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Sentan Island exists in a state of dreamlike tranquility, surrounded by the Yudei 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 by a pale, white haired girl named Nazuna. The explosion produces a mysterious light which enters Akiyuki's arm and a blue gem appears. With no time to understand what has happened, Akiyuki transforms into a creature called Xam'd. As Xam'd, Akiyuki uses his newfound powers to fight off monstrous invading forces to save Haru, 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.
Xam'd: Lost Memories, known in Japan as Xam'd of the Forgotten Memories (亡念のザムド Bōnen no Zamudo), is an anime series, conceptualized by Bones and co-developed by Sony Computer Entertainment and Aniplex. The series made its debut on Sony's inaugural launch of the PlayStation Network video download service at E3 in the United States on July 16th, 2008 and in Japan on September 24th of the same year. 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. 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. On June 24, 2010, Sentai Filmworks announced that it had sub-licensed the series for home video distribution across North America and the first half season set was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on September 21, 2010. The second set was released on November 9, 2010 on DVD and Blu-ray.
The score to the series is composed by Michiru Oshima, known for her work on the Godzilla movie franchise and the Fullmetal Alchemist anime series. For both the 2008 PlayStation Network download distribution and the 2009 television broadcast, the Japanese electronic rock band Boom Boom Satellites performed the opening themes while Japanese-American vocalist Kylee made her debut performing the ending themes. For the PSN distribution, the opening was "Shut Up and Explode" from the Boom Boom Satellites' 2007 album Exposed and the ending was "Vacancy". For the syndicated TV broadcasts, the Boom Boom Satellites' 2009 single "Back on My Feet" was used as an opening theme and Kylee's songs "Just Breathe" and "Over U" were used as ending themes. For the TV broadcasts, both the old PSN and new TV themes were used in different combinations, each with different animation sequences.
Popularity and Reception
Despite receiving positive reviews both from critics and audience alike, the extreme price and exclusivity was seen as a major fault for the show, which most assume is the reason for its lack of a fanbase. Xam'd: Lost Memories had a price point of $2.99 SD – $3.99 HD (USD). Not only did the Playstation Network not have a season pass for the entire show, meaning users had to purchase every episode individually, the show was rental only. In order to rent the entire show, Playstation Network users had to spend $78 – $104 (USD) in total. The show was also only released to American audiences at first, leaving anime fans globally to voice their complaints to the Playstation Network blogposts for the official show, The majority of the complaints coming from Europe and Canada. Although Xam'd was able to secure a DVD and Blu-Ray release for U.S.A it was not popular enough to receive a translation of the Official Guide Art Book.