Towanoquon (Blu-ray)

July 2, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

A child born with unique abilities would seem to have favor, but in the world of the near future, that isn’t the case. A number of children have been born with incredible powers and abilities, unlike anything ever seen before. But these special children face a most imposing threat, from The Order. The powerful organization rules over the world and seeks to track down these unique people, with intentions to kill them. The Order unleashes squads of relentless cyborgs to hunt down those with powers, with no mercy and no option other than death. There is hope for these individuals however, as a man named Quon works to keep them alive and free, with the help of his Attractors. With the use of their own unique powers and cutting edge tech, Quon and the Attractors are able to even the odds somewhat against The Order’s forces. Can Quon and the others save enough of the empowered, focus their abilities, and end The Order’s reign of terror once and for all?

This is an amazing series, with a great story and dynamic, beautiful animation. Bones has become one of the most reliable anime producers around and Towanoquon continues that trend. This is a six part series and each episode is great, with small arcs that resolve in each episode, as well as larger ones that span the entire series. This allows constant progression with the characters, who are well developed and really evolve as the series moves forward. Quon didn’t grab my attention at first, but he comes into his own as time passes and winds up as a terrific character. So there are good characters, a very good story, and finally, stunning animation. I loved the visual designs of Towanoquon, with vivid colors and stylized action. This looks much more refined and polished than the typical anime series, no doubt about that. I couldn’t find much to dislike about Towanoquon, so if you’re even a casual anime fan, you’ll want to check this out.

Video: How does it look?

The episodes are presented in 1.78:1 widescreen. As I said above, the animation in this series is excellent, so I was pleased to see has been given a proper treatment. The high definition transfer really shines, as it lets the animation look so three dimensional and show off so much depth. So much detail is drawn out of the animation here, even the smallest touches stand out. The colors also look incredible, with bold and vibrant hues, while black levels are stark and consistent. This series look awesome in this release and with such a stunning visual design, that is fantastic news.

Audio: How does it sound?

You can choose between the original Japanese audio and an English language soundtrack, both presented in DTS HD 5.1 surround sound. I opted for the Japanese track and it sounds quite good. The series has a good deal of action, which is great fodder for the surrounds. When needed, the track delivers ample power, but doesn’t let the lower key elements get overshadowed. So while perhaps not as prominent, the more reserved scenes also sound terrific. This release also includes English subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

You can listen to audio comments from some of the English language voice actors, which is a nice inclusion.

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