Posted by psgels on 21 December 2008 with categories: Bonen no Xamdou



Short Synopsis: Haru heads off to find Akiyuki.
Overall Enjoyment Value: 7,5/10 (Good)
I must say that this has turned into a really emancipated series. While there are enough male characters, and this definitely isn’t a shoujo or josei-series, it’s nevertheless the females who do most of the work in this case. I originally thought that Haru would end up being the damsel in distress, but in the end this honour was for Akiyuki. In fact, he really has been atypical of your typical lead character. He’s not someone who’s out there to change the world, but he’s just a victim himself. Instead, it’s up to Nakiami to prevent the destruction of the Tessik people, although I do suspect that Akiyuki once he wakes up isn’t going to sit still and let the northern empire just do as it pleases.

So in the end, Nakiami’s sister (half-sister, I guess, based on her skin colour) has also started making Xam’d, and plans to head into war as well. I already suspected that something was not kosher about her, and I guess that that’s it. In the meantime, Akiyuki’s Hiruko (or at least, that’s what I suspect it is) does seem to be interested in Akiyuki getting his name back. I believe that it’s in the interest for both of them surviving, and I think that it knocking away the teacup is a sign that it’s going into berserk-mode if Akiyuki doesn’t hurry up and remembers his own name.

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  1. choco says:

    this series had so much potential in episodes 1-3, and now it’s just being dragged on and on with Nakiami being more and more melodramatic and Akiyuki becoming more and more counterproductive – victim or not, he should at least try to DO something.

  2. Alexandre Martins says:

    Based on your recommendations, I’ve got this series, and will watch it presently. However, you mentioned a “rushed finale”. That’s just what I’d like to comment about. I understand that series like “Ergo Proxy” should feel like they need a more rounded ending, but it’s ok because the focus is on character development, not on action plot. However, almost all anime I’ve watched have this characteristic. What’s with that? Do they always run off money at the end and have to rush things up? Or is it that, just like 95% of American animation and movies, most Japanese don’t know how to write good endings? Of course, some do: Evangelion (not the movie, the actual ending that’s episodes 25 and 26) has a perfect and fully rounded ending. So does Haibane Renmei (my all time favorite anime). Any thoughts?

  3. psgels psgels says:

    Alexandre: My biggest guess is that most series are written at the point where the total amount of episodes isn’t known yet, so they probably have to guess how to pace a manga, before even knowing how long it’s going to be.

    Still, this is mostly the case for manga and light novel adaptations. Ergo Proxy and Xamdou were original stories, so I’m not really sure how that goes.

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  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:24 AM)
    Escaflowne never got to finish out its run properly, there are aspects I like of it such as the antagonist, the lead males background but it doesn’t always mix all of what it tries to do together as well as it thinks. And Dilandau…boo hiss…
  • BrendanVGC
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:22 AM)
    The old mecha shows are too campy for me X(
  • BrendanVGC
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:21 AM)
    @emma i also think Gargantia held its own pretty well. Although obviously not as well as sidonia, it was a mainstream mecha show that was fresher than the rest. As for Sidonia, I love the atmosphere. Its so rare nowadays to get an anime as atmospheric
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:21 AM)
    Then you get the odd mecha like shin mazinger or giant robo.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:20 AM)
    @Brendan: Geass was a sneaky show like shana at the time, I too left anime alone for a bit, then came back and initially those shows got me.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:18 AM)
    @Brendan: You’ve got that right with regards to the mech shows but every so often a rare modern one comes along like sidonia comes along. I have retrospectively turned against code geass.
  • BrendanVGC
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:16 AM)
    Maube its because the season has no alright shows? But vision of escaflowne is something i did watch and i think it was a bit too mixed in with the likes of Gundam and Evangelion to leave a very huge impact. They all came out in 96
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:15 AM)
    Death note is a rare shounen that kept me interested in the long run but I felt started to cop-out later on. Kimi ga nozumo eien threw in an interestingly question with its drama and I recall finding it emotionally involving at the time I watched it.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:13 AM)
    Psgels probably won’t write extensively anymore, if he’ll ever blog again that is. The other writers just sorta took off. They might start posting again if they find free time, but that also seems unlikely.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 09:09 AM)
    Speaking of fantasy mecha: Escaflowne was a show that I thought would breed more copycats than it did. But just like Brendan says the ‘school kid riding the deus ex machina to victory against the world-threatening aliens’ formula became the di facto diagram of mecha for more than a decade now.

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