William (genkischuldich) wrote,

I watched the first episode of Juuousei/Jyu-oh-sei last night and it is LOVE. Everything about it made me warm inside. I can't wait for the next episode! I'm going to check the bookstore on Saturday to see if they have the manga.

The story is that twin boys (Rai and Tooru) are framed for the murder of their parents. They are exiled to a prison planet where they have to throw away their morals -- become animals, as the title suggests -- to survive. It's 'josei' (aimed at women) sci-fi with an emphasis on technology and human drama. And, of course, hints of slashiness. Did I mention tentacles?

More under the cut.

The story starts in a high tech building where their parents work. They're high-ranking members of society. However, when the boys get to their office/living quarters, they notice that the the electricity is off and the security system is out. They wander through and find their parents dead. Rai (the younger one) runs to his mother, but the room fills with gas from a grenade.

Seeing as they are next seen strapped into a capsule that lands on Galban (the prison planet), they were presumably framed by a corrupt government and/or police force. I doubt they could be convicted on the evidence otherwise.

Anyway, they find themselves in (on?) a completely different world. Tooru finds a strong-smelling brown sack in his pocket and a beam-knife. He recognises the beam-knife, but doesn't know what to do with the sack.

They soon meet Zagi (sp?), who introduces them to his tribe and teaches them basic survial. The sack is for warding off tentacles. He's intrigued by them both, since they have pale skin, blue eyes... He certainly seemed to be coming on to Tooru.

Rai isn't adapting as well as Tooru. He can't fight back and gives up easily. Tooru soon realises that he's better off without him and raises his beam-knife, ready to make his life a little easier... I love seeing innocents twisted by circumstance until they turn bad. If they really play up this angle (and the clips I saw from later in the series at the Tokyo International Anime Fair suggest they will), they will have my full attention.

The voice acting in this is superb. Takayama Minami-san does both of the twins and manages to make them sound similar while changing each one enough to make a difference. You can tell them apart. On the other hand, I notice that the seiyuu will change after the sixth episode, when they grow up (that's moving a little fast, isn't it?). I say 'they', but only one boy is listed...

Love the OP and ED theme too.

Out of curiousity, since I failed utterly with Nerima Daikon Brothers, what could I do to persuade people to give this one (or future series) a try?

Also saw xxxHolic and am not so smitten with it, although Fukuyama Jun-san just about succeeds in holding my attention.

I can't help thinking that I imagined it completely differently based on what I read of the manga. In my mind, Yuko is paler, has a deeper voice and is more sensual and mysterious than overtly sexual. At least, that's what I always thought.

Also, the perspective. The limbs and digits are too long, which is fine if you like it elegant and stylised, but looks strange when combined with Watanuki's freakouts. The music is excellent, however.
Tags: anime, jyu-oh-sei
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