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Surprisingly, it works. In fact, "Noein" succeeds in having both the kiddie storylines and the eerie other-dimensiony stuff, without seeming contrived. And the first five episodes are mostly about foreshadowing and setup, but they do that pretty brilliantly.
It opens with a strange ship blasting a city to rubble, and two strange black-cloaked men attacking the ship. One of them, Karasu, blows up the ship and vanishes. In modern Japan, Haruka looks up at a church spire to see Karasu staring at her.
Several months later, Haruka agrees to go with her friends -- including the troubled Yuu -- on a ghost hunt. But the ghost hunt goes awry when two strange men -- Karasu and the nutty Atori -- appear in the graveyard and duke it out, after identifying Haruka as the "Dragon Torc," who has the power to bend space and time. Soon the town is swarming with cloaked Dragon Knights from another dimension, along with some suspicious quantum scientists.
The psychotic Atori catches up to Yuu and Haruka on a mountaintop observatory, with Karasu just behind to rescue them. But then the Dragon Knights are attacked themseles, by a strange masked energy being named Noein. The Knights are growing increasingly desperate to capture Haruka, but Karasu -- whose past is linked to hers -- is hell-bent on protecting her, even to the point of attacking his own fellow knights... and whisking Haruka into his own world.
"Noein" is pretty dense on plot -- the first five episodes introduce the villain, heroes, future sorrows, rivalries, quantum physicists, and the kids in the middle of it all.Read more ›
My god this anime is good. The animation is great, the soundtrack is cool, and the characters are very compelling. Noein has a very complicated plot. Sometimes it's a little heavy, but it's great and brilliantly written. There may be a few plot holes, but it's kinda hard to pinpoint because of the story's complexity. This anime also has a lot of good drama in it. The drama keeps you interested and gives you a reprieve from the heavy and complex story.
Don't be intimidated by all the physics and theoretical supposition in this anime. Just enjoy the beautifully crafted love story. I definitely recommend Noein to any anime fan. It's amazing and a steal for the price.
The normal story: Haruka is the 12-year-old daughter of a divorcee who writes manga nobody buys. Her best friend is Yuu, son of a divorcee who is pushing him to study for cram school so he can get into a school in Tokyo. The pressure is getting to him, he thinks he's going crazy. Haruka and her friends Ai and Miho chatter over which boys they like (Haruka insists she's "just friends" with Yuu, but both sporty Ai and nerdy/spacy Miho want him. Or, if not him, this other dude.) The kids think they are seeing ghosts, but these ghosts are actually
The cool story: Black-cloaked beings from the alternate world of La'cryma enter our world seeking the Dragon Torque, who just happens to be Haruka. These guys fight amongst themselves (with many pyrotechnics and mutations) over whether they should bring Haruka back to their world, or just kill her.
Since so much time is spent on the "normal" story, it's taking time for the "cool" story to develop. Ratings wise, I guess the violence puts at at PG-13. (Haruka is shown in a bath-tub a couple of times. Don't worry, you don't see anything. I don't understand why anime does things like this. Call me a prudish American if you want, but I just don't get it.)
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Excellent, was what I wanted and in great condition :) very happy with sellerPublished 7 months ago by Julia Kern
This is an amazing anime I started anime with this one I watchhed it a long time ago but decided to buy it for nostalgia I really recommend this and btw it's meant more for kidsPublished 17 months ago by Samuel James Swartout