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Blue Gender: The Warrior

a.k.a. Blue Gender The Movie

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Genre: Action
Company: AIC/Toshiba Emi
Format: 1 OVA
Dates: 11/20/2002

Kaido Yuji has been asleep for 20 years. When he wakes up, he finds the world has been conquered by vicious insects called “Blue,” and humanity is locked in a life-or-death struggle with these creatures. Yuji joins up with one of Earth’s survivors, Marlene Angel, and together they jump into the chaos of battle.

summary by Ender

 

Reviewed: 01/23/2005 by
Grade: 51% av-Ender

Highs: Bloody action sequences; the new scenes

Lows: Changes don’t mesh well; too much is taken out; infuriating ending

Sometimes, there is just no point in making certain anime. The Blue Gender show was an exceptionally well-done character drama splattered with science fiction. This 95-minute movie is a recap of the entire series… of course, minus all the good parts.

The original Blue Gender took its time to tell a story, adding more and more each episode. In this movie, everything is regulated down to the fight scenes. I must say, some of these scenes in the original series were a joy to watch, and I am glad (almost sadistically) to watch them over again. However, the character development and pathos that made the battles so intense in the series are lost. The fact that a good percent of the cast was cut out all together does not help, either. This just bogs the story from Berserk-status all the way down to an M.D. Geist level.

The new scenes are, of course, mostly action sequences, yet are well-animated and utilize the OVA format. But this brings to rise another problem: combining these new, flashier scenes with the sub-par animation of the television series does not work very well at all. This leaves visibly inconsistent animation throughout. Also, some of the new scenes that are not action sequences play around with the story too much. By the end, it seems that the makers realized that the television series was by far the better story and pulled the plug on this OVA right when it was getting interesting.

I cannot recommend this to fans of the original because, save for the action, it has nothing that made the series exciting or entertaining. For those who have not seen Blue Gender, then steer clear of this title because it may make you avoid the series all together. This is one bug that needs an extended stay in the roach motel.

 

Blue Gender: The Warrior is licensed in the U.S. by Funimation, and episodes may be viewed legally in the United States HERE.

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