Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Created by Takahashi Ryousuke and first seen on Japanese TV in October 1999, the half-hour anime series Blue Gender was set in the future, long after an incurable disease had spread and wiped out much of humankind. At the time, several of those infected with the disease volunteered to be "sleepers," and were cryogenically frozen until a cure was found (if ever). Among those sleepers was young Kaido Yuji, who abruptly awoke from suspended animation in the year 2031, only to discover that the Earth had been conquered by the Blue, a breed of huge, voracious bug-like machines. Escaping the Blue's clutches, our hero joined the surviving humans who lived on Second Earth, an orbiting space station, and who were busily mounting a resistance against Earth's metallic conquerors. On August 4, 2003, Blue Gender was brought to American cable television as part of the Cartoon Network's nightly "Adult Swim" programming block.