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Texhnolyze: Complete Box Set (Classic)

JB Blanc , Jonas Bell , Hiroshi Hamazaki  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: JB Blanc, Jonas Bell, Steven Bendik, John E. Breen, Deem Bristow
  • Directors: Hiroshi Hamazaki
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 550 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0083QJW8O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,609 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

In a man-made underground society, descendants of a banished generation vie for control of the crumbling city of Lux. Ichise, an orphan turned prize fighter, loses a leg and an arm to satisfy an enraged fight promoter. On the brink of death he is taken in by a young woman doctor and used as a guinea pig for the next evolution of Texhnolyze. With his new limbs, Ichise is taken under the wing of Oonishi, a powerful leader of Organ, an organization with some hold on Lux. As Ichise is drawn deeper into a war for territorial control of the city, he learns of his possible future from the young girl prophet Ran, who guides him from the shadows in his darkest times. With the explosion of the warfare, Ichise must uncover the truth about Lux and fight for his survival as he realizes his destiny.

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sci Fi from the dark side October 2, 2012
Before I became enlightend to enjoy many different genres of anime, the word "anime" to me used to signify edgy, controversial, and usually violent animation coming from Japan. Shows I saw on grainy video tapes imported from Japan had a "cool factor" in their violent edginess and being so counter to mainstream entertainment.

Recently watching this series brought all those old feelings of what I originally loved about anime so many years ago. From the opening credits with tecnho music, you know you are going for an edgy ride with this show. The most striking aspect of the series, especially in the beginning is there is almost no dialog at all. The first handful of episodes are almost completely visual, with no more than a few lines of dialog spoken by a few characters. This makes figuring out what the heck is going on rather challenging, but I believe that is the intended fun of this show - figuring just what the heck is going on in some other altered world without anyone giving any expositional dialog. The animation is done by Madhouse, which is worth mentioning on a show that relies so much on visual style to carry it. As usual, they do a great job creating excellent detailed animation in this show. My only complaint is the limiting format of DVD...kind of like looking at a work of art through a screen know it would be even more beautiful if you could see it without the low def obstruction.

As for the story - I hate giving spoilers, and to be honest trying to summarize a visually told story like this will not do it justice. I will give a high level impression that this story is about a man's rage against those that wronged him & against a society he lives in that has gone down the dumper.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of the Complete Boxed Set of Texhnolyze January 10, 2013
By Bard
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Texhnolyze is one of my favorite anime. It was the promise of incredible entertainment like this that convinced me to start watching anime in the first place.

Texhnolyze is science fiction, but unlike typical science fiction anime, Texhnolyze is brutal, gritty, realistic, and serious. There aren't giant pilot-able robots, alien races, or girls with unnatural hair color, but instead a story filled with themes such as man vs. machine, human greed and selfishness, and the beauty of life. And while these themes have certainly been explored before, Texhnolyze sets itself apart through its artistically rendered emotional, cinematic power. This is a work of Yoshitoshi ABe after all.

The plot chronicles the anarchistic collapse of the underground city of Lux, where three factions vie for control. The Orgono, a mafia-esque group of businessmen and political leaders that use armed thugs and alliances to control Lux, the Salvation Union, a union of middle class laborers who oppose texhnolyzation or the use of mechanical limbs, and the Racan, a group of rebellious youths who hang out at local bars and cause general mayhem for the other factions. There are many characters that make up this story, but Ichise, the quiet, seemingly apathetic ex prize-fighter is the central figure of this tale. The pacing of Texhnolyze begins rather slowly, and during the first couple episodes I had to force myself to watch it regularly. I know every anime reviewer claims that after struggling through the first couple episodes the story REALLY picks up, but I'm not kidding, this one really does!

It can be hard to appreciate the emotional power of those first five or so episodes if they don't seem to head anywhere, but trust me, they do!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Technology is our enemy March 13, 2013
By Ghraff
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this anime proves that technology is our greatest strength and greatest enemy. The war, the politics, the desire, it is all a constant struggle and this anime is a great window to that reality
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hardboiled sci-fi at its hardest October 14, 2013
It should be mentioned that Texhnolyze is not an easy anime to get into. The first three episodes are almost unwatchable; painfully slow, littered with long sequences with no dialogue and a frusterating level of confusion and vageness. However bear with it! As Texhnolyze unfolds it gets more and more interesting. The plot thickens. Character's motives become known. Espionage ensues. It soon becomes appearent that this is an anime with huge payoff.

I will avoid summing up the plot and characters. This is one of those where the less you know, the better. I simply want to express my opinion of them.

Tex is a dark, gritty, mature, and cerebral sci-fi thriller. And IMO, is a quintessential "Seinen" anime. Pacing is usually slow. However with so much brain candy and an ensemble cast to keep track of, I am grateful for it. Speaking of the ensemble cast, they are an unprectictable bunch. Some flat, some deep. Most living in that grey area between good and evil. There is always somebody keeping the story fresh, giving twists both big and small. So many intrigueing questions and themes prevade the story, many times it keeps you guessing... But be warned: it is a depressing ride. Wade through the TERRIBLE first 3 episodes (but dont skip them!) and Tex will never stop growing on you.

Very hard to decide between 4 and 5 stars. I will lean toward 5 because the Seinen demographic is so refreshing to come across.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You don't want to watch this... you need to
This is a wonderfully depressing and dark show. If you are looking for something involving philosophical ideas and the dark side of humanity then look no further. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Adam B.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Typical Anime
This anime has some wonderful features, but at the same time it is very slow to weave its tale. The first episode has no speech. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Myron Wyles
1.0 out of 5 stars Look elsewhere. Save yourself!
In the special features the director said he wanted the first half of the show to be "long and drawn out". And that's exactly what you get! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Borat's Bad Brother
4.0 out of 5 stars good, if you don't mind crazy
I just gonna warn you, Don't Expect To Understand the Story. The art's incredible, the tone is dark, and the series is very cerebral. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Vale oktaku extraodinaire
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkly Beautiful
This series is 1 of the most interesting and Darkley-hauntingly beautiful animes ever.If you are looking for something that will stalk your memories for some time this is your... Read more
Published 15 months ago by walter
4.0 out of 5 stars Very dark, very slow, not for kids
No fan service or happy, bouncing boobs in this one. There are many aspects that makes this an adult only anime: graphic violence, incest, political backstabbing (nothing I would... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Elsie Whittle
1.0 out of 5 stars schlock
Pointless, poorly written, poorly animated. Story(and I use the term very loosely) spends most of its time hashing and rehashing the same irrelevant points, while totally skipping... Read more
Published 21 months ago by M. Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars dark sci-fi
this anime is a great dark sci-fi show it is part end of the world,part bionic man,and part bloodey battle. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Kennet R. Beeney
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