Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Fantastic Children Anime Legends|
Genres: Anime & Manga, Animation
Studio: Infinity Resources Inc Release Date: 03/04/2008
A hidden gem
Kellyannl | Bronx, NY USA | 04/06/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This sci-fi anime joins a small but elite group headed by Now and Then, Here and There which have a script and direction good enough to transcend so-so character designs. If you have patience enough to handle a first disk which is somewhat slow due to necessary situation building, you will be rewarded with what might just be one of the best anime stories you'll ever treat yourself to.
As it begins, a young boy named Tohma befriends two orphanage runaways - Helga, a girl who seems obsessed with drawing a landscape which she can't get out of her head, and Chitto, her devoted little companion, when Tohma finds himself inexplicably drawn to Helga. Helga in particular does not turn out to be your typical orphan, however, as it turns out she is being tracked down by the Children of Befort - five Belgian albino children who are monstrous, child-killing body snatchers - or so it is said.
But the mysterious Befort children, who are being tracked down in turn by a military-backed scientific organization, might not be exactly what rumour has them, and we slowly learn the true story behind Aghi, the calm, collected but passionate nominal leader of the group; Soreto, the only female of the group who seems to act as a capable second in command; bitter, seemingly cynical Hesma; sensitive, emotional Hasmodye and feisty mechanic Tarlant.
It is a story that involves both Helga and Tohma intimately - and it is a story of redemption for a terrible decision, a friendship strong enough to forgive the unthinkable, and a love that transcends time and physicality.
With wonderful emotional involvement and - not always a given for anime - a great ending, this anime legends edition is a solid addition to the collection of anyone who prefers substance over flash and is old enough to appreciate the story. As an end note, the original Japanese is superior enough to the English dub that I would advise viewers to watch the series the first time subtitled even if it is their general policy to watch the dub first. I would also like to give a heads up to avoid the temptation of examining the timechart on the insert included with the CD of the wonderful, haunting soundtrack to make heads or tails of the deliberate mysteries of the story until you've finished the series, as you'll otherwise realize roughly halfway through the anime that it contains a few spoilers.
Fantastic anime, incredible story
L. K. Lam | 11/04/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Not only the title in saying fantastic, in fact this story is a really fantastic piece of production. Apart from telling any happenings in this anime (I want you to have a full surprise and excitement in watching this anime), the background/plot never goes out of track. It seems like everything in making the scope is well planned and very much in making sense. I admit that at first, it is quite mysterious in those silver hair children running around, with their conversation and the pace is rather slow. Sometimes, the years across the story does give a little pressure for the viewers. However, it successfully gains people's curiosity. The more it goes, the clearer the view of the truth about those children's identities, purpose and everything else. The characters and production design are very beautiful. I love the features of the characters. It can be considered as a fantasy. But more part of it should make this anime a supense anime. It is very hard in making a good supense anime, especially with other components in this anime. I give it 5 stars because everything about it does deserve 5 stars. I believe everyone will love this story."