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s-CRY-ed Vol. 1: The Lost Ground (2003)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Bandai Entertainment/Sunrise
Genre: Anime, Action Anime
Running Time: 125 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

The aftermath of a mysterious environmental catastrophe has left the land in complete desolation! While mankind has been able to rebuild the city, the catastrophe has caused some humans to undergo genetic mutations granting them special powers and abilities. These genetically enhanced humans are known as Alters. Kazuma has spent his entire life in the wastelands relying on his special powers to survive, but when a secret organization called 'Holy' threatens to take away his freedom, he will be left with a choice to join or die. His fight to seek the truth behind the 'Holy' will rage and consume humanity and Alter alike!

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Good story, good characters, and good, clean, escapist action by hneline1 August 14, 2003 - 10:22 PM PDT
10 out of 10 members found this review helpful
s-CRY-ed is an action adventure with an excellent rockin' score and surprisingly engaging characters despite a premise that's been redone many a time -- youth who are born with psychic energies are persecuted and feared by normals, and certain such youth band together to police their own... c'mon, can you say X-Men or Jo Jo's Bizarre Adventure or even Harry Potter?

But I was thoroughly entranced by s-CRY-ed. I like the main character, Kazuma, who is a cocky hero with a sly grin and a generosity towards the less fortunate. I like the variety of personalities in the HOLY team. I like that HOLY crosses the line between good and evil, so this world is definitely not in black and white. I like the subtle touches in relationships and characters, and I like the hints of politics and societal influences that thankfully don't get too heavy-handed.

But most of all, the action is fun and varied. From the opening scene where Kazuma plummets into a building after jumping onto the wing of a plane, to the fights between psychic talents where various manifestations of power are displayed, there is plenty of confrontation, running, dodging, driving, taunting, and power blasting. Also, it's not bloody and there is no fan service (gratuitous flesh), so this is a great series for people who simply want a good story, good characters and good, clean, escapist action.

If you get a chance, watch the extras on this disk. Besides having a biography for each of the main characters and their power manifestations, there is a brief history of the s-CRY-ed world that contains more info about how these power users came into being. And for the s-CRY-ed obsessed, the opening title scene is slightly different for each episode so don't get all trigger happy with the Skip-to-Next button on your remote. :-)

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 7.28)
144 Votes
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