Towa no Quon 1: Utakata no Kaben

Movie (1 ep x 47 min)
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Towa no Quon 1: Utakata no Kaben

In a futuristic Tokyo, humans who have awakened distinct powers are being hunted by a secret organization named Kestos. Denominated as Attracters, these exceptional individuals are joining forces to defend themselves.

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A series consisting of 6, 45 minute, movies……isn't that just called a mini-series? Story - 5/10 Since everything is broken up into separate movies it's going to be pretty tough to rate them, as each only gives a bit of the story. For an introduction to the series, The Ephemeral Petal was pretty vague. We learned the basic concept the the "Attractors" but we've yet to learn what they really are, how they get their powers or what each individual's powers actually are. We also know about the group searching for them, the Custos, but again outside of the "Attractors" being dangerous, we don't know why or who these secret police really are. For a basic introduction things were still lacking, but there shows some promise. Animation - 8/10 First the good, the background scenery is some of the best I've every seen in Anime. They created such vibrant and intricate images for the handful of locations that were featured in the film. They also did an amazing job with the plant life, the scene with the Cherry blossom tree is gorgeous and a true work of art. As for the character's themselves, when there are closeups they look great. Sure most of the characters are generic looking, but they did a good job creating them. The big problem arises with scenes that are the real meat of an action anime, the action. Whenever they get into a battle scene the characters become terribly drawn and lose all detail. During one of the first scenes a character turns into a nearly faceless being drawn with two uneven lines. Also during some of the medium shots characters lose their proportions, as if they were drawn too tiny and had to be stretched to fit the scene. Also, while it's not such a big deal, there was a scene with a map of Tokyo in the Custos headquarters with Tokyo International Airport labeled as Tokyo International Import. I mean if you expect to take over the world (what else would these guys be doing?) you've got to get your spelling right first.  Sound - 3/10 The music in the first installment was predictable at best. It was the same generic battle music we've heard a hundred times before, and even then it was a very poor attempt at it. The worst part of all was the ending credits, where it sounded as if they gave a composer "Through the Night" from Outlaw Star and just told them to ruin it. The voices weren't terrible, but again they were nothing special. They didn't try to do anything new, each voice was exactly what you would expect, down to the whining annoyance that is Yuuma, one of our soon to be main characters. Characters - 4/10 Much like the sound in the series, our characters were extremely dull and predictable.  We learn next to nothing about them, outside of the girl who's story is so common and lazy (Amazing singer, witnesses parent's death, loses voice.) As for the other characters, we learn the powers of some, and are hinted at a friendship/rivalry between two of them, but that's about it. Overall - 5/10 A poor introduction that really doesn't make you want to come back for more. We can all kind of tell where this series is going, copied off a hit comic/movie franchise, but I have some hope that it veers off on another course. I'll keep watching for the great animation, if nothing else, but they need to start giving me an original and compelling story.


The last couple of years have spawned some anime series that ditched the usual 20-minuteepisode format in favor of longer episodes. ‘Break Blade’, ‘Kara no Kyokai’ and‘Katanagatari’ all released new installments that were (at least) double thelength of a typical anime episode up to and including feature length films.Upsides to this approach are that the production values tend to be much higherand that the longer format allows for more deliberate pacing. The downside isthat viewers who follow these series end up waiting a long time between therelease of new installments. ‘Towa no Quon’ (TnQ) is a superhero story as well as Studio Bones’ attempt to hop on the bandwagon. How is it? Not bad, actually. It opens with a tense sequence involving a shady organization chasing a young boy. Theirattempt at capture is swiftly interrupted by a strange figure who proceeds toengage them in a blistering and beautifully animated action sequence. Eventuallysaid figure manages to escape with the boy, and it’s from then that the storywell and truly starts up. The rest of the movie is basically what you’d expect from a first installment. It mostlyconcerns itself with establishing the major players, the setting and the mainconflict. It’s all handled well. Characters all fall under familiar archetypesbut not annoyingly so and the larger conflict has the potential for cooldevelopments. Kudos for introducing it all without too much spoon feeding of exposition.Which is something Bones has often tried to do though it’s  lead to incoherent messes like ‘Darker than Black’ and ‘Xamd’. The narrative in this, however, is simple andstraightforward so there’s no fear of getting lost, for now at least. By far the best thing about TnQ’s first episode is the excellent balance between all itselements. It manages to introduce all the important things while keeping thestory going. This is further enhanced by the fact that titular character Quonis already introduced as a skilled fighter from the very beginning. Thusavoiding typical clichés revolving around a hero who must come to grips withhis powers et cetera (this gets turned into a subplot). On the flipside, itavoids making Quon so powerful that he can effortlessly defeat any opponent. Hegets considerable injuries in most fights he’s in and he actually needs thehelp of his colorful ensemble of sidekicks. This makes it all the easier towarm up to the characters even though they’re yet to be fleshed out. The animation is great. Environments are well drawn and most of the characters havedistinctive designs rather than recycled models with slight alterations. Butmost of the effort went into creating the wonderful action sequences which,this being a superhero story and all, are sure to be the main draw of thisseries. They’re not just well-animated, however. They also manage to feelcompelling because of the way they’re written. It shuns dry 1-on-1 fights infavor of dynamic confrontations between groups of powerful characters with allsorts of abilities which they use in cool ways in order to get the upper hand.The director deserves props for showing these fights in such a way that theyfeel dynamic and hectic without making them chaotic. Once again, the balance isexcellent. It’s no exaggeration to say that the action sequences are some ofthe best since ‘Sword of the Stranger’. The music doesn’t particularly stand out even though it was composed by acclaimedcomposer Kenji Kawai. It’s competent but little more. Judging from the first episode Towa no Quon has the potential to make for a greataction series. The brisk pace, well built up tension and outstanding actioncertainly make it very promising. One can rightfully criticize the series forits liberal use of clichés and lack of depth but those hungry for somethingaction-packed should seriously consider giving this a try. The jury is stillout on whether or not the rest of the series will be good but this first movieis still well worth checking out.


Towa no Quon ( or Towanoquon, depending on the translation you're watching) is a 6 movies franchise produced by Bones Studios. This is the review of the first movie, Towa no Quon : Utakata no Kaben. As it a movie series, the story in the first opus is vague and a bit unexplained. I believe it could act as an introduction to the series, I guess. Otherways, it looks like an simple science fiction story with ressemblances to Darker than Black. It is way too soon to epict a judgement on the story as it is not developped enough to see the large picture. Bones did it again on the animation. Fluid, colorful and masterly done. Pure eye candy to watch. Is it me of the character design look like Oreimo? Forget that last line, just my imagination... A lovely soundtrack made by none other than Kawai Kenji, what to ask more? His music is incredible. The main character, Quon, is voiced by Hiroshi Kamiya and he does once again a really good job picturing him with a really sweet voice reflecting his kindness. The cast in general had good voice acting. Did I mention Sawashiro Miyuki AND Okawa Toru are there? It makes me an extremely happy fangirl right now. Ending section: Remashed of the movie with an irritating song. As it is only an introduction, he have not seen much in this film. But one thing: I adored the midget main character, Quon. So tiny and so adorable with a good vibe around him. I like his demeanor and the way he stays so calm. I just wish he'll stop hitting us with his ''I want to save everyone.'' cliché. Overall, I'm hooked for the following movies to see if the series will surpass itself ( I hope). We haven't seen much up to this point and I really want to see those characters shine. Hope the time will respond to us. Score: A ok start with 3.5/5. There is room for amelioration. NOTE: Sentai Filmworks licensed the series for a release on DVD/BluRay in 2012. Depending if the series gets better or not, I shall get these ones.   Next! Sailor Moon and my DVD reviews of Soul Eater and Guardian of the Spirit ( Seirei no Moribito).                                                    

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