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The X TV ending confuses me

X TV: the animated version of the apparently never-ending Clamp manga and infinitely superior to the movie version, Madhouse had that common problem of trying to adapt an unfinished manga. Most people would say ‘wait until the manga has ended’ or ‘wait for it to catch up and make a second season’ but when you consider this anime was made 10 years ago and the manga still hasn’t ended, that was out of the question simply from a financial point of view. So they could have either left an open ending that’s immensely frustrating, or an anime original ending that closed everything off. Thankfully they went with the second option and I’m really grateful they did that…except I didn’t understand it.

OK, I got the first part. Kamui mark 2, otherwise known as Fuuma, stabs Kamui mark 1, henceforth simply referred to as Kamui, but before he dies, Kamui enters into Fuuma’s heart and creates one of those kekkai things which covers the entire world. With Kamui  ‘dead’ but still sorta ‘alive’, the kekkai won’t disappear unless Fuuma dies.

So how exactly does this stop Fuuma continuing his Dragon of the Earth style apocalypse? If the entire world is cased in this kekkai then surely the entire world will still be affected by. If the entire world is transported into another dimension then surely he could carry on his apocalypse in the new dimension, right? But let me humour myself for a while. Lets say there’s some little known rule that you can’t bring about the apocalypse inside a kekkai. Fair enough, they can’t tell us every little detail about the kekkai. They probably didn’t know that little rule themselves. To be fair, it is a bit of an obscure rule you might forget. The Death Note only included a handful of it’s 50 bizzilion rules in its pages so maybe the rule was never written down.

My main problem though, is with the reaction of Fuuma. His grand plans to bring about the change to the world, Dragon of the Earth style, have been ruined. He can’t bring about the apocalypse with Kamui still alive and the only way he would be able to kill him is kill himself. Shouldn’t he be pretty damn pissed off about that? Shouldn’t he be standing on top of Tokyo Tower, yelling ‘NNOOOOOOOOOO!!!’? But no, he’s busy playing with freaking birds.

I don’t get it. It’s hardly like he changed back to his old personality. If that had happenned he’d still be pretty damn depressed because he’ll finally realised he killed his sister. He should be sitting in bed all uber depressed. Not playing with some fucking birds! Or is he still his evil self and is playing with those birds while thinking ‘ah, well-played Kamui’?

I dunno. Anyone want to explain the ending to me?

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  1. Posted January 18, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    It’s just a crappy ending all around — the only thing that works in its favor is that the movie’s ending (not to mention the movie itself) is a billion times worse.

  2. Posted January 19, 2010 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    I think I saw in X 18.5 manga, there’s one scene that Kakyo talked to Kamui of Dragon of Earth and Kakyo exclaimed that he is no longer the second Kamui but the real Fuma but Fuma planned something and acted like he was still Kamui…and the manga ended.

    The bottom line is that the ending is generally unknown as of now and the anime version just tried to make things obscure :)

  3. Scamp
    Posted January 19, 2010 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    So neither of you understand the ending either? Ah poo…

  4. Posted January 20, 2010 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    i’ve only read a bit of the manga…but from what i read it looks like the anime tried to create a random happy ending somehow and failed. manga seems to create more of a sense of “imminent doom”.

    and just in case, the manga is on “hiatus”, i guess, though we’ll see if CLAMP ever gets around to finishing it. they have a bad habit of leaving their things on hiatus ;(

  5. Scamp
    Posted January 20, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Permalink


    Immenant doom endings are hard to do right. Actually, I can’t think of a single instance of an anime pulling of a bad end successfully.

  6. moOw
    Posted March 4, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    (Yeah, I know I’m a year late ^^)
    Well, I don’t think it’s a crappy end. Kamui’s death, instead of leading the world to its end, save it because him and his nozomi (wishes) are still alive in Fuma’s heart like Sorata is in Arashi’s or Karen in Seiichiro’s. That’s why the hope of everyone is not useless and that, as long as you fight for what you believe, even if you die, you and yout actions still live in the people that are remaining.
    Moreover, I don’t think Fuma is like ‘ah, well-played Kamui’ but rather ‘don’t worry Kamui, as long as I live, you and Kotori are still alive too and you didn’t die for nothing’. Don’t forget he got back to himself when Kamui died because there were no reason for the presence of the ‘dark Kamui’ anymore since there were only one left !
    So, I still think it’s a subarashi anime that ends with Kamui’s sacrifice to save the world where Fuma and the other people he wants to protect live.

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