4 September 2013 | georgina-kennedy
Unique in many ways
The plot summary given here is accurate, so I don't see the point in giving another version of it. What I'd like to explain are what I feel makes this anime well worth watching, and why I felt I could have been better.
As other reviews point out, with Gilgamesh you get a very different plot from most other anime. What you'll also get is art which is quite different: for example, while character faces are still quite stylized, they are very unlike anything I have seen in 95-98% of the anime I have watched, and that's not the only aspect of the art that stands out.
Gilgamesh also makes very intelligent use of the myth which is referenced by the title and other material in the story. I don't want to say more about this issue as it is worth audiences enjoying this aspect without any information given away ahead of time.
The soundtrack is also exceptional. While I personally don't find either the opening or ending themes unique, I found that the score is very well done, and the inclusion of both the hymn "Shall We Gather by the River?" and Beethoven's 5th Concerto (also known as The Emperor Concerto) is brilliant. These two pieces contribute to the depth of the story, demonstrating the attention to detail used in the creation of the anime.
The one aspect of this anime that I found disappointing is the actual animation, which is so bad at times that is sometimes rivals the worst animation found in the Hellsing TV series. It's a travesty to find such terrible animation in such an otherwise superior series, and is the reason why I have given it 8 out of 10 stars.
Regardless of this last trait, I do encourage people who truly enjoy good anime to check out this series.