Blue Gender Vol. #1 -

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  • Audio Rating: A
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: A
  • Extras Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 12 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 75
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Blue Gender

Blue Gender Vol. #1

By Mark McPherson     February 06, 2002
Release Date: October 23, 2001

The Review!
While FUNimation might be doing a poor job with DBZ, they might have redemmed themselves with this release. For the first time in over five years, FUNimation has actually released an anime series without editing it in any possible way. You have to check this title out for sure.

Audio: For Dolby 2.0, Blue Gender sounds amazing! State of the art sound affects and pusle pounding music guarantee great audio. The closing and opening songs are changed a little bit in terms of sound and completely dubbed over in the Enlgish dialouge. However, they both sound great.

Video: Great colors, no grain. Pretty much next to perfect. The only flaw is just a tad of line noise here and there. It won't bother you though.

Packaging: Looks great. Very black and very bright at the same time. The only thing some people might be confused on is the extras portion on the back cover says Audio Commentary without listing all the people on it.

Menus: Very interactive and not annoying like DBZ. The basic premise on how they deal with scene selection and language setup is still the same.

Extras: We get a lot! Yes, extras others than trailers on a FUNimation disc. Can you beleive it? To start off, we get profiles on characters from Blue Gender as well as profiles on the dub actors. Secondly, theres the textless opening and closings. The opening was pretty cool and it reminded me a little of Nadesico. The closing features the main female character, Marlene, walking around nude. For a woman who has no emotion in the show, she sure gets a lot of fan service. Thirdly, theres audio commentary on the first episode where all the voice actors from Blue Gender, which are also all from Dragonball Z as well, talk about how they switched gears when dubbing Blue Gender. They also spout off some ADR knowledge that most otaku already know about. Fourthly, theres the original trailer. It's more of a teaser commercial. I can't beleive it was on at 1:30am in Japan. And fifthly, a short, colored in rough sketch gallery. And the rest is all DBZ trailers.

Content: How do I explain this show? It's kind of like Starship Troopers meets AD Police. There are a lot of good reasons to watch this show. First off, it's created by Ryosuke Takashi (Gasaraki, VOTOMS) so you know it's good.

The main character is Yugi. In the year 2009, he had a disease that could not be cured at that time. So a doctor decided to put him and a bunch of others into a cold sleep until a cure could be found. Well, Yugi wakes up at a bad time. He awakens in his container, being rushed down a hall, only to be attacked by a giant blue bettle. Yugi freaks out and pees his pants. Hey, you would too if you saw a giant bug kill two guards and fold their bodies into a cabbage.

Luckily, he is saved by Marlene, a commando pilot of the main mecha in this show that are pretty similar to the Tactical Armors in Gasaraki. When they reach the exit, we meet Joey and Keith in the second type of mecha. This one requires two people: one to operate movement and the other to manuver the hands.

While episode 1 was pretty much bugs getting squashed, episode 2 is full gore! Keep this away from the kiddies. A Blue (giant blue bugs) attacks and people start getting killed. Most of them die by just slamming into walls. Episode 3 has Yugi finally join up in the two person mech to help the team that rescued him.

Overall, if you want violence, action, mecha and great music, you can't go wrong with Blue Gender. Highly recommended.

Review Equipment
Oritron 2001 DVD100; RCA 19-inch television


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