Noein: Mo Hitori No Kimi He
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I have never claimed to be a big fan of anime. I enjoy the occasional series, but for the most part I donít get too into it. I enjoy mainstream titles such as Macross, Akira and the like. But what I am a huge fan of is cartoons in general. To me anime is just an extension of cartooning with adult themes. I am very open minded to it, but I donít exactly go searching for it either.
Why would you need to know the above information about me and anime anyway? Well itís because I am about to declare Noein as the single most interesting anime series I have ever seen. I have not seen everything on the market, so I wanted to let you know where I was coming from with that statement. Noein is clearly better then anything I have personally seen from this genre.
This series leads us to believe that there are many multiple dimensions to time and space. At any given time their may be a hundred different versions of each person strewn throughout all the dimensions. This story follows a couple of twelve year olds who uncover that very fact.
Unfortunately, I only had the opportunity to view Vol. 3, which covers series episodes 16-20. I have no idea how the kids started dimension traveling. All I can tell is that there is an interstellar multi-dimensional war going on, and it has spilled into our existence. These kids work with the freedom fighters to end said war.
I donít know why the war started and I donít care. The battle scenes in this series are breathtaking. The animation is so fluid and the frame rate so tight, that I felt as though I was watching live-action masters instead of hand drawn cartoons. You never really expect a cartoon war to be so brutal and gritty, but this delivers in spades.
What really sets this apart from everything else Iíve seen are the kids themselves. They dive heavily into the personality and nuances of each character, and I found myself actually caring about them by the end. It reminded me a lot of Marvelís Spiderman series in that it dove into all the angst and troubles of teenagers.
I donít feel as though I had a full grasp of what was going on due not having seen the first two volumes, however I loved what I did see. The art was pretty much perfect and I donít think John Williams himself could have produced a better score. I donít care if youíre a fan of anime or not, this series is a ďmust watchĒ.
The only bad thing I could say about this was there was no summarization of what happened during the first fifteen episodes. But thatís really not a bad thing, itís just not very convenient.
Well this reviewer is going to go get his hands on the first two volumes, so I will bid you farewell. In the meantime, I suggest anyone who took the time to read this review should go check it out. This is one of the easiest 4 Ĺ cans I have given out.
Added: Saturday, April 14, 2007
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