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Texhnolyze Vol. 1: Inhumane & Beautiful (2003)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Geneon
Genre: Anime, Action Anime, Science Fiction Anime
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Lukuss, the city of despair and violence... An experimental metropolis buried deep inside the Earth, ruled by gangs, where mayhem and retribution are a normal part of life... To show your strength, you must deprive your opponents of their limbs. Texhonolyze: A highly developed technology whereby human limbs are replaced with power cypernetics. The gate to the future has just been opened...

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Overrated. by Cugat October 13, 2005 - 8:17 PM PDT
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I was pulled into watching this series by three other reviews rating it nine and ten. Its fairly good, but it is also a long slow downward spiral without a whole lot to give contrast to it. Not great for people who rely on comic relief to stay afloat.

If you don't mind, enjoy!

Serious, surprising, disturbing by ahogue March 11, 2005 - 11:47 AM PST
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Last year I saw Akira again and decided immediately to explore anime. "There must," I thought, "be more like this somewhere."

Many discs later, I've been pleasantly surprised at the diversity of anime. But also dismayed that so much of it is marred (to the mind of someone who is not an anime fan, per se) by various cliches that can be very irritating, and that certainly can turn off someone new to the genre.

I only realized how much I'd become accustomed to the conventions of anime when I noticed that they were all conspicuously absent from Texhnolyze. This series is free of virtually every flaw endemic to the genre. It is not aimed at teenagers (in fact it only has one young character in it, and she almost never speaks), it does not have videogame-style action, nor is there anything cloyingly cute about it, to name but a few.

Texhnolyze is a complex story of political struggle set within a very convincing future world. Like all great science fiction, while the premise provides the opportunity to explore and isolate certain themes, the characters and the story remain human and all too familiar.

This is one of the very few animes I've seen in which the violence is realistic. Street battles are chaotic, bloody and devastating. A character can be alive one minute and lying dead the next. The fragility of human life and the consequences of violence are played out ruthlessly and honestly, and it is not meant to be fun. This, along with the excellent character development and convincing political background, gives this series a truly epic quality.

The series takes an abrupt turn into something approaching allegory at the end of the fifth disc. I don't think I've ever seen such a transition handled so well. It is both beautiful and disturbing, capturing and distilling the essence of the series into a compelling symbolic language.

All around a truly excellent series (well, the sixth disc isn't out yet, but I feel confident), and one that would make an excellent introduction for anyone unfamiliar with anime and looking for something serious and mature.

Signature ABe with a surprisingly gritty violence by hneline1 May 24, 2004 - 1:23 AM PDT
6 out of 7 members found this review helpful
Yoshitoshi Abe does weird and intense real well. His signature style has been to create introspective anime with a rich artsiness and a storyline that keeps the viewer guessing. His most well known work, Serial Experiments Lain, left some of us overwhelmed and excited to discuss cyber-theology and interpretations of reality, while it left others simply overwhelmed and confused.

Texhnolyze follows his style but with a surprisingly gritty violence. The characters are mainly adults and the themes are mature: urban poverty, objectified sex, coldhearted politics where life is taken indifferently, gang warfare, and access to technology separating the haves and have-nots. This is what Ghost in the Shell should have been in exploring the social impact of biotech and prosthetic advancement and what Jin-Roh could have been if it had included technological evolution.

I like this series so far. The plot is confusing, the motivations must be interpreted, the premise is not explained -- but what an intriguing world it is. The characters are complicated and interesting enough that I want to learn more. The artwork is beautiful and the camerawork impressive. I squirm at the violence but it's not the blood, rather it's the callous humanity that horrifies me. And I have to get that soundtrack -- the synthesized OP sets just the right tone for that edgy desperation.

The disc contains a nice interview with Yoshitoshi Abe (character designer) and Yasuyuki Ueda (creator/producer), where they discuss topics such as where the story idea started and what pitfalls they encountered. I wish it were longer. Also, as always I am impressed with the DVD menu by Nightjar.

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