It received both an English and Japanese dub. The English dub was done by ADV Films in Texas.
The series is an adaptation of the first Xenosaga video game Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht.
The anime is about 4 hours in length.
Episodes 1-4 were released on DVD as "Volume 1: Enter the Gnosis".
Episodes 5-8 were released on DVD as "Volume 2: Voices from the Past".
Episodes 9-12 were released on DVD as "Volume 3: Free Will".
|“||Over 4000 years after abandoning the Earth, humanity is in peril. Under attack by a merciless enemy from another dimension and constantly on the brink of war with one another, all hope for the survival of humankind seems lost. At the center of it all is a mysterious monolith with unknown powers. Enter: KOS-MOS. A black box weapon that is dangerous and misunderstood as she is beautiful. And she may be our hope. From the wildly popular video games series: Xenosaga: The Animation.||”|
The series is based on Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht, with several changes to the storyline, including omissions:
- Jr., Ziggy, and MOMO Mizrahi's first appearances in Episode I
- Andrew Cherenkov's backstory and the Cathedral Ship
- Miyuki Itsumi is completely removed
Some points that the game explained poorly or did not explain at all are revealed in the anime. For example, in the game, Albedo Piazzolla's personality and motives are expanded upon, leading to many plot points that are explored more fully in Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut und Böse.
Another change is the inclusion of Luis Virgil, who accompanies the main characters for nine episodes in the place of Andrew Cherenkov. There were no changes to his personality; like in the game, Virgil is portrayed as an edgy, sarcastic, and trigger-happy man. Virgil is killed in the Kukai Foundation Gnosis attack.
Another major difference is the role of the Kirschwassers. Before the destruction of the Woglinde, Shion Uzuki befriends one of Albedo'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, KOS-MOS does this and escapes unharmed.
- Awakening - The Woglinde attack.
- Imminent Defeat - The Woglinde attack.
- Chance Encounter - The Elsa.
- Jaws of Death - The Elsa.
- Heteromorphic - The Elsa is rescued by the Durandal.
- Anchorage - Kukai Foundation.
- Encephalon - Encephalon.
- Memories - Encephalon.
- The Song - Attack on the Kukai Foundation.
- The Weapon - Planning to save MOMO on the Proto Merkabah.
- Delusion - Saving MOMO on the Proto Merkabah.
- KOS-MOS - Proto Merkabah finale.
Xenosaga: The Animation Original Soundtrack is the soundtrack of the anime. Consult Official Xenosaga Soundtracks for more information.
Xenosaga: The Animation received a 6.5/10 on MyAnimeList.
The anime was criticized for poor animation in certain areas.