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North American cover of the first DVD volume
|Genre||Cyberpunk, Crime fiction|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Hiroshi Hamasaki |
|Written by||Chiaki J. Konaka|
|Original run||April 16, 2003 – September 24, 2003|
Texhnolyze (テクノライズ Tekunoraizu ) is a Japanese anime television series directed by Hiroshi Hamazaki, from a screenplay by Chiaki Konaka, and produced by Yasuyuki Ueda, with original character design by Yoshitoshi ABe.
The events take place in the vibrant yet dilapidated underground city of Lux. Denizens of Lux have come to call it "The City" and treat it as a sentient force. Three factions vie for control of the city: the Organo, a strictly professional conglomerate with ties to the criminal underworld in the prosthetics business ("Texhnolyze"); the Union, a fanatical populist group interfering with Organo's affairs; and Racan, a marauding group of Texhnolyzed youths. The series has an ensemble cast, but events particularly focus on Ichise, a stoic prize fighter who loses a leg and an arm to satisfy an enraged promoter; Onishi, a young but level-headed executive of the Organo who has many enemies; and Ran, a little girl who has a very important gift that affects the entire city. As they struggle to accept the challenges that they are dealt, the characters bear witness to major events that determine whether the city continues to exist.
Texhnolyze aired on Fuji Television from April 16, 2003 to September 24 of the same year, totaling twenty episodes. Two "secret" episodes were included in the DVD release.
In the underground city of Lux, Ichise is a prize fighter. He angers his promoter, who cuts off his arm and leg. Doc, a former citizen of the sealed city of the Class, is Lux's most talented researcher of Texhnolyze, an advanced prosthetic limb technology. She gives Ichise Texhnolyzed limbs without his consent. Texhnolyze uses Raffia, a substance derived from dead bodies that is harvested in mines around the city's Obelisk. Raffia prevents the user's body from rejecting the Texhnolyze.
Ran, the current Seer of Gabe, sells flowers in Lux. She can see an individual's possible future. Her followers in Gabe unquestioningly accept her predictions even at the cost of their lives. Gabe is home to the former leaders of Lux, who were overthrown by the Organo. Onishi is the current leader of the Organo and is credited with the current peace in Lux.
Yoshii comes to Lux from the legendary surface. Fed up with the unchanging nature life on surface, Yoshii covertly throws Lux into chaos, pitting the Organo, the Salvation Union, and the Racan against each other. The tensions eventually escalate into a battle in the streets between the three factions. Afterward, Yoshii attempts to convince Shinji, leader of the Racan, to assassinate a Class leader. Onishi arrives to prevent the assassination, and Yoshii almost kills Onishi, but Ichise arrives and kills Yoshii.
Doc goes to the entrance of the Class enclave and attempts to convince their leader, Kano, to take her in and use her Texhnolyze expertise, presenting Ichise as an example that Texhnolyzation can create perfect humans. However, Kano has a different form of Texhnolyzation in mind, so he destroys Doc's research and tries to kill her.
Kano undermines the three factions of Lux and creates an army of Shapes: humans whose entire bodies have been replaced with Texhnolyze, with only their heads remaining intact. The Shapes march on the city and many of Onishi's remaining allies are killed.
Onishi sends Doc and Ichise to the surface to warn of Kano's impending invasion. They discover that the world above is sparsely populated, and the remaining citizens have resigned themselves to extinction and became ghosts. The government is apathetic to the news of the invasion. Doc and Ichise find an old-style movie theater where they see a film that explains that Lux was created when the Class rounded up people who were thought to be imperfect or impure of thought, killing many and forcing the rest into the underground city. Doc commits suicide after seeing what the surface has become. Ichise returns to Lux, learning that the Shapes have captured Ran.
The Shapes begin to stop functioning, and Shinji is killed after killing most of the members of the Class in their fortress.
Ran shows her visions to the people of Lux, driving them mad. She is captured and taken to Kano's sanctum. Onishi goes to the Obelisk, begging the city for guidance. The city, in Ran's voice, tells Onishi to kill the city for driving everyone insane. He chooses to destroy everything rather than living on with madness in body and soul. He stabs the Obelisk, and it bleeds. The crazed men of the city shoot Onishi until nothing is left but his Texhnolyzed legs.
All of the Shapes, as well as Kano, have been rooted to the ground and permanently immobilized. Ichise finds Kano in the opera house. Kano says that he failed in his attempt to use Texhnolyzation to get people to evolve out of their violent ways, and now humanity's self-preserving bloodline has returned to its roots.
Ichise sees that Ran is behind Kano and has been turned into a Shape, but Kano says that she turned her mind off by her own will. Seeing Ichise's rage, Kano says that if Ichise kills him, the one sane man in the city, Ichise will only be embracing his own madness. Ichise responds by punching Kano's head off.
Ichise drops Ran's remains into the pool of Raffia. He leans against a column, watching a projection of a simplistic rendering of one of Ran's flowers. Eventually he slumps over and smiles as he and the city fade away.
Ichise is a street fighter of very few words who participates in underground fight clubs for money. He suffers the amputation of an arm and a leg after he refuses to subject to the sadistic demands of his patron's woman. A "stray dog" struggling to survive, he's spared from death by Doc who rescues him and practices a texhnolyze procedure on his arm and leg. Due to these experiences, he lashes out at people violently. However, his encounters with Ran changes him to be more passive, and he also feels affectionate towards her. He initially hates his new limbs; it will take him a long time to finally accept them. Ichise is the most evolved technolyze by the end of the anime and the only one still functioning after Lux shuts down.
Voiced by: Akira Haga (Japanese), Justin Gross (English)
Ran is a flower girl from the village of Gabe chosen as her generation's Seer. Ran's gift of foresight grants her insight into Lux's dark future even though she'd happily give it up as it pains her to see a future she's unable to change. She has a profound interest in Ichise who she prophesied is the destroyer of worlds. She is often seen wearing a white fox mask and wherever she has been a white flower is usually left behind.
Doc is skilled in the science behind Texhnolyzation. She comes from the Class, and she designs methods to not only replace, but improve human limbs, for what she believes, is the next step in human evolution. She gives to Ichise a prosthetic leg and arm of her own design, which continue to function even after the obelisk shutdown. She tells him within them are Ichise's dead mothers cells. She refers to the design of Shapes as "junk".
Voiced by: Shizumi Niki (Japanese), Victoria Harwood (English)
- Keigo Onishi
Onishi is the head of the Organo. Because of his quick rise to power, other members are distrustful of Onishi. He claims to hear the Voice of the City. He eventually takes Ichise under his protection. Both his legs have been Texhnolyzed and he often calls on Doc for repairs.
Shinji is a founding leader of the Racan. He often gets involved in the city's gang wars. He has a texhnolyzed index finger on his right hand.
Voiced by: Masaya Kitaide (Japanese), Jason C. Miller (English)
- Kazuho Yoshii
Yoshii is a visitor from the surface world. His purpose is to upset the uneasy balance of power in the underground city. He is seen carrying a bag with him containing an assortment of valued items. Almost half his body has been Texhnolyzed.
Voiced by: Takashi Inoue (Japanese), Sam Riegel (English)
Shapes are people who have been completely texhnolyzed. They have had most of their bodies replaced with cyborg components, leaving only their heads intact and connected to an organic life support 'pod'. The Shapes quickly grow into an army which threatens to conquer Lux once and for all.
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