Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 1999 to Mar 31, 2000
23 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
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Score: 7.141 (scored by 12371 users)
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action drama mecha sci-fi
SynopsisYuji 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 have taken over the planet, and a few select humans have retreated to the space station Second Earth. Yuji is taken back to Second Earth, where he learns that he and the other sleepers will be instrumental in defeating the Blue. And his relationship with one member of the recovery squad only serves to complicate things.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Blue Gender
Alternative version: Blue Gender: The Warrior
Characters & Voice Actors
Note: I have a soft spot for this series. It's one of my gateway anime and one of the first ones I've watched outside of television. I do like it, but I'll try to be as unbiased as I possibly can.
This is a spoiler free review.
The story is basically a survival-monster-apocalypse kinda story with giant bug like aliens called "Blue". It centers around Yuji, a guy who is cryogenically frozen for 20 years and eventually wakes up in a living nightmare.
The story itself does have a rather large scale of both a space colony and the entirety earth. It is quite intriguing and they do explore this setting thoroughly enough. They explore the living conditions and resentment of the people abandoned on earth and also the technologically advanced people in space and how each of their living conditions influences the basic nature of the population. There's also political disputes eventually, nothing too complicated, but it's interesting enough.
Plot exposition in general is also well executed since the main character is sort of like a newborn who knows nothing about the world and requires explanations that are thorough.
The pacing is on the slow side, but it's not that noticeable since it's pretty consistent and it never sidetracks.
I think it's safe to say that this anime's central theme is the whole "becoming a monster in order to defeat the monster" kinda thing. Nothing too deep, but it is conveyed through several stages in the story.
On the other hand, I'm not too fond of the whole 'population control' message that it has, and it's not even presented in a subtle way, but whatever.. I normally don't rate based on an anime's message, even if I don't like it.
A more practical problem with the story is that it disregards certain elements that it introduces and in the second half it establishes new plot points and twists that are a bit strange.
It does end in a conclusive way, but the ending also comes off as a bit strange and it's related to these two problems. It does sort of make sense more or less, but something about it just seems off.
Another problem is that the story is very one-note.. It's pretty much a non-stop misery train in which we move from one tragedy to the next. So this might be one of the reasons this series is not well received by many. And I think that's a legitimate reason since many people watch anime for escapism. Needless to say, this setting is not the ideal place to escape to...
Overall, the story isn't that unique and it does have its issues, but I still think it's the best within the monster-apocalypse-survival kinda stories told in anime so far, since it does deliver on what it sets out to do.
The main characters consist of a cooldere and a male lead who's kind of an average joe. The series' main focus is on their relationship. They are both rather interesting and have believable motivations. Their back-stories are a bit lacking and vague, but both of them develop a great deal throughout the series and even though their development seems exaggerated from a point on (and it really does) at least there's a very good excuse behind it.
They give a lot of attention to how these characters react to the situations they're in and I think that's done quite well and in a relatively realistic manner.
Even the sexual relationships this series contains is handled very maturely and nothing seems too fanservicy.
The problem is that these two characters get almost all of the focus and the rest of the cast feel a bit like cannon fodder or people who just happened to get in the way. Some characters are killed off rather quickly and we don't get much of a chance to know them.
In the second half of the series more characters emerge and they mostly consist of one dimensional douche-bags from "The Big Bad establishment" types (among others). Which also means that most of them are pretty forgettable, with one or two notable exceptions.
The characters in general aren't fun to watch either since they seem depressed and have nihilistic tendencies. So don’t expect them to be too relatable or likable.
They generally create an unpleasant atmosphere that's certainly not for everybody.
Overall, the characterization is pretty damn good, especially for the main two characters. Everything is handled very seriously and maturely, but don't expect this to be the most memorable or colorful cast out there, because it's not.
The characters designs are nothing that special, but are very much to my liking since they're very mature looking, none of them look like blobs and all of the characters are adults.
The surroundings are very well done and have a ton of destroyed buildings and alien nests..
Mecha designs are nothing too memorable, but are still quite interesting since they look more like tanks with limbs than anything else. The animation isn't bad, but the mechs movements are pretty limited which also means that there isn't all that much choreography in the battles. The battles are very intense though, since you do feel like the characters really are in danger and there's a minimal amount of plot armor. Besides, it's very gory and creepy. The alien designs are creepy as hell and have a decent enough amount of variety to them.
Overall the visuals hold up quite well. It's nothing outstanding for its time, but still quite good.
You have a very nice rock song as the opening and a more depressing song as the ending (a very memorable song, by the way). The soundtrack in general is great and mostly very creepy, but I did notice that it sounds like it's almost muted sometimes so maybe it could've been used a little better.
The (Japanese) voice acting sounds mature enough to fit the atmosphere the series is going for and each voice fits quite well with the characters. The sound effects are also used effectively and in a creepy way.
The sound is pretty amazing overall.
It's both enjoyable and unpleasant at the same time.
Blue Gender does have its drawbacks and it's certainly not for everybody.
But all in all, it's a pretty good cult classic that's definitely worth checking out.
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
Plot wise (esp sci-fi elements), these two shows are somewhat similar: both shows start with main character wakes up in a vastly different and dangerous environment than the place they used to live. Through the course, they gradually adapts to it and learns the skills to live. Later, some organizations revealed that both main characters have the special ability that they need for mankind to survive the future. In the end, those shady organizations got out of control and destroyed by their own creation, the main characters end up living in the planet they adapt to. Also both shows mainly have two parts, either a different focus in Blue Gender or a time skip in Jyu-Oh-Sei, where the two parts are quite different from the previous part.
Blue Gender is geared towards male viewer with strong mecha and military element, while Jyu-Oh-Sei is more towards female viewer with some dramas and more appealing character design. Both shows also touch upon the subject of birth and life.
Both are about a boy forced into an unfamiliar world and must adapt to survive. Yuji is awakened in a future Earth ruled by giant bugs, while Thor is stranded on a planet ruled by carnivorous plants.
Both are post-apocalyptic, both have messages regarding to our Mother Earth, and both have extremely "hippy" endings.
Blue is MUCH more adult oriented, and Jyu has an adventure feel about it.
Both main characters are introduced to a different world where they have to fight to live. They eventually adapt to the world and learn what's necessary to survive. Later, the main character is found to have a gene that is the link to mankind's surivival.
Both shows revolve around mecha fighting bug like monsters that are invading earth. Muv-Luv focuses less on the bug killing and more on the politics and relationships behind the mecha that nations make to protect themselves from the bugs. Blue Gender is pretty much all bug killing goer with some romance tossed in. Both are worth watching if your into mecha battles and alien invasions.
- Earth under attack by giant insect like creatures
- Mechs are the weapons of choice
- Characters faced with grim realities
muv luv gives me that feeling that its the prequel to blue gender so if you like one you will like the other
they both share how they fight to keep alive, Blue Gender is more about what happens to incecs after mutation and Total Eclipse is from when they invated earth. They are both worth watching
Opening Theme"Tokihanate!" by Houko Kuwashima
Ending Theme"Ai Ga Oshiete Kureta" by Houko Kuwashima
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