By 2039, global warming has caused the sea levels to rise, forcing mankind to push back inland as it engulfed large parts of the world’s land. As this event was occurring, a fleet of mysterious warships appears out of nowhere, clad in a mist, known as “Fleet of Fog,” and starts attacking ships all over the world. In response to stop their attacks, humanity musters all its’ military strength to battle them out but they are utterly destroyed by the Fleet of Fog’s powerful super-weapons. With mankind’s military strength defeated, the Fleet of Fog takes over and blockades naval trade routes, taking total control of the seas. Seven years later after this tragic event took place, a submarine called I-401 from the Fleet of Fog, suddenly appears before a naval cadet, Gunzo Chihaya. The sub, powered by a humanoid life form, comes to Gunzo offering him to be its commander. The future and hope of humanity now rests on his shoulders…
The producers of this anime series took a very big risk when they made this decision. A full CGI anime series. As we see more and more producers exploring and experimenting with CGI and incorporating elements of it in new anime series, it seems probable that in the near future we may have semi-CGI anime as the norm. After viewing the first few episodes of Arpeggio of Blue Steel, I have to admit; yes the CGI was quite unpleasant but I kept on watching and as I passed the time viewing more episodes, the CGI just got better and better, with impressive battle scenes and sleek-looking warships. In the end, if you can get past the ‘okay’ CGI at the start, then you’ll be fine watching this excellent anime.
The plot was very satisfactory, with the ending being one of the few animes I have seen feeling ‘complete,’ even though it urged me to hope for season 2. Gunzo Chihaya, with his crew of jolly friends, pilot the Fog Submarine (whose humanoid life from is a girl called Iona) to help the world gain back military strength by delivering weapons, battling opposing Fog Warships in epic strategic naval battles along the way. As he battles and defeats more and more Fleet of Fog warships, they come and join alliance with him, eventually creating a small fleet of ships (plus his submarine). Then comes the question- Is defeating every Fleet of Fog warship the only way to restore world peace or is there no way to restore order? Interestingly though, the humanoid life form on every Fleet of Fog Warship is a girl but thankfully there’s no harem following Gunzo as that would ruin the entire atmosphere of the series.
All in all, it is a pretty good anime series to watch, especially the battle scenes. I highly recommend it to people interested in battleships (the battleships depicted in this anime are actually from real-life Japanese battleships e.g.Takao), naval related stuff or anyone who feels adventurous. Man, just writing about this makes me feel like watching it again already (yes, I thoroughly enjoyed watching this)! So why not give it a try. If you liked this review and would like more reviews about similar anime, subscribe via email or RSS feed to get the latest posts instantly. Feel free to share your comments below! See ya round!