s-CRY-ed Alteration Tao, s-CRY-ed Alteration Quan
スクライドオルタレイション TAO, スクライドオルタレイション QUAN


A strange environmental phenomenon 22 years ago in the Kanazawa prefecture caused the land to split and protrude upwards reaching unprecedented heights, creating the secluded area known as The Lost Ground. Kazuma is a young mercenary who lives in the Lost Ground, looking for any work he can find to sustain his livelihood within the harsh environment. He is one of the few people that are gifted with the Alter ability, which allows him to plaster his right arm and torso with a metallic alloy. When this mercenary encounters HOLY, an order whose purpose is to suppress and capture what they call Native Alter Users, and one of the elite members of HOLY, Ryuho, an epic rivalry begins.
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Repeated transformation scenes
Some annoying character traits
Uneven pacing



On April 8, 2011, Sunrise announced on the official s-CRY-ed Japanese website the series would be re-released and re-mastered in a two-movie release comprising the entire series and including new footage, titled s-CRY-ed Alteration, as part of the s-CRY-ed 10th Anniversary Project.

– s-CRY-ed Alteration Tao – November 19, 2011
– s-CRY-ed Alteration Quan – March 10, 2012

Alternative titles

– s-CRY-ed Alteration Tao
– s-CRY-ed Alteration Quan
– スクライドオルタレイション TAO
– スクライドオルタレイション QUAN(クアン)

TL;DR Review

The s-CRY-ed movie is a two parts re-mastered release comprising the series and including new footage.

Most of the scenes are low detail blobs. I feel all they did was blew up the resolution, run a cell-shading filter to smooth it out, then called it a re-master.

The editing is all over the place. Scene jump in and out while some were cut down to like a half second flash. If you blink, you’ll miss it. The story doesn’t flow very well if you have not seen the TV version. The movies seem more for people who have seen the TV and want a quick recap, or I like to say, re-cash.

I recall liking the TV series when it first aired but watching the recap movie now, I am beginning to question if I was just young and impressionable then.

The main character is a cliche. He is loud and obnoxious but supposedly has a heart of gold. His motivation to fight isn’t so much to stand up for the underdog, but because of his pride. None of the other supporting characters are any more fleshed out or relatable.

Combat is rather repetitive. The same moves are reused over and over and mainly boiled down to two characters screaming each other name while trading blows.

I can’t recommend the movie to anyone. I will revisit the TV series but at this point, I can’t say if I would even recommend the TV version. s-CRY-ed contains graphic violence and some suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young teens.

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Movie (TAO)

  1. “Reckless Fire 2011” by Yasuaki Ide

Movie (QUAN)

  1. “Spirits” by Sakai Mikio
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