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It's the 23rd century and humanity has had a series of devastating wars behind it, putting it on the brink of extinction. In an attempt to deal with this problem, human population has been put under control through genetic engineering. Everyone has a set destiny from birth and the ratio between woman and men has been brought to 9:1, since most of the problems seem to stem from male aggression. People are categorized according to their genetic profile, which leads to certain Skills. Love and passion are largely eliminated--but not fully.

Mika Seido is a 16 year old girl born into this world with a "white" genetic make-up, which means that her role has not been completely filled in at birth. Because of this, she often is treated as inferior, especially by Mir Lotus, whose Skills are far beyond those of most other people. Mika likes to write e-mails to her sentient dog on earth and is devastated when her "mama" dies because of an alien attack.

Humanity faces its largest threat yet when gigantic rings appear in the space around earth, one of which promptly destroys several large cities--one with Mika's mama in it. To fight the rings, a special space ship has been constucted: the Bilkis. On board it carries a special weapon in the form of one of the weirdest-looking HumongousMecha ever devised in anime: the Shaft. Mika is put onboard of the Bilkis and has to challenge both the alien threat and convince the crew--and herself--of her "white" potential.

''Geneshaft'' was released in 2001 by Creator/BandaiEntertainment in America. It is an interesting take on the "humongous mecha in space" theme in that it maintains a curious and intense dynamic between the characters. The men still appear to be very macho, despite having grown up in a society ruled by women. People who are very sensitive to the abuse of scientific themes might best steer clear off this series. For all the other viewers, ''Geneshaft'' can be a nice ride along all of the tropes that come with the genre--and they can enjoy the wonderful animation and the heart-warming ending.

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* TheAce: Mir.
* AmazonBrigade
* AnyoneCanDie
* {{Bishonen}}: The captain, Mario, and Lord Sneak, anyone?
* BigBrotherMentor: Mario, who manages to ''actually'' be someone's brother, something rare in a world of DesignerBabies, and comes across as a [[GurrenLagann proto-Kamina]].
* BodySurf: In one episode, the aliens keep copying crew members.
* BrandX: Karlboro cigarettes.
* BridgeBunnies
* BunnyEarsLawyer: People are expected to put up with raving maniacs like Jean, loonies like Dolce, and haughty divas like Mir because they are literally ''born'' to be the best at their jobs, and that's the only thing that matters.
* ClonesAreExpendable: A tenet of the future society.
* CloudCuckooLander: Dolce, who only communicates through her puppet.
* ConspicuousCG
* CooldownHug: Between {{Humongous Mecha}}s.
* CreepyMonotone: Beatrice.
--> '''Beatrice:''' If you are unable to obey rules regarding personal behavior on the bridge, by my authority as ship's Register... I will execute you.
* ElegantGothicLolita: Dolce.
* EmotionlessGirl: Beatrice, who suppresses her emotions artificially, being a Register.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: The American space shuttle crew in one episode, whose appearance are connected to the rings. To contrast them with the Bilkis' crew, they are depicted as older and more realistic-looking but also brash and unrefined.
* GratuitousItalian: The various scripts which control the Bilkis are all actually pieces of Italian football (soccer) jargon.
* ImportantHaircut: Mir cuts her hair after [[spoiler:learning of Lord Sneak's betrayal]].
* HeroicSacrifice: At one point in the series it could become a drinking game.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Mika Seido is voiced by Kumiko Higa. Yes, [[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork that Kumiko Higa]].
* HumansAreFlawed: The point of the show.
* HumongousMecha: The Shaft.
* InformedAbility: Tiki is supposed to be a CuteBruiser, but she mostly plays the role of BridgeBunny. When she actually does something.
* InsufferableGenius: Dolce, who is unmatched at computer programming. And lets everybody know. Through her puppet. Loudly.
* LensFlare
* MeaningfulName:
** Lord Sneak.
** Also the last episode's title. [[ChildhoodsEnd Childhood's Beginning.]]
* {{Meganekko}}: Remmy, although she doesn't really need her glasses.
* MementoMacGuffin: [[spoiler:Remmy's glasses]].
* MildlyMilitary: Even [[spoiler:trying to shoot your own captain]] doesn't raise any eyebrows.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: The soundtrack covers everything from 3 to 8, and stays most of the time around 6.
* MundaneUtility: A WaveMotionGun doubling as a [[spoiler: terraforming tool]].
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Lord Sneak]].
* NietzscheWannabe: Lord Sneak.
* OneWorldOrder: The Earth of the 23rd Century has become this, ostensibly preventing conflict and having rewritten society under more "stable, efficient" lines. Unfortunately, not everyone's on board with the whole idea.
* PathOfInspiration: Your society believes that it is logical to be hardcoded to die at 45 because you're no longer at 100% efficiency, justifies it as individuals being a mere expression of their genetic code and thus replaceable by brand new clones, and that the best male-female ratio is supposed to be 1:9 because of males being excessively HotBlooded, yet your rulers and founders of your way of life are a bunch of 200-year-old men. Who are not in a hurry to be replaced by their younger selves, of course. No f***ing ''wonder'' they have a [[LaResistance terrorist problem]]!
* PhlebotinumBreakdown: The constant crashes of the Shaft's computer systems.
* PluckyGirl: Mika.
* PosthumousCharacter
* {{Precursors}}: The Giants.
* PunnyName: Remmy Levistrauss. Levi Strauss is a jean company (gene/jean pun)
* PsychopathicManchild: Jean.
* RapidFireTyping: Which somehow works against computer viruses.
* {{Shout Out}}s: The titles of all episodes are variations on the titles of famous SF stories or straight references. [[Literature/TheMoonIsAHarshMistress "The Moon is a Hard Master"]], [[ArthurCClarke "The Sentinel"]], [[ChildhoodsEnd "Childhood's Beginning"]], [[TheShipWho "The Ship Who Sang"]]...
* StockFootage: The deployment of the Shaft.
* {{Stripperific}}: In the future there are some... interesting ideas about women's military attire.
* TakingYouWithMe
* TechnoBabble: To the point of becoming ridiculous.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Jean.
* TokenMiniMoe: Tiki is 12, but wears even more {{Stripperiffic}} clothes than the rest of the crew.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Humanity seems to have achieved something of a utopian society, but at a heavy cost to its...well, humanity.
* ViewerFriendlyInterface
* WeHaveReserves: Half of the cast's job is being a replacement for the other half.
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: NoSexAllowed, romantic love is apparently dead, and friendships are expected to be shallow. But ThePowerOfLove is stubborn.
* YouAreInCommandNow: [[spoiler:Beatrice, who's genetically engineered to be an eternal NumberTwo. She does fine.]]
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