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Gilgamesh - Orphans of the Apocalypse (Vol. 1)
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Enter Gilgamesh. This is a love or hate series...I don't think there's much middle ground.
Animation: The animation quality in some of the initial episodes can be a bit sub-par, but it gets better. In addition, the character designs and settings are truly inspired. They don't have the characteristics of typical anime characters...when was the last time where anime characters actually had lips?
Music: The OST isn't something you would listen to in your spare time. However, it complements the atmosphere of the anime well, and for that it gets top marks. In addition, I really enjoyed the ending music.
Plot & Characters: This is where the series shines and earns every bit of 5 stars. The plot is very mysterious- THE LESS YOU READ ABOUT IT THE BETTER. Suffice it to say that this is an anime where most episodes raise more questions than they answer. The plot continues strong throughout the course of the anime and has an ending that is bound to provoke discussion (and already has). The characters are very likeable; you'll care when they are in peril...even while you're completely confused as to what is going on. If you don't like to be confused at times...this anime isn't for you. Also, rarely has an anime so tastefully handled matures themes as this series does. Many animes are about middle school students, have a very kiddy feel to them, and don't begin to touch any dark or mature themes. It's not that there is nudity or anything- that would be a big turn off. However, this isn't a series for kids...Read more ›
The show quickly introduces the setting. The discovery of an ancient tomb belonging to the ancient Mesopotamian King Gilgamesh is discovered to have supernatural qualities. Hoping to capitalise on these qualities an international scientific hub, Heaven's Gate, is built over the tomb to exploit whatever potential lies within. A terrorist attack on Heaven's Gate causes a world-wide catastrophe known as the twin X phenomenon (the catastrophe happens on Oct 10) which interupts the electromagnetic fields on the planet rendering computers useless and changing the sky into a psychedelic mirror.
The new world is a ashy, dark world where civilization is in decay. We are introduced to siblings Tatsuya and Kiyoko- brother and sister on the run from debt collectors. Their deceased mother left themw ith huge debts and their father has disappeared. Left to their own devices they are constantly on the run until they meet 3 mysterious people (the gilgamesh) who take out the debt collectors. Tatsuya and Kiyoko are grateful for their help but still have reservations about these 3 men.
Another three people arrive working for a mysterious lady known as the countess. These being are after kiyoko and Tatsuya also but their motive sren't known.Read more ›
The Amazon review is very misleading - the animation, while muted and certainly not of the caliber more popular anime may get, is very unique and fits the dark story well.
The story of Kiyoko and Tatsuya is full of many twists and turns, bringing you through a full range of emotion as you go. It also uses many conventions (not cliches) in interesting and inventive ways, as well as giving you a small history lesson or two along the way.
I highly suggest Gilgamesh to anyone who enjoys original, dark stories and is willing to sacrifice a bit in the animation department in order to get a great story.
Another problem with the show is the voice dubbing. It is unrealistic and boring. When the terrorist attack was happening, the people sounded more annoyed that frantic about the event. Also, all of the voices sounded the same- monotone and soft. The show needs a lot better voice actors. Maybe the Japanese dubbing is better, but I didn't have time to rewatch it.
The only thing that keeps the anime afloat is the story. I enjoy how it keeps you in the dark about who is good and who is bad. There is also plenty other of mystery dealing with the myth of Gilgamesh too. Another plus with the story is it has good flow and balance with action even if though it isn't spectacular.
If you are a person who can stand mediocre presentation for a show with a good plot, then you should give Gilgamesh a try. I prefer something a little more exciting, but I got used to the lack of life after the first couple of episodes. The show sort of grew on me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After a terrorist attack transforms the sky into a psychedelic mirror, society struggles to rebuilt itself and two powerful forces wage a secret, terrifying war. Read morePublished on August 13, 2008 by [KNDY] Dennis A. Amith
Gritty, bleak and beautiful. These are just a few of the words one can use to describe Gilgamesh - Whose Side Are You On?". Read morePublished on February 23, 2007 by James Valdez
I've gotten a strange vibe from what I've seen so far, but I like it quite a bit! It's definitely gothic -- but not "bad gothic". Kind of Dr. Read morePublished on August 20, 2006 by James Bender
Kiyoko (17 years old) and her little brother Tatsuya (14 years old) are on the run because of a debt left behind by their late mother. Read morePublished on May 16, 2006 by Dorothea
I bought this disk with high hopes to start a new series, Unfortunatly, the only thing that kept me awake to see the entire first disk was heckling this tripe with my friends. Read morePublished on January 30, 2006 by C. Orzechowski
Tatsuya and Kiyoko Madoka are on the run from a vicious gang after their mother dies leaving them with some pretty big debts. Read morePublished on October 30, 2005 by Sesho