is a french animated series that aired on Toonami
in the UK 2001 and later in other countries. It is set in an After the End
world where the survivors of an meteorite impact gathered and assembled The World Federation, a peaceful society. A few decades later a dictator called Thanatos
, with an army of Thanor cyborgs/cultists, took over Europe. The Centurions of Freedom, a group led by Commander Richard Julian, rallied against him and overthrew his rule, exiling his Triple-six Group
to the Forbidden Zone, the area around the meteor impact crater. Subsequently, Julian was elected Commander (i.e President) of the World Federation.
The main character, Chris Colorado, a former soldier, is recruited by The Commander as a personal secret agent against Thanatos, after the dictator made an attempt on his life. Chris' father was a famous member of The Centurions of Freedom that went missing and is presumed to be a traitor. That motivated Chris to search for the truth about his (mostly missing) family.
This series provides examples of:
- After the End: First a giant, planet-altering meteor, then a MegaWar. Both caused by the same Omnicidal Maniac.
- Apocalypse How: Class 1.
- Action Girl: Rebecca Wong.
- Artificial Limbs: Rebecca.
- Badass Longcoat: Thanatos.
- Big Bad / Dark Messiah: Thanatos
- Big Screwed-Up Family : The Krantz family.
- Conspicuously Light Patch
- Conspicuous CG
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Jack Mitchell.
- Darker and Edgier: By French animation standards, that is.
- Forgotten First Meeting: Chris knew Rebecca when they were in high school, but he didn't recognize her.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: The show only ever came out to DVD in a small quantity, and is practically impossible to come by in stores today.
- Long-Lost Relative
- Love Triangle: Both Wencenslas and William Erwin were after Lauren.
- Mooks: The Thanors.
- Ominous Latin Chanting: The main theme.
Ars Longa. Vita Brevis.
- Really 700 Years Old: Herb Forsythe III.
- Scenery Gorn
- Season Fluidity: It's rather abrupt, if you skip more than two or three episodes, you'll have a hard time understanding what is going on.
- Unobtainium: Magnetite, but not really. Since the meteor fell, nuclear power does not work anymore, and magnet reactors of some kind are used to generate power. The world capital is at Chichen Itza, where a new magnetic pole of the Earth was located.