I don’t often say this, but “Xam’d: Lost Memories” is possibly the greatest new anime known to man.
“Xam’d” is easily one of the most beautiful robot action shows I’ve ever seen. Anime fans can easily attribute the show’s success to Bones, the anime studio who worked on this series. The director also worked on a well-received series, known as “Eureka Seven”. This show turned a love story between two teenagers into a strong message of protecting the environment.
The new show, “Xam’d”, is a wonderful marriage between the visuals of “Eureka Seven” and a Hayao Miyazaki film. Both sport an urgent message to protect the environment. Both feature violent robots. Both pieces of animation are truly inspirational.
At first, the series follows the ordinary life of a high school boy named Akiyuki. The show covers his day-to-day routine with his parents, both divorced. After following a hectic schedule, he arrives just in time to meet his friends, Haru and Furuichi. Together, they board a school bus for the class field trip to Sentan Island.
As he is about to board the bus, Akiyuki notices that a shy young girl in rags is in line to get on. He manages to trick a police officer into giving this girl permission to board. Once he leaves the bus, though, his life takes a sudden turn for the worse.
The girl is actually a suicide bomber who detonates herself in the bus. After a devastating explosion, Akiyuki tries to talk to the dying girl, whose belly is bleeding with green liquid. The youngster apologizes before implanting a gem inside his forehead. The gem transforms Akiyuki’s entire body into a white robot monster.
The next episode is a sheer masterpiece of otherworldly proportions. Akiyuki’s best friend, Haru, desperately tries to help her mutated friend as he defeats another gigantic cyborg creature who dropped down from the sky.
Although Akiyuki is still tormented, he still recognizes Haru as the only friend who remembers him. A mysterious young woman also flies in to calm Akiyuki and to help bring him back to his human form.
Haru collapses out of exhaustion, as the woman takes the boy away. It’s such a surreal scene. Yet, the animation is so fluid and smooth that we can’t help but believe in it.
This show is a melting pot of the lost emotions and pain that we all hid throughout the Iraq War. Whatever the case, it is one of the most powerful anime series from Japan, because it all feels so real to us.
I admit that the story is a little bare bones. The hectic dialogue often takes a back seat to all the robot fights in the show. However, it looks incredibly beautiful and well animated. “Xam’d” is a conflicting love story. It forces this relationship onto you in the midst of dangerous terrorism and biological weaponjs. In spite of all this destruction, Haru still holds a close relationship with the creature boy, even when he leaves the battlefield.
As noted on the Anime News Network, “Xam’d” originally debuted on the Playstation Network at E3 in 2008. It’s received plenty of exposure in Japan. Hopefully some American broadcasters will consider airing this show, because it is amazing to watch.
However, I’m a little hesitant to say that this is one of the best action series ever made. Anime reviewers often commented that the story ends too abruptly with stories that remain unresolve. Still, if you were a big fan of “Eureka Seven,” I guarantee that you have to at least watch the first two episodes. “Xam’d” literally grips your interest like a vice.
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