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
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:53 AM)
    I really don’t know…don’t know why I bother checking out these bottom of the barrel LN style trash knowing I’ll hate them…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:51 AM)
    Oh Arms if only you could go back to your Genshiken, Elfen lied I”s days, you made three good anime.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:49 AM)
    *Delightfully mad
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:48 AM)
    I’ve seen a fair bit of stuff associated with Go Nagai now and theres an insane, mad mind at work there whether it be in the action, violence or humour, Isuca having a Go Nagai style monster is an insult.
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:18 AM)
    And the way they just trick you with that first scene. Go Nagai-like, grotesque monster, a mysterious girl saving the guy and then vanishing. It’s not top shelf, but at least looks like something you could work with. And then the rest of the episode happened.
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:14 AM)
    @Aidan: And the animation. I mean, I know ARMS isn’t exactly known for their high-end production values, but come on. I’m pretty sure the animation of a cat jumping down from a tree branch consisted of no more than two key frames.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 04:29 AM)
    Oh wow, 4 chapters of Vinland saga released in one go.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 04:22 AM)
    Ha, now thats interesting, that voice actress for the female lead in Isuca also voices the female lead in blade dance, now there are two Kugimiyas.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 02:50 AM)
    @Aries: I can recall the second Nana live action movie went off and did its own thing, the first one more faithful, I used it as a good way to recap the earlier parts of the series when I went back to continue the show after leaving it alone for a long time, the acting however was rather weak.
  • Aries
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 02:46 AM)
    okay the nana live action film has me so giddy! All the characters feel so close to the manga that I can’t stop smiling lol omg

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