Thursday, February 14, 2008

Review: Blue Seed (1995)

Blue Seed (1995) is a science fiction Japanese anime about demonic plant-like monsters who threaten to destroy Japan.

Momiji Fujimiya is just an ordinary 15-year-old girl until she discovers that she is the descendant of the ancient and powerful Kushinada family. The Kushinada blood can tame and put these demonic plants (Aragami) into an eternal sleep. The Terrestrial Administration Center, Japan's secret supernatural police force, must defeat these demonic creatures, such as Yamata no Orochi and Susano-oh. She meets a mysterious man, Kusunagi, who has seven mitamas embedded in his body and always rescues her. He was chosen to protect the Kushinada. The story becomes more complex when she meets her supposedly dead twin sister, Kaede. She wants to revive Lord Susano-oh and purify the planet of humanity's pollution and foulness. With the help of the TAC and Kusanagi, Momji fights the Aragami, even if she must sacrifice herself to save the nation.

There are several religious references to some aspects of Shintoism and Japanese mythology throughout the series. The story is based on the tale of the god, Susanoo, and the eight-headed monster, Yamata no Orochi. Each aragami wears a blue mitama bead. It also stars one of th greatest and most dynamic Japanese female seiyuus (actress-singer), Megumi Hayashibara.

If you do not want to see the full series, there is an original animation video (OAV) in English called Blue Seed Beyond (1996). It is a 3-episode sequel to the Japanese TV series, and the setting takes place in San Francisco, California. A crazy scientist creates neo-Aragami, and the United States government needs the help of the TAC members. This OAV is adequate.

This series is available to rent and buy on DVD.

  • Episodes: 26
  • OP Song: "Carnival Babel" by Takada Band
  • ED Song: "Touch and Go!!" by Megumi Hayashibara (eps 1-25) and "Life" by Megumi Hayashibara (ep 26)
"Touch and Go" by Megumi Hayashibara

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