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Texhnolyze: Complete Box Set (Classic)

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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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Product Details

  • 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
  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0083QJW8O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,418 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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 door...you 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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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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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 like to explain to a child), other sexual content. The story unfolds slowly and jumps between characters and time. There are some very Japanese aspects to this anime that may puzzle or bore some. The story raises more questions than it answers, and stayed with me for days after I finished the series. I will go back and revisit it later.
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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. This is a story about a man who is truly alone in a world where humanity has reached its final days and how he dives head first into his doom along with the rest of the human race. This isn't a show for those of you with a short attention span. Many people say that this show is awfully boring because it is extremely slow paced. Which is absolutely true. But it's not a bad thing if you have the patience to see it through to the end. In fact it's a great thing because if it weren't as slow pace as it is, it wouldn't have had nearly the same impact as it does in the end. I am a pretty dry eyed guy when it comes to things, but this teared me up, there are few shows that can bring out strong feelings of loneliness like this can. Don't let that turn you off, because this is a show that I believe we all need to see and understand.
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I love series like Serial Experiment Lain and Ergo Proxy. So, when I heard about this anime and knew that it was by the same people that made SEL and EP, I just had to watch it. First thing I noticed is that It's definitely slower than the other two, it's probably the slowest series I have ever seen (anime, live action etc...), and it also darker. The animation is great, and I wish more anime had this type of style. The OST is really good and fits the series very well, though, it's not my favorite. I love how this series pretty much leaves it to the viewer to determine the meaning of it, and how it doesn't actually explain much to you. It's a series that requires you to use your brain to understand it, and because of that, I don't recommend it to people who have low attention spans, and or like shutting their brains when watching something. Again, it's a very dark series, much so, that I would advise adults to not show it to kids. If you like psychological, dark shows, and don't mind it having a slow plot, I would definitely recommend it to you.
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