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When a young boy on a peaceful island becomes the victim of a terrorist attack, he transforms into Xam'd, a powerful mecha capable of extreme power. Now he must discover the depth of his power, and the role he plays in a world where metal and rock meet flesh, desire, and destiny.

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  • Format: AC-3, Animated, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 2010
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003TX8QBU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,714 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By HiroNotHero on October 23, 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This blu-ray box set collects the first half, epiosodes 1-13, of this awesome sci-fi action/drama anime series. The animation is sleek, from the backgrounds to the characters themselves. The animation studio Bones, also responsible for series like Fullmetal Alchemist and Darker Than Black, does an amazing job bringing this intriguing series to life. The accompanying soundtrack is also very well done and fits the mood and theme of the show. Plus, the character designs are nice. This release yet again shows why anime is best when viewed in full HD.

The story is basically about a normal high school boy turns into a superhuman-like warrior called Xamdou when a mysterious girl implants a gem into his arm. From there on out, he has to leave his hometown, friends, and family behind to battle other superhuman-type beings. The depiction of how the boy deals with this new found power and how it effects the people around him is at times humorous, dramatic, and other times heart-wrenching. You're left wanting to find out what is going to happen to him and his friends, new found allies, and family from episode to episode. Yes, it's really that gripping, in my honest opinion. Definitely not your typical sci-fi action/drama anime show. Highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Celeste VINE VOICE on February 2, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I thought my husband's head was going to explode when this series came to PSN. He wanted to see it so badly, but the cost per episode, for a rental, was just more than we could justify. He was thrilled when the series came out on Blu-Ray.

Unlike some anime series that seem to go on forever, this series comes to conclusion after season two. You should, however, be aware that the seasons do not stand alone. Season one ends on a cliff hanger, and if you only watch season two you will be beyond confused. (Honestly, you may still be a little confused if you watch both seasons.)

The story has a lot of classic love story elements in it. There is a lot of action and a lot of conflict, but for me the center of the story is a tale that has been told over and over again. Best friends are in love with the same girl, but she's always known where her heart belongs. The side stories are as compelling as the main story; they are stories about the different ways we love each other. A mother's love for her child, an older sister's love for her younger sister, and the sacrifices we are willing to make for the ones we love the most.

If you are looking for a cute and fluffy anime, this is not for you. Xam'd is not afraid to break your heart by killing off a character they made you love, and in the end, not every character gets to live their happily ever after. There was something about this anime, although I'm not sure what, that reminded me of Eureka Seven.

Overall, I don't know if this is one of those series that you just HAVE to own, but it is well worth watching. I'm pretty sure that we never watched less than three episodes in a sitting, and we finished the second series in a weekend. It's hard to turn off, and even when it ends, you'll find yourself wanting more.
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Format: Blu-ray
The animation in this series is simply amazing - I swear some was motion captured it's so well done. The plot lines, characters - even the equipment - all are captivating. Doctor Ryuzo - his past, and self-inflicted atonements. But, man, his wife - I just wished someone would shoot her - her character was just so spiteful, full of hate and annoying. Just examples of two of the well fleshed-out minor characters. They are all very real. There's the required unrequited love with the two major players, Akiyuki and Nakiami, and among several of the other characters as well.

Many of the voice-actors were recognizable - after looking them up I found they were also in many of my favorite Anime. Full-Metal Alchemist Brotherhood, Vexile, Vandread, Speed Grapher, Gunsmith Cats and many more. It's an all-star cast - voice quality to match the production quality.

On to the action - there's plenty of it. One on one fights, aerial combat, giant monster sized critters - petty much everything. But little is gratuitous - 95% is directly related to the plot.

If you liked Full Metal Alchemist, Vexile, Elfen Lied, Full Metal Panic, Claymore - anything along those lines, you'll really enjoy this series.
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By Shadowdragon00000 on May 13, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
The story starts off with a pretty hefty right hook. I felt captivated after the first episode and watched as much as time permitted. The animation was really well executed, the characters have an extraordinary amount of depth, and the story has more than enough plot twists to keep you on your seat.

I found this anime to be more of a drama type than action type, which caught me off guard when looking back at the trailers and reading the product description. Mind you, this isn't a bad thing. Where the series lacks in action, it makes up for in character development and plot. The first half of Xam'd was truly the best of the series. The second half, however, felt like it was starting to stray off base and lose momentum. Regardless, I highly recommend this anime to just about anyone that enjoys a good story, with or without action driven content.
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Xam'd: Collection 1 Episodes
anymore, i wait to see if they release a full series.
i have 720 rips that were available to buy online, though i really want the blurays. but i hate getting burned when only part of a series gets a release in the US, so i will wait.

and sometimes a complete collection comes along, even cheaper... Read More
Sep 5, 2010 by dj masturbeat |  See all 4 posts
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