In the continent of Consume, Nintend-- I mean, Ninterudo Empire is in control of about 90% of the land, and SEG-- er, Segua Kingdom, is the last threat to their total domination. While Segua was getting all their biggest, baddest fighters together to stave off the impending ass-spanking by Mari-- er, Marcus, Sonic, I mean Gear, was living a peaceful life up in the mountains. That is, until Tails, I mean Til, dies horribly. So Gear decides to take revenge by joining Segua's army and fight.
Still with me, here? Add some ecchi shenanigans and copious amounts of video game character references, and you've got the fustercluck that is Aoi Sekai no Chuushin de.
I don't know what to tell you. I wasn't really sure what to expect when I picked up this show, except that it contained video games references, and what I got left me staring at the screen blankly while I processed everything that went on. By the way, the above image is an illustration of Ninterudo's influence (red) versus Segua's (blue).
Gear, joined by a cute, pointy-eared and purple-haired girl called Nel, travels to Segua Kingdom's castle in order to join their army. Nel can't fight or anything, and refers to Gear as "big brother." I'm not sure what her role in this is, really.
When he spanks 50 of Segua Kingdom's best soldiers (first chump battle), he's immediately placed in the elite force. That same night, he is challenged by Opal, the elite "number two" soldier who totally hates Gear off the bat. He meets her up for the first boss battle and spanks her in one punch, after they wagered he'd have to leave the castle if she won, or she'd do anything he asked if he wins. What came after that was a complete character swap: she went from being a hard-ass to a faux-shy, dirty-minded fangirl (see above image for an illustration of her first in-show fantasy). This isn't to say I dislike her character. I mean, it's only been one episode so far.
Other key characters include a super genius-pervert called Tejirof who greets the army's leader with a boob grab (he's called in to help Gear and Opal train harder and also rescue the army's "number one"), the buff and mustached Marcus (accompanied by Yoshi on steroids), and Zelig who wears an upside-down Triforce pendant and has some major attitude problems. Of course, the cast list doesn't end there, but it's all we got from this first episode.
Aoi Sekai is definitely in the realm of fantasy right there with shonen. I expect a lot of action throughout the rest of its run, and possibly more boob bounce, penis jokes, boob grabs, exploding clothing (it's already happened to Opal once), and anything else that falls under the realm of "ridiculous." This isn't necessarily a bad thing, though. If it's entertaining and the show doesn't take itself seriously, I'm all for the right kind of humor. At the very least, Marcus looks absolutely ridiculous (above image), and I appreciate the design.
As far as the animation goes, it's standard action/shonen type of animation. You've got some great designs that are drawn out beautifully for close-ups and generally detailed stuff for the fights, and then less fancy stuff for the in-between. In terms of general design, I think it's cool that the main hot-headed character has blue hair instead of red hair. Opal comes pretty close to that trope with her purple-ish hair, though, but barely misses. Finally, I also thought it was neat that for the next episode preview, the clips looked like manga scans rather than random stock animation or actual footage from the next show. This kind of thing wouldn't work for every show, but I like it here.
So, should you watch Aoi Sekai no Chuushin de? That depends. Do you like boob bounce? Then you're in the right place. Keep an eye on our Annotated Anime column for my continued ramblings as the show progresses! To watch along with me, be sure you catch it on Crunchyroll airing Saturdays at 7 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. My suggestion? Don't expect anything deep or meaningful, and just watch with an open mind ready to take in some dirty jokes and hopefully some neat fighting.