Xenosaga - The Animation

Title:Xenosaga - The Animation
Xenosaga: The Animation
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Notables: EBARA Masashi
R1 License - FUNimation
A couple thousand years after humans left the Earth, technology advanced beyond our expectatio:, cyborgs that feel human emotions, wireless network everywhere in the universe, huge robots (gears), advanced weaponry, and warp gates. However, humans are also faced with a new enemy: Gnosis. The Gnosis are an alien life form. Little is known about them and their intentions, other than the fact that they are at war with the humans. The hardest part about fighting them is that most objects can't even touch them, so lazers, bullets, and bombs which pass right through them without doing any damage, are of little value. But more advanced weapons are being developed.

One of those weapons, named KOS-MOS, lies within the ship Woglinde. The story begins when Woglinde just discovered an ancient relic known as Zohar. Mysterious to all, Zohar was going to be transferred to the headquarters of the federation. Shion, the head of R&D division of an organization called Vector, encountered a little girl when she took a look at the Zohar. Mysterious to her, the girl left an impression on her.

While on their way back, the fleet Woglinde is attacked by the Gnosis. It turned out that the Gnosis' objective was the Zohar. Shion encountered a physical contact with one of the Gnosis. A physical contact with a Gnosis usually means certain death in a matter of seconds. Luckily, KOS-MOS awakens and came to Shion's rescue. KOS-MOS has a technology caled "The Hilbert Effect" that makes all the Gnosis materialize, allowing them to be attacked by normal means. Trained for combat, KOS-MOS single handedly cleared an escape path for Shion and Allen, her subordinate.

However, the battle was concluded. The entire fleet of Woglinde was wiped out, and Zohar was lost. Shion and KOS-MOS are trapped in the middle of nowhere, while a deeper mystery awaits to be discovered.

(please credit Nightcrawler of anime-source for this)

[12 TV episodes based on a game by Squaresoft and Namco. The first game related to this is Xenogears, which story occurs a couple hundreds of thousand years after Xenosaga.]

On July 4th ’08, it was announced that R1 License for this title has been transferred from ADV to FUNimation.

58sec ADV (English) Trailer - ANN Video

Complete box set DVD release set for Dec. 23, 2008. Look out for it...
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Unevaluated Stretch [series:936#628]
(Three episodes watched):

I guess you need to be familiar with the video game to fully understand this anime. I was not, and noticed all the terms and abbreviations that needed explanations by the fansubbers (watching this show for the first time in 2020 took me back to the good old days when fansubs contained messages like 'If you paid for this, you have been ripped off!'). Despite the best efforts of the people who wrote the subtitles, there's only so much they could do and it was hard for me to keep track of exactly what was going on. There are so many different factions and organizations and it is hard to keep track of them all and what they are up to. What is the relationship between KOS-MOS and the artifact known as 'Zohar'? Is KOS-MOS entirely a human invention, or some sort of poorly understood alien technology? Has somebody been making use of dangerous and forbidden technology, as in Evangelion? Some sort of conspiracy seems to be underway with a traitor working to hijack Zohar from the captain and crew of the Woglinde. The concept of Realians--artificial humans who nevertheless possess free will--was sort of interesting. Some despise them but Shion is their friend. Are the Gnosis bizarre, frightening aliens, as they first seemed, or are they just spacecraft piloted by human-like beings (or did I misunderstand something?)? The timing of combat scenes seemed a little 'off', almost like a fansub whose subtitles are slightly out of sync with the audio. I wish defeated Gnosis wouldn't just vanish in a shower of glowing particles (and what happens to defeated humans? They vanish in another way). But these are relatively minor problems, since for the most part I am curious where this story is going and intend to continue watching. Shion seems like a likable person, and being something of a nerd isn't exactly the protagonist one would expect.

Last updated Friday, May 29 2020. Created Tuesday, May 26 2020.
Unevaluated Ggultra2764 [series:936#1552]
(Watched 2 episodes)

Looks like my bad streak of running into seemingly subpar anime titles via Netflix continues through my viewing of Xenosaga: The Animation. From what I understand, this series is based on one part of a multi-chapter video game series and it definitely shows. Various terms regarding the central conflict and technology within Xenosaga flew over my head for the most part, giving me the impression that this title was made in mind for fans of the video game series thus alienating new fans like me from the get-go. The alien baddies that humanity is up against appear overwhelmingly powerful and possibly shallow in character judging from one of the foes who looked down upon the human fleet getting completely owned. Not to mention I could care less for much of the human fleet whom Shion weeps for getting wiped out because of the lack of time the series gives to focus on the characters as it chose to jump into the central conflict right away. Yet another anime title I watch from Netflix getting dropped without a final review.

Last updated Wednesday, September 14 2011. Created Wednesday, September 14 2011.
Buy 10 10 10 6 10 10 Xenoknight [series:936#2967]
I just purchased the DVD set and the review will come after I complete the series in English dub!

I'll try not to mention all of the obvious discrepancies from the game to the anime, but seeing how this is "MY AREA OF EXPERTISE" (hence the name and the fact that Xenosaga is the greatest RPG series ever made), I won't make any promises...

For those who know the game series: Relinquish your pain unto me...

Check out my award list to see some of the best anime titles in the world!

Never forget Xenosaga.

Last updated Monday, December 22 2008. Created Saturday, December 13 2008.
Watch aoneish [series:936#1615]
This series, I think, is meant to supplement the 8? 9? part game series on ps2. It's only currently on the second one. but all the points addressed below, are actually more detailed(and oh so complex-ly angsty) in the games. to date (episode 1 and episode 2), the xenosaga game is the game most heavily story oriented with in-game movies that sometimes last for quite awhile.

Last updated Monday, August 28 2006. Created Monday, August 28 2006.
Watch 7 8 7 7 4 6 AstroNerdBoy [series:936#436]

If you asked me to describe this series in a single word, I'd say "cliché." This series takes bits and pieces from countless other anime/manga titles and uses them to make something different. The initial space battle reminded me of other anime titles where massive fleets in space gather to battle and one gets blown away. While there is an interesting premise, the show does nothing with it.

So, what do we have? Well, if you were wanting an explaination to the giant artifacts (and Zohar) that were being collected, forget it. For some odd reason, they are given the names of Christ's apostles and there are 12 of them. And there's some little girl who's actually something else but that's all we know about any of that. So it begs the question, "What the smeg was that all about?" It made no sense to introduce elements and make them appear to be important story elements if in fact they aren't going to be important story elements.

Next we have the Gnosis. Yeah, we've seen the powerful alien races in other series who have strange abilities and are very powerful. I couldn't help but think of the Final Fantasy movie when I saw the Gnosis. Like the artifacts, we have no information about them except that some accident appears to have brought them into our universe/galaxy and that the artifacts may be something that attracts them. Otherwise, they are a 1-dimensional opponent.

The writers attempted to make something of the Realians being human-like, but again they mostly fail. The fact that the 100-series and MOMO-chan are very much cute, moé-type characters help, but it isn't enough to explain their creation, or why their creator apparently based the design on his daughter. We don't get enough of an explaination about the 99-series either to explain why one of them would behave the way they do.

Why were there these special children created on Miltia in the past with special powers? That's just another thing that annoyed me. Using the series villian and one of the heroes as a vehicle to explore this would have been nice. Instead, we are just shown an event that made the villian go mad and some sort of forced thing to make the hero feel a little guilty. Without knowing more, it is impossible to connect with either character. Have I mentioned "cliché" yet?

KOS-MOS was a mild surprise in the beginning, but she too took on an all to clichéd role. While we are shown Shion's relationship with KOS-MOS from a tragic event of a couple of years ago, we aren't told WHY KOS-MOS did what she did back then, nor are we told exactly who gave her instructions that weren't from Shion. Just another example of poor writing.

That leads me to the political element of the series. Again, having political powers at play can be an interesting concept when done properly. Here it is done like the artifacts, but eventually dropped. The political parts end up playing no real role in everything because those elements that should have been important are dropped in favor of clichéd crap.

I could go on and on, but I think you get the point by now. If all that weren't enough, the series just ends without much in the way of resolving anything. Clearly, the writers set up everything to have a 2nd series, or maybe they want you to buy the video game to get the whole story, as often happens in these kind of series.

Bottom line: clichéd to the max. While there are elements of interest, none go anywhere as they are dropped in favor of clichéd shounen fare. As such, I can only give this a "watch."

Last updated Sunday, February 26 2006. Created Thursday, February 23 2006.

Unevaluated Jan-Chan [series:936#967]
Currently being fansubbed by AnimeYuki and Anime-Kraze.

Posted some snaps of the first episode

Last updated Saturday, September 24 2005. Created Tuesday, January 18 2005.

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