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Notables: KOYASU Takehito
R1 License - Pioneer (Defunct)
Tate and Kyoji discover that they are the reincarnations of two Inca warriors, destined to reenact a battle of wills from the ancient past. Once close friends, they become fierce enemies as Kyoji attempts to stop Tate from reawakening a mystical force that can destroy humanity. Yuka, Tate's fiancee, is torn between the two men. The story flips between showing what happened in their previous lives and how that plays out in the present.

[TV series, 1998, 12 episodes, 24 min]
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Rent 6 7 8 9 7 Courtney [series:242#80]
There was just something so absorbing about NAZCA.
By no means a popular title (as I doubt many anime fans have even heard of it), Nazca is still a good one. Its storyline is under a more interesting premise and I thought a lot of the character interactions were pretty sincere to the circumstances. I guess my only true complaint about the plot was it fell into the standard "gotta save the world from total annihilation" funk that seems to be a cop-out for coming up with a better catalyst. Still, despite the somewhat standard motivations of the characters and story, I think NAZCA has a lot to offer in a way of an engrossing plot.
I liked the music, I think the selection was very strong and appropriate to most of the series and I think the opening is brilliant in the way is sums up the emotion of the series without really describing anything at all (Of course Bach is always moving). The animation might seem a little choppy when they incorporate computer animation along with standard drawn cell art, but it was pretty good for the time it was released and it shows (like a lot of other features in the series) NAZCA wasn't too afraid of trying something new. I would like to have seen a little more done with NAZCA as the series had the awful habit of bringing in central characters only to not do enough with them. The story focuses mainly on Tate, Kyoji, and Yuka, which is fine for the 13 episode run of the series, but I wanted to see more done with and know more about the supporting cast.
NAZCA had the potential, if done properly, to be a really good series that could have utilized a healthy 20+ episode run, but instead it all felt a little rushed. Still, far more epic and creative than most animes care to be these days.

Last updated Monday, October 29 2001. Created Thursday, October 11 2001.
Watch 7 7 7 8 6 Kaitou Juliet [series:242#137]

The plot is definitely different from the run of the mill, and for about the first third of the series all the elements and plotlines are juggled very well. However, after this very promising start, the series seems to lose focus. I wondered if it was originally intended to be a longer series and it had to be cut short for some reason. It would explain why some interesting subplots were either abandoned or wrapped up too quickly. The ending is a bit vague, although I liked that fact that the central love triangle wasn't wrapped up too neatly.

The music is a definite asset, a mixture of Western classical music and Peruvian-style folk music. The look of the series is good overall, except for some really cheesy computer animation toward the end. The Inca costumes are suitably exotic, but I found myself constantly wondering "Did they have spandex in those days?"

Bottom line: Flawed, but interesting.

Last updated Monday, February 04 2002. Created Wednesday, February 14 2001.

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