So if you’ve been keeping up with news about Melty Blood Type Lumina or are just part of the fighting game community in general, you may have heard about Neco Arc, you know, this thing:
So, what exactly is it? Why is this creature all over your youtube feed, and what is their story in Type Moon’s Melty Blood and Tsukihime series?
In this article, we’ll give you a quick overview of the being known as Neco Arc.
Why don’t we start with Neco Arc’s basic profile according to the Tsukihime Remake:
- Name: Neco Arc
- Species: Neco
- Gender: Cat
- Height: 40 cm
- Weight: 5kg
- Blood Type: Sweet
- Birthday: December 31st
- Age: Newborn
- Alignment: Lawful Cat
- Likes: BadEndology, Heroinology, Multiversology
- Dislikes: Nicotine
- Natural Enemy: Ciel Sensei
Neco Arc is supposed to be a parody of the visual novel Tsukihime’s main heroine Arcueid Brunestud. Instead of being a blood-sucking vampire, they’re supposed to be a blood-sucking cat gremlin. They first appeared in the original Tsukihime in the ‘Teach Me, Ciel-sensei!’ sections that take place after getting a bad ending. Neco Arc joins Ciel Sensei in giving some humorous tips on how can get a good ending next time.
Neco Arc in Melty Blood
The Neco’s more prominent appearance however would be as a playable character in Tsukihime’s fighting game sequel Melty Blood Act Cadenza where we also learn their backstory. Arc is a Neco Spirit from the Great Cat Village that exists in another dimension.
They are also one of the 27 Cats, a parody of Tsukihime’s 27 Dead Apostle Ancestor Vampires, alongside another prominent cat character, Neco Arc Chaos, a parody of the Tsukihime villain Nrvnqsr Chaos. Their story modes usually involve nonsensical plots filled with 4th wall jokes about getting more fans and becoming popular and cat jokes.
In battle, Arc takes advantage of their Yoda Stature, being so small that many standings attacks go right over their head. In terms of offensive capability, they attack by shooting lasers out of their eyes, swarming opponents with an army of rocket-powered clones, and summoning the great mushroom Nasu (author of Tsukhime and Fate/Stay Night) to crush enemies.
Neco Arc’s other prominent role is as a character in the Type-Moon crossover gag anime Carnival Phantasm. They alongside their gang of other necos run the Ahnenerbe Coffee shop where parallel worlds converge. They serve as the host of the series introducing the show before the opening rolls and occasionally participating in the skits, like when they hired Saber to be a maid at the cafe.
The Neco Spirit would later appear in Fate Grand/Carnival as Mysterious Neco X parodying Saber in her Mysterious Heroine X costume (making for a lovely metaphor on how F/GO has successfully assimilated the rest of Type-Moon into its neverending abyss).
Nendoroid Neco Arc
Neco Arc has also made their mark in otaku history as they were the first figure released for the Nendoroid line of posable figurines, Nendoroid #000. They came with two face plates and a fish. All of those chibi Type-Moon Nendoroids you’ve collected owe their existence to the True Ancestor Nendoroid.
Good Smile Company would later release a Neco Arc: ultimate Version with new accessories.
Tsukime A Piece of Blue Glass Moon
Neco Arc’s latest appearance is in the Tsukihime Remake, A Piece of Blue Glass Moon. They once again appear in the game’s ‘Teach Me, Ciel-sensei!’ section to terrorize Ciel, complete with an updated design based on Arcueid’s redesign.
Melty Blood Type Lumina
We have no confirmation that Neco Arc will return in the new Melty Blood Type Lumina as they have not been confirmed as a playable character in the base roster. There may be a chance for DLC though.
Update (19/08/22): Neco Arc has now been released as a DLC character in Melty Blood: Type Lumina! The character’s move set has been completely overhauled to make it even more sanity-reducing than their original attacks. New skills for Neco Arc include a Faust-style random attack that can summon Saber from F/GO, Eco-Arc who’s Arceuid as a child, and even start up a live stream in the middle of the match.
The Neco Arc Memes
The hype for the upcoming game, as well as their recent inclusion in it, has given Arc a resurgence in popularity as an FGC internet meme, and it’s easy to see why. The face, the voice, the pure smug gremliness of the design, Neco Arc exists to be a meme, and Twitter has plenty of proof of it.
I require this to be a Type Lumina DLC character
Give me Neco Arc with a gun pic.twitter.com/K3NvvXBbuU
— Spore (@SporePunch) December 7, 2021
— Beeg Rat Man (@GfawkinRoswell) August 9, 2022
Melty Blood Type Lumina will release for Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC on September 30th. If you are interested in learning more about the Tsukihime franchise, check out our retrospective on the series.
And yes, their name is supposed to be spelled with a ‘c’ (except when it’s not).