Created by Takahashi Ryousuke and first seen on Japanese TV in October 1999, the half-hour anime series Blue Gender was set in the future, long after an incurable disease had spread and wiped out much of humankind. At the time, several of those infected with the disease volunteered to be "sleepers," and were cryogenically frozen until a cure was found (if ever). Among those sleepers was young Kaido Yuji, who abruptly awoke from suspended animation in the year 2031, only to discover that the Earth had been conquered by the Blue, a breed of huge, voracious bug-like machines. Escaping the Blue's clutches, our hero joined the surviving humans who lived on Second Earth, an orbiting space station, and who were busily mounting a resistance against Earth's metallic conquerors. On August 4, 2003, Blue Gender was brought to American cable television as part of the Cartoon Network's nightly "Adult Swim" programming block.
The year is 2031, and after being in cold-sleep for twenty-two years, Yuji Kaido wakes up in the middle of a war for human survival against giant insects called the Blue, who have overrun the Earth and have killed almost the entire population.
Big Guns, Big Bugs, and Even Bigger Ambitions If there's one thing that drives me mad, it's the idea that I've somehow missed out on something great. For the past couple of years, the hype surrounding Funimation's sci-fi epic, Blue Gender, has been one such property. Amazon reviews, message boards, even the print rags seemed to all have a lot of good to say about this tale involving incurable diseases, alien invaders, and my own personal beloved anime element: mecha. Better still is … more