Blue Seed


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Name:Blue Seed
Contains:
un-checked Comedyun-checked Mechsun-checked Drama
checked Violenceun-checked Shoujo 
un-checked Hentaiun-checked Explicit Sexchecked Brief Nudity
Running Length:60 min ea. (6 vols) mins.
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Blue Seed
Blue Seed review

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Animation:
About as solid as you could expect. This isn't exactly Princess Mononoke or Kenshin, but it's still far, far better than most stuff you'll see.

Plot:
If I could give this a 20, it would get a 20. Seriously.
In a lot of shows, unfortunately, I find that a series might have a pretty shabby plot, but the characters are interesting enough to make up for it (Sailor Moon, Battle Athletes, Ah My Goddess) or they have a good enough plot, but the characters are somewhat flat (Tokyo Vice).
By that standard, I guess I started to settle for less, because I give high scores in Plot for the characters or storyline alone, with only a few obvious exceptions like Kenshin.
Blue Seed, on the other hand, is a lot like Kenshin: Excellent characters AND an excellent plot.
What Blue Seed particularly excels at is mixing two styles. The first 14 episodes, or 2 DVDs, are basically character development and humor, and they're about as good as you could hope for. The remaining 12 episodes get to the main story and tie up all the loose ends, all while making you go "Awwww" with some serious moments between Momiji and Kusanagi. Heck, I even went "Awwww" at the other character pairings, but I probably shouldn't ruin them for you.
So, what's it all about?
Well, basically it's about a legendary monster race known as the Aragami appearing all over Japan and trying to destroy all humans. Through it all, the government has a special agency, the TAC, meant to solve the problem and keep it all from the public. They are a pretty interesting group, too, with some rather unique ways of destroying the Aragami. They have to, since Kome's "keep shooting" tactic almost never works. Instead, they use things like cellular manipulation to kill the giant monsters in whatever form they may take.
Still, it's never that simple to win a country-wide anime battle. It's said that one girl, the Kushinada of Japanese legends, is the key to destroying the Aragami. After the TAC loses her in a mysterious incident, though, they go to convince her twin sister, Momiji, to join them to help save Japan.
Unfortunately, her school is getting completely destroyed by an Aragami, and in fact, the TAC wouldn't have made it there in time, though, if not for the appearance of a strange man, Kusanagi, who seems to have some sort of relation to the Aragami and has powers greater than any of the giant beasts. At first, he intends to kill Momiji, which would mean the end of all the Aragami, but he can't bring himself to do it.
Still, Kusanagi's not exactly allied with the TAC, just showing up and leaving at will, but somehow always there on time to fight. He also seems to have some sort of connection to the first Kushinada, Kaede.
Back to the Kushinada legend, it was said that sacrificing a Kushinada virgin would be enough to stop the Aragami. The TAC, though, is convinced that they can win the battle without sacrificing Momiji. Momiji believes the same thing, and more importantly, believes in Kusanagi, who she starts to fall for...
However, toward the end, when the countdown to doomsday begins and the Aragami are appearing everywhere, it turns into a conflict between the Japanese government and the TAC, with the government just wanting to sacrifice Momiji already to save the country and the TAC still convinced they can win without resorting to that.
And on top of all this, there's also another main character who has Aragami powers, except that his are far greater than Kusanagi's, and his goals are evil...
And, I should probably stop there before I give away any major plot points.
Let's just say that from beginning to end, Blue Seed has a great story with twists and turns at every end.
In fact, by the last episode, it's not a conflict between good and evil, it's a conflict between good, evil, and another, different kind of evil. Any time a show can effectively pull off three forces that all oppose each other and yet only one of them seems definitely "wrong," it gets points in my book. The beliefs of each character involved are just very, very strong, and it's a very emotional ending.

Humor:
I've never seen a show that can make panties jokes a running gag for 26 episodes and pull it off successfully, but the way Blue Seed did it was one of the funniest things I've ever seen!
In a nutshell, trying not to ruin anything: Momiji, who for some reason continues to wear a skirt all the time even though she gets embarrassed because of it in probably every episode of the first 14 and about half of the last 12, has a different animal on her panties every day and all the other characters make fun of her for it... This leads to some situations involving Yaegashi being obsessed with Momiji's panties and writing computer programs about it in his spare time, and in one episode, most of the TAC wants to write a "special message" for someone on Momiji's panties, thinking it's the best way to communicate - and yes, they're serious.
But don't get me wrong! Momiji and her panties aren't the only funny thing in the show. Sakura, as the "raised in America" character, provides at least a few laughs every time she shows up on screen, with her interactions with all the other characters. Kome, with her tough image and her constant picking on Yaegashi, is another fun character to watch. Kunikida, the leader of the TAC, makes up terrible puns pretty often and then laughs at his own jokes while everyone else leaves the room.
It's amazing that Blue Seed can pull off its lighthearted side and its serious side so well, but it does. Don't be scared away if you want something completely serious, but also don't be scared away if you want something funny, because there's one more thing I should mention:
The Omake Theaters. These little segments, 13 in all, are sort of like animation "shorts" putting the characters in completely ridiculous and out-out-character situations. Well, except for two of them that aren't really supposed to be funny. And it's true that the "Grandma Go Go" one nearly made me go blind. Still, I really enjoyed the "Godzilla ripoff" Omake Theater and the more perverted ones, and I'd have to place this little extra right up there with Tylor's music videos or Kenshin's outtakes as an extra that's really special.

Soundtrack:
I have to knock off a point because I can't remember most of the music even after just watching the show yesterday, but what I do remember is that it was all really good stuff!
Probably the reason that it's unmemorable is because it never has truly "defined" moments to it. Whereas anime music usually has some definite impact to it, with heavy, sudden notes, Blue Seed's music is mostly fast or light stuff. That doesn't make it any worse, though.
And as for languages:
The Japanese cast is good as always, which you have to expect from Megumi Hayashibara.
The English cast is pretty good, for the most part, but most of the unimportant characters have noticably bad voices. And, I really don't like the fact that virtually every voice actor pronounces "Susano-oh" differently. And the mispronunciation of "Kaede" as "Katie." And "Matsudaira" as "Matsudaara."
The Spanish cast is actually very well-done. All the voices seem to fit, and I actually found myself listening to this instead of the Japanese audio, although that may have just been due to the fact that I don't have any other anime that's dubbed into Spanish, so it was something unique. The only thing that irked me here was the "Fuhimiya," which is how it would be pronounced if it was a Spanish word. But hey, at least Momiji's surname isn't said that often anyway.

Overall:
Combine Japanese mythology (the Kushinada, Orochi, and Susano-oh story) with superhero comics (Kusanagi) with Godzilla (Aragami) with X-Files (the TAC concept) with typical anime (the TAC members), throw science and magic in a battle against each other, add some genuinely funny humor, great characters, and an emotional ending, and you've got Blue Seed, one of the best series I've ever seen.
I watched 7 episodes the first day... The next day, I watched the other 19.
And I should also mention that is the least expensive series I've ever seen! You can order the DVD box set for $60 at most and down to $40 depending on where you look (I recommend Best Buy).
There is, to put it bluntly, no reason you should miss out on this series, at all.
Highly recommended.

A list of my other 29 anime reviews:
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All of the series I've reviewed are listed at the bottom of the Saint Tail review.

Overall Rating: 10
Animation:9 Plot:10 Humor:10 Sound Track:9
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By: Jiggy
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Blue Seed
I thought Blue Seed was the best show I ever saw and I gust love it. I wish it was still on tv now adays because I be guled to the telivision scren until it was over with.

Overall Rating: 10
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Blue Seed
The unlikely pairing of the two main characters is so... sexy.

Overall Rating: 8
Animation:7 Plot:8 Humor:8 Sound Track:7
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.18.66)
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Blue Seed
Its A great story and its the bomb!!!

Overall Rating: 10
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.254.35)
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Blue Seed
I love this show! It has something for everybody.

Overall Rating: 10
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.209.32)
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Blue Seed
i thought blue seed was great!

Overall Rating: 10
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Blue Seed
This has the best story i have ever seen! All of the characters have there own little funny part and at the end with the Omake Theter. It is sad when Momiji trys to get Kusangi to like her but he only liked her twin sister so that was sad! Thats why i gave it a ten.

Overall Rating: 10
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.172.246)
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Blue Seed
I liked this series alot. I can't understand why some people didn't see anything
special in the music. I thought the soundtrack track was killer. Especially the
part where kusanagi and marikumo battled. If anyone has any info on bs2 please
mail me xodus00@hotmail.com

Overall Rating: 10
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.37.224)
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Blue Seed
I LOVE KUSANAGI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!He is mine & my sister's protector.
the animation was great....gotta buy all the comics $12.00 a vol
Anything Kus does is funny.

Overall Rating: 10
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.202.171)
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Blue Seed
I bought this on a suggestion from an internet friend and boy, am I glad she recommended it. It started a little goofy, and I was unhappy until they threw in some humor. Then it started rolling, and I found myself watching until 3 am. I prefer it to NGE which it is vaguely similar to. More variety of emotion and situation to the characters. I like Momiji, but I noticed a change after vol.4. She was agressive an carried a gun which she used, but later, became sort of passive. Maybe that was necessary to highlight the dramatic ending.
Anyway, it is among my all time favorites and I eagerly await the next batch.

Overall Rating: 10
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By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.200.82)
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