"I'll keep fighting until the day the last Adept falls."
—Copen , Azure Striker Gunvolt 2
Copen is a major character in the Azure Striker Gunvolt series. Serving as Gunvolt's arch-rival, he is on a mission to pursue and hunt Adepts in his late father's name. Formally a member of the prestigious Kamizono family, Copen revoked his family name after an incident with Eden, and now works solo, aided only by his trusted companion Lola.
Despite occasionally sharing some common interests with Gunvolt, Copen stubbornly holds true to his ideals and swears to kill Gunvolt along with all other Adepts.
- 1 Website Descrption
- 2 Appearance
- 3 Personality
- 4 Plot
- 5 Other appearances
- 6 Abilities and Equipment
- 7 Boss Battle Skills
- 8 Boss Battle Voices
- 9 Special Skill Chants
- 10 Designer Comments
- 11 Trivia
- 12 References
- 13 Navigation
Copen is a lone wolf who is a part of neither QUILL nor Sumeragi. He is, however, known for bearing a deep loathing for the Sumeragi Group and all Adepts in general. He believes that Adepts are a threat to world peace that will eventually subjugate anyone who is not an Adept, and thus, Copen has made it his mission to destroy Adepts at all costs.Although Copen himself has no Septimal powers, he is a brilliant scientist and incredibly skilled fighter on par with the best Sumeragi has to offer. Utilizing septimosome that he has stolen from defeated Adepts, he crafted battle gear that replicates septimal powers, making him a formidable foe for even the most powerful Adepts. 
Copen is the son of a famous scientist whose research detailed the dangerous threat that Adepts pose to society. To honor the dying wish of his late father, Copen fights to eradicate all Adepts from the world.
While he may be a normal human without any septimal powers, his technological prowess and combat abilities exceed that of many Adepts.Since the events of the last game, Copen has completely revamped his gear. His new gear is designed for maximum mobility, which allows him to dash through the air and perform mid-air attacks like never before. He is also now accompanied by Lola, a combat bot that aids his offense, defense, and mobility.
In Azure Striker Gunvolt, Copen is a teenager with red eyes and short white hair. He wears white armor with red and blue highlights, a red cross on his chest, and a white hood, which is usually pulled up. He also wears black, somewhat baggy pants and red boots. He is often seen carrying a white shield with a red cross and a red and white gun.
In Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, Copen's armor is overall similar to his previous set in terms of basic appearance. However, it is more sleek and tight fitting, presumably to allow as much mobility as possible. He carries a white gun with black highlights. He is usually seen accompanied by Lola.
Copen is a cold, serious person. He is focused on only his goals, and nothing else, willing to kill anyone if they get in his way. He is also incredibly stubborn, firmly rooted in his ideals despite Gunvolt's attempts to reach out to him.
Copen harbors a deep hatred for all Adepts, believing they endanger the planet, and has taken the job of destroying every single one, spurred on by his respect and admiration of his father. His hatred has reached the point where he absolutely refuses to join forces with an Adept, even if they share the same goals.
He also mentions God frequently and commonly refers to the Adepts as "demons", although he doesn't actually follow any particular religion.
Copen also seems to be rather paranoid, with only Nori and Lola aware of his life as an Adept hunter, and refusing to give his family the slightest idea as to what he is doing, to the point where he doesn't even live with them, though this could be out of concern for their safety. This paranoia is also why he is so against revealing his tech to the public, as well as why he doesn't use his most powerful weapons often, out of a fear someone will copy them or find ways to counter them.
Despite his nigh-fanatical hate of Adepts, Copen still has a soft side to him. He cares deeply for his sister Mytyl, who gives him a reason to fight besides his hate for Adepts. He also maintains a cordial relationship with Lola, who sees herself as a sort of guardian angel for Copen. Likewise, Copen is extremely protective of her, often reassuring her when she is on edge and reacting violently when she is threatened. In some aspects he has been called dense by his sister (when he didn't understand how fun the application she was playing with was) or rude by Nori (when he tried to ask her how old she was).
He also has distanced himself from his aunt, the family head, and acts on his own, though with the support of the family servant Nori, who trains him and provides him with equipment and information alongside funds for his researches: not even he has been capable of figuring out why she's doing that or where that fortune comes from.
After the traumatizing events of Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, Copen's blind faith in his ideals is shaken. He remains steadfast in his belief that Adepts will doom mankind, but is unsure of what to do with Mytyl, who is also an Adept. Copen also begins showing signs of self-loathing, calling himself "a demon" and seemingly acknowledging that he is no better than the monsters he destroys.
Copen and his twin Mytyl were born to Dr.Kamizono, a Sumeragi scientist. During his early childhood, his mother would talk to him about angels and demons, which would leave a profound effect on him.
In Azure Striker Gunvolt: Fleeting Memories, it is revealed that Copen's father researches Adepts at S-FIT. At some point during his research, Copen's father begins to fear that the Adepts will rise to power beyond human control and cautions people of the potential threat that Adepts hold over the human race. Copen's father dies before any remedial action is taken and details surrounding his death are covered up by Sumeragi.Copen then commits himself to pursuing and hunting the entire Adept population.
Tomb RaiderCopen's hunt ushers him to a series of trails that lead to the protagonist Gunvolt, a former QUILL agent. Observing his battles from afar, Copen sneaks in after Gunvolt kills each Sumeragi Swordsman to steal the remnants of their Glaives, which still contain trace amounts of their Septima.
After the third Swordsman's death, Copen watches as Gunvolt leaves, remarking on the nature of the Glaives and how while they act as a leash, it doesn't change the fundamental demonic nature of Adepts, who, in his eyes, need to be put down regardless.
Sinner's Row (Kaleidoscape)
Copen sets out to hunt one of Sumeragi's most powerful Adepts, Zonda. He pursues his target into the ghetto district, Sinner's Row, at which place he battles and successfully defeats the Sumeragi Adept.
While he is in the process of absorbing Zonda's Septimosome into his shield, Gunvolt, who is on a QUILL mission to defeat Zonda, enters the scene: he's previously jammed radio communications in advance foreseeing an encounter with him.
Confused, Gunvolt thanks Copen for the assistance — a gratitude at which Copen scoffs. Copen immediately recognizes Gunvolt as the "Azure Striker" and engages him in combat.
Upon defeat, Copen reveals that he has collected sufficient "data" on Gunvolt from the fight. Gunvolt asks Copen for his name—a request to which Copen replies, "That's a human privilege. But when God next sends me to judge you, you'll hear him whisper, 'Copen...' "
Upon discovering Sumeragi's intentions to re-instate and mobilize Project Muse on a global scale, Copen infiltrates Sumeragi's orbital space station, Firmament, which houses the contraption built by his father, through a spacecraft that Nori procures, the "Sabertooth". He later reveals that he intends to destroy the machine and bring down Nova as well as crushing any prospect of Project Muse's success.
As he is making his way to the endmost room containing the machine, he finds Gunvolt in combat with Sumeragi's necromancer, Elise, who has been resurrecting fallen Sumeragi Adepts to defend Firmament. Likely to end the indefinite resurrections of the Adepts, Copen fires a Septima-suppressing bullet at Elise while she is pre-occupied in her battle against Gunvolt, effectively killing her.
"She deserved her punishment for playing God—just as you merit yours, Azure Striker. Come and meet your end," comments Copen.
Gunvolt implores that he and Copen cooperate in their missions to suppress Project Muse under the condition that Joule be kept unharmed, but his efforts are to no avail. "We're not negotiating here. I won't stop until every last Adept is dead. If you want to plead, you can plead with God now," declares Copen, as he challenges Gunvolt to one last battle.
The results of Copen's defeat leaves him immobilized and helpless to stop Gunvolt from proceeding to Firmament's endmost room. After Gunvolt has left the arena, Copen performs a monologue:
"Father...you knew this would happen. You tried to warn those fools. I've let them all grow too strong... I can't pray for God to bring you back. But I can still pray those monsters destroy each other. And if any are left standing at the end of this...one day...one day, I will find them..."
Encounter with Asimov and the final conclusion
Offscreen, at some time after Gunvolt has left the arena, QUILL's commanding officer, Asimov, encounters Copen just as he was inspecting Copen's spacecraft and realizing it wasn't a Sumeragi vehicle: he is about to destroy it when Copen jumps into the area.
A scuffle ensues in which Asimov recognizes him through GV's report on him: he is taken aback by the "Greed Snatcher" and is momentarily about to be defeated but uses his "Voltaic Chains" to try to kill Copen.
Copen only escapes by the timely intervention of Nori who manages to distract Asimov: she rescues Copen just as his shield is destroyed and he drops the gun which Asimov later picks up.
Some hours later, Copen makes it to Babel's ground terminal and retrieves his gun.
"At the base of Babel, a figure enters the elevator after Moniqa and Zeno left. Copen, the boy clad in white armor, pushes his wounded body and finds the object he was looking for lying on the floor of the elevator that had just returned to Earth.
It's a revolver, a memento from the father that was taken from him. He curses his own weakness, and apologizes to his father in heaven. The gun is stained with a dark red liquid: the blood of the accursed man who attacked Copen and stole his gun. Blood that carries the genes of the ultimate Septima, the Azure Striker."
Sometime after the events of the first game, Copen finished his development on Lola, who became his partner in combat. He also completely overhauled his gear, recognizing that his old set was inefficient for his quest. At some point, Copen's sister Mytyl is kidnapped, and Copen sets forth to find her.
Foes Old and NewCopen's pursuit eventually leads him to the Sumeragi airship Seraph, which Mytyl has been taken too. Nori provides Copen a route across the rooftops to board the ship, but he is interrupted by several robots.
After fighting through a mob of robotic enemies, he encounters a female Adept who reveals that not only was "she" part of Mytyl's kidnapping, but "she" is actually Zonda, an Adept Copen had previously killed. Zonda makes a few foreshadowing comments on "spreading love to the rest of the world" before "he" disappears in a mirror. Copen then has to deal with the Sumeragi Fazent that has been unleashed on the city.
The Seraph begins to crash towards the city, putting Mytyl at risk. A large blue light shines in the sky as Nori's scanners pick up a massive surge of septimal power. Lola identifies it as a large amount of electricity being used as a magnetic field, which can only mean one thing. Gunvolt, the Azure Striker, is somehow slowing down the Seraph's descent.
Seeing a chance to stop the Seraph, Copen redlines Lola's A.S. Drive and the bits to fire a huge laser that destroys the ship. As Gunvolt descends carrying Mytyl, Copen draws his gun on GV. He prepares to fight, but is stopped by Tenjian.
Zonda then shows up and proceeds to reveal herself as leader of Eden, the Adept supremacist group set on destroying all non-Adepts. Once Tenjian breaks Joule into mirror shards, Lola manages to nab a shard just after Tenjian and GV fight. Questioned by GV, Copen merely replies that Eden is a group of Adepts, and he is thus duty-bound to kill them.
Thus, anything that Eden needs is something Copen must keep away from them. Copen grabs Mytyl and the two run back to their base.
New Powers and New Objectives
Back at the base, Copen is implanting the mirror shard into Lola for research and analysis purposes, but can't get any results beyond "the shard has septimal power in it". Then he gets a message saying Mytyl has woken up and is doing fine. As they talk, Lola suddenly feels a surge of heat, and in a flash, she takes on a humanoid fairy-like form.
Copen and Lola have no idea what's going on, until Mytyl says that this occasion is just like one of Lumen's concerts. With that epiphany, Copen uncovers that the shards each contain a sliver of the Muse's power, and that gathering more may lead to additional insights.
Frozen City (Icebound)
During the mission to take down Tenjian, Copen runs into Gunvolt, who is trying to gather the mirror shards to restore Joule. He asks that Copen not interfere and allow him to go. Copen won't have any of that, given his nigh-fanatical hate for Adepts. The two duel, ending with GV running off in defeat. Copen lets him go, which Lola comments as something the "old Copen" wouldn't have allowed. Ignoring this, Copen moves on.
Second KidnappingAfter defeating Desna, Asroc, Ghauri and Tenjian of The Seven, Nori sends an urgent message to Copen, saying that Eden Adepts broke into their base and kidnapped Mytyl again. Copen rapidly responds and tracks down Mytyl. Upon arriving at her last known location, he instead meets two more of The Seven, Gibril and Teseo.
Teseo makes some trollish remarks along the lines of Copen's sister complex, and says that he used his septima to transport Mytyl to the "Garden". Gibril tells Teseo to shut up, and he teleports away as Gibril prepares to fight Copen. After soundly defeating her, Copen asks Nori to look up this "Garden". The result is that Garden is the name for Eden's headquarters, placed in Tashkent, a city in an unspecified Central-Asian country.
She also reports a large amount of Eden forces converging on the area, most likely a trap set by Teseo. Copen acknowledges this, but charges off anyway.
In The Garden
Copen charges on through the Garden of Eden, executing Milas and Teseo on the way, as well as destroying an upgraded Plasma Legion. Countless Eden troops throw themselves at him, hoping their sacrifice can at least slow him down, but Copen mocks their conviction, decreeing they'll never find salvation.
As Copen goes further into Garden, his comms fail, likely due to interference by Zonda. Stepping into a conspicuous mirror, Copen once again encounters Tenjian. Or rather, a copy of Tenjian, with all his powers and memories, forged by his sister Zonda's power.
The two duel again, and Copen once more comes out on top. Pressing onward, he has rematches with Ghauri, Desna, and Asroc. Copen then runs into Zonda, who has been waiting for him to come.
Zonda begins to speak, claiming that Mytyl is actually an Adept. She states that Mytyl was the original holder of the Muse, and the operation that took her voice was in reality an operation to remove the Septimasome and implant it into another host, like Joule. Copen dismisses her claims as more lies, and readies his gun.
She teleports away, leaving behind copies of her false selves to test Copen, and begins a battle. The two Zondas insist that Mytyl is an Adept, much to Copen's chagrin. Shattering the two copies, Copen finally makes it to the innermost chamber.
Copen successfully breaches the heart of the Garden. There, Zonda awaits as Mytyl is suspended in the air. After Zonda refuses to hand Mytyl over, she uses Mytyl's body to rip the shards out from Lola. As the shards orbit Mytyl, they turn black and converge upon Zonda. Apparently, Zonda kept data records on the shards as they were used by The Seven, and came up with a plan.
By using Mytyl's body, she could absorb the Muse's power and boost her Septima. Her new Septima, Reverie Mirror, would allow her to rewrite reality itself. She demonstrates this by not only changing the Garden into a crystalline blue void, but also by taking on a fairy-like form, as if she were a Muse herself. Copen, with the help of a backed-up Lola, manages to defeat Zonda, even with her infinite power.
True Ending - Claw and FangAs Copen returns to normal space, he finds Mytyl lying still on the ground, unmoving. He holds her, trying to wake her up, but to no avail. As he clutches Mytyl's corpse, he shouts to the heavens, asking why God created Septima, created Adepts, while Lola watches sadly.
In this pallor, Gunvolt suddenly rushes in, noticing the situation. Copen, in his rage and grief, blames GV for unleashing the Muse's power upon the world and, by extension, Mytyl's death, drawing his gun and attacking his rival once more.
The whole fight, Copen goes on about how the world would be better off without Adepts and the Muse, and that GV will finally die here, in the Garden of Eden. Copen manages to take down GV, but is shocked to hear Mytyl's voice, which decrees things can't end this way.
As a mysterious force takes control of Lola, Mytyl's body rises into the air. She sprouts one red phoenix wing and one blue butterfly wing as Joule and Lola both materialize beside her, and the Anthem resonates through the Garden, reviving Gunvolt.
Copen and Gunvolt argue over the battle, as Copen insists the girl singing the Anthem is Mytyl while GV insists that he can feel Joule's presence as well. Copen becomes frustrated and decides to see if killing GV will return Mytyl to her senses. The task is easier said than done, since the Anthem has done much to boost GV's strength. Finally, Copen triumphs once more.
Standing triumphant, Copen prepares to shoot Gunvolt. But as he fires, GV is protected by a shield. Mytyl then suddenly awakes and stands in Copen's way, asking that Copen not kill her precious person. Copen calls her by Mytyl while GV calls her by Joule. Mytyl doesn't recognize either name, asking who the two are and who she herself is. Distressed, Copen decides to spare GV while rushing to a hospital with Mytyl in tow.
Epilogue - All DæmonThe hospital tests show nothing physically wrong with Mytyl. She is in fact healthier than before, able to walk and talk now. However, her memory is in tatters. She remembers nothing about her past or her family. Copen theorizes that Zonda's defeat caused the shards of the Muse to gather around Mytyl, but he dismisses it as "only a theory".
The whole time, Copen is preparing to leave the Kamizono home without a word. Nori asks if he is really going to leave without a goodbye for his sister. He replies that Mytyl has no brother now, he cannot let her get dragged into his battles ever again. Copen renounces his name as "Kamizono", becoming merely "Copen".He tells Nori to tell his aunt that he disappeared or died. The man known as Copen shall continue his crusade against the Adepts that inherently endanger the world. But he briefly ponders if that means Mytyl will one day threaten the world as well, and what he will need to do with her. Unable to answer that morbid question, Copen and Lola depart from the manor, as the sun begins to break through the clouds.
Copen appears in the 8-bit spin-off game as the false boss of the final stage. Just as the fight is about to begin, Copen is immediately attacked and knocked out by Zonda, who takes his place as the final boss. Copen remains unconscious the entirety of the fight.
On the 28th of December 2017, Copen, alongside RAY and Kurona were made available as DLC characters, with Copen playing similarly to Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, being able to dash through the air and can copy the eight Mighty Numbers powers.
He has several pixel stickers as well. One can be collected from completing the "Up Close and Personal" challenge. Others are obtained via random drops from enemies.
Abilities and Equipment
Copen, as a human, possesses no extraordinary physical abilities, nor does he have any powers to speak. However, he more than makes up for this disadvantage by utilizing his numerous talents to give him an edge.
Arguably Copen's greatest skill is his genius-level intellect. A engineer and scientist of the highest order, Copen can create devices that can rival and even surpass Septima, though he used his father's research as grounding. His inventions range from advanced weaponry to even A.I, often using Nori's mysterious funds to support his projects. His tech is said to overcome that of Sumeragi in several aspects, however, he has no intention of ever sharing his discoveries with anyone else out of mistrust and paranoia (and fear that they will be abused).
Despite only being a normal human, his combat training and gear put his ASG1 self on-par with a mid level Adept. His ASG2 self, armed with new equipment and supported by Lola, has battling power that matches S+ rank Adepts like Gunvolt, Nova, and Zonda.
Copen's signature ability is copying the powers of the Adepts he defeats and using them for himself. By gaining some trace of the septima (e.g. DNA, Glaives), Copen can then replicate powers similar to that of the Adepts he hunts, although the resulting weapon is inferior to the Adept's skills, at least in raw power. He currently accesses these powers through his EX Weapons.
This "Septima that anyone can use" is something that only Copen has managed to achieve.
The Border II (ボーダーII) is a greatly remodeled version of the Border that Copen uses in ASG2. Originally being a revolver type gun and memento of his deceased father Dr. Kamizono, it is very important to Copen and is his favored weapon for slaying Adepts. Due to the inadequacies of his previous bullet swapping, this version of the gun is intended to be all-purpose, with only two firing modes.
- Photon Laser (フォトンレーザー). Fires laser beams that were designed based on analyzing light septima. By pistol whipping enemies with the "X" marking device below the dust cover, they are tagged with a light marker that causes the lasers to home in on them.
- Greed Snatcher (グリードスナッチャー). Fires Greed Snatcher bullets. This mode cannot be used while playing as Copen. A trump card against Adepts, it possesses the exact same properties as the original. It has a strict safety set on it, and Copen rarely uses it. He fears that the tech will be leaked and countermeasures will be developed, a fear that is warranted considering Gunvolt's new outfit designed by Xiao blocks the worst effects of the bullet. Another reason for rarely using them is that building the bullets is expensive.
The White Tiger (ヴァイスティーガー Weiss Tiger) is Copen's second and current power armor. It is a very light armor focused on mobility, which was inspired by Gunvolt's performance against him in their battles according to Nori. It is capable of high speed flight via vernier jets on the back and legs, a maneuver called the Bullit Dash. Its physical defenses are lower than the previous armor, Megante Leon, but it is equipped with a pseudo-prevasion function based on the Azure Striker technique that nullifies most forms of damage. It can't nullify electric attacks, however. These two functions are fueled by Bullits (ブリッツ Blitz), aka AS Batteries, bullet-shaped packs charged with special electricity provided by the AS Drive.
The armor wirelessly receives power from Lola, who possesses a miniature power generator known as the AS Drive that was created based on analysis of the Azure Striker. This semi-perpetual engine has a flaw; because of durability issues, it can't produce large amounts of electricity at once. That is why Copen uses the Bullit battery packs as a supplementary power source for the above mentioned features.
The Border (ボーダー) was a revolver gun that once belonged to his late father, Dr. Kamizono. Its main ammunition was the Beowulf (ベオウルフ) bullet, which can pierce Gunvolt's flashfield due to its special constitution and structure. Copen kept several different bullet types like that on hand, which he swapped out depending on the opponent.
One very special bullet type is the pseudo-Septima Greed Snatcher, which shoots bullets based on Carrera's Quasar Collapse that disrupt the flow of septima and cripple Adepts. Its power is greatly inferior to that skill, but it is far more maneuverable. Copen chose to install this "sure-kill" weapon into his gun instead of his shield due to sentimentalism, although there was also some anxiety about storing it with the other EX Weapons.
Asimov was able to take the gun and would hold onto it for some time, using it to shoot Gunvolt and then kill Joule, and heavily damaged the gun by combining it with his lightning septima to perform enhanced shots. It was left behind when Zeno and Moniqa took away Asimov's body, and Copen was able to retrieve it.
Copen's first armor, the Megante Leon (メガンテレオン), was a heavy power armor that artificially enhanced his physical attributes. It placed a large burden on his body, so very long-term use was impossible. It was battery powered, and could be switched to a low energy usage mode for prolonged sneaking missions. It was heavily damaged during his battles in ASG1, and he decided to replace it.
The EX Gear (エクスギア) was the shield-shaped piece of equipment Copen originally wielded, which stored pseudo-septima cartridges and deployed attacks by swapping between them. Not actually designed as a shield, it ended up being constructed in such a way to bear hosting its armaments. It was equipped with jets on its ends for a high speed shield bash attack, as well as a laser cannon similar to the one installed in Merak's chair. Pseudo-Septima attacks were deployed by opening up the shield's tips in a shape reminiscent of a longbow. Both ends of the shield had this feature and were independent, so even if one was damaged the other could still be used.
Although EX Gear was durable enough to withstand all of Gunvolt's lightning attacks with only minor damage, Asimov's own Azure Striker powers were too much for it to endure. He shattered one of its muzzles with his first lightning surge, and not long after completely destroyed it with Voltaic Chains.
Similar to Gunvolt, Copen can use multiple skills to aid him in battle as a playable character. As Copen is not an Adept, he does not gain new skills through leveling up. However, he does have two unique skills from the start. Copen can also copy the abilities of defeated Adepts to use as EX Weapons.
ストライクソウ Strike Saw
"May claws shatter chains / Of those who traipse in my wake / Begone you impure! Shred Storm!"
Copen's Special Skill in Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, carried out by the “Bits” and covering the whole screen. It’s a storm of slashes that draw the “Claw” (爪) Kanji on the screen. It instantly kills all enemies on the screen, and deals significant damage to bosses.
- Copen yells "Tenma fukumetsu!" (天魔覆滅！, Destroy the evil spirits!) when the attack skill begins.
- Killing a boss with this skill grants a 1000 Kudos bonus
If you open the Pause Menu, the “Shred Storm” icon will become the “Healing” icon. If you touch it, you can recover all of your HP.
*Note: Shred Storm and Healing have separate cooldowns.
Main page: EX Weapons
By fighting and defeating Adepts and analyzing their Septima, Copen can develop EX Weapons (エクスウェポン) based off said Septima. Each EX Weapon is wholly different, with its own unique form, attacks, advantages and disadvantages. It's these weapons that serve as Copen's primary and strongest tools in his crusade against Adepts.
The Heartblazer (ハートブレイザー) is Copen's ultimate attack. By overloading Lola's A.S. Drive, an enormous amount of energy is produced and fired as a beam. This technique temporarily burns out Lola and in turn Copen's power armor, leaving them helpless, so it's only used in specific and desperate situations.
The Sabertooth (セーバートゥース) is a small spacecraft that Nori procured for Copen, which he used to infiltrate Sumeragi's orbital station Firmament. The ship is very small and intended for only one occupant, although there is enough room to spare for Nori to hide in without Copen noticing. Its appearance is said to be distinct from Sumeragi designs. Acquiring this ship apparently pushed Nori's mysterious resources to the limit, as she could not get a second one to pilot herself and properly accompany Copen.
Nori wanted to name it the "Cosmo Copen."
Boss Battle Skills
Azure Striker Gunvolt
Copen is a unique boss in that he will utilize new attacks as Gunvolt defeats the featured Sumeragi Adept bosses in addition to his standard attacks.
During the fight with Copen at Sinner's Row (Kaleidoscape), Copen's defense is halved.
|Copen's standard attack. Copen walks forward with his gun and shoots Beowulf bullets continuously from one side of the screen to a bit past the middle of the screen.
|Shield Bash||Copen's standard attack, exclusively used as a follow-up or cancel to his shooting attack. Copen charges forward with his shield in front, removing any tags on him.
|Backflip||Copen's standard attack, exclusively used as a follow-up to his shooting attack. Copen performs a backflip to place himself at some distance behind him, removing any tags on him.
Note: All of Copen's special attacks (except Greed Snatcher) allow him to block shots from the front while firing.
|Available after Jota has been defeated. Copen fires a surface-level laser beam. Shortly afterwards, he fires a swirling lance.
|Available after Viper has been defeated. Copen shoots a flaming arrow that detonates three lingering explosions in its path of fire.
|Available after Stratos has been defeated. Copen unleashes a slow-moving swarm of insects.
|Available after Elise has been defeated. Copen shines a beam of light in front of him which inflicts the Stone debuff if Gunvolt faces it, paralyzing GV and increasing damage dealt until the player shakes it off.
|Available after Merak has been defeated. Copen fires a giant laser into a wormhole that will reappear at different areas and at different angles on-screen.
|Available after Carrera has been defeated. Copen fires two waves of three magnetic bullets each, which ignore Prevasion and inflict the Chaff debuff if they connect, freezing Gunvolt's EP at 0 for ten seconds.
|Copen's special attack. Copen summons four doppelganger apparitions that briefly circle around him. At the conclusion of this attack, Copen and any remaining copies perform a shield bash off-screen. The doppelgangers will disappear at the end of this attack.
Azure Striker Gunvolt 2
||Copen's gear allows him to use Prevasion, so he can dodge up to 2 hits from projectiles until he has to recharge. Once this goes down, a bar will slowly fill up over his head, showing how much time you have left before his Prevasion restarts.
|Reload||Activated when Copen changes phases. Copen reloads his Bullits, instantly restoring Prevasion.
|Copen's standard attack. He fires three laser shots straight forwards. Alternatively, he can jump and shoot to fire one in the air and on the ground. They cannot be blocked by the Flashfield.
|Copen will dash around the battlefield. Contact with him results in you getting tagged, leading to a barrage of undodgeable shots.
|Copen's normal special skill, exclusive to the final battle. Having never defeated The Seven in Gunvolt's story, he falls back on attacks obtained in ASG1, now installed as EX weapons.
Phase 1: Jealousic Gorgon. Copen opens the attack with a ray that petrifies GV if he looks at it.
Phase 2: Lazy Greed Snatcher. Three GS bullets are shot into a wormhole as three open around GV, causing the bullets to multiply and come at him from multiple directions.
Phase 3: Blazing Ballista and Arrogant Fang. A fireball is launched and leaves behind short continuous explosions in its wake. This is followed up by a laser beam just above them.
Phase 4: Million Eater and Photon Laser. A swarm of flesh eating insects is directed at GV. As they are blocked by the Flashfield, Copen fires three laser shots through the swarm.
||Copen has infinite Prevasion under the effects of Anthem. It only goes down if you hit Copen with a Skill or keep him in contact with the Flashfield.
|Copen's standard attack under Anthem. He fires magnetic bullets in 3-round bursts. Alternatively, he can fire one in the air and one on the ground. The bullets can ignore Prevasion.
|Impact Reload||Copen flies up off the screen. A few seconds later, he comes crashing down on your position while reloading. This attack instantly resets Copen's Prevasion.
|Dash||Copen dashes around the arena, trying to get a better position and to tag you. If you get hit, you will be subject to a barrage of homing shots.
Final Lust Doppler
|Copen's Special Skill under Anthem. He deploys bits to create four clones using Doppler Desire as the real Copen flies up off-screen. The clones each perform one dash, trying to tag GV, taking turns in the same order that they appeared in. If one of them hits, they all barrage GV with homing shots before Copen comes crashing down with Impact Reload, dealing massive damage. This attack ignores Prevasion.
Boss Battle Voices
Azure Striker Gunvolt
|Gun||Hmpf! Be destroyed...||Fuu! Horobi yo...||フッ！ 滅びよ…|
|Lazy Laser||Annihilate... Lazy Laser!||Messeyo... Reiji reezaa!||滅せよ…|
|Arrogant Fang||Puncture... Arrogant Fang!
Aroganto fangu! Mada da!
|Blazing Ballista||Be burnt out... Blazing Ballista!||Yakiharae...
|Greed Snatcher||Steal... Greed Snatcher!||Ubaitore…
|Jealousic Gorgon||Be suppressed…
|Fuusatsu se yo…
|Million Eater||Devour… Million Eater!||Kuraitsukuse…
|Doppler Desire||Be fooled…! Doppler Desire! Evil spirits destruction! Vanish!||Madoe…! Rasutodoppurā!
Tenma fukumetsu! Kiero!
|1st Phase Down||I’ll bestow judgment...!||Ore ga sabaku...!||オレが裁く…！|
|2nd Phase Down||You monster!||Bakemono ga!||バケモノが！|
Azure Striker Gunvolt 2
|Guilt Sequence||I'll wipe you out...
Be burnt out!
Fuusatsu se yo!
|1st Phase Down||I'll bestow judgment...!||Ore ga sabaku...!||オレが裁く…！|
|2nd Phase Down||You monster...!||Bakemono ga...!||バケモノが…！|
|Doppler Destroyer||I'll wipe you out...!
Fainaru rasuto doppuraa!
|1st Phase Down||I won't lose to you!||Kisama ni wa maken!||貴様には負けん！|
|2nd Phase Down||Mytyl… I’ll… win…!||Mytyl… Ore wa… katsu…!||ミチル…俺は…勝つ…！|
Special Skill Chants
Hands defiled by sin
A body damned for deeds far done
Seeks its salvation
Annihilate the evil spirits that antagonize the world…
Even if my hands are stained with sins…
Send the faulty souls to God’s presence…
원수 천마를 멸한다.
이 손이 죄로 더럽혀지더라도
죄 많은 영혼을 신께서 용서하시길.
Banishing the demons, bane of this world’s existence
Though it might taint my hand with sin,
I shall send this sinned soul to God!
May claws shatter chains
Of those who traipse in my wake
Begone, you impure!
My servants dance
I must destroy the spirits and goblins
The inexhaustible claws cut the chains
춤추는 나의 시종이여,
이형의 존재를 토벌하라.
사슬을 끊는 무한한 절대 발톱.
All my dancing subordinates,
purge this anomaly from this earth
with your chain-breaking infinite, absolute claws!
Fallen villain's souls
Unite as one yet again
To fell greater sin
Souls of the demons and monsters I’ve slayed…
Through the sins you’ve committed…
Wipe out the greater sin…
한때 몰락한 망령의 혼,
그 죄를 물어,
더 커다란 죄악을 처단하라.
Evil spirits that once fell before me,
as the sentence for your sins,
you will serve to purge a greater evil!
Though it taint my heart
I give all to banish sin
I will destroy the evil spirits that threaten the world…
Even my flesh is stained in sins…
Sinner’ souls, return to nothingness…
FINAL LUST DOPPLER
세상의 적인 천마를 멸한다.
이 몸이 온통 죄로 가득해지더라도
죄지은 혼이여, 무로 돌아가라.
Banishing the Demons, bane of this world’s existence.
Though this action might taint my body with sin,
all the sinned souls must return to nothingness!
FINAL LUST DOPPLER
Acura’s GV’s rival so I started by having all of his factors be the exact opposite of GV’s factors. Regarding his coloring… Since GV is mainly black and blue, Acura, his opposite, is white and red. GV is light of foot while Acura wears a heavy armor. That’s how they contrast. The design’s motif is a medieval European knight wearing a surcoat. His huge shield also comes from the image of knights. His trademark “X” mark is a remain of how I originally wanted to put in a cross-shaped mark. There’s a lot of characters with black color in this game so the white Acura is partly an heterogeneous character which makes him stand out, pretty good thing taking into account his position (as a rival).-- (Hatakeyama Yoshitaka)
Since he was going to become a new playable character I had in mind that he had to give out smartness fitting to his flying action and make it easy to recognize him from afar. His chest has a lot of white on it and I made the hands and feet, which move in a very intense manner, red to make it easy to see and also give liveness to his colour scheme. Just like in the prequel, his motif is a knight but I sought to make him look lighter and smarter. And to do that I got rid of his loose trousers and hood. The sprites were also pretty cool and he became a character with a very high level of satisfaction (at the work done).-- (Hatakeyama Yoshitaka)
- Copen's design and abilities bear many similarities to those of characters from the Mega Man franchise, which may be intentional references given Inti Creates' long history of developing Mega Man games.
- Like many of Mega Man's playable characters, most notably the original Mega Man and Mega Man X, Copen uses the weapons of previously defeated bosses.
- Like Proto Man, Copen in the first Azure Striker Gunvolt is partially red to contrast with the blue main character, uses a gun and shield as his main weapons, and attacks with a dashing shield bash and large numbers of small bullets.
- Like a user of Biometal Model A, Copen in Gunvolt 2 is secondarily red and primarily a more neutral color, copies defeated bosses' abilities, holds a gun in his hand that fires homing shots, and is assisted by an artificial sentient object. However, his air dashes and slowly descending hovering state more closely resemble users of Model H.
- Also, his personality is similar to Copy X and Sage Harpuia from the Megaman Zero series. Like Harpuia and Copy X, he fights for the sake of humanity while bearing an hatred to the opposing species that they believes to be evil: Adepts (for Copen) and Reploids (for Copy X and Sage Harpuia at first) respectively. This is proven ironic in all three cases, Copy X and Sage Harpuia are also technically reploids, while Copen's sister is revealed to be an Adept.
- Copen's English voice actor in Azure Striker Gunvolt: The Anime, Peter von Gomm, was the English voice of both X in Mega Man X7 and Gray in Mega Man ZX Advent.
- Copen's special moves "Doppler Desire" and "Doppler Destroyer" are likely derived from Zonda's septimosome. Their association with illusions and lust enforces this speculation.
- Copen and Zonda have been paired twice as bait-and-switch bosses. In Azure Striker Gunvolt, Zonda is the bait and Copen is the switch at Sinner's Row. Their roles are reversed at the Mirror stage in Mighty Gunvolt.
- Similar to Nova and The Sumeragi Seven, Copen's English and Japanese names are both based on cars. Acura is the name of a Japanese car manufacturer, while Copen is the name of a car model built by the Japanese company, Daihatsu.
- Copen's skill cut-in in ASG2 has an alternate version without Lola that is used when he deploys Doppler Destroyer as the final boss. This alternate cut-in will also be used if the player uses Shred Storm at the very beginning of Copen's opening stage or in the battle against Anthem Gunvolt, as in both cases Lola is not by Copen's side.
- Copen's mother is mysteriously absent from ASG2. She is only mentioned once, as a possible influence on the subject matter of Mytyl's dreams, and in Copen's true ending, he does not ask Nori to tell his mother that he died - only his aunt. This leaves it unclear whether Copen's mother is still alive.
- Takuya Aizu has made comments suggesting that Copen's unnamed mother and aunt are Shinobu Kamizono and Maya Kamizono, respectively, from the Gal*Gun series. In an August 2020 stream, for instance, he described a picture of Shinobu and Maya as "Mama" and "Maya oba-san" ("Aunt Maya").
- Copen is one of the two bosses in the second game where Gunvolt doesn't say "Oversurge! Azure Striker! ____!" when battling him, the other is True Zonda.
- Copen is the only playable character in the series who isn't playable in the game he was introduced.
- English Website Dossier (ASG2)
- Japanese Website Dossier (ASG2)
- English Website Dossier (ASG1)
- Japanese Website Dossier (ASG2)
- Japanese Wiki Regarding Copen (ASG1)
- Japanese Wiki Regarding Copen (ASG2)
- Official Japanese Tweet Regarding Copen (ASG1)
- [https://twitter.com/GunvoltOfficial/status/708240801713631233 Official Japanese Tweet Regarding Copen (AS