named after the 50 or so women who dressed up as Blinx during the Commemoration Release Event. A very fitting name for a cult for a time-controlling cat with a magic vacuum. The server’s icon is the cover image of the Cool Masters Guide.
The Blinx franchise is tragically obscure, so a small member count is inevitable (though 125 members as of writing this is still impressive), but having a small community has its advantages. The people in Blinx Corps are dedicated but down-to-earth. The conversations are serious in a good way: opinions and ideas have substance and discussions are usually well-thought out. That kind of thing is not for everyone, but for some Blinx fans, it’s what we’ve been wanting forever.
The non-Blinx conversations are just as good. The server’s small enough that members can speak on other topics in great detail. I personally spend all my time using Discord in Blinx Corps not just because I run it but also because whatever is going on in #general is worth keeping up with, whether it be pictures of food to the weather. We love talking about the weather for some odd reason.
One of my favourite aspects of the server is the sheer excitement we get from discovering something remotely new to the current set of Blinx knowledge. To be fair, most of that excitement comes from me. Not too long ago, I got really excited over a set of MOTAS coasters. Fucking coasters. Aside from that, every small achievement or discovery made is the most exciting shit ever for people who have been deprived of canon content for over a decade.
Another is the fanart. Goddamn, the fanart is good. This year we've recently developed an obsession with Blinx fan characters (or “Fan Sweepers” as one proposed). At this point, if you don’t have a Fan Sweeper then what the heck are you even doing? It’s a lot of fun creating and sharing our characters, and it’s surprisingly easy to make them friends with each other. It’s the cute, wholesome shit that I recommend to all Blinx fans.
Above are just some of the reasons I’ve come to love this server so much. If you’re a member of Blinx Corps reading this blog post, I encourage you the why you like the server, or what your favourite moment is. Or don’t, I’m not your mum (or maybe I am).
Part of the community’s success is due to the platform it is on. Blinx Corps is the first Blinx community to be on a chat client which overtime revealed to be the best way to get new members and keeping the chat active almost every day. So thank you Discord, stay awesome.
On a final note, I’d like to thank everyone who has joined my server for however long, whether it has been a minute or since the beginning. You guys make running the server worthwhile, as cheesy as it may sound. Special thanks to ThatGuyStu and DualityDalton for lending me a hand as mods. I look forward to another great year for Blinx Corps.
Want to join Blinx Corps? Click here for fun times ahead!
The best thing among all the excitement on Twitter is Phil Spencer, the previous head of Xbox, struggling to hold back the salt.
If I recall, Phil said that Blinx was not going to be backwards compatible during an interview with Giant Bomb at E3 2017. Oh Phil, not even your detest for Blinx can't stop the Time Sweeper from making a return.
Xbox's new apparent appreciation for Blinx is something most welcomed, perhaps more will come of it in the future (MOTAS for backwards compatibility please).
TTS will be released alongside other titles like Conker: Live & Reloaded and The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind on the 17th of April. The full list of OG Xbox games can be found here.
EDIT (14/04): Blinx: The Time Sweeper is playable on the Xbox 360 as of the 13th April and is priced at $10.
EDIT (18/04): The game's now avaliable for download on Xbox One for $10! The game runs at 1080p. You can watch gameplay footage here and here.
Source: 19 original Xbox games coming Xbox One backward compatibility in April
By Michael McWhertor | @MikeMcWhertor | Apr 10, 2018, 6:38pm EDT