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Show: Texhnolyze (2003)  
Review by: Animetique
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My Rating: 4.5 out of 5

After four episodes
Given that Serial Experiments Lain is my favorite anime and I loved Haibane Renmai too, I thought I'd check out the latest release by designer Abe Yoshitoshi. I'm glad I did!

Texhnolyze is a bit difficult to explain after watching these four episodes. Keep in mind, this is from the creator of Serial Experiments Lain, so I can't imagine anything that happens in these episodes is really what it seems. The first episode is mainly a collection of images and sounds with very little dialog, while the next 3 episodes delve into the underground culture and finally give the main character a name.

Basically, Zukuss is an isolated city ruled mafia-style by Organo - and apparently far below the rest of the world. One character mentions it took him four days longer than expected to descend the staircase into the underground city, so we can assume it takes awhile for people to get there, and they apparently don't have elevators. The privileged people are called the Class and live on the Hill while everyone else is poor - many of which are have fallen victim to the higher ups and are missing limbs.

Our main character, Ichise, lives as a street boxer (think Fight Club) until he gets himself on the mafia's bad side and soon gets two of his limbs sliced off. Very few people show sympathy to this severely injured man hobbling along through the streets on a crutch. In fact, many see him as weak in this town where only the strong survive - most turn the other way, while a few even taunt him. Still Ichise presses onwards until a doctor finds him and decides to use him as a lab rat in her experiment.

The doctor is one of the privileged class that has been researching a way to insert mechanical limbs as replacements for amputated limbs - a process known as Texhnolyze. When Ichise wakes to find Texhnolyze limbs in place of his amputated ones, he's not pleased, but doesn't have much choice but to accept them and move on.

I honestly can't say I have any clue where the story is going, but I'm looking forward to finding out!


My Rating: 5 out of 5

My god, the animation is stunningly beautiful. There is so much detail in each of the scenes - many are painted in very cool colors - blues, tans, greys and browns with hints of blood red thrown in for impact - to convey the isolation and poverty much of the city dwellers feel. And the characters have an Asian look to them. But I would have to say that what I was most impressed with was the camera angles. Madhouse has really played with some interesting angles giving us great perspectives and lighting rather than the traditional well-lit, dead-pan shots of so many anime. The animation itself makes the anime a must watch!


My Rating: 5 out of 5

Like the animation, the sound is superb here, which a mix of true to life sounds and great music. The opening song is a techno-industrial number by Juno Reactor that works extremely well to set the mood for this cinematically violent anime. The ending theme is more somber.

Character Design:

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5

It's difficult to give a rundown of character development after four episodes, but so far, we've met the mafia boss, a street fighter turned Texhnolyzed experiment, a little girl that can see into the near future, her grandfather who holds some power within the underworld, and the head of the countermovement who fights to empower the Zukuss lower class.
Last Updated: 3/12/2008
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