Yuji Kaido was diagnosed with a serious disease and cryogenically frozen. He wakes up more than 20 years later—and Earth is nothing like what he remembers. A race of alien bugs called the Blue has taken over the planet, and a few selected humans have retreated to the space station called Second Earth. Yuji is met by a group of humans from Second Earth that is trying to save him. Yuji and this group must survive the Blue-infested Earth and fight their way back to Second Earth. Things are not as simple as they seem, as the Blue are both powerful and mysterious, attacking only humans.
Blue Gender is one of those series that a lot of people overlook or brush off for some reason. Many assume that it's just a depthless ripoff of Starship Troopers. However, in the process they're missing out on a substantially underrated and mature series that deserves more recognition.
Story: The initial idea, I must admit, isn't very original. Giant bugs VS. human beings has been done many times over, but this isn't the entire focus of Blue Gender. A variety of locations, plotlines and situations are introduced, the vast majority of them well developed. A wide range of issues related to maturation, bonding, dealing with death/violence and mankind's self-destructive nature are explored, and the political intrigue in the latter half of the series is also a nice touch.
Art: Probably the weakest part of the series. While the gritty character designs are appropriate, the art often dips into noticeably distorted bad spots and is, honestly, a little bland. Don't expect too much in the animation department either, except for more important action scenes.
Sound: The music in Blue Gender ranges from the catchy OP, to the ambient (and often somewhat unsettling) background music throughout each episode, to the understated and beautiful ED. Overall, very good.
Character: One of the best points of the series. Even minor characters are given a considerable degree of background and personality, and the leads develop to a significant extent as they gain new experiences and face new trials. I felt that the characters behaved realistically, had understandable motivations and had more depth than those in most other series I've seen. In addition, the matter of relationships (and sex) is handled in a refreshing way that is, in most cases, tasteful.
Enjoyment/Overall: Blue Gender is an action-packed, frightening and ultimately great series. It should be noted that it is rather violent, regularly deals with disturbing topics and, at many points, tells a rather morose and bleak story. However, within this melancholy framework is something that is poignant, intriguing and worthy of praise. I would highly recommend Blue Gender to anyone mature enough to handle it, and to those that want a series that explores some of the darker aspects of humanity and its role in the universe.read more
Bluge Gender is an anime that few people know about, or just over look due to the stroy about alien bugs taking over the earth and one man that is able to save it. It's a stroy thats been told before, but Blue Gender dose a much better job of doing so, with it chracters, and over all stroy line. It's these two major things that set it apart from the rest.
STORY- A man awakens 12-years after being put in a state of suspended animation to find that the earth has been over run by giant bugs know only as the Blue. He is resuced and taken back to mankinds last safe haven called second earth which is a sapce station. Their he disocvers that he has the power to destroy the Blue and take back the Earth in order to save humanity.
ART- The art of the show is not the best, but very well done. It is done in a style that is remanicent of the Gundam Wing series, and is an older form of animation. The type not typicaly seen in newer animes, but don't let that get you down, because as I said before its still done very well.
SOUND- The music of Blue Gender is very good, the opening theme is one that will stick in your head, and the use of music is done very well and in the right spots to help set the tone and pace of the series.
CHARACTERS- This is where Blue Gender really shines. The differnt chacerts that are introduced through out the series are the ones with the most human aspect that I think I have ever seen in an anime series. They have their veiws about life and love and humanity as a whole, and the way they adapt and change through out the series is done very well. You can help but get involed with them due to these human aspects that we all feel.
ENJOYMENT- This is a 26 episode series that I finished in a matter of days, I was glued to the screen wanting to see what was going to happen next. Its a more mature anime series due mainly to the dialog and violance, but those are things that I didn't really notice too much, beacuse they are typical everyday human behaviors, which is another reason way I loved this anime series so much was the human elemnt that they brought to the series.
OVERALL- WOW! this seires was amazing, if you've heard about it and have'nt seen it, then put it on your list of things to watch very soon, you won't regret it. If you've never heard of Blue Gender and want to see an anime with great characters, and a compelling story, then this is the one for you. It's just one of those shows you can't help but love.read more
Anime Review No.10
Blue Gender is an anime not very well known by many because of its dark and mature content which most anime fans stay’s away and especially because the anime is an old 90’s anime. Blue Gender is closely related to the popular western title “Starship Troopers” which I gladly enjoy during my childhood but Blue Gender is different because unlike the western title which is set in an interstellar and out of this world action battle “Blue Gender” took in a pass apocalyptic event where the earth human population is in near extinction by the menacing gigantic insects called “Blues”. The remaining humans take refuge in huge space stations which they called “Second Earth”. The anime have great concepts that most people failed to notice.
Read my entire Overview of “Blue Gender” to find more details.
Warning! The Review will purely contain spoilers just to explain how well made the anime is.
I will admit this purely by myself the concept humans fighting against giant bugs is already establish by multiple movies and anime series but unlike those former series “Blue Gender” have executed the plot in a very expanded way you will really feel the Apocalyptic damage the bugs have manifest because of the world building the anime provides. The anime is mature for the atmosphere of the show is scary, creepy and at the same time depressing. The creepy atmosphere adds up the tension.
The near extinction of the human raise make sense in the plot for the course of the episode it is explained that the “Blues” started as non-treat to humans so the government didn’t bother to act but as time goes on the “Blues” evolved and increase in numbers. The “Blues” overwhelm the human population as the monsters evolve to resist the human weapons making them harder to kill and as the government use up all the advance technology they can use against the blues, it ended up human slowly losing against the blues and the human extinction began.
The plot contain random sex scenes which is very unpleasant to people, who doesn’t tolerate ecchi scenes, but that also adds up to the story maturity and for the record almost all the characters in the story are adults without any source of entertainment in the time of war and sexual morality doesn’t exist anymore when civilization is now demolish.
The plot is slow for it will took you a few episodes to know accordingly what’s going on and understand the objective of the entire series but rest assure all the information needed for you to understand will be given 1 by 1. I like how they made the events slow for it provided room for character development and also it add interest on the viewers to what can happen next. Blue Gender is an anime original so it’s impossible to know beforehand what can happen next. The events of the show make sense but I am not going to push forward about the plot to spoil you guys. Watch the anime to find out.
The series focus on the 2 main characters named Kaido, Yuji, the male protagonist that lived before the events of the apocalypse, and Angel, Marlene, the female soldier protagonist that was sent on a mission to bring the sleepers to second earth. The characters at first are not likeable but the character development in the long run did the best in fleshing them out to be well executed characters. “Spoiler” Marlene and Yuji relationship progress as the series moves forward.
The side characters in the first half of the series are not introduced for the obvious reason spoiler “they die” and not in a heroic way but a realistic way in combat like accident or getting fatally hit by “Blues”. As Yuji and Marlene travel to reach the nearest space port for them to reach second earth they met different people with different ideals that make the world building good for both the plot progression and character development.
In the 2nd half of the story we are introduce to the people of in “Second Earth” that portray the politic aspects of the show and reveal more about Yuji sickness condition and his importantance in reclaiming the earth from the “Blues”.
In 2nd half of the series a major change in personality in the 2 main characters will be seen in the ff.
Marlene Angel develops human emotion of caring and cherishing someone dear to her. From a cold soldier who lives to follow orders of her superior, she develops the personality to follow her own will as a living human being.
Marlene develop a heart to care for other people and her comrades which she doesn’t do when she haven’t met Yuji. Yuji thought Marlene how to truly live as human being.
Yuji become more adept in fighting the blues but loses his own soft personality and became bloodthirsty.
Yuji and Marlene relationship progress saving Yuji in the process of going insane.
This what I love about Blue Gender in terms of character build up you feel that the characters are not rush and progress slowly but surely.
"Tokihanate!" by Houko Kuwashima a song that is both creepy and mood lighting. The opening portrays the apocalyptic part and war of the anime that give the viewer the interest to watch it and nothing more to say. The background music give the creepy atmosphere which make the show horrifically mature in presentation. The last music the wonderful music title "Ai Ga Oshiete Kureta" by Houko Kuwashima is those beautiful ending that will make you cherish and adore the value of life and the only earth we are living in. The ED doesn’t function as mood swinger in the show but rather as prophetic message that we should love and take care of the only planet we have. A song with deep meaning is a song worth giving praise worth of a commentary.
Art style (8/10)
The art is well made to match the anime mood and story and so it’s good. The art style is particularly use in many depressing mecha series I have watched during the 90’s so won’t say it’s very original. The character doesn’t have appealing or trademark looks but it doesn’t hinder for them to be unique. The mecha are not particularly cool but rather more realistic for the mecha look’s heavy walker tanks pack with multiple weapons. The action scene is not cool but rather focuses on realism. You won’t get cool explosions here nor mecha’s doing insane stunt like other anime do to make the appeal but instead the art style shows the tension of real a battle. The “Blues” was made to become creepy especially their nest and honorably mention the human meat balls they make after killing humans it is extremely creepy. All in all the art style of Blue gender becoming doesn’t bother for the anime but instead make the anime a good old well executed art work classic anime that people should be appreciating.
Just took me 3 days to marathon this series to be finished meaning I really enjoy the show for it doesn’t bored me. I highly recommend this show for people looking for mature contents surely you will appreciate “Blue Gender” for its great content and concepts.
Blue Gender is an almost “master piece” in terms of mature apocalyptic events but sadly the anime ended fast and everything ended in a both happy and bad ending at a same time but I appreciate it. Maybe because I cannot give a 10 for master piece for I am demanding more. Because of the adult demographics the anime have it doesn’t became very popular in more broader audition but mark my words “Blue Gender” is a good anime with logical gore, human emotions, conflicts and world building. I say this anime is good for a try.
Extreme Spoiler About the Ending!
Additional Spoilers! In case you didn’t understand the ending of the show after you finish “Blue Gender” here’s my logical explanation about it.
The problem in the ending of episode 26 why does the People of 2nd Earth killed each other and become blood thirsty apes and killed Seno the good leader. Actually the explanation is simple Miyagi, Seno ordered second earth to stop pursuing to live in the planet earth and continue living in the space station and because of the destruction of the Health Station the people won’t be receiving any medical support so what do you think will happen to that then? The people 2nd earth wanted live in the blue planet and because the objective war in reclaiming earth was there the people have motivation to live without going insane. Without the objective to fight and to live and no medical assistance are given naturally the people in 2nd earth will go mad! There is no entertainment in 2nd earth for the people to pass the time all they have is freedom of sexual intercourse but obviously they will grow tired of that eventually within a year. Nothing to do means suicide. Seno Miyagi didn’t foreseen this which finally fallen him to be killed by his own people. (Well that’s a well-made script writing )
I've gotta admit that I'm surprised by the amount of enjoyment I had watching this series. Maybe it's because I didn't expect much heading into it, but like I said...very enjoyable.
For any of you who have seen the movie Starship Troopers, there are quite a few similar elements in Blue Gender. Despite our staggering intelligence and development, mankind is getting owned by some huge bug-like monsters. The difference here is that the bugs have already taken over Earth, forcing a small proportion of our population to flee to an orbiting space station. However, all hope is not lost since mankind is initiating an operation to retake our glorious planet. At the heart of this mission are people called "sleepers" and enter our main character.
We follow Kaido Yuji as he wakes up to a post apocalyptic Earth and follow the poor guy as he is dragged along a harrowing gauntlet of bloodshed toward a shuttle to escape into space...and that's really only the prologue. The feeling you get watching Blue Gender is similar to Starship Troopers. The battlefield is chaotic, the enemy seems unstoppable, and soldiers are being ripped apart by the dozens. However, unlike Starship Troopers, this show's storyline goes much deeper, has a much darker feel, and definitely delivers more than just gory action.
Anyone who enjoys raw brutality and violence surely won't be disappointed and there's even a damn good story behind it. I think the only reason I can't give it a 10 has to do with the characters. I personally never really connected with any of them though this is no wonder since the majority of them die without warning. Definitely not for the faint of heart or the easily depressed. Just a fair warning :))read more