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Arpeggio of Blue Steel, vol. 1 Paperback – 1 Aug 2014

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Seas (1 Aug 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1626920680
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626920682
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.8 x 18.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ark Performance is the creative team behind Arpeggio of Blue Steel.

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A great series about a world where sentient naval ships have taken over and blockaded the seas, shooting down all air traffic and destroying all attempts to break the blockade.

The illustrations are amazing, especially the action scenes detailing the ships volleys at eachother!
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Anyone who has seen the Anime must read this as the story of the two are very different with the Manga being more expanded whereas the Anime decided to trim down many parts such as events and entire characters in general.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Cheers to Seven Seas for a truly seaworthy localization! 25 Sep 2014
By Astra L. - Published on Amazon.com
Honestly, Seven Seas wouldn't really be whole without helping localize a series that takes place entirely at sea (It's mostly the Pacific, but who cares). I want to give them kudos for doing such a magnificent job with bringing more manga over to English-reading audiences. I'm planning on purchasing a lot of these series in bulk once more of the series they've released get close to completion.

I've only read up to about chapter 40/volume 7-8'ish, I wanted to note.

On to the plot and overall story...
Personally I think that the plot is pretty standard. The protagonist, Gunzou Chihaya (mostly referred to as Gunzou), forms a team that fights this "alien" invader, known as the "Fleet of Fog", that takes over the Oceans in the shape of technologically superior battleships and other sea vessels. Humanity isn't really doomed, but each nation (USA, Japan, etc. the usual) isn't easily able to contact each other due to a shut down of all-known methods of communication, and the seas are blockaded by the highly superior alien warships. SOMEONE'S GOTTA DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, and this is that some[persons]one you are going to read about! (Because we're human and it's not right that we be "oppressed" >:D --- rant rant rant). It's not very engaging, but it's somewhat thrilling and exciting especially if you are a fan of naval warfare, like myself, as Ark Performance does very well with the combat scenes. Plus if you're a fan of "cute" female characters like my loser-self, you'll get a thrill out of the sheer number of them in this series. What a surprise!

The art?
It's great! Ark Performance, as I have mentioned, does beautifully with the combat scenes. Details are prim and proper when it comes to ship construction and setting (I mean, it's still a challenge to draw an ocean and horizon to match the mood!), and character art may seem stuff on the manga covers, but somehow the mangaka has better drawings in the actual content rather than having an attractive cover art. Weird, but hey you can't judge a manga by it's waifus. I mean, waffles. Waffles, getting cold. Cover the waffles. Cover. A manga by its cover.

Characters, eh?
Honestly, I wish they would tell us more about the "human" crew besides the protag, Gunzou and his father. There's very little story between them and the Anime definitely does no better whatsoever. There's mostly focus on the ship girls known as "Mental Models" that Gunzou and his crew interact and fight with, which many love the series for, but I personally want some balance here. The Mental Model Girls (They're all girls, and they explain why if you read... but, I honestly know why they're girls. Come on now, don't we all?) were created in order to personify the "free-will" and decision making, cognitive caliber that human beings are capable of. You'll read more on why that is, and it's pretty much the greatest interesting point of the series for me. The ship girls (mental models) that you'll meet all kind of fall into the regular archetypes that are formed in Anime culture, as no one truly sticks out besides for maybe 1 or 2. Overall, character development for the "human" characters is very sparse and weak, while development for the mental models is pretty nice and strikes most curiosity.

Personal rant
Yo, if Japan was isolated and unable to import supplies (absolute sea, land and air locked...) they wouldn't survive very long because they can't produce their own food on that tiny, mountainous group of islands... most of their food comes from the USA, and they won't be able to harness their massive fishing industry WITH THE FLEET OF FOG OUT THERE LOL. So, that's just one of the reasons I marked this a star down, but hey it's a fiction after all~

The story is pretty decent, but nothing astounding. If you're interested in Naval warfare, a handful of female characters and development on the Mental Model girls then you'll very much enjoy this series. If not, you best try something else.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A fun story with nuances not found in the anime 5 Oct 2014
By Big Robot Fan - Published on Amazon.com
I enjoyed it. If you liked the anime, then you'll probably enjoy the manga provided you go in with the understanding that the anime doesn't exactly mirror the story found in the manga.
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Ignore that 3 star review 4 Nov 2014
By Allen Tran - Published on Amazon.com
This series is great and goes indepth into artificial intelligence, androids, and naval combat — finally, a manga about cute warships (stupid KanColle still region locked).
I love the animation of all the Japanese WWII ships retrofitted ... 17 Dec 2014
By Philip Gardocki - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the animation of all the Japanese WWII ships retrofitted for modern combat. I am looking forward to when the story moves to the Atlantic with the British and German Battleships going at it.
1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Didn't really enjoy this manga. 29 Aug 2014
By Ben Gordon - Published on Amazon.com
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Didn't really enjoy this manga. The story seems very mediocre, and overall its just not written very well. Personally, i'd pass unless you are already a fan of the series.
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