Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 4, 2001 to Dec 26, 2001
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.481 (scored by 21680 users)
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action adventure sci-fi shounen
SynopsisA strange environmental phenomenon 22 years ago in the Kanazawa prefecture caused the land to split and protrude upwards reaching unprecedented heights, creating the secluded area known as The Lost Ground. Kazuma is a young mercenary who lives in the Lost Ground, looking for any work he can find to sustain his livelihood within the harsh environment. He is one of the few people that are gifted with the Alter ability, which allows him to plaster his right arm and torso with a metallic alloy. When this mercenary encounters HOLY, an order whose purpose is to suppress and capture what they call Native Alter Users, and one of the elite members of HOLY, Ryuho, an epic rivalry begins.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Scryed, Scryed After
Summary: Scryed Alteration I: Tao, Scryed Alteration II: Quan
Characters & Voice Actors
Okay kids, time for some real talk. Dub Scryed is the best God damned show ever made and will ever be made in the history and future of visual entertainment. It's about this badass dude with a nuclear powered arm and a jet engine on his back who takes shit from no man. Basically he enjoys his life living in an abandoned dentist's office in the slums with his loli fangirl until some uniformed douchebags from the city across the way show up to wreck his stuff and kidnap him. From that point on he, Kazuma The Shell Bullet(the main character. last names are for pussies.), devotes his life to kicking their asses, especially this one prissy rich justice-obsessed guy named Ryuho who's pretty much your cliche bishounen hero.
The main theme of the series is their rivalry in particular. No matter what else goes on in this show, it all ultimately boils down to our badass hero and our girly nerd hero wanting to beat the shit out of each other.
But seriously now, Scryed is basically what you'd get if you took Naruto, Bleach, DBZ and Code Geass, cut out the filler, terrible writing, homoerotic overtones and everything else that brings those shows down and put the gold left over into 26 episodes. Speaking of Code Geass, that series was just Scryed after Goro Taniguchi got paid tons of money by Sunrise to add Clamp art, school crap, robots and 25 more episodes.
The pacing's good. The first half of the series has Kazuma coming to a classic shounen showdown with some of the wildest and most awesome/gimmicky/hateable enemies I've ever seen. In the background of all this, the plot develops as the big bad city and its police force comes into greater conflict with the slum people. Of course this all involves people with weird superpowers fighting too. After Kazuma breaks the universe in half with a flick of his wrist, the series jumps into overdrive and all sorts of awesome shit happens. Scryed shows that it can juggle multiple subplots at once with equal weight(something Code Geass wishes it could do btw), which does nothing but add to how awesome the last batch of eps are. The final episode of Scryed should be duly noted as the best final episode of anything ever. Not even exaggerating here.
Characters? Awesome. Many people, usually women, confuse Kazuma with a cliche shounen hero, when in fact he's everything a good shounen hero has never been. Does he fight for his friends? Nah. Does he fight to become a great figure? No way. Does he fight just because he likes fighting? Well, yeah. Obv. But the key difference is that Kazuma does not give a DAMN. Do you have hostages and are threatening Kazuma? He'll just knock you the hell out with no regards for anyone else. He's impulsive, selfish, destructive, reckless, totally narrow-minded, PROUD and all the other things heroes are too balless or moral to be. These factors play heavily into his character development, as he becomes gradually more mentally unstable and self-destructive.
Then there's Ryuho. He's the polar opposite of Kazuma in every conceivable way in terms of personality, appearance, powers, back story, etc. Such is the point. He's almost as major as Kazuma, though I don't feel like typing a lot about him. Just note that he "HATES EVERYTHING EVIL!"
There's also Straight Cougar as Crispin Freeman. Or perhaps it's the other way around. Hard to tell. Anyway he's the best character in the show besides Kazuma and a fan favorite. The whole premise of his person is to live fast and be awesome. He's actually stronger than both the main characters, but he doesn't even care enough to show it. That's how slick this guy is.
Kanami: Loli Narrator
Kimishima: Kazuma's best bro, third best character right here
Scheris: Boobs(in the manga) with Kari's voice from Digimon
Mimori: The cancer of the series, we don't talk about her
Jigmar: Mullet-clad commander of HOLY. sounds like Jelly Jiggler
Urizane: Has powerful watermelon powers
Emergy: This guy actually summons a damn Gundam to fight Kazuma
A humpback whale: The main enemy of the series
Kyoji Mujo: The most wonderfully slick and antagonistic villain ever
Other Stuff: Hm... Music. Yes. As with like every Taniguchi show, this series has a plethora of dramatic Mexican trumpets, acoustic guitars, male choruses, etc which liven up action scenes, make dramatic scenes wonderfully Tele-Novela-esque in their cheesiness, etc. A+ OST.
Now let's shut up for a sec to talk about voices. You don't watch Scryed subbed. Let me repeat:
###You DO NOT watch Scryed subbed.###
Not only does every sub group for this series suck horrendously in ways you can't begin to grasp(I hope you're reading this, incompetent "FIST OF MY EGO!" translators), but the original voices produce a very different series. A boring, desolate series only fools dare to tread where a really aggressive constipated boy does shoddy combat with some losers. A stark contrast to Dub Scryed(the correct title for the series) which follows the antiheroic exploits of a proud man with a prouder fist asserting himself upon dastardly cheesy wrongdoers who are running all up in his house. The scriptwriting in the dub is Pulitzer worthy, as shown by that youtube link above and these gems:
"If it exists, I'll find it! Even if it doesn't!"
"Kazuma~! How are you going to get out of this PINCH?"
"You should know the answer... with my fist!!"
Oh yeah, there's art and animation too. Portions of the first few episodes of the series look very 90's, but as the series goes on it gets better and better. They actually spent a good portion of the budget on just the final episode, which is considerably smoother than previous ones and even features fully new transformation sequences and no stock footage at all. Not that there's much of that in the series in the first place.
SUMMARY: It's the son of G Gundam and First of the North star and the father of Needless and Gurren Lagann. Dub only, sub sucks. This is the only shounen fightan' anime you'll ever want or need to watch. read more
Kazuma wakes up. Kazuma gets out of bed. Kazuma realises that he has gotten out of the wrong side of the bed. This makes Kazuma angry.
Kazuma punches wall.
The wall of the house that Kazuma and his sister live in falls down. Now Kazuma needs to get money to buy a new wall. Kazuma's friend says he has a job for him that will earn him money. It involves taking out members of the evil organisation Holy.
Kazuma punches friend.
Kazuma and his friend goes to where Holy have enslaved a bunch of the locals. The locals can't escape because Holy have an Alter User there, who has magical powers and will kill them if they escape. The Holy members there are comicly evil, beating the civilians when they're not too busy picking dead babies out from between their teeth. This makes Kazuma angry.
Kazuma punches Holy member.
Holy hears that one of their men have been attacked. They send a squad out to investigate. This squad includes the powerful alter user Ryuhou and some blue haired chick who never does anything useful because girls in the world of Scryed are basically useless at everything. Ryuhou arrives at the scene and sees the wreckage that Kazuma has caused. This makes Ryuhou angry. Kazuma catches sight of Ryuhou and sees that he's a member of Holy. This makes Kazuma angry.
Kazuma punches Ryuhou.
This makes Ryuhou angry. Ryuhou brings out his alter and bitch slaps Kazuma. This makes Kazuma realise that he's not strong enough to beat Ryuhou in his current state. This makes Kazuma angry. Kazuma goes to a magical forest that he thinks will make him stronger for no adequately explored reason. In the forest he sees a black and white man.
Kazuma punches man.
Kazuma is sent flying by the shock. His punch was ineffective. This makes Kazuma angry. Now Kazuma needs to come up with a different tactic to defeat this monster.
Kazuma punches man.
The punch does nothing. Kazuma starts to realise that he is hopeless to resist this awesome power. This makes Kazuma angry. His life flashes before his eyes. He will never protect his sister from the might of Holy. He is destined to live a life in destitute poverty until Holy sees it fit to end his pitiful existence.
Kazuma punches man.
The punch still does nothing. Kazuma starts to doubt his own existence. This makes Kazuma angry. Punching is his reason for living. It's how he identifies himself as a person. Without that he has nothing.
Kakuma punches man.
For some reason it works this time, and now Kazuma gets a magical upgrade that means he can punch things even more now. But while he was wasting time, Ryuhou was thinking about Kazuma. This makes Ryuhou angry. Ryuhou goes to the house Kazuma lives in, but Kazuma isn't there, only Kazuma's sister. This makes Ryuhou angry. Ryuhou destroys Kazuma's house. Kazuma comes home in time to see Ryuhou destroy his house. This makes Kazuma angry. Ryuhou sees Kazuma. This makes Ryuhou angry.
Kazuma punches Ryuhou.
Ryuhou punches Kazuma.
Kazuma is wandering around the wilderness. He doesn't know what to do. This makes Kazuma angry. He meets MOTHER FUCKING STRAIGHT COUGAR BITCHES. Straight Cougar stands there being awesome. He juts out his magnificent chin and tells Kazuma to get a grip.
Kazuma punches Straight Cougar.
However Kazuma misses because he tried to punch MOTHER FUCKING STRAIGHT COUGAR BITCHES. Meanwhile Ryuhou has contracted plot convenient amnesia and is now a good guy who is friends with Kazuma's sister. The members of Holy are now also good guys because they're with Ryuhou. However the story now needs a villain even more stupidly evil than Holy, so they introduce a psychotic lunatic who nobody would ever listen to and make him the most powerful guy ever. The villain then captures Kazuma's sister. This makes Kazuma angry. This also makes Ryuhou angry. They agree to go to the city to rescue her.
Kazuma punches Ryuhou.
Kazuma comes up to the great walls of the city, representing the disconnect between the upper classes that live in luxury versus his life in the outer city slums.
Kazuma punches wall.
In the desolate city, where all life has been chased off by the psychotic villain, Kazuma finds a kitten. The kitten is alone and cold, reminding him of his harsh upbringing and his loneliness and isolation due to his phenomenal power.
Kazuma punches kitten.
Kazuma confronts the psychotic villain. Kazuma's sister is in a chair with wires coming out of her like the end scene in Metropolis. This makes Kazuma angry. The villain boasts about his ultimate power and how unbeatable he is.
Kazuma punches villain.
The world is saved. No more ridiculously evil people. Only the marginally less evil Holy, who agree that capturing and enslaving civilians was probably not a good idea. Kazuma is finally re-united with his sister. Kazuma's sister runs towards him with tears in her eyes and her arms open to embrace her courageous brother for whom she never lost faith in.
Kazuma punches sister. read more
Opening Theme#1: "Reckless Fire" by Yasuaki Ide
#2: "Drastic my Soul" by Mikio Sakai (ep 26)
Ending Theme#1: "Drastic My Soul" by Mikio Sakai
#2: "Tabidachi no Kane ga Naru" by Mikio Sakai (ep 26)
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Kaminari [Kaminari] (Brazilian Portuguese)
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