) is a 2007 original video animation
created by Yasushi Akimoto
and directed by Makoto Kobayashi
. It is set in the ruins of Tokyo
in the near future, after an unspecified catastrophe has led to the death of all human males and many females. The small groups of women who survive face the impending extinction of humanity
. There are suggestions that the disaster was caused by human interference with nature, possibly biological warfare
experiments or genetic engineering
Many of the survivors blame men's warlike nature and scientific arrogance for the catastrophe. However, even though men have perished, the women who remain are forced to use violence in the face of bioterrorism
and other threats. While some accept their fate as the last generation of humans, others see biological engineering as a final hope for the survival of the species.
The show's creator Yasushi Akimoto is also the producer of idol
. The cast is a mixture of experienced voice actors
and young AKB48 members. Aoi (アオイ?) Voiced by Tomomi Kasai (AKB48, Japanese), Maggie Flecknoe (English)
A woman who is in the Guardwomen ranks with long brown hair. She later betrays her comrades on the notion of getting pregnant in the future, as promised by Julia. Julia (ジュリア, Juria?) Voiced by Akira Ishida (Japanese), Chris Patton (English)
The ruling Commander of the Guardswomen ...