X TV Series DVD Complete Series (Hyb)
K M. Ta - May 1 2010
better every time I watch it
I never saw the movie and I don't know if this series started with manga, but I just watched it again and it just gets better and better.
I own the original issue of the split box sets that contain all the eps and the director's interview (which I agree is nothing to write home about). It also contains some nice art gallery pics, again nothing special about the "extras".
The music recycles thru the series, something that is hard for me since I'm a musician, but at least it's GOOD music.
HOWEVER, the story, the artwork, the characters, and the themes are all excellent. There are a lot of characters to keep track of, but my box set came with a booklet that showed their names and relationships, very helpful. The English dub is OK, but the real story is told in the Japanese sub version, and the clarity of details is much better, and the sentiments expressed are much more eloquent. The Japanese voice acting is superb.
It's visually beautiful and the style of the anime is of a timeless nature. You can really see how much care went into the details.
Some viewers have complained about the end, having seen the movie. I would like to comment that the end was not a disappointment, and was very consistent with the tone of the entire series, and is culturally true to its roots. I won't spoil the ending but will say that there are satisfying realizations for the characters.
It has been a joy to own and has not lost it's appeal over time. Thanks for reading my review.