Alt title: X

Vol: 18; Ch: 158
1992 - 2003
4.174 out of 5 from 751 votes
Rank #2,687

In the year 1999, Tokyo has become a battleground as the Seven Dragons of Earth and the Seven Dragons of Heaven fight to determine the fate of the world. The one with the power to decide which way the battle will go is a youth named Kamui Shirou. Will he join the Dragons of Earth and preserve the planet by ending human life, or become a Dragon of Heaven and protect humanity from ruin? The fate of all mankind lies on Kamui's unwilling shoulders as both sides clash to gain dominance. The Dragons on both sides are individuals gifted with superpowers and fated to participate in this final battle, but what end will Kamui choose?

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X/1999 is one of CLAMP's earlier manga, and is not one to be missed.  This series is by far one of my personal favorites, and definitely is sure to please both fans of Shonen and Shoujo alike.STORY: 8/10The story itself is relatively simple:  The main character (Kamui) is destined to determine the fate of the planet.  He must choose either to side with the Dragons of Heaven, who aim to save mankind, or the Dragons of Earth, who are attempting to save the planet itself, which will lead to the end of mankind.  His decision will affect both sides along with his friend Fuuma and Fuuma's little sister Kotori in a very severe way.  The story loses a couple of points for one very important reason: it is unfinished, and it seems that CLAMP is not planning on finishing it anytime soon.  Not only is it not finished, but it seems that the point at which clamp chose to stop is approaching the series climax.  We get all the buildup to the final battle between Kamui and his opponents (who I will not name to avoid spoilers), and then it just...ends.  Also, while interesting, the story can seem to be a little slow moving at times. ART: 10/10This series contains CLAMP's beautiful artwork at its finest.  In my personal opinion, this series has to have the most beautiful scenery (as well as battles) that I have ever scene.  There is plenty of symbolic images throughout the series, and they are all done magnificently.  Just a word of warning: this series demonstrates CLAMP's ability to make absolutely beautiful and effeminate male characters, so if you're understandably not a fan of that, the art might not be your cup of tea.  Basically, if you know anything about CLAMP's style of artwork, then you know what to expect here. CHARACTERS: 9/10The characters in X/1999 all develop in very interesting ways (and we are treated to special extras at the end of each tankoubon which deepen their character by giving us their backstory).  Each character is given a different ability to fight, and each ability relates to their personality beautifully.  My only complaint about the characters is that they can seem a little strained do to the slow moving story.  For instance, Subaru's obsession with Seishiro is brought up so much that it can get a little annoying, despite the fact that they are both very interesting characters in their own right.  Some characters walk the line of being a broken record, but I feel that they manage to avoid it overall. Overall, X/1999 is a great series that I recommend whole-heartedly.  It is a great ride, and while it currently lacks any type of conclusion, the artwork and characters are enough to make it readable.

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