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Episode 1: One Day

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

April 1, 2006

 

Summary

 

It's nighttime, and armed soldiers, along with a Sniper A.S. (Armor Shrike), and a Grapple type A.S., approach an old building in a forest. A short moment later, Yuji Kaido, still asleep, suddenly starts to wake up to the sound of radio chatter, opens his eyes to see a moving roof, and remembers what happened to him before. He remembers that he was put into the cryo pod, and now finds himself still in the pod, but it's being pulled by two masked soldiers, with the Sniper A.S. behind them, moving along on wheel treads on the back of its heels. They suddenly stop as the Sniper A.S. picks something up, and a nearby ahead of them collapses. A large insect like creature appears and attacks the men. Yuji's cryo pod is shoved into a wall and the hatch busts open, and he looks to see the armed soldiers dead against a wall, with the Sniper A.S. trying to fend off the insect. But it gets shoved into a wall, and the insect just moves to the dead soldiers, and spits some kind of acidic liquid onto them, and starts curving the bodies and bending them. Yuji crawls out of his cryo pod and turns back in horror to see the men curled into a ball like shape, but the insect notices him. The insect moves in on him to attack him next, and Yuji's so frightened he wets himself. Suddenly gun shots start going off, and bullet holes riddle the insect from behind. Yuji to his embarrassment sees the Sniper A.S. again, and watches it jab a buoyant on its gun into what looks like an air hole of some kind on the insect's head. The Sniper A.S.s own head moves back to reveal a pilot, but Yuji's frightened by the skull like helmet, and he runs off when the pilot tries to pick him up. An officer on the radio asks the pilot what's the status of the 'sample' is, and the pilot tells them everything's under control, revealing she's a woman. But she just moves her A.S. along, unconcerned about the dead soldiers. Yuji continues to run throughout the complex, and starts to remember a casual city. He runs into what looks like the main cryo chamber room, but finds the room covered in a sticky green like substance, with opened and smashed cryo pods with blood in them. He suddenly remembers his own past, and goes on to talk about how doctors back then couldn't find a cure for his 'illness', which he and others had developed. The doctors told the patients that they would be put into cryo sleep to keep the condition from getting worse. Yuji remembers a girl among the group who smiled at him before he went to sleep, then his flashback ends when he sees the body of the same girl, wrapped up with the bodies of the other patients in a cocoon like substance that was spread along the walls and floor. Yuji screams out loud, unable to believe what is happening to him. In a city not far away, everything is simply dead, with nest like objects attached to buildings, and more cocooned bodies all along the streets. Insects roam around fighting among themselves, while others mind their own business.

 

In the past, Yuji is working at a gas station and his friend Takashi pulls up in his motorcycle. They have a conversation on a hill, with Yuji explaining to his friend how being a 'Sleeper' was his choice, and that he may only sleep for a year. Takashi tells him he has to do what he needs to do, and that when he wakes up, that they should go explore the world, and look for girls, which somewhat cheers Yuji up. Takashi decides to leave Yuji for the day, but suddenly Yuji sees a creature like shadow come up from behind Takashi, and watches as it engulfs him. Yuji's flashback turned nightmare ends, and he sees three new large insects appear in the room. Yuji backs up against a wall, but tries to fight back with a lead pipe. The creature knocks him down and tries to attack him, but the Sniper A.S. from before smash a door open to help him, gunning down two of the insects by hitting their organic like vents. The third insect tries to jab the pilot's head with a tusk like blade, knocking off half of the pilots helmet, and Yuji sees a young woman in the A.S. She pushes the insect into a wall and guns it down the same way as the other two. Yuji is surprised the pilot was a human all along, and the woman tells him her name is Marlene Angel and that she is a human. She suddenly points the A.S.s rifle at him, and tells him that if he wishes to live, he'll follow her orders. Yuji moments later finds himself riding on one of the A.S.s knee joint while Marlene looks for an exit. She goes down a path, but just as they get near it, another giant insect attacks them from the ceiling. Marlene tosses Yuji aside but gets knocked down to the ground, unable to raise her rifle. A second A.S. comes in throw a glass window, the Grapple type, and one of the pilots asks Marlene why she's taking so long, with another telling her to let them handle it. Marlene realizes it's her partners Keith and Joey. The Grapple A.S. punches the insect off and bashes it with its bare fists. The insect should be dead from the wounds, but it's still alive and Marlene tells them to move aside, and looks at the insect for a moment before gunning it down the same way as the other insects. She tells Yuji to run outside, and when Yuji does, he sees more dead insects lying about. A jeep pulls up, and a driver motions him to come along. The three pilots come outside in their A.S.s, and a huge truck pulls up to pick them up. Another soldier, named Robert, who's the captain of the group, tells them to leave a 'present' behind, and the A.S. Keith and Joey are piloting drops a bomb into the building. As the A.S.s board the truck, another woman no older than Yuji runs to the side of the building to plant another bomb. As everyone gets ready to leave, Marlene tells Yuji to get into the jeep with them, and he does so. The truck and jeep leave with everyone, and Yuji is happy to see that an ocean he recognizes looks the same. He's surprised he actually got hurt, and then hears an explosion behind him, turning to see the cryo facility burning up behind them. Yuji asks Marlene where he is, and what where the things that attack him. Marlene tells him they are Blue, and that they're mankind's enemy. The jeep and truck head towards the city from before.

 

Commentary

 

And this is the first episode of Blue Gender. From a realistic point of view, I'm actually not too surprised how frightened Yuji reacted. I mean, who wouldn't wet their pants from seeing a giant bug getting ready to eat you alive? We see the Chopper type and Tank Beetle type Blue, with a quick look at a Rocket Bug type Blue. We're introduced to Marlene Angel, who seems so far to have little or no emotion, and seems strict with giving orders. We see other pilots such as Keith and Joey; with Keith being a crazed, gun happy pilot, with Joey who looks fairly casual. The insects that attacked Yuji are known as the Blue, and it is rather a stir to see how much destruction they've caused to a nearby city. The rest of the Earth is probably like that as well. The Armor Shrikes are a fairly realistic mecha, being about the size of the mecha used in the title Gasaraki. The nightmares he has seems to deliver the right impact, leaving the viewer to wonder how far down the rabbit hole Yuji will go now. Only time will tell.

 

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