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Texhnolyze 

Tekunoraizu (original title)
In a man-made underground society, descendants of a banished generation vie for control of the crumbling city of Lux. Ichise, an orphan turned prize fighter, loses a leg and an arm to ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Michael Forest ...  Bunken Kohakura 22 episodes, 2003
Justin Gross ...  Ichise 22 episodes, 2003
Satoshi Haga Satoshi Haga ...  Ichise 22 episodes, 2003
Shizuka Itô ...  Ran 22 episodes, 2003
Liam O'Brien ...  Haruhiko Toyama 22 episodes, 2003
Carrie Savage ...  Ran 22 episodes, 2003
Patrick Seitz ...  Keigo Onishi 22 episodes, 2003
Taliesin Jaffe ...  Inui 21 episodes, 2003
Victoria Harwood ...  Doc / ... 20 episodes, 2003
Jason Charles Miller ...  Shinji 20 episodes, 2003
JB Blanc ...  Keitaro Mizuno 19 episodes, 2003
William Morgan Sheppard ...  Hiroshisa Goto 17 episodes, 2003
Kirk Thornton ...  Akihisa Sonoda 14 episodes, 2003
Sam Riegel ...  Kazuho Yoshii 10 episodes, 2003
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In a man-made underground society, descendants of a banished generation vie for control of the crumbling city of Lux. Ichise, an orphan turned prize fighter, loses a leg and an arm to satisfy an enraged fight promoter. On the brink of death he is taken in by a young woman doctor and used as a guinea pig for the next evolution of Texhnolyze. With his new limbs, Ichise is taken under the wing of Oonishi, a powerful leader of Organ, an organization with some hold on Lux. As Ichise is drawn deeper into a war for territorial control of the city, he learns of his possible future from the young girl prophet Ran, who guides him from the shadows in his darkest times. With the explosion of the warfare, Ichise must uncover the truth about Lux and fight for his survival as he realizes his destiny. Written by Anonymous

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Japan

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English | Japanese

Release Date:

16 April 2003 (Japan) See more »

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Texhnolyze See more »

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Stereo

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1.78 : 1
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Ichise himself never talks until about halfway through the third episode. See more »

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References The Swimmer (1968) See more »

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Walking Through the Empty Age
by Yoko Ishida
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Pretty hard to follow, but it keeps you watching...
24 September 2012 | by dee.reidSee all my reviews

"Texhnolyze" (pronounced "Techno-lyze") is a compelling and pretty hard-to-follow Anime' series. The plot is very indirect and slow-moving; it's obvious that a lot of thought went into building its story and characters. The first episode is pretty unique because over 10 minutes go by before a single word is uttered by anyone.

In the presumably distant post-apocalyptic future, years have passed since an unnamed calamity forced much of the human population to abandon Earth's surface and settle into the underground city of Lux. Many humans have undergone "Texhnolyzation" - exchanging organic body parts for prosthetic ones. Lux, meanwhile, is the center of a three-way power struggle by those looking for ultimate control of the city: the Organos, led by Onishi, who all appear to be Technolyzed in some way or another, more or less; the fanatical populist movement the Salvation Union, who are radically opposed to Texhnolyzation; and the Racans, a gang of adolescent street punks.

Thrown into the chaos is Ichise, a prize fighter who is brutally dismembered - his unwise provocation of a ruthless fight promoter's wrath costs him an arm and leg, quite literally - and he is put back together again like the Six-Million-Dollar Man by the beautiful mad scientist Doc. Another wrinkle comes from Ran, a young girl who has the ability to see the future of anyone she comes into contact with. Needless to say, her prophetic warnings to Ichise about his future have horrifying implications not just for him, but for everyone in Lux.

This is an extremely difficult and frustrating Anime' series to try to wrap your head around. I'm not even going to try to decipher what the Japanese artists were trying to convey with this series. Maybe it was mankind's insatiable quest for power? The obsessive need for human perfection by exchanging organic limbs for artificial ones? I have no idea. I do know that this is an unusual science fiction series - definitely not one for the kids, if any are around, since there is plenty of graphic bloody violence, nudity, and some colorful language.

There is also an atmospheric score and soundtrack by Keishi Urata and Hajime Mizoguchi, with songs by Juno Reactor, Gackt, and Yoko Ishida.

Sit back and prepare to be mind-boggled by "Texhnolyze."

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