Xam'd: Collection 1
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The story is basically about a normal high school boy turns into a superhuman-like warrior called Xamdou when a mysterious girl implants a gem into his arm. From there on out, he has to leave his hometown, friends, and family behind to battle other superhuman-type beings. The depiction of how the boy deals with this new found power and how it effects the people around him is at times humorous, dramatic, and other times heart-wrenching. You're left wanting to find out what is going to happen to him and his friends, new found allies, and family from episode to episode. Yes, it's really that gripping, in my honest opinion. Definitely not your typical sci-fi action/drama anime show. Highly recommended.
Unlike some anime series that seem to go on forever, this series comes to conclusion after season two. You should, however, be aware that the seasons do not stand alone. Season one ends on a cliff hanger, and if you only watch season two you will be beyond confused. (Honestly, you may still be a little confused if you watch both seasons.)
The story has a lot of classic love story elements in it. There is a lot of action and a lot of conflict, but for me the center of the story is a tale that has been told over and over again. Best friends are in love with the same girl, but she's always known where her heart belongs. The side stories are as compelling as the main story; they are stories about the different ways we love each other. A mother's love for her child, an older sister's love for her younger sister, and the sacrifices we are willing to make for the ones we love the most.
If you are looking for a cute and fluffy anime, this is not for you. Xam'd is not afraid to break your heart by killing off a character they made you love, and in the end, not every character gets to live their happily ever after. There was something about this anime, although I'm not sure what, that reminded me of Eureka Seven.
Overall, I don't know if this is one of those series that you just HAVE to own, but it is well worth watching. I'm pretty sure that we never watched less than three episodes in a sitting, and we finished the second series in a weekend. It's hard to turn off, and even when it ends, you'll find yourself wanting more.
Many of the voice-actors were recognizable - after looking them up I found they were also in many of my favorite Anime. Full-Metal Alchemist Brotherhood, Vexile, Vandread, Speed Grapher, Gunsmith Cats and many more. It's an all-star cast - voice quality to match the production quality.
On to the action - there's plenty of it. One on one fights, aerial combat, giant monster sized critters - petty much everything. But little is gratuitous - 95% is directly related to the plot.
If you liked Full Metal Alchemist, Vexile, Elfen Lied, Full Metal Panic, Claymore - anything along those lines, you'll really enjoy this series.
I found this anime to be more of a drama type than action type, which caught me off guard when looking back at the trailers and reading the product description. Mind you, this isn't a bad thing. Where the series lacks in action, it makes up for in character development and plot. The first half of Xam'd was truly the best of the series. The second half, however, felt like it was starting to stray off base and lose momentum. Regardless, I highly recommend this anime to just about anyone that enjoys a good story, with or without action driven content.
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I have to say, I am a movie collector and I was very nervous when I bought this. When I first started watching it and I was like ok it's doing pretty good. The animation not bad. Read morePublished on September 7, 2012 by back star 21
X'amd: Lost Memories
By: James Y Glass
What an odd and beautiful anime, I really, really like X'amd, but no matter how hard I want to,... Read more
Xam'd: Of the Lost Memories is an exceptional anime, one of the best I have ever seen. It is currently available on Netflix and, at the time I'm writing this, is available for... Read morePublished on September 9, 2011 by tmastgrave
If you like steampunk, mechs, and typical Japanese lover's drama than you will like this series. It is not heavy on plot, but is heavy on action and from the start goes at 100... Read morePublished on January 24, 2011 by Cole Morse
After seeing two episodes I thought that it would be an enjoyable series to get but after finally seeing the series all I can feel is disappointment and confusion on why I got this... Read morePublished on January 21, 2011 by Rich(アニメとゲームが優先!!)