We are in year 2035 on the Tinos planet, colonized 300 years before by some earthlings. With only half of Earth's oxygen concentration and with cold arctic conditions over most of Tinos, the human beings are forced to wear a life support apparatus that supplies the oxygen necessary for survival. The black market in such apparatuses is a flourishing business in the criminal world of Junk City.
Blue, the protagonist, is in desperate need of a life support system after being mugged, but an unscrupulous bunch of criminals cheat him of his money and leave him with an outdated model with an old AI. He is tricked by the head of the police, Weiser, into a committing murder, and is then killed himself. The AI, called Fatso, decides to save his life, and gives him a new artificial body filled with extraordinary strength and the cumulative knowledge of their combined three hundred and seventeen years. The resurrected Blue decides to get revenge and protect all those suffering under the tyranny of Weiser.
If you're already familiar with Fist of The North Star then expect a bit of the same material with a science fiction twist as we follow the heroics of Blue the Cyber Being; a human fused with a machine. (If you haven't read or watched Fist of The North Star then Cyber Blue may serve as a gateway to that franchise.)
Taking place in the year 2035 on the Planet Tinos, we discover human beings need equipment to survive on this planet known as life support systems which aid in breathing. The first chapter begins with the debut of a young teen named Blue whose in
need of medical aid. Due to being lied to, Blue ends up with a robot named Fatso and is eventually killed by a corrupt cop. Fatso being moved by Blue's kind spirit, decides to fuse his body with Blue's causing this young man to be revived as a cyber being; being both man and machine. Now older, Blue goes on a hunt to kill the corrupt law enforcement, however the story begins to diverge into more interesting scenarios.
While this series was created with the collaboration of 3 people, its story is very similar to Fist of The North Star, however this is a good thing. Much of the chapters deal with Blue rescuing the oppressed while killing villains in very brutal methods and like Kenshiro, Blue also shares the same grief as humanity due to his own torment during childhood. In other words, if you enjoyed Hokuto No Ken then you'll know what to expect in this series. There are some scenes that are almost identical to the Hokuto stories, much of it includes certain characters resembling Shin, Rei, Souther and Raoh but hilariously the main villain is modeled after the singer Prince. I should note that the artist for Cyber Blue is Tetsuo Hara who drew Fist of The North Star so his involvement may have been the result of the series bearing similar writing and characters.
Blue is definitely similar to Kenshiro but manages to be his own character. Aside from his Robocop origin, Blue's signature trademark is his constant swearing which adds to his somewhat laid back attitude. If I were to compare Blue to another character it be Kasumi Kenshiro as both characters are heroic but seem vulgar when compared to Kenshiro's respectful demeanor. (One scene in particular shows Blue placing his feet on a table while speaking to a woman which is something Kenshiro wouldn't do.) The early chapters contain a lot of humor especially when Blue himself is quite expressive with his coarse language which really separates him from the stoic hero Kenshiro. To end the conversation of Blue's character, Blue is very powerful who can basically hack people's brain to search their memories, gifted with impressive shooting skills that could rival Golgo 13, can merge with technology and constantly evolves which allows him to create weaponry and increased strength. Blue is manly and is just as dangerous as Kenshiro.
So for my final words, the later chapters focus on Blue fighting against these Bio Soldiers who are people merged with animals giving Blue a much deserved challenge. The flaws to this series are very minor which my only complaint was the lack of more intimidating villains as most of the featured enemies were just the common thugs and corrupt figure heads much like in the beginning of Fist of The Blue Sky. Thankfully, the Bio Soldiers were a well executed threat, regardless of their short appearances. Much of the content delivers the same somber feels as North Star and ends with a fight that's akin to a tribute to Kenshiro Vs Raoh as the enemy Galgo is a lion version of Raoh. Cyber Blue displays impressive artwork, great action, very fascinating sci-fi and manliness. It's a shame that the series never got an anime adaptation as it would blended nicely with other anime of the 1980's due to its flair of manly action and its gritty science fiction.
This is great read if you appreciate Tetsuo Hara's work & science fiction.
The story itself made for good entertainment. With a good plot, characters, action & an cyberpunk like setting and Tetsuo Hara's art style.- but that just my thoughts.-.<
Overall Cyber Blue is a very good manga, the story does what it can with the 31 chapters it has, it gives just about enough character development to the main cast and the secondary characters to make them memorable to some extent. This does mostly apply to a handful of characters, Blue, Joe and Galgo being the main focus of development. The story is fairly similar to Hokuto no Ken, or Fist of the North Star, so if you enjoyed this you’re probably going to enjoy that one too, likewise if you came here from Hokuto no Ken.
On the other hand Cyber Blue does
have a fairly quick pacing that sort of slows down for one part only to speed through the final clash, but once again there’s not much more that could be done for the story with the length that it had. The story itself is well made and if more was crammed into it it probably would have gotten a bit overwhelming.
In the end given the length of the manga and the quality I recommend it to anyone looking for a fairly quick read.