WARNING: The following content you are about to hear (all in the storyline part) may contain mentions of violent content involving pain of all emotional, physical, and/or psychological. Viewer Discretion is highly advised.
After the Red Mist has affected The Hybrid and went into a disoriented coma, he soon woke up to find out he was been strapped down to an operating table with instruments of torture and the Anime Gods want seek revenge for his betrayal and insolence and next to him, Ani was also tied and strapped in an operating table, in a mid-comatose state and Nu has been tied to a chair and has an appearing black eye on her left but what the Hybrid didn’t know that the two ladies actually have more in common with him and his connection to the Anime Gods, but what happened to the others? Well, Lucky was chained up next to a broken heater, woken from the drug stupor and soon ravenous dogs will be released in one hour if the chain isn’t broken from the heater. Neon is in worse shape as he is tied down in a movie theater with his eyes propped open, forcing him to watch unspeakable acts of pain caught on video. Jon was still unconscious from his fall, Prof. Paradox was forced into making the Blue Leaf for the Gods and using Jumper as their test animal and the results has him almost writhing in pain from the effects. Don and Discord has being issued for waterboarding for information and most of the time when they wasn’t cooperating, they changed from water to lemon juice and it does sting like a bitch. Why the Anime Gods wanted to torture them was mainly the fact that they can’t risk another mortal of their existence but they easily wanted to make me beg for everyone’s mercy or else they’ll die because of me and I wasn’t going to let them die like this.
Speaking of dying (or something like it), this is TEXHNOLYZE.
The word “cyberpunk” has been synonymous within the anime and manga world and most of the media over the last 40+ years. Examples like the works of Philip K. Dick, William Gibson’s Neuromancer, Johnny Mnemonic, Metropolis, Akira, Battle Angel Alita, Blade Runner, Ghost in the Shell and The Matrix and it seems that most of these titles has been a bit of inspiration for today’s anime du jour but sometimes when you have a fascinating theme that can be entertaining in the eyes through visuals and storytelling, you accomplish something but let’s just get into the synopsis.
The events take place in the vibrant yet dilapidated underground city of Lux. Denizens of Lux have come to call it “The City” and treat it as a sentient force. Three factions vie for control of the city: the Organo, a strictly professional conglomerate with ties to the criminal underworld in the prosthetics business (“Texhnolyze”); the Union, a fanatical populist group interfering with Organo’s affairs; and Racan, a marauding group of Texhnolyzed youths. The series has an ensemble cast, but events particularly focus on Ichise, a stoic prize fighter who loses a leg and an arm to satisfy an enraged promoter; Onishi, a young but level-headed executive of the Organo who has many enemies; and Ran, a little girl who has a very important gift that affects the entire city. As they struggle to accept the challenges that they are dealt, the characters bear witness to major events that determine whether the city continues to exist.
Now, this is a very gritty and complex story that I actually can see being made beautifully and graphically into something I can get with although it has been done before in most of the anime released but the main problem of this anime is that it has a very slow pace of storytelling and while most of the main characters represent some symbolic figures that bear these deep psychologies, motives and desires, they just seem too dull and uninteresting for me to care about. I can honestly say I have no feel or relation to any of these characters and I really hate to say this but most of the time I fell asleep through some of the episodes, which is a fail at my part due that this requires you to pay attention to the plot and may leave you to think at some parts and the animation has a bit to do with that, too.
Yes, the animation of this is very dark, bleak, and has a depressing tone that perfectly matches this anime but its favorite colors happen to be black and grey and there is a bit too much of that color scheme. Also, there is to be minimal dialogue in some of the episodes (especially the first one) and some that I just can’t keep up with.
I think the music has be the saving grace of this show. While it may something I expect from The Matrix movies, Juno Reactor’s “Guardian Angel (Xavier’s Edit)” has got to be one of the most energetic high-electronica songs I have ever heard and yeah, I love this song. As for the ending song by Gackt, it was fine. It wasn’t that great but it was suitable for the show.
FINAL VERDICT: While having a story that is at first interesting but isn’t that unique anymore, they tried too hard to execute it and only manage to put some viewers to sleep, but then again, Texhnolyze isn’t the anime for everyone, just like Angel’s Egg but that anime is only 80 minutes in length while this is 22 episodes long and could have worked better as a movie. I will say this as a positive, this is highly recommended for anime fans have more of an artsy side of them and to those that want to learn all about this. I won’t rate it too high or too low for this but…..
Texhnolyze gets the final grade of:
Planet Tyro Rating: Low Watchable (it was that close to being a Vanilla title)
What I later realize that I actually did notice Nu from somewhere and that’s where it hit me. She was the one that tortured the Anime Gods at that warehouse but I really must have a short term memory of that and as they look at her, they had this insane look in their eye and wanted her to feel the pain as they did and then Ani woke up and started to come to the realization that she can’t escape of that trap and soon the attention was turn to her and then another shocking revelation has come to fruition: Ani was originally supposed to be in my shoes. She could have been what The Hybrid is but she is the only one that was able to escape the clutches of the Anime Gods…..until now, that is. Soon after that, the guards took Nu to rough her up more but the worse is yet to come for me and Ani as the Anime Gods has a device called Project EUPHORIA, a virtual reality helmet that can affect you in real life as it’s happening in there, too. Unfortunately, as me and Ani refused to cooperate, they have force us to wear those helmets and we did not like the images we saw. Both of us screamed with agonizing pain and disgust and then came silence and both of us were entered back into the comatose state and then only time can tell.
Everyone is still in peril. From getting beat up, having to fight for your life, trying to survive out of painful situations, working on a formula in order to live, cooperate in order to live so you won’t be dosed in gasoline and just plain living. Will our heroes ever get out of this situation? Will the Anime Gods ever succeed with their revenge? Will I get backlash for ranking Texhnolyze a 7? Am I reviewing an anime no one heard from before next time? Actually, yes, the next title coming up is…….
And until then……
TEXHNOLYZE – animation by MADHOUSE/ distributed by FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT (formerly GENEON)