Xenosaga: The Animation
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|Xenosaga: The Animation|
Screenshot of the series' title screen
|ゼノサーガ THE ANIMATION|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Shigeyasu Yamauchi|
|Original network||TV Asahi|
|Original run||January 5, 2005 – March 23, 2005|
Xenosaga: The Animation (ゼノサーガ THE ANIMATION Zenosāga: Za Animēshon?) is a 12-episode Japanese anime television series by Toei Animation, which premiered on TV Asahi in Japan on January 5, 2005. The series is based on the PlayStation 2 game Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht. The anime series was picked up by ADV Films but, in 2008, the series, along with over 30 other ADV titles, was transferred to Funimation Entertainment.
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Xenosaga: The Animation is based on the first entry Xenosaga series of video games: Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht. The twelve half-hour episodes cover the length of Xenosaga: Episode I's plot, remaining largely faithful to the game's main content, which some changes being made in how individual characters are handled. Of note, the character Cherenkov is killed far earlier in the anime, Lt Virgil stays alive longer, and Jin Uzuki, who only has a minor cameo in Episode I, is introduced sooner, largely taking on his appearance and role as he is in Xenosaga Episode II. The handling of the Kirschwassers in relationship to key characters also differs between the game and anime.
- 覚醒, "Awakening"
- 轟沈, "Gōchin", "Immediate Sinking of a Ship"
- 邂逅, "Chance Meeting"
- 死地, "Point of Death"
- 異形, "Fantastic"
- 投錨, "Dropping Anchor"
- エンセフェロン, "Encephalon"
- 記憶, "Memory"
- 歌声, "Singing Voice"
- 兵器, "Weapon"
- 妄執, "Delusion"
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.
- Shion Uzuki – Stephanie Wittels/Ai Maeda
- KOS-MOS – Luci Christian/Mariko Suzuki
- Allen Ridgeley – Blake Shepard/Hiroaki Hirata
- MOMO – Brittney Karbowski/Rumi Shishido
- Jr. – Greg Ayres/Eriko Kawasaki
- Ziggy – Jason Douglas/Masashi Ebara
- chaos – Clint Bickham/Soichiro Hoshi
- Jin Uzuki – Christopher Ayres/Hideyuki Tanaka
- Louis Virgil – Andrew Love/Masakazu Morita
- Kirschwasser – Hilary Haag/Ryô Hirohashi
- Albedo Piazzolla – John Gremillion/Kôichi Yamadera
- Captain Mathews – Steve Fenley/Kenji Nomura
- Tony – Chris Patton/Hiroaki Miura
- Hammer – Josh Grelle/Yasuhiro Takato
- Mary Godwin – Jessica Boone/Ryoko Shiraishi
- Juli Mizrahi – Tiffany Grant/Naomi Shindou
- Margulis – Andy McAvin/Taiten Kusunoki
- Pellegri – Christine M. Auten/Wakana Yamazaki
- Wilhelm – Vic Mignogna/Hikaru Midorikawa
- Nephilim – Carrie Savage/Yumi Tôma
- Helmer – James Faulkner/Tetsu Inada
- Togashi – Scott Kilgore
- Andrew Cherenkov – John Swasey/Hisao Egawa
- Captain Moriyama – Charles C. Campbell
- Vanderkam – George Manley
- Jonvelle – Xero Reynolds
- Caspase – Illich Guardiola
- Blonde Realian – David Devaney Jr.
- Operator – K.C. Jones
- Councilman – Sean K. Thompson
- Councilwoman – Carli Mosier
- 100-Series Observational Realian Units – Mariela Ortiz
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If you're a Xenosaga player, you'll probably get more out of this show (which skips a lot of the games' exposition out of necessity) than someone unfamiliar with the basic plot—but it's precisely those gamers who might have a few issues with the new designs and compressed storyline. — Kevin Gifford, Newtype USA.
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