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Xam'd: Collection 2 [Blu-ray]
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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.
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.Read more ›
The fight between the doctor and commander was uninspiring and unbelievable. Many of the sub-plots seemed rushed to conclusion "it's the end - quick - slap something together to wrap these up!" We even have people miraculously show up that were killed off. The conclusion of the main plots was, in my opinion, a flop. It's as if there were two episodes missing between the final two. Or that the final episode was just so badly edited. It was still a decent conclusion, but it could have been so much better.
Being more of a drama series than action series, I personally felt there were too many conflicts left open. As for the few conflicts that did come to a close, well, they were "closed" far too abruptly and had little resolution. Also, there are too many questions left unanswered about key characters in the series. It's hard to elaborate on this point without spoiling too much though.
The character design felt rather lively, as did their personalities. It helped the story feel a little more believable and involving, even though I felt the need to fast forward through a good 1/3rd of the series. The animation was crisp, and the series has some extraordinary artistic design.
Xam'd could honestly use a follow up to close off the story. There are a lot of key plot points that needs to be explained, rather than being left in the dark. Regardless, I recommend watching Xam'd to anyone, mostly because of the level of originality behind the story and content. Comparing Xam'd to the other animations I've seen, it truly is in a genre of it's own.
Due to the lack of a proper ending, as well as there being what feels like too much filler content, I had to knock off a couple stars. The series's saving grace is the overall story ( not including the ending ), and the characters. 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.
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