Amanuensis (amanuensis1) wrote,

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Romeo X Juliet

I finished the anime series Romeo X Juliet. The series feels like a cross-breeding between Romeo and Juliet, Zorro, Dune, and Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind, and the effect is really, really fun. I think I enjoyed it more than I would have another straight adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, because while I love clever changes in setting and interpretation for Shakespeare adaptations, I also love the original text and have picky standards if one is going to deviate from it.

So, yeah, give me a royal house betrayed and an infant smuggled away in secret, give me a masked crusader to fight injustice, give me illegitimate siblings, winged horses, a sacred tree that sustains the heart of the world, and, sure, why not, give me Shakespeare himself as a character in his own story and you can still call the characters Romeo and Juliet if the romance is as sweetly, beautifully done along the same original lines and if the story's themes are still eternal love and how love, not vengeance, breeds peace. And do it with animation this gorgeous, yes, please.

Tags: anime, romeo x juliet
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