Both the anime and Manga take their time building up the characters and back story, so, for all you shonen fans out there who like action packed flicks, this might not be the thing for you. Religious people might not enjoy the way the God theme is handled in this Manga, and the ambiguous sexuality of some characters. Insensitivity towards the earthquake victims are what got the Manga band in the beginning, so I guess they won't take to kindly to it either, and there's a loooooooot of violence in the Manga (Dismembered people are an every day occurrence there, just to give you a taste of what's ahead), so I'd recommend the anime if you're not into that kind of thing but still want to enjoy and engaging story with realistic character development and great payoff.
Getting closer to the end. X is kinda controversal anime. From the one hand it is based on manga, it shows interesting plot, has a lot of different charas, at the same time it proves to be boring, overrated with great, although wasted pottential. X could've been tremendous anime, yet it is just good, nothing more... Hopefully X the Movie is tremendous motion picture but it is the topic for different review. If anyone read X, then watching X TV won't do any harm to you. If one haven't read manga... after watching anime he won't either.... and one more thing, if you don;t like feather (sic!) and fillers as well stay as far away from this title as you can...
The anime was very enjoyable to watch, although I must admit I didn't like it very much the first time I saw it. This
could have been to the fact that I was 12-13, whcih says something. I think this anime is better for an older audience,
because some of the themes and context is very heavy on the younger viewer. However, I think that if you know your anime
and you've seen this, you will have to agree that X is brilliant from the very beginning down to the very end.
Depending on the type of anime, I don't usually find a lesson. This was a dark anime, but one which was also clearly put. It had a bit of Princess Mononoke in it, because the Dragons of Earth were trying to cleanse the planet. This was somewhat of a lesson to us to take better care of it or it might be destroyed one day.
Pacing is more or less well played out the whole way through - even though it does start off slow, it gains momentum fairly shortly.
Characters are by far the best part of this; designs, fights, interactions - wonderful! In short; I loved the anime, enough to buy all the dvd's for my own. Character development is stunning; the main character over 24 episodes is transformed from a heartless bastard to a real human being; still with faults, but a human being who cares deeply about the fate of his loved one's and the world nonetheless. This is a series not to be missed as each episode reveals more and more details and gives some information of a certain character.
The series is definitely recommended if you're into any CLAMP works or if you're a sucker for fantasy.
The X 1999 movie left a lot to be desired. Though possessing far superior fight scenes, the magic wasn't as well animated as that of the series, so the only reason to replay the movie would be its action sequences. Add to that the utter graphicness of it (women giving birth to swords and people's heads rolling in a spray of crimson), and you won't want to show this series to anyone under the age of 15.
The movie also possessed an element of utter depression, which (as stated earlier) may cause emotionally unstable people to become suicidal. Not the best thing to watch on a bad day, trust me.
Thus, X/1999's movie is a must-watch, but I wouldn't go so far as to purchase the series...