In the near future, the main character, Yuji Kaido, has been diagnosed, as other ordinary people, in having an incurable disease. Because there was no cure available at that time they put him with the others alike into hibernation, supposed for a time span of two years. Unfortunately for them, in the mean time Earth got invaded by alien bucks, called “Blue” and most humans got killed. For this reason, humans retreated to a space station called Second Earth. A few decades later, Yuji was awakened by a soldier among other commrades, who was sent down on earth to find the “sleepers” (and there is a reason for it), in other words the ones that had been put into hibernation. The soldier was no other than Marlene Angel, who is the other main character of the show. In the mists of war, a love story will start to evolve around these two main protagonists who will have to go through various dangers and do everything to survive and to safe the world.
This compilation movie, Blue Gender: The Warrior is composed of both old and new footage—with many clips being completely re-animated—and a very different ending. Roughly the last third of the original series’ story arc was removed for the movie, thus requiring an alternate ending. The story mostly focuses on Yuji and Marlene, and pretty much rightfully so, since those are the two main characters. However, the draw back to that is that we don’t see many wonderful characters that were in the series. Some roles for characters are even switched around a bit. Fans of Blue Gender who want to get everything about it will probably get this movie to complete their collections. I myself like Blue Gender, and getting this movie in my opinion was well worth it. However, if you see the movie first, it may seem different, and especially more so if you’ve seen the series first. For instance, some of the characters I grew attached to, such as cute little Yung and Marlene’s original retrieval team, die without much character development. Their deaths in the series gave more impact after knowing more about them. The whole explanation of the B-virus and the reason behind the blue has no part in this film either.
Some parts of it are just a bit odd, and hard to understand, like the ending. But the ending of the series is also quite hard to understand, if you think about it. My favorite part of this movie is the romantic factor, but I also enjoy the very graphic nature of the scenes. For fans of the TV series I would suggest this film only for the completists amongst you. But for everyone who missed out on this release the first time round, for whatever reason, then this film is an enjoyable evening.
The story has many twists and although it refers to a future time, the messeges that this show “sends out” are all the ones that we are facing in the present. For instance — environment, human behavior towards others, military/political power games etc. In the show we see a possible outcome of our actions. The story is very different from the series, and it’s ending is a bit of a shocker. Don’t worry, it’s not a bad ending like you’d see on most Outer Limits episodes, but it’ll leave you feeling weird. But on the plus side, you get most of the story in one setting, alot of action, and a fairly decent romance between Yuji and Marlene. Unlike the series, this movie has no fan service at all, which makes it more friendly to viewers in one way. But the violence and dark aspect of the movie go up as a result. All in all, if you have time on your hands, I would watch the series as it had more time to flush out the small details. Otherwise, this is your best bet.