Blue Gender anime review

Blue Gender anime review
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 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.

Anticlimactic and frustrating, Blue Gender is one of those titles that hooks you right from the beginning, but then just fails to deliver. Plot-wise, all the prospects in the first few volumes look good as this series does have excellent character set up and development though in the first three to four volumes. Also, while this series does set you up to take several of the horror-genre twists, such as “I like this side character, but gah! They died!”, it solidly introduces two constants (Yugi and Marlene) to whom the audience is pretty much forced to become attached to if they want to continue watching and enjoying the series. Yugi, the main, faces and overcomes one of the staples of the “unwilling hero genre” very early in the series, the whole “I’m a non-combatant / Shinji-ism,” a feat which allows for some real character growth and development. This growth in character maturity also provides a very realistic background for an interesting “respect relationship” between him and the leading lady Marlene which (thankfully) doesn’t evolve into “something more” until much later.

Unfortunately, this title seems to get wrapped up in its own plot on its way to the finish line, and about halfway through decided to mess around (badly) with what really made this series tick: Yugi and Marlene. I don’t know what gave them this bright idea, but basically the scriptwriter decided to go on an entirely different escapade (no, not a twist) about halfway through the series, taking all the character’s maturity and just totally throwing it all out the window. Yugi, who I praised so highly for overcoming the “Evangelion dilemma” so early in the series suddenly reverts to being an immature, competitive a-hole (with reasons, I guess...). This forces Marlene who, at the beginning of the series, was an amazing “cold outside/ warm inside” character, to come out of her shell and play a kind of “mother”-type character to Yugi, instead of who the audience has known through the whole series. Also, it becomes apparent a little before halfway through that, in the future, “something more” as far as relationships are concerned will not exactly be the same. You see, everyone gets something more. Oh, they justify it of course: “In times like these, is it wrong to do something that allows you to feel ‘human?’” All in all, though, this just adds up to everyone getting a whole lot of play, and though I don’t remember any of the scenes shown in a direct and pornographic manner (mostly just to add some scenery to a camera pan of a room) there is no doubt of what’s going on. The ending just rounds out the whole frustrating last half of the plot, containing about the same amount of preaching in one hour as was contained in the entirety of Princess Mononoke, it peters out to become one of the most anticlimactic and rather boring attempts at an ending that I have ever seen.

Animation-wise, up to the halfway point, the animation had been mediocre to bad, but ignorable because the plot was so involving. Now, however, looking back, it’s hard to see how it was ignorable seeing as how it took so many shortcuts. I mean, for example: Giving the mecha wheels on the feet so that they don’t have to animate walking during the “low-importance” scenes (like traveling & such). As for music? Well, I think I remember some mediocre background rock music, but nothing to write home about and nothing that I can remember with too much clarity, so it’s definitely not an issue in this series.

After all is said and done though, the fight scenes with the Blue and a few “touching” moments between characters are the only saving graces to the last half of this series.

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