Azure Striker Gunvolt: The Anime, known as Armed Blue Gunvolt OVA in Japan, is an original animation video created in a collaboration between Inti Creates, TOHOKUSHINSHA, and LandQ Studios. It is an anime adaptation loosely based on the opening stage of Azure Striker Gunvolt, "1st Sumeragi", and is intended to introduce story elements of the series that were not seen or elaborated upon in the game. The OVA features the Japanese voice actors reprising their roles from the game, but also features English voice actors, a series first.
The OVA, originally scheduled for a Winter 2016 release, was released internationally on the Nintendo 3DS eShop on February 9, 2017.
There is a DVD and Blu-ray release, which came with the special version of the Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack, though only in Japan. It became available outside of Japan for the first time at PAX West 2019.
The OVA begins with Gunvolt on a mission attacking a Sumeragi Group base. The next day, the news reports that the suspect is the same one involved in the kidnap of virtual pop idol Lumen, and is also thought to be responsible for the blackout that same night. The news then cuts to the leader of the Sumeragi Adept Defence Task Force, Nova Tsukuyomi, who issues a statement at a press conference claiming the incident proves that Adepts are too dangerous to be left unregulated. Watching at home, Joule turns off the T.V., and looks over at Gunvolt, internally monologuing that no matter what the world thinks, she knows the truth, and that she'll never forget what he did for her.
It then flashes back to a Lumen concert, with Nova observing on a screen and seeing if any Adepts have been detected. The scene then cuts to Moniqa and Asimov at QUILL ordering Gunvolt to find and destroy Lumen. A short scene with Romeo and Merak plays, then Gunvolt is shown entering the Sumeragi facility where the Muse is supposedly being held. However, he doesn't see the core and is quickly captured by Sumeragi soldiers.
The OVA then flashes back again to a younger Gunvolt being rescued by Asimov, who offers Gunvolt a choice between being free or joining QUILL. Gunvolt chooses to join QUILL, despite the risks. It then flashes forward again to Gunvolt about to be tortured by Romeo, who tells Gunvolt the current location of Lumen, not knowing of his Septimal powers, like in the game. Gunvolt then rushes out of the facility in order to chase down the train Lumen is on.
Gunvolt makes it to the train, but is ambushed by two Mantises. He takes one out with the flashfield, then as he's about to fight the other one, Asimov snipes it. Gunvolt then goes inside the train, where he finally finds Joule imprisoned. Like in the game, Asimov orders Gunvolt to kill Joule, who wants him to do so. However, Gunvolt chooses to free Joule instead and leave QUILL.
Before he can though, Merak shows up and requests that Gunvolt fight him outside, as to not damage the equipment inside or Joule. He then transforms using his Glaive, and fights Gunvolt. During the fight, Gunvolt attempts to appeal to Merak's humanity, who only becomes more and more annoyed with Gunvolt's "hero gimmick". However, Joule then uses her song to power up Gunvolt, who then uses Luxcalibur to slice Merak in half, defeating him. He then goes in and frees Joule using a burst of electricity that causes the city-wide blackout mentioned on TV at the beginning of the OVA.
Gunvolt then arrives at QUILL after rescuing Joule, and Asimov requests that he hand her over. However, Gunvolt refuses to back down, and Asimov removes him from QUILL's roster. Asimov then warns Gunvolt that if he gets in QUILL's way in the future, they will be enemies, and wishes him good luck.
Gunvolt takes Joule back home, after which the flashback ends, and Gunvolt and Joule are shown eating dinner. Gunvolt and Joule are then shown surrounded by the rest of The Sumeragi Seven, except for Merak, and Joule internally monologues that she'll sing her song for Gunvolt for as long as he continues to fight, where the OVA ends.
Staff and Cast
Zeno: Haruki Ishiya / Stephen Wiley
Romeo: Hideki Makino / Cyrus Sethna
Other: Wataru Takagi, Ousuke Yoshitatsu, Kaoru Akiyama
Director/Continuity/Producer: Yoshinori Odaka
Scenario: Shigeru Murakoshi
Character Design/Animation Supervisor: Masakazu Sunagawa
Action Director/Key Animator: Koudai Kawase
Props/Mecha Design: Ryuta Nakahara
Film Director: Polunt Sai
Background Art Director: Keinichi Kurata
Color Design: Kanna Terawake
Animation Inspector: Mikie Matuyama
Background Art: Baku Production
Music: Ippo Yamada, Ryo Kawakami
Film: LandQ Studio's
Production: INTI CREATES, TOHOKUSHINSHA, LandQ Studios
Recording Director: Maxwell Powers
Recording Mix: Yuya Iwaki
Recording Supervisor: Matt Papa
- This is the first piece of media in the entire Azure Striker Gunvolt series to feature an English dub, comprising of American actors living in Tokyo.
- Jota, Elise, Stratos, Viper, Carrera and Zonda make a cameo appearance at the end of the OVA as silhouettes.