This art style is one I don't show you guys often so I'm exited to use it.
We have your favourites:
Blinx, cool and collected with a childish streak.
Picaro, he's got an attitude and a little two-faced.
NecoJi, Catherine's husband and loved for his friendly personality.
Pelon, he doesn't get things straight away so you may have to say it twice.
Chron, kid with no redeeming qualities. Young, shy and whiny.
Catherine, well-loved nurse and NecoJi's wife.
Jimmy, the shop keeper and Catherine's brother. Loves inventing shit.
"The Gate Keeper", that one cat in the green cap and childhood friend of Blinx.
And special guests:
"KoJi" who claims she's NecoJi's and Catherine's daughter from the future? It's not completely implausible...
Keiko, fan character and the stand in for the protagonist in Blinx 2.
Ask your questions here! Or at least on my page so I can see it. Please state who you ask asking specifically.
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Necoji: How do you feel about all the guys eyeing your wife? C'mon, don't pretend they're not..
Picaro, Blinx! Any inside jokes?
Seeing something like this pop up sounds incredibly fun, though.
Definitely doesn't mean this can't be fun, though, so I'm more than happy to be seeing the characters get attention :U I still don't know why I always liked NecoJi so much, but everyone else can use love, too.
Like it isn't even confirmed as far as I know that Catherine and Jimmy are siblings. They just have many similar physical features that they must have some sort of connection beside being the shopkeeper..........
Honestly, though, I never even gave any thought to the idea of them being siblings. It doesn't really seem that apparent to me that they would be :u I just think of them as two shopkeepers and never even considered how they might relate, know each other, or think of each other.
I need to do some thinking .-.
Also makes me wonder why Artoon decided to replace Catherine with Jimmy in the first place. In Blinx 2 she's in a strong (not seen) relationship with NecoJi and in the medical field (only seen in the concept art). Jimmy comes along and takes over as shopkeeper. I wonder what led to that choice.
I'm actually writing a lengthy journal entry on Blinx 2 as a game itself, its characters and how it interacts with the protagonist which I will post in some time.
I'm guessing that including a male shopkeeper was just among the many changes they made alongside giving the Tom-Toms firearms and the like. That awkward "look less kid-y while being upsettingly easy" thing that they did with the game after the issues BLiNX 1 had with the inverse. It's fun to look at from an in-universe perspective, though, which makes me wonder a bit more about Catherine having particular ambitions with being a nurse and leaving the shop once that got worked out, being replaced by a (possibly younger) brother with other plans. Gives you something to work with, I guess.
I guess I should do some mulling over the protagonist, too, now that you talk about it. I never thought of them as a character despite the pre-recorded lines and whatnot. I always thought of them as a pretty basic stand-in for whatever you came up with, but I suppose there's also some room.
Damn, now I kind of want to replay the game while pondering what the PC might actually be like in the midst of everything (which probably won't give me much to work with, but hey, reason to replay BLiNX 2 and a possibility of noticing new things).
Catherine and Jimmy, from the things they say, do convey individual personalities. Jimmy ends up saying a whole lot more than Catherine through the tutorials and describing the shop items. He shows more facial expressions too.
Like you said, most of the changes are to create a in-universe perspective. It moved away from Blinx being a solo hero to a time sweeper working with other time sweepers: the Time Factory itself, other time sweepers and occupations like guards and retrievers etc. It doesn't explain a new shopkeeper though and I can only think they wanted someone who could go through the tutorials. Perhaps Catherine didn't fit into that role as well as a male shopkeeper. To explain her disappearance, they put in the concept art that she's in the med field.
When the protagonist and player are separated, you're left with a time sweeper among many others trying to save the universe. Unfortunately they aren't very special and they lack personality like everyone else so the player won't care about them too much.