Anime of Tomorrow
Aoi Sekai no Chuushin de Ep. 1
Autumn 2012 (?? episodes) (title literal translation – In the Center of the Blue World) (more info)
There’s really no hope for this anime. I like to use more sophisticated terms to voice my opinions, but as a parody of the console wars, Aoi Sekai no Chuushin de is just lame. I don’t even have the patience to conceal the names of the completely transparent empires named after game companies. Basically, Nintendo (complete with Mario as a major general) is the big bad-guy empire that’s trampling everyone and a young man named Gear—as in Game Gear—is the new hero who is going to save the land. Unfortunately, because we all know how the console wars really went down, this anime reeks of fanboy pandering to what is ultimately a lost cause. Unless the hero and the Sega nation fall and Nintendo’s true rivals Sony and Microsoft appear on the scene, it’s just a silly alternate history with some awful writing.