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Madlax, Vol. 1 - Connections
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This is a show that doesn't force-feed its plot, and frankly, it does require a bit of patience in witnessing its plot unfold. The action and gunplay is more of a cinematic choreography accenting the story arc, and the seeming lulls in this arc may frustrate those who may desire a steadier stream of slam-bang. For me, the deliberate pacing is a welcome change of pace, and this first volume has made numerous repeat plays in my DVD player. There are a lot of details to trainspot, and the characterizations are as engaging as the lovely visuals and the great soundtrack. And for lazy people like myself who don't necessarily want to read everything in one's anime collection, the English dub is quite solid (the MST3K-esque DVD extra is a hoot, to boot).
In short, your mileage will vary, but I'm definitely enjoying this show.
The following questions will be answered as the series unravel: Why does Madlax have a calm, serene demeanor in the midst of a war zone? Why is she "so darn good" in a gunfight? Why is Margaret so scatter-brained? Who are the freaky kids with strange eyes?
The action plays a supporting role to the drama development. This is not a straight-forward series about "babes & guns", as I had hoped. It is surprisingly more profound and rewarding, and three-dimensional.
Madlax's pacing accelerates at the end of Disc Two. This is a series about existence and presence of mind. By Disc 6, the characters will evoke strong emotions in a keen audience.
(Brief musical analysis)
The music itself is an eclectic assembly of flavors from cultures throughout the world, to symbolize the two fictional regions: The peaceful European city and the war-torn South Asian states. Some tunes will sound like a Celtic or Slavic dance; a few are techno-heavy and sometimes atonal for the demented and evil organization; some have Asian-inspired harmonics and instrumentation; some will remind you of Chant and Sacred music; and some are Middle-Eastern in rhythm and tempo; all are well-layered in instruments, counterpoints, and harmonic modulation... compared to its contemporary.
It was definitely no surprise that fans were in high-anticipation mode when Bee Train announced a new anime series called "Madlax".
Bringing back the Twin Bee team behind "Noir", director Mashimo Koichi, composer Kajiura Yuki ("Noir" and "Aquarian Age" and character designers Shiba Minako and Miyachi Satoko, "Madlax" is definitely a highly anticipated anime for fans who enjoyed Twin Bee's "Noir" and ".Hack" series.
So, what is "Madlax"?
Madlax is an assasin. She is the ultimate in the art of combat. She's beautiful, skilled, elusive and dangerous.
In episode 1, the anime introduces us to Madlax as she is dispatched to the country of Gazth-Sonika which is currently embroiled in civil war.
Her mission is to recover data.
In this episode, we get to see a soft side of Madlax as she tries to help a rebel soldier but at the same time, we get to see her deadly side as she changes her outfit in a sexy nightgown gunning down an army.
As an agent-for-hire, she is contact with a mysterious liaison known only as "SSS".
If there is anything that we do know, Madlax has these images in her head but no recollection of her past.
In episode 2, we are introduced to Margaret Burton. An orphaned schoolgirl who is haunted by bizarre dreams, something that may be part of a horrifying past.
Whatever happened to her, made her live life as if she's out of it. All that she really thinks about are images and she has no recollection of why.Read more ›
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BEWARE: This is for the first disc in the series and a box to hold the rest. It is NOT the whole series. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mako
My daughter is actually the one watching this, however she has said nothing about it to me. Usually when she enjoys a particular show, she tells me about it....not this one though.Published on February 10, 2013 by Richard Burk
I have to say i took a leap of faith in purachseing this item as i had seen several trailers of this anime. Read morePublished on October 4, 2010 by C.
This is yet another masterpiece bought to you by the creators of NOIR. The secret to this story is to disregard the character design similarities. Read morePublished on November 29, 2006 by Unsatisfied Sony Customer
After you watch the very first episode Madlax starts to get boring. The only thing holding it up is the power it has over you for wanting to know mystery of the connection of... Read morePublished on January 6, 2006 by Keith A. Jones
The premise sounded interesting, but the characters and plot failed to come through. I didn't care about the characters. Read morePublished on December 29, 2005 by Maegwen