Xenosaga: The Animation

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Xenosaga: The Animation
Screenshot of the series' title screen
Genre Mecha
Anime television series
Directed by Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Studio Toei Animation
Licensed by
Original network TV Asahi
English network
Original run January 5, 2005March 23, 2005
Episodes 12
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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.[1]


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.

Episode list[edit]

  1. 覚醒, "Awakening"
  2. 轟沈, "Gōchin", "Immediate Sinking of a Ship"
  3. 邂逅, "Chance Meeting"
  4. 死地, "Point of Death"
  5. 異形, "Fantastic"
  6. 投錨, "Dropping Anchor"
  7. エンセフェロン, "Encephalon"
  8. 記憶, "Memory"
  9. 歌声, "Singing Voice"
  10. 兵器, "Weapon"
  11. 妄執, "Delusion"
  12. "KOS-MOS"

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.

Cast (English/Japanese)[edit]


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.[2]


  1. ^ "Funimation Picks Up Over Thirty ADV Titles". Anime News Network. 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  2. ^ Gifford, Kevin (September 2007). "Xenosaga: The Animation Vol. 1". Newtype USA. 6 (9). Houston: A.D. Vision. p. 96. ISSN 1541-4817. 

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