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Xam'd: Collection 1 (2008)

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • 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: B003TX8QBK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,887 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Sci-fi Action/Drama Anime 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
4.0 out of 5 stars I'll be Xam'd 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Somethng unique in the world of Anime October 16, 2011
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See September 9, 2011
Format:DVD
Xam'd: Of the Lost Memories is an exceptional anime, one of the best I have ever seen. It is currently available on Netflix and, at the time I'm writing this, is available for instant viewing. I say that Xam'd is one of the best anime I have ever seen, and I am completely serious about this, currently it ranks in third place on the list of my top five favorite anime - and honestly I think that it is technically better than Record of Lodoss War (1st place), but my love for this anime sometimes approaches religious devotion, and so I can't rank Xam'd as number one. I will warn you from the beginning that Xam'd is somewhat difficult to get into. The story throws you into the middle of a truly fantastic world with very little explanation of what is going on, and then expects you to pick up the clues on the way. Although it offers a significant number of clues (way more than Ergo Proxy), I imagine that many viewers will have some trouble catching up and figuring out what is going on. Trust me when I say that it is worth it to push through. So, on to the review:

Overall: 10/10

As I said, Xam'd currently ranks third in my top five anime list. So, I can safely say that I have seen very few anime that I enjoyed more than this, and I don't think that either of the first two are technically better than Xam'd, but due to either subject matter, or loyalty, they remain my top two. At its core Xam'd is a love story, and it is the best kind of love story - a real one. Nowhere in this anime do you find the cliche `love at first sight' or `wedding after two weeks' plots that are so common in romantic tales. Xam'd is the story of two young people who do their best to remain true in their love for one another through a wide variety of trials.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Opinion
I have to say, I am a movie collector and I was very nervous when I bought this. When I first started watching it and I was like ok it's doing pretty good. The animation not bad. Read more
Published on September 7, 2012 by back star 21
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be great, but it is only good
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X'amd: Lost Memories

By: James Y Glass

What an odd and beautiful anime, I really, really like X'amd, but no matter how hard I want to,... Read more
Published on January 17, 2012 by James Y Glass
4.0 out of 5 stars Great drama
The story starts off with a pretty hefty right hook. I felt captivated after the first episode and watched as much as time permitted. Read more
Published on May 13, 2011 by Shadowdragon00000
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
If you like steampunk, mechs, and typical Japanese lover's drama than you will like this series. It is not heavy on plot, but is heavy on action and from the start goes at 100... Read more
Published on January 24, 2011 by Cole Morse
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Intriguing But Forgettable At The End
After seeing two episodes I thought that it would be an enjoyable series to get but after finally seeing the series all I can feel is disappointment and confusion on why I got this... Read more
Published on January 21, 2011 by Rich(Anime&Games Will Always Prevail!)
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best NEW animes
I was disappoint to see that the anime was only up for rental on the Playstation Network for about $4 an episode. Read more
Published on November 8, 2010 by Willm
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