Anime Review: Texhnolyze

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Genre: Cyberpunk/Crime

Studio: Madhouse

Distributor: FUNimation

No. of Episodes: 22

Age Rating: 17+

My Rating: 9/10

Summary: This is the story of Ichise, a boy prizefighter with a prosthetic arm living in the city of Lux. Lux is a city ruled by various crime families.

Review: When I heard that FUNimation had revived this title, I was intrigued. I’d heard some good things about this and wanted to check it out. Here’s my thoughts.

The city of Lux is almost a character is almost a character in itself. It has a gritty feel to it. It is ruled by three groups. The Organo is a syndicate running the prosthetics. The Union is a populist organization. And finally, there’s the Racan, a group of “texhnolyzed” kids (meaning they all have prosthetics).

The story does not work like most shows.  While Ichise is the protagonist, he really doesn’t seem to get the focus you’d think. It’s really more of an ensemble story. Ichise himself is a different hero. For most of the story, if not all of it, he hardly speaks. We are only given his actions to go on. 

Another intersting character is Ran. Like Ichise, we also don’t hear much from her at first.  She can see into the future, but ironically can’t change it.  She seems interested in his future because of what she sees in it.

The woman who gives Ichise his new arm is known only as Doc. She is a firm believer in evolution and believes prosthetics are the next step.  The closest thing to a hero in this story is Shinji, the leader of the Racan. Like his followers, he has a “texhnolyzed” limb.  In this case, it’s his pointer finger.  He instigates many of the wars for his own agenda.

Finally I want to talk about Kazuko Yoshii. He wants to upset the city’s order and comes from the surface world. Almost his entire body is mechanical.

In conclusion, this is a great story.  I found the multiple focuses interesting.  It is definitely a series worth looking at. I’m glad I took the time.

Sub/Dub: I only saw a couple dubbed episodes, so I can’t comment.

Music/Score: The music has a techno feel to it. I didn’t like the main theme, but after a while I kinda liked it.

Violence: (7/10) There’s some very graphic moments, particularly when Ichise first receives his arm.

Language: (1/10)

Nudity: (5/10) Mostly during the operation sequence mentioned above.

Sexuality: (2/10) There was a rape scene.

Religion: (0/10)

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