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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 13 & 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. #7

By Chris Beveridge     October 13, 2002
Release Date: October 01, 2002

Blue Gender Vol. #7
© FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.

What They Say
The Sleeper Brigades launch yet another offensive against the Blue, and Yuji’s lust for battle grows out of control as his B cells begin to take hold of his sanity. Meanwhile, a mutiny has begun on Second Earth, and Marlene finds herself with an integral part to play in the plan to overthrow the High Council. But Marlene has her own reasons for aiding Seno Miyagi…

The second airborne operation meets with disaster when the Blue counterattack outnumbers Second Earth forces five-to-one. But even as the combat units are desperately falling back, Marlene pushes further into the battlefield. Knowing the horrible truth about Yuji’s slipping sanity, she’s determined to confront him on her own terms… and bring him back from the brink of self-destruction.

While Marlene flies a distraught Yuji back to Second Earth, Tony uses his Sleeper skills to infiltrate the High Council. The sky above earth is turned into the newest battleground for survival. Only this time, the Blue have mutated into something unthinkable…

Yuji and Marlene infiltrate the Blue infested Medical Station and are soon reunited with Rick and Soo. While Soo attempts a daring rescue of the station’s hibernating civilian population, Marlene, Yuji, and Rick attack the heart of the problem – Tony. But before they can reach their objective, they encounter an unexpected obstacle standing in their way.

The Review!
Evil! It’s simply evil to have any amount of wait between the end of this volume in the next. There’s very few series I feel this way about, but Blue Gender has completely snookered us.

For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. The show continues to feature a good strong stereo mix with some nice directionality across the forward soundstage. Guns in particular sound nice and distinct in this show. We didn’t notice any dropouts or distortions throughout the program.

The transfer for these episodes are spot on and look great. Colors are nice and solid, cross coloration is pretty much non-existent and aliasing is very minimal. Blacks are nice and solid as well, with the space sequences holding up very well. There’s pretty much nothing I can find fault with here, especially with the 3 angles that are there for the opening and closing sequences, which makes everyone happy.

Tony and Alicia take center stage with almost grim looks to their features as we see hints of Blue behind them and some subtle other imagery here and there. The back cover provides a couple of good animation shots. The discs features and extras are clearly listed and the disc is nicely numbered with a volume listing showing up on the spine and on both the front and back cover. The back cover also provides episode numbers and titles. The insert provides another shot of the cover while it folds out to provide more detailed summaries of each of the episodes.

The menu system is laid out like the earlier volumes. The animations that play around it are considerably shorter making moving back to the main menu from the submenus a heck of a lot easier to deal with. The layout for the most part is pretty logical. The only part I don't like, most because it confused me the first time, is the language selection since what you're doing is selecting language and subtitles together.

There’s one new extra here with the image gallery providing some good stills. Character profiles and cast bios make their regular appearance as does the textless songs. I still can’t complain about the textless songs.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
While I know this series features a pretty straightforward science fiction plot, I still can’t get over how well executed it is, with each episode making me want more and more as quickly as possible. With all the combat sequences and the growing Blue-ification of Yuji and the other Sleepers in the previous episodes, this one brings things up even higher in that regard and adds a new problem to the entire situation.

With Marlene now fully up to speed on what’s happening, she’s convinced that she has to save Yuji. Unfortunately for her, Yuji just launched on another mission to Earth with everyone else. With morale running so high and the military feeling like they can do anything, they’re striking hard and fast at their next target, which just happens to be a massive nest in New York City. Seno only helps propel her fears with what’s going to happen to Yuji as he continues on the way he has. She’s insistent about going back to Earth to help, so the two strike a deal. She can take a shuttle if she can secure the docking bay.

Seno’s decided that it’s time for his coup and to take out the High Council so that they can stop their use of the Sleepers before the Sleepers become an even bigger problem than the Blue are. With a number of people on his side now, and with the expert skills that Marlene has, they manage an effective but very violent coup that leads them to control several major aspects of Second Earth. Not enough to stop the High Council from getting away and taking up position on the medical station, but enough to try and deal with the situation to change things to their advantage.

The attack on New York City’s Blue nest doesn’t go quite as planned, and only has more problems as they can’t get the backup required from Second Earth while that coup goes on. The initial stages of the battle goes well, but as they find out that there’s more to this nest than they realized, the tide definitely starts turning against them. What makes this particular sequence so engaging is watching how Tony and Yuji maneuver throughout the streets and take out the Blue. The viciousness of Yuji comes across even more vividly and openly now, as there’s more and more for him to take on. All of this sets up things for his encounter with Marlene as she tries to save him from himself.

These episodes simply flew by and were a hell of a lot of fun to watch. You can see easily how things are shaping up and moving along, especially as we get to the final episode on this disc, but there’s still enough open to wonder how it’s all going to end in the next volume. The relationship side of Marlene and Yuji manages to get some more exploration here, though a lot of things are just having to deal with the near breakdown of Yuji and his B cell problem.

I can still very easily see watching another twenty six episodes of this series, if not more, to continue following these characters and their world. This is fun and engaging material that’s done in a very serious straightforward manner. There’s moments of humor, but it’s really a solid science fiction military adventure series. Great stuff, very recommended.

Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Character/Actor Profiles,Textless Opening,Textless Ending,Image Gallery

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Panasonic RP-82 Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.


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