Tuesday, December 29, 2009

In Neo-Verona Where We Set Our Stage: Romeo x Juliet

The crests of Montague and Capulet, illustrative of the series' unique animation style.

So I've been a little bedridden today and decided to go to Funimation's youtube channel to watch a new series that I'd been meaning to see, Gonzo's Romeo x Juliet the anime (Gonzo also did the animation for Kaleidostar if I'm correct.). It's based on Romeo and Juliet (obviously) but also has characters and plot elements from a large number of Shakespeare's works. The series opens in the floating world of Neo-Verona, where the corrupt Prince Montague has usurped the throne by slaughtering all but one of the Capulet dynasty (a two-year old Juliet). When Juliet turns sixteen, her identity is revealed to her and she must face the man who killed her entire family. Unfortunately--as it goes--Juliet is in love with Romeo, his son. The series has a great soundtrack and I actually liked the Japanese version of "You Raise Me Up" by Lena Mark that is used as the opening (the ending theme is a contrasting heavy rock ballad). I'm on episode eight now and absolutely hooked (OMG Tybalt!), so I'm off to finish all 24 episodes here. Parting from this show is such sweet sorrow. Tata!

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