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Director: Rintaro

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Clamp, Japan's acclaimed all-female animation group, created this futuristic animated adventure with veteran anime director Rintaro. As the Year of Destiny dawns, the fate of the universe rests on the shoulders of Kamui Shiro, a young warrior whose destiny is to defeat one of two armies, the Dragons of Earth or the Dragons of Heaven. His choice will determine whether

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Clamp, Japan's acclaimed all-female animation group, created this futuristic animated adventure with veteran anime director Rintaro. As the Year of Destiny dawns, the fate of the universe rests on the shoulders of Kamui Shiro, a young warrior whose destiny is to defeat one of two armies, the Dragons of Earth or the Dragons of Heaven. His choice will determine whether humanity survives or is banished from the Earth; meanwhile, two oracles, Hinoto and Kanoe, have seen opposing visions of the future, and they struggle to make their dreams a reality. X was a hit in Japan in 1996; it received a limited theatrical release in the United States in 2000 shortly before its release on home video.

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Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
There's nothing like a surreal, animated apocalypse to bring the city of Tokyo to its knees. Based on the popular manga series, X tells a story of millennial reckoning, as two childhood friends reluctantly come to grips with their destinies. Kamui is chosen by the Dragon of Heaven to defend Earth from destruction. Fuma, meanwhile, is picked by the Dragon of Earth to "purify" the planet by destroying all that man has created. In an interesting spin on the classic good vs. evil tale, the opposed friends are presented as almost interchangeable -- Fuma repeatedly intones "I am Kamui" -- blurring the usually clear lines between savior and destructor. But X mostly unfolds as a supernatural morality tale, a fateful tragedy that never forgets the most important characteristic of anime: Spectacle. The visual flair of Mad House, the animation studio responsible for the equally astonishing Ninja Scroll, is at its stylish best here, with beautifully bleak Tokyo landscapes and action sequences that border on gothic psychedelia.
Animerica - Patrick Macias
X's secret weapon is Clamp's unique shoujo style, which pushes the material into a dazzling new direction. Violence and vulgar displays of power now share the screen with outrageous beauty and decidedly feminine symbolism.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/25/2000
UPC:
0660200404437
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
R
Source:
Manga Video

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X 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When this was first mentioned to me, I thought is could not be true. Someone taking the idea of Heaven and Earth colliding, in the forms of Dragons, and neither or either being right. But they did it. And as if the story was not enough, it is excellently animated, and dubbed well, unlike many other animes. With a chilling message, and a full frontal assault on every sense you have, this will be an anime classic forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When i read the back to see what it was about, i thought it would be boring. Scence it was too late for return when i got the chance, i watched it. IT WAS AWESOME!!! from start to end! and NO MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN HAVE BEEN THIS GOOD.. although i dont think you should watch it with your parents :) (Full porn in begining)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love it! i think it's beutiful, sad, exciting, funny and it's my favourite!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You see, most hard to impress critics would give this movie terrible reviews. Maybe it's just that they don't understand it, hmm? X is a wonderful, beautiful, if not extremley confusing and complex thriller. The animation is outstanding (all those details) the dialoge is intruiging, and the message that it sends out to all of us si that there will always be someone who hates the world, but there are people that they choose to protect and that means everything, even the world to them. See this movie, and who knows? Maybe you'll understand it, maybe you won't. It just matters how you take it. I love it, and I think that all that can stomach the gore and blood will see past all that and realize that this complex movie is a true masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful movie! But because it is based on a manga series that is so exstensive, it is hard to follow if you're not familiar with the manga. The animation is by far the most beautiful I have ever seen. And the fact that they did fit so much plot into so little time amazes me, even if it still wasn't quite enough. My recomendation is to read the X manga by CLAMP, called X/1999 in America, and also there is some history between two of the characters in X, who have their history in a manga called Tokyo Babylon. This should help you enjoy the movie, and also understand why it's truely imposible to fit a series that is at the 15th tankubon, and still unfinished, plus some added extras from a 7 tankbuon series, Tokyo Babylon, it is imposible to fit that much information into a 90 minute movie. The movie is a nice way to see your favorite characters move however, the animation is beautiful, and the soundtrack is some of the best I've ever heard. Read the manga, and wait paitiently for the animated series to eventualy come out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kamui Shiro is a very moody young man who returns to Tokyo upon the last wish of his mother, ''Go to Tokyo to find your destiny.'' He is determined to protect his childhood friends, Kotori and Fuma, from the darkness that surrounds him and that will soon engulf the world. Meanwhile, dreamseers across the world are sensing the apocalyptical destiny that will arrive on the chosen day in 1999. Two occult forces will determine the fate of humanity, and Kamui can tilt the balance. Will he be our Savior or our Destroyer? As the lines between light and dark, good and evil begin to blur, Kamui is forced to choose between preservation and total annihilation. X is a supernatural-horror story with beautiful art, highly exciting plot, and bone-chilling gothic terror. It is a must see for anime fans and newbies alike!!