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.
I feel like the best way to describe Aoi Sekai is as follows:
Say you're at a party scouting for a nice girl. You see some nice ones, you see some slightly less nice ones but nobody that really grabs you. And then it happens. This [insert your favorite hair color]-ed vixen appears and draws you in. And after getting to know her better a bit, you're drawn in even further. So when you wake up after what you hoped would be a great night with her, you instead wake up disappointed and wondering if it was all worth it.
Don't get me wrong, Aoi Sekai certainly has a good concept behind it. Personifying the 90s console wars, what could go wrong? Well, lots of things sadly.
The major problem lies with the characters. Gear, our protagonist, decides to join the Segua army after losing his brother (a character so memorable and important that I can't remember his name) in a fight against the Ninteldo empire. And here we run into our first problem.
Avenging a fallen family member is as good a reason as any to go on a crusade but Aoi Sekai forgets the crucial ingredient to this; actually introducing the characters and building them so we can actually give a shit. Literally the first thing that happens is Gear's brother is dead, boom. We don't know why or what their characters are like, he's the hero, the likable one. Hell, for all we know Gear and his brother are actually gigantic asshats who committed grave crimes against the Ninteldo empi-okay, I'm just gonna call them by their proper names now, this is getting annoying. Anyways, for all we know Gear and his brother are actually gigantic asshats who committed grave crimes against Nintendo and Sega are the real bad guys!
Next up, purple-haired useless damsel du jour, Nel. Holy shit, what a useless character. Literally all she does, LITERALLY ALL SHE DOES is stand around and make sounds like she's orgasming at whatever exciting business is going on around her or spouting random superfluous nonsense. You could replace her with a sex doll with a tape recorder cellotaped to her face and you'd get an equally deep and useful character.
Then comes....Titties McArcher, I forget her name. The primary fanservice character. Cute? Check. Big....tracts of land? Check. Skimpy and incredibly self-defeating outfit? Big check! So called "professional" and "incredibly skilled character" who gets her ass handed to her by the main character first chance he gets? You guessed it!
But now we get the big one. Tejilof. My god, this guy is awful. I mean, REAL awful. Why? For starters, he's a walking Tetris reference with all the subtlety of a raging bull in a china shop. Ear ring shaped like a Tetris block that's on screen all the time. And if it isn't, you'll DEFINITELY notice how his sword handle looks suspiciously like....A TETRIS BLOCK! HA! DIDN'T SEE THAT COMING, DID YOU? LOOK AT ME, I'M A TETRIS REFERENCE, CAN YOU TELL?!
Now now, this won't be THAT much of a problem if he's funny, right?
Yeah, not only is this guy a walking Tetris reference but his dialogue consists of nothing but stupid double entendres. In fact, let's just cut this short and say that the only good thing about this character is that his VA is also Keima Katsuragi, one of my favorite characters of all time.
This is the part where I normally talk about the plot and such but there's nothing. And for an anime that fails to properly introduce its characters or make us sympathize with them, that's a pretty big feat.
I suppose the nicest thing I can say about Aoi Sekai is that it looks actually kind of decent, considering how bad everything else is. But to hop back on the other hand, the action looks disjointed and messy as hell. Characters seem to randomly move between shots at times.
What I'll simply leave as my final words is that Aoi Sekai is probably the most disappointed I've ever been in an anime. An interesting idea that had true potential is driven into the ground by characters that make a piece of paper look deep and action that is beyond unsatisfying.read more
I never write reviews, but this anime is so awful that I feel I need to write this as a warning to others.
Right off the bat the characterization is awful, we are introduced to the main character named Gear as his sibling dies and that is the setup it does not even tell us who this character is or who the sibling is it just shows him as mad because his sibling died. (Note that I say sibling because the character is so unmemorable that I cant even remember what gender they were)
Everything in this anime is a reference to the 90s console wars, which could have been at least mildly entertaining if they had gone about it in a way that was the slightest bit funny.
Later we have two characters which are basically just there for fan-service and nothing else and then we have an annoying tetris reference guy who just makes sexual puns for 10 mins.
I am aware that a second episode is also out and that you should not judge an entire show based on the first episode, but this first ep is so terrible that I cant see any possibly redeeming factors coming from watching more, the show does literally nothing to grab interest.
At this moment no new episodes have been released for several weeks so lets just hope that the studio will just drop it and go about adapting something that is not complete garbage.
Ok, so, when the 1st episode was shown, I was expecting that it gonna be a good anime, so, how do I rate it? Here's how:
Story: Very Good 8.
Already it is quite an epic eventhough the plot it about the battle between the "Segua Kingdom" or SEGA versus "Ninterdo Empire" or Nintendo, the factions maybe cheesy, the idea is unique
Art and sound: Fair 6.
I'm not much of an art critic, but those fanservice are something. As for the sound.......nothing for me to say.
Character: Good 7.
Well, it is pretty obvious that the info did mentioned that them characters are parodies of the games characters that we all used to play and I really do like the way as how they were being portrayed , definitely it is gonna be a whole new ball game....in the anime, at least.
Enjoyment and Overall: Pathetic 1.
This is where it gets worse, It's a good anime but the idea that it was not aired in a typical anime fashion is what makes this anime.......for me, to deserve such rating, I mean, WTF was going on with DAX production and 5th Ave for putting up such good anime only to not aired it in a typical anime airing schedule basis? Instead, we are made to wait and watch out for its next airing schedule. I really do find such anime a big waste to have it aired on a sparingly basis. If you ask me I would really like to smack this anime's director, Yanagisawa, Tetsuya in the face.
It's a good anime, but with an uncertain airing schedule, makes it such a drag.
Now, now, I'm aware that if the next episode is shown, I might regret my rating. But, the overall rating of 1 is more like a protest for making us audience wait for it. In which I compare it to a date who came in 3 hours late.
I'll be honest this is my first review so i expect many to find this not helpful, but I'll do my best and type what I think.
Episode one had a good start not the best, not the worst.
As Stated, this anime is based on Nintendo characters such as Sonic, Mario, Legend of Zelda, and many more. not seeing it? Believe me, you will notice it, one way or another.
Back to Episode one, it starts off with Gear who is based off of Sonic who rushes to save his friend, and his (noted to be) sister Til and Nel, only to witness Til perish, but still managed to save his sister, Gear here promised to keep moving forward, and never turn back, so he decides to join the army as a start.
Seeing parody on this anime I was expecting comedy.
More like...I was expecting these characters to make fun of the originals.
on the introduction on the parody of Marcus aka Mario and his steed yoshi, seeing that mustache and all, I honestly "lol'd" No matter how serious he was during that moment.
Then theres Tejilof, if you have a dirty mind (like me) you'll get the jokes.
The comedy was not what I expected, but it still has comedy. there were pretty good samples on the first episode, Not the best, not the worst.
It has caught my interest so I'm gonna watch maybe 3 more and see results.