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The story takes place in 1999, the Year of Destiny, and the beginning of the end of the world. The future of the universe rests on one young man, Kamui Shiro, who must destroy either the Dragons of Earth or the Dragons of Heaven - two opposing armies. He alone must decide whether humanity should be destroyed to create a purified universe, or whether it should be protected to preserve civilization. Two oracles, the sisters Hinoto and Kanoe foresee the coming of the Dragons and predict opposite outcomes. Each sister gathers strength and ammunition to insure her own vision for the future. However, neither sister realizes that there is one man who has an even greater power than the Dragons, and that ultimately he will determine the fate of the earth. Which sister will prevail and how does Kamui fit into their struggle? The answer to this question will forever affect humanity. Written by
These obscenities that man has created, the corruption, the pollution, all these must be annihilated, nature will reclaim its dominion, the Earth will breathe again; but first must come the apocalypse.
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Watch it for the graphics, but read the manga first!
X, or X/1999, is the work of CLAMP, a group of four highly talented female manga artist group, consisting of Nanase Ohkawa, Mokona Apapa, Mick Nekoi and Satsuki Igarashi. X is undoubtedly one of their most famous works, which has been running as a manga (comic book series) since 1992.
The basic storyline is about a 16 year old boy, called Kamui Shirou. He returns to Tokyo after 6 years absence, being instructed by his mother to do so before she... okay, to say more would give away the story. ^.^ Anyway, he must choose his destiny - to become a Dragon of Heaven or a Dragon of Earth. Because the Earth is dying, due to the destruction wreaked by mankind, the aim of the Dragons of Earth is to eliminate all humankind, so the Earth can recuperate. However, the aim of the Dragons of Heaven is to save humankind, and defend the 'kekkai' (magical barriers) of Tokyo from collapsing (because if they collapse, they will cause huge earthquakes, which kill thousands of people).
Hinoto, who is blind and mute, therefore communicates telepathically, can see into the future in her dreams, and guides the Dragons of Heaven, while her younger sister, Kanoe, can 'shadow' her dreams, therefore being also able to see into the future. Kanoe in turn guides the Dragons of Earth.
There are mixed opinions on the X movie... while some say the plot was TOTALLY ruined by trying to squeeze the epic, already 13 volume and approaching 22 volume story, into a meagre 2 hours (?), the graphics are FANTASTIC, definately superior to many other anime movies, and the music and sound effects are wonderful (especially 'Forever Love', the ending song, sung by X Japan - a Japanese band, not to be confused with X the manga or movie - is particularly beautiful and suits the mood of the movie perfectly). As many people have already mentioned, you must read the manga first, because in the movie everyone appears too quickly for the audience to become attached to the characters, and there are hardly any introductions. The movie is also THE most gory anime movie I've ever seen (the only slight rival being a bit of Mononoke Hime). There is MUCH violence, the plot is EXTREMELY dark... not your typical light-hearted Miyazaki film, and definately NOT for the weak-stomached... people being decapitated, in slo-mo, eh, that's a feature (oops, did I give some of the plot away? ^.^;;). Some of the character's personalities are kinda (or vastly) distorted, and they REPLACED Kakyou with some cocky high-schooler (damn, Kakyou is so much more adorable ::sigh::). But, it is definately worth seeing if you're an X or Clamp fan... if you're not, I actually don't recommend it (even though I'm avidly obsessed with Clamp ^.^), until you've read the manga at least, and decided whether you like it or not, because it may... uh, put you off other perfectly okay animes. X is, unique, to say the least.
But if X isn't your cup of tea, Clamp has a WIDE range of works, with vastly differing themes, from cutesy magical girl series (and I mean that in a GOOD way) like Magic Knights Rayearth and Cardcaptor Sakura, they've ALSO done kind-of hentai (if you don't know, don't ask ^.^) titles like Miyuki-chan in Wonderland, to adventure tales from ancient myths like RG Veda... find a title that suits you and give Clamp a chance!
Oops, wrote a bit too much, didn't I? Oh well, my only advice is like everyone else says, read the manga first! ^_^
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