Warning: Blood and Beheading.
I know most of you couldn’t handle this anime. Personally, I was traumatized by Texhnolyze. Released in 2003, let’s see, I was only in third grade. I was a television addict kid back then, I woke up at 5 am, turned on the television and switched the channel to Animax. I was eating my breakfast and watched Texhnolyze. I think it was the second episode, since I perfectly remember that there was the cutting of arm and leg. A horrifying treat for a kid my age back then.
Ichise (main protagonist) losing his arm and leg
Anyways, I got over my trauma after 11 years. Christ’s sake! 11 years, that is how unfathomable the series is. Plus. there are some implied sex scenes that could be found. This is actually a post-apocalyptic anime wherein the people are living in an underground city called, Lux or Lukuss and texhnolyzation is widely spread. Texhnolyze refers to a person which has advanced prosthetic limbs. Some considered them as evolved, some perceived them as abominations, like the Union. The city is controlled by three factions, the Organo(you could say that they are the mafia, most members have been texhnolyzed), the Salvation Union(hatesTexhnolyzation) and the Racan(both the Organo and Salvation view them as hooligans, mostly comprised of younger men)
Of course, most of the plot comprises a series of deaths and killing. There are some twist like the homo-incest sex for Toyama and his father and the sexual intercourse with patients for the texhnolyze specialist, Doc.
Most disturbing scenes can be found within the ending episodes of the series. Meaning episode 20-22. Toyama’s beheading, Onishi’s total annihilation, Kano’s beheading. Ran as one of the shapes(but is presumably dead).
This is a warning for those who would want to watch this anime. This is really not for the faint-hearted. Even if there is no gory scenes, here is this weird feeling of despair and anguish that will lurk within you after watching this. You might want to say, I am really intrigued on what happened to Ichise, if he died or just slept. I don’t know, I just want to hug him when I saw this scene. I want to comfort him and tell him that there is still a tomorrow.
Lesson: I am a misanthropist in all aspects but when you encounter someone or even an anime character who feels more despair and anguish than you do. You feel compelled to live on and cheer that person who is more miserable than you, because they experienced situations far worse than you. Your heart will encourage you to live on for that person.
But my overall reaction to the whole anime is still this:
Recommendation: Don’t watch it only once, because, really, you won’t be able to get it.
“Inhumane and Beautiful”