World War Blue
|World War Blue|
Cover of the first manga volume
(Aoi Sekai no Chūshin de)
|Written by||Anastasia Shestakova|
|Published by||Red Road|
|Original run||2007 – 2012|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Tetsuya Yanagisawa|
|Music by||Tomohiko Kishimoto|
|Network||Tokyo MX (2012–2013)
|Original run||October 20, 2012 – April 4, 2013|
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.
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.
All of the characters are inspired by characters from various video game franchises.
- 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.
- 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.
- Saroid (サーロイド Sāroido?)
- Her character is inspired by Samus the main character from the Metroid franchise.
- 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.
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.
An anime adaptation was produced by 5th Avenue. The first episode was aired on Tokyo MX from October 20, 2012 and was also simulcast by Crunchyroll. Episode 2 aired on December 27, 2012, and episode 3 aired on April 4, 2013.
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