This show was somewhat of a mystery. Based on the title, it sounded like a sci-fi show, which it is. But it is more than just a sci-fi show. It presents a vision of a future (year 2070) that looks. . . very much like the present, with minor adjustments here and there.
The basic theme for Shingu is to explore the world around you. And the episodes in this first disc does just that. The show revolves around an inquisitive Japanese high school student named Hajime Murata, who seems like a typical nerd; he wears glasses, looks weak, and is the class representative. Like the rest of the cast (people in school), Hajime is more than what he appears to be.
This show seems to have it all: student rivalry, fights involving superhuman powers, robot-like entities, and alien intrigue worthy of a typical episode of the X-Files. Shingu presents a very interesting view of the future, and you will get drawn into it as much as Hajime will.
The Right Stuf International did a fantastic job with the packaging on this release. The dvd itself has a nifty blue and white imprint on it, and there is also a 12 pages COLORED production notes booklet that explains cultural references within the show, along with some production sketches of the school. The dvd cover is reversible (one side in Japanese, the other side in English). Sound is in Dolby Digital. Unfortunately, the video is in 4:3. There are five episodes included in the first disc.
The boxed edition of Shingu comes with a VERY thick, sturdy box to hold all five volumes in the series. It also comes with a light grey, XL sized cotton t-shirt.
This series is rated for ages 7 and up, and I find that it is indeed suitable for young kids. At the same time, Shingu also appeals to older audiences, including adults.