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Series cast summary:
Fumie Mizusawa Fumie Mizusawa ...  Juliet 24 episodes, 2007
Chris Burnett ...  Romeo 24 episodes, 2007
Sean Hennigan Sean Hennigan ...  Montague 24 episodes, 2007
Brina Palencia ...  Juliet 24 episodes, 2007
Takahiro Mizushima Takahiro Mizushima ...  Romeo 23 episodes, 2007
Ryô Hirohashi Ryô Hirohashi ...  Antonio 22 episodes, 2007
Miyu Matsuki Miyu Matsuki ...  Cordelia 20 episodes, 2007
Yutaka Koizumi Yutaka Koizumi ...  Cloten / ... 20 episodes, 2007
Kôsuke Toriumi Kôsuke Toriumi ...  Curio 19 episodes, 2007
Kôji Ishii Kôji Ishii ...  Montague 19 episodes, 2007
Katsuhisa Hôki Katsuhisa Hôki ...  Conrad 17 episodes, 2007
Shinnosuke Tachibana Shinnosuke Tachibana ...  Benvolio 17 episodes, 2007
Kazuhiko Inoue ...  William 16 episodes, 2007
Tetsuya Kakihara Tetsuya Kakihara ...  Mercutio 15 episodes, 2007
Hirofumi Nojima Hirofumi Nojima ...  Francisco 13 episodes, 2007
Ryûgo Saitô Ryûgo Saitô ...  Tubal / ... 12 episodes, 2007
Eiji Miyashita Eiji Miyashita ...  Vittorio / ... 12 episodes, 2007
Sayaka Ôhara Sayaka Ôhara ...  Hermione 11 episodes, 2007
Ryôtarô Okiayu ...  Tybalt 10 episodes, 2007
Ayako Kawasumi ...  Emilia 10 episodes, 2007
Maxey Whitehead ...  Antionio / ... 10 episodes, 2007
Colleen Clinkenbeard ...  Cordellia 10 episodes, 2007
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This is a story of a young and tragic love, set in the aerial city of Neo Verona. Tyranny rules this island in the sky after the Montague family took control 14 years prior. The disparity among the wealthy and poor is apparent in the present state, the earth dries and water stagnates. The sky itself is wrapped in a deep dense fog. Both Romeo and Juliet's lineages are of present and past ruling families of Neo Verona. Romeo is the son of the current Montague dictator, Juliet (a beautiful woman) masquerades as a man (Odin), she's the last descendant of Capulet the previous rulers who were killed by an assassin's dagger 14 years ago. Her true background is not to be revealed to her until her 16th birthday while being raised by her sister. The cruel hands of fate introduces 2 people who will become "Star Crossed Lovers". Written by ANN

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18 March 2007 (Japan) See more »

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Romeo x Juliet See more »

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Juliet says a line directly from the original play: "O Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" See more »

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The credits show the first name of Shakespeare misspelled as "Whillian". See more »

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Version of BBC Play of the Month: Romeo and Juliet (1967) See more »

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Fanciful anime take on Shakespeare
18 May 2011 | by Brian CampSee all my reviews

"Romeo x Juliet" is a 24-episode Japanese animated series with enough swashbuckling and fantasy touches to provide a significant departure from the ill-fated romance of Shakespeare's original text. For instance, in the first five episodes, Juliet is secretly the Red Whirlwind, a masked swordfighter (in male garb and a short-haired wig) who takes on the Carabinieri (government soldiers in chain mail) whenever they harass the citizenry. Romeo rides around on a winged horse called a "dragonhorse." Verona is now Neo-Verona, a city on a floating land mass (called an "aerial continent" in the opening) high up in the sky. There are occasional bits from the play that survive this adaptation, but not many. I watched the first half of the series (episodes 1-12) for this review.

Romeo is the son of the usurper, Prince Montague, who overthrew the House of Capulet 14 years before this takes place (seen in a flashback) and killed as many Capulets and their retainers as his men could find. Juliet is the sole surviving Capulet heir and has been raised as a boy, but is being groomed to lead an uprising against Montague from the moment she turns 16 and reveals herself to all as a girl, which happens in the second episode. The only problem, of course, is that Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love. Each is torn between their duty and their love, but not enough to prevent their eventual staging of a symbolic wedding in an abandoned church. The romance plays out in the manner of so many anime series (think "His and Her Circumstances," to name one) as these two impossibly cute and innocent kids get over their awkwardness and start to feel comfortable with each other. One of the great things about anime series is the frequent practice of putting the plot on hold and allowing the characters to develop their relationships. At one point here, the two young lovers have a lingering romantic idyll on a long journey in the wilderness many miles from Neo-Verona. They even set up housekeeping for a spell in an abandoned farmhouse. These are truly lovely sequences that take up nearly two complete episodes.

Underlying it all is an ecological subtext that takes its cues from Hayao Miyazaki's LAPUTA: CASTLE IN THE SKY (1986), in which an abandoned orbiting structure is powered by a giant, mystical, gravity-defying tree that thwarts all attempts to harness its power. Here, there are two trees that power the floating continent on which Neo-Verona is situated. The trees are suffering, however, and we only gradually learn the extent of the trouble and its cause. Can this awful condition be cured? Stay tuned.

Many of the supporting characters have names from other Shakespeare plays: Portia, Benvolio, Cordelia, Titus, etc. Juliet grows up in hiding in a building that includes a theater and a resident playwright called "Willy," who resembles you-know-who. He's trying to come up with a new play and is drawn to Juliet's budding affair with the son of an enemy, but insists on waiting to see how it turns out before committing feather to parchment.

The DVD I watched offered both English and Japanese soundtracks. The signs on display in the city streets are all in Italian. The opening theme song, "You Raise Me Up," by Brendan Graham and Rolf Lovland, was a big hit for Josh Groban in 2004. Here it's sung with Japanese lyrics by Korean-American singer Lena Park. Ms. Park sings the English-language version of it in episode #7 to underscore a festival scene where Romeo and Juliet embrace and kiss at night against a backdrop of fireworks.

The whole thing is very nicely presented, with beautiful background designs drawing on Italian renaissance styles for the lavish palace interiors and more standard functional styles for the poorer, working class districts of the city. It's all done digitally, though, and I miss the bright colors and bold graphics we used to get from real colored ink and cell animation. Think "Rose of Versailles" (1979). This is an adequate substitute, I guess, but the clean consistency of the designs and backgrounds and the reliance on muted, often nearly washed-out digital coloring eliminates the splashes of breathtaking beauty and unpredictability we used to get in classic anime.


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