Review: Human Crossing

Ningen Kousaten

Mimi: “I’ve got some old wounds that need to heal.”

“It’s time that I made my family the most important thing.”

“The power of love and belief is so much stronger than anything else.”

Human Crossing consists of thirteen individual stories about people going through life’s challenges, each one ending with a positive take-home message. A boxer tries to forgive his mother for child neglect, an old man encourages a young student to stand up to bullies, a prison guard endeavors to change the life of a delinquent, and the list goes on. Each story presents a different, troubling reality that the characters must overcome, some harsher than others—but even though they’re told separately, they’re all deeply connected to portray life’s greatest meanings.

Most of the characters are adults who have professional careers and families, so this series would probably appeal more to young adults. But if you feel like you’ve already ‘been there, done that,’ the issues presented here might appear to be overly simplified and average, and they get solved rather quickly. Despite that though, the moral messages are excellent, the characters are relatable, and the drama is convincing and well-told. When it comes to slice-of-life shows, this is definitely one of the better ones that I have seen. So many of them focus on adolescents, high school, and gorgeous artwork/character designs that it’s rare to find something like this. What else can I say–this is a gem.

To my surprise, the English dub is pretty decent here. I honestly can’t remember the last time I watched an anime series in English, as I tend to prefer Japanese (not in the “bwarharhar, English is inferior to Japanese!” sense though). It sounds cheesy sometimes, but overall, the voices really fit the characters, and they convey just the right level of emotion. The music is another pleasant surprise; I really liked a couple tunes that kept playing over and over, not to mention the lovely, soft OP song. If you have a bit of time to spare, and you like slice-of-life, moralistic stories, then I highly recommend checking this one out.

Mimi’s Score: 8 Meeps out of 10 (Very Good)

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