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Sci Fi from the dark side
on 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 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. Our protaganist is not a hero, a good guy, or even someone who resembles a functional person. He is a lost soul who only knows one path...to keep fighting even after the writing is on the wall this way of survival will be his downfall.
Ultimately this is a dark tragic tale. There is graphic violence, but not excessivley so. It is not a feel good show. If you are down with that, this might be up your alley (or gutter). Personally, it was like an old school breath of fresh air after seeing too many silly "booby" anime shows these days.