Segua Kingdom has been losing the war against Ninterdo Empire but the tables are turned by the appearance of a boy called Gear. All the characters are parodies of Nintendo or Sega games such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda etc.
This was a pretty Bad Ova Overall. its looks and sounds fine on paper it even sounds interesting. Unfortunately translating this to a Ova was not a good thing. Reading the Synopsis you can clearly see where the draw for most people would be in that its based on many video game references but they are pretty poor and not well referenced. This Ova had some interesting ideas but they failed to make it into anything noteworthy and the product suffers even more because of it.
The Greatest Flaw of this anime is the characters cause you just cant grow to like them at all. Theres
is nearly no character development in this Ova so you don't grow attached to anybody or particularly care when somebody dies. It tries to emphasise emotion in a few very well made scenarios but because you have no prior connection to any of the characters it falls on a flat note. Another major problems is all the characters seem very hollow and cliche, nobody feels like a original character except maybe tegilof but he is off putting for other reasons.The third offense to this already mundane and sad roster of characters is the fan service, which in most every other scenario i am ok with but the way they do it is so off putting and out of place that i can't help but want it to go away. I really could go on and on about how i do not care for this underdeveloped band of cliches but i don't see the point of beating that dead horse.
The sound and visual quality of this anime is actually rather on par with anything else of average quality. Though the problem with being average is that it doesn't stand out in anyway, it really lacks its own character. That being said there are parts of animation and character design i did and did not like. I did like how some if only a handful of characters had a symbol as to what game they represent in the form of a necklace or earring in some cases, i wish they had done more of that though. I found it almost impossible to figure out who half the people in the show were supposed to represent in the game universe as they looked pretty much like random characters from any anime, some were also really odd references that i have to admit i had never heard of though. Another thing that i found lacking is all the settings seemed really bland and simple. The three major settings i can clearly remember were forest,training hall and dungeon and they all look exactly as what you'd expect when somebody says those titles. The artists played it really safe and didn't put all that much effort into making a really interesting visual experience.
The Story's main problem is despite it possibly being tolerable it is done poorly. It starts without a prologue at a scene where you have to question why it starts that way. It stems from the problem you don't care about there characters so all the meaning in this scene is empty and pointless, they should have used a prologue to that scene. The biggest problem facing this short series is the fact that it is a short series, three 20 minute episodes don't take you very far. I actually would have liked to see the characters go off into the different kingdoms and face off against Marcus(Mario). The pacing just could not be done right for this series so they tried to emphasis emotional scenes hence why they start and end with one. It just did not work out though with the lack of character development.
Being a really big classic game fan and a even bigger fan of anime i kinda hoped this fusion would turn out at least alright. My hopes were dashed though and i ended up having a really boring and uneventful time. I did not really enjoy it and some people may but it feels more like a time waster, just something to watch when you got nothing else too. So ultimately this gets a 3 and i feel i might be a little generous with that.
So, I don't usually write reviews, but I was bored so here.
For those of you who don't know Aoi Sekai no Chuushin de (Aka World War Blue) is an anime based on the console wars of the early 90's, however, since copyright is a bitch, they had to create their OC's that somewhat resemble the characters.
The story, like I just said, is based on the console wars of the early 90's, which is a good concept, however, the pace is absurdly rushed with almost no character development what-so-ever, also, barely anything happens besides Soni- I mean Gear joining an Army, taking out a third-party base
and finding his Father.
Art-wise, generic, nothing too spectacular.
Sound-wise, I'm not one to comment since I almost never pay attention to OST's in Anime. (I should REALLY start.)
Overall, World War Blue is a mess, if the pacing was done better, then this anime could've been quite good.
If you are looking for a good anime with an engaging story, interesting characters, stunning artwork and an overall epic soundtrack then this anime is not for you, and let me tell you why.
Aoi Sekai no Chuusin de also known as World War Blue is the anime equivalent of a Nintendo vs Sega parody done by 5th Avenue, now you would think by that statement that this would be an over the top, comedic anime with many humorous references to Sega and Nintendo. However instead of taking this route it decides to go into an in-depth serious tone which does not suit the mood of
this show at all, this show completely fails in the sense that it was a parody and tried to be a dark and serious anime with lots of death and emotions.
The Characters of WWB are some of the weakest cast of characters i have ever seen, throughout the show you can't seem to relate to any of them, and character deaths are completely void of emotion and meaning. In the very beginning the death of Gear's friend is so out of the blue (see what i did there hehe) that the viewer doesn't care about this character because we get no prologue to the events of WWB and get no insight other then his supposed Sega character that he is based off.
The pacing was also inconsistent with the way they were telling the story, this show was presented with the intention of having 12 - 25 episodes when in reality is only a mere 3 episode show. Trying to create a show with that much compressed story is such a ridiculous thing to do that they should have thought of a smaller story that suited the length.
Overall i'm keeping this short and sweet in saying that this anime was very disappointing and a complete waste of time, and you should not waste 60 minutes of your life on it.
Since I recently finished what is now my favorite anime, xxxHolic, and I have a tendency to start a show I end up hating after I discover what becomes my favorite anime, I decided to try and watch something short that looked really bad so I wouldn't waste too much time; so, I chose to watch this show. Man what a mistake that was!
What is Aoi Sekai no Chuushin de (which translates to mean World War Blue, and as such, I will be referring to the series as it's translated name), you might ask? Well, have you seen Excel Saga? Have you
seen Wreck-It Ralph? Have you ever inhaled paint fumes to get high? If the answer to those 3 questions is "Yes", then congratulations! You've seen World War Blue.
The story of World War Blue is basically a fantasy version of the console war between Nintendo and Sega, with Nintendo being the villains. It's pretty basic from there.
For characters, we have Gear, our main character who is supposed to a parody be Sonic the Hedgehog (insert joke about going fast here), standard strong female character Oppai-I mean Opal (who's supposed to be a parody of one of the characters from Fantasy Zone; I guess she's supposed to be the love interest for Gear; and if you couldn't figure it out from the "nickname" I gave her, she's also the show's "Ms. Fanservice" character), Nel (Gear's younger sister who's an extremely useless character, and a parody of Nei from Phantasy Star 2), Til (who's a parody of Tails from Sonic; he dies at the start, so we feel no connection to his character due to the fact that we didn't get to know him, and we are unaffected by his death) and easily the most bizarre character of them all, Tejilof, a gigantic pervert who's a parody of Tetris of all things (I'm not kidding) - in fact, Tejilof is such a pervert that one of the first things he does is literally grope Ramsus, the general for the army of the country that represents Sega.
The only action scenes that were actually remotely interesting were the ones involving Opal, mainly because she seems to undergo the closest thing this show has to character development - she decides to push her ability, which allows her to fire bursts of energy from her fingers, to her limit, which causes her pain.
One of the few good things about this show is that it actually does look good - and the sound isn't bad, either. It's a shame that the rest of the anime doesn't look as good.
Lastly, there were 2 franchises that seemed absent that had a good reason to be present - the first was Mortal Kombat; I feel it was absent, since both Sega and Nintendo got a copy of Mortal Kombat, but Sega did not censor their version. It would have made much more sense to have a character who's a parody of Mortal Kombat instead of one who's a parody of Tetris - and some might argue that having a living parody of Mortal Kombat would make this show too violent, but the amount of fanservice already makes this inappropriate for kids.
The other franchise that seemed absent was Megaman - but I actually consider this a good thing, since I grew up playing Megaman. And I would have hated for Megaman to be associated with this piece of work.
I guess if I had to say one good thing about this anime, it has made me kind of curious to try the manga, which looks a lot better.