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Toonzone Review: “Texhnolyze” DVD Boxset Reissue: Still Highbrow Yet Hardcore

Karl Olson writes: "During the anime of boom of the late 1990s to early 2000s, weird shows were par from the course. What Evangelion started became one of the dominant trends during the boom, as shows like Serial Experiments: Lain and Boogiepop Phantom focused around strange, intellectually complex tales in bizarre, almost-surreal worlds with heavy doses of paranormal activity, psychoanalysis and science-fiction futurism. Late-2003 to mid-2004 may have marked the apex of that trend when Geneon USA prelicenced both Texhnolyze and Paranoia Agent from their Japanese parent company. Paranoia Agent ended up the more well known of the two, in large part because it was created by the late, great Satoshi Kon, and that notoriety scored it a spot on [adult swim]. (It’s also a great show.) However, for hardcore otaku of the era, Texhnolyze was similarly anticipated as it had quite an outstanding pedigree itself. Reuniting much of the creative power team behind Serial Experiments: Lain, Texhnolyze again bought together yoshitoshi ABe, Yasayuki Ueda and Chiaki Konaka, and did so at the legendary Madhouse Studios."

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