Saturday, January 7, 2012

An Anime Series Review: Gilgamesh (2003-2004)

Gilgamesh (2003-2004)
Director: Japanese- Masahiko Murata   English- Steven Foster

Set in a future where the sky has been changed into a giant mirror, two teenage children are caught in a struggle between a group of super-powered beings and a mysterious woman's team of children aiming to stop them.

Anime News Network Overview:
After an accident at the Twin X research facility, the sky has been changed to be like a mirror, and all electronics no longer work. There are also children born after this event who have mystical powers to change the environment around them. The story centers on a brother and sister, Tatsuya and Koyoko, the children of a scientist at the Twin X facility.

A Gilgamesh Review
Gilgamesh Episode Count: 26 episodes 
The Gilgamesh characters 
This is one anime much like no other. It has no happy ending which in itself makes it an interesting watch.  We begin at the start of a brother and sister running from a group of pissed off debt collectors. As they run, they encounter a group of kids that are in the center of war against humans. They are Gilgamesh. Half-human and half-celestial monster beasts who want the brother-sister duo to embrace their plan for a supposed new beginning for humankind. To reach that goal they must begin a final cleansing.
Some instances of Gilgamesh myth in the anime
A final cleansing would be all good and well but they can hardly do that now can they. The world hasn't been in the best condition for a while. A while ago in what is only known as an incident on earth as Twin X the world changed. A huge explosion that destroyed civilization and killed many. In the end leaving even the blue sky only like a reflecting silver mirror that reflects the ground back to you. Tatsuya and Kiyoko have only just been born after the Twin X explosion and so aren't the generation to have felt its passing or beauty of the regular blue sky. What they do feel is the actual man that let this change to the world happen who was none other than their own father. Enkidu was one of the many scientists involved with an organization that looked to better humankind but by some ironic turn of events destruction it instead. That isn't even the short of it, since Tatsuya happens to be the spitting image of Enkidu in exactly every way possible. Now in the battle that ensues between the Gilgamesh and humans, Tatsuya and Kiyoko must look for a way to save what's left of the world while they discover that just maybe what led to the world's destruction was love and the love that still lives on between them.
Scientists cause the Twin X disaster rendering Earth almost uninhabitable 
Gilgamesh's artwork aspect comes off as grim and gothic-styled with many grays, beiges, and creams in the surroundings. There are shadows in many scenes that contribute to its eerie storyline. Counting on the fact this is a serious anime. Again because of this, its just one of many of the reasons for some of the uniqueness of the anime. Now the characters are very filled with differences which add to their depths. For example, Tatsuya  is obviously the clone of Kiyoko's father but they both have different personalities that are easy to pick out. All the characters definitely have in short some sense of presence that adds to the overall enjoyment of the anime. 
Viewers you should definitely expect with this anime an interesting look at seriously complex choice of plot with dystopian tones.
Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult, Psychic Kids, Good vs. Evil

Contains: Mature Content, Sexually-Charged Scenes, Human Nature at Its Lowest

Anime Soundtrack Side-note: Both the Opening and Closing Themes are really fantastic! Very pleasant to hear again and again. The Opening Theme Song is "Crazy 4U" by Koda Kumi  The Ending Theme Song is "Wasuremono no Mori" by Yuko Ando.

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