Anime 
TL;DR
Scryed Season 1
スクライド (Sukuraido)

Synopsis

In the near future, an unexplained phenomenon has occurred on a distant island called The Lost Grounds, giving birth to a new species of humans. These evolved humans, called Alter Users, can manipulate matter and reform (or alter) it into unique forms. On this remote island, those born inside a walled city are citizens, while everyone born outside live lawless lives in the badlands. In an attempt to keep the peace the police force HOLD along with the elite alter-user squad HOLY capture dangerous native alter users and offer them a choice… join HOLY or be imprisoned. After young native alters user Kazuma’s run-in with HOLY, questions arise. Is HOLY really interested in the good of all, or is there some other motive behind their actions?
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Animation

  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

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Story

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Overview

s-CRY-ed is written by Yōsuke Kuroda, produced by Sunrise, and directed by Gorō Taniguchi, with music composed by Kōtarō Nakagawa.

The series’ concept originated in 1999 when Taniguchi was working on Infinite Ryvius. He wanted to create another series that would contain themes similar to it, as well as new ones centered mostly on how people adapted to the 21st century.

Alternative titles

– s.CRY.ed
– s-CRY-ed
– スクライド
– 超能奇兵
– 分身战士
– Scryed

TL;DR Review

s-CRY-ed (Japanese: スクライド Hepburn: Sukuraido), also known as s.CRY.ed or Scryed is a 26 episode Japanese anime television series which first aired in Japan on TV Tokyo and Animax.

The animation and art were a mixed bag, from bad to average for the time (2001). I recall thinking it was solid with my rose-tinted nostalgia. Revisiting it now, I notice the line art seem to only have one size, let call it 3-pixel width. On close up character face, the line art is too thin while on zoomed out figures, the same line drawing dominates the entire frame. This makes it quite distracting viewing the series now. The style is also rather basic with minimal details. Some background characters are almost cartoonish as if drawn by 5 years old.

This was one of the early show where the hero was a loud character that wears his heart on his sleeves. This was before it became a trope that it is now. I won’t fault the show for this type of character design, but I will fault them for how one dimensional everyone is.

The show demographic target is young boys, like really young. The dialogs, plots, and actions all reflect this. The narratives are laughably shallow and cringy. The plot is senseless and forgettable as soon as you conclude the show.

Most combat dialogs go as:

Combatant 1: [Scream combatant 2 name] I will get you with my attack 1.
Combatant 2: I see your powerful attack, but you have not seen my better attack. Watch my attack 2.
Combatant 1: Your attack 2 is strong, but not as strong as my attack 2. [Scream attack name]
Combatant 2: [Scream combatant 2 name]

The series seems to have stretch thin being 26 episodes. I believe it would have been a better show if it was reduced down to 12 episodes. This may have been considered a satisfactory show back in 2001, but seeing it now is painful.

I can only recommend this series to fan that doesn’t mind slow Shonen series. Scryed contains graphic violence and some suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young adults.

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Music

Opening Theme

– “Reckless Fire” by Ide Yasuaki (eps 1-25)
– “Drastic My Soul” by Sakai Mikio (ep 26)

Closing Theme

– “Drastic My Soul” by Sakai Mikio (eps 1-25)
– “Tabidachi no Kane ga Naru” by Sakai Mikio (ep 26)

Insert/Image Theme

– “Discovery” by Sakai Mikio
– “Magma” by Ide Yasuaki
– “All I Need is Love” by Sakai Mikio

Credits

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