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(Aug 21, 2012)
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In a near future world after the last great war, most of mankind now lives in a handful of city states. There, for the privileged elite, life should be perfect. But for young Shion, the only thing perfect has been the nightmare his life has become since letting a strange boy called Rat spend the night in his apartment. Banished to the outskirts of the city and stripped of all privileges for helping the mysterious stranger who has since disappeared, Shion now finds himself in even worse danger as his inquiry into a new series of mysterious deaths results in his being arrested on suspicion of murder! But even as Shion is being sent to the city's Correctional Institute, the long missing Rat reappears to rescue him! Now, on the run, the two young men have only one chance at survival: uncover the mysterious secrets that lie at the sinister heart of No. 6!
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Without spoiling too much, Sion is a genius young boy raised in the Utopian society known simply as No. 6. On a dark, typhoon stricken night, his easy existence is turned on its head when a mysterious boy breaks into his open window. He learns that the strangers name is Nezumi or "rat" and that he is an escaped VC being hunted down by their government. He treats Nezumi's wounds, and the two discuss the finer points of reality. In the morning, Nezumi has vanished, leaving Sion to deal with the fallout.
Sion is questioned, stripped of his rank for abetting the escape of an outlaw, and forced to live in the Lost Town of No. 6.
Four years pass, and Sion finds himself smack in the middle of conspiracy once more; apprehended for a crime he didn't commit, until Nezumi returns and saves him, whisking Sion away and to the outlying West Block that resides beyond the walls of No. 6.
With a parisitic epidemic looming on the horizon for the unwitting citizens of No. 6, Sion scrambles to find a way to prevent it; while Nezumi stands back, waiting to relish in the hated cities demise.
This anime is dark, posing viable questions of the cruel reality of a Utopian world that thrives on the suffering of citizens who are not worth more than a means to an end to the people who run it.
While at times the plot can be slightly outlandish toward the end, and confusing, the relationship built between Nezumi and Sion is well worth the watch through of the scant 11 episodes.
You can relish in the gorgeous, detailed art and the rich, complex characters.
My only qualm with this anime is the English dub voice actor choices. While I am never one to nit-pick over dubs, I did originally watch this anime in Japanese and find the casting of all the characters to have been ill picked, and piss poor at best. Nezumi sounds awkwardly stiff, not at all charismatic and cynical, and Greg Ayres as Sion just grated against my nerves. That being said, if you don't mind subs, the Japanese voice actors did a stellar job!
This anime is great for all fans of boy love, who are a little sick of what is commonly found in the genre.
Though short, this anime instantly captured my heart when I saw Nezumi all grown up. Then it melted my heart when it gave us the single song he sang. His Japanese voice is absolutely beautiful! I first watched this series on the internet as it was coming out in Japan and thus had a bunch of fansubs, but I didn't care. I was hooked. I recommend this anime to anyone who enjoys the aforementioned action and suspense with a tinge of gore, or those who enjoy great story telling in a short amount of time. Or even those who enjoy hinted-at pairings between the two main characters.
Especially at the marked down price, I would buy this as soon as possible. It's worth a watch, and each rewatch brings out new, subtle details in the story. In short, amazing anime!
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The Japanese voice actors did a good job and the animation is absolutely beautiful.Read more