World War Blue (Aoi Sekai no Chuushin de)

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Aoi Sekai no Chuushin de anime poster

DirectorTetsuya Yanagisawa
StudioCrimson
Original run2012 – 2013
Number of episodes3

Warning: The review contains NSFW content.

So, does anyone remember the console wars?

I’m talking about, of course, the rivalry between Nintendo and SEGA back in the ’90’s. Man, those times bring in some memories. I mean, sure, we have our own console wars going on between Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft now, but remember of the times where the Internet wasn’t that big back then. Where all of your multiplayer experiences come from playing video games at your friend’s house. Where games seem to last longer and age better than those catered around a multiplayer experience. Where we see exciting new consoles from both Nintendo and SEGA: some good, some bad.

Make it last, people, because gaming won’t be like that ever again. With gaming and the Internet firmly established in today’s world, those occasions are rare nowadays, unless you have a friend who still plays his SNES.

So wait, am I here to have a nostalgic boner over the old video game consoles? Well, I can do that on my own time, but that’s not what I’m here for.

Much to my surprise, there is a manga adaptation based on the console wars that began in 2007. But by the end of 2012, when some people were freaking out about the world ending on the winter solstice—and yes, I actually met people on the streets crying about that—, there was also an anime adaptation based on the manga. Only three episodes were produced, the last one being released in April 2013. No more have been released ever since.

Ladies and gentlemen, World War Blue—aka Aoi Sekai no Chuushin de.

So okay then. We have a decent premise targeted to the old school gamer. Probably with some clever jokes thrown in. Well, what should we expect from this?

…Shit. Absolute shit. Oh, dear, this is gonna be a trip.

I don’t know what to make of this anime. Only three episodes, but it’s god awful. It is everything wrong with fan fiction based on video games and everything wrong with shounen anime in one convenient package.

If any old-school gamer comes across this, they would be disgusted on just how it completely misses the point of adapting the console wars. This especially holds true for those who don’t watch a lot of anime, and this is probably one of the worst feet forward they will ever see. If anything, this is one of the worst anime series I ever saw.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but… if you’re looking for a good laugh, watch it. It has the “it’s-so-bad-that-it’s-good” quality. The decisions made with this anime are so half-assed that it’s actually kinda funny watching them play out.

Between the terrible jokes, Gear’s Marty Stu-ness, Opal’s fanservice, and the rushed pacing of the plot, it’s pretty much a fan fiction in anime form. If you don’t mind losing a few brain cells, it’s still entertainment.

Another funny thing is how this anime has a one-sided argument that Nintendo is the Devil and SEGA is inherently good. Hell, Gear is literally called “the messiah.” Honestly, I wouldn’t be bothered by it if the author lets us decide on who to side with. Have both good eggs and bad eggs on both sides, adding on to character complexity and character development. Sort of like Game of Thrones, except with Nintendo and SEGA. That would be a ton more interesting.

But instead, he has picked it for us already. Go with SEGA. SEGA is good, Nintendo is bad.

Well, this anime series has stopped and HOPEFULLY it stays that way, because fanbases do weird things to people. And God help us if this one anime series has a fanbase.

World War Blue

World War Blue
2.3

STORY

1.0/10

CHARACTERS

2.0/10

ART & ANIMATION

4.0/10

SOUNDTRACK

2.0/10

Pros

  • NOTHING… except unintentionally being hilarious for how bad it is.

Cons

  • The obnoxious characters; including a Marty Stu protagonist, a perverted prick of a sage, and a braggart archer whose main purpose is fanservice.
  • The clear favoritism of SEGA over Nintendo, portraying SEGA as a force of good and Nintendo as a force of evil.
  • The rush pacing and a plot that doesn't even measure up to being half-assed.
  • Overall, a poor portrayal of the console wars.
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