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Xenosaga: The Animation is a twelve-episode anime series by Toei Animation, which premiered on TV Asahi in Japan on January 5, 2005.

It received both an English and Japanese dub. The English dub was done by ADV Films in Texas, meaning every game voice actor was replaced, although it's not like the games have consistent voice actors to begin with anyway.

The series is an adaptation of the first Xenosaga video game Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht. Given the nature of the anime, it works best as a supplement to Episode I and should not be replaced by Episode I; some points that the game explained poorly or did not explain at all are revealed in the anime.

The anime is about 4 hours in length while the game Episode I contains 7 hours of cutscenes.

ContentEdit

Xenosaga the Animation - Trailer01:03

Xenosaga the Animation - Trailer

Xenosaga: The Animation trailer.

Xenosaga "Kos-Mos"01:46

Xenosaga "Kos-Mos"

The birth of KOS-MOS on the Woglinde.

The series is based on Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht, with several changes to the storyline, including omissions:

Some points that the game explained poorly or did not explain at all are revealed in the anime. For example, in the game, Albedo comes across as mentally insane initially with uncertain motives. In the series, it becomes apparent that Albedo has abandonment issues (among other things) that enhance his character development. These issues make a return and are explored more fully in Episode II.

One character who did not receive any additional development to his character was Luis Virgil, who was kept alive for nine episodes in the place of Andrew Cherenkov. Despite being alive and traveling with the main characters, no new information about Virgil came out in the anime. He was portrayed as an edgy, sarcastic and trigger-happy man, just like he was in the game. Virgil is killed in the Kukai Foundation Gnosis attack.

Kirsch

Kirsch.

Another major difference is the role of the Kirschwassers. Before the destruction of the Woglinde, Shion Uzuki befriends one of Albedo Piazzolla's "personal assistant" Realians, the Kirschwassers. While in Episode I they serve in a minor role working for Albedo, the anime focuses on only one. This Kirschwasser was impersonating a 100-Series while on the Woglinde in order to escape Albedo, but was recaptured and set to work against Shion, who had befriended her earlier. The ending of the anime has the Kirschwasser in the control room of Proto Merkabah, setting it to self-destruct mode, where she dies. In the game, however, KOS-MOS does this and escapes unharmed.

The Encephalon dive is changed. Jin Uzuki, Shion's brother and a major character in Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Böse, can be seen in it. Febronia and Cecily and Cathe do not appear in the Encephalon dive.

The Song of Nephilim portion of the game is skipped, and instead, the anime skips to the Proto Merkabah.

The final confrontation with Albedo on the Proto Merkabah is changed, removing the Sophie Peithos boss entirely, in favor of Albedo and Kirsch in E.S. Simeon.

Episode listEdit

  1. Awakening - The Woglinde attack.
  2. Imminent Defeat - The Woglinde attack.
  3. Chance Encounter - The Elsa.
  4. Jaws of Death - The Elsa.
  5. Heteromorphic - The Elsa is rescued by the Durandal.
  6. Anchorage - Kukai Foundation.
  7. Encephalon - Encephalon.
  8. Memories - Encephalon.
  9. The Song - Attack on the Kukai Foundation.
  10. The Weapon - Planning to save MOMO on the Proto Merkabah.
  11. Delusion - Saving MOMO on the Proto Merkabah.
  12. KOS-MOS - Proto Merkabah finale.

Of note are the use of the Zohar Emulators in the title card; each one contains a Hebrew numeral which denotes the episode's number.

Music Edit

AnimeOST

Xenosaga: The Animation Original Soundtrack.

Xenosaga: The Animation Original Soundtrack is the soundtrack of the anime, primarily composed by Kosuke Yamashita.

  1. Mysterious World
  2. Xenosaga Main Title
  3. Battle Start
  4. Shion Uzuki
  5. Battle Strategy Conference
  6. Battle Signs
  7. Realian's Sorrow
  8. KOS-MOS Activating
  9. Ruined Streets
  10. Fierce Battle
  11. Life and Death
  12. Gnosis Approaching
  13. Durandal
  14. KOS-MOS's Emotions
  15. Beautiful Foundation
  16. At Rest
  17. Desperate Situation
  18. Spirit's Place
  19. Urgent Departure
  20. A Secret Volition
  21. I'm on Mid-Vacation
  22. Giant Warship Battle
  23. Friendship
  24. Infiltration
  25. Destiny
  26. Death
  27. Requiem
  28. The Enigmatic Zohar
  29. Endless Battle
  30. Hymn of Nephilim
  31. Threatening Power
  32. Shining Hope
  33. Nephilim
  34. Blue Planet ~ Endless Journey
  35. in this serenity

Opening Edit

Xenosaga The Animation Opening01:29

Xenosaga The Animation Opening

In This Serenity lyrics Edit

Xenosaga the Animation Creditless ending01:30

Xenosaga the Animation Creditless ending

The ending theme is "in this serenity" by Mayumi Gojo.

Shimmering so bright
Guiding light divine
Flow along the sea
Of fading stardust

Reminisce the touch
Of all the hands used to clutch
We'll be long
Lost in the past
Left to emancipate

We play among the clouds
In the pitch blackness of night
Our voices ascend to the stars
There's a will to overcome
Though we stumble and frown

In this serenity
Eternity

We ask the starry sky
The reason to keep our cruise
While we suffer and struggle till end

Though darkness may prevail
Alighted heart shall avail

In this serenity
Eternally

ReceptionEdit

Xenosaga: The Animation received a 6.5/10 on MyAnimeList.[1]

If the viewer is a Xenosaga player or fan, they will probably get more out of the anime (which skips a lot of the games' exposition out of necessity) than someone unfamiliar with the basic plot. However, it's precisely these fans and gamers who might have a few issues with the new designs and compressed storyline.

The anime was criticized for some "quality" (poor animation in certain areas).

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