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© 1996 CLAMP / X Committee

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Available on VHS and DVD from Manga Entertainment.
Movie
98 minutes
Action/Fantasy
Version I Watched: English dubbed
Objectionable Content: Graphic violence, brief nudity

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X

Number of reviews: 6
Average rating: * * * * (good)

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Reviewed by: Mark Ritchie (2005-04-25)

X is a tough anime to review, mainly due to the storyline being so confusing. The characterisation is as in-depth as a matchstick man . On other hand the animation is sublime. I felt this movie was not for new comers (there is a series of X). I found it difficult to get into but once I did, I was able to grasp its confusing concept of storytelling and just had to keep watching. The story itself is very straight forward, a man returns to Tokyo to save his loved ones, only to be told he must fight against his best friend. Easy enough. The way it is told (through dream sequences) is very perplexed. At times I felt it was boring.

The action in it is mediocre. Each character has unique powers which leads to some destruction and fun. For most of the movie the fighting scenes are poorly directed. And horribly choreographed. But praise the dragons of heaven we get some great and gruesome action towards the finale of the movie.

What kept this movie from being one of the best out there is the poor acting and voiceovers. It was like they just found strangers off the street and asked if they would like to make a bit of cash.

At certain points it is very dragged out and the characters are left explaining their emotions instead of showing us and revealing them to us.

Not a classic, but a damn good try at what could have been the next Ghost in a shell. Weird the way I like it.

Rating: * * (poor)



Reviewed by: Ben (2005-04-20)

I have not seen X the movie, but I have heard, and the review here agrees, that it is quite bad.

The series X TV, however, was fantastic, and still remains one of my favorite series.

One of the things I really admired about this series was that despite the focus on crazy powers, running along walls, and so on, the character development was astounding. Half of the series - especially near the end - takes episode by episode, dedicating one at a time purely toward developing the background behind a particular character. At the end of the series there isn't a single character you don't remember.

Of course, the action scenes were done quite well. Amazing feats of dexterity are common-place, to levels of absurdity that I cannot help but enjoy. Running along buildings, and standing on telephone polls and tree tops are the beginning.

A great sound track backs it up, from the Dragons of Earth "theme" to the various battle musics.

Overall, I hightly recommend X TV. If you're familiar with any other works by CLAMP, the additional background on familiar characters, such as Sorata and Arashi, is just one more reason to check it out.

Rating: * * * * 1/2 (very good)



Reviewed by: Anonymous (2005-03-30)

X is a tough anime to review, mainly due to the storyline being so confusing. The characterisation is as in-depth as a matchstick man .The animation is sublime. I felt this movie was not for new comers (there is a series of X). I found it difficult to get into but once I did, I was enthralled with delight and just had to keep watching. The story itself is very straight forward, a man returns to Tokyo to save his loved ones, only to be told he must fight against his best friend. Easy enough. The way it is told (through dream sequences) is very perplexed. At times I felt it was boring.

The action in it is mediocre. Each character has unique powers which leads to some destruction and fun. For most of the movie the fighting scenes are poorly directed. And horribly choreographed. But praise the dragons of heaven we get some great and gruesome action towards the finale of the movie.

What kept this movie from being one of the best out there is the poor acting and voiceovers. It was like they just found strangers off the street and asked if they would like to make a bit of cash.

At certain points it is very dragged and the characters are left explaining their emotions instead of showing us and revealing them to us.

Not a classic, but a damn good try at what could have been the next Ghost in a shell. Weird the way I like it.

Rating: * * * 1/2 (above average)



Reviewed by: Alexandra Morine (2005-03-21)

The prologue was completely boring, I almost turned it off. The first episode I found a bit confusing, then I began to get into the series. Either episode 4 or 5 seemed like a filler. I just don't see how the girl fits in at that point yet. Sure, she's a master at computers, and she can talk to them as if they were humans, still, it just didn't seem right. Sora and Arashi are cool characters. Arashi took it pretty calmly when Sora said that he would sacrifice his life for her when the time came, and I thought it had come, in the 5 or 6th episode. When I saw him dive infront of her, and the blood spattered, I was afraid that they had killed him off already.

Kamui is a confusing character at times....you never know what he's feeling. The only character he's humaine to is Kotori, but it didn't start out like that, so I'm wondering what made him change all of a sudden??? And the whole Gemini episode??? trés strange. Fuma is fine, then he's someone completely different, then he reverts back to nature. I've just rented X: four, and i've still to watch it, but this seems like a great anime to me, a lot better then some of the things they have on TV.....and Sora is the comedy relief. He takes cracks at himself all the time, and no matter what Arashi says to him, he just keeps telling her how beautiful she is. This monk truly knows what he likes, and nothing will deter him.

Sorry if I ranted. Mail me if you wanna talk on the subject (koolchic_88@hotmail.com) Seya!

Rating: * * * * * (excellent)



Reviewed by: Quintin (2003-07-25)

X, a manga turned anime marvelously done by the CLAMP team and released to the states in a somehat limited format. I personally loved the film. I own the subtitled DVD and have watched it over and over again. There are points in the film where one may feel lost or a bit confused, but overall the story line is somewhat polarized. Yes there are the Dragons of Heaven & Earth, but who is ultimately "good"? One can not put their finger on that word and make a solid and sound assumption as to who the true side of good is. I found myself routing for both or neither at times. The overall art is nothing short of spectacular, and the sounds are by far some of the best I have heard. No need for sappy overdone background music to set the mood, or distract it. The sounds were well placed and well put. X is not the best nor the worst anime title I have seen in my 24 years, but it is by far one for any anime collector's library. Honestly the best judge of this film is to pick up or rent a copy and be your own judge and juror. Believe me you will not be disappointed.

Rating: * * * * 1/2 (very good)



Reviewed by: A Flower Girl (2001-07-01)

Hello hello. X/1999 is a good anime(I like the Manga too, great art!), I own both English and Japanese. The English version is TERRIBLE! I only bought it because I don't feel like reading the subtitles at times. The voices in english were ok, the acting was awful. The voices help animes ALOT I think. So, go get the Sub... then go ahead and judge it. Tatas!

Rating: * * * * (good)


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