Oct 23, 2012

Towanoqwon - An Anime Worth Checking Out

It's been a while since I've had much excitement for new anime series (With the exception of the Evangelion reboots), but I'm pretty damn pleased to have recently discovered Towanoqwon, which definitely flew under the radar in my book.

The series revolves around a variety of gifted humans known as 'Attractors,' born with distinct powers yet hunted down by an underground organization known as 'Custos, ' a cybernetically enhanced group of soldiers. The group of Attractors are lead by Quon, an idealist trying to band all the gifted together against a common foe. Sound familiar? It's been said that the series does seem to draw a little inspiration from the classic Xmen saga, but with a more futuristic theme. As you probably saw for yourself, the series has some truly excellent animation and an awesome plot to boot, which really drew me in.

What makes it more intriguing is that this was the final project by Umanoske Lida, who actually passed away in late 2010, before the movies were even released. Over the course of his career he's directed some truly memorable series, including Devilman, Hellsing, Gundam and a few others, but didn't live to see this project come to fruition. The project was released in 6 installments theatrically in Japan, with the first one coming out on June 18, 2011 and the last on November 26 of the same year. The movies were also localized and released in the US early this year, but didn't receive much press attention unfortunately. To make up for that, you can get your hands on a copy here.

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