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"X" (2001) More at IMDbPro »"Ekkusu" (original title), TV series 2001-2002

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Two sides. Two choices. One future.
Kamui Shirou and Fuuma Monou have been best friends ever since they were kids. Fate, however, separates... See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 19 of 44)
Ken'ichi Suzumura ... Kamui Shirô (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Junichi Suwabe ... Fûma Monô (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Ryôka Yuzuki ... Arashi Kishyu / ... (25 episodes, 2001-2002)

Crispin Freeman ... Fûma Monô (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Wendee Lee ... Karen Kasumi (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Dave Mallow ... Seishirô Sakurazuka (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Mona Marshall ... Girl / ... (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Bob Papenbrook ... Kanoe's Boss (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Jamieson Price ... Additional Voices / ... (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Michelle Ruff ... Kotori Monô (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Philece Sampler ... Tokiko Magami / ... (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Lia Sargent ... Arashi Kishû (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Tony Schnur ... Fisherman / ... (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Steve Staley ... Kamui Shirô (25 episodes, 2001-2002)

Terrence Stone ... Gang Member / ... (25 episodes, 2001-2002)

Karen Strassman ... Satsuki Yatouji / ... (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Julie Ann Taylor ... Hokuto Sumeragi / ... (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Dave Wittenberg ... Basketball Player / ... (25 episodes, 2001-2002)

Barbara Goodson ... Maid / ... (23 episodes, 2001-2002)

Series Directed by
Yoshiaki Kawajiri (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Masahiko Ôta (3 episodes, 2001-2002)
Koji Aritomi (2 episodes, 2001)
Hideo Hayashi (2 episodes, 2001)
Shigetaka Ikeda (2 episodes, 2002)
Haruo Sotozaki (2 episodes, 2002)
Kou Matsuo (1 episode, 2001)
Series Writing credits
Mokona Apapa (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Satsuki Igarashi (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Mick Nekoi (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Nanase Ôkawa (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Yoshiaki Kawajiri (15 episodes, 2001-2002)
Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (5 episodes, 2002)
Hiroko Tokita (2 episodes, 2002)

Series Produced by
Hideki Goto .... executive producer (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Shin'ichirô Inoue .... planner (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Kazumi Kawagoe .... planner (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Shinji Komori .... producer (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Masao Maruyama .... producer (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Joichi Mizuno .... producer (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Taku Otsuka .... producer (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Kaeko Sakamoto .... co-producer (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Eric P. Sherman .... producer (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Akira Shinohara .... assistant producer (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Michiko Suzuki .... producer (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Takeshi Yasuda .... planner (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Series Original Music by
Naoki Satô (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Series Cinematography by
Hisao Shirai (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Series Casting by
Carmen Utrilla (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
Yûji Ikeda (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Takuji Endo .... assistant director (3 episodes, 2001)
Series Art Department
Yoshiaki Kawajiri .... storyboard / storyboard artist (5 episodes, 2001-2002)
Masahiro Andô .... storyboard / storyboard artist (3 episodes, 2001-2002)
Hiroshi Hamazaki .... storyboard / storyboard artist (3 episodes, 2001-2002)
Yûzô Satô .... storyboard / storyboard artist (3 episodes, 2001-2002)
Satoshi Hashimoto .... color designer (3 episodes, 2001)
Hideo Hayashi .... storyboard / storyboard artist (2 episodes, 2001-2002)
Akio Sakai .... storyboard / storyboard artist (2 episodes, 2001-2002)
Norihiko Yokomatsu .... art director: Studio Wyeth (2 episodes, 2001)
Series Sound Department
Yasunori Honda .... sound director (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Osamu Ichikawa .... sound recordist (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Kaoru Machida .... sound assistant producer (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Yuko Ochi .... sound assistant producer (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Erina Watanabe .... sound recording assistant (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Series Animation Department
Takatoshi Anbe .... animator: opening credits (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Yoshinori Kanemori .... character designer / supervising animation director (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Yoshiaki Kawajiri .... animator: opening credits / key animator (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Rintaro .... animator: opening credits (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Satoshi Tazaki .... animation director / key animator (6 episodes, 2001-2002)
Kunihiko Hamada .... animation director / key animator (4 episodes, 2001)
Hiroshi Hamazaki .... key animator (3 episodes, 2001-2002)
Kunihiko Sakurai .... animation director / key animator (3 episodes, 2001-2002)
Masayoshi Tanaka .... animation director / key animator (3 episodes, 2001-2002)
Kazuo Watanabe .... animation director (3 episodes, 2001-2002)
Shigeru Fujita .... animation director / key animator (3 episodes, 2001)
Jeung Yeoun Hee .... in-between animation checker (3 episodes, 2001)
Yoon Suk Hue .... inbetween animator (3 episodes, 2001)
Soon Ha Hwang .... in-between animation checker (3 episodes, 2001)
Kazuaki Imai .... inbetween animator (3 episodes, 2001)
Lee Ga Jin .... inbetween animator (3 episodes, 2001)
Eriko Kubokawa .... inbetween animator (3 episodes, 2001)
Choi Se Kwan .... inbetween animator (3 episodes, 2001)
Michiko Nagano .... inbetween animator (3 episodes, 2001)
Yun Mi Oh .... inbetween animator (3 episodes, 2001)
Masayuki Ojima .... inbetween animator (3 episodes, 2001)
Kayo Sakazume .... in-between animation checker (3 episodes, 2001)
Myung Hee Youn .... in-between animation checker (3 episodes, 2001)
Ryotaro Akao .... key animator (2 episodes, 2001)
Mamoru Hoshino .... key animator (2 episodes, 2001)
Nao Karino .... background artist (2 episodes, 2001)
Naruyo Kiriyama .... background artist (2 episodes, 2001)
Seo Kyoung Mioe .... inbetween animator (2 episodes, 2001)
Takahito Nakazawa .... key animator (2 episodes, 2001)
Yasuhiro Saiki .... animation director / key animator (2 episodes, 2001)
Shinichi Uehara .... background artist (2 episodes, 2001)
Yuko Yazaki .... key animator (2 episodes, 2001)
Hideki Hashimoto .... animation director (2 episodes, 2002)
Series Music Department
Masao Fukuda .... music producer (unknown episodes)
Masatoshi Nishimura .... music arranger: "eX dream" (unknown episodes)
Shiro Sasaki .... music producer (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Keiichi Segawa .... planning assistant (25 episodes, 2001-2002)

Rika Takahashi .... translator (unknown episodes)


Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ekkusu" - Japan (original title)
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24 min (24 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

Like other CLAMP anime and manga productions, X contains crossover references to other works by the group. Specifically, Subaru, Hokuto and Seishiro come from Tokyo Babylon, while the CLAMP campus originated in CLAMP Campus Detectives.See more »
Kamui Shirô:[after Sorata talked about Kamui's mother] You came to Tokyo to die!See more »
Movie Connections:
Remake of X (1996)See more »
Secret SorrowSee more »


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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Breathtaking new anime series based on the manga by Clamp, 11 November 2002
Author: Brian Camp from Bronx, NY

"X" ventures into territory familiar to viewers of the 1996 Japanese anime production, X: THE MOVIE, a feature adaptation of the long-running manga (comic book) series, "X/1999," produced by the all-female manga collective known as Clamp. While X: THE MOVIE offered a highly sped-up condensation of the incident-packed manga and closed everything off with a jarringly tragic finale, the 24-episode 2001 TV series goes back to the manga and offers a more faithful new adaptation, allowing viewers to gradually meet each of the many characters and get to know who and what they are long before the action takes off.

Like so much of anime, the story is about highly advanced evolutionary young people fighting over the future of the earth. Here, the main characters are split into two camps, the "Dragons" of Heaven struggling to save the earth and its human population, and the "Angels" of Earth seeking to kill off all "polluting" elements, including people, so that the earth can be born anew. At the center of the conflict is the young, handsome Kamui, who has returned to Tokyo to fulfill his destiny as leader of the Dragons of Heaven, although the Angels of Earth seek to recruit him to their camp. (All the main characters are impossibly good-looking.) Meanwhile, all the characters go about living their everyday lives, including enrollment in school for the younger ones, a key element missing from the movie.

The animation is fluid and the design quite spectacular, with an evocative, dramatic music score provided by Naoki Sato. The background details of Tokyo's streets, buildings and skyline are all meticulously rendered. One scene noteworthy for its exquisite recreation of a Tokyo landmark features Lady Arashi, one of the Dragons of Heaven, leaving the secret chamber of the ancient (but young-looking) Princess Hinoto, situated underneath the Diet (the building where Japan's Parliament meets), slowly taking a secret elevator up to the main floor, and walking through the great halls of this massive edifice and down the sprawling front steps, with the camera following the whole time and the music swelling. I have often been critical in my anime reviews of the new technique of 2-D digital animation as it is applied to anime, but I must confess that the results here are as satisfying to me as if they'd been done the old hand-drawn method.

The series' chief director is Yoshiaki Kawajiri, who is best known for such titles as WICKED CITY (1987), MIDNIGHT EYE GOKU (1989), NINJA SCROLL (1993) and VAMPIRE HUNTER D: BLOODLUST (2000). He wisely sticks to the style of the manga and the overall design scheme of X: THE MOVIE, which was directed by the equally notable Rin Taro, and avoids the sex-and-violence excesses and "noir"-like nightmarish visual schemes of his earlier works. Even so, it's cleanly executed and powerfully told, with enough visual imagination to impress even the most hardened anime purist and a strong enough story and interesting characters to engage even the newest anime convert. The Pioneer DVD offers both Japanese and English language tracks. The English dubbing is surprisingly good.

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