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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  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 06:09 AM)
    I believe an American friend of mine mentioned the burning man event to me and said it’d be my scene apparently.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 05:51 AM)
    Ah that announcement I had been waiting for, Yahari season 2 has been confirmed now for spring season of 2015.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 01:13 AM)
    @Ninja: yeah spending a week at Black Rock City with 100k people with all the madness that transpires is pretty exhausting. The thing about Burning Man is that given the open atmosphere of acceptance makes it much easier to socialoze since you can keep the ego bullshit to a minimal.
  • ninjarealist
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 12:58 AM)
    @Bam I just mean I don’t have the energy for that type of event any more. It just wears me out. That amount of constant socialization.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 09:15 PM)
    @Ninja: yeah pyro contraptions are a big hit there, but that’s a lofty project indeed.
    And I’m pretty sure you’re not that old, there’s a lot of 50-60 year olds there and they’re having a good time. If you’re not a camping person then yeah … it’s not gonna be easy for you, but given the atmosphere, the music, and the art I firmly believe it’s worth checking out at least once.
  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 06:18 PM)
    @Bam Ahhhh Burning Man. I had some friends from Indiana who were trying to get me to help them build an organ that shoots fire with each key-press for Burning Man. It sounded fun but I already feel too old for something like Burning Man.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:32 AM)
    @Ninja: no I met most of them at Burning Man.
  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:23 AM)
    @Bam I see I just figured that if you had a lot of friends in KY you must have lived in the region.
    @Friend Yeah or involved desserts like Palmiers or Croissants. I actually am pretty decent at making croissants from scratch but it’s a pain in the ass.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:21 AM)
    And that’s … The More You Know ;)
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 08:19 AM)
    “Iran” originally means “the land of the Aryans”. The European settlers of Aryan decent are correctly labeled Indo-European as they traveled from north of India across Iran and the Caucasus mountain range (hence the term Caucasian) and settled in pastural lands in Europe. Hence we are the original white people. Go figure.

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