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DVD Review: Towanoquon Complete Series Collection

A wild dance of chaos!

In a dark and distant future children have awoken to the power within, a strange phenomenon that turns them into superhuman entities. Each one has a trigger, but not all know they have this power. These people are known as Attractors, and have two separate factions interested in capturing them. Only one can benefit them, the other only wants to use them for their own selfish needs. Quon is the good guy, an Attractor himself a faction called Custos, or the Order has given the name Insania.

Quon/Insania has successfully intercepted another Attractor who the Order wanted to take back. Their way of working annoys Quon and his friends as once they have tracked and found the Attractor, they take them back to their base. They turn them into cyborgs, mindless puppets devoid of most human emotions, which make them easy to control as they require little or no information when they go investigating. Their target was a boy, Kuuma Kazumi who has led a horrible childhood where his mother was a drunkard who tortured his every waking moment. She even told him she wished he had never been born, and this catalogue of abuse lasted many years resulting in him never trusting another human again. That is until he was rescued by Quon. Kuuma’s ability coupled with his inability to control his latent powers gives him grief.

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Quon wants to help others like Kuuma to discover and develop their latent Attractor powers, yet they are at odds with the Order. Both Yuuma and another new Attractor, Kiri have these powers. They can both use them for good, but also when their abilities go out of control, they can also hurt people. Kiri can use hers for healing purposes. She can sing and carries a music box with her wherever she goes. When the music plays, she sings and she can even bring people back from illness or death. She is an emotional and selfless girl who is sensitive to her emotions and those of others. It is these deep emotions that trigger her to use her powers.

It doesn’t take long for viewers to notice that Quon is a special Attractor. He believes all of his kind are equal and should be able to live in peace with like-minded individuals. Quon is also, as his flashbacks tend to show, several hundred years old. He and his friends live in FantasiumGardens as it provides a home away from humans. Disguised as a theme park, Quon and his friends all have a role to play in running it. The one good thing about the place is that it is shielded from a potential Order threat.

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There are several characters in Towanoquon, and all have the same drive to help Quon realise his idealised version of Attractor utopia. Yuri is one of the first Attractors seen who offers Kiri tickets to the FantasiumGardens. She has strong psychic powers, but also has one hell of a temper if Quon or Taka gets on her nerves. She also has a naughty streak where she teases Quon – she partially shows him her boobs, or her bum, and it is easy to see she has a crush on him, and hates to see him talking to other girls.

There are those who admire Quon, like Yuri, but there is only one who takes a different stance, Takao. He often tells him off for going into battle as Insania when he thinks he can’t save all the potential Attractors around the city. Takao has the ability to teleport himself and other people from place to place, but in the series he has a problem with that as he has become injured from a previous assignment, so when he tries to rescue Quon when he gets into difficulty, he only proves he is a burden on him and his friends. They, as usual have to bail him out, but he does provide some fun comic relief.

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Just as the Attractors work for Quon, there are several cyborgs who work under the Order. One of them, Epsilon has come into contact with a potential Attractor during one of his missions, and ever since has kept a psychic link with her. Tei is the Attractor, and Epsilon believes she is actually Lisa, his sister. Quon has to enter their dream state as Tei is in a coma, and get her out of there. One of the doctors who works on the cyborgs,

Towanoquon is a series that captures the heart as well as the mind. The story is solid, and all the characters are interesting as they have their own personal lives and problems that make them more human than they would like to think. Though at first it looks like a shonen themed anime, it appeals to both sexes as there is a lot of emotion in it from characters like Kiri, Tei  and Quon. The plot is exciting, and the musical score running through the series seems to speed the plot up to its amazing conclusion. Some might say this series is too short, but it might have spoiled it if it had been dragged on for several more episodes.

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Details: 

Label: Manga Entertainment

Release date: 12th November, 2012

Certificate: 15

Running time: 

Genre: Anime/Sci-Fi

Director: Umanosuke lida

Stars: Hiroshi Kamiya, Kaori Nazuka, Ryoko Shiraishi

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Sandie has a keen interest in Anime, Manga and all things Japanese. Her interests other than reviewing are Japanese Language, dress and culture, liking Harajuku Girls, Gothic Lolita, folding some neat Origami, drawing her own Manga characters, writing her own Manga stories and everything in between.

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