Seven Seas Entertainment is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of World War Blue, a fantasy manga series inspired by the “console wars,” the historic struggle for market share between manufacturers in the video game industry. In World War Blue, this epic conflict is represented by satirical versions of popular video game characters, who fight each other in a sprawling RPG-like world.
“World War Blue is like Hetalia for gamers,” says Jason DeAngelis, publisher of Seven Seas Entertainment. “Each character is a satiric embodiment of a popular video game character, locked in a desperate battle that represents an important era in video game history.”
World War Blue, known in Japan as “Aoi Sekai no Chushin de,” has been adapted into an ongoing anime which currently airs on Japanese TV and is being simulcast in English on Crunchyroll.
The nine-volume manga series that is the basis for the anime is drawn in the tradition of popular shounen manga like Fairy Tail and Rave Master. Each volume includes a wide array of extra content, such as colorful maps, pin-ups, detailed character bios, and fun bonus features that delve into video game history and lore.
Volume 1 of World War Blue (story by Anastasia Shestakova, art by Crimson) will be released in July 2013. Volume 2 will follow one month later, in August 2013, and Volume 3 in November 2013.
World War Blue
In the continent of Consume, an endless war rages between bitter rivals: the Segua Kingdom vs. the Ninteldo Empire. Upon his dinosaur steed, the stern Emperor Marcus has led the Ninteldo Empire to near-victory. Now, with the majority of Consume under its control, Ninteldo has Segua up against the ropes.
Enter a fleet-footed lad named Gear, who seeks vengeance against Ninteldo for his brother’s death. After joining Segua’s Army, Gear is enlisted in the Special Forces, due to his amazing speed. Yet the inexperienced, hasty youth may not be ready for the realities of war-or he may just become the Segua Empire’s last and greatest hope.