Posted by psgels on 4 March 2007 with categories: Anime Reviews

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Human Crossing tells the tale of thirteen different people. Each episode is dedicated to one of them. All these persons are unrelated, but they all have some kind of worry, or something that occupies their thoughts. Human Crossing features these people, it explores them as they encounter events that make them see the light. We’ve got another highly unpopular series here. So far, only 18 people have voted for it on AnimeNewsNetwork, and AniDB has similar numbers. Does it really deserve this much negligence? Well, people who’ve been reading my blog probably know my opinion about shows like these by now. ^^;

The thing I really liked about Human Crossing is that nearly every episode features a heart-warming tale. This is one of the very few anime which features actual adults as its main characters (okay, 12 adults and one high-school kid), and it makes perfect use of this by portraying some of the worries that adults get through. This can go from as simple as forcing your own memories down to your 4-year-old son and being heavily abused by your husband to an old man who teaches younger people a lesson so that they don’t end up like he did. Some of the stories are very different from each other, but nearly all of them were full of atmosphere, and I couldn’t help but feeling along with its characters.

It indeed was a good choice to watch this one after trying out Sentimental Journey, as these two anime are very similar. It´s just that instead of high/school girls, Human Crossing uses all kinds of normal people, mostly adults. Instead of past crushes, the main characters are or were already married. Still, I have to say that overall, Human Crossing definitely was better than Sentimental Journey. Apart from a few cases, Sentimental journey never really made me feel the emotions of its characters as much as Human Crossing did.

I definitely recommend this anime if you’re into stories, but there’s one point in which Human Crossing messes up at times: the point at which a character sees “the light”. In about 50% of the cases, these work very well, but in the other 50%, the change is a bit too forced. It’s a pity, as the episodes build up perfectly, with many interesting cases. But yeah, there’s only so much that you can do in only 20 minutes. The background music also perfectly fits the atmosphere in this series, but you may have to get used a bit to the character-design. It’s obviously not something this anime focuses on, but it may lose viewers because the character-designs look a bit “standard”.

6 Responses

  1. deltazechs says:

    Looks interesting…what year was this anime made in? Just asking

  2. psgels psgels says:

    2003, if I recall correctly.

  3. impz says:

    it does sound good actually. The problem is where to get it. sigh.

  4. psgels psgels says:

    Exiled Destiny once released the entire series, I got my version from their irc bots and a batch torrent, though you’ll probably need a bit of patience.

    That’s another problem about the neglected shows out there: as they get older, they get harder and harder to aquire. -_-

  5. cos says:

    you can also grab it a little quicker on boxtorrents.com who is generally a good site for finding working torrents of completed older anime ;)

  6. jmv says:

    Actually, it was rereleased on March 13, 2007 as a box set, and it is available from Rightstuf and Amazon too.

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  • Raggers
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 02:19 AM)
    @Aidan: true, but I don’t think the level is anywhere close to a true shounen. And once the basic rules are established it’s strategising and straight out fighting.
    I’d be more inclined to call it seinen with shounen elements than actually shounen.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 09:59 PM)
    Good all action finale to cap off Garo there, went out with a bang, though thing is I have no idea where their going to go with this when the movie, second season comes along, this seems like a pretty good point to finish.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:35 PM)
    I think that just about all the manga serialized in ultra jump feel less seinen than those serialized in other seinen magazines.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:19 PM)
    There’s plenty of in battle explaining. I don’t think there’s been a battle without in battle explaining. You got the first time villain that ends up a good guy. You got powerups and levels of quinques. There’s a ton of shounen elements.
    Just because something has gore does not make it seinien. Deadman wonderland is Shounen and it has just as much gore and torture.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 02:52 PM)
    @Emma: ah, yes.
    @Aidan: How so? A variety of weapons and abilities does not turn something into a shounen battle manga.
    I’d need a lot more random in-battle explaining secret powers to your opponent, and a lot more mercy to not consider it seinen.
    Also, torture, balls and limbs being chopped off as a sick joke, slicing people in half without warning, breaking half their bones…
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 12:44 PM)
    I felt that the story became too shounen battle manga When at first it was portrayed as seinien. Especially with the quineqes and such.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 12:06 PM)
    @Raggers: His past with the old lady ghoul where he was castrated =<
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:48 AM)
    @Emma: which moment is that?
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:26 AM)
    @Raggers : And in one moment, a rather disturbing development.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:24 AM)
    @Raggers: Actually, thinking it over you’ve got a point there, As I had said I’ve been marathoning re and come to think of it, it is more enjoyable to do so that way.

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