Tuesday, July 22, 2003



A Video Review of X

Copyright 2003 Glenn Walker

Japan has very strange censorship laws. Because of this their pornography is a lot of everything but. They have become quite creative in doing everything but as a matter of fact but that's not the point here. The point is animation has picked up the slack and more. So when the lead character's naked mother rips herself open and explodes in the opening of X don't be surprised.

Now that's just on the logic front. That makes sense. They can't have live sex so they have it animated. That makes perfect sense. The violence, the supernatural and the high tech? They are all things that can be better rendered by animation. Anything you can imagine you can draw and thus animate. What I don't get is why the completely indecipherable plots?

To make any sense of X you need to take notes and keep a scorecard. It's a god awful mess. But it sure is fun to look at. It's real pretty eye candy. It makes no damned sense but it's pretty. It's got everything you could want in an anime - hot chicks, guys with wings, demons with tentacles and massive city destruction - you can't lose, except if you want a story. Maybe someday they'll make some anime with a simple plot, something us dumb Americans can understand.

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