- Age: Unknown (10-18?)
- Cell Combinations:Koi Fish
- Occupation:Umigumo Pilot; Goodwill Ambassador
- Appearances: OVA, PS1
BIOGRAPHY (Source: 青の6号 DVD Character Files)
A water creature created by Zorndyke. Due to internal organ structure and design, it cannot speak, but has a very high level of intelligence. The Mutios’ are Zorndyke’s ultimate Umigumo pilots. They live in shallow areas of the ocean and are programmed for strict obedience, even to the point of suppressing their own feelings. Usually a dull color, but the one seen by Hayami at Tokyo Bay was very colorful.
My thoughts & opinions
Mutio is definitely one of the more (if not, the most) popular and memorable characters in BS6, and its not hard to see why. Highly recognizable because of her unique design, she’s pretty much the mascot of BS6 in my humble opinion (Kino looks too plain, while Hayami is too similar to many other anime characters). Some people have commented that Mutio resembles one of the female characters in ‘Chobits’ (sp?), but after having investigated for myself, I’m inclined to disagree.
The design and mannerisms of this character appeal to both male and female viewers, for different reasons. Male viewers (especially young and horny ones) would be easily drawn by her cute human-like looks, fully naked body and feminine behaviour. The fact that she’s either swimming or kneeling down (a behaviour implicitly associated with submissiveness) further adds to her sexual appeal. Female viewers would probably be taken by her independent spirit, unwillingness to tolerate abuse (e.g. her defiance towards Verg) and her peaceful and forgiving nature.
Mutio’s inability to speak makes its harder for viewers to deduce her thoughts, shifting the focus to her actions and expressions. In a sense, she’s somewhat like Hello Kitty, who’s mouthless face hides her emotions, so its up to the viewers to make inferences based on their interpretations.
Not surprisingly, a popular fandom discussion topic about Mutio is whether she harbours romantic feelings for Hayami (like, what is she doing here?!). Objectively speaking, I think there’s enough evidence in the given material to suggest either possibility. I have no strong preference however, despite writing a fanfic centered on a Mutio & Hayami pairing. I’ll probably examine this love issue in more detail in a future article. (Update: Article is [here]).
Mutio’s forgiving nature was further emphasized in the limited appearances she made in 青の6号: Antarctica. She was seen sitting next to Verg inside the wrecked Ghost-Ship (after the conclusion of EP4 of the anime), consoling the weeping hybrid. Towards the end of the game, during the last FMV, she returned to rescue Verg from the collapsing Ghost-Ship. This was after Verg had chosen to stay and die with the ship, and after all his other siblings had abandoned him.
Many fans are eager for a Blue Submarine No.6 sequel, mostly in part due to the popularity of Mutio, but sadly, I think she’s also one reason why GONZO can’t make a TV series out of BS6 – she (and her sisters) are completely naked, so censorship issues may be a problem. And realistically, you can’t expect those pink appendages to hide the nipples every time 😛 .
Overall, a very well-conceptualized and unforgettable character. Thanks Mr. Kusanagi!