Aja Salisbury Wins Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm Backer Vote, Will Be Included as Third New Character

By on August 19, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Much like the Skullgirls campaign before it, Nyu Media’s Yatagarasu Attack on Cataclysm fundraiser allowed backers to vote on a handful of characters to decide who would be included in the title. Earlier today, it was announced that Aja Salisbury, the exiled Conservative Party member residing in Japan, will be bringing her bold swordplay to the new title alongside Kazama Kotaro and Azure, who will also be making their debut in the update.

Aja’s concept art and quick descriptions of her background and playstyle have been included below, along with a rundown of the voting results.

Aja Salisbury

Hails from England. Aja was an intelligence operative for the Conservative Party and undertook dirty work to protect to protect old traditions. After a radical party called Order of the Blue Flower rose to prominence, representatives of the Conservative Party fell from power one after another. Having nowhere else to go, Aja fled to England’s military ally, Japan.

However, even in exile, she was unable to escape her political ties, having lost all faith in the world, she thought abandon dreams for her own life and live only as a hired assassin, but through a certain incident she came to wish for world reformation.

Fighting Style: Aja’s main weapon is her sword which is sheathed in a white scabbard. In contrast to Hina and Kasumi who use iaijutsu, Aja will use dramatic swordplay. Basically, all of her attacks will be huge swings and she will have many bold moves.


1st Place: Aja (14,524 votes)

From the start of the campaign until the end, Aja received strong support from contributors at every donation level. However, she was particularly popular among contributors making high donations, and so she achieved an unbeatable lead.

One thing we’d really like to know for future reference in developing her is what was it about Aja that attracted people to vote for her? Was it something about her looks, her story, or fighting style? Maybe the fact that she has had much adversity in life? Please drop us a note in the comments and let us know!

2nd Place: Nene (11,211 votes)

Nene ended up at 2nd place. There is a clear trend in the voting for Nene: she was at the bottom of the ranking with almost no votes at the start of the campaign, but she came screaming back at the end of the campaign, all the way to second place. 

Nene was actually number one in terms of the number of people who voted for her! However, insufficient support from the backers with high contributions meant that she fell short of the top spot.

3rd Place: Chiriakuta (11,058 votes)

Chiriakuta was at a disadvantage in this voting scheme as we revealed relatively little about him or how he plays. Still, he put up a good fight, ending just behind Nene at 3rd place.

Chiriakuta had the smallest number of contributors voting for him, but he did have the support of some contributors making high donations and managed to make up for the number of actual supporting voters.

4th Place: Qadl (7,097 votes)

Poor Qadl ended up with the least votes. Our presmuption is that Qadl’s support came from backers who took the view that her fighting style and techniques would provide important additions to the overall balance of the game. However, her overall appeal is probably weaker than the other characters. 

So, what do you think? Are you happy with this turn of events or were you hoping to see another character take the coveted roster position? Feel free to let us know in the comments.

Source: Indiegogo

  • Quan Chi

    I guess originality is dead. Dude traced the stance from Poison……

    • TheBlackRabbit


  • cmonandslam

    The world really has gone to shit when people are voting for characters other than Nene.

    • Razberryclownsac

      I wanted Nene too. I’m ok with any of them really, but Aja was my last choice. I’m sure she’ll play different and all, but another sword character? The others sounded so cool and unique.

  • awwnuts07

    People must have been hungry for steak when they were putting in their votes.

    • Quan Chi

      oooh, she’s a sword character too!? Poisons traced animations confirmed….

      I ain’t supporting this plagerized trash.

  • Chooch

    Damn, I wanted Chiriakuta.

    • Nick Nobriga

      Me too! But I agree with the devs as to why they thought he didn’t make it: very little and vague information on his play style; and since he’s not a straightforward/”traditional” style like swordplay, those few sentences really didn’t do him justice. Given I LOVED what I read about him in those few sentences, but I guess it wasn’t enough characters to convince others…

      plus no boobs.

    • pootnannies

      same. too many sword chicks

  • Steven Tyler Parry

    Man… so the top donators all voted for a third sword character instead of a different design eh? Money certainly don’t equal smarts I guess…. lulululullul.

    • Jesse Le

      I wonder what the actual number of people who voted for Aja and Nene were.

  • oussama boujrida

    so basically it’s a female jhonny ….

  • Ty Arnold

    I would’ve rather had literally anyone else.

    • Razberryclownsac

      I wanted Nene, but would have been fine with anyone other than Aja too. She just seems the most unoriginal of the bunch.

  • Jesse Le

    So its true. Anything can be bought by select few instead of the voices of the masses.

  • Shin_Ein

    Anyone got a link on this “traced” picture you’re talking about?