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Set in a future where the sky has been changed into a giant mirror, two teenage children are caught in a struggle between a group of super-powered beings and a mysterious woman's team of children aiming to stop them.
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Series cast summary:
Blake Shepard ...  Tatsuya Madoka / ... 26 episodes, 2003-2004
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Daisuke Namikawa ...  Tatsuya Madoka / ... 26 episodes, 2003-2004
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Paul Oddo Paul Oddo ...  Hayato Kazmatsuri 11 episodes, 2003-2004
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Over a decade ago, a group of scientists carried out experiments at the Tomb of Gilgamesh, the supposed resting place of the demigod subject of an ages-old myth. After the work at the "Heaven's Gate" facility was abruptly halted, a terrorist calling himself Enkidu set into motion an incident called "Twin X" which transformed Earth's sky into an enormous mirror. In the present day, two siblings named Tatsuya and Kiyoko Madoka are pursued by the yakuza for unpaid debts and are saved by the Gilgamesh, a team of young men and women who transform into hideous beasts. But when a second group of children, headed by the shadowy Countess of Werdenberg, "rescue" the siblings from the Gilgamesh using psychic powers of their own, Tatsuya and Kiyoko are forced to choose which side to believe in. Written by Tony Myers

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Japanese

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2 October 2003 (Japan) See more »

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JPY300,000 (estimated)
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Hayato Kazmatsuri: You've already had your funeral. Good luck, you old fuck.
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Unique in many ways
4 September 2013 | by georgina-kennedySee all my reviews

The plot summary given here is accurate, so I don't see the point in giving another version of it. What I'd like to explain are what I feel makes this anime well worth watching, and why I felt I could have been better.

As other reviews point out, with Gilgamesh you get a very different plot from most other anime. What you'll also get is art which is quite different: for example, while character faces are still quite stylized, they are very unlike anything I have seen in 95-98% of the anime I have watched, and that's not the only aspect of the art that stands out.

Gilgamesh also makes very intelligent use of the myth which is referenced by the title and other material in the story. I don't want to say more about this issue as it is worth audiences enjoying this aspect without any information given away ahead of time.

The soundtrack is also exceptional. While I personally don't find either the opening or ending themes unique, I found that the score is very well done, and the inclusion of both the hymn "Shall We Gather by the River?" and Beethoven's 5th Concerto (also known as The Emperor Concerto) is brilliant. These two pieces contribute to the depth of the story, demonstrating the attention to detail used in the creation of the anime.

The one aspect of this anime that I found disappointing is the actual animation, which is so bad at times that is sometimes rivals the worst animation found in the Hellsing TV series. It's a travesty to find such terrible animation in such an otherwise superior series, and is the reason why I have given it 8 out of 10 stars.

Regardless of this last trait, I do encourage people who truly enjoy good anime to check out this series.


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