Gilgamesh, set in the super present, is a dark and apocalyptic anime series based on an original story by Shotaro Ishinomori. The plot of Gilgamesh revolves around four principal groups: The Countess and the Orga-Superior, the Mitleid Corporation, the siblings, and the Gilgamesh. As the show progresses, the motives and histories of the characters and their relationships are exposed.
The original 26-episode anime television series was the directorial debut of Masahiko Murata, with music by Kaoru Wada. Gilgamesh was created by animation studio Group TAC, and originally aired on Kansai TV from October 2, 2003 to March 18, 2004. The series received generally positive reviews and was subsequently translated, released on DVD, and aired in several other countries, including the States.
Mystery, music, intrigue, and darkness are central elements of Gilgamesh's plot. The series shows clear influences from the story known as the Epic of Gilgamesh, and various scientific and archaeological influences are also represented.
The backdrop of Gilgamesh is the fight against two opposing forces. One of the forces is known as the Gilgamesh, lead by Terumichi Madoka (better known as Enkidu), and the other side is the Countess of Werdenberg and the three Orga-Superior children who live with her. In appearance, the Orga-Superior are indistinguishable from humans. However, they carry a special power known as "Dynamis" which allows them to use psychic energy and control objects using only their mind. The overarching theme of Gilgamesh is one of choosing sides.
In the 21st century, archaeologists discover the tomb of Gilgamesh, the legendary half-divine Sumerian King of Uruk. When it becomes apparent that the tomb of Gilgamesh may possess supernatural properties, a massive research facility is built to protect and use the site, and many of the science world’s best and brightest are employed by this so-called "Heaven’s Gate" to advance mankind’s knowledge.
A terrorist act destroys the facility and in the ensuing chaos, civilization itself is threatened during an event dubbed "Twin X". After Twin X, an unusual electromagnetic phenomenon, the Sheltering Sky, has surrounded the Earth. Disrupting many electrical reactions, the Sheltering Sky has seemingly brought progress on the planet to the halt.
Years after Twin X, two siblings, Kiyoka and Tatsuya Madoka, find themselves protected from gangsters by mysterious young men with supernatural powers. These men are more than they appear, as they are dangerous creatures called Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh are allies of the original Twin X terrorist, Enkidu - a man who named himself after King Gilgamesh’s legendary best friend. The same man also happens to be their father. A mysterious Countess and her three telekinetic wards seemingly oppose the Gilgamesh, and Kiyoko and Tatsuya soon find themselves drawn into a battle between factions they can barely understand, let alone trust.