New York 2075. The evil Queen Dark rules the world and by casting a spell upon girls she remains alive forever. Prince Argai from 1250 a.d. is furious when he discovers his fiancee Angel has been enchanted; a lightning flash sends him to 2075 where he seeks refuge with private detective Oscar Lightbulb, his assistant Barnaby and their secretary Miss Moon. It is discovered that a book of prophecies exists that details every ingredient they need for the potion to rescue Angel. They copy this book, but it gets stolen by Queen Dark who then knows their every next move. Will they succeed in collecting the ingredients, rescuing Angel and the destruction of Queen Dark? Written by
Fantasy World meets Cyberpunk. With Talking animals.
Argai was a French animated TV series created in 2000 about a medieval fantasy world of animal people. But then everything shifts to a cyberpunk dystopia in the future and we are introduced to the title character. Prince Argai, a lion knight who has been thrown into the year 2075 where his nemesis Dark Queen Oriale, a serpentine sorceress, has taken over the world.
From there Argai gathers a group to help him save his girlfriend whom in the past Oriale placed under a spell to steal her youth. Shown at first in flashbacks to events leading up to Argai's quest.
A rather involved and unusual plot and a fairly competent villaness too. Each episode moves along fairly well and does not get repetitive. What does get repetitive though is the animation which sometimes cuts corners by re-using sequences. Though usually at least well used. The art style is interesting and overall well animated as well with distinctive appearances and a good voice cast as well.
Better yet the series has a distinct start and finish rather than ending incomplete as so many series do now-a-days.
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