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Twenty-two years ago an earthquake destroyed the Kanagawa region of Japan. It caused the land to split and project upwards reaching extraordinary heights. It created the secluded area known as The Lost Ground. After the earthquake, The Lost Ground became home to a rising number of alter users, those with the psychic ability to change matter and create alters with unique powers. To control this lawless land the special police force, HOLD was created within an anti-alter unit, HOLY. But none of this matters to a native alter user, Kazuma. He is one of the few people that is gifted with the Alter ability. It allows him to turn his right arm and torso into a metallic alloy. Kazuma is a young mercenary who lives in The Lost Ground. He looks for any work he can find to sustain his livelihood within the harsh environment. But, all this is about to change when he meets HOLY, and one of the elite members of HOLY, Ryuho.moreless
Carrie Daniels

Carrie Daniels

Kanami Yuta (Eng.)

Jamieson Price

Jamieson Price

Martin Jigmar (Eng.)

Crispin Freeman

Crispin Freeman

Straight Cougar (Eng.)

Souichiro Hoshi

Souichiro Hoshi

Kazuma (Jap.)

Hikaru Midorikawa

Hikaru Midorikawa

Ryuhou (Jap.)

Dave Wittenberg

Dave Wittenberg

Asuka Tachibana (Eng.)

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  • A great action packed series.

    The show is set in the furture where Japan ahs been devestated by huge earthquakes. Following these events a number of people have emerged with psychic powers and to combat the threat that these people pose a top secret unit has been formed called HOLY. The main character is a man named Kazuma. Kazuma is a mercenary who lives outside the law and cares little for the problems of others that is until he encounters HOLY first hand.

    The show effectively focuses on a friendship/rivalry between Kazuma and a member of HOLY called Ryuho. This gives the show both the unique ability to view situations from two opposing viewpoints but alos allows for huge character development. Pus the final fight between the two of them is unbelievably good!moreless
  • Scryed does a lot of things great, where it goes wrong is that it tried being a shounen and failed as one.

    Before I watched Scryed I always assumed it would be something like Wolfs Rain and GunGrave; a heavily character driven drama with some mystery added in the mix. I wouldn't say I was wrong but there is a lot less drama and a lot more action shounen. Scryed does the same things that the above mentioned excel in, which are character development, drama, and story, but where it eventually collapses is the fact that it aimed for a shounen approach and just failing as a shounen.

    Like most shounens we have a power system of some sort that allows people to battle each other in supernatural ways. Here a select special of individuals are gifted with the ability of "alter" which allows them to take any surrounding materials, the most common rocks, and reform them to a weapon of their desire. In Kazuma's case he creates a mechanical arm that supercharges his punches which allows him to destroy buildings. Kazuma lives a carefree life in the ghettos of an isolated island, but one day a man named Ryuho appeared before him who was an alter user too and defeated Kazuma in a battle. No one has ever defeated Kazuma before. Kazuma wasn't going to let up so soon and the two are fated as rivals, though little did they know they are part of an ongoing plot from the government that will forever scar the land that Kazuma calls home.

    The story is pretty good when read in a summary, the problem is execution. Scryed touches upon a lot of things, develops each of them for a while, and couldn't find the time to go deep into any of them. Animes most of the time tend to be too long, Scryed is just too short. The story like said before is interesting and looked like it was going somewhere, but by the animes end most of the questions remained unanswered. There is this new dimension that was mentioned late into the anime that they refer to as "the other side" as well as a character named "The Crystal", but both these things are still mostly a mystery even after the anime ends.

    It seemed that the anime wanted to concentrate mostly on the rivalry between Ryuho and Kazuma instead of the story, though even the rivalry was hardly touched upon. Scryed placed a lot of emphasis on these two absolutely hating each other, kind of let it settle for most of the series, and by the last episode decided to make it the whole point of the show. The pieces just don't really add up. Even worse is that there isn't a threatening antagonist to compensate for the lack of a convincing conflict. Main antagonists are supposed to be feared and threatening, Mujo was pathetic and uninspiring.

    The characters in sense are also what's bringing Scryed down. Well the characters themselves are great, one of the more likable shounen casts out there, the problem actually lies in the action. Alter is a pretty intriguing system sort of similar to alchemy in Fullmetal Alchemist; reforming material objects to mold it into a shape you desire. With such an interesting system with so much potential for some strategic and smart fights, it is hardly touched upon. Also, there are like only ten alter users that are introduced whom their alters are nothing out of the extraordinary. Most of them are the same powers that you've seen in other shounens. You can't help but feel there was so much more potential with alter instead of just generic concepts used in the past. What makes it worse is that the action itself is pretty lacking. Well, except for the last episode, that final battle was pretty sweet.

    Scryed just combined way too many things and never placed a heavy emphasis on any of them. Its story was starting to get interesting, it remains a mystery. The rivalry between Ryuho and Kazuma looked like the next Goku and Vegeta bout, it was super under developed. The alter system looked like it was going to be one of the more interesting shounen power systems cooking up some really cool battles, it is hardly touched upon. Scryed does all of these things well but doesn't delve into any of them enough making it feel pretty shallow. Though not to say that it is not a recommended watch at all; it does a lot of things great, you wish it would have been longer though.moreless
  • S-CRY-ED is one of my top anime.

    S-CRY-ED is one of my favorite anime and will always be.Ok this anime is mainly about alter users and humans,alter users harness a power called alter hence the name which is an ability to break down the environment around the alter users such as rocks,buildings,cars,and stuff like that.Anyway 22 before the story a massive earthquake destroyed part of Japan,causing the country to spilt in halfone half of that part is the lost ground and the other is the city.This is where the rich people live, aside from humans is H.O.L.D. a police like group to deal with alter users (i.e. fight fire with fire).Anyway the story starts with Kazuma an alter user who can form a metal arm saving a political figure,because Kazuma does anthing for money.after that he goes gang its leader being an alter user Kazuma goes and fights he wins but is interuppted by hold Ryuho an user who can form robot like partner which he controls. He comes out of the vehicle Kazuma tries to fight but,is overwhelmed by Ryuho he gets captured he then breaks out of the city and wants revenge.Kazuma and Ryuho have many fights in the last episode they have their last fight the best figth in the whole series there are some other stuff I left out but,watch and see.This anime has good animation,music,and sometimes funny because Kazuma is crazy anyway that's it.moreless
  • awsome show

    this show will revonlutionize the way we think of anime the way some select few have supernatural powers which they call alters is eviting because everyone has their own fitting their personality the show has some things to be desired some ends to be tied and whatnot like the love intrests and what happens after that groundshaking last episode who knows but i would guess many people have wonderd about this so the show should be brought back for a season 2 and that is why this show gets a 9.2 in its rating for its creativity but lack in the endingmoreless
  • super powered action

    the story is a bit confusing in the beginning considering the conection to all the different aspects and situations. however the action is definitly well played out along with the animation. the storyline is also unique in many ways but the charcters lack a bit of depth with little history and reason behind their actions and character. the main charcter seems just slighly likeable and this causes the apossing character to be less contrasting and effective rivalry did not work to full affect. the powers were impressive but the lack reluctancy to use them and the minimal variety made it less effective and applealing to the eye.moreless
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