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Xenosaga Vol. 1: Enter the Gnosis

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000T4T91S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,623 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Based on a popular PS2 game, the broadcast series Xenosaga (2005) is set in the far future, 4,000 years after humanity abandoned Earth. Mankind is locked in a deadly struggle with the alien Gnosis over the possession of the mysterious monolith, the Zohar. Shion Uzuki runs a training program for anti-Gnosis fighters, whose ultimate weapon is KOS-MOS, a super-mecha that takes the form of a voluptuous woman. When the Gnosis attack the Federation fleet, KOS-MOS helps Shion and her friends escape. The mecha forces the wild 'n' crazy crew of a rogue salvage ship to pick up the refugees. At this point, the already tangled story simply falls apart. Characters appear and disappear as they hatch plots and counterplots involving ships, foundations, governments, secret research, military programs, and, of course, the Zohar. Xenosaga might make sense to fans of the game, but non-players will find themselves lost in a tangle of elements borrowed from Evangelion, Gundam, Outlaw Star, et al. (Rated TV 14 V: violence, risqué humor) --Charles Solomon

Product Description

4000 years after humanity has traded Earth for the stars, mankind has developed a secret weapon in the war against their mortal enemies, the Gnosis. Her name is KOS-MOS, and she is a battle android with amazing capabilities. Once activated, KOS-MOS and her human companions find themselves caught between Gnosis, the U-TIC Organization, and their own superiors in a battle with no clear sides.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for the Xenosaga fan December 19, 2007
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This is a different version of the story told in Xenosaga Episode I: Will to Power. However, the main characters and the central plot basically follow the same course. This is a nice collector's item to have for any fan of the Xenosaga series. If you have a friend or a family member who would like to watch the story but do not have the time to play the game, then this is the answer. Also for someone who might have tried to play the game but was unable to finish it, this series of anime DVDs could be the way to go.

Personally, I prefer the story that was told in the video game. The soundtrack to the video game, composed by the renowned Yasunori Mitsuda, was also better than the soundtrack here. However, this anime does fill in some of the information left out in the game. As I said, there are some deviations between the two, as far as the plot goes. In the anime, Lt. Virgil did not die until near the end of the episode. Whereas he died rather early in the game. There are enough deviations here to make it feel like you're watching a different plot unfold. Enough to entertain you all over again, even if you've played the game numerous time, as I have.

I've always felt that the Xenosaga series of video games told one heck of a great story. The gameplay, graphics, voice-acting, and soundtrack were also top-notch. I just hope that one day, a novel of the series will come out. And eventually even a live-action movie. But for now, we will have to be content with this anime.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi with some nice twists of the videogame story October 2, 2007
Envision a collaboration among Stanley Kubrick (2001: A Space Odyssey), George Lucas (Star Wars), and Gene Roddenberry (Star Trek). Add in a pinch of Ridley Scott (Alien), and you have Xenosaga. This epic animation delivers a nice twist to the Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille Zur Macht video game storyline. Fans of science fiction will enjoy the futuristic action and philosophy. Anime fans won't be disappointed in the smooth, clear quality of the audiovisuals. Finally, fans of the videogame series will appreciate a slightly different take and clarification on the story. They owe it to themselves to check this out. Vol. 1 is a rollercoaster ride ending cliffhanger that captures the essence of the saga. It will have you counting down to the release of Vol. 2.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars only for fans of the video game January 28, 2010
I really wanted to like "Xenosaga." As sci-fi, the show has a fantastic post-earth premise. The art is well done and the characters are generally compelling. The Gnosis are the type of antagonists that you love to hate. Then comes KOS-MOS. While she may appear to be a vixen, KOS-MOS is really an android super hero who may be the only thing that can save the human race. The mysterious KOS-MOS immediately jumps the shark. For starters, she's an unsympathetic character. KOS-MOS' abilities are entirely unbelievable and her design is clearly a desperate attempt to appeal to the adolescent male demographic. While I could have made my peace with a smaller dose of KOS-MOS, she's a central figure. After watching the first disc, I decided that I couldn't go any further. In the spirit of disclosure, I never played the game so my review is entirely based on the merits of the show. Unless you're watching the show as an extension of your love of the video game, like minded anime fans should first check out something like "Starship Operators." "Xenosaga" has much going for it but in the end, there's better anime out there.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for ANY anime fan!!! September 18, 2007
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This is Xenosaga how EVERYONE can enjoy it! Quick and to the point but not rushed. The voices sound great and everything looks great.

The fight sceens have more blood than the third game, the baddies (Like Albedo) sound so cruel and have such wicked diologue it will make your jaw DROP in a good way! Virgil sounds great, and KOS-MOS is doing fantastic as well!

The story is modified a bit from the original, and a bit more interesting if you ask me (I've seen the whole thing in Japanese).

I love it so much so far, I haven't enjoyed an anime this much for a while, get it DEFINATELY! ;D
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Xenosaga vol.1 March 11, 2008
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Hello, this review on my copy of, Xenosaga Vol.1: Enter the Gnosis. After watching this DVD, i found that it was outstanding. I am also the owner of two of the Xenosaga games for the PS2. The story follows that of the games plot. If you have played or seen the game, you can guess where it will lead. The artwork is of a good quality standard, and the voice casting is acceptable. I wish they could have used the voices from the actual game, which would have made it more enjoyable. Nice amount of bonus features. Over all i give this full marks.

I am looking forward in the next volume in this series. If you loved the game this is a must have anime.
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