Blue Seed Vol. #1 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Wednesday, February 06, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2001
Blue Seed is yet another anime that I skipped when it was on VHS. And Blue Seed is yet another anime I'm kicking myself for skipping, too, just like Outlaw Star. I had little idea what this was when I bought it, but hey! It was cheap, and had 7 episodes on it (which I think is some sort of ADV record for pricing, woohoo!).
Blue Seed is, in a nutshell, about weird big aliens on the earth, which are waking up and are fairly annoyed at being forced to sleep for so long. It probably sounds a little clichéd, and I suppose it is, but damn, is it fun!
At any rate, Blue Seed is from around 1995, so understandly, the video isn't exactly stunning or anything. It's not too bad however, and there's nothing particularly jarring in it, so it works out well. The audio is also not bad, but nothing amazing either. The dubbed voice actors are from the "golden age", ahem, and thus can be a little bit cheesy at times. It's ok though, and nothing terribly bad I guess, except that they tend to pronounce Aragami sloppily at times, making it sound like "origami" which of course has a slightly different meaning. :)
The packaging for Blue Seed is pretty nice. Not amazingly cool like Dual's colorful keepcases, or anything like that, but it's pretty cool all the same. Momiji looks pretty cool on it, and hey, her skirt's blowing all around so it can't be all that bad.
The menus are average. Honestly. They're quick, they have music in the background, but there's nothing revolutionary here. But frankly, who cares? The extras on the disc are fairly cool. There's a couple Omake Theater sections with SD Momiji and friends. Silly stuff. There's also a few character profiles, for Momiji, Kusanagi, and the bad guy tree whose name I forget. They're interesting but not amazing. Unfortunately, the creditless opening didn't make it on to this disc, but will be on a future one. I can't wait, because the opening sequence is rather cool, if not a cheesily mid-90s. :)
The story itself is where I really am hooked on Blue Seed. As I said before, it's not like it's anything revolutionary, since about 50% of the B-grade horror flicks seem to be the same type of plot of 1 person with the power to save the world, etc. But that's fine, cause Blue Seed is enjoyable! First off, with 7 episodes on the disc, this is a fairly great buy all around, so bite the bullet on that count, because the episodes are really fun.
It starts off with a pretty good bang, with a little bit of background, and then all hell breaking loose as an Aragami wakes up and begins wreaking havoc. Momiji gets thrown into the middle of things, with a weird clawed by trying to kill her, then a big plant gets into the action and tries to kill her. This would classify as a" bad day" to most people, but hey, this is anime, so it's pretty much business as usual.
The next few episodes fill out some of the background: why is Momiji being tracked down by all these Aragami? Who is Kusanagi and why does he want to kill Momiji? Even better, why does he change his mind after peeking down her shirt, and decide to help her? Just what kind of panties DOES Momiji wear, anyways? With a few episodes devoted to the individuals in the TAC (basically, the anti-Aragami special force), you get to learn about the main characters, while being treated to some pretty cool episodes. Most of them seem fairly self-contained on this first disc, so it'll be interesting to see if it strings together, or remains an episodic style. All in all though, I rather like Blue Seed and consider it a GREAT purchase. The story is quite different from most of the other anime I watch, so it's a nice, refreshing change.
I'm already eagerly awaiting the second disc...and NOT just to find out if Momiji wears the Kaba-san the happy hippo panties.
Pioneer Elite 610 HDTV, Pioneer Elite DV-C36 DVD Changer, Pioneer Elite VSX-35TX Receiver, Pioneer ISO-drive speaker setup, Monster component cables and digital coax cable
Mania Grade: A-
Audio Rating: B
Video Rating: B
Packaging Rating: B+
Menus Rating: B+
Extras Rating: B+
Age Rating: 3 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: ADV Films
Running time: 175
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Blue Seed