Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Figure 17 The Complete Collection|
Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Tsubasa is a shy elementary school girl with very few friends. One night she sees a shooting star and follows it to a downed alien spacecraft. The alien gives her a clone named Hikaru, who?s as outgoing as Tsubasa is quiet... more »
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Collector | USA | 12/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is such a beautiful show it's hard to express it in words. The relationship between Tsubasa and Hikaru is the most moving friendship I have ever seen in an anime. Figure17 is very character centered, and the pacing is fairly slow compared to other shows. The series takes its time slowly fleshing out the main characters. The show is as "human" as it gets, and very down to earth despite the sci-fi element. Figure17 isn't stylish at all, and at times can seem very bland. This certainly isn't a show everybody will enjoy. Either you'll like it or hate it. The character designs are very cute despite being a serious show and the colors are very dull. The soundtrack is nothing to rave about either. No wonder it's relatively unknown and underrated among anime fans! Where this show shines is through the well developed characters and their interactions. This is not a happy show in the conventional sense. Neither is it completely depressing although at times it is very very SAD. If you want to see how deeply emotional a friendship can run, watch this show. This is one show that has left an everlasting impression on me, and certainly one I will visit again."
Unknown, but good anime!
Henry Deacon | Harleysville, PA USA | 07/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Figure 17 is about a girl from Tokyo who moved to Japan from Hokkaido. She left her friends and everything that she knew behind for her father to fulfill his dream. In the first episode Tsubasa encounters an alien from space who is in a battle against a 'Magyua', who is trying to destroy him and his ship before he crash-lands on earth, in Hokkaido.
Figure 17 shows the development of a young girl, and find who she is. She becomes a more confident person and more apt to deal with people.
On a personal note, I found this to be one of the most moving and stirring animes I have ever watched. It has small periods of combat; enough to keep you in it. Along with it's bloodless violence, it has a good story line. The episodes are long and at times feel a bit drawn out. They draw you in close to the characters so that you almost feel them emotionally."
Above and beyond the premise
Thu Duong | Albany, NY | 03/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Based on the premise alone, I passed over the show for a year or more. Based on some trusted recommendations, I gave it a try and found the work to be sincere. Takahashi N. (Chief Director) and Yonemura S. (Screenplay) were alumni from Berserk and bring the same focus on character conflict and human development that they successfully used in Berserk. This crew spent time and effort creating Tsubasa and Hikaru and letting them grow up in fits and starts.
The 1 hour format also lends itself to deeper story telling. Despite the trailers, Figure 17 is no cheesy creature-feature of the week; it isa story of growing up with an SF component. Expect thoughtful writing & pacing from Figure 17, not alien stomping action.
The animation features beautiful renditions of rural Hokkaido. I thought that the ending and opening song were good. Overall, the production was excellent.
Figure 17 was an unexpected diamond in the rough."
Jay F. Grissom | San Diego, CA. USA | 04/06/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have to agree with others here...
This is a true anime gem.
The relationship that is built in this story is truly remarkable.
The end is powerful and satisfying!
I find it hard to believe anyone could watch this and not be compelled to tell others about it...
I will warn though:
I didn't give it 5 stars because of the action. It is fairly canned and is purely to drive the story forward... (This isn't a bad thing) however the monsters remind me of watching old Godzilla movies (Not bad, just not the highest production quality by todays standards.)
The relationship with the two "sisters" will capture you and completely rip your heart out too... needless to say you will enjoy this. But I think too, you will be moved by it."