Anime is full of cliches. In fact, a genre slowly establishing itself within anime is the anime-parody genre; the cliches are so obvious that a number of series are cashing in on them for a few laughs. Originality is a rare trait today in anime.
Enter Gilgamesh. This is a love or hate series...I don't think there's much middle ground.
Animation: The animation quality in some of the initial episodes can be a bit sub-par, but it gets better. In addition, the character designs and settings are truly inspired. They don't have the characteristics of typical anime characters...when was the last time where anime characters actually had lips?
Music: The OST isn't something you would listen to in your spare time. However, it complements the atmosphere of the anime well, and for that it gets top marks. In addition, I really enjoyed the ending music.
Plot & Characters: This is where the series shines and earns every bit of 5 stars. The plot is very mysterious- THE LESS YOU READ ABOUT IT THE BETTER. Suffice it to say that this is an anime where most episodes raise more questions than they answer. The plot continues strong throughout the course of the anime and has an ending that is bound to provoke discussion (and already has). The characters are very likeable; you'll care when they are in peril...even while you're completely confused as to what is going on. If you don't like to be confused at times...this anime isn't for you. Also, rarely has an anime so tastefully handled matures themes as this series does. Many animes are about middle school students, have a very kiddy feel to them, and don't begin to touch any dark or mature themes. It's not that there is nudity or anything- that would be a big turn off. However, this isn't a series for kids...it goes down some of the darker alleys of the human condition.
This is a series that has thus far been greatly overlooked. It doesn't have flashy, cutting edge animation. In addition, the first episode is particularly confusing. That's too bad...it's easily one of the best sci-fi/mystery animes to come out in a long time. It looks like ADV is spending a good bit of expense to make the packaging and discs for this series look nice. Hopefully, that will entice more people to pick this title up. Gilgamesh is a rare mix of suspense, mystery, great characters, and originality...don't miss it!