Posted by psgels on 26 December 2007 with categories: Anime Reviews


For me, Blue Drop was one of the major series to watch out for for the Fall-season. In the end, I can’t really say that this is among the best series of the season, but yet there are enough reasons to give this one a shot. It’s basically about the captain of a ship that’s part of an alien-invasion who is on a reconnaissance-mission on an all-girl high-school, and the people she makes friends with.

The best thing about this series is definitely the cast of characters. The overall pacing is rather slow for a thirteen-episode series, but because of that it has enough time to not only flesh out and develop the main characters, but also the side-ones. At the end of the series, it feels that every character on the good side has gotten enough attention to be more than just a one-dimensional cardboard box. There’s a lot of angst in this series, but because the characters are fleshed out so well, it really works turning this series into an excellent tragedy.

I wish I could be so positive about the alien-subplot, though. It lacks fleshing out and explanation, and for some reason one huge outer-space-battleship can be piloted and maintenanced by just one person, which doesn’t really sound that realistic to me. Most of the aliens and especially the major villain also seriously lack development and aren’t fleshing out enough. In the end, it just feels incomplete, and the only positive thing I can say about it is that it provides enough dramatic tension for the characters to work with.

Thankfully, the characters don’t get dragged down along with the alien-subplot, though it remains a nasty thorn for this series. The music, while alone not that spectacular, does fit the overall mood perfectly, and there’s also enough eye-candy in this series. The ending also doesn’t leave a bad taste, so there are enough good points for this series. Too bad about the bad ones.

6 Responses

  1. Adam says:

    The only real let-down in this show for me was some of the school scenes, which tended towards the cliched and annoying (particularly Hagino’s cardboard-cutout fangirls). I actually thought the alien invasion worked quite well, although there is clearly a vast amount of back-story left to explain (which is mostly in the various manga, I suspect).

    The central relationship between Mari and Hagino was wonderfully developed, though, and Hagino/Ekaril herself made an outstanding tragic heroine.

  2. Merli says:

    Blue drop really requires that you look to the mangas as well for more information. It doesn’t heavily touch upon the alien storyline in enough detail, but neither do most of the manga short stories. This really feels like a stretched version of the original manga stories.

  3. Runningkid says:

    Quite a nice series, but I have to agree with you that there were bits that were a bit unconvincing, like the whole space ship controled by 1 person.

  4. Mooniecat says:

    I agree that where the aliens were concern, it left heavily a lot out. No real fleshing and therefore seems terribly forced every time they tried to explain why the ship was different.
    As for the relationship development, thank the gods that it was the focus of the anime or this would have been a total loss. But because of it, it turned into a good watch.

  5. Gunner22 says:

    I felt that it was a great tragic anime but it was too short and the ending was incredibly sad and left a huge time gap for those 30 years and could have had more to it but was a magnigicant tragedy not many that are that dramatic.

  6. Thomas says:

    I thought this series was too bland, and boring. It was a series that literally killed my will to watch anime. I’m so glad I finally finished it. now Im watching 7 series a week again.

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    (Wednesday, Jan 28. 2015 01:50 PM)
    Lets just toss the flowerly tongue and get to the nitty gritty here.
    You don’t like me or any of the other writers and you would prefer to have a static blog instead of it being updated by people who are not psgels. Great, opinion noted.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Jan 28. 2015 01:45 PM)
    “Thus, people are checking for updates less.”
    ….based on? Cause from what I hear from ninja the blog is still getting the page views it did during psgels days. Also on Mantinance fees, Ninja did say he would pay for them but it seems psgels refused.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Jan 28. 2015 01:40 PM)
    @agej, I honestly can’t tell if you are being sincere or just taking the piss.
    “Psgels dropped shows he doesn’t like because he doesn’t just write for the sake of filling space on the feed.”
    Again why are we asuming here? I have dropped a show I didn’t like. If I didn’t like these shows I wouldn’t be writing about them. Also note that psgels did take a request to blog something and you could always tell that he was never into the show.
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    (Wednesday, Jan 28. 2015 06:29 AM)
    Eh, k-off if your around, theres a documentary film out there about The shinbet Israeli intelligence network recruiting the son of a Hamas leader which made for an interesting, engaging enough watch, it was called The green prince.
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    @Emma: I actually haven’t watched Never Let Me Go, but if I enjoy Ex Machina then I might give it a go.
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    (Wednesday, Jan 28. 2015 05:51 AM)
    Not entirely true. Peter used to post quite frequently before his hiatus over a year and a half ago, a quick look at the archives proves the extent of this. His initiative to utilize similar minded authors from his blog both proves his approval of them as well as the plan to post very rarely from then on.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Jan 28. 2015 05:47 AM)
    @Bam: Sunshine let me down with its ending but the rest of the film was strong enough to forgive that somewhat.
    I quite liked his never let me go film, then again I am very much draw to these bleak, dystopian things.
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    (Wednesday, Jan 28. 2015 05:44 AM)
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