And always let you conscience circuit be your guide.
As Blues week winds down, first we’ll take a look at the Saishinban Rockman Super Daihyakka page 37, followed by the Rockman 10 Years History Book page 65.
“Rockman 8” Perfect File
The aloof hero who appears with a whistle!
Blues’ model number is “Doctor Right Number 000.” Since Rockman is “Doctor Right Number 001”, Blues must then be a robot constructed by Dr. Right before he created Rockman. That is to say, Blues is like Rockman’s older brother (or in other words, his prototype). The full extent of his combat abilities are unclear, but he is known to be equipped with a buster gun of similar type to Rockman’s called the Blues Strike, and a large shield called the Blues Shield. Incidentally, Rockman is unaware of the fact that Blues is his older brother.
You can always expect Blues to show up unexpectedly!
Not matter the time or the place, whenever and wherever Rockman finds himself in a pinch, you can count on Blues to show up. However, as to why he left Dr. Right and went out on his own, nobody knows.
Caption: You know Blues is around when you hear that whistle sound! He sure knows how to make an entrance…
The lone warrior who walks his own path
Dr. Right’s first humanoid robot prototype that he created even before Rockman, who can essentially be called Rockman’s older brother. His body’s characteristics and abilities appear to be quite similar to Rockman’s, but as to exactly why he took leave of Dr. Right, and later showed up wearing a mask over his face, no one else knows.
He always seems to appear to lend a hand whenever Rockman’s in trouble, but Rockman himself doesn’t know that Blues is his older brother.
Top caption: Blues as he currently appears
Right caption: Blues as he first appeared
Left caption: The elusive Blues appears with a whistle whenever Rockman’s in a bind!
Blues’ greatest weapon is none other than the Blues Shield!
Blues Shield can repel all sorts of attacks. Even his racing machine in “Battle & Chase” has it equipped!
Since Blues week is almost through, I wanted to take some time to talk about the things that these books have not.
For starters, that bright yellow scarf. Where did he get it? Why does he like it so? And how does it always seem to flap in the wind, whether he’s standing still or even underwater? Inquiring minds want to know!
The Breakman mask is another thing they avoid discussing a lot. If you haven’t already, you should definitely check out the Mega Man 3 Mysteries page from my affiliate The Mechanical Maniacs. Gauntlet and his friends have uncovered a great deal of interesting things by examining the Rockman 3 ROM data. I agree with his conclusion, that the Breakman form is a kind of power up for Blues, and not so much a disguise, since we already know that Wily designed Blues’ standard helmet and shades to help conceal his identity.
Personally, I think the Breakman mask and name might have been an identity that Wily wanted Blues to have, but Blues chose to keep his own name instead, and perhaps only used “Breakman” as a favor to Dr. Wily on the one time when Wily needed him to stall while he was sneaking away with Gamma. Blues may have felt he owed Dr. Wily that much for saving his life.
Last but not least, that whistle. What is that tune? His own composition, or something else?
In Hitoshi Ariga’s Rockman Gigamix manga, it is a song that Dr. Right was playing while Blues was first coming online. In Shigeto Ikehara’s Rockman mangas, Blues sometimes uses an actual whistle instrument instead of whistling with his mouth. In the games, the whistle seems to begin before Blues even teleports in. (Can he teleport the sound waves to arrive ahead of him?)
Your homework is to post your thoughts and theories to these unanswered questions in the comments section!