World War Blue
World War Blue (Japanese: 蒼い世界の中心で Hepburn: 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 between Sega and Nintendo featuring characters inspired by video games. An anime adaptation by 5th Avenue began airing in Japan on October 20, 2012.
|World War Blue|
Cover of the first manga volume
(Aoi Sekai no Chūshin de)
|Written by||Anastasia Shestakova|
|Published by||Red Road|
|Imprint||Micro Magazine Comics|
|Original run||2007 – present|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Tetsuya Yanagisawa|
|Produced by||Crimson (Executive producer)|
|Music by||Tomohiko Kishimoto|
|Original network||Tokyo MX (2012–2013)|
TV Saitama (2013)
|Original run||October 20, 2012 – April 4, 2013|
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 and powers, but what he does not know that is another person out there that is more powerful than him.
All of the characters are inspired by characters from various video game franchises.
- Gear (ギア Gia)
- Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (Japanese); Matt Shipman (English)
- 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 Til, he too joins the Segua Army in order to get revenge against the Ninteldo Empire. His father is shown to be General Alex, Segua's strongest Killer.
- Nel (ネル Neru)
- Voiced by: Suzuko Mimori (Japanese); Cait Page (English)
- 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.
- Til (ティル Tiru)
- Voiced by: Kōki Uchiyama (Japanese); Clifford Chapin (English)
- Gear's best friend who was killed by Ninteldo soldiers, prompting Gear to get revenge.
- Opal (オパール Opāru)
- Voiced by: Izumi Kitta (Japanese); Brittany Lauda (English)
- 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.
- Ramses (ラムセス Ramusesu)
- Voiced by: Yukiko Monden (Japanese); Theresa Buchheister (English)
- The lieutenant general of the Segua Army.
- Marcus (マルクス Marukusu)
- Voiced by: Atsushi Ono (Japanese); Mike Pollock (English)
- The moustached general of the Ninteldo Empire, who helped it gain control of 90% of Consume. He is occasionally seen riding a green dinosaur named Yozu.
- Zelig (ゼリグ Zerige)
- Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (Japanese); Chris Niosi (English)
- One of the top soldiers of the Ninteldo Empire.
- Guliji (グリージ Guriji)
- Voiced by: Mike Pollock (English)
- Marcus' younger brother and a commander in the Ninteldo Army.
- Fae (ファーエ Fāe)
- Voiced by: Amanda Lee (English)
- Masa (マーサ Māsa)
- Saroid (サーロイド Sāroido)
- Foster (フォスタ Fosuta)
- Pirika (ピリカ Pirika)
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.
- 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||ISBN 978-4904277072|
Zetto Zōn (Ｚゾーン)
|October 4, 2007||ISBN 978-4904277089|
Gurīso Hiru (グリーソヒル)
|December 30, 2007||ISBN 978-4904277096|
|4||Shining & Darkness|
Shainingu ando Dakunesu (シャィ二ング&ダクネス)
|July 10, 2008||ISBN 978-4904277102|
|5||The Beings of God Fell|
Kami no Ochimono (神の落ちモノ)
|December 25, 2008||ISBN 978-4904277119|
|March 23, 2009||ISBN 978-4904277126|
|March 23, 2009||ISBN 978-4904277133|
|June 30, 2009||ISBN 978-4904277140|
|December 12, 2009||ISBN 978-4904277225|
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. On September 11, 2016, Media Blasters announced that they would dubbed and distribute the series. On January 11, 2017, TOKU announced that it will premiere the World War Blue anime series in February. Later this month, was announced to begin on February 6.
|#||Title||Original airdate||English 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||February 6, 2017|
|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.|
|January 3, 2013||February 13, 2017|
|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||February 20, 2017|
|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.|
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