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「キラー」 (Kirā)
“Killer”

After three months of absence, episode two of Aoi Sekai no Chuushin de kind of snuck up on us out of nowhere. Or at least it snuck up on me. As per the last episode, this one did not contain the most gripping of storylines (though there were certainly a few interesting hints towards ideas that will likely be fleshed out later), but it’s strength remained in the quantity and quality of the classic video game references and parody of video game history.

It’s pretty cool to see the nods to Atari and their role in the video game crash of 1983. By flooding the market with a mass of games, many of which were not of the highest quality, they damaged their standing with consumers and caused what’s sometimes referred to as the ‘Atari Shock’. Perhaps the most well known of these dubious games they released was E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial which is still considered to be amongst the worst video games. It was in the aftermath of this fall that Nintendo was able to begin securing a lead. The history of Consume mirrors this, with Atarika representing Atari, and the titular ‘Killers’ referring to the big name franchises which rose to the forefront in the wake of the crash.

References don’t stop there of course. The first half of the episode serves as training in preparation for the confrontation in the second half. In addition to helping Gear improve his skills much in the same way as last week, he endeavours to teach Opal ‘Shooting’, an advanced technique first created by I. Vazer. It took me a few moments to figure this one out, but I eventually realised from the shape that he’s an obvious reference to Space Invaders, often touted as one of the earliest shooting games. Nel gets a power too – ‘Online‘. Makes sense given that Tejilof actually remarks that her power will grow into something greater in the future – a reference to Phantasy Star Online of course!

More references follow, oh god the character references are endless. General Alex (Koyama Rikiya) is probably the biggest of these. As Gear’s father and the most powerful Killer on the Segua side, he most likely references Alex Kidd, one of the more popular Sega characters prior to the introduction of Sonic the Hedgehog. It leaves me wondering who Gear’s mother could be! From Slovia (Square), we have Queen Crystal representing the Final Fantasy series. Elil (Enix) brings in Myomuto, a likely reference to Dragon Quest (though I feel there may also be a little Terranigma in there too from the design). Some of the others I’m less sure of – Ganp/Capcom’s Tofig may well be a Street Fighter reference, whereas I’m pretty much clueless on Havid/Hudson’s Kichou. Continuing on, D. Fisher (Yasumoto Hiroki) looks suspiciously like your typical classic side-scrolling fighter boss villain, but I can’t quite place him, and Tetrand/Taito’s Bays (Ooshita Kouta) is familiar but the only connection I can draw is to Bubble Bobble. Perhaps someone in the comments will have a better idea!

On the plot side of things, we have the introduction of the concept of absorption – the thing that truly gives the Killers their name. It’s an intriguing concept, and I’m still trying to figure out how exactly it ties in with the rest of the parody elements. The marks on Gear’s forehead mean that he can only absorb two individuals – hopefully this whole mechanic will be explained in the next episode. I have two guesses: the first is that it refers to how characters and features are sometimes incorporated into a franchise after another has their rights bought out by the company. The second is that it relates to being the mascot character for the company – it feels like a death flag may have been set for Opal in this episode (the first Sega mascot) and General Alex is nearby (the mascot prior to Sonic), which could mean that Gear is destined to absorb these two. This is all entirely conjecture though – for all I know it might not have anything to do with the parody aspects at all!

tl;dr: @MoombaDS – #AoiSekai returns with an enormous number of video game references in tow!

Random thoughts:

  • Tejilof is pretty damn strong! Rather creepy too…
  • …and now he’s telling people to masturbate to pass the time. Classy!
  • All them beams of light!
  • I hope that wasn’t a death flag for Opal, but at the very least I suspect she’s going to lose her battle.
  • In a sense, it felt as though this episode didn’t have quite as much impact as the first.

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December 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm
15 comments »
  • December 27, 2012 at 5:44 pmDerprito

    What in the world is this

    • December 30, 2012 at 9:38 pmSortedevaras

      My exact thoughts . . . then I remembered that this actually had a first episode at some point and I watched it. A brilliant idea to space episodes out so far that people forget your series exists.

  • December 27, 2012 at 6:54 pmBelka

    I really liked how the explained the video game crash of 1983 in a manner that makes sense for the series. Oh the references.

  • December 27, 2012 at 7:32 pmdimasok

    I enjoy the show even without the references. In fact, if I didn’t read this post, I wouldn’t have an idea there were any references to begin with! Its a nice show :)

  • December 27, 2012 at 11:14 pmFlytaggart

    So this is a 3-part OVA only and no real series? Too bad I really liked the first 5 minutes of ep 1. After that I decided to wait for the BDs because of the censorship.

    • December 28, 2012 at 4:50 amMoomba

      At this point, we’re not actually sure how many episodes long it’s going to be. It was originally assumed to be three based on the fact that only three episodes were listed on the official website, but that changed along with the site’s layout. Now it’s pretty much up in the air.

    • December 28, 2012 at 1:08 pmMelina

      Probably there won’t any BD version of this series, the official site only list 2 DVD volume which contains all 3 episode of this series and a short OVA on the 1st volume.

      Look like this OVA series only animated the 1st arc of the manga, maybe Crimson doesn’t have enough budget to hire the VAs for 2nd arc?

  • December 27, 2012 at 11:22 pmSome Old Guy

    I feel old that I am the only person in my otaku friends that get the references.

    Kichou might be from momotarou densetsu (I was hoping for bomberman but oh well)
    D. Fisher is from Darius Gaiden the fish boss
    Boys and Bays being brothers and the bubbles is most likely bubble bobble

    God I feel old…

    • December 28, 2012 at 4:55 amMoomba

      Ahh, that would make sense. Thanks for the info!

  • December 28, 2012 at 1:15 amzHavoc

    From what I can tell, it’s got 9 full length volumes and is done and over with for the manga so for there to only be 3 episodes is a bit odd. I believe that they’re spacing everything out (like the new Code Geass) and just released the names of 3 of the episodes for now and the expected air dates. Although watching it on CrunchyRoll, I got the first episode with the second being sprung on me 3 months later with a warning only a couple days before it aired. That’s a good indication it’s probably quarterly.

    Moving on, I’m old enough to understand some of the references, especially the Atari fall (mostly cause I found out what happened well after the fact), Show Spoiler ▼

    I can only imagine what Master Chief will be like and how many “killers” there are that are mercs working for either side, if they manage to make it that far. Or if they’ll just make everyone twins (triplets/quadruplets if the character/title is big enough on all 3/4 major platforms; Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, and PC). Given the way things played out and how long this “war” has gone on for, this could potentially be something that could take years to conclude. But seeing as how more recent things are opinionated on the console you play it on, it would have to tread a very fine line.

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    I put that in a spoiler even though I think most people know it should happen cause that’s the way it played out in reality.

  • December 28, 2012 at 1:59 amzHavoc

    Taken straight from CrunchyRoll’s Aoi page:

    Availability Information:
    A new episode is released every quarter.

  • December 28, 2012 at 7:14 amCrook

    I was thinking Tofig is a female Akuma from Street Fighter, she wears the same beads and has similar hair and ripped clothes.

  • December 28, 2012 at 9:56 amAnanas

    Sadly that show has quite subpar voice acting.

  • December 28, 2012 at 11:26 pmTez

    I though Myomuto was a reference to Miyamoto the god of Nintendo franchises, and certainly a hero to most game designers.

  • January 1, 2013 at 11:50 pmTingster013

    LOL, Atari. Still, Mario is the best for me!!! Will we get to see Ash Ketchum since it is just 5 years after Sonic is introduced?