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» Company
ADV Films
» Running Time
125 mins
» Genre
Action, Drama
» Type
TV Series
» Final Score
6.5
» User Rating
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Gilgamesh Vol. 1: Orphans of the Apocalypse

» written by Wai Yung (Wayne) Chim [Discuss]

Synopsis
Enter the world of Gilgamesh. Where the sky has been turned into a psychedelic mirror and civilization is only a shadow of its former self. Where beautiful assassins transform into terrifying winged creatures. Where children are born with amazing powers. And where a brother and sister are hunted by organizations with dark agendas. Gorgeous animation, breakthrough character designs, and stunning visuals make this suspenseful, addictive tale of mystery, magic, and espionage the first gothic anime masterpiece of the new millennium.

Review
Gilgamesh. This title here resembles both X and Hellsing. The character designs are definitely like Hellsing, whereas the story is more like X. The show for the first two episodes moves extremely slow. I could not stand it heh. What I got out of the episodes that I have view is that after a terrorist attack, the Earth no longer has a sky; it is replaced by a constant mirror like barrier. Also as a result of the attack, computers died like what was anticipated to happen with “Y2K.” With the various issues that were developed by the attack the world took a significant change towards to exactly what the subtitle of this volume suggests; Apocalypse.

Gilgamesh did not impress me, there was not a scene or a string of scenes that make me say, “Wow,” or “This is going to be something special.” As I was watching it, I was more towards saying, “Hurry up,” or “When is it going to be over?” :). The synopsis suggests that Gilgamesh is a gothic anime and that is as advertised people. This dark theme anime with Gackt wannabe characters has some potential, but I would not recommend it, unless you are a fan of titles that feature vampire like monsters, a constant night background. That is right; I do not think I saw one scene with any sunlight… maybe at the beginning before the terrorist attack.

The plot revolves around a pair of siblings. Whose purpose has yet to be revealed. Although I can assume that they will somehow give this show many twists. After I finished watching Gilgamesh, I began to read the introduction to the series included with the screener and after that, I understood the anime much more. But still, with only two episodes seen so far, I cannot make a full assessment of this show. As it lies now, I believe it is a disappointment.

The Breakdown
Gilgamesh is an anime that makes you choose sides as you go. You might side with one group now, but another group later. That sounds like X, but X started out better. Gilgamesh did not make an impact on me, and that is just too bad :(.

 

» The Pros
The animation, and the music to this show are quite nice. The opening theme gets you in the correct mood and the closing theme revs you up for more.

» The Cons
The emotionless voices. Why does everyone sound so dead? The plot so far is just going nowhere. I hope the later episodes will explain the show better.

» Animation
9
Okay, I have to give props here. Gilgamesh has great animation quality. The world is nicely created to collaborate with the characters.

» Sound
9
I liked the music a lot in this show. As frustrated as I got with how the show moved, the music was what calmed me down and made me continue to go through it.

» Story
5.5
If you are watching what I was watching. You would not even know what the hell is going on. There was not much told to the viewer. It was more like, “Hey look what I’ve got!” Nothing much apparently. Let us hope it turns out better in the next episodes.

» Recommend
5.0
As it stands right now, I cannot recommend Gilgamesh to anyone. Maybe those gothic anime fans, other than that, stay away until something somehow develops later.

 

» Other Information
Language: English/Japanese Dialogue with English Subtitles.

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