I've just finished watching the last episode of Xam'd, and all I can say is I believe it was a fairly good conclusion and a fitting end for this little jewel. When I started watching this series I thought it'd have your typical development in this type of shōnen, with fairly unlikable characters. However, what I got was a well written story, with a really good pacing and with characters whom, in their vast majority, I became attached to. I'd really like a second season.
I cannot really think of an anime on the past few years which I could enjoy as much as this one. I'm fairly surprised Xam'd hasn't gained more popularity, but I suppose that's only natural since elements that sell these days, like excessive drama, fan-service, non-nonsensical humour and the like aren't present in this story. All this story has got to offer is a superb, well developed story with really likeable characters, and a nice OST.
If any of you guys haven't watched this anime, I seriously recommend it. I think this is one of those animes that you've simply got to watch. I'm quite sure most of you will enjoy it as much as I did.
Anyway, thanks Stubs for making me watch this.
It's weird, I've been contemplating on how I want to write this review for quite some time since I finished the last episode. Someone a bittersweet end to a series that deserved more.
Just like what Dante said, it's been a long time since I really enjoyed a series. Some have been entertaining enough to string me along to watch them but almost none of them really made me anticipate each episode as I did for Xam'd. In a lot of series, I tend to drift away for what I'm watching, just getting the jest of things as I'm doing something else, but this was definitely a different story. It wasn't a show were I just had to watch the next episode the day it came out, I had to make myself comfortable and give myself some free time to watch each and every episode so that nothing would interrupt me while I was watching.
I really enjoyed almost all the characters, even the ones that there for a short time or the ones that got me mad. Every character had enough personality for me to get a feel of how they are while at the same time not taking away too much from the main story or the main characters. The only character I actually hated where the two kid characters on the ship, sorta annoying but luckily they weren't really in it for long.
Another thing that was great is just what Dante said about it being a shonen, it's not what you'd expect. That and it doesn't rely on making huge fight scenes to advance the story or add them unnecessarily.
Again, I'd like to reiterate how I feel that this show was everything Eureka 7 should have been. Likable characters, fighting that makes sense, not so over the top drama, and a good story.
My only main gripe is that I wish that it had more episodes to explore some more of the main character's story. It felt like in terms of episodes, if the shows(Eureka 7 and Xam'd) were reversed it would've made each show better. Eureka felt like it was dragging on and on with it's pointless side stories and unappealing characters. While Xam'd had such an interesting story with the other main characters but was cut short into simple summaries.
In the end I'd recommend this to anyone even if they don't like fantasy or action series. It used a bunch of different elements in story telling that while was somewhat borrowed from E7, executed it in a way that only made it better and enjoyable. The show was neither too kiddy or too mature, a great middle ground. I hope more people watch it. It's sad that the general audience of anime goers overlook this series so much for the same reason Dante points out, it's truly worth the watch.
The big pluses with this series has already been covered by the two previous posts so I think I'd take my time to be the bad cop.
First is the pacing. It begins good enough with a fair amount of action, but after boarding the postal ship it starts slowing down and I was losing my interest in the series when suddenly the ship crashed and some of the main characters left it to adventure on their own. The time on the ship feels like a gray zone to me. I can't really remember anything important from that time, even though it was an important period for the story. They should have used the time on the ship to explore more of the worl and the concepts the world is based on, which leads me to my second point.
The world. I felt it was not properly introduced to the viewer. Everything seems vague and wasted basically. Take the hiruken emperor for example. We see this being, but we never get to know anything about it. Sure, we had a radio-eye flying around with its voice, but that was a period of vagueness. I thought, at the time, that the entire amnesia period was badly placed and never properly explained. It would have been easy to foreshadow through Raigyou or Yango. There are many other things that were never properly explained or handled in a clumsy way, but I think you get the picture.
still, it was definitely worth watching.