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X- The Complete Series DVD Review

“X” doesn’t mark the spot.

“X” is an apocalyptic anime series (based on the Manga of the same name) about a young boy named Kamui who is beckoned to Tokyo to not only protect his friends Kotori and Fuma but follow his destiny by becoming involved in a battle that will decide humanity’s fate. You see, the Dragons Of Earth and the Dragons Of Heaven are going to war with each other and each side is trying to recruit Kamui. The Dragons Of Heaven want to protect humanity whereas the Dragons Of Earth seek to destroy it. The main question is- which side will Kamui choose and what consequences will that choice have? Aside from the main story, there are many subplots revolving around dreamseers, family, and of course, romance. The series includes all 24 episodes plus the OVA titled “An Omen.”

“X” is the type of series that would benefit from being a movie instead. Oddly enough, there is an “X” movie, but I haven’t seen it so I can’t comment on it or compare it to the series. Regardless, “X” simply has too much to filler to really work as a series. While the dream sequences and the meaty themes about destiny, betrayal, power struggles, and prophecy make the show unique in its own right, it’s also the show’s downfall. “X” sets up a lot of potentially intriguing events, but the series is so bogged down with dream sequences and endlessly talky scenes that it really hurts the pacing. It makes for a rather frustrating viewing experience because you keep wanting battles or confrontations to occur, but it takes a long period of time to actually see them on screen. When the battles do occur, such as the Fuma/Kamui showdown in “Legend”, they prove to be exciting and action-packed (which is what makes the show watchable).

No problems with the fullscreen picture quality. The animation looks incredibly sharp. As for the English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Japanese Stereo tracks, they are both superb in their own right. The English dub is one of the best I have heard in ages. No overacting or miscasts here (thankfully). The Japanese Stereo track is also worthy of praise.

Extras include OVA 0- An Omen, an interview with director Yoshiaki Kawajiri talking about the material, and trailers for “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood,” “Soul Eater,” “D.Gray-Man,” “Mushi-Shi,” “S.A.V.E.,” “Heroic Age,” “Black Cat,” “One Piece,” “Keinchi,” “Initial D,” “Vexille,” “Romeo X Juliet,” and episode 0 of “X”

June 27, 2010 - Posted by | DVD review |

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