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Tokyo Underground

Under the capital city of Tokyo, Japan, there exists a large, vast, and unknown world known as Underground. There, people known as Elemental Users exist; people who have the ability to control the elements: Fire, Water, Lightning, Magnetism, Freeze, etc. Meet Rumina Asagi and his best friend Ginnosuke Isuzu, two average high school freshmen who reside in Tokyo. When they meet Gravity User, Chelsea Rorec, and the Miko of Life, Ruri Sarasa, their whole lives change into one big adventure. (Source: ANN)

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Start Date2nd Apr 2002
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Popularity Rank3426
Rating Rank6863
Age RatingPG
Age Rating GuideTeens 13 or older


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"Tokyo Underground" is your typical mindless superpower action flick. A boy skilled at fighting encounters a mysterious girl one fine day. One thing leads to another; he soon discovers his inner superpowers, and ends up trying to protect the girl from the army of bad guys who wants her for their own evil purposes. Sounds pretty generic right? There can't possibly be much originality in this show, right? Right. There really isn't anything special going on here.The animation and action are bog standard, with everyone's superpower being elemental in nature; there's nothing that's not been seen many times before. Likewise, the sound and the voice acting are also nothing out of the ordinary. The plot is fairly predictable and I have a feeling that the ending is pretty bad, even though I can't remember exactly what happens in it, such was the impression "Tokyo Underground" made on me.The character department represents both the best and the worst this anime has to offer. The main character belongs in a more uncommon class of shounen heroes - the ones who are actually accomplished fighters from the start, instead of one of those regular wimps with huge potential. The wimpy character archetype also appears in this anime in the form of the hero's sidekick, who is also the comic relief guy, a character who survives more on luck than anything else. He does surprisingly well in his role and is probably my favourite character in this anime (though that's not saying much). His persistent attempts to get another character to remember his name is probably the most amusing thing in this rather dull anime. Ironically, I also can't remember his name (nor anyone else's, for that matter). On the other hand, the anime also has some really contrived character interactions. In one such scene early on, two people, one of which is the protagonist, both got badly hurt trying to protect a third person, and for some reason, the person they were protecting got all distressed over the protagonist - who she barely knew at that point - and did not seem to care about the other badly injured protector, who was actually a close friend of hers. You can see what went wrong here: in an over-zealous attempt to involve the hero in an obligatory romance, the makers have neglected to make the interactions believable. The series had quite a few of this kind of scenes, so it's by no means an isolated case.All in all, "Tokyo Underground" isn't terribly bad; there were some entertaining moments, though nothing to get too excited about. It's a forgettable experience that's difficult to recommend due to its total lack of notable aspects and originality - why would you watch this when there are plenty of similar but superior shows out there does a far better job in every way? So move along; not much to see here.

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