This has been my absolute favorite anime series ever since I was 12-years-old. It's about 13 episodes long. Has anyone else seen it? The art is pretty basic. It isn't awful or anything, but it isn't extravagantly detailed. However, the reason why I love it is because of the way the story is told and the subject matter it deals with.
Here's a basic rundown of the plot (copied/pasted from wiki):While walking home "Shu", the main protagonist sees a person on top of a smoke stack in an industrial park where he used to hang out as a young child, Shuzo tries numerous attempts to communicate with the young girl but she is rather emotionless and quiet. After decoding her name from her lips (Lala Ru) the only other piece of information he finds out about her is her love of watching sunsets. Suddenly there is an explosion and time stops, he finds himself defending Lala Ru from abductors. He is caught in the transportation to another world after attempting to defend the unknown girl. Lala-Ru possesses a pendant containing (somehow) a vast reservoir of water and she has the ability to control that water. Shu discovers the new world, a harsh and deserted landscape and he is beaten and interrogated inside the war ship ordered by the ruthless, psycotic dictator, Hamdo. While in prison he also meets another abducted person called Sara Ringwalt who came from America and was mistaken for Lala Ru. Sara goes through extremely horrific experiences and eventually becomes on edge frightened with fear. Shu is forced to join an army of children and pillage join the soldiers kidnapping villagers for breeding, and conscription into the ever dwindling ranks of Hamdo's army. Shu wishes to return home as well as rescuing the mysterious girl whom he tried to protect.
It's a very adult story, dealing with child soldiers and the brutality of war. The main character Shuzo is very likable and charming, and the evil dictator Hamdo makes for one of the creepiest villains ever.
Has anyone else seen this? What were your thoughts about it? (Positive and negative opinions welcome).