Sunday, February 13, 2005

Blue Seed 2 OAV

Genre: Shoujo / Comedy
General Audience
2003 Yuzo Takada / Takeshobo, BS Project, TV Tokyo, NAS, A.D. Vision, Inc.

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Cover Description:
A renegade scientist in San Francisco has found a way to create a new creature known as a Neo-Aragami without the power of Susanoo. When these monsters start to terrorize California, the U.S. turns to the old members of the Terrestrial Administration Center (TAC) for help. All your favorites from the original series are here: Matsudaira, Kome, Yaegashi and Takeuchi. And now a mysterious new girl has appeared on the scene—Valencia, an American, who like Kusanagi, has the power of Mitama—and she may have eyes for Momiji’s boyfriend.

(3 episodes, 1 omake)

The name of the game is...loooooooove! >>> by skysenshi
Pardon me for being a bit giggly in this write-up. It just so happens that this follow-up to the Blue Seed series just came in time for our Valentines' 2005 celebration. But we'll deal with the romantics later.

Blue Seed 2 is actually short, composed of 3 episodes and 1 Omake Theater feature. This is basically set years after the first season, so you might as well be told now that it's easier to understand this title if you've already watched Blue Seed 1. The premise here is that all the Aragami has been obliterated and their keeper put to rest. What you're going to be seeing here are new breed of enemies ranging from the powerfully supernatural to the ridiculously criminal. The first two episodes, which centers on the Neo-Aragami and their mitamas (seeds), also introduces a new character in the form of the sexy, pink-haired Valencia. The third presentation, on the other hand, is just your typical filler ep that makes a villain out of a not-so-intelligent terrorist.

There isn't any grand epic plot in Blue Seed 2. It's simply a chance to get to know the cast of Blue Seed 1 all over again. This time around, there are lots of fan service involved. You will see the lovely women of TAC get naked, play ecchi jokes on each other, and find all kinds of excuses for coming up with revealing panty shots.

The Omake Theater—which stars a Momiji that wants to go dancing with an elusive Kusanagi—isn't as noteworthy as the ones shown in the first season. It does, however, bring us closer to the most obvious objective of this package: love. It's funny how most of the characters from episode 1 till the Omake are either in denial, having problems with commitment, or fundamentally just having difficulties saying the dreaded three words. I am nothing less than tickled as I watched the characters squirm and sort out their relationship differences even though I suppose their situations are meant to be dramatic. I was also looking forward to seeing our Kushinada Momiji get it on with sorta boyfriend Kusanagi, but hey, this isn't a hentai title.

The artwork and animation aren't much different from when we first saw Blue Seed, which is a shame because this is pretty recent. I was expecting much more defined improvement other than doing 3D CG mitamas. On the bright side, the characters have matured and they seem to have begun tackling adult responsibilities and conflicts—all of which are reflected in the art.

Having seen all this, I'd say that Blue Seed 2 is for light-hearted entertainment. It's not something you pick up if you want to be thoroughly engrossed in a new adventure. It's more of an add-on for those who have been fans of the Blue Seed series.

Individual Rating: Art/Animation 6; Story 7; Characters 9; Sounds 7

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