World War Blue

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World War Blue
Aoi Sekai no Chūshin de vol 1.jpg
Cover of the first manga volume
蒼い世界の中心で
(Aoi Sekai no Chūshin de)
Genre Fantasy
Manga
Written by Anastasia Shestakova
Illustrated by Crimson
Published by Red Road
English publisher
Original run 2007 – ongoing
Volumes 10 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Tetsuya Yanagisawa
Written by Crimson
Music by Tomohiko Kishimoto
Studio 5th Avenue
Network Tokyo MX (2012–2013)
AT-X (2012–2013)
TVS (2013)
Original run October 20, 2012April 4, 2013
Episodes 3 (List of episodes)
Anime and Manga portal

World War Blue (蒼い世界の中心で Aoi Sekai no Chūshin de?, lit. In the Center of the Blue World) is a Japanese fantasy manga series written by Anastasia Shestakova and illustrated by Crimson. The series is a re-imagining of the console wars featuring characters inspired by video games. An anime adaptation by 5th Avenue began airing in Japan on October 20, 2012.

Plot[edit]

A re-imagining of the console wars, the series tells the story of two kingdoms, the Segua Kingdom and Ninteldo Empire, locked in a struggle for dominance over the land of Consume. After years of war, the Segua Kingdom is on the defensive until a kid named Gear appears boasting of his incredible speed.

Characters[edit]

All of the characters are inspired by characters from various video game franchises.

Segua Kingdom[edit]

Gear (ギア Gia?)
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto
A young man from Marcthree Village who possesses incredible speed. When he was young, his father left him to fight in the war; following the death of his friend Tial, he too joins the Segua Army in order to get revenge against the Ninteldo Empire. He represents Sonic the Hedgehog, the current mascot of Sega. His father is shown to be General Alex, Segua's strongest Killer, who is based on Sega's previous mascot, Alex Kidd.
Nel (ネル Neru?)
Voiced by: Suzuko Mimori
A young girl with pointy ears who is Gear's childhood friend. After her parents were killed in the Marcthree massacre, she was taken in by Gear and Tial. She thinks of Gear as her older brother. She represents the character Nei from the game Phantasy Star II.
Tial (ティル Tiru?)
Voiced by: Koki Uchiyama
Gear's best friend who was killed by Ninteldo soldiers, prompting Gear to get revenge. He represents Tails from Sonic the Hedgehog.
Opal (オパール Opāru?)
Voiced by: Izumi Kitta
An archer who is the second strongest in the Segua Special Forces. She prides herself on never missing with her arrows. She starts to fall in love with Gear after he shows her his true nature and strength. She represents Opa-Opa, the main character from Fantasy Zone.
Ramses (ラムセス Ramusesu?)
Voiced by: Yukiko Monden
The lieutenant general of the Segua Army. She represents the Columns series.

Ninteldo Empire[edit]

Marcus (マルクス Marukusu?)
Voiced by: Atsushi Ono
The moustachioed general of the Ninteldo Empire, who helped it gain control of 90% of Consume. He is occasionally seen riding a green dinosaur named Yozu. He is supposed to represent Nintendo's Mario.
Zelig (ゼリグ Zerige?)
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu
One of the top soldiers of the Ninteldo Empire. His character is inspired by Link, the main character from The Legend of Zelda franchise.
Guliji (グリージ Guriji?)
Marcus' younger brother and a commander in the Ninteldo Army. He represents Luigi from the Super Mario franchise.
Fae (ファーエ Fāe?)
She represents the Fire Emblem series.
Masa (マーサ Māsa?)
He represents the Mother series.
Karvai (カーヴァイ Kavai?)
She represents Kirby.
Saroid (サーロイド Sāroido?)
Her character is inspired by Samus the main character from the Metroid franchise.
Foster (フォスタ Fosuta?)
He represents Fox McCloud, the main character from the Star Fox franchise.
Pirika (ピリカ Pirika?)
She represents Pikachu from the Pokémon franchise.

Other nations[edit]

Tejirov (テジロフ Tejirof?)
Voiced by: Hiro Shimono
A mercenary from the island of Lorgue who was once Ramses' upperclassman at the Puzzle Academy. He is able to produce magical barriers and has a tendency to make various dirty jokes. He is supposed to represent Tetris.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

The original manga by Anastasia Shestakova and illustrated by Crimson began release on Red Road's mobile service from 2007. Nine tankōbon volumes have been released as of 2012. Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed the series for release in North America. The first volume was released in Summer of 2013.[1]

Volume list
No. Title Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 Sonic the Brown Rat
Onsoku no Dobunezumi (音速のドブネズミ)
July 30, 2007[2] ISBN 978-4904277072
2 Z Zone
Zetto Zōn (Zゾーン)
October 4, 2007[3] ISBN 978-4904277089
3 Grease Heel
Gurīso Hiru (グリーソヒル)
December 30, 2007[4] ISBN 978-4904277096
4 Shining & Darkness
Shainingu ando Dakunesu (シャィ二ング&ダクネス)
July 10, 2008[5] ISBN 978-4904277102
5 The Beings of God Fell
Kami no Ochimono (神の落ちモノ)
December 25, 2008[6] ISBN 978-4904277119
6 -
- (-)
March 23, 2009[7] ISBN 978-4904277126
7 -
- (-)
March 23, 2009[8] ISBN 978-4904277133
8 -
- (-)
June 30, 2009[9] ISBN 978-4904277140
9 -
- (-)
December 12, 2009[10] ISBN 978-4904277225

Anime[edit]

An anime adaptation was produced by 5th Avenue. The first episode was aired on Tokyo MX from October 20, 2012[11][12][13][14] and was also simulcast by Crunchyroll.[15] Episode 2 aired on December 27, 2012, and episode 3 aired on April 4, 2013.[16]

The opening theme is "retrospective world" by Hiro Shimono and Nobuhiko Okamoto whilst the ending theme is "0 and 1's Flowers" (0と1の花 Zero to Ichi no Hana?) by Izumi Kitta and Suzuko Mimori.

Episode list[edit]

# Title Original airdate
1 "The Hard Wars of Consume"
"Konshūmu Tairiku Hādo Sensō" (コンシューム大陸厳しい戦争) 
October 20, 2012
In the continent of Consume, two nations, the Segua Kingdom and the Ninteldo Empire, are at war with each other, with Ninteldo ruling over 90% of the continent due to the strength of their leader, General Marcus. In the Segua Kingdom, a boy named Gear travels with his childhood friend, Nel, to the capital, seeking to join the Segua Army in order to avenge the death of his best friend Tial at the hands of Ninteldo. Segua's vice-general, Ramses, tests Gear by pitting him against 50 of her soldiers, which he defeats instantly with his amazing speed. Impressed by his strength, Ramses enlists Gear in the special forces, alongside an archer named Opal, and tasks them with the mission of rescuing their strongest warrior, General Alex, who is being held prisoner in the Ninteldo-allied country of Tatrand. Later that night, Gear is called out by Opal, who doesn't approve of him and challenges him to a fight for his right to stay in the army. Gear manages to win instantly with a direct attack, earning her praise after he explains how he admires those who aim to go forward. The next morning, Ramses introduces the third special forces member, a somewhat perverted mercenary named Tejirov, who decides to train Gear for the operation, his barriers winning against Gear's speed. 
02 "Killer"
"Kirā" (キラー) 
January 3, 2013
Tejirov trains Gear, Opal and Nel to use their "Killer" abilities, special skills possessed by only a small fraction of people in Consume. Ramses and Tejirov discuss the possibility that Gear is the son of a man named General Alex. Gear asks Tejirov about other Killers especially the strongest ones. The group start their mission to rescue General Alex from Hope Fortress. While on their way, they find a wounded Segua scout who asks to be "absorbed". Tejirof and Opal explain that Killers can absorb the life forces of others, gaining their strength, but that there are limits to how many one can absorb (Gear can absorb two). They are interrupted by the appearance of the Vaiz, one of Tatrand's Killers. Tejirov cages him in a wall of light so they can escape. Once inside the fortress, Opal plays decoy so the others can get past D. Fisher, another Tatrand Killer. Tejirov, Gear and Nel reach General Alex's cell, where Gear finds out that he is noneother than his father. 
3 "Lost Star & KID"
"Rosutosutā to kiddo" (ロストスター&KID) 
April 4, 2013
Gear finds out that General Alex is his father, but cannot rescue him because of the wound Alex got in the cell. Tejirov tells Gear that he must instead absorb Alex. He refuses at first, but Alex said says he has no choice and forces Gear to touch him. Before he is absorbed, he tells Gear the story of his mother, the only killer Alex considered to be his equal, whom he had to absorb after they were so badly wounded in combat that they could only survive if one of them absorbed the other. Opal is left unable to move after her battle with D. Fisher and is nearly killed by Vaiz's brother Voiz, but it rescued by a newly energized Gear, who joins the siege on the fortress. Tejirov leaves to prevent Bays from interfering with Gear, leaving Opal in Nel's care, but Vaiz surrenders, remarking that the battle is already lost. In the end, Segua takes Hope Fortress, and Gear is given the nickname of "Blue Sonic", becoming infamous throughout both the Ninteldo empires and their allied countries. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seven Seas Declares World War Blue
  2. ^ "Volume 1 Release Date". Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  3. ^ "Volume 2 Release Date". Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  4. ^ "Volume 3 Release Date". Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  5. ^ "Volume 4 Release Date". Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  6. ^ "Volume 5 Release Date". Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  7. ^ "Volume 6 Release Date". Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  8. ^ "Volume 7 Release Date". Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  9. ^ "Volume 8 Release Date". Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  10. ^ "Volume 9 Release Date". Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  11. ^ "Aoi Sekai no Chūshin de Fantasy Manga Gets Anime". Anime News Network. 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  12. ^ "Nobuhiko Okamoto Leads Aoi Sekai no Chūshin de Cast". Anime News Network. 2012-08-11. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  13. ^ "クリムゾン原作「蒼い世界の中心で」TVアニメは今秋開始". natalie.mu (in Japanese). 2012-08-10. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  14. ^ "Aoi Sekai Slated for October 20 Broadcast". Anime News Network. 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  15. ^ "Crunchyroll to Stream Aoi Sekai no Chūshin de Anime". Anime News Network. 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  16. ^ アニメーションシリーズ. 蒼い世界の中心で (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-11-26. 

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