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Episode 2: Cry

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

April 1, 2006

 

Summary

 

Nighttime comes, and the two vehicle convey that Yuji is now a part of finally makes it to the city. When he looks down the street, he’s horrified to see how dead the city has become. Joey and the truck driver go to a nearby store, looking for any food that they can possibly gather for everyone. Yuji is resting with Keith next to a fence, but the wind is making Yuji nervous. Joey comes back with some food and tells Yuji to relax and rest. He hands Yuji a can of tuna, and Keith tells him to eat it, otherwise he may regret it later. Yuji asks him how long things have been like this, and Keith says around 15 years. Marlene tells Keith to be quiet, but he tells her he’s curious and just wants to know, but she says they weren’t given orders to tell him anything. She orders Keith to go take watch, and Keith does so, saying how elite status people like her take it out on him. Joey tells Yuji that if things had gone really bad, evac teams may not have even come to get their group, and says that Yuji is a lucky one since the Blue were active in his zone. But Yuji gets angry and tells Joey that it’s not the way he sees it, and asks him what right he had to wake up him up in a world he considers a nightmare. Marlene tells him to calm down, but Yuji is half flipped already and demands to know why she’s so calm and if she can even understand how lonely he feels in the world now, and he stares her down. Marlene stays calm and tells him the first confirmed sighting of the Blue was in 2017, 14 years ago. So goes on to say how early Blue findings were experimented on, but then mankind couldn’t figure the Blue out or their role, thinking they were a rouge nation’s biological weapon. But the fact is the Blue attacked everything and everyone, and they ate inorganic as well as organic matter to make themselves function. But since humans are only minor for food, they wrap dead bodies in tight balls into cocoons, then eat them. Joey adds in that every time the Blue have had been attacked, they constantly evolve to become stronger. Marlene continues to say that the battle has lasted longer than mankind hoped, and that they eventually ran out of places to hide, since the Blue were converting entire cities into nests. She said that mankind had to eventually flee into space, to a station called Second Earth, where humans live now. The young woman from before is recording a message for Second Earth, but Keith for some reason is staring her down. He suddenly unbuckles his armor and clothing, and removes the woman’s own armor, and starts feeling her up, but she doesn’t seem shocked and just lets him do what he wants. Marlene finishes her recap, saying how Second Earth started plans to retake Earth in 2031 by sending Sleeper Squads to recover Sleepers. Yuji asks if that was the only reason they saved him, but she says they just needed him because he’s a sample. Yuji nearly flips out and demands to know the reason why, but Marlene tells him she can’t. Yuji grabs her by her armor collar and says he wants those answers now. He goes on to say that if he know things would end up bad, he would’ve done something else. But Marlene finishes his comment and tells him he’d rather die if he knew, which surprises him. Robert gets a warning, and a Chopper Blue comes out of nowhere. Marlene shoves him off, and saves that if he wishes to die, she won’t stop him. But she has orders to keep him alive, and won’t let him die until her mission is complete. Robert and two other Sleeper Squad members try to shoot the Chopper with rifles, but they little to no effect. Joey powers up the Grapple A.S., and Keith gets on while just putting on a T-shirt. He pins the Blue by grabbing its tusks and forces it down, while Marlene comes out in her Sniper A.S. and kills the Blue. Yuji watches in shock, unable to fully understand what’s happening. The next day comes, and the convey gets moving again. Marlene gets a signal on her wrist com and sees a type of jet carrier coming to pick them up.

 

Yuji looks outside the window while the carrier flies over the city and heads toward the ocean. He looks to see how really bad the city has become, thinking that after 22 years, his parents wouldn’t be that old, and wonders if they are even still alive. He even starts to think his friend Takashi is probably riding out there somewhere on his motorcycle. The carrier eventually comes to a man made airport near by the harbor, and other A.S.s are guarding other transports, loading cryo pods onto a jet on a runway. The carrier carrying Yuji and the others touches down and they head out, with Robert telling the Truck driver to take the truck onto the jet as is. Keith and Joey are still in their Grappler, and Keith isn’t happy that he’s ‘riding with the luggage’ again. Yuji asks why are they are this particular airport, and Robert tells him that, as far as they know, Blue can’t swim, and attack only from air out here. Yuji looks at another carrier and sees a lifter carrying more cryo pods to the main jet. Marlene tells him that other Sleepers were recovered from similar cryo facilities all over the country, and Yuji tells the jeep driver to stop. When the jeep stops, Yuji quickly runs off, and Robert tells Marlene to go after him. But the ground starts rumbling while Marlene goes after Yuji, and the ground around the truck starts crumbling. The truck driver tries to back up, but the ground gives in more, and she smashes her head into the windshield, killing her. The other woman can’t get her balance as the truck shakes, and she falls backwards, with her head slamming against the corner of a post, smashing her skull and killing her instantly. Keith and Joey don’t know what’s going on while inside, but from the outside, a Tank Beetle Blue comes out from under the runway concrete. Marlene can’t believe a Blue came out from under the ground while in the middle of a water area, while the A.S.s on the base fire grabbling hooks into the Tank Beetle Blue to keep it under control. Robert is in just as much shock, and tells the truck driver Malcolm to move in to help. Keith and Joey manage to get their Grappler A.S. to open the hatch doors and are surprised to see a Blue on the base. They try to maneuver the Grappler off of the truck, but it’s rocking too much. Marlene can’t understand how a Blue made it to the base, but she tells Yuji to snap out of his shock when she sees him just standing in one spot watching. Yuji hears her and decides he wants to go wake up the other Sleepers, and starts pounding against some cryo pods still on an abandoned lifter. Marlene tells him to stop it, but Yuji refuses to, resulting in Marlene grabbing him and slapping him. She tells him he can’t do anything since they can’t re resuscitated. Suddenly a Man Eater flying Blue moves to the jet and kills the pilots by jabbing a claw into the cockpit. Suddenly more Tank Beetles come up around the jet from below the ground and causes an A.S. to loose its balance. It takes a step back, killing Malcolm as it steps on the driver side the jeep, and sends Robert flying out and skidding against the pavement. The other A.S.s can’t keep full control the Tank Beetle Blue, but Keith and Joey finally get their Grappler A.S. out. Keith tells him they can take out the Blue with their Grappler, but Joey doesn’t like the idea. Keith yells at him to simply do it, and the Grappler charges the Tank Beetle Blue, with Keith yelling maniacally. The Tank Beetle Blue impales the chest of the Grappler, but at the same time the Grapplers’ right fist smashes the vent on the Blue. But the effort is fairly wasted, as more Tank Beetle Blue start surfacing. Robert gets into the truck and manages to get it going, with the Grappler following it. Robert stops to quickly pick up Marlene and Yuji, and a Man Eater Blue notices this and goes after them. They make a break for their carrier, and Marlene is in her Sniper A.S. and guns down the Man Eater before boarding the carrier. Marlene starts the carrier up, and Yuji watches in horror as the cryo pods carrying the Sleepers fall into collapsing ground around them, and yells out loud. The carrier takes off, and Marlene looks at the water below, and realizes the Blue used an underwater pipeline, which connected to the base. In the cargo section of the carrier, Joey is in shock as he looks at the damage to the Grappler when the Tank Beetle impaled it, and sees Keith’s decapitated and mangled body. Two other women who were killed while Robert is still in the truck, and the entire left side of his body bleeding from the skid on the pavement. Yuji and Marlene are quiet in the cockpit of the carrier, and Yuji wonders if he truly was better off dead. He decides that it shouldn’t be, and that he won’t go down without a fight, especially not to the Blue. The carrier keeps going, leaving the burning water based airport behind.

 

Commentary

 

Wow…um…wow…where to begin? As many have said, Blue Gender is probably the Starship Troopers of Japan, and there are already MANY similarities (but I doubt it was intentional). We’ve got mecha (for those familiar with the novel), giant bugs that devour humans, plenty of gore, and even fan service, in the second episode to boot already. What’s the deal with that one woman letting Keith have his way with her? Either they were in a relationship…or something’s missing here that’ll be explained later on. And half of the Sleeper Team that Marlene was with are now dead. The woman Keith was with earlier, Keith himself, the truck driver, and jeep driver. It’s creepy to see how cool and collected Marlene is; hopefully she’ll open up somehow. We also see the second type of flying Blue, the Man Eater. Robert’s in no condition to fight, leaving only Marlene and Joey of the team still able to fight. Yuji continues to come to terms with the world as it is, and it’s good to see that he’s deciding to take a stand against the Blue by the end of this episode. If things are this heated already, one can only wonder how things will go for them, considering how bad it’s gotten already.

 

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4 out of 5 stars
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