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shinsengumi's Gilgamesh Tv Review

Gilgamesh tv Review

According to legend, Gilgamesh was the fifth king of ancient Babylon whose deeds were immortalized in the 7th-century Epic of Gilgamesh. In the anime, the tomb of the Babylonian king has been located, a tomb within which there is a door into an alternate dimension. Over the site, a massive research facility called Heaven's Gate was created, a facility where the world's best and brightest scientists had gathered to do research. However, on 10 October, one of the scientists, Madoka Terumichi (known as Enkidu through the Chinese pronounciation of his name), blows up the facility, causing a massive EMP shockwave that destroys all computers in the world and creates what becomes known as the Sheltering Sky, a layer of electrical interference in the atmosphere. Because of the date of the occurance, the incident became known as Twin X.



It is in this world, under the surreal mirror of the Sheltering Sky, that Madoka Kiyoko and Madoka Tatsuya live, bearing the knowledge that it was their father who brought this catastrophe to the world. Over the course of the anime, through encounters with those who were disciples of his father and those who wish for a return to the world as it was, they begin to learn more about their father, his motivations, and most importantly, about themselves and their origins.



Credits: shinsengumi

Story & Characters

According to legend, Gilgamesh was the fifth king of ancient Babylon whose deeds were immortalized in the 7th-century Epic of Gilgamesh. In the anime, the tomb of the Babylonian king has been located, a tomb within which there is a door into an alternate dimension. Over the site, a massive research facility called Heaven's Gate was created, a facility where the world's best and brightest scientists had gathered to do research. However, on 10 October, one of the scientists, Madoka Terumichi (known as Enkidu through the Chinese pronounciation of his name), blows up the facility, causing a massive EMP shockwave that destroys all computers in the world and creates what becomes known as the Sheltering Sky, a layer of electrical interference in the atmosphere. Because of the date of the occurance, the incident became known as Twin X.

It is in this world, under the surreal mirror of the Sheltering Sky, that Madoka Kiyoko and Madoka Tatsuya live, bearing the knowledge that it was their father who brought this catastrophe to the world. Over the course of the anime, through encounters with those who were disciples of his father and those who wish for a return to the world as it was, they begin to learn more about their father, his motivations, and most importantly, about themselves and their origins.

The anime certainly sets up a very interesting world with very interesting constraints, and the plot keeps on getting more and more interesting as it progresses. The ending, however, did not seem to make the best use of the possibilities set forth in preceeding episodes, though it was most certainly a conclusion to the series.

Rating: 8

Art

Admittedly, the artwork for Gilgamesh takes much getting used to. It's not that the art quality is terrible; rather, the style simply differs much from the norm, especially in drawing the characters. The style is sharper in many ways; gone are the distinctive large eyes of traditional anime, for example, and in their place are distinctive almond-shaped eyes. The artwork definitely scores points for innovation, and the character designs on a whole are excellent.

The art quality, however, could be better, and the animation, while good, is not great. All things considered, the innovative design (some might say too innovative) simply is not enough to fully outweigh the slightly lackluster art quality.

Rating: 5

Sound

While the opening theme, by Koda Kumi, is certainly nice and catchy, the rest of the soundtrack is not particularly noteworthy. It does what it needs to in order to set the tone, but nothing more. It is certainly not something one would listen to by itself and for its own sake.

There is one clear exception to the rule. Music plays a significant role in the series, and in particular a piece that was a particular favorite of Enkidu, one we are introduced to in the prologue during the first episode, before he inituates Twin X. This piece is never named throughout the series (it's always referred to as "that piece"); it is in fact the second movement to Beethoven's fifth piano concerto, and is perhaps one of the best pieces written for that instrument.

The opening theme by Koda Kumi is catchy and upbeat. . . no complaints there. The ending theme, on the other hand, while it has a great melodic line and excellent orchestration, the sound of the artist, Yuko Ando, leaves much to be deserved. She has an odd way of stressing certain words, and her voice simply doesn't have the practiced, polished quality of most artists. In other words, it would have been a very nice, calming, ED theme had it been performed by any other artist.

Rating: 6

Presentation

In the originality category, Gilgamesh certainly does extremely well, as it certainly sets forth a very intriguing world with interesting constraints and attributes in which its characters can interact. The plot and plot development are also excellent, though as noted above, the ending seems to simply sweep so many of the possibilities aside and really squander much of the setup done in the episodes leading up to the final confrontation.

The story also has a slight hint of incest to it. Certain scenes, especially, stand out as such if taken completely out of context. Also, throughout the series Tatsuya is suspected of having a sister complex. This element may be considered by some as being gratuitous and may easily sour for some what would otherwise be very compelling characters.

All in all, Gilgamesh is certainly a very interesting anime and one quite distinct from most other series in most aspects, most obviously in its art. However, its sheer distinctiveness may also be its downfall, and, when combined with the fact that its art quality and music are nothing to boast about, makes it little more than a good effort.

Rating: 7

Final Verdict

6.83 (above average)

Reviewed by shinsengumi, Jun 01, 2005

Comments

  1. Celessa Retired Moderator Jun 01, 2005

    Ahh, yes, I too have read the book of Gilgamesh, and the great stories between that of Enkidu, and King Gilgamesh himself.

    I remember the fine lines of how one man who is three-quarters God, one-quarter man, who once became a tyrant and demanded what he wanted from the public in order to pleasure himself, would befriend someone who once ran with the animals in the wind. Enkidu and Gilgamesh were close together, and it was certainly sad to see that Enkidu died of old passsng age. After all, he was human, and Gilgamesh was angry to the gods. The battles which sprung forth, from the almighty Humbaba, to the encounter of Utnapishtim was interesting nonetheless. The fruit of life was also interesting to see.

    I would never suspect that an anime would exist in such an epic tale of both life, death, the struggles, and the friendship that lies from within.

    I liked the treasure of the book, nonetheless. Fragments written in stone, it is obviously one of the oldest and most universal stories ever to exist and be known, within literature.

  2. kawaiiguy Jun 03, 2005

    To comment on the art style, Gilgamesh was based on a manga of the same title published in 1972. From what I can tell, not much has been done to update the artwork from the original source though a few charachter alterations did take place.

    The other thing I noticed about the series (though I didn't watch all of it), was the amount of physics that was involved. They throw out some pretty heavy stuff and it gave some translators a hard time.

    But you must admit, a snowball fight using only telekinesis is pretty cool. I wish I could do that... ;)

  3. kirchu Dec 02, 2005

    This is an anime...what the hell? (I've just finished reading this in English class.) Well, since I never seen the anime before, I can't say anything more. From your story though, it sounds very different from the classic book.

  4. DarkAoi Jun 17, 2006

    I've only seen the anime version...but it's pretty good. The style is very different, yet it's very original. I love the gothic art and atmosphere in the series. But at the end of the series...well the last episode was a little freaky....but I LOVE it...it's different from most endings I’ve seen. It's not exactly a happy one...but it's like there should be a second season....but that just me.

    But other than the ending...the whole series is pretty excellent. =D

    But I'd like to read book.
    *Wonder how the ending is in the book...?!?*

  5. ahjin91 Jun 28, 2006

    hmmm... when i saw gilgamesh does it haf anyting to do wif fate/stay night?

  6. kikoriotaku Jul 09, 2006

    i really like this anime but seriously it get confusing XD im almost done it tho so maybe everything will come together. Its really confusing at times to see which is the bad side.

  7. DarkAoi Jul 22, 2006

    Quote by kikoriotakui really like this anime but seriously it get confusing XD im almost done it tho so maybe everything will come together. Its really confusing at times to see which is the bad side.


    i know what you mean...i've finished the series already...and the ending wasn't that much helpful either! ><" not all the questions were answered...but then again...it's still pretty good...[x"...

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