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Blue Gender

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First Aired: August 4, 2003 Last Aired: September 16, 2003 Episodes: 26 colored episodes, 1 movie Age Rating: Mature (May contain sex, drugs, and extreme graphic violence) Genres: Adventure, Drama, Horror, Mecha, Romance, Science Fiction
Diagnosed with a rare terminal illness, Yuji Kaido was put into cold-sleep in the hope that someday a cure may be found. He receives a rude awakening when he is revived in the middle of a military operation to evacuate him out of the cold-sleep facility. The group is attacked by a giant bug-like creature which wrenches two members into a grotesque cocoon before it is killed by the powersuit escort. It seems like a nightmare, but it's very much a reality for Yuji. He discovers that his abductors are humans under their skull-like masks and that his powersuited rescuer is a young woman named Marlene Angel. Marlene explains that it is now the year 2031, meaning that Yuji was in cold-sleep for 22 years. In that time, a genetic experiment went awry and created giant bug-like creatures called Blue which have taken over the world. The soldiers' mission is to recover human genes from before the Blue cataclysm, namely genes from sleepers like Yuji, and transport them up to a space station called Second Earth, where the fortunate humans retreated. Things, of course, don't go smoothly as planned. The Blue spring a surprise attack on the orbital launch base before the humans are able to board the shuttle. Marlene and Yuji are able to escape with two team members, Robert and Joey, but the rest of the people at the base aren't as fortunate. The survivors start on a long trek to another orbital launch base, battling Blue almost every step of the way. Unsatisfied with being luggage, Yuji takes up training from the soldiers so that he's able to contribute to their fight for survival. Opening Song: "Tokihanate!" by Houko Kuwashima Ending Song: "Ai Ga Oshiete Kureta" by Houko Kuwashima
FAQ: Will Blue Gender ever air again? Possibly not. Does Blue Gender air on any other stations? No.
CHARACTERS
Alicia Whistle: Height: 5'2" Weight: 116lbs Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown Age: 16 Alicia is a high school aged Sleeper who was awakened on Second Earth. She is an active member of the Sleeper Brigade, and becomes immediately determined to be Yuji's battle field partner and girlfriend. As energetic and happy as a varsity cheerleader at first, but later succumbs to the power of the B-Cells, under Tony's command. Amick Hendar: Height: 5'7" Weight: 124lbs Hair: Dark Purple Eyes: Brown Age: 30 Amick is the chief of the Education Station and is responsible for the "re-education" of Marlene on Second Earth. Her methods are tough, but necessary to make strong, heartless soldiers out of her students. She later stands up in opposition to the decision of Seno and attempt to escape the space station altogether. Dice Quaid: Height: 5'9" Weight: 175lbs Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Age: 30 Rugged, rough and war-headed, Dice has escaped the military and made a home for himself in a remote desert area. Dice catches Yuji and Marlene a hard time for her rigid, military ways. Yuji and Dice strike up a solid friendship and Dice explains how he still has some unfinished business with a tricky Blue. He later assists Marlene in finding Yugi and helps them make it to the Baikanour Space Base. Doug Vreiss: Height: 5'11" Weight: 175lbs Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Age: 35 Director Doug Vreiss is the head of the Military Station. He does not like get along well with Amick, as she tends to challenge his authority. Doug does not agree with the teachings of "the Ark" and dangerously approaches Seno with his sentiments. Doug also acts as a mediator in Council inquiries. Joey Heald: Height: 6'1" Weight: 170lbs Hair: Blue Eyes: Blue Age: 18 Joey and Yuji become close friends soon after Yuji awakens from Cryogenic Sleep. Kind and friend, Joey does not come across as the soldier he was trained to be. Joey eventually trains Yuji to be an arm pilot of a Grapple class Armored Shrike. Young and Optimistic, Joey manages to maintain a positive attitude despite his bleak surroundings. Keith Bean: Height: 5'10" Weight: 179lbs Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Age: 26 A fearless and efficient soldier, Keith is a valuable member of the Sleeper Recovery Team. He is a rowdy guy, whose reason for living is to kill Blue. Keith's skills are certain, but when pushed too far, there's no turning back. Marlene Angel: Height: 5'2" Weight: 117lbs Hair: Golden Blonde Eyes: Blue Age: 17 After being orphaned at the age of 10 when the Blue killed her parents, Marlene grew up training intensively and became an elite soldier. She is assigned to a Sleeper Recovery Team and is a top pilot of a sniper class Armored Shrike. Seeming heartless and cold, Marlene first views Yuji as nothing more than cargo. After awhile, Yuji begins to awaken feelings that have been dormant in her for many years. As Marlene's emotions begin to resurface, everything she believes begins to break down. Robert Bradley: Height: 5'10" Weight: 169lbs Hair: Yellow Eyes: Blue Age: 28 Robert is the commander of the Sleeper Recovery Team sent for Yuji Kaido. He is a capable leader and a man of few words; he focuses on the mission at hand. Robert is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice if it insures a successful mission. Seno Miyagi: Height: 6'0" Weight: 175lbs Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Age: 30 Seno is the Director of the Science Division of Second Earth. It is his insistence to the high council that Marlene "not be omitted" that permits Yuji and Marlene to remain together as partners on the battlefield. Though Seno discovers the link between the B-Cells and the sleepers and implements the experiment, he later learns that the High Council may be deceiving him and organizes "The Ark", an underground organization to stop the B-Cell experiments. Chief Councilman Victor: Height: 5'9" Weight: 170lbs Hair: Gray Eyes: Brown Age: 39 Victor is the very self-assured powerful head of the high council of Second Earth. He is a firm believer the Sleeper program and keeps the true Sleeper data to himself. He does not trust Seno and his friends and his methods. Yuji Kaido: Height: 6'2" Weight: 170lbs Hair: Burnt Orange Eyes: Brown Age: 17 (plus 22 years in cryogenic sleep) After being diagnosed with an incurable disease, Yuji Kaidou decides to be put in cryogenic sleep in hopes that an effective treatment will be developed soon. 2031, twenty two years later, Yuji wakes up to find the world overrun by a deadly new species known as "Blue". In 2009 Yuji worked in a worked in a gas station, rode his motorcycle and hung out with his friend Iakashi. But in 2031 everything Yuji knew has been destroyed by the Blue. He feels lost and alone in an unforgiving new world. For better or for worse, Yuji is guided by the only thing he can trust-his emtotions-as he attempts to gain control of his new life.
TYPES OF BLUE:
Chopper Rocket Bug Tank Beetle Tank Beetle 2 Land Whale Maneater Maneater 2 Spring Worm Double Boat Clincher
TYPES OF SHRIKES:
Sniper A.S. Grapple Double Edge Remodeled Grapple Bullseye Remodeled Bullseye Heavy Duty A.S. Bandit Sniper Attackermoreless
Kenji Nojima

Kenji Nojima

Yuji Kaido (Japanese)

Laura Bailey

Laura Bailey

Marlene Angel

Houko Kuwashima

Houko Kuwashima

Marlene Angel (Japanese)

Eric Vale

Eric Vale

Yuji Kaido

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A seemingly mundane science fiction series which contains just a little bit more.

    9.0
    The story can be called unique, though the premises seem to be drawn from a plethora of sources. I enjoy the compilation of them, however, as it makes for a nice backdrop for an anime taking place in a seemingly hopeless near future. When the main character, Yuji Kaido, is forced into the many life or death battles (life's norm in the anime), he initially is a complete woos. I enjoyed the elements of buildungsroman evident in how Yuji overcomes his childish fears (a bit cliche) to become something of a seasoned veteran. If it wasn't for the virus inside of his body heightening his skills, I would not buy into the idea of his fighting prowess increasing so dramatically in the span of less than a year. The only major problem I had with the show, which resulted in it not receiving a ten from me, was the digression of the supporting character, Marlene Angel. She is a full-blooded combat soldier initially and, in the same time span it took Yuji to progress, she becomes annoyingly passive and anti violence.



    There are some philosophical questions such as the purpose of the human race and the consciousness of nature and the Earth which should receive some careful observing. All in all, worthy of the nine. -mattmoreless
  • One of my favorite animes

    9.5
    Imagine if you had a rare disease and were put into suspendend animation until a cure could be found. Then imagine being woke up many years later to find the earth you knew was no more. This is the basis of Blue Gender, in which a young man named Yuji Kaido is awakened after being put to sleep until a cure for his condition can be found. The earth he awakens to is a terrifying nightmare, a world in which giant human-killing insects called Blue now dominate the planet. Mankind has been driven into space and now struggles to take back the earth from the Blue, and Yuji is a key part of that plan. This series has everything that makes a good anime for me - deep plot, complex characters, and exploration of important issues. That is one of the main reasons I like this series, because it explores the issue of environmental degradation so well. Some of the consequences of this in the series may be a little extreme but still the point is made that humans need to be aware of the impact they have on the environment. Just be warned though, this series contains a lot of blood and gore so it is definitely not for the squeamish. But other than that if you are a fan of animes filled with action and romance that at the same time make you think then you should definitely check out Blue Gender.moreless
  • I'm amazed it only lasted one season.

    10
    I thought this show would go for at least 2 seasons but i guess it was alittle confusing must be because it is from Japan, not that is a bad thing i personaly like just about anything from Japan i just saying that it is really complicated when it comes down to it for like everything. Either way i still thought it was good it had its action moments and it romance moments but i don't know i REALLY hope they bring this back soon, or at least sometime this decade it was decent and weird but very interesting to say the least.moreless
  • Humanity is a disease, a cancer on the Earth. The Earth, it's enironment, it's biosphere knows it will die unless it cures the disease of humanity. So the Earth creates the 'Blue', its own immune system to combat the disease.moreless

    8.0
    Blue Gender was somewhat of a wash for me. There were elements that I found novel and engaging, then there were some elements that tempered my excitement and enjoyment. I grade this show out at a B-minus. I'll break down this review into my likes and dislikes. First off, the whole concept is inovative, imaginative, and - perhaps - relevant to contempterary environmental issues, at least symbolically. The plot was interesting as the main two characters, Yuji and Marlene, develop. Marlene is the warior, trained from a young age, she was born and bread to combat the 'Blue'; she is cold, stoic, a soldier detached from the people and world around her, the death of the 'Blue' is more important than the survival of humanity. Yuji on the other hand was born before the Blue laid waist to the world and brough humanity to the verge of extinction; he remembers love, friendship, family - all the things that make us human. Marlene and Yuji are dark mirrors of each other - polar opposites who each becomes more like the other as they share experiences while struggling for their very survival. Near the end of the series, Yuji and Marlene radically switch perspectives, until the end where each comes to a more ballanced understanding. In particular, I was impressed with the writing of Marlene's character - some one devoid of any emotion but hatred learns to feel hope, trust, friendship, and eventually love - she is like a child in many ways and the world opens up for her as she develops real feelings for the first time. I am not terribly sure that I really enjoyed the ending, but I respect the story line. There was some nudity and sexuality; but I thought that it fit the storyline well; when people are devoid of emotion, then physical sensation takes on an elevated importantce; desire relaces attraction, lust replaces love, and sex replaces intimacy. I have several critiques. First off, the action/combat sequences were just down right silly. There was never a sense of suspended disbelief for me; I have at least a collegit understanding of physics (hell, I even read the Tao of Physics by Kapra) and there was nothing developed in the plot to explain it all. I did not have a problem with suspended disbelief about the 'Blue'; I thought that was explained sufficiently well. The animation was sub par, especially the combat sequences. The 'shreik suits' in particular looked rediculous. Additionally, some of the dialogue was melodramatic, even over-the-top melodramatic. All in all, I would recomend this as a rental, especially if you like the genre. But don't drop $80 on it until you have seen the first one.moreless
  • A personal favorite even though it lasted only one season.

    10
    The good points on this show are how its storyline kept you wanting to see it more(well to me it did).Another good point of this show was how it was so gory it is probably one of the most gory anime/manga show I have ever seen Japan make even though it may not be the goriest.My last good point on this show is how they used a mech kind of mobile suit that reminded me of Gundam Wing.



    The things i didn't like was how this series was very short to and only lasted one season.I also didn't like how the animation drawings were't the best in detail but still were good enough for the show.moreless
  • "Second Season"?
    Any news of a possible "second season"?
    08/03/09
    7
  • Really need an answer!
    Will adult swim ever show Blue Gender again? Will any network ever show Blue Gender? I really want to see this again 'cause adult ...
    08/18/08
    11
  • Ending
    Does anyone know for a fact what exactly happened at the end of the series? What I gathered was that the blue migrated to form a ...
    06/01/07
    3
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Futuristic, Adult, Anime, Thrillers, Teen