Blue 6 – Ao No Rokugo (青の6号)
- Country of Origin: Japan
- Color(s): Silver, Yellow, Red (DC); Blue, Purple (OVA)
- Status after the OVA: In active duty
The ship in which the title of this show is derived from. Like the Ghost-Ship, its actual name (“Ryuoh”) is never once mentioned. Blue 6 is a symbol of many of mankind’s defining qualities – its resilience, technological pride, cunning and multi-racial composition. This is made possible by the sound leadership and skills of its Captain – Tokuhiro Iga, and his trusty crew.
Blue 6 is shaped like a dolphin, and is the only submarine in Blue Fleet that possesses the Lorenzini System– a specialized sonar that can identify the sounds made by Chimeran ships (which are otherwise almost indistinguishable from other marine lifeforms). The Lorenzini System is of course, only operable by psychics like Huang.
The BS6: Antarctica game gives us a very good glimpse into the layout of the sub, and the activites of its crew. Blue 6 has a crew size of over 70 personnel. Grampus Pilots and officers are given their own private bunks. The sub also boasts facilities like a gym, two spacious meeting rooms and FOUR Grampus launch bays.
Blue 6 was originally coated in bright silver, with yellow and red line markings. In a fierce battle against the Ghost-Ship off the coast of SSK City (during the Time & Tide DC game), Blue 6 was crippled and badly damaged by the battleship, but miraculously managed to escape, after a surprise intervention by the rogue submarine ‘X’. It is assumed that Blue 6 was given a new paintjob (to the standard Blue & Purple combination we are familiar with) after this battle.
Verg is obsessed with destroying Blue 6, presumably because the sub has been a thorn on their side, and may have even defeated him before. The time between the events in the DC game and the start of the OVA is at least a year, so its pretty amazing that he’s been giving chase throughout that time. One can’t help but wonder why Blue Fleet didn’t capitalize on this, and set up an ambush…