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

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X: Season 1: Episode 24 -- Kamui is the lone Dragon of Heaven standing in the way of the looming Armageddon. As his fated, final showdown with Fuma approaches, he must discover a way to awaken his true powers.


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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)
Jun'ichi 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)
Michiko Suzuki .... producer (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Takeshi Yasuda .... planner (25 episodes, 2001-2002)
Akira Shinohara .... assistant producer (24 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 artist / storyboard (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 / artboards: 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 Visual Effects by
Koichi Gonda .... digital compositor: Digital Cosmos (1 episode, 2001)
Naohisa Haijima .... digital compositor: Digital Cosmos (1 episode, 2001)
Katsuyoshi Kishi .... digital compositor: Digital Cosmos (1 episode, 2001)
Takashi Kudô .... cg works (1 episode, 2001)
Yoshimichi Matsuda .... digital producer (1 episode, 2001)
Takahiro Miyata .... cg director (1 episode, 2001)
Yumiko Morimoto .... digital compositor: Digital Cosmos (1 episode, 2001)
Shinsuke Ohshima .... digital compositor: Digital Cosmos (1 episode, 2001)
Yuko Orikasa .... digital compositor: Digital Cosmos (1 episode, 2001)
Tetsuya Sasaki .... cg works (1 episode, 2001)
Yuji Shirai .... digital compositor: Digital Cosmos (1 episode, 2001)
Tôru Sugawara .... digital compositor: Digital Cosmos (1 episode, 2001)
Sachi Suzuki .... digital special effects (1 episode, 2001)
Kumiko Taniguchi .... digital special effects (1 episode, 2001)
Hiroshi Yoshida .... digital compositor: Digital Cosmos (1 episode, 2001)
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)
Yûko Kobayashi .... background artist (13 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)
Nao Karino .... background artist (3 episodes, 2001)
Naruyo Kiriyama .... background artist (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)
Shinichi Uehara .... background artist (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)
Kei Ichikura .... background artist (2 episodes, 2001)
Hideaki Kita .... background artist (2 episodes, 2001)
Hideaki Kudo .... 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)
Masanori Takahashi .... background artist (2 episodes, 2001)
Yuko Yazaki .... key animator (2 episodes, 2001)
Hideki Hashimoto .... animation director (2 episodes, 2002)
Series Editorial Department
Keiko Mizuta .... off-line editor: Seyama Editing Room (1 episode, 2001)
Kazunori Okada .... on-line editor: Q-Tec (1 episode, 2001)
Takeshi Seyama .... off-line editor: Seyama Editing Room (1 episode, 2001)
Mutsumi Takemiya .... off-line editor: Seyama Editing Room (1 episode, 2001)
Megumi Uchida .... off-line editor: Seyama Editing Room (1 episode, 2001)
Series Music Department
Masao Fukuda .... music director (1 episode, 2001)
Shiro Sasaki .... music producer (1 episode, 2001)

Masatoshi Nishimura .... music arranger: "eX dream" (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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Two Futures -- One Destiny, 24 November 2008
Author: Andy (film-critic) from Bookseller of the Blue Ridge

The world is in trouble. Through the course of fated destinies, a handful of trained warriors have been called to either protect humanity or to cleans the Earth, bringing about a rebirth to the land. Ironically, a double-edged sword – or twin sword, "X" is an epic adventure that builds characters that an audience can follow, a plot that is emotional, and animation that is so grandiose, that it would make Disney shed a tear. Alas, that isn't to say this series is without faults, but the central key moments are so developed, that one cannot help but jump from one episode to the next, eager to see what befalls our heroes and villains. This was my first full-length animated series (outside of "Serial: Lain") that I have experienced, and while it wasn't as powerful as my prior viewings, it was enough to keep my interest going in this genre. "X" is a series of powerful battles, engrossing story arcs, impressive sounds, and unexpected turns – so developed that even the amateur anime watcher will be captivated by this world. "X" requires dedication, it requires time, and it requires strength to remember who is interconnected with whom, but in the end, it pays off rewardingly.

Upon watching this series, one could easily jump to the finale to see the epic conclusion, but what makes "X" more than just your typical Saturday-morning cartoon epic is the characters that we literally get to understand (and at times fall for) within the twenty-four breathtaking episodes. The evil of Fuma, the depression of Subaru, and the love that Satsuki feels are just a few of the emotions that we are privy to throughout this series. Also within the twenty-four episodes, we see moments of fantasy, destruction, betrayal, love, death, and desire. What pulled me in from the opening episode of this series is the curvy path the director as well as the creators took me on. We aren't introduced to the heroine right away, we are mislead, shadowed throughout, and while small truths are revealed in each individual episode, "X" continues to leave question upon question unanswered, forcing us to look forward to the upcoming episode. Couple this with the outstanding, crisp animation, and "X" seems refreshing in the tub of overplayed and over-recycled American animation. There were certain scenes that just stood out in your mind (especially the final battle), backgrounds that were breathtaking, and battles that made you ask, "How did they do that?" The adult themes and blood-filled battles (unheard of in American animation), bring a sense of realism to this story that is not suitable for young children, but as an adult, I would rather kids watch this instead of what is currently programmed.

Alas, as mentioned earlier, "X" isn't perfect. It isn't a series that I could immediately reboot, but could suggest to friends. There is quite a bit of development towards a twin-sword in this series, and it likened me to what was impressive as well as disappointing in this series. As previously stated, each episode takes us closer to the truth; sometimes it was the pacing that draws us back. Twenty-four episodes are quite a bit to watch, and in the center episodes, as we develop further relationships and characters, there seems to be a lull in the momentum that was initially set. While battles do not seem to be in short supply, it is the introduction to characters that are impressive, but seem to be left behind as larger stories unfold. With some, they come and go quickly, almost as if our creators didn't really have a full plot for them to follow. This may be my only complaint about this series…one can only repeat the fact that the characters were bold, impressive, and invigorating, but their roles within the world of "X" were not as exciting as I wanted them to be. This was a story about technology, humanity, and nature, and, alas, these three elements were not explored as well as they could. My other small complaint is the lack of real-world complications. While our character's emotions were honest and believable, the battles seemed staged merely due to the barriers they were able to use to not cause damage to the surrounding city. No humans actually were privy to this battle, and I think that could have been explored further. We seemed to focus only on our main characters, and only within their flashbacks, did we see any other involvement with the real world. I wished to see who the people supported, and who they would rally behind in such an epic battle. The ending does mention that the public never would know about their future, but it seemed cheap to me.

Overall, this was a great series despite the picky critic flaws. I would recommend this series to anyone interested in an epic that involves a substantial storyline, amazing characters, and intense battle sequences. This would be a favorite to anyone who enjoys the "Final Fantasy" films or games.

Grade: *** out of *****

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