- Age: 74
- Nationality: Albanian
- Occupation: Former Project Blue Lead Scientist; Creator of the Chimeran Race
- Appearances: OVA, PS1
BIOGRAPHY (Source: 青の6号 DVD Character Files)
Graduated from the University of Tirana and decided to study in the United States to research a hybrid gene project. After doing research at CalTech and MIT he became the head researcher on the food DNA production research project. Later, he moved to England and continued his work at the government clone-science institution. With Venture Capital Investor’s help, he gets involved in the Socodara Okiami hybrid gene project. After returning to Albania, his wife is killed because of his research. The last words from his speech at the University of Tirana were “Chaos, Cosmos, Eros, Thanatos”.
He joined others in the creation of the organization known as “Blue”, and changed the research facility that he bought with his own money into a Blue military base. He finished his research on Chimera, the science of two cells combined into one, and later rebelled against the Blue Organization and occupied the South Base. He announced a plan to annihilate all mankind.
My thoughts & opinions
The man himself. Like most others (I’m sure) who watched the OVA for the first time, I was expecting this villain to be a sneering, raving lunatic with a lab coat, somewhere along the lines of Dr. Wily. The look on his face on the Time magazine cover plus the pre-recorded rhetoric being spewed by the Umigumos sure gave me that impression.
It was hence surprising to know eventually that Zorndyke was a peaceful, soft-spoken man, and almost like a father figure. It didn’t change the fact that he was still responsible for genocide, but it certainly made him less hated and alot more mysterious. For me at least. Still, his character and actions remained too abstract even after the end of the series. Was he a man with a plan, or a man with a mess? Was he gambling on the hope that his children won’t turn against him, given that he is himself a human? Why did he not finish off humanity immediately when he could easily do so (they had nukes too)?
Zorndyke’s character was not further developed in the BS6: Antarctica unfortunately. He says the same lines during Kino and Hayami’s meeting with him. The only addition however was the sound of the gunshot from Hayami’s gun (while the screen has faded to black), followed by Kino screaming Hayami’s name.
I’ve attemped to examine and rationally explain the motivations behind his action in a Fanfic of mine, but it is certainly in no way 100% true or sensible. Perhaps Zorndyke’s actions were never intended to actually make sense…