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- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
- MSRP: 124.98
- Running time: 620
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: X
X: Remix Collectors Set
By Lauren Goodnight
September 21, 2007
Release Date: July 11, 2006
X: Remix Collectors Set
What They Say
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
Remastered audio and video!
Two futures. Two sides. One choice. X.
Two groups of supernaturually powered warriors begin a prophetic battle to shape the future - a clash that will rock the foundations of the planet! The Seven Dragons of Earth swear to purge humanity from the world, while the Seven Dragons of Heaven are the last hope of all mankind. One young man holds the key to Earth's destiny - but to choose the side of good, he may spell doom for all creation.The Review!
For audio, video and extras information, please see the single volume reviews listed above in the Related Shows section.Content and Packaging:
X is beautiful. Not brilliant, but certainly beautiful. Its an uncommon take on a common theme: Boy meets girl and his brother, boy moves away, boy's mum dies, boy moves back after acquiring odd mystical powers, boy and girl's brother are brought into heaven vs. hell fight for the end times, girl is offhanded moe eye candy with uncertain fate. Boy and girl's brother use their amassed pawns even if they are emo about doing it. Speaking of emo... actually, that belittles the melodrama here. This is CLAMP's tragic opus, and should be treated with dignity as such. From the throwaway Episode 00 to the absolutely fantastic ending, everything is as beautiful as it should be, and every character that got all of 30 seconds in the widely-seen-yet-not-widely-loved X Movie gets much more time to him- or herself.
This is one hell of an emotional rollercoaster, so get ready! Its definitely something not to be missed, and you will have favorite scenes and characters that will stay with you if you stand ready to take on the task of X:Remix. Rather than the original 8 discs, this release is a mere 5, making it a faster ride (but no fewer episodes) because there is much less of that annoying "get up, change disc, start disc, fix preferences" mess. Easier to watch, easier on your DVD collection space, and prettier to boot. Also included is a 5.1 Japanese mix, making this the definitive version in many peoples' eyes and ears. The version I'm reviewing is a full set with a black velvet cover and a book style. There is a fanastic special edition out there as well, with a leather cover, also in book style, but I like the velvet because it meshes well with all of the black I tend to keep around!
Now, black velvet aside, it is hard to see this as anything but entirely serious. As often is the case with "very serious anime", one feels the need to take it on as a comedic reference, calling it "emo" or even just dismissing it out of hand because of its dark yet not graphic tone. As you can see above, I kind of want to do that too, but not as a consequence of the series' quality. It is like making a parody of "Ringu" or "One Missed Call": you do it because you really were scared pantsless and need to find something about it funny or the emotions will linger too long. That is X:Remix is a nutshell. The emotions run high and sometimes its a little overwhelming.
Back to the story. There are two sides: the Dragons of Heaven, led by the blind Princess Hinoto, and the Dragons of Earth, led by Kanoe. There is an amorphous idea of "the Kamui", and while there is only one boy named Kamui, two boys get the Kamui destiny: Kamui and Fuuma (Fuuma being Kamui's childhood friend and the brother of Kotori, the "girl" mentioned in the opening). There is a huge cast of characters, but they look and act distinctively and have enough time to be developed, so worry not. Just in case it comes up, my favorites are Satsuki (the computer girl), Arashi (the shrine girl), and Sorata (the funny monk). While there are hintings at stereotypical anime roles, most are shattered by the sheer tragedy of the series. Summary:
If I told you the ending, I would be ruining something truly rewarding. The "good" side is never truly good, and the "bad" side is never 100% bad. The multifaceted characters, thrilling battles, well-written moments of tenderness, and appropriate orchestral score make this a "whole package" deal. X:Remix is the one re-issue you should not pass up!
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