A catastrophe is approaching the buried and forgotten city
of Lukuss, Kazuho Yoshii, the mysterious outsider continues
to work towards the 'Spectacle', the balance of power between
the gangs that run the city continues to break down and war
seems inevitable. Ichise and Ran must learn to survive in
this increasingly violent situation, while Ichise searches
for the truth of his fathers death...
Three of Texhnolyze covers the four chapters, or
"Rogues" as they are labelled, between Rogue nine
and Rogue twelve. As per previous shows, in this series, the
individual chapters are slow and thoughtful. Though some may
see this as over ponderous, the show requires a certain amount
of audience attention to keep up with the various machinations
between the numerous power brokers in Lukuss. This a psychological
journey through the city's darker places, so whilst there
is an amount of violence and action it is defiantly more muted
than in other contemporary anime shows, think Bladerunner
rather than Aliens 2.
Nine: Wiggle. Yoshii, whilst being an enigma, continues
to promote his desire to bring forth the 'Spectacle' and is
having adverse affects as violence erupts on the streets of
Lukuss. The episode opens with a character being cut in two
with a sword before further mayhem ensues... Now, that got
your attention. Yoshii continues his lone gunman activity
trying to create a state of war in the city. The destabilised
situation is causing problems for Onishi, head of the Onishi
office of the Organo. In this episode the wheels are starting
to turn, problem is the audience still has no idea who Yoshii
is or what his agenda is.
Rogue Ten: Conclusion. Ichise and Ran accompany Yoshii
on a visit as he tries to justify his interference. Onishi
continue to find himself under pressure from within and without
his organisation. It's a bit of a Godfather episode
here, with the various factions going head to head to try
and claim as much of the city's territory as possible. In
the midst of this chaos someone from the top of the hill is
coming down, but what can this mean for all of those involved?
Eleven: Vagrant. More machinations continue in the ongoing
power struggle. Onishi, safe for the moment, protected by
those higher in the organisation, cannot feel safe or rest
as there are many who still plot his downfall. Ran is not
having a good time, her ability to see the future, or possible
futures are taking its toll on her. She spends her time avoiding
Ichise as she has no desire to see his future, but he has
Rogue Twelve: Precognition. Ran's abilities to see
the future finally overwhelm her. Ichise finds out the truth
about his father's death and the chaos continues.
I think I've said this before, but this is a superior anime,
but one that you really should watch from the beginning. Start
anywhere else and you'll find it difficult to follow the plot.
and vision are up to their usual superior quality, with the
audio being presented in either English or Japanese Stereo.
Subtitles are included for those with better eyesight than
mine. Much of the extras are so so, except the alternative
dialogue outtakes which are genuinely funny, as the voice
over actors put, shall we say, a personal irreverent spin
on what is happening on the screen. I would dearly love to
see a whole episode done this way at some point; it would
make it a completely different show.
there you have it, volume three in the continuing saga, shame
the extras couldn't have been more extensive.