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Old 02-07-2003, 08:23 AM   #1   [permalink]
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Thumbs up My impressions of the TV series...

I loved it from the start, the plot was an interesting one, the large amount of religious symbolism made it more intriguing since the Seven Seals are mentioned in Revelations, and the Star of David and Pentagrams throughout.

I did get sad towards the latter part when really bad things started happening to people (i.e. deaths). At least they weren't as gorey as the manga (too many decapitations in that). I could tell the ending was a bit rushed, knowing that there's still two or so volumes to go, though I've only read up untilt he 13th volume. I tend to get sad at sacrifices though, so the latter part of the series really dopressed me.

One thing that I can't get out of my head is Fuuma's ability to read people's wishes, and his wanting to grant those wishes. It remind me of that old song 'When You Wish Upon A Star'. Checking out the lyrics, it kind of makes sense.

When a star is born
They possess a gift or two
One of them is this
To make your dreams come true
When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Any thing your heart desires
Will come to you

If your heart is in your dreams
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longings

Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dream comes true

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longings

Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dream comes true
Obviously, the 'star' in question would be Kamui and the gift (or two) is to read peoples wishes and to grant them. Maybe somehow when everyone in the series made their wishes, they all looked up into the sky, and it was 'picked up' by Kamui's twin star.

Then again, this might seem like something completely unrelated, but it was bugging me and I had to ask others if it sounded odd.
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Old 09-01-2004, 08:53 PM   #2   [permalink]
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I was about to buy the whole series until I found out some disturbeding facts..

[X [TV] is definitely not for children or young teens. Violence is a major factor in this series, and there is lots of blood, and though I've personally only seen the first four DVDs out of eight (12 episodes + the OAV Episode 0), I know for a fact that it becomes very violent later on, with even a scene of someone granting a 'Wish' by gouging the others eye out.

So far, halfway through the series, with the plot just beginning to speed up, nudity is really not a factor. The only scenes that contain it are two where Kanoe, the one who gathers the 'bad' guys together, sits up in bed where she's obviously naked under the sheets, a shower scene with nothing but a silhouette and a cel of Kanoe from the top of the breasts up, and one full-body scene where Tokiko Magami has her clothes disintegrated so she can 'give birth' to a sword, but her arms cover some of the crucial parts and, in the traditional anime style, its not detailed besides a few curves.

Sexual situations are few to none so far, the only instances correlating with the above mentioned 'Kanoe sitting up in bed' scenes, and only because Yuuto, another Dragon of Earth, is sitting in a chair near her bed and reading a book when she wakes up in both scenes.

Profanity is mostly mild, with mainly 'damn' used. 'Bastard' is occasionally used, translated from the Japanese 'teme', which is a vulgar term of 'you'.

The main warning I would give to parents on this anime is the rather disturbing images and themes in X [TV]. There are at least two same-sex 'couples' in X, though neither is traditional in any sense of the word, even if they had been heterosexual instead of homosexual. The 'Dark Kamui', aka Fuuma-turned-Evil once Kamui chooses to go to the 'good' side to protect those he loves the most, is a sadistic, blood loving guy, as evidenced by the fact that he first stabs Kotori through the heart, then pins Kamui to a wall with wires and then pins one of Kamui's hands to that same wall by piercing it with a sword. He also has an obsession with molesting Kamui, and loves to see him bleed. (He even licks a bit of blood running down Kamui's neck in the aforementioned scene. *shudder*)

The other thing parents might be wary of is the religious themes sprinkled throughout X. Some of the elements in the story are taken from the book of Revelation in the Bible, as in the fact that Satsuki's supercomputer is called 'Beast' and has the numbers '666' printed on the side. Also, some views are sent awry, as the 'good' guy is portrayed with black bat-like wings, while the 'bad' guy has white, feather, angel wings. There is also a woman prostitute on the 'good' side who is a Catholic.

Twisted relationships, lots of blood, mature themes, religious themes, and the overall dark mood of X [TV] earn it a 'Mature.'
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Old 11-01-2004, 12:06 AM   #3   [permalink]
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And that stopped you... why? This seems very off-topic from what Majin Shinji's question was. Maybe it would have been better if you'd made your own thread.

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Old 11-01-2004, 02:49 PM   #4   [permalink]
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I don't see how X is any worse than any other anime geared for its age group. Hell, it aired at 6 PM in Japan.

Maybe I'm jaded.
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