Target: Xam’d: Lost Memories – Bounen no Zamned
Genre: Action, Adventure
Notable Themes: Mecha, War, Religious Persecution
Fanservice Level: Mild
Reasons to Watch:
Top quality animation from Studio BONES.
Strong, original story that doesn’t feel like a retread.
Great characters and very strong character development.
Reasons to Not:
Lots of obscure terminology that is never explained.
Very random ‘final-boss’ ending with little real resolution
Similar to: RahXephon, Eureka Seven, Laputa: Castle in the Sky
There isn’t a good reason for why I started this new anime review series with Xam’d: Lost Memories. It isn’t my favorite series, though it probably sits in the top twenty-five. It is a rather good exemplar of the kind of things I like in shows, anime or otherwise: strong main character development, good storytelling over the entire arc and fun action sequences that don’t dominate the rest of the show. Xam’d doesn’t feel as polished as some of the real classics in its genre, but still manages to stand above the crowd as a show that provokes thought and emotion.