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Enter the world of Gilgamesh. Where the sky has been turned into a psychedelic mirror and civilization is only a shadow of its former self. Where beautiful assassins transform into terrifying winged creatures. Where children are born with amazing powers. And where a brother and sister are hunted by organizations with dark agendas. Gorgeous animation, breakthrough character designs, and stunning visuals make this suspenseful, addictive tale of mystery, magic, and espionage the first gothic anime masterpiece of the new millennium.
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The dark adventure series Gilgamesh (broadcast 2003) is designed to appeal to an audience of self-styled Goths. A supernatural event known as the "Double X" destroyed much of human civilization and turned the sky into a reflecting dome. Double X was an act of terrorism engineered by "Enkidu," the pseudonym of Professor Terumichi Madoka. Kikiyo and Tatsuya, Madoka's orphaned son and daughter, become the targets of two groups of psychic teens: "Gilgamesh" and "Orga." Tatsuya's untapped supernatural powers may be the key to restoring the world: but which group should he trust? To heighten the mood, the filmmakers use a monochromatic palette of grays with only a few touches of muted color. The results are so dim, it's hard to see what's going on--not that there's much to see: the animation is very minimal, with held frames and camera movements over still artwork. Gilgamesh plays like a leaden mixture of X, Hellsing, and Boogiepop Phantom. (Rated TV-14 V: grotesque imagery, violence) --Charles Solomon
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