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Xam'd: Lost Memories
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Image from the opening theme sequence
亡念のザムド
(Bōnen no Zamudo)
Genre Fantasy, Mecha, Romance
Original net animation
Director Masayuki Miyaji
Writer Megumi Shimazu
Yūichi Nomura
Studio Bones
Licensor Sony Computer Entertainment, Aniplex
Released July 16, 2008February 3, 2009
Runtime 24 minutes
Episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Manga
Bounen no Zamned: Junreisha no Compass
Author Masahiro Kawanabe
Publisher Kadokawa Shoten
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Ace Assault
Shōnen Ace
Original run December 9, 2008 – ongoing
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Xam'd: Lost Memories (亡念のザムド Bōnen no Zamudo ?, lit. Xam'd of the Lost Memory, referred to as Bounen no Zamned in Japan) is an anime series, conceptualized by Bones and co-developed by Sony Computer Entertainment, Aniplex and Bones, which made its debut on Sony's inaugural launch of the PlayStation Network (PSN) video download service at E3 in the United States on July 16, 2008, in Japan on September 24, 2008.[1]

The series received its television premiere across Japan on MBS, CBC, Tokyo MX and other Japanese broadcast networks from April 2009, featuring new opening and ending theme sequences.[2] Xam'd: Lost Memories spanned a total of 26 episodes. On its launch week, its pilot episode was the most downloaded video on the PlayStation Network at E3.[3 ]

Contents

Plot

Sentan Island exists in a state of dreamlike tranquility; a small island, surrounded by the Yuden Sea, cut off from the war between the Northern Government and the Southern Continent Free Zone. Akiyuki Takehara lives on Sentan Island along with his mother Fusa. Despite his mother's strained relationship with his father, Ryuzo, the town doctor, the bond between father and son remains strong. One day the island's tranquility is shattered, when Akiyuki, along with his best friends Haru and Furuichi, are caught up in an explosion on a school bus. The explosion produces a mysterious light which enters Akiyuki's arm. With no time to understand what has happened, Akiyuki is transformed into a creature called Xam'd. Akiyuki rampages through the city, only to be stopped by a mysterious girl who offers him a choice: come with her and live, or stay and turn to stone. Accepting her offer, Akiyuki embarks on a journey of discovery that will take him to new lands, and help him understand the connection between himself and the world of Xam'd.

Characters

Akiyuki Takehara (竹原 アキユキ Takehara Akiyuki ?)
Voiced by: Atsushi Abe
One of the protagonists of the series, Akiyuki is an enthusiastic high school student who lives on Sentan Island. A chance encounter with a Ruikon girl catapults him into the world of Xam'd.
Nakiami (ナキアミ ?)
Voiced by: Yuko Sanpei
One of the protagonists of the series, Nakiami lives on Zanbani, a postal ship commanded by Ishuu Benikawa. She knows a great deal of the world of Xam'd, and assists Akiyuki in controlling his powers. She wishes for a world bereft of conflict.
Haru Nishimura (西村 ハル Nishimura Haru ?)
Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa
Haru is a high school student on Sentan Island, and a childhood friend of Akiyuki's. She made a promise with Akiyuki's mother that she would look after him.

Production

Music

The score to the series is composed by Michiru Ōshima, known for her work on the Godzilla movie franchise and the Fullmetal Alchemist anime series. The theme songs of the series are provided by the Japanese electronic rock band Boom Boom Satellites, who perform the opening themes, and newcomer Kylee, who performs the ending themes. The original opening theme, used in both the series' PSN release and select episodes of the television broadcast, was "Shut Up And Explode" from the Boom Boom Satellites' latest album Exposed, while the original ending theme was Kylee's debut single "Vacancy". In addition to the original theme songs, the television broadcast featured new opening and ending theme sequences: the Boom Boom Satellites' newest single "Back On My Feet", and Kylee's "Just Breathe" and "Over U", from latest EP Kylee meets Bounen no Zamned. Different animation sequences are used for each song and different combinations of the opening and ending themes are used for each episode on its television broadcast.

Adaptations

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Manga

The manga adaptation of the series, written by Masahiro Kawanabe, began serialization in Ace Assault and Shōnen Ace since December 9, 2008, after it began release on PSN Japan.

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