||[Oct. 27th, 2008|05:14 pm]
Hi, I'm new here but I've been interested in ABe's work ever since "Haibane Renmei" and in 2004, I got into "Texhnolyze" by buying and viewing only the first DVD. Four years later on this day (that took a long time), I finally got myself the complete Collector's Box off of E-Bay and I'm eager to start watching it soon. However, because I heard so much about the ending and I'm one of those who tend to spoil myself, I went ahead and watched Episode 22 off of Veoh. And my mind and heart and soul are blown, shattered, aching, and strangely, soothed.
To me, the final image of ( ending spoilersCollapse )is so powerful that I was left reeling for a good long minute. Added in with Yoko Ishida's end song and the image haunts my mind. I don't think any other image or song or ending from any other anime has ever hit me this hard (and Kenshin OVA - Trust & Betrayal lost to this one, hard). I never expected such a thing of beauty - such sad tranquility - and I think this is why it's perfect. After all of the violence, darkness, and soul-rotting misery, we're treated to ( spoilerCollapse )and oh, how beautiful and fitting it is.
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And this, coming from a young man who changed so much since the beginning. Who learns to care. To trust. To love.
Wow. (And with the refrains of the last two stanzas of 'Walking Through the Empty Age' in my head, I'm very glad I got the entire series. I'll gladly see all of the brutality and degradation just because the ending is so...it's perfect. I have no more words left to say, let alone describe it.) The feeling is too deep to be laid out.