X (TV) is based on a manga written by CLAMP. X tells the story of the end of the world and the fight to save the Earth from apocalypse between the Dragons of Heaven and the Dragons of Earth. It primarily follows young Kamui as he tries to find his way through his destiny to become a dragon of heaven or a dragon of earth and the conflict that ensues after he makes his choice.
Visuals: Absolutely gorgeous. The artwork for this series stays very true to CLAMP’s characteristic style and flows beautifully. If there is use of CG in this series, it does not stick out like a sore thumb as it tends to do in other anime.
Sound: I tend to skip the English dub for most releases, but I gave the English dub a listen for an episode and found that I wasn’t too disturbed by it. The voice casting fits with the characters well enough that it was enjoyable to watch in English, but I do prefer the Japanese voice work. Musically, the show has theme that blends perfectly to the story and the action that is currently happening on screen, overall not too distracting. The 5.1 surround is a rather nice addition for this particular release, which was not available on the earlier release of this series.
Packaging: This is my major complaint with this box set. If you’re going to pay over 100$ for a series, the box should be able to withstand a bit of use and I worry that this one won’t. The box is designed to look like the CLAMP artbook that was released for X, and while it is very appropriate the binding feels like its held together with tape. The DVDs lay in trays inside the cover of the “book” which hold the discs very well, but the mechanism that holds the trays together so that they fold out like pages seems questionable to me. If this box holds up for a couple of years of my watching the show I’ll be very happy with it, but we won’t know until that time comes.
I’m going to avoid talking about the story here other than to say that I think this series is great. I had to force myself to take it out of the DVD player and not put the next disc in so that I could get my homework done. Wonderful series, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for some action and drama in their anime.