Texhnolyze: Complete Box Set (Classic)
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Recently watching this series brought all those old feelings of what I originally loved about anime so many years ago. From the opening credits with tecnho music, you know you are going for an edgy ride with this show. The most striking aspect of the series, especially in the beginning is there is almost no dialog at all. The first handful of episodes are almost completely visual, with no more than a few lines of dialog spoken by a few characters. This makes figuring out what the heck is going on rather challenging, but I believe that is the intended fun of this show - figuring just what the heck is going on in some other altered world without anyone giving any expositional dialog. The animation is done by Madhouse, which is worth mentioning on a show that relies so much on visual style to carry it. As usual, they do a great job creating excellent detailed animation in this show. My only complaint is the limiting format of DVD...kind of like looking at a work of art through a screen door...you know it would be even more beautiful if you could see it without the low def obstruction.
As for the story - I hate giving spoilers, and to be honest trying to summarize a visually told story like this will not do it justice. I will give a high level impression that this story is about a man's rage against those that wronged him & against a society he lives in that has gone down the dumper.Read more ›
Texhnolyze is science fiction, but unlike typical science fiction anime, Texhnolyze is brutal, gritty, realistic, and serious. There aren't giant pilot-able robots, alien races, or girls with unnatural hair color, but instead a story filled with themes such as man vs. machine, human greed and selfishness, and the beauty of life. And while these themes have certainly been explored before, Texhnolyze sets itself apart through its artistically rendered emotional, cinematic power. This is a work of Yoshitoshi ABe after all.
The plot chronicles the anarchistic collapse of the underground city of Lux, where three factions vie for control. The Orgono, a mafia-esque group of businessmen and political leaders that use armed thugs and alliances to control Lux, the Salvation Union, a union of middle class laborers who oppose texhnolyzation or the use of mechanical limbs, and the Racan, a group of rebellious youths who hang out at local bars and cause general mayhem for the other factions. There are many characters that make up this story, but Ichise, the quiet, seemingly apathetic ex prize-fighter is the central figure of this tale. The pacing of Texhnolyze begins rather slowly, and during the first couple episodes I had to force myself to watch it regularly. I know every anime reviewer claims that after struggling through the first couple episodes the story REALLY picks up, but I'm not kidding, this one really does!
It can be hard to appreciate the emotional power of those first five or so episodes if they don't seem to head anywhere, but trust me, they do!Read more ›
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It was very good. I enjoyed watching it. It is differnt other anime I have watched.Published 8 months ago by oldgerbear
This anime has some wonderful features, but at the same time it is very slow to weave its tale. The first episode has no speech. Read morePublished on July 3, 2014 by Myron Wyles
In the special features the director said he wanted the first half of the show to be "long and drawn out". And that's exactly what you get! Read morePublished on July 1, 2014 by Borat's Bad Brother
It should be mentioned that Texhnolyze is not an easy anime to get into. The first three episodes are almost unwatchable; painfully slow, littered with long sequences with no... Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by Mindscrew Delight
I just gonna warn you, Don't Expect To Understand the Story. The art's incredible, the tone is dark, and the series is very cerebral. Read morePublished on August 5, 2013 by Vale oktaku extraodinaire