Hein (fub) wrote,

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Finished series: Xenosaga the animation

We've finished watching Xenosaga: The Animation. My first episode review of it is here.

The main character of the series is Shion, a researcher for the Vector Corporation. Vector is pretty big in weapons development, and Shion is the head of the KOS-MOS project -- after the prototype killed the previous department head who turned out to be Shion's boyfriend. Shion and KOS-MOS are stationed on a battleship of the Galaxy Federation, the Woglinde.
The Woglinde is transporting a mysterious object known as a Zohar, when the fleet is attacked by a swarm of Gnosis -- life-forms which can render themselves immaterial. Only Observational Type Realians (a type of android) can render them material. In the ensuing chaos/carnage, KOS-MOS activates and starts to carry out the mission that was programmed into her by the Vector Corporation.

And then it goes all over the place. Shion and KOS-MOS end up on board of a free freighter that is carrying the prototype of the Observational Type Realians, a cyborg and a mysterious person! They get attacked by a big ship from some shady organisation when in hyperspace, and only manage to escape because of being rescued by an even bigger ship from some not-so-shady organisation.

And then it starts to escalate: we get even bigger ships threatening the already big ships, and still more bigger ships to rescue the 'good guy' ships. We get to know a bit about where the Gnosis come from, what the Zohar are all about, and we get a really cheesy cyberspace episode. But it's not enough: the whole thing leaves you confused if you haven't played the game, I guess.

In the end, there is no resolution -- it is just a fragment of the game in the form of animation, not a full story. And while the character designs are pretty nice, the animation is often quite horrible. The only thing that's really slick are the CGI stuff, which blends pretty well with the cell animation.

Good points:
- Nice character designs;
- Interesting premise.
Bad points:
- Not enough explanation of what is really happening (or what has happened in the past to make it turn out this way);
- Animation is sub-standard;
- No resolution.

All in all, a 6.5. Perhaps you'll enjoy it better if you've played the game.
Tags: anime, full review

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