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ANIMEfringe Reviews:
Senkaiden Houshin Engi
By Ikusabe Wataru

More than ever before, adventure fantasy novels are making their ways into scripts and storyboards used by anime production companies. With more new anime series than your fingers can count every month, fresh ideas are harder and harder to come by. And as one of the easiest solutions to this problem, novels were adapted. One of the most successful example from this group of anime would be the "Senkaiden Houshin Engi" series.

Originally written as a novel by Anno Tsutomu, "Houshin Engi" was transformed into one of the most famous manga series of all times by manga artist Fujusaki Ryuu. The story took place in ancient China in the eleventh century B.C., during the darkest days of the "In" Dynasty ("In" is the original Japanese pronounciation as in "i + n") -- a time when the common people lived in fear and poverty while King Juuoh and his lover Daki spent their days playing in the garden built by workers who were forced to work against their will and on ships sailing in a lake of liquor. And finally, the Gods in the Senninkai ("Dimension of the Gods") decided to take action and stop Daki and her followers by defeating them and sealing them into the Houshindai ("Platform of Confined Gods"), three hundred and sixty-five demons in total. Assigned to complete this difficult task, the "Houshin Keikaku" ("Houshin Project") is none other than the laziest among all of Genshi Tenson's (Leader of all Gods) students - Taikoubou.

The very element that sets this series apart from all others is the story itself. Though most of the story is fictional, the portion about the king who was possessed and controlled by the beauty of his new love which eventually lead the entire nation onto the road of destruction were historical facts.

In addition, the general public in Japan had always been facinated by old Chinese stories such as the semi-fictional story that inspired the games and manga series such as the "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" and the "Suikoden". With detailed computer generated special effects, a complex storyline and theme songs sung by one of the all-time favorite female artist Yonekura Chihiro, who brought us the inspiring theme songs from Gundam 08 MS Team; "Senkaiden Houshin Engi" is definitly a must-see series for all of you fantasy adventure fans out there.

Here are a couple interesting news bits regarding the Senkaiden series: By popular demand, TV Tokyo just recently confirmed the rebroadcasting of the entire "Senkaiden Houshin Engi" series 26 episodes in all starting July 4, every Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:00 to 8:30am. And for you hardcore PSX gamers out there, "Senkai Taisen ~ TV Animation Senkaiden Houshin Engi Yori ~", an adventure RPG inspired by the anime series is scheduled to be released on June 29th from Bandai. A Gameboy version of this game is also in development, entitled "Senkaiimonroku Jyunteitaisen ~ TV Animation Senkaiden Houshin Engi Yori ~", Gameboy Color compatible game card is scheduled to be released some time in September this year.

Review Info File
Senkaiden Houshin Engi
TV Tokyo
Hoshin Project 1999
Another intriguing series inspired by a well-known manga series.

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