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The near future, two decades after a mysterious apocalyptic event in the Middle East that wiped out magnetic fields, disabled computers, and caused the "Sheltering Sky effect" that shut out the stars-perhaps an out-of-place reference to the film by Bernardo Bertolucci, or the novel by Paul Bowles that inspired it, although its closest analogue can be found in The Animatrix. Twins Tatsuya and Kiyoko are on the run from debt collectors when they are captured by a group called Orga and asked by the mysterious Countess von Werdenburg to join her child superheroes to fight a group of half-divine psychics called Gilgamesh. She claims their leader, Enkidu, was responsible for the apocalyptic incident and offers to pay the debts left by the twins' late mother in return for their assistance. The Countess is working with Dr. Enuma of the Midlight Corporation, who has developed a huge device to reverse the abnormal magnetic field and restore the world to its former state. It is contained in the tower of Turangalila-compare to Babel II.

When Kiyoko is kidnapped by a Gilgamesh group, Tatsuya and his Orga associates chase after her, in the course of which Tatsuya realizes that he is developing paranormal powers of his own. Kiyoko, however, shelters Novem, her injured captor, becomes pregnant with his child, and begins to question the motives of her former boss the Countess. In a "twist," we discover that the twins are the children of Terumichi Madoka, the infamous Enkidu, who met their mother on an archaeological dig in the ruins of Babylon shortly before he set off the Sheltering Sky disaster. Now, in a twisted echo of ancient myth, he is trying to destroy the world in a final cleansing flood (see Spriggan) to enable the planet to recover from the errors of mankind and thrive for a new, pure race of humans.

Gilgamesh is another of the-21st century anime like Demon Lord Dante, based on forgotten works from the 20th century after all the best-known titles had been snapped up. It first appeared as a 1976 manga in Shonen King magazine by Shotaro Ishinomori, mixing ancient myth with UFO lore in the manner of Nazca. Ishinomori's original is suffused here with a darker subtext, largely in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 that culminated in the fall of the twin towers of the World Trade Center. The disaster in Gilgamesh takes place on 10th October, and hence becomes known as "Twin X," a clever reference to the protagonists, although likely to cause some confusion in Taiwan, where the same day is known as "Double Tenth," and is a public holiday to celebrate the foundation of the Republic of China.

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Name Gilgamesh
Name: ギルガメッシュ
Romaji: Girugamesshu
Publisher ADV
Start Year 2003
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