Reign The Conqueror – DVD Set
Known in Japan as Alexander or The Alexander War Chronicles, the 1997 animated TV show Reign The Conqueror was a bold, intricate, engaging, visually stunning and sometimes overwhelming feast. The best way I can describe it is this series tells the story of Alexander the Great in a sci-fi/fantasy setting filled with battles and mysticism, political intrigue and philosophical overtones. The complexity of the plot and the intensity of the esthetic of this show is on a level I have never encountered before. You know you are in for an involved story when the DVD booklet features a illustrated family tree of the characters to help viewers keep track of who is who.
Designed by Peter Chung of Aeon Flux fame and adapted from a novel by celebrated Japanese author Hiroshi Aramata, Reign explodes in a post modern, art deco, psychedelic hail of imagery. This would have been the perfect crew to realize Jodoworsky’s vision of Frank Herbert’s book Dune. Also of note is the fantastic theme song, “Worthy Of Your Soul” by DJ Milky and b-nChant-d featuring Rachel Pollack. I would love to see Chung return to his signature animation style to produce another series as remarkable as this one.
Though it is animated this is not a show for kids as it contains many violent and sexual sequences and a plot they could never comprehend.