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X: the Motion Picture (1996)

Director: Rintaro, Rintaro
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Studio: Manga Video
Genre: Anime, Anime Feature Films
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
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Clamp, Japan's acclaimed all-female animation group, created this futuristic animated adventure with veteran anime director Rintaro. As the Year of Destiny dawns, the fate of the universe rests on the shoulders of Kamui Shiro, a young warrior whose destiny is to defeat one of two armies, the Dragons of Earth or the Dragons of Heaven. His choice will determine whether humanity survives or is banished from the Earth; meanwhile, two oracles, Hinoto and Kanoe, have seen opposing visions of the future, and they struggle to make their dreams a reality. X was a hit in Japan in 1996; it received a limited theatrical release in the United States in 2000 shortly before its release on home video. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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It don't make no sense by hneline1 June 2, 2002 - 9:37 PM PDT
8 out of 11 members found this review helpful
Based on a longer manga (comic book) series, veteran director Rintaro (Metropolis, Galaxy Express 999) decided to concentrate on the climactic final battle scenes for this 90 minute movie, without explaining much of what happened leading up to it. What this means for us viewers is that "it don't make no sense." For example, in the opening sequence, teenager Kamui is looking at his long-haired mother in a dreamlike cloud of cherry blossoms when suddenly her clothes burn off so she's naked and she digs her fingers into her abdomen to pull out a huge bloody sword and dies. If you can handle it beyond that, you'll see that there are too many major characters and the battles aren't too interesting. I lost interest after a few more dream sequences and fast forwarded through the rest of the disk, which made it better because I could still read the subtitles in hopes that it would make more sense... but it didn't.

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Clamp is a manga team of four women: Ageha Ohkawa, Mokona, Satsuki Igarashi, and Tsubaki Nekoi.
Deep, interesting anime
Anime on the darker, or more abstract, intellectual, interesting side rather than the standard panty shots, ditsy characters, and generic humor

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