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Default Bounen no Xamdou

Originally a secret project by Bones, Xam'd: Lost Memories (亡念のザムド, Bōnen no Zamudo?) is a mecha themed anime series that has recently had its first episode broadcasted in the US on July 16, 2008, on Sony's Playstation Network. The series has been announced by Sony as exclusive to the PlayStation Network for two seasons consisting of twenty-six episodes
Sentan Island is a small island surrounded by the Yuden Sea. It exists in a state of dreamlike tranquility, cut off from the war between the Northern Government and the Southern Continent Free Zone. Akiyuki Takehara lives on Sentain Island along with his mother Fusa, He is currently separated from his father, the town doctor Ryuzo, but the bond between father and son remains. One day, after taking Ryuzo the lunch that Fusa has made for him as usual, Akiyuki is caught up in an explosion along with his friends, Haru and Furuichi. The explosion produces a mysterious light which enters Akiyuki's arm, causing him excruciating pain. He's given no time to understand it, however, as the white-haired girl who rode on the bus with him guides him to a power unlike anything he's ever known. He transforms into a creature called Xam'd, and his rampage is only stopped when a red-haired foreign girl appears and threatens to turn him to stone if he doesn't go with her.

Another series by BONES studio, the people who brought us series like RahXephon, Wolf's Rain, and Eureka Seven. I personally have high expectations of this series and so far, Bounen no Xamdou looks good. This series is mainly geared towards the western hemisphere, with both the OP and ED being songs sung in English.