Me and some of my close friends are suckers for anthology shows, and if we can get them in an animated format, that’s even better. Maiden Japan was kind enough to share the Human Crossing: Complete Collection Blu-ray to help get our fix, as this contains some touching stories that show just how people are connected through joys and sorrows even when they think otherwise.
With over 120 million people living in Japan, and 38 million in the main Tokyo area alone, it’s kind of hard not to have all of these lives connect at some point or another. As with anywhere on Earth, there are those who are rich and powerful, others who make it and are content, and those who are poor and try to make things work however they can. These are the lives manga creators Masao Yajima and Kenshi Hirokane touch on in this series based off their work, as we get a glimpse of how some of these people make it through good and bad times.
There’s thirteen episodes total, with each being their own little story to share. Some of the ones that stood out the most to me was the first that featured a young boxer named Akira and his strained relationship with his mother. The two have been distant for quite some time due to Akira having a rough childhood thanks to his mother always being busy working when he needed her attention the most. Some of the other stories feature a woman reuniting with her father who turns out to be no good, and another that follows a young lady in a juvenile detention center who is trying to make a better life for herself despite setbacks. No matter the tale, all of them focus on some sort of hardship that the characters have to overcome, which makes for some interesting drama that’s hard to stop watching once you start.
While the stories themselves are good, the way they’re presented is another. The Blu-ray makes things look and sound as good as they can, but it can’t save the fact of knowing this show was made on a budget. There’s barely any animation and most times music is non-existent, which gives off a cheap, disturbing feeling as you make your way through the episodes. I’d love to see a remake of this with a decent budget and a widescreen presentation (this series was made in 2003 with a fullscreen ratio), so here’s keeping my fingers crossed.
Given the show’s age, it’s not surprising it lacks any special features or extras. It would’ve been nice if they could’ve cobbled some together like cast and crew interviews at least. Despite a low budget that keeps the show from being its best, the Human Crossing: Complete Collection Blu-ray is still worth taking a look at, especially if you enjoy serious, down to earth drama from your anime.