Saber Marionette J to X
Saber Marionette J to X (セイバーマリオネット J to X), also known as Saber Marionette X, is a 1998 Japanese science fiction action anime, the last part of the Saber Marionette J series, and a plot continuation of Saber Marionette J Again. Like the previous ones, it was created by Satoru Akahori (赤堀悟, あかほりさとる). The 26 episode saga began airing in Japan on October 6, 1998 to March 30, 1999. It is licensed by Bandai Entertainment.
|Saber Marionette J To X|
|セイバーマリオネットJ To X|
|Genre||Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Science Fiction, Action|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Masami Shimoda|
|Produced by||Atsuko Kobayashi|
|Written by||Mayori Sekijima|
|Studio||Hal Film Maker|
|Original network||TV Tokyo|
|Original run||October 6, 1998 – March 30, 1999|
In the early episodes Otaru, Lime, Bloodberry and Cherry are shown leading comparatively ordinary lifestyles, cherishing the peaceful days that dawn on Japoness.
As the story progresses, due to uncanny circumstances, Faust appears once again, much more zealous, brutal and merciless than before, restarting his world-conquering agenda. He is accompanied by his subordinates, the Saber dolls. He is revealed to be a clone of the now introspective, atonement-seeking Faust, the embodiment of a measure taken by Gartland to secure the aspirations of Faust the First.
Later on, as Japoness stirs, more, and even much more sinister and ulterior motives are revealed, and the joint efforts, and investigations lead to the conclusion that Yan of Xian and Dr. Hesse, the former scientist and servant of Faust both have a hand in the matter.
They successfully kidnap the Marionettes and out of pure incidence, they make them lose their memories for a prolonged period, which they use for their own gains later on. The series concerns itself with the return of the Marionettes' memories extensively.
Yan also, but particularly Hesse are shown in-depth only in the end, showing their personal goals and past traumas, which will lead to the one last arc, an epic resolution to the man-machine conflict, with morals of technology and human responsibility.
There is a clear shift from the overall lighter-on-the-viewer disposition of Saber Marionette J Again to more deeply drama-oriented narrative. The series sticks with the distinct art style, although with a little more intensive coloring compared to the first TV series.
There also seems to be some episodes of a different series overlapping within this series as Faust is still researching the Plasma event that appears in Saber Marionette J Again, leading some to believe these two Saber Marionette J sequels may have originally been alternate endings.
Almost all of the characters from the previous series make an appearance, and a great deal of supporting characters are introduced. Marine does not make an appearance. Marine is, however, briefly and indirectly mentioned by Hanagata during the intro of episode 4 as one of the only seven marionettes on Terra 2 to possess a maiden circuit.
PHASE 01: Civilization All Over the Place (October 6, 1998)
PHASE 02: Wishes Are Granted to the Winner of the Float Battle (October 13, 1998)
PHASE 03: Daddy is Coming! Daddy is Coming! (October 20, 1998)
PHASE 04: The Saberdolls' Journey (October 27, 1998)
PHASE 05: Shirataki Shines Forever (November 3, 1998)
PHASE 06: Two Otaru's? The Tightrope of Love (November 10, 1998)
PHASE 07: The Lonely Fairy (November 17, 1998)
PHASE 08: Cherry's Babysitting Diary (November 24, 1998)
PHASE 09: The Forest, An Iron Ball, and Everybody (December 1, 1998)
PHASE 10: Onigiri Tastes Like Peace?! (December 8, 1998
PHASE 11: Redemption of Otaru the Man (December 15, 1998)
PHASE 12: The Heaven's Cross of Fate (December 22, 1998)
PHASE 13: Evil Ambitions and the Rise of the Iron Beast (January 5, 1999)
PHASE 14: A Pair of Tickets for a Slow Train to Xi'an (January 12, 1999)
PHASE 15: The Eternal City, Xi'an (January 19, 1999)
PHASE 16: Birds Without Wings (January 26, 1999)
PHASE 17: The Many Yesterdays and Today's (February 2, 1999)
PHASE 18: Under the Plasma Sky (February 9, 1999)
PHASE 19: 1/3 of Sorrow (February 16, 1999)
PHASE 20: The Unrelenting Rain of Xi'an (February 23, 1999)
PHASE 21: The Scarlet Awakening (March 2, 1999)
PHASE 22: The Cry (March 9, 1999)
PHASE 23: The Dream in the Circuit (March 16, 1999)
PHASE 24: The Girls beyond the Rainbow (March 23, 1999)
PHASE 25: Rays of Light (March 30, 1999)
PHASE 26: A Forever Blue Sky (Unaired)
"Proof of Myself" by Megumi Hayashibara
"Lively Motion" by Megumi Hayashibara
- "セイバーマリオネット J to X(1998)". allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved August 10, 2014.