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X Vol. 1: One (2002)

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Studio: Pioneer
Genre: Anime, Fairy Tales & Myths
Running Time: 95 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Two choices, two sides, one future... Two groups of supernaturally powered warriors begin a prophetic battle to shape the future - a clash that will rock the foundations of the planet! The Dragons of Earth swear to purge humanity from the world, while the Dragons of Heaven are the last hope of all mankind. One young man holds the key to the Earth's destiny. Contains X TV episodes 1-3 and Episode 0: An Omen.

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There are better series. (Whole series review). by fdguarino January 5, 2004 - 9:05 PM PST
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
X is based on a popular manga series, but has failed to be an enjoyable anime twice, first with the X: The Motion Picture, and now with this series. The series fails mainly because the main character is not interesting in the least. He is merely the typical reluctant hero we have seen too many times before. The other characters are more interesting, but while they are explored here more than the movie, it is not enough. All the characters seem too perfect in their own way, each with a very typical motivations and conflicts. The details of these motivations and conflicts seems like so much whining due to the excessive melodrama carried throughout the series. Even the score gets tedious in it melodrama. There are better series out there to spend your rentals on, like Trigun or Noir.

This show isn't bad, it's just uninteresting. by dlw900 June 7, 2003 - 12:12 AM PDT
10 out of 10 members found this review helpful
On the surface X seems to have all the elements needed for success. Good artwork, action, mystery, romance, and the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Why then do I find myself relieved that there are only 3 episodes per disc, which means I can finish it quickly and return it to Greencine for something good instead? The action seems manufactured. Suddenly an elaborate battle will occur for no good reason, and then it will end in a draw with the combatants each vowing to "finish it next time". But worst of all, the characters are unappealing. In fact, after watching 12+ episodes the only character whose name I can remember is Kamui. Most of the characters I can't tell which side they are on, and worse, I don't care. Compare this to Fushigi Yugi, which also has a large cast, but each character is distinctive and interesting. And that's the bottom line, this show isn't bad, it's just uninteresting.

I've heard it is much better if you have read the manga first. I haven't. Judging from the average high rating this got, it seems a lot of people disagree with me. If you have read and enjoyed the manga you might want try this, otherwise do yourself a favour and rent Fushigi Yugi, Berserk, or Kenshin OVA instead.

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(Average 7.79)
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