They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Sushi Police, Wild 7 Another Bouryaku Unga, Naikaku Kenryoku Hanzai Kyousei Torishimarikan Zaizen Joutarou, and more!
28: Sushi Police
Japanese: SUSHI POLICE（スシポリス）
MAL Score: 4.64
Honda, Kawasaki, and Suzuki all comprise the elite ninth unit of the Sushi Police—a task force with the sole objective of sniffing out restaurants serving illicit or non-traditional sushi and eradicating them, no matter how insignificant their offense may be. The Sushi Police travel freely around the world in pursuit of these vile criminals day or night, with their strong sense of justice and the World Food-Culture Conservation Organization backing them. No offenders of Japan’s traditional cuisine can escape their wrath!
During one of their purification missions, the Sushi Police encounter Sara—a hot, young, television reporter out to expose them and the World Food-Culture Conservation Organization for corruption. They interrogate her, but her wiles, skills, and charms allow her to easily escape from their grasp, setting off a chain of events that will lead to the true purpose of the Sushi Police being revealed.
The anime turned the real-world incident into a big, dumb, nonsensical spoof that saw these “Sushi Police” do exactly as this proposed idea would suggest: inspect sushi. This then led to non-comedic hijinks, espionage, and sushi-zilla… or at least that’s what I vaguely remembered when I was picking my nose. Sushi Police desperately try to lampoon Japan’s nationalistic sense of pride but don’t know how to do so without being on-the-nose about everything in the worst way possible. It’s a show that becomes a self-defecating satirical piece with as much integrity as the Korean BBQ that launched its inception.
Do I suggest this? No. Even with those that are aware of the events that surrounded the creation of this anime, the actual product was still drab. It isn’t funny, it isn’t insightful, and it isn’t going to encourage any sort of discussion. However, what it will encourage is a nice 3-minute nap.
It was simply 2deep4me bruh. After I watched it, cried, self-defecated all over my couch, curled up in a fetal position and I rocked myself to sleep.
On the surface, this could be a clever, little satire that mocks the growing wave of Japanese nationalism and calls for rationality through comedy. However, this would have worked better as a 5 minute SNL sketch. At 13 episodes that are 3 minutes, this is 40 minutes of the same fucking joke done OVER and OVER until they pretty much forget the satire and make a Godzilla spoof because even the show writers realized they were trying to stretch too little material over too long a running time.
A defender of Sushi Police could point out that One Punch Man is beloved despite basically being the same joke over and over. However, One Punch Man actually had a massive art budget and fight scenes that aesthetically looked cool. It wasn’t just, “I’m early, better think of a Superman…Superman! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBLspvxgTdQ
The characters are bland with no personalities. They are just stereotypes to go with the story and provide jokes here and there. As far as character development goes, it doesn’t happen a lot but not saying that it is totally out of the anime. Since the episodes are only 3 minutes 30 seconds long, it is hard to cram personalities into a full story with an opening, a plot and an ending. For what it does, the story moves on pretty well, I guess it doesn’t really get boring.
You can also check out my well edited(and funny) review on youtube where I go into more detail. Channel name is MudanTV – Sushi Police Anime Review.
27: Wild 7 Another Bouryaku Unga
English: Wild 7 Another
Japanese: ワイルド7 another 謀略運河
MAL Score: 5.27
A big transatlantic ship, full of rich and important people for international business, has been taken by a group of terrorists. The only hope for their rescue is in the hands of a Japanese man known as Japa, but first, he must hire seven companions to help him, and together they will be the Wild Seven. The main plot occurs in the waters of Nicaragua’s Canal.
26: Naikaku Kenryoku Hanzai Kyousei Torishimarikan Zaizen Joutarou
English: Government Crime Investigation Agent Zaizen Jotaro
Japanese: 内閣権力犯罪強制取締官 財前丈太郎
MAL Score: 5.48
Based on Ken Kitashiba & Yasuhiro Watanabe’s political intrigue detective manga.
The close relationship between political and business circles doesn’t die; politicians and government officers line their pockets taking advantage of their positions.
Zaizen Jotaro is an investigator who is allowed to use extralegal methods to crack down these power abusing criminals.
25: Koroshiya-san: The Hired Gun
Japanese: 殺し屋さん The hired gun
MAL Score: 5.54
The comedy story follows the title character, who is regarded by himself and others as the best hit man in Japan. He goes by the motto, “If I have an assignment, I will kill anything.” However, his “killing” assignments have expanded to include everything from summer vacation homework to housekeeping. “The hit man never fails to kill the target. Though he does not aim to, he also never misses the laughter.”
The art isn’t impressive, but there is motion to an extent. The backgrounds are basically photos of real life places that have been modified, or possibly traced, with art software. A lot of the motion of the characters are similar to many YouTube animations in that they will be tilted to save on creating more frames, but there is still a moderate amount of work put into the art here. The style is definitely similar to other “4 Koma Theatre” programs in that everything is laid out in a basic way that makes sure the viewer isn’t getting too invested in the material (which likely wouldn’t happen anyways with the short length). The music is average, and there actually is an opening. The opening takes up about a third of the episode and cuts the actual content length to around 20 minutes. The opening wasn’t that worth watching more than once, and I found myself skipping it after two times. The music wasn’t very creative and it was clear that it wasn’t too thought out.
There isn’t really a story as this is more about a bunch of random situations featuring the same main character, but there are some underlying developments. The humor is basically around the main character being a hit-man, but not always taking his job seriously and about him being very harmless in his pass-time. The issue with that is that a comic strip usually carries the goal of ending on a punch-line, but for Koroshiya-san: The Hired Gun this is always what takes up the nonexistent punch-line. Only one or two jokes were entertaining, but basically all of them were pretty bad. Anyone could make jokes like this, and I bet there are characters in actual series who do some of the leading jokes here in their pass-time as-well – the main difference being that those series actually have other things at play to keep interest. The saving grace for The Hired Gun is that it’s short and easy to eat like junk food. I didn’t feel like I got much out of viewing it, but it was so short that I don’t feel like I wasted my time with it either. That doesn’t mean I would recommend watching it, but if you’re in the mood for a bit of dry humor and yaoi (which is actually the funniest parts), then The Hired Gun is here for you.
In all honesty, I’m sure the creators of this anime don’t take this show that seriously. Each episode is three minutes long, and a minute of that is dedicated to the opening, which is one of the worst animated openings I’ve ever seen. Apparently,this show is supposed to be a comedy, but in the end, all I find myself laughing at is the absolute pointlessness of it all.
I don’t even think it’s fair for me to go on about the art or sound. It’s bottom tier (maybe even below that) quality, and the voice acting is stilted, and boring, and the dialogue is pathetically devoid of humor.
The characters are the highlight of this ‘anime’. That is not a compliment. Koroshiya seems to be some sort of screwed up hybrid of Gintoki Sakata from Gintama and Agent 47 from the Hitman series. Any other character are completely and utterly pointless.
I sincerly hope that this anime was not made with any serious intent, because this is arguably one of the worst anime I’ve seen in a very long time. It’s entirely likely that the original 4-koma manga is very funny, but the main issue with this piece of crap is that it’s style does not translate to the screen. At all. Ever.
24: Burn Up Scramble
MAL Score: 6.19
AD. 2023, Tokyo. Because of the change of the society such as internationalization and enlargement of the trading, the dark side of the society also continues changing. The criminals are getting deep, and their organizations are increasing its size, then the peace and security is getting worse.
The government takes it seriously, and decides to introduce an innovative system. In order to cope with the special criminals, an extralegal police is founded.
It is a special criminal team, Warriors, which consists of a few elite members.
The series centers on a busty police officer name Rio who just cannot find love in her life so she desperately search for the right man. She works at a local police station as an Police officer with her friend Maya but in reality they are few elite members selected for extralegal police force called Warriors. While Rio search for the right man and solving criminal case the only man she is able to attract is Yuji (Head Chief) who happen to have a weird fetish for bitching girl who happen to be protected by (Matsuri ) his overly-zealous girlfriend. If i write more than this it may be reported so i will be stopping.
Its storyline doesnt contain plot twister like school days or isnt special like Steins;Gate but u guys should definitely give it chance as it contain some great logic aswell.
Arts : 9
For an +10 year old anime its decent.
Sounds : 9
I am not an expert so to me it sound decent enough
Character : 9
The characters are much more unique and every main character has their own personality refined welly/properly i suppose.
Enjoyment : 9
Overall : 8
Although the pace of some episodes made it seem quite boring, it progressively got better as it advanced. Not recommended to people requiring high animation quality because it kind of sucks if u r watching current Graphicly intence anime. I wish they make an remake like Sailor Moon.
The art is pretty good, or else I’d never say that the protagonist is gorgeous and sexy, lol.
There aren’t many character in the series, so it’s quite easy to get attached to the main cast, and they do have a pretty interesting personality, what’s not to like?
The series as a whole is quite enjoyable, with a lot of comedy skit and some dark secret within.
So here’s my score : A splendid 8/10 overall
Story : 8
Art : 9
Sound : 7
Character : 9
Enjoyment : 9
⚠️ This review will be spoiler-free ⚠️
I am partially relieved that there were new character designs for the cast of “Scramble,” if there had been a resemblance to the characters I loved in Excess and W, I would have probably hated this series a lot more. Sufficed to say, the designs are kind of ugly. Both Rio and Lilica have gone up several breast sizes, while the usually busty Maya is sporting the underage, assassin appeal.
Toshinari ※Yamashita’s aesthetic had more of a Kenichi Sonoda appeal to it, whereas the new designer (Toshiharu ※Murata), made the characters look liked faded pastel, blow-up dolls. The scripting of the characters isn’t any better than their artistic renderings, either. In their predecessor series, Rio was in massive debt, so she would comedically look for a sugar daddy to pay them off for her. Every time this happened in Excess, there were arcs where her attempts would go awry, and then Rio would majorly kick ass; realizing that she doesn’t need a man to take care of herself. As opposed to Scramble’s iteration of Rio… an empty-headed blonde, that passively yearns for a rich husband, and relies on horoscopes and lucky colors to try and land a date.
※I really loved Mr. Yamashita’s design-work on “Divergence Eve” and “Amazing Nurse Nanako,” too! Mr. Murata did character designs for “Batman: Gotham Knight,” “Eat-Man,” “Hellsing,” and “Mouse.” A talented individual, but his style for ecchi series like “Mouse” and “Burn Up! Scramble” is (in my opinion) hideous!
Talk about a downgrade in character writing! Lilica is probably the worst, out of the trio, while Maya has the greatest moments. In the Excess series, Lilica is a sarcastic, tech nerd; her counterpart in Scramble is a stupid psychic, that has homoerotic inclinations and a pension to get naked, when she’s drunk. Leading to unnecessary, pornographic scenes that seem random and shoe-horned into the plot. There’s no explanation, or even a hint, why Lilica is possibly a lesbian. The script-writer just assumed that we should know it, since she has short hair and tries to kiss Rio, while drunk.
Maya is tit-for-tat Ein from “Phantom of Inferno”/”Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom!” They have the exact same backstory, and even have the same hair-color and eyes! I think Gen Urobuchi may have been… inspired, to say the least. What differentiates the two is that this version of Maya has a fetish for guns, like Rally from “Gunsmith Cats;” and she’s cold and soft-spoken, a very extreme version of the kūdere archetype. I still prefer the Maya from Yamashita’s versions, but new Maya is, hands down, the best part of the series.
The plot is all over the place, and never really hits a crescendo. There is just an episodic slog of shenanigans and missions; it’s like “Dirty Pair,” if the writing and characters were terrible. Most of the weekly-aired hijinks, seemed to have a new excuse to show a gratuitous amount of fanservice. As for the romantic relationships, Rio and Yuji have a long-standing kind of camaraderie in the Shin’ichirō Kimura continuum, but their friendship has been stripped bare! To the point, where Yuji will act perverted and she’ll punch him, ad nauseam, which causes him to brood, because he actually does come from a wealthy family. The repetition of tired puns, is what kills the latter half of a series, take Ranma ½ as an example!
Luna’s Favorite Works by Each Respective Creator = ✅
Hiroki Hayashi (director), notable works:
* Battle Programmer Shirase
* Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040
* El Hazard: The Magnificent World
* Explorer Woman Ray
* Gall Force 2: Destruction (co-director)
* Katayoku no Khronos Gear
* Mahō Yūgi ✅
* Tenchi Muyō! Ryōōki (first season) ✅
Commentary: Mr. Hayashi isn’t entirely to blame for this series’ downfall, into a tumbling disaster. Episode 6: “Western Sapporo – A Hell at Shiretoko,” was actually pretty enjoyable and may have been what inspired Gen Urobuchi to put his first visual novel, “Phantom of Inferno”, into production. I think the lack of a feasible direction and the writing was what did it in. There are blips in the series, where it feels really ※abrupt or the transition was really awkward, but from what I’ve seen, Mr. Hayashi is a pretty good director. Though, “Mahō Yūgi” stumbled a bit in its production… it was genuinely funny and iconic to watch!
※To quote Anime News Network’s review, the series gave “the staff new ways of coming up with lazy shortcuts. …the key frames and poses look loaded with energy but they’re strung together by awkward motions that don’t look like fighting at all.”
Sumio Uetake (script, series composition), notable works:
* Akihabara Dennō-gumi
* Angel Heart
* Dotto Koni-chan
* Elf wo Karu Mono-tachi II
* Fight Ippatsu! Juuden-chan!!
* Haja Kyosei G Dangaiō
* iDOLM@STER Xenoglossia
* Kannazuki no Miko
* Kyōhirō to Towa no Sora
* Lost Universe (script)
* Saber Marionette J
* VS Knight Lamune & 40 Fire
* Yūsha Tokkyū Might Gaine
Commentary: Man, have you ever looked at someone’s resume and thought to yourself, maybe this person isn’t cut out for the job they’re applying for? These are my personal preferences, keep in mind, but every one of these series (out of the ones I have actually seen), have never exceeded a 1★ ranking from me. The same issue that I had with Burn Up! Scramble… is the exact same pitfall that I had with series like “Kannazuki no Miko” and “Kyōhirō to Towa no Sora”! The scripts don’t lead much of anywhere, several scenes seem random or jarring, and then when you actually reach the conclusion, you’re exhausted and disoriented.
I watched Burn Up! Scramble with the ADV dub, so I will list the Japanese seiyū, but comments will be on the performances of the English voice actors.
Megumi Toyoguchi as Rio Kinezono, notable roles:
* Mimiru, .hack//SIGN
* Layla Ashley, Avenger ✅
* Meg, Bakuretsu Tenshi (“Burst Angel”)
* Kirino Chiba, Bamboo Blade
* Revy, Black Lagoon
* Hyakurin, Blade of the Immortal
* Yumi Omura, Chobits
* Shōko Mataki, Cossette no Shōzō
* Junko Enoshima, Danganronpa ✅
* Rubi, DearS
* Sola-Ui Nuada-Re Sophia-Ri, Fate/Zero
* Winry Rockbell, Fullmetal Alchemist ✅
* Sara Ishida, Gunparade Orchestra
* Tsukasa Nishino, Ichigo 100%
* Mōyū, Ikkitōsen
* Chifuyu Orimura, IS: Infinite Stratos ✅
* Fubuki, Kamen no Maid Guy
* Nora Leoria Floriann, Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai (“The World God Only Knows”) ✅
* Nene, Kirameki☆Project
* Klan Klang, Macross Frontier ✅
* Sei Satō, Maria-sama ga Miteru ✅
* Yao Sakurakōji, Miami Guns
* Miriallia Haww, Kidō Senshi Gundam SEED
* Yukari Takeba, Persona 3
* Hikari, Pokémon
* Sylvia van Hossen, Princess Lover!
* Aria, Seiken no Blacksmith
* Oda Nobunaga, Sengoku Otome: Momoiro Paradox (“Battle Girls: Time Paradox”)
* Haruka, Senran Kagura
* Alti, Simōn
* Ellen Kurokawa, Suite PreCure♪ ✅
* Ran Kotobuki, Super GALS
* Honoka, The Third: Aoi Hitomi no Shōjo
* Sakurako Kariya, Viper’s Creed
Julie Ann Taylor as Rio Kinezono, notable roles:
* Milly Ashford, Code Geass
* Shōko Mataki, Cossette no Shōzō
* Taiga Fujimura, Fate/stay night
* Takumi Kisaragi, Gad Guard ✅
* Mikan Kurenai, Grenadier: Hohoemi no Senshi
* Héloïse Villefort, Gankutsuō ✅
* Marcia, Gundress ✅
* Ayumi Yamada, Hachimitsu to Clover ✅
* Haruie Kakizaki, Honō no Mirage
* Palpu Ranrang, Idol Project
* Makoto Saotome, Kannazuki no Miko (“Destiny of the Shrine Maiden”) ✅
* Shun Kisragi, Koko wa Green Wood ✅
* Akane Sano, Kurokami the Animation
* Sophia Forrester, Last Exile ✅
* Mutsumi Otohime, Love Hina ✅
* Alibaba Saluja, Magi: The Kingdom of Magic
* Yukari Hayasaka, Paradise Kiss ✅
* Ai Tanabe, Planetes
* Mica Minazuki, Rakushō! Hyper Doll
* Sōseiseki, Rozen Maiden
* Akiha Tōno, Shingetsutan Tsukihime
* Bellows, Suisei no Gargantia
* Meia Gisborn, Vandread
* Hokuto Sumeragi, X ✅
Commentary: Ms. Taylor gave one of the best performances, out of the English dub cast. She gives off the impression of a determined young woman, that has to kick booty, when it’s necessary. Mirroring my commentary on Kari Wahlgren, she’s a talented lady, with a role in a poorly-written series.
Rie Kugimiya as Maya Jingu, notable roles:
* Yūhi Katagiri, Akaneiro ni Somaru Saka
* Astarotte Ygvar, Astarotte no Omocha!
* Drew, ēlDLIVE
* Flora Skybloom, Basquash!
* Nemu Kurotsuchi and Karin Kurosaki, Bleach
* Ikuto Noguchi, Digimon Savers
* Aguri Madoka, Dokidoki! PreCure ✅
* Rose, Dragon Crisis
* Happy, Fairy Tail ✅
* Alphonse Elric, Fullmetal Alchemist ✅
* Hotaru Imai, Gakuen Alice
* Sophia Hennes, Garo: Vanishing Line
* Masako Hara, Ghost Hunt
* Kagura, Gintama ✅
* Chaba, Gokicha!!
* Vyrn, Granblue Fantasy the Animation ✅
* Hasuta, Haiyore! Nyaruko-san
* Nagi Sanzenin, Hayate no Gotoku! (“Hayate the Combat Butler”) ✅
* Alice Liddell, Gekijōban Heart no Kuni no Alice: Wonderful Wonder World
* Aria Holmes Kanzaki, Hidan no Aria
* Alexandrite, Hōseki no Kuni ✅
* Yukimura Sanada, Hyakka Ryōran: Samurai After
* Hoihoi-san, Ichigeki Sacchū!! Hoihoi-san
* Sukuna Gojō, K ✅
* Kurumi Hazuki, Kaitō Tenshi Twin Angel: Kyun Kyun☆Tokimeki Paradise!! (“Twin Angel: Twinkle Paradise”)
* Mika Kujin, Kanamemo ✅
* Ning Fu, Ken En Ken: Aoki Kagayaki (“Xuan Yuan Sword Luminary”)
* Diao He Liao, Kingdom
* Mari Kikui, Koiken!: Watashitachi Anime ni Nacchatta!
* Mami Mihashi, Konbini Kareshi
* Tio, Konjiki no Gash Bell!! (“Zatch Bell!”) ✅
* Rokumon, Kyōkai no Rinne
* Koto, Kyōsō Giga
* Kaoru Daichi, Ladies versus Butlers!
* Kōya Sakagami, Loveless ✅
* Alisa Bannings, Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha ✅
* Daisuke Komori, Major
* Sena Kuroi, Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to The Animation
* Tōko Matsudaira, Maria-sama ga Miteru ✅
* Yuni, Mewkledreamy
* Mimi, Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne ✅
* Nena Trinity, Kidō Senshi Gundam 00
* Nostradamus, Monster Strike
* Suzume Imamura, Munto
* Miharu Rokujō, Nabari no Ō
* Harley Quinn, Ninja Batman
* Kotora, Nyanbo!
* Ringo Kinoshita, Otogi Jūshi Akazukin (“Fairy Musketeers”)
* Isabella Yamamoto, Paradise Kiss
* Rise Kujikawa, Persona 4
* Koboshi Uematsu, Pita Ten
* Meika Daihatsu, Punch Line
* Melona, Queen’s Blade ✅
* Angela Balzac, Rakuen Tsuihō ✅
* Atsumi Miyagawa, Recorder to Randoseru ✅
* Mikan Katsuragi, Rental Magica
* Rizel Iwaki, Rizelmine
* Airi Yukifune, Robotics;Notes
* Mizore Shirayuki, Rosario to Vampire
* Yūki Kataoka, Saki ✅
* Thomas Dō, Santa Company
* Ulith, Selector Infected WIXOSS
* Yuzuki, Sengoku Night Blood
* Shana, Shakugan no Shana ✅
* Melty Do Granite, Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan ✅
* Momo Akanegakubo, Shokugeki no Sōma ✅
* Mametchi, Tamagotchi
* Iori Minase, The iDOLM@STER ✅
* Taiga Aisaka, Toradora! ✅
* Shannon, Umineko no Naku Koro ni ✅
* Kamyu, Utawarerumono ✅
* Kagura, Onmyōji: Heian Monogatari
* Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Vallière, Zero no Tsukaima (“Familiar of Zero”)
* Mio Tsukushi, Zettai Karen Children
Sandy Fox as Maya Jingu, notable roles:
* Mireille, .hack//Tasogare no Udewa Densetsu (“.hack//Legend of the Twilight Bracelet”)
* Kiyoko, Akira ✅
* Harriet Bartholomew, Argento Soma
* Kururu, Binzume Yōsei
* Chibiusa, Bishōjo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal
* Sumomo, Chobits ✅
* Suzu, Chōjū Densetsu Gestalt
* Haruna Niekawa, Durarara!! ✅
* Vyrn, Granblue Fantasy the Animation
* Lin, Hokuto no Ken (“Fist of the North Star”) ✅
* Tachikoma, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex ✅
* Flonne, Makai Senki Disgaea
* Haro, Kidō Senshi Gundam SEED ✅
* Sakura, Ninja Mono
* Kurumi, Otogi Story Tenshi no Shippo
* Pyocola “Piyoko” Analogue III, Piyoko ni Omakase pyo!
* Mao Onigawara, Rikujō Bōei-tai Mao-chan (“Ground Defense Force! Mao-chan”)
* Neju Na Melmas, Tenchi Muyō! GXP
* Miiko, Totsuzen! Neko no Kuni Banipal Witt (“Catnapped”) ✅
Commentary: Ms. Fox’s portrayal of Maya Jingu is probably the only saving-grace; it keeps this series at a 2/10, instead of a 1/10. Nasally, youthful, and deadly… in her portrayal of the young assassin.
Mamiko Noto as Lilica Evette, notable roles:
* Karen Minamino, AIka
* Fiona, Allison to Lillia
* Mayumi Fujimiya, Aquarian Age
* Felicità, Arcana Famiglia
* Azusa, Azusa Otetsudai Shimasu!
* Alice Gehabich, Bakugan Battle Brawlers
* Makie Otono-Tachibana, Blade of the Immortal
* Takami Komoda, Bokura no ✅
* Kotomi Ichinose, Clannad ✅
* Satomi Anzaki, Dear Boys
* Yukihime, Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera ✅
* Jil, Druaga no Tou: The Aegis of Uruk ✅
* Yuka, Elfen Lied
* Mavis Vermillion, Fairy Tail ✅
* Satellizer el Bridget, Freezing
* Alex Benedetto, Gangsta.
* Yukinari Sasaki, Girls Bravo
* CAL-141, Halo Legends
* Mitsuki Ikuta, Hit wo Nerae!
* Aya Tōjō, Ichigo 100%
* Ana Coppola, Ichigo Mashimaro ✅
* Rin, InuYasha ✅
* Ai Enma, Jigoku Shōjo ✅
* Ayano Satō, Joshikōsei: Girl’s High
* Neiro, Kaiba ✅
* Aoi Kannazuki, Kaibutsu Ōjo
* Kōta Oyamada, Kanokon
* Fujino Asagami, Kara no Kyōkai ✅
* Sawako Kuronuma, Kimi ni Todoke ✅
* Kyoko Asahina, 北へ。 ～Diamond Dust Drops～
* Emi Kizaki, Kurogane no Linebarrels
* Nodoka Miyazaki, Mahō Sensei Negima!
* Einhart Stratos, Mahou Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha ViVid ✅
* Ōka Sayama, Manyū Hikenchō
* Shimako Tōdō, Maria-sama ga Miteru ✅
* Yuri Takikago, Mawaru Penguindrum ✅
* Rin Asogi, Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne ✅
* Anna Liebert, Monster ✅
* Shizu Murasume, TO LOVEる ✅
* Tsukiko Sagi, Paranoia Agent ✅
* Inia Sestina, Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse ✅
* Narue Nanase, Narue no Sekai
* Akira Sakura, Shadow Star Narutaru ✅
* Moriko Morioka, Recovery of an MMO Junkie ✅
* Saeko Okuyama, Niji-iro Hotaru: Eien no Natsuyasumi
* Haruka Nogizaka, Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu
* Ririka Nishizono, Occultic;Nine
* Fūka Yamagishi, Persona 3
* Tomoe, Queen’s Blade ✅
* Nayu Hasegawa, Rō-Kyū-Bu! ✅
* Aria, Saint Seiya Omega
* Yakumo Tsukamoto, School Rumble
* Iona Urazoe, Selector Spread WIXOSS
* Kenshin Uesugi, Sengoku Collection
* Hecate, Shakugan no Shana
* Limone, Simōn
* Matsuri Shihō, Sola ✅
* Yuki Sōya, Taishō Baseball Girls
* Noel Hiiragi, Tansu Warashi.
* Aisa Himegami, Toaru Majutsu no Index ✅
* Esther Blanchett, Trinity Blood ✅
* Benten, Uchōten Kazoku ✅
* Rinko Jerrard, The Law of Ueki
* Masane Amaha, Witchblade ✅
* Kotori Monō, X ✅
* Hazuki Azuma, Yami to Bōshi to Hon no Tabibito ✅
* Kaori, Yojōhan Shinwa Taikei ✅
* Megumi Hasegawa, よみがえる空 -Rescue Wings-
* Tiffania Westwood, Zero no Tsukaima
* Kotone Sasaki, Zettai Junpaku♡Mahō Shōjo
Kari Wahlgren as Lilica Ebett, notable roles:
* Chika Minazuki, Ai Yori Aoshi
* Saya Otonashi and Diva, Blood+ ✅
* Sakura Kinomoto, Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 2: Fūin Sareta Card ✅
* Kotoko, Chobits ✅
* Celty Sturluson, Durarara!! ✅
* Saber (“Artoria Pendragon”), Fate/stay night ✅
* Tsubasa Shiina, Figure 17
* Haruko Haruhara, FLCL ✅
* Arashi Shinozuka, Gad Guard ✅
* Miu Manaduru, Gatekeepers 21
* Kyoko Milchan, Heat Guy J
* Rip Van Winkle, Hellsing Ultimate
* Michiru Satomi, IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix (2005)
* Anemone, Eureka Seven ✅
* Lavie Head, Last Exile ✅
* Kagami Hiiragi, Lucky☆Star
* Yume Kikichi, Mahōtsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto (“Someday’s Dreamers”)
* Miina Miyafugi, Onegai☆Twins
* Momo, Otogi Story Tenshi no Shippo
* Misora Tsukishima, Rikujō Bōei-tai Mao-chan (“Ground Defense Force! Mao-chan”)
* Fū Kasumi, Samurai Champloo ✅
* Pacifica Casull, Scrapped Princess
* Kohaku, Shingetsutan Tsukihime
* Scarlett O’Hara-St. Jones, Steamboy
* Tsuruya, Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūtsu
* Karina Lyle (“Blue Rose”), Tiger & Bunny ✅
* Arisa Glennorth, Stellvia ✅
* Robin Sena, Witch Hunter Robin ✅
* Cher Degre, Wolf’s Rain ✅
Commentary: S-tier English voice actress; horrible role. Lilica’s iteration in Scramble is nothing, but an obnoxious and harebrained, ecchi vestibule. I doubt that Mamiko Noto would have even been able to pull off her character, if I had watched the Japanese dub. Ms. Wahlgren is very talented, but the writing for this character, in particular, is beyond atrocious.
Conclusively, the show has tolerable scenes, but overall is very bad. If you’re already a fan of the series, it makes it that much worse. And if Scramble has tainted your view on the franchise, please give W a viewing, before solidifying that opinion! Scramble earns a 2/10 on the rating scale; and a “please, do not watch”!
Other Burn Up! Rankings:
Burn Up! ★★☆☆☆
Burn Up! Excess ★★★☆☆
Burn Up! W ★★★★☆
23: L/R: Licensed by Royal
English: Licensed by Royalty
Japanese: L/R -Licensed by Royal-
MAL Score: 6.47
Jack Hofner and Rowe Rikenbacker are Cloud 7’s L/R. Their job is to protect the Royal family of Ishtar, their treasures, and their reputation. Jack & Rowe face one of the toughest missions of their career when they are assigned to protect Noelle, a candidate for the 15 Year Princesse contest. It starts out simple, but soon all of Cloud 7 are involved in a web of intrigue that includes bombings, corruption and murder.
Such thoughts were bothering me while watching first episode of Licensed by Royal. It had all the elements that is necessary for a popular series. Unfortunately L/R didn’t make any use of them and turned into something that is nonsensical.
Story: The biggest flaw of this anime is its plot. Starting episode 2 there are lots of plot-holes left. Story doesn’t help characters to develop. There’s hardly any intense in it. Only final episodes get a bit serious and dramatic, though it leaves an open ending which definitely was not an appropriate solution. Having said that, action scenes still looked entertaining and the jokes were quite hilarious.
Characters: It’s true that we hardly get to know the main characters Rowe and Jack. There is not much talk about their past, but still they were memorable and the things that made them stood out from such generic, laid-back characters were the dialogues, which really worked between two of them. However directors didn’t make a good use of this and ended up with a half-developed cast. The question is: was it really necessary for such a mediocore, entertaining series to flash out all the characters? Wouldn’t it be just a waste of time ? It’s up to the watcher.
Art/Sound: Another problem with this show is the pale looking designs. The faces are undetailed, They barely show any emotions. On the opposite note the music is marvelous. The opening theme, sung by Billy Preston, is catchy. It’s probably one of the best anime theme songs from the past few years. Almost all of the songs used in each episode have lyrics, and it’s a very refreshing change from the generic synth incidentals we get in other series.
Overall Licensed Royal could have been equalized with Cowboy bebop or even The Big O if the directors had put more thoughts into writing the script. It is a nice thing to sit through if you need to kill some time. There are plenty of fun moments and the two main characters are extremely likeable, but that’s really all it has.
(Twiddling my thumbs)
Are you finished? Well, what if I told you that the ride on the beach is the feeling you’ll experience while watching this particular spy series?
Now you might be asking, “Wait, there’s a way to make a show about spies relaxing?” and if you did ask that, I wouldn’t blame you. Stylish, over-the-top fight scenes interposed by panty flashes from bombshell beauties is the modus operandi for anything related to spies in entertainment. As a devotee to the James Bond franchise, I know that immortal one-liners, uberviolent stories with egotistical despots, and eccentric gadgets are the name of the game for spy films. Thanks to Bond, Jason Bourne, the Mission Impossible franchise, and others of their ilk, it’s natural to assume that any TV series or movie centered on spies will be like the others.
However, there is one show, an anime as a matter of fact, that abandons the conventional elements of spydom and its name is Licensed by Royalty (better known as “L/R”).
“Go where no one’s gone before”, sung by soul legend Billy Preston, is the opening theme for L/R. Chill and even-tempered with spontaneous bursts of energy, the OP exemplifies the tone of the series… at least for the first half of the series. L/R is the one student in class that forgets about assignments, constantly daydreams, and often asks for bathroom breaks, all with an exceedingly goofy grin on his face. Rarely in Licensed by Royalty is anything taken seriously. When the protagonists have to recover a valuable artifact, they screw around until the last minute. When a gaggle of obnoxious reporters clamor at the door of the spies’ headquarters, sculptured cherubs douse them in water emitting from their penises. When the protagonists are caught by one of the series’ villains, they stare into the camera and simultaneously declare, “We’ll be right back after this!” It’s such a shame that L/R’s quixotic dreams of originality were tarnished by the later episodes.
From the beginning, L/R is grounded in reality, the central storyline perpetuating the spy stereotypes, its fate pre-destined. Ishtar is a dead ringer for England while Cloud 7 might as well by MI6. The purpose for the agents of Cloud 7 is to protect Ishtar’s royalty at all cost. Where this series lacks in structural novelty, it more than compensates with its authenticity. The story is set in the 1960s, a time when England finished recovering from the aftermath of World War II and was progressing into a cultural powerhouse. In L/R, you can see the excesses of success England possessed for years, and yet this series never fails in depicting the country as one that still needs to exert its power and showcase its status more than ever. WWII is never mentioned but its effects on L/R loom large. What really deserves a round of applause is how the characters in L/R actually sound British. Anime, both subs and dubs, is notorious for having people in different countries sound exactly the same (The closest this medium gets to vocal diversity is an Osaka dialect) so for L/R’s cast to speak like they’re from England is truly amazing.
Unfortunately, the aunthenticity of L/R’s English dub is among the cast’s only saving graces, Practically every character has the same body type, tall and slim, and their facial features scream low-budget. Sometimes the noses look realistic and sometimes they only consist of two nostrils plastered onto a face. Blinking apparently is difficult to animate for eyes that look exactly the same for virtually every character. Even if Studio TNK had bothered applying effort on its character designs, L/R’s cast still wouldn’t have been noteworthy. Dez, this show’s token mad scientist, has an average of 1.5 lines per episode while Claire, Cloud 7’s female “agent”, literally exists as a romantic interest that cooks and cleans, and Noelle, the red-headed town darling, is arguably the most forgettable of them all (her singing sucks, by the way). Perhaps L/R’s characterization flaws are due to focusing too much on the protagonists.
The eponymous L/R, a team of two with great prestige and their own fanboys, they are Jack Hofner and Rowe Rickenbacker. Jack is a clean-cut diplomat, the by-the-book professional that excels in the art of disguises. He by far receives the most depth in the series, what with his hidden past and tragic love affair and all, but he comes across too much as a poor man’s Bond instead of his own person. Personally, I feel that Rowe is the more interesting of the two. Whereas Jack is meticulous and stiff but feigns nonchalance, Rowe is completely relaxed, preferring to let everything hang out in the open. Jovial and loquacious yet highly perceptive, he often concedes the spotlight to Jack but is more than capable of being the man in charge if necessary. Actor JB Blanc, who did such an excellent job as Monster’s Roberto, once again delivers his laid-back, even-keel voice, along with adding a carefree charm in his faux-British accent, and he absolutely nails it as Rowe.
It has been apparent from the beginning but the later episodes reveal a long-standing classism feud between Ishtar and Ivory Island (the Ireland to Ishtar’s England), and the bombings from a terrorist known as “Angel” forces the issue to surge to the forefront. Much can be criticized about L/R’s second half, from its frustrating open ending to how the identity of the show is completely dismissed, but what I enjoy about it is how L/R provides multiple perspectives on the issue. An Ishtar tycoon makes it his duty to let the citizens of Ivory Island know their place while the father of a famous baseball player spreads the word on Ishtar’s downward spiral into corruption; while some of Ivory Island’s denizens have become accustomed to their harsh treatment, others are beyond pissed at the entire dynamic. The bubbling tension reaches a boiling point in a climatic speech by Noelle, where she integrates everyone’s individual opinions into one and, with sweeping dramatic flair, reveals the mastermind behind it all. The speech does a brilliant job of tying everything together and it even causes L/R’s second half to be worthwhile.
Licensed by Royalty, in the end, follows the example of spy films that preceded it. However, I refuse to hold that against this hidden gem. L/R is one of the most relaxing journeys I’ve ever experienced and, even when it adopts a serious streak, it never fails to be watchable. Among other works with overblown expectations, L/R manages to simultaneously be ambitious yet realistic; it doesn’t attempt reaching the heavens but, at the same time, L/R never settles for less either. Really, that’s all you can ask for in what you watch.
In an alternate 1960′s, or maybe the present that just seems like the era of peace and love never truly went away (the series never actually makes it clear which it is), exists a top-secret agency known as Cloud 7. Cloud 7′s role is to protect the royal family of the country of Ishtar, a fictional version of the United Kingdom. Cloud 7′s top agents, Jack Hofner and Rowe Rikenbacker, go by the code name L/R, but who is the L and who is the R? Licensed by Royalty follows Jack and Rowe as their missions lead them from protecting the national treasures of Ishtar from would-be-thieves, to helping people trapped in a cable car in the capital city, to eventually protecting the royal family from a terroristic organization known only as Angel. The first few episodes have no overarching plot, but drop enough hints that when the plot does take off it all makes sense. Eventually the series also deals with a little girl named Noelle from the country of Ivory (Ireland) who may or may not be the long lost princess. The early episodes that have little to do with the grander storyline all have a mystery or twist in them that is not revealed (usually dramatically) until the end. Much like the wonderful Case Closed/Detective Conan our heros usually have it figured out before the viewer does, and Rowe and Jack usually make a big reveal at the end of each episode that always got me. After awhile I was expecting a twist or mystery or some big reveal when the episode was almost over, and still was tricked. The show intentionally misleads the viewer, with plenty of red herrings, and shows you its left hand, while discretely maneuvering its right to where it really matters without you noticing (like any good magician). It is quite a smart show in how it keeps what is really going on in each episode hidden until the very end. Once the plot really kicks in this happens less often, that is until the dramatic ending which will have you guessing how it will all really end until the very last second. **(Spoiler) ** The plot also contains a bit of British vs Irish nationalism (à la The Troubles in Northern Ireland), but just like in real life the real bad guys are not any ethnic group or religion, but multinational corporations. I felt this aspect of the series worked quite well. **(spoiler end)**
The intelligent and wonderfully written mysteries and twists are only part of this series charm. The other giant draw here is the great characters, and how they play off one another. Jack Hofner is the playboy part of the duo, who is still quite serious about his job, yet gives off an aura of cool. Rowe Rikenbacker on the other hand is much more laid back, and not nearly as much of a philanderer as Jack. Jack, to me anyway, was the more relatable and interesting character. He is the director’s favorite and more likable of the two. Jack looks happy the entire series, always smiling and joking around, but really he keeps his emotions hidden inside, unlike Rowe who wears them on his sleeve. Did I mention that two spies are not above donning silly disguises if it will get the job done? Their boss’s codename is Mister, who is an always serious, cold, and cunning kind of guy. You are never exactly sure what Mister is thinking or what he knows. Claire Pennylane is the secretary of Cloud 7 who ends up (out of necessary) getting involved in missions despite not truly being a field agent. Her lack of experience shows, but she’s usually smart enough to work her way out of any problems that arise. She is a bit of an spaz at times, but she has a heart of gold. Claire is not entirely interesting as a character, nor is she very well developed. Dez is the agencies go-to tech guy, pretty much he’s the one who makes all the super cool gadgets Jack and Rowe use. He’s a generic wacky scientists, who is definitely out there, but a very likable guy. Dez is not exactly a unique character, but he’s always funny. As the series progresses the two agents end up having to be bodyguards to a cute, but resourceful little Irish girl named Noelle. Although Jack is my favorite character, Noelle gives him some real competition. She is a very sweet and cute girl that you just want to hug. She’s strong willed, smart, and crafty, but she’s still a child and the show never forgets this. There are little nuances like the fact she hates shoes and loves to go barefoot, or the nursery rhyme she likes to recite that make her character very lifelike. Jack and Rowe end up having to protect her from various mooks throughout different points of series. The differences between how Jack and Rowe care about her is important. Rowe cares for Noelle very deeply, in a fatherlike manner, and he’s much closer to her then Jack. They become true friends. Jack on the other hand stays at a little distance from her, perhaps never truly warming up to her, but he still clearly cares for her even if he hides this a little. The series really shines however when the characters play off one another. It is Jack and Rowe’s interactions and chatter that really makes this show noteworthy, and it is something you will have to see for yourself. Some of the best moments of the show are not the cool action scenes, but Jack and Rowe teaching a lesson to a rude British businessman and his nearly-as-rude associate .
There are some real funny moments that I won’t spoil, a great running gag or two, and plenty of fun moments. But it’s not just a comedy as there are serious spy action scenes in every episode. There’s also the few, but jaw-dropping, scenes that can only be described as crowning moments of awesome that really blow you away. The series also has plenty of heartwarming scenes throughout. Not to mention the show is sometimes just plainly the definition of cool. Between the great personalities of the lead characters, their amazingly exciting job, all their neat gadgets and wicked cars (1,2), and the 60′s-ness of it all, you’ll be taken aback by the cool factor many times. The atmosphere and mood is just dripping with style. And like I said this is not at all a dumb series, it is very intelligently written and the twists and turns are top notch. But all this coolness and intelligence would be wasted if it didn’t have a look and sound that matched it. Luckily for us the powers that be at TNK blew one out of the ballpark. The series opener is easily one of the best of the decade, although it’s easy to see why when one merely looks at who the singer is. Billy Preston, who some called ”the fifth Beatle”, sang the opening theme song (side note: John Lennon at one point really considered making him a full time member of the band but Paul McCartney said there was enough drama with just the four of them). Preston worked with the Beatles on some of their best albums ( Abbey Road, Let it Be, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band) not to mention putting out a few classics of his own. The rest of the soundtrack follows suite, with a totally 60′s British/American-rock inspired score. This all melds perfectly with the 007/spy nature of the series. The look of the show also does not disappoint. Character designs are unique (Noelle is to die for), the backgrounds look good, and the animation is top notch.
With all these things going for it a poor dub could have really stopped the show dead in it’s tracks, but New Generation Pictures got a hold of this one, and they live up to the high standards I hold them too. NGP got many British actors to work on the show, and those who are not British put on authentic sounding British accents, clearly trained a little by the Brits on staff. And the Irish (well Ivory) character’s have great Irish accents too. But more then excellent accents, the show has top notch acting and brilliant casting. Freddy Douglas’s voice is just sly and playful enough to play Jack perfectly. I could not imagine another voice coming from that character. J.B. Blanc (ADR Director) brilliantly cast himself as Rowe and the emotion in his voice makes Rowe very believable. Heather Klinke, who I sadly haven’t heard in anything else, plays a convincing and cute little Irish lass that is so adorable, but fits the character altogether. The timing on all the gags and jokes work quite well, and not even one actor in the show has a bad line. Dare I say it, but this is one of those shows that everyone (even sub fans) should watch in English. The British and Irish accents totally makes the show work, as these are supposed to be British and Irish people, and the acting is really excellent throughout.
Geneon put this out on DVD in late 2003 and early 2004, and the artbox for it (which I own) is quite nice to look at. The only extra worth mentioning is on the last disc, and it is an interview with both the director and producer at Otakon 2003. The director, Itsuro Kawasaki, notes that the first episode is by far his favorite, and hey it’s my favorite too! Itsuro Kawasaki wrote the script for episode one himself, and said he “added everything he wanted” in it. This extra care really shows, as episode one comes together incredibly, both as a brilliant way to introduce the main cast, and showcase what the show will be doing for the next 12 episodes. They pulled out all the stops for this episode and the mystery in it is brilliant. The rest of the interview asks both the producer and director their impressions of Otakon 2003, their favorite characters, favorite episode(s), the main appeal of the show, and to describe any problems that happened during production. All of this is very interesting, and I wish shows being released on DVD/Blu-ray today had extra features like this on them as it is very insightful.
The show is a fun, yet somewhat serious spy show that is throughly entertaining. It is very smart, and at times it can be a little sexy. Each episode will have you guessing who the real bad guys are or what that guy is really up to, yet also has well choreographed action scenes too. There’s great character interactions, and good running gags throughout, not to mention it sounds and looks good too. Sure some of the side characters are not well developed or sort of generic, yes yes the bad guys motives and characters are rarely explored, and yeah it may not be a title that stays with you forever. But, let’s not make perfect the enemy of good. I for one am upset it took me this long to watch Licensed by Royalty, and hope others give it a chance.
(review originally posted: http://predederva.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/licensed-by-royalty/ )
22: Gyakuten Saiban: Sono “Shinjitsu”, Igi Ari!
English: Ace Attorney
Japanese: 逆転裁判 ～その「真実」、異議あり！～
MAL Score: 6.47
Since he was a child, Ryuuichi Naruhodou’s dream was to become a defense attorney, protecting the innocent when no one else would. However, when the rookie lawyer finally takes on his first case under the guidance of his mentor Chihiro Ayasato, he realizes that the courtroom is a battlefield. In these fast paced trials, Ryuuichi is forced to think outside the box to uncover the truth of the crimes that have taken place in order to prove the innocence of his clients.
Gyakuten Saiban: Sono “Shinjitsu”, Igi Ari! follows Ryuuichi as he tackles cases to absolve the falsely accused of the charges they face. It will not be easy—standing in his path is the ruthless Reiji Mitsurugi, a prosecutor who will stop at nothing to hand out guilty verdicts. With his back against the wall, the defense attorney must carefully examine both evidence and witness testimony, sifting through lies to solve the mystery behind each case. With a shout of “objection!,” the battle in the courtroom begins!
I hate this anime. I hate it so fucking much.
Sono “Shinjitsu” Igi Ari is an adaptation of the first two games in the series, and right off the bat we’ve hit a huge stumbling block. Each of these two games would be more fit to a full 24 episode anime in their own right than being crammed into one cour each. Unsurprisingly, a lot of content was trimmed in the process of fitting both games, and what content survived the cull is rushed through at breakneck pace.
The dialogue is cut down the most, and being that the source material uses mostly text-based storytelling this is a huge blow. Losing so much dialogue not only robs the series of much of its charm, but also does serious damage to its characterisation. Phoenix in particular is characterised mostly through his constant snarky, quipping inner monologue, which is almost entirely absent here.
We barely get to know most of the characters, making it difficult to be invested in their character arcs – and that’s just the ones whose arcs were actually shown in the anime instead of being skimmed over. Many characters are stripped down to the barest of plot relevance, and others are reduced to nothing more than a cameo appearance.
The bread and butter of Ace Attorney is its contradictions, the solving of which drives the murder mystery plots the series revolves around. Even these are changed, however, in the name of this streamlined approach. Twists are replaced with simplified, obvious alternatives that not only remove the satisfaction of seeing the more obtuse mysteries cracked, but also make you question the logic of everyone responsible for presenting these flawed arguments in the first place, making it much harder to take the prosecutors seriously as competent opponents.
The trimmed-down dialogue also cuts key context on evidence used throughout the series. One of the most important principles of good detective fiction is that all clues used to solve the mystery should be clearly shown – that the audience should have all the necessary tools to solve the mystery themselves. While the games did this by sheer necessity of the medium, the anime makes no such effort, making the resolutions often feel cheap and unearned.
This pacing severely damages the presentation of the anime, sacrificing any attempt to preserve the dramatic tension of the games – most contradictions are resolved almost as soon as they come up. And even outside of issues caused by the pacing, the presentation suffers. The quality of the art and animation here is appalling. The errors are constant and glaring. The animation is often comically sloppy. The character designs also stray from the original designs to their detriment, going with an oddly wide-faced look that gives the characters strange facial proportions. Also, they can never quite seem to get Phoenix’s hair-spikes right, with them changing shape every time we see them. There is also an excessive overuse of CG animation to cut corners, most obviously in the CG court gallery that has, for whatever reason, been made so much more visible than it was in the source material, as if deliberately trying to highlight how poor the animation is.
The effects used for dramatic emphasis are cheesy, and adapt the tone of the games poorly – the more abstract effects of the source are replaced with literal auras and dramatic gusts of wind.
The voice cast is similarly poor, featuring many miscast or noticably inexperienced actors. The entire cast seems to either underact or overact with little middle ground. The only notable exception is Yuuki Aoi as Maya Fey, who seems intent on stealing every scene she is in.
The anime handles Maya well in general, especially in comparison to its treatment of many other characters. Not only is her character arc left more or less intact, but the animators emphasise her goofy and hyperactive nature far better than a set of 14 sprites ever could.
On the subject of things the anime did well, most of the anime-original content is quite good. Ignoring whatever logic lead A-1 to add anime-original content whilst also cutting game-canon content, the additional focus on Phoenix, Edgeworth, and Larry’s shared backstory, and adding the Signal Samurai motif that represents their friendship (as well as giving some background to Edgeworth’s secret love of Super Sentai series) enriches the dynamic these characters have.
The cuts made do sometimes work to the series’ benefit, too. Turnabout Big Top, which is considered by many to be the worst case in the franchise (which it isn’t, by the way – fight me nerds) benefits from reduced screentime on some of its more irritating supporting characters, such as Trilo Quist, or that fucking clown. There does seem to be a rule of inverse quality in this adaptation, though – the worst cases are the ones handled the best, whereas the cases that were the series highlight in the source suffer the most from these alterations.
It’s hard to say what the point of this anime is. It was made by A-1’s b-team (now CloverWorks, a seperate studio) with little care or attention put into it. At worst, this was a shoddy adaptation by a studio looking to make a quick buck. At best, this was a misguided attempt to adapt a great series by people who have a fundamental lack of understanding of what made these games so good in the first place.
One way or another, this is an awful adaptation that should only be watched by people who are already fans of the series, and are more interested in seeing another interpretation of the story than in seeing a competent adaptation – and even then, they should go in with low expectations.
Please don’t let this be your introduction to the franchise.
For Fans Of: Detective Conan, Umineko no Naku Koro Ni
(Side note: Yes, I’m using the English names. Get fucked, weebs.)
I don’t want to make any excuses for a bad adaptation because, for me, it didn’t feel like one. Was it on the top of anime adaptations from other source material that I’ve seen so far? – No
Was it horrible enough to bring me to the edge of dropping the series? – Hell no
You see, the games themselves are complex in a way you wouldn’t expect them to be when you look at a summary of what you basically do. To transfer this from a platform that allows you to do investigation yourself, finding clues, and uncovering the truth, onto the screen were you’re a passive watcher… that’s no easy task.
To fairly judge the Ace Attorney anime you need to understand that it’s not about copy and pasting the events on TV but that the producers had to neccessarily scrap some of the points they deemed too much for casual watchers who didn’t play the game; but at the same time keeping the ones who knew the franchise beforehand at bay.
The pacing for the first two cases started off quite nice, I really enjoyed the introduction though they should have made it more clear that “casual watchers” couldn’t expect a serious anime about the law. Because the games just aren’t, let’s be honest.
(They’d probably arrest you if you’d bring a whip to the prosecution stand.)
Midway through, from episode 4-10, the pacing got rushed and therefore the anime failed to really convince both sides, unfortunately. I know, it’s hard when you’ve been given a limited number of episodes to fit into a season but if that’s the case, maybe they should have just covered one of the games and not two of them.
Episode 13 was a very sweet addition though and I applaud them for giving us kid Naruhodo, Yahari und Mitsurugi.
The art and animation was overall fine, sometimes… “interesting” (if you want to call it that). Still, those blemishes every now and then didn’t take the enjoyment away.
For me they were charmingly silly and made me laugh, rather than hating the series for not having a good style.
But that voice acting. Especially the last episode brought back the intense feeling I had when reaching the critical point of this particular case just because the seiyuu put their heart into it and really delivered some awesome performances.
The choices, in general, felt right; Kaji Yūki knows how to pull off great stuff and he made me love dorky Naruhodo even more. You can’t like a series if you don’t feel the main character, and he gave Naruhodo that rookie attorney gone wild vibe.
Overall, this isn’t a masterpiece but it’s surely not an anime made for the trash bin. If you want to have the full crazy experience, you better play the games because they offer detaisl you’ll never find in a season anime that is made with 24 episodes in mind.
Nonetheless, I enjoyed my time with this series even though some of my favourite features were missing.
Story: Naruhodo Ryuuichi is a new defense attorney who just got his license. Upon entering the courtroom to deal with his first case, he finds himself defending his friend, Yahari in a court case against him on the accusation of MURDER!!! Against prosecutor Mitsurugi Eiji, the two fight for Yahari’s verdict and in spark a court rivalry over the two over the rest of the series.
Taking the two first two games of the Phoenix Wright series, this adaptation…basically does what you would think it does, which is fully adapt all of the cases from the first two games of the series. (Big shocker, I know.) Because of this…there’s not really much to say for the actual story of the series. The main plotline is basically: Get involved with a case usually involving murder, have Naruhodo defend the accused while Mitsurugi does his best to prove someone guilty and ultimately figure out through a long hair-brained stream of hairbrained and highly improbable events, what happened with each case and who truly is the person who is guilty.
Admittedly, the story for this series isn’t really all that good. The show’s pretty stagnant as to what’ll happen and since it’s basically an animated walkthrough of the games, you can guess what the end result for all of these cases are. Doesn’t mean that they’re not fun to watch, but don’t expect things are pretty predictable. Apart from that, there’s really not much to actually talk about. The problem is because the series is so focused on the gameplay aspect of the series that there’s not really much left for anything else aside from the cases, even if they’re all really fun to watch.
+ Stays true to the Capcom game series
– Doesn’t really show anything besides the court cases
Characters: The characters for this series features a large and colorful cast of nutjobs and basket cases that come in only during the case in which they’re important or needed in, as well as the more ordinary but still somewhat crazy main recurring characters that you’ll probably never actually bore seeing. Probably.
First we have Naruhodo Ryuuichi, or in the localization, Phoenix Wright. Believing to stand up for the innocence as a defense attorney, Naruhodo doesn’t really have much of a character beyond feeling a bit sick and tired of all of the crazy people he has to deal with from his hard to deal with clients and witnesses who bring their own brand of insanity into this joke of a courtroom, which is to be expected of a player character since it’s easier to project onto them when they don’t really have many character traits to them.
Then you have Mitsurugi Eiji, the prosecutor and rival of our main protagonist. Devoted to proving the accused as guilty, Mitsurugi plays as the ‘villain’ of the series and continuously spends his screentime to win against Naruhodo. His motives are pretty basic and the development that he gets later in the series is pretty paper thin, so similar to Naruhodo, there’s not really much to say. The dynamic between the characters is pretty cool, but on their own, they don’t work out all too well.
Aside from them, we have recurring characters like Mayoi (or Maya), Itonokogiri (or Gumshoe), and the nameless judge who apparently doesn’t know a single thing that goes on in his courtroom despite being the person who puts down the final ruling. All of whom are on the same level as the rivaling characters in terms of development and actual character traits and really don’t differ much from when they’re introduced to when the series ends. Side characters on the other hand, aka the characters that pertain to one or two cases out of the entire series are amongst the reasons why this series is so entertaining. Every side character is so wacky, out there, and downright strange that it’s extremely awkward to watch them, yet you can’t look away. Sure they’re one time characters, but making a really good and memorable impression of them far exceeds any other kind of impact that they would’ve had otherwise.
+ Strange yet memorable side characters
– Main and recurring characters are pretty paper thin
Art: Produced by A-1 pictures, the style and quality of the series is…standard fare at best. It doesn’t really good nor does it look average or mediocre, so the only explanation for the way this series looks is…average. They do keep the funny looping idle animation and the character freakouts when you finally find the real culprit, so…good on you, A-1.
One problem that did arise upon watching this show was that the background characters, especially those who’re in the seats in the courtroom were completely made in unnatural and lazy CGI, completely clashing with the rest of the series and the overall look when the entire court was panned out and shown. They don’t do this too often, but shame on you, A-1 for that. Shame on you!
+ Standard art for this day and age
– Blatant and lazy usage of CGI
Sound: The sound both in the voice acting and the soundtrack of the series are average at best. There’s not really much of anything to note when it comes to either of those, so…moving on.
Personal Enjoyment: Ace Attorney…really isn’t all that good. It’s not bad, it’s not amazing, it just has something about it that doesn’t really do well quality-wise. That being said, this show is a TON of fun to watch. Without thinking too hard and just following along with the completely out there cases, this adaptation is by far one of the most enjoyable watches that I’ve had in a while. Sure it’s not the best thing, but quality and enjoyment are two completely separate ratings here. And if you have any objections, I’ll be sure to give you a good cross-examination.
Did I like this series?
Oh, far too much.
What didn’t I like about this series?
Some characters were a bit irritating, but aside from that, there’s not really much to complain here.
Would I recommend this series?
Want a bit of fun? Want a couple of funny memes? Want to get through the first 2 Ace Attorney games without a real walkthrough on Youtube? Than this is the show for you.
21: Miami Guns
MAL Score: 6.48
Spoiled rich girl Yao Sakurakouji decides to join the Miami police force to enjoy car chases, gunfights and wanton destruction. The psychotic and not-too-bright Yao is partnered with Lu Amano, the soft-spoken and sharp-tongued daughter of the police chief. Together the dirty duo clean up the streets of Miami and take on a mysterious crime syndicate known only as ‘The Organization’.
Unlike many spoof animes out there, Miami Guns chooses to be a bit more subtle when making references to other franchises. For example, in one episode they introduce Bruce Tsuji and refer to him as a real ‘die hard.’ Obviously this is a reference to Bruce Willis in Die Hard, but while other similar animes would more than likely have this character running around screaming ‘Yippie-ki-yay, motherf****er!’ every chance they got, Miami Guns just leaves it at that. I think this works well, and it helps from making the comedy in the series feel forced. My main gripe with a lot of the comical animes I’ve seen over the years is that they try to be too crazy for their own good, and once you’ve seen one anime like that you’ve pretty much seen them all. Miami Guns is far from sane, but it seems to have an intelligent method of laying out the funnies. This is a welcomed change.
Miami Guns has an interesting setting. I assumed it would take place in Miami, and while the city is called Miami it seems like it’s the only place left on the Earth. Not to mention it is revealed in the second episode that the Earth was destroyed and Miami City was built from scratch, but in animes like this I take every plot arc they toss at me with a grain of salt. Either way, the scenery is very nice with its southeastern vibe. Even though Miami Guns is mainly a parody of the Hollywood action genre it doesn’t mind getting its hands dirty and cracking fun at other clichÃ©s and animes. Seeing how it was released in 2000 you just know there is going to be a Matrix reference thrown in there somewhere, but I don’t know if you’ll be expecting the Astro Boy one. It’s all in good fun, and even though the series doesn’t really follow a main storyline I couldn’t help but get attached to some of these characters over time. Miami Guns isn’t without its blemishes though. The opening episode was rather weak, as were a few of the last episodes, and this is something that can really hurt an anime as short as Miami Guns. For the most part the series redeems itself when it’s all said and done since I was craving for more, but there are some episodes and plot developments I wish they would have just gotten rid of. The Yao, Lu, and Nagisa triangle for example only helped slow the series down for me. Nagisa is evil, Lu knows, and Yao is too blind to see it. Okay, I get it, you don’t have to keep beating the dead horse. Nagisa becomes the evil side villain of sorts but none of the cast members really do anything about it, so ultimately we just have a wasted character and, due to her numerous appearances throughout the series, a lot of wasted time that could have been spent on something more entertaining.
Animation and music in Miami Guns is actually pretty good. I liked the OP and ED themes, and all the music throughout the series really got me into the whole police action movie theme it was trying to develop. I love the character designs and I love the general design of Miami City. It’s all good stuff. Once again, this is a series I ended up watching the English dub of and I must say I am happy with that decision. Some of the voices can get on your nerves, especially given the character they’re coupled with, such as Yao who is almost as annoying and hyper as Excel, but after switching over to the Japanese audio and listening to how high pitched the female voices were I was forced to switch back to English. Julio Peacemaker’s voice actor alone makes the English audio my personal pick. I don’t think any Japanese voice actor can pull off that kind of Hispanic accent. Seriously, this guy is pretty damn talented. It’s sad that his only credited role seems to be for Miami Guns. A lot of U.S. distributors could really use a talented voice actor like him, and it’s obvious from sifting through the piles of anime with crappy English voice acting.
Typically, animes can become one of two things: 1) Instant classics that everybody clings to and makes a big deal about, or 2) forever lost in obscurity. Miami Guns seems hopelessly destined to be the latter. The series has the workings of a really fun comedy, but it just hasn’t been able to really catch a fan base large enough to put it up there with other comedies like Excel Saga and Azumanga Daioh. This is unfortunate, but it’s not surprising. While the main cast members of Miami Guns are likable and memorable, they are hardly stand out characters that draw in fans. Besides Al the talking alligator and his master Julio Peacemaker (both supporting characters only featured in a few episodes), Miami Guns doesn’t exactly have what many would call a ‘crowd pleaser.’ Also, this series doesn’t have a very strong Japanese theme to it and takes place in ‘Miami.’ This too is something that could very well be the cause of Miami Guns not getting the exposure it deserves. Or possibly this anime just flat out sucks and I’m one of the few people who enjoyed it, but I’ll try to hold onto my dignity and pray for the former.
It’s really hard to review a comedy, arguably harder than any other genre simply because comedy is a lot like music in the sense that It can never be perfected. People all have their own idea of what’s funny and what’s not, and, well, I think Miami Guns ranks up there with some of the best. It’s not about the quantity of humor that really matters to me, or about how edgy and groundbreaking it is. If I laugh then that is all that matters, and is all that should matter. I have to defend this anime after a lot of people were telling me how crappy it was. Yes, it has its flaws and doesn’t always hit its mark, but that is something that can be said for literally every comedy out today. Comedy has always been hit or miss, trial and error, but it’s all about the miss/hit ratio that determines whether something is comedic brilliance or cheesy garbage. Miami Guns manages to hit far more than it misses, at least for me. While there are other animes out there that serve the same purpose as Miami Guns I argue that this series stands alone on its own merits. Miami Guns is no FUMOFFU by any means, but it doesn’t have to be in order to get my seal of approval. I suggest you check this anime out if you ever get the chance.
My Score: 9.0
Version Watched: English Dub
Seen via English dub
Have you every seen something that made you do a double take? this anime is a prime example of this. I would like to say after the first episode it gets better but that is not quite true. Having seen the entire show i can understand what they were doing. Could they have done better in illustrating that fact? hell yes. For example the chief of police his skin color. No, i am not a racist. Going by memory his was different then the following episodes because someone thought it was better another way. Yes, we all understand that changes happen but rather than waste an episode explaining it (potentiality confusing the viewer) have a little fun with it. Let’s use the same example. Skin color. I make a cartoon and i was told it could air if a character had a certain skin color instead of the current one. Depending on the shows plot and genre it could go in countless ways. A comedy… “the one time i try sun tanning and it becomes permanent.” Rather than telling your viewers with your animated characters the chief was this now he is that and leaving it at that.
Aside from the semi confusing art the story was decent and relate-able. Who doesn’t have energetic coworker or friend? Mix that with trying to your job and dealing with that.
The voice castings per character were good. They matched the age and personality.
The story concerns Yin and Yao, two cops in the Miami Police Force, who cause a nuisance for their boss. They’re a lot like Panty and Stocking, with Yao being loud, irritating and generally a horrible person, while Yin doesn’t have much personality at all. The set ups for each episode are meant to involve teamwork to take down the baddies, but it usually involves Yao charging in and making the situation worse while Yin clears up the actual problem behind the scenes. There’s a few inspired scenes in it, such as the episode where Yao regains her humanity after regressing to neaderthal status by smashing open a vending machine in quite possibly the greatest 2001 Space Odyssey parody I’ve ever seen (and given how many times that movie has been parodied, that’s saying a lot), but most of it is just dumb buddy cop stuff taken to illogical extremes.
The animation quality is TERRIBLE! Someone who is more knowledgable about animation will have to clue me in on this, but nearly all the TV anime made in 2000 looks dreadful compared to the anime that came from even several years before. Maybe I’m just blinded by the fact I’ve been cherry-picking the best looking stuff from the years before it, but so many of the anime made that year have awkward movement, incorrect perspective, bland character designs, weird shading, everything. My theory is that it has something to do with the switch to fully digital animated stuff. Love Hina was the first fully digitally animated TV anime, so maybe at the time the animators hadn’t quite gotten used to the new format yet. I wouldn’t have thought bad animation would put me off so much, but its end result was a lot like panty flashes. It might be telling a wonderful story or a hilarious joke, but I keep getting distracted away from the main attraction by having bad animation/striped panties clog the screen.
Speaking of panty flashes, there’s a worryingly amount of ‘Imma gonna raep you’ fanservice involving the two girls, where their kidnappers tear their clothes off with knives or whatever. Now this could be a parody of the voyeuristic nature of kidnapping scenes in these kinds of shows. In the first episode, Yin wears her swimsuit under her clothes when she gives herself up as a hostage because she knew she was going to have to take off her clothes, and then proceeds to wave to the police force from the balcony of her kidnappers apartment window so the media can see her fancy new bikini. However following episodes have similar strip down scenes with no sense of irony to them at all.
This is a small example of the wider problem Miami Guns has (beyond the atrocious animation). It forgets it’s supposed to be a parody and starts playing things straight. They keep trying to play up the relationship between Yin and Yao like it’s really touching and friendship helps them solve crimes and all the other stuff Barney the Dinosaur used to sing about when he wasn’t singing about how much he fucking loved peanut butter, but it doesn’t work because Yao is a horrible person. There is no reason for Yin to like her. Being a terrible person is fine if you’re making a big joke out of the whole thing. We weren’t ever supposed to take the relationship between Panty and Stocking seriously, as the final episode wonderfully proved. But the show kept devolving into sappy territory and it became painful to sit through at times. Especially with Yao’s voice. I gravitated towards the English dub because I always do when the option exists, but when Yao’s screechy voice became too much to bear I swapped over to the Japanese, only to discover that the English voice actor had simply copied what her Japanese counterpart had done.
A review of an anime you’ve never heard of that isn’t quite bad enough to make the review funny but not good enough to make you interested in the anime. What a useless post. Oh well, this is what I’ll probably get if I try to pick up obscure forgotten titles from the last decade.
20: Burn Up Excess
English: Burn Up Excess
MAL Score: 6.54
Follows the exploits of Team Warrior, a special anti-terror wing of the Neo-Tokyo Police force. Team Warrior is comprised of the habitually broke Rio, gun-crazy Maya, computer specialist Lillica, tech-expert Nanvel, piliot/voyeur Yuji, and is led by the enigmatic Maki. The team faces a number of missions, ranging from bodyguard duty, breaking up robbery and arms rackets, and providing security for a very powerful tank. Rio and company continually thwart the terrorist aims of Ruby, an operative for a shadowy cabal of powerful men. Before the final showdown, the circumstances behind the formation of Team Warrior, how the precocious Rio came to join it, and Maki’s painful past will be revealed.
(In comparison to Burn UP W)
the episodes are much more broad in origin; they aren’t just restricted to the cops fighting crimes, they are more interactive amongst other characters and people.
It’s also funnier. The jokes are much more outrageous and will get you cracking up, although most of them are sex jokes and are centered around Rio being a blonde stereotype. if you don’t get offended by this show’s crude humor, you will find this show hilarious.
it is an equal blend of comedy, action and also a bit of drama.
it’s clever how generally every crime Team Warrior encounter all tie together. they all contribute to unfolding the storyline, (without ruining it for those who haven’t watched it) it is all an unraveling from the past one of the members of Team Warrior which makes it quite intriguing, and generally interesting without getting too dark and emotional. so it won’t stir you up.
the characters are much more unique. every main character has their own personality and are more refined. although in Burn Up W, Rio, Lilica, Yuji, Maki and Nanvel are practically the same. You get to see more of Nanvel and get to know her character better.
Also, the section chief seems more like a boss in Exess, in ‘W’ he is also perverted just like Yuji, so it’s kind of just repeating his character. He also makes the show funny by calling Rio ‘rookie’ and making her appear as mischievous and annoying.
also bringing in a wide range of different characters gives the show more broad personalities, involving more cops, suspects, and people they encounter along the way. And all of them are anything but normal. which gives the show more hilarious textures.
Bringing in various regions like the Sahari Desert, Osaka, and also representatives from different countries, gives the show more culture, and it keeps the storyline outside of Neo-Tokyo, so that it isn’t so predictable.
Although this show is Generic Japanese Anime, it deserves praise for how well it is put together and the entertainment value, there are also meaningful messages in some episodes that will help you appreciate it.
This review of Burn Up! Excess is spoiler free!
Synopsis: Follows the exploits of Team Warrior, a special anti-terror wing of the Neo-Tokyo Police force. Team Warrior is comprised of the habitually broke Rio, gun-crazy Maya, computer specialist Lillica, tech-expert Nanvel, pilot/voyeur Yūji, and is led by the enigmatic Maki. The team faces a number of missions, ranging from bodyguard duty, breaking up robbery and arms rackets, and providing security for a very powerful tank. Rio and company continually thwart the terrorist aims of Ruby, an operative for a shadowy cabal of powerful men. Before the final showdown, the circumstances behind the formation of Team Warrior, how the precocious Rio came to join it, and Maki’s painful past will be revealed.
Burn Up! Excess is full of lowbrow humor and old otaku references that wouldn’t make it very popular today, especially when it has a questionable portrayal of transgendered people. I would have been okay with them just sticking to the plot of a group of transgender women collaborating together in an elaborate jewel heist to be able to get sex changes “in Morocco” (the ADV dub). The issue with it arises, when the least passable one, she has a cartoonishly chiseled jawline, tries to rape Rio every few episodes. Calling her Stephanie, and saying that he still has a functioning penis. That’s not the most flattering picture of a pre-op transgendered woman.
With that outdated part out of the way, let’s get into the meat and bones of the story! Most of the vignettes play out like a Dirty Pair episode, like when Rio flirts with an Arabian oil tycoon because she wants to pay off a massive amount of debt, but then crazy hijinks ensure and her plan gets foiled. Or when Rio is assigned a mission to protect a pop star that’s being harassed by a stalker, the two of them get into a cat fight because Yūji (Rio’s perverted co-worker) is lusting after the aforementioned pop star, and then they end up being friends!
The voice direction in the dub is done so well that there were several scenes that were so funny, that I started crying from laughter. Particularly in Episode 7: Short Vacation! That one was a gut-buster. It’s impossible not to like the brash, insensitive Rio and the show tries to make her the primary focus. Despite it having a colorful cast of pretty girls, characters like Lilica and my best girl, Nanvel; these women don’t get enough time to shine, compared to the show-runner. It’s identical to how Priss steals the show in Bubblegum Crisis.
There are a lot of series referenced in Burn Up! Excess, including:
* Sailor Moon
* Hokuto no Ken
* Neon Genesis Evangelion
* Golden Boy
* Tokimeki Memorial
* To Heart
There’s even a shot-for-shot recreation of Unit 01 fighting Sachiel in Episode 8: Nanvel Kidnapped, and Nanvel says, shortly after the scene has transitioned, “I mustn’t run away!”
Shinichirō Kimura (director)
* Chiccha na Yukitsukai Sugar, localized as “A Little Snow Fairy Sugar”
* Chocolat no Mahō (OVA)
* Cosplay Complex
* Fight, One Shot! Jūden-chan!!, localized as “Jūden-chan Recharged”
* G-On Riders
* Hand Maid May
* Ijime: Ikenie no Kyōshitsu (OVA)
* Sleeping with Hinako (OVA)
* Bathtime with Hinako and Hiyoko (OVA)
* Mahoraba: Heartful Days
* Venus Versus Virus
* Weiß Kreuz (OVA)
Commentary: Honestly, when I was browsing through Mr. Kimura’s filmography, I kind of cringed a bit. In the mid-2000s, I really hated shows like Maburaho and Karin. Maburaho is notably one of the most wretched series I have ever seen. Despite that, he did well with the Burn Up! franchise, it may have been the script-writing that saved the day, but compared to his later TV anime debuts, this one is among the best; if not, the best. Shinichirō Kimura seems to thrive in the ecchi and heavily moe-centric subgenre of the otaku fandom.
John Ledford (executive producer), ADV dubs that he produced:
Good Dub: ✅
Bad Dub: ❌
The series that I haven’t seen in English are left blank.
* Ah! My Goddess: Sorezore no Tsubasa, localized as “Ah! My Goddess: Flights of Fancy” ❌
* Abashiri Ikka, localized as “The Abashiri Family”
* AD Police
* Ai Tenshi Densetsu Wedding Peach DX
* Air (series) ❌
* Air Gear ❌
* Akame ga Kill ✅
* AKB0048, and AKB0048: Next Stage
* Akihabara Dennō Gumi, localized as “Cyberteam in Akihabara”
* Angel Beats!
* Aozora Shōjotai, localized as “801 T.T.S. Airbats”
* Appleseed (movie) ❌
* Appleseed Alpha
* Aquarion Age: Sign for Evolution
* Arc the Lad
* Arcana Famiglia (series)
* Area 88, and Area 88 (TV) ✅
* Aura: Maryūinkōga Saigo no Tatakai, localized as “Aura: Koga Maryuin’s Last War”
* Azumanga Daiō ✅
* Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto (series), localized as “Intrigue in the Bakumatsu: Irohanihoheto”
* Bannō Bunka Nekomusume, localized as “All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku”
* Black Bullet
* Blue Drop: Tenshitachi no Gikyoku
* Blue Seed, and Blue Seed 2
* Bōnen no Zamudo, localized as “Xam’d: Lost Memories”
* Break Blade (series)
* Bubblegum Crisis 2040 ❌
* Buki yo Saraba, localized as “A Farewell to Arms”
* Burn Up! (series) ✅
* Byōsoku Go Senchimētoru, localized as “5 Centimeters per Second” ✅
* Can Can Bunny Extra
* Casshern: Robot Hunter ❌
* Chameleon (OVA)
* Chrno Crusade ❌
* Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! (series), localized as “Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions”
* City Hunter (series)
* Clannad (series) ❌
* Colorful ❌
* Comic Party (series) ✅
* Compiler (series)
* Cosplay Complex ❌
* Coyote Ragtime Show
* Crying Freeman
* Devil May Cry (series)
* Diabolik Lovers
* DRAMAtical Murder
* ef (series)
* Eiyū Densetsu: Sora no Kiseki, localized as “Legend of the Heroes: Trails in the Sky”
* Elfen Lied ❌
* Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya (series)
* Final Fantasy: Unlimited ❌
* Gachaman Crowds
* Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun, localized as “Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun”
* Genei Tōshi Bastof Lemon
* Ginga Kikōtai Majestic Prince
* Gintama Movie 1: Shinyaku Benizakura
* Girls & Panzer
* Gokujō Seitokai
* Gokukoku no Brynhildr ❌
* Golgo 13 (TV) ❌
* Guin Saga
* Gunnm, localized as “Battle Angel Alita” ✅
* Hakkenden: Tōhō Hakken Ibun
* Hakuōki (series)
* Halo Legends
* Hamatora: The Animation
* Hi no Yōjin
* Highschool of the Dead (series) ❌
* Hiiro no Kakera (series), localized as “Scarlet Fragment”
* Hitsugi no Chaika
* Hokuto no Ken: Raoh Gaiden Ten no Haoh ✅
* Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo, localized as “Children Who Chase Lost Voices”
* Hotaru no Haka, localized as “Grave of the Fireflies” ❌
* Hyakka Ryōran
* I: Wish You Were Here
* Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaō
* Ikoku Meiro no Croisée: The Animation
* Innocent Venus ✅
* Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyō
* Inu x Boku SS
* IS: Infinite Stratos (series)
* Jigen Sengoku Shi: Kuro no Shishi Jinnai-hen, localized as “Black Lion” ❌
* K-On! Movie
* Kagaku Ninja-tai Gatchaman
* Kaibutsu Ōjo, localized as “Princess Resurrection”
* Kaichō wa Maid-sama! ❌
* Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai (series), localized as “The World God Only Knows”
* Kami-sama Dolls
* Kami-sama no Memo-chō, localized as “Heaven’s Memo Pad” ❌
* Kanon (2006)
* Kidō Tenshi Angelic Layer ❌
* Kill Me Baby
* Kiseijū: Sei no Kakuritsu
* Kokoro Connect
* Kono Danshi, Ningyo Hiroimashita (series)
* Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imōto ga Iru!, localized as “My Little Sister Is Among Them!”
* Kotetsu no Daibōken
* Kotonoha no Niwa
* Kyōkai no Kanata
* Kyōkaisenjō no Horizon
* Le Chevalier D’Eon ✅
* Little Busters!
* Mahō Sensō
* Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!
* Mardock Scramble (series) ❌
* Maria†Holic (series) ❌
* Mawaru Penguindrum ✅
* Mayo Chiki!
* Medaka Box (series)
* Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sō Desu yo?
* Mōretsu Pirates
* Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
* Nazo no Kanojo X
* Neon Genesis Evangelion ✅
* No Game No Life ✅
* No. 6 ❌
* Nobunaga the Fool
* Nyan Koi!
* Oda Nobuna no Yabō
* Outbreak Company
* Persona 4: The Animation
* Phi Brain (series)
* Queen’s Blade: Rebellion
* Queen’s Blade: Utsukushi Tōshi-tachi
* Ra/Radio Noise*Planet
* Red Garden (series) ❌
* Rozen Maiden: Ouvertüre
* Rurōni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Roman-tan—Shin Kyoto-hen ❌
* Saiyūki Gaiden ❌
* Sakamichi no Apollon
* Sakigake!! Cromartie Kōkō ✅
* Seisenshi Dunbine
* Sekaikei Sekai Ron
* Sengoku Otome: Momoiro Paradox
* Senkō no Night Raid
* Shin Angyo Onshi
* Shin Hokuto no Ken
* Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan ❌
* Shinsekai Yori ❌
* Short Peace Opening
* Sidonia no Kishi ❌
* SoniAni: Super Sonico The Animation
* Special A
* Tamako Market
* Tasogare Otome x Amnesia
* Tataku Shisho: The Book of Bantorra
* Tears to Tiara
* Towa no Quon (series)
* UN-GO ❌
* Vampire Hunter D ✅
* Venus Versus Virus ❌
* Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!, localized as “No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular!” ❌
* Yumekui Merry ❌
* Yūgo: Kōshōnin
* Yūwaku Countdown
* Zettai Bōei Leviathan
Commentary: I couldn’t find the English script writer for Burn Up! Excess after scouring internet search engine results, but I was busting a gut laughing out loud because of the dub directing and actors, not to mention that the script has memorable lines such as: referring to a ladies’ undergarments (a bra) as a “boulder holder,” Maya repeatedly threatening to give the bad guys a “lead enema,” and the quote: “looks like someone got a visit from the titty fairy.” Keep in mind, Mr. Ledford has overseen the localization of hentai OVAs, too, so I don’t know if the comedy comes from that area of expertise, or just an inherent genius in transcribing lewd scripts. Either way, the English dub deserves to earn an award!
Yūji Ikeda (animation director, character design)
* Arslan Senki (art director)
* Please Save My Earth (art director)
* Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 2: Fūin Sealed Card (art director)
* CLAMP School Detectives (art director)
* Di Gi Charat (art director)
* Dragon Ball (character design)
* Dragon Ball Z (character design)
* Fushigi Yûgi (art director)
* Gensōmaden Saiyūki (art director)
* Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai! (art director)
* Great Teacher Onizuka (art director)
* Kōtetsu Tenshi Kurumi 2 (chief animation director, character design)
* Yū Yū Hakusho (art director)
Commentary: Mr. Ikeda has very crisp, memorable designs. I wasn’t sure if I was particularly going to like the style in this series, because the protagonist Rio, has the big-hair syndrome that is prevalent in a lot of other ’90s anime series. But, coupled with the animation style and the angling of the shots, the designs are very charming and expressive!
Toshifumi Takizaki (script)
* Big Wars (director)
* Crusher Joe OVA (director)
* Cyborg 009 (episode director)
* Densetsu Kyojin Ideon (episode director)
* Dirty Pair (director)
* Dirty Pair: Flight 005 Conspiracy (director)
* Samurai 7 (director)
* Seisenshi Dunbine OVA (director)
Commentary: Mr. Takizaki is a very big name in the industry, mainly known as working on storyboards for really famous mecha series, like Sōkō Kihei Votoms and Kidō Senshi Zēta Gundam. The writing and the storyboarding in this series is very clean and succinct, it goes to show that having a veteran in the industry on a project can bring a series to life.
Mitsuyo Suenaga (script)
* Cobra: The Animation (script)
* Cross Game (script)
* Patalliro (script)
Commentary: From the series I’ve watched, that he’s had involvement with, Cobra: The Animation and Paralliro both have snappy comedic timing and a certain quirkiness to their scripts. Burn Up! Excess conveys that same kind of snarky humor.
I watched Burn Up! Excess with the ADV dub, so I will list the Japanese seiyū, but comments will be on the performances of the English voice actors. An interesting tidbit about this particular series is that it also has an Italian and Spanish dub!
Yuka Imai as Rio Kinezono, notable roles:
* Scarlet Ohara, Wedding Peach
* Renamon, Digimon Tamers
* Marie Ange, Doki Doki PreCure
* Yū Hayakawa, Final Fantasy: Unlimited
* Eiko Randō, Geobreeders 2
* Misaki Matsuya, Excel Saga
* Nabuca, Now and Then, Here and There
* Yuki, Ojamajo Doremi
* Futaba Āsu, Puni Puni ☆ Poemii
* Otaru Mamiya, Saber Marionette J
* Junior Virey, Saber Marionette R
* Eden Orion, Saint Seiya Omega
* Jinto Linn, Seikai no Monshō
* Wakaba Shinohara, Shōjo Kakumei Utena
* Tomochika Shibuya, Uta no☆Prince-sama♪
Amanda Winn Lee as Rio Kinezono, notable roles:
* Mimiru, .hack//SIGN
* Momiji Fujimiya, Blue Seed
* Reimi, Burn Up!
* Pandy, Dead Leaves
* Mika Seido, Geneshaft
* Gally, Battle Angel Alita
* Rally Vincent, Gunsmith Cats
* Rei Ayanami, Neon Genesis Evangelion
* Yukiko Amagi, Persona 4: The Animation
* Titaniva Mu Koshigaya, Plastic Little
* Nancy Makuhari, R.O.D: Read or Die
* Saki Asamiya, Sukeban Deka
Commentary: Amanda Winn Lee has always been a favorite voice actor of mine. She always gives a clear, earnest performance and her role in Burn Up! Excess is no different. Rio is a lazy, good-for-nothing, self-serving jerk—who’s likable, despite her insufferable demeanor. Watching her character interact with people and the world around her, is like watching an episode of Seinfeld. Ms. Lee makes the character true to her vices, but immensely likable and funny, at the same time. Great performance!
Maya Okamoto as Maya Jingu, notable roles:
* Megumi Amano, Chōjin Densetsu Urotsukidōji
* Lambda Nom, Haja Taisei Dangaiō
* Haruka Minato, Kidō Senkan Nadesico
* Fanna, Armed Dragon Fantasy Villgust
* Liza Hoyly, Macross Dynamite 7
* Emma Sheen, Kidō Senshi Zēta Gundam
* Orihime Soletta, Sakura Taisen
* Yuki Saiko, Silent Möbius
Lani Minella as Maya Jingu, notable roles:
* Dolce Saito, Geneshaft
* Rouge the Bat, Sonic the Hedgehog
Commentary: Ms. Minella is very good at making Maya have a fractious, tougher than nails, tomboyish demeanor with a slightly Southern inflection coupled with it. I didn’t understand the casting choice completely, until Episode 4: Gokudō Father, where it reveals that Maya is a country yokel, whose father is the leader of a biker gang. Lani Minella did a good job of expressing the subtle cadences of the character’s voice. Great job, Ms. Minella!
Sakura Tange as Lilica Ebett, notable roles:
* Sakura Kinamoto, Cardcaptor Sakura
* Jack the Ripper (Assassin), Fate/Apocrypha
* Nero Claudius (Saber), Fate/Extra: Last Encore
* Mill Varna, Maze☆Bakunetsu Jikū
Kimberly Yates as Lilica Ebett, notable roles:
* Yuka, Burn Up!
* Leena, Dirty Pair Flash
* May Hopkins, Gunsmith Cats
* Azusa Kanzaki, Mamono Hunter Yōko
* Yomiko Readman, R.O.D: Read or Die
* May Jessica, Sol Bianca
Commentary: I was less impressed with Ms. Yate’s performance than some of the others. Her voice just sounded like a Monica Rial-esque, nasally, high-pitched character impression. I am not typically a fan of the simplicity used to voice feminine, or young-sounding, characters in English dubs. Though, Rial did a really good job voicing Lumière in Kiddy Grade.
Yuri Amano as Nanvel Candlestick, notable roles:
* Berthier and CereCere, Sailor Moon
* Mother Togashi, Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai!
* Kallen’s Mother, Code Geass
* Kawai Kawai, Iczer-Girl Iczelion
* Aki Kokonoe (Rin’s Mother), Kodomo no Jikan
* Alcyone, Magic Knight Rayearth
* Rain Mikamura, Mobile Fighter G Gundam
* Yuriko Star, Musekinin Kanchō Tylor
* Sayo, Mushishi
* Lashara Moon, Photon
* Lorelei, Saber Marionette J
* Kiyone Makibi, Tenchi Muyō!
* Makiko Nagi, Tenjō Tenge
* Asaka Nakamura, Ushio to Tora
* Moemi Hayakawa, Video Girl Ai
* Keiko Yukimura, Yū Yū Hakusho
Keith Allison as Nanvel Candlestick, notable roles:
* Rena Kunisaki, .hack/Legend of the Twilight Bracelet
* Leone, Akame ga Kill
* Kamome Sengakuji, Akihabara Dennō-gumi
* Nuku Nuku, All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku
* Leele, Chōjūshin Gravion
* Melissa Mao, Full Metal Panic
* Tabane Shinonono, IS: Infinite Stratos
* Yui Takanaka, Megazone 23
* Misato Katsuragi, Neon Genesis Evangelion
Commentary: Really great choice for the role of Nanvel. Ms. Allison conveys her character as both quirky and feminine, but also strong-willed and defiant when she needs to be. Nanvel didn’t get as much focus as I think she deserved to have (the episode focusing on her, mostly focuses on Rio), but she had really good English and Japanese voice actresses to fill the void. Best girl was rectified!
Mami Kingetsu as Maki Kawasaki , notable roles:
* Nagisa Shiozaki, Yume de Aetara
Carol Amerson as Maki Kawasaki, notable roles:
* Sayoko Mano, Devil Hunter Yohko
* Hikari Horaki, Neon Genesis Evangelion
* Nakoruru, Samurai Showdown
Commentary: Like her Japanese counterpart, Ms. Amerson hasn’t had terribly many accredited roles. I thought her roles a Hikari in Neon Genesis Evangelion fit—as a cute, girl-next-door type of voice. But her role as Maki is kind of plain. She just sounds like an office secretary. Maki has a big emotional arc, towards the end of the series, but it was difficult to feel sympathy for the character with her monotonous inflection.
Emi Shinohara as Ruby, notable roles:
* Makoto Kino, Sailor Moon
* Mokuren, Please Save My Earth
* Kaho Mizuki, Cardcaptor Sakura
* Ophelia, Claymore
* Mari Īmura, Hajime no Ippo
* Michiru Satomi, IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix
* Kagero, Ninja Scroll
* Migiri Yasuri, Katanagatari
* Sanae Araki, Kaze no Youjinbō
* Kekkō Kamen, Kekkō Kamen
* Yōko Mizuno, Maria-sama ga Miteru
* Kushina Uzumaki, Naruto
* Biko Daitokuji, Project A-ko
* Angel Rosewater, The Big O
* Natsuhi Ushiromoiya, Umineko no Naku Koro ni
* Charlotte Elbourne, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
* Arashi Kishu, X/1999
Paula Tiso as Ruby, notable roles:
* Ouka, .hack/Legend of the Twilight Bracelet
Commentary: I have the same opinion of Ms. Tiso’s role as Ruby, as I did when I watched .hack/Legend of the Twilight Bracelet. She sounds too old for her role. Paula Tiso is typically cast in the sexy character archetype, but her roles sound very low energy, rather than vivacious and spunky.
Conclusively, Burn Up! Excess is a breath of fresh air in the cop genre: it has a plethora of otaku references, ecchi, laugh-out-loud humor, and some nuanced design-work and action scenes. If you’re missing the ambience of a good ‘ol, off-the-wall OVA—Burn Up! Excess has all of that campy, cyberpunk goodness that you cannot get in modern day Japanese animation!
Japanese: TOKK [特公]
MAL Score: 6.56
“Shindou Ranmaru has just graduated from police academy and assigned to Tokko: Special Mobile Investigation Force. On the day of his graduation, he meets the half-naked girl he has been seeing in his dreams. Her name is Rokujo Sakura and she works for a secret group within Tokki, known as Tokko: Special Public Safety Task Force. Shindou ends up joining Tokko to avenge his parents’ death, and solve the mysterious mass murder of residents in his hometown of Machida. Meanwhile, bottomless pits begin appearing around Japan, and mysterious creatures emerge from them. Could these events be linked to Machida Massacre?”
(Source: DVD Complete Series Back Cover)
I really do not think this anime has gotten enough love. It was actually a VERY great anime with a great story. Even though, it made me very upset that they ended it with pretty much… no ending. It was kind of just… over.
This anime… is not for little kids. Very bloody and a lot of swearing, but that was one of the reasons I liked it so much!
STORY: I think that this anime had an amazing story. I mean, sure it’s kinda getting old, the whole, "My family died in this major massacre/accident and only I survived…". But, looking past that, the way Ranmaru deals with it and wants to right the wrongs is very inspiring. This is a story of… killing demons pretty much. But the creators of this anime made it more interesting than that. Because there are so many stories like this one, they had to do something to make it stand out from the rest. I think that the characters make this story. I’ll get to that later, though.
ART: It’s true… the main reason why people have not watched Tokko is not because the story is not amazing, but it’s just because the artwork is not "blow me away" incredible. It’s just… decent. The drawings have that kind of rugged look to them, which suits it well for a horror/slasher anime.
SOUND: The OP theme is TO DIE FOR! I totally adore it. It even put it on my I-pod. But don’t listen too many times, or it gets stuck in your head forever… mwahaha! Throughout the anime, the sound is just… eh. Not too amazing. They do some cool background music I guess, but nothing that really makes you get into the story.
CHARACTER: This is where I belive Tokko excells. At least, with the main characters. Ranmaru Shindo is probably one of the coolest anime characters ever made in my eyes. He’s hot, he’s a policeman, and he has special powers that he doesn’t even know about. Plus, he’s got that traumatic past thing going for him. 🙂 I dig that. It took me a few episodes to start liking the main female character, Sakura. First of all… the name Sakura is so over-used. But looking past that, she really turned out to be a great character and played a very important part in the story. Without her, Ronmaru would not have been as amazing. They were a great pair 🙂 A few of the lesser characters (the male ones) where also great, but I’m not gonna spoil it for you. Sadly, the lesser female characters were semi annoying. Especially Ronmaru’s younger sister Saya. But, she was important to the story and she made for some good laughs along the way.
ENJOYMENT: VERY enjoyable anime. I mean, who doesn’t like hot men and women running around fighting monsters and cutting them up and swearing all the time? Cause I know that I like that sort of thing. There were some intense and emotional moments. Not very many laughs, but a couple popped out along the way. 🙂
Please tell people about this anime. It really needs more love. It was incredible!
When you hear the word “anime” what pops into your mind? Do you think of the beautiful movies of Hayao Miyazaki? Do you think of generic shonen series like Dragonball Z, Naruto, or Bleach? Perhaps you think of the artistic and Avant Garde works of Satoshi Kon or Masaaki Yuasa? For someone like me who was born in the late 1980s and grew up in the 1990s watching the anime available on American TV, I first think of highly formulaic action series with clear character archetypes, mediocre animation, and attempts to use pointless gore and nudity to make themselves edgier than the animation of other countries. Tokko aired on 2 separate channels in the US: Syfy and Chiller. It is the very epitome of mediocrity. It perhaps above all other series I can think of perfectly represents what my generation thought of “anime” at the time.
Plot and characters: 4/10
Spoilers!!! (Not that anyone reading this would care)
Tokko begins with a group of teens fighting demons that attacked them years ago and now those demons wish to finish the job. The teens all have special brands on their bodies that help the demons hunt them down. This plot point was completely stolen from Berserk, but I digress. Our teenage heroes slay the demons with magical swords and many times the action and plot heavily resembles that of Bleach. Although actually Tokko came out the year before Bleach. The demons that are causing trouble in the human world all came through a portal opened by mad alchemists seeking immortality. In order to seal the portal, the powerful 108 demons (Hindu/Buddhist reference) must be defeated and their shards reclaimed. With 108 main enemies to defeat, you would think that this series would drag on for years. Although that was indeed the writer’s original intent, the series was dropped after 1 season and ended forever on a complete cliffhanger. A brief Radio Drama came out only in Japan that was supposed to wrap up the plot, but even that didn’t work out! The characters are all the exact types you have seen again and again! I have said before that this is one of the most generic anime you will ever see, and I REALLY mean that.
Art and Music: 5/10
The opening “Sunny Day” is very generic J-pop tune representative of the time. The OST is completely forgettable. It isn’t bad, but it isn’t good either. The animation was considered mediocre then and would probably seem a bit dated to young viewers today. The people on Syfy channel really thought this anime would sell because it had some tits and blood, but no one really paid attention. This anime quickly vanished from the public mind and plunged into the deepest obscurity.
Tokko is not a good show, neither is it a particularly bad show. It is an extremely generic action anime of the late 1990s/early 2000s. It is the exact kind of anime that me and my peers grew up watching on American TV at this time. If any of my fellow “oldtaku” want a blast from the past, they should watch an episode of Tokko and have a laugh. If younger readers of this review want to see what watching anime was like in the old days when all the anime we saw was either on TV or at the local video store, then check out an episode. This was the kind of stuff we watched, because the total quantity of anime available to us was low and the quality was also fairly low. We usually were much less cynical and jaded than today’s otaku. We didn’t attack series for lack of realism as if everything NEEDED to be a Chekhov play(or Ping Pong). We didn’t freak out that visual quality wasn’t 1080p. If something didn’t absolutely SUCK ASS, like the shit Central Park Media always dumped on us, we were God damn happy! That is why we watched shit like Tokko and were content with it. Before you young ones judge us, try and put yourselves in our shoes and imagine what it was like.
Firstly I’d like to say i read some other reviews and this is a very varied anime. (I have finished this anime before reviewing) It’s like marmite / veggie mite lol You love it or hate it.
While watching this I was always wondering what was going to happen next, have seen alot of horrors / slash ’em up movies and anime, I wasn’t entirely sure what was going to happen through this. There was various suprising moments through-out the entire anime. The idea of demons trying to kill humans isn’t as simple as it goes, that is just the impression you get at the start but there’s a little more to it than that. Alchemists summoned the demons for certain reasons (I’ll try not to give anything away to spoil the plot) Anyway theres a few twists and turns there was alot i didn’t expect to happen that did. Yes, it could have been better, the ending was a little rapid and maybe it should’ve been 14 episodes, but this is the reason i don’t make 10 out of 10 and only 8. It felt somewhat slightly rushed on the last episode, but I still enjoyed it.
The art was somewhat different to other anime, it could be related to elfen lied in some ways, but in others it’s nothing like it. The blood and gore was well drawn as was some of the characters, it was simple in alot of places yet effective but nothing special, so although I really like this anime I will have to mark this as just a 7.
I don’t know how anyone can say there was no ambience in this…it was full of it. I guess if you’re not enjoying the anime you won’t pay attention to little things like this. There wasn’t a whole lot of BGM but the OP was nice and the EP was not too bad. Remember this section is about SOUND not just MUSIC though. The sound went well with the series although maybe they could’ve added a LITTLE bit more music. The sound of death, gore spilling, OP, EP, music in some places, ambience reverb effects, this HAS sound, just not a great deal of music or if there was I didn’t notice too much of it. But what i heard was nice…7 out of 10.
I remember reading before about character’s having limited emotions. But I think people forget one thing…from what happened in the story the characters was trying to make themself strong I don’t think they would show much emotion after having been traumatised from the event that happened. I think people expect too much in certain circumstances instead of thinking about how they would really act in certain situations. I’m giving this a 8 out of 10 because the characters represented themselves well and I really don’t think I’d act any different given the same situation, I think it would be hard to show anymore on character development because you had someone who rarely talked, to having convosations because of how someone effected her. If you really take a step back and look at this, theres alot to the majority of the characters.
I may watch this again…I think I probabaly will. It was nice to watch, it was entertaining, blood gore, character development, not to the extent of elfen lied but it was good! 7 out of 10!
18: Mirai Keisatsu Urashiman
English: Future Police Urashiman
MAL Score: 6.66
By chance, Ryo has slipped from the 1980s into the future, and is trying to get back. In the interim, he’s working for the police force of the future, solving cases by applying his unique and often comical approach.
The character development of Fuhrer simply makes the show work. Most of the time, Urashiman and his fellow policemen interact with a villain called Ludvich. Ludvich, given more episodes to himself, could have become one of those villains that you root for. However, the series decided to go with Fuhrer (Ludvich’s boss in crime) and it was the best choice.
Without spoiling too much, Fuhrer is a man who could be over 100. It’s hard to tell but we know that he’s old and he uses scientific means to extend his life. Fuhrer wants to use Urashiman’s power to travel back in time in order to revitalize his body so that he won’t have to face death. Urashiman becomes sympathetic to Fuhrer as a person, despite the fact that Fuhrer leads the largest crime organization in the world and Urashiman is a policeman who is constantly opposing that organization. No other series that I know of develops a situation in which the two opposing forces in the plot appear to be close to ending their hostilities and moving in a different direction.
The supporting characters are about you might expect out of an anime show. Claude is a dashing police officer who likes to pick up the girls. Sophia is a former nun now turned police officer who still makes religious references now and then. Gondo, the chief of Urashiman’s police unit, is an old fellow who is constantly shouting and ignoring his blood pressure. Urashiman’s cat, Mya, also plays a role in the series since he (or she) came along for the time travel ride as the series began. It’s unknown whether Mya has the same powers as Urashiman, but if so, the series isn’t telling. Stinger Wolf is the guy on the scene for Necrime- the organization run by Fuhrer- and he is more often than not the one who leads the physical fighting that goes on. Not much is known about Wolf and not much is said one way or the other. He simply appears to be a guy who is in it all the way for the bad guys.
The music within the show is very good. I particularly enjoy hearing Necrime’s theme because, unlike a lot of police animes I’ve seen, the villains are just as important to the story as the heroes. I’m not a fan of the opening and closing themes, although this was the early 1980’s so I can’t really hold that against the series. Other than that, I found the soundtrack to be good enough to hold its own although it wasn’t what I would call revolutionary.
Despite this, the series was not given an American release- perhaps because the title “Rockin’ Cops” was too much of a departure from the original intent of the creators. The series itself seems to be one of many Tatsunoko Production projects that slipped under the radar for the most part.
The series was made in a time when Japan took it’s science fiction seriously and allowed a lot more room to navigate than they do today and the result is a free-form futuristic show that combines elements of police work, time travel and pathos on the part of the villains. At 50 episodes, the series is exactly as long as it needs to be and it provides a fun romp through a possible future through the perspective of a 1980’s-era boy and his cat.
17: Cop Craft
Japanese: COP CRAFT [コップクラフト]
MAL Score: 6.72
Fifteen years ago, a hyperspace gate appeared in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, connecting Earth to a strange world filled with fairies and monsters. The city of San-Teresa became a home for over two million of these otherworldly visitors. Unfortunately, the population boom also brought its fair share of problems—drugs, prostitution, and trafficking. To combat the rampant crime lurking in the city’s shadows, a new department was established in the San-Teresa Metropolitan Police.
Former JSDF soldier Kei Matoba is one of the best cops that the department has to offer, despite his inclination to occasionally bend the rules. After a fairy trafficking case goes wrong, Kei loses Rick Fury, his friend and partner of four years, setting him on a quest for vengeance. To help him with the case, the department pairs him with Tilarna Exedilika, a noble of the Farbani Kingdom. As one of the Knights of Mirvor, her duty is to rescue the noble fairy that Kei encountered during his last case. Despite his distaste for non-humans, he accepts the arrangement at the request of his superiors. Now, the unlikely duo must come together and overcome their differences in order to return the missing fairy to her country and avenge the death of Kei’s partner.
Ever seen a buddy cop film? This is a love letter to the subgenre, and it turns out, buddy cop plus moe is a match made in heaven. The key premise of a buddy cop film is forcing two very different people to work together – anime allows these people to be as different as a gruff veteran detective and a space elf loli jedi. They’re supposed to bicker – so we get angry loli pouts and a despairing guy too old for this shit. “Fish out of water” – we get treated to a curious inquisitive daughteru interacting with the modern world. None of that, of course, gets in the way of the pure cop drama goodness – you still get all the “getting shot two days before retirement”, “investigation leading to a strip club” and “the FBI rolling in and taking over” that your heart desires.
Juxtaposition is also a hell of a drug. Sword and sorcery stuff happening against the backdrop of the criminal underbelly of Not Los Angeles makes up for a unique, eye-catching setting. The world-building, the characters, the comedy and dialogue writing are quality stuff you can expect from Gatoh Shoji (Full Metal Panic and Amagi Brilliant Park creator). Special mention for a western setting that actually feels western.
On the story front – despite being an adaptation of a novel series, it isn’t just “stuff happens until it doesn’t.” It feels like an actual story that begins with the first episode and ends with the last. The last two episodes work as the culmination of every major arc that happened up until that point.
There is an unavoidable fact that the animation is very lacking due to a blatantly tight budget (which in practical terms means the deficit of manpower), but the show does an amazing job of working around its limitations with clever editing/shot composition. In fact, this series is a great illustration of the fact that animation/sakuga (the amount of movement, the number of frames per second, etc) has very little to do with how good a show actually looks. For example, there is one scene of a car crossing over the hill, and it’s literally a cutout of the car moving against a static background, with the front wheels just going up into the skies. It looks bizarre… until the scene changes and you see the car’s suspension violently smashing down from a jump. The front wheels did, in fact, go into the skies, what you saw is what happened in-universe. A tiny studio pulling every trick in the book to make up for the lack of resources is to be commended, especially when the very same season we can see an inverse of that with Fire Force – the cream-of-the-crop animator talent being wasted on terrible visual direction.
Even bigger flaw is a bizarre episode structure of the first arc which makes it look like a movie that just got cut into 25 minute chunks – a culmination of an entire arc happens basically in a pre-credits scene, while the rest of the episode starts a new arc. Again, it appears to be a consequence of simply not having enough animators and being forced to do 2.25 episodes out of what was supposed to be 3.
Anyway, what I am getting at, why is a show with such flaws is rated 10? It isn’t, I’d take out 0,1 points for bad animation and 0,3 points for the episode structure, so the final score of the show would be 9.6/10. There is no way in hell I’d feel justified subtracting more because neither random junky frames, nor the other thing detract in a meaningful way from story, dialogues, humor and ideas that together make up 96% of my enjoyment of this show. If other people are incapable of appreciating those things and resort to focusing on other aspects, such as production values – it’s their loss.
9.6/10 for “unique, thought-provoking and entertaining piece of fiction.”
Suffice to say, anime as a medium has yet to evolve to the level of films or literature, and as such I choose to keep my expectations rather low with every coming season. Sure, you have your hard-hitters like Vinland Saga and Demon Slayer, but then there’s the expected boatload of isekai, or series with potential but fall into mediocrity–for me and plenty of others, To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts was one such show. And even then, the hard-hitters often are not something I personally find enthralling, since they tend to fall under specific tropes palatable to very young teenagers; or as we call them, shounen. Don’t get me wrong, I’m onboard with that every once in a while, but there’s only so much of it I can take before a medium of seemingly endless potential and imagination begins to feel surprisingly safe and sterile.
To be clear, I’m not trying to diss anime as a whole. Plenty other mediums have their own problems, especially in their infancy period. Anime is a medium I love and support, and as such I’m all too aware of the drawbacks I’ve come to expect while digging my way through the depths in search of anime that are true standouts. And it’s because of this that the level of enjoyment I had watching Cop Craft is truly precious. If you’re like me, you’ve certainly had reservations or mixed feelings about Cop Craft’s reveal, particularly in the context of Japan’s ever-so-uncomfortable liking for small girls. Some of those same people went on to be pleasantly surprised, just like I was, at its first episode. As for me alone, I kept watching to where it would become one of my most cherished anime in recent memory.
My love for crime-focused shows and films akin to Lethal Weapon, The Sopranos, and the like had sold me on the show within minutes. After some more time of watching, I was then engrossed by the character chemistry and splendid dialogue. And with wild supernatural elements, fantastical concepts, and bizarre sci-fi all welded cohesively into a thrilling buddy-cop drama, Cop Craft stands as another showcase of what anime as a medium, compared to live-action, is truly capable of pulling off.
Before I go any further, however, I must address the elephant in the room. Yes, this show has serious problems with its production, which many people are aware of due to the damaging effect it’s had on animation and pacing. Cop Craft’s overall quality undeniably suffers as a result, but I feel like people should know the whole context of why this show is the way it is. I’ll go much deeper into this later on, but the basic story is this: this show was made with the passion of a driven and talented team in a very small studio with budget constraints and scheduling issues; a project far too ambitious for what the team is capable of doing. As a result, the animation quality is a horribly mixed bag, but this should not be attributed to laziness of the staff, as tempting as that is. As pressing of a topic as this is, I want to save it for later in this review. As of now I want to make the point that poor production is a tragic reality of what is otherwise a fantastic experience.
The dynamic between Kei Matoba and Tilarna Exedilika is the essence of what makes Cop Craft such a worthwhile experience. The incessant passive-aggressive remarks between the grouchy nihilistic cop and the spoiled, ill-tempered young rookie is one of few aspects of their interplay that makes their first several hours together so immediately riveting. Not only is their interplay superbly written, varied, and sometimes comedic, they’re highly fleshed out characters whose relationship evolves from a bitter incompatibility to a dubious comradery. In general, Kei is someone who doesn’t get along with people, which is understandable since he’s one of the last people you’d ever want to hang out with. He’s a callous and largely inconsiderate man, making rude or judgemental comments towards people regularly with no signs of remorse. But he is not without a heart, as much as he tries to hide that fact from Tilarna. A man of few words, his sparse acts of kindness and courtesy are often dubious, with his true intentions left concealed in his own frigid mist of a personality. Even his most notable good deed, rescuing and adopting a stray cat after pursuing a perp, is reasoned with the idea of it being selfish instead of altruistic, saying he wouldn’t be able to sleep at night if he left the cat there.
While ostensibly uncaring, Kei clearly has humanity as shown in his outrage over the death of his partner, Rick (which, by the way, happens within the first few minutes of the first episode, so no spoilers there), and the fact that he views his chief, Jack Roth, as a father figure. Likewise, it’s made obvious that in spite of his bitterness towards Tilarna, he does grow to care for her. His dialogue with her later on walks a fine line, making it uncertain which of his lines are playful, complementary, sarcastic, or tough love. In general, Kei appeals to the part of us that wants to be spared of the nonsense and get the task out of the way. His cold attitude is admittedly hard to tolerate at points, especially when he shows no gratitude whatsoever for when Tilarna saves his life, but that’s just part of what makes him so endearing. Kei and Tilarna’s rough interactions are what makes their sparse cases of growing closer all the more meaningful.
Tilarna is always aiming to uphold her dignity and her moral code, making sure to never stray from either goal, excluding particular circumstances. Yet she’s also prudish and naive compared to Kei, often used to great comedic effect and is crucial to her development in much later arcs. Similar to Kei, her abrasiveness towards him isn’t exactly reflective of her actual feelings. More than anything, she just wants to feel respected by Kei and not be treated like a burden, which is an understandable frustration for anyone having to work with the man for so long. With such an entertaining banter between well-realized characters whose bond develops with every few episodes, topped with brilliant dialogue, Kei and Tilarna end up being one of the most compelling duos in anime I’ve ever had the pleasure of following.
On another note, it’s strange and disappointing to see the stereotypical depiction of gay characters that plagues Japanese media appear in Cop Craft–by which I’m referring to Tony. Funnily enough, I initially approved of his character as I assumed *he* was a transgender woman. Because transphobia is just as much of a problem in Japan, my first impression of Tony was a pleasant surprise. And I was let down upon finding out that Tony isn’t a transgender, but a very effeminite and flamboyant gay man. Generally, his appearance and character alone isn’t all that big of a deal. But it does get a lot more off-putting with that one scene of Tony subconsciously feeling up a teenager only to be stopped by Aleks; and wiping drool off of his face as an added bonus. Although Tony is portrayed more tastefully than the likes of Puri Puri Prisoner from One Punch Man, they’re both still sad reminders of how long of a way Japan as yet to go in terms of proper LGBT representation in media.
This is a real shame since Tony is generally a good character apart from this, alongside his detective buddy Aleksandr, both of which are a treat to watch thanks to Cop Craft’s sheer aptitude with dialogue and comedy. And then there’s police chief Bill Zimmer, who is just about the closest to an anime Samuel L. Jackson since Afro Samurai. Although his spitting rage and humorous lines are a joy to witness, and with how respectable he was in speaking favorably of Tilarna towards a racist subordinate, Zimmer isn’t one of the more fleshed out characters of the show, unlike the doctor and ex-girlfriend of Kei, Cecil Epps. While it’s shocking to see someone actually put up with Kei’s rudeness, and even remain friends with the man, the main draw of Cecil’s character is how easily she befriends Tilarna. The friendship between the two feels genuine, with Cecil consoling Tilarna about difficult tasks and personal woes. Their playful dialogue about Kei also leads to one of the funniest moments I’ve ever seen in an anime. A lesser writer would simply use Cecil as a plot device or to flesh out Kei’s history, but she’s given the humanity needed to make her truly feel like a person with a physical presence in the overall narrative. With such an engaging main duo alongside almost equally great side characters, Cop Craft boasts one of the strongest casts of characters of any anime I’ve seen in recent memory.
This setup for a buddy cop show is hardly a unique one, especially to those well-acquainted with Western TV and films, but it does stand out in the anime medium among its contemporaries at the very least. And besides, execution is everything. And Cop Craft’s execution in its story is as great as one could ever hope.
As we’re welcomed to the fictional city of San Teresa, we venture into the unknown as well as the familiar. Conflict is abundant here as any Earth-dweller would expect a city to be, but the presence of the Semaani race brings forth a plethora of surprises among the crime scenes and detective cases, imparting a fantastical and arcane flavor to the adventure rarely seen in a police drama. With roughly 15 years of interaction with humans, the Semanians and their world is still largely alien to its human neighbors, with many discoveries to be made about them and what bizarre occurrences and fields of magic, or ‘Latena’ as it’s called, could be at play. To be a policeman in San Teresa means to expect the unexpected, a mantra that would benefit the viewer just as well.
Of course, constantly throwing surprises at the viewer runs the risk of making the world feel incohesive and random, but these ideas are well-developed and properly built up to thanks to some impeccable world-building and (for the most part) remarkable pacing. The true depths of Semaani reveals itself little by little in the human world, pacing out these discoveries in such a way that provides intrigue and tension in a near-perfect manner. It also helps that Semanian arts have a logical presence as opposed to simple magic. Aside from the admittedly far-fetched “strong feelings create Latena” thing, practices and contraptions of Semanians operate on rules of their own, much like our technology. Perhaps the author, Shoji Gatou, was given a freebie by age-old concepts in Western fantasy when creating the Semanian race, but this world is so fleshed out to where it’s given an identity of its own. Semanians even have their own language, which when spoken sounds remarkably elegant and refined, unlike numerous other fictional languages such as Parseltongue of Harry Potter which sounds vague and almost like gibberish. To show just how refined this language is, aside from apparently being learnable, it’s worth considering Tilarna’s uttering of “Boliceman.” This is made to be an endearing quirk, but it also gives the implication that the Semaani language likely lacks a ‘p’ sound, with ‘b’ as a common substitute.
After some time, the role of exploring a foreign world is passed over to Tilarna. Here we have the pleasure of watching Tilarna trying to cope with and adapt to facets of our planet Earth–specifically, pornography and vehicles of transportation–all bundled into an episode’s worth of hilarity, enticing chaos, and a grace of character bonding at the very end. It’s easily one of the most enjoyable episodes of anything in recent memory, as well as the few cases of anime humor making me laugh out loud. This is an episode that lingers in my memory continually, which is a very high honor to hold.
A prominent facet of the setting is how the world of Semaani interacts with that of Earth. The many fields of Latena originating from Semaani unsurprisingly can accomplish certain tasks in a way that human technology cannot. And surprisingly, the opposite is also true. Coding, hacking, firearms, automobiles, photography, and night vision goggles are what the world of Semaani lacks, and play an equally vital role in snuffing out the perpetrator.
Obviously the aptitude of your arsenal means little if the one using it lacks competence, as evident in many shounen and seinen that get away with artificially stretching out their arcs by having characters fumble around or arbitrarily bringing forth a greater power to stall the action. Cop Craft is the exact opposite case. The policemen of San Teresa are intelligent and capable as policemen are expected to be, using any strategy or asset at their disposal to gain the upper hand. I think anyone could remember a time they watched or read a piece of media, getting aggravated at characters for not seeing the obvious solution or making moronic decisions leading to their downfall, taking you out of the experience. Cop Craft almost never stumbles upon this, and crimes are dealt with efficiently through the use of Latena magic, Earth technology, and competent storytelling.
That said, as praiseworthy as this is, it comes with a cost: conflicts in Cop Craft are dealt with relatively fast, and arcs can feel frustratingly brief and even anticlimactic as a result. Some could frame all this as a negative, but it ultimately depends on what you look for in an action show. I for one couldn’t be happier with how Cop Craft chose to execute this. The overall narrative of Cop Craft is akin to that of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo, and not just with its Western influences. It spends a brief enough time on an idea so as to throw a new one on the table. Cop Craft never gives anything a chance to get boring (excluding the fan-hated episode 8). Each arc is expounded upon enough to be satisfying in its own right, with the resolution feeling authentic and plausible rather than climactic.
Apart from human tech and Latena, the interaction between Semanians and humans leaves sociological effects that are intriguing and applicable to reality. Heavy politics are in full force as would be expected in a city of mixed races, and Cop Craft is incredibly bold and proficient with this direction, especially for an anime–granted, it involves a fictional race, but the point stands. Multiple points of view regarding the presence of Semanians are touched upon and come into play during a much later arc, lending more weight and authenticity to an already fascinating world. A simple biased aversion towards Semanians or humans for what they are is obviously just racism, but one character in particular has a far more elaborate and justified viewpoint that comes from a similar place, whose quote is written below:
“Coexistence, peace…just lies idealists tell. Earthlings and aliens can’t ever get along. We must keep apart.”
“Some of them are getting by just fine!”
“And their ability to adapt is what scares me. Look at their strength, their vitality; in three generations they’ll usurp us and rule the Earth! The invasion will be over before anyone notices. Yes, not even the invaders are aware of what they’re doing. The world needs to wake up and see just how dangerous these Semanians are.”
If you’ve watched Cop Craft up to a certain point, you definitely know who these quotes are from, and where this exchange transpires. For spoiler reasons, I won’t say, but the crux of the matter is the ideology of what is said here. This is clearly in line with most conservative views regarding immigration; a fear that there is more to lose than to gain, and results can be disastrous. Obviously there are different viewpoints on immigration and I don’t wish to have this sort of discussion at the moment when it comes to real life issues, but Cop Craft is commendable in bringing this predicament to light in a setting where it fits like a glove.
For a 12-episode season, it would be wrong of me to say that these issues are explored to their fullest, but that’s all the more reason to consider the ongoing status of the source material, and to acknowledge that the anime only covers a portion of what is, or will be, in the full story. If anything, this is a positive way of looking at the studio’s size. Since their budget is so small, there’s a relatively greater chance of Cop Craft making a good profit, thus hopefully leading to a second season being made.
What’s really admirable in regards to the studio’s size is just how well the team could do in spite of such meager production. While Cop Craft’s animation is limited, the overall aesthetic is a feast for the eyes. While the show lacks in frames, it excels through well-directed framing and glorious attention to detail. The open nocturnal suburbs are coated in a softly-lit patch of neon colors, contrasting with the grim and subdued tones of the alleyways where conflict is sure to erupt. Bloom lighting is applied constantly in places to accentuate the bright urban life. Most indoor areas are rendered in modest colors where bloom lighting is sparingly used, creating a calm environment where the brutality of police work is given a rest. With such limited resources, the team has made a show that is not only pretty to look at, but with effective theming for different environments. All of this is to say, Cop Craft is one of those cases where the art is superb, but the animation is lacking–hopefully the anime community will finally know the difference between the two.
When it comes to Cop Craft’s visuals, there’s no getting by without mentioning the action scenes, which are of particularly low quality past the second episode. This is where the studio’s size is made all too clear. However, lack of animation isn’t exactly the only thing holding back the action scenes, and this is an area where people are most inclined to blame the director. So here’s the way I see it: is the director, Shin Itagaki, at fault for Cop Craft’s shoddy action scenes?
My answer is: yes and no.
Shin Itagaki is an enigma of the anime industry. You might construe that as a word of praise but that’s literally what he is. Shin Itagaki is the director of shows like Basquash!, Ben-To, Teekyuu, and of course the infamous Berserk 2016/17. On top of being a director, Itagaki is also a freelance animator, sometimes doing his own work during production, and an extreme perfectionist. When discussing the animation quality of Cop Craft, an important thing to consider is that Shin Itagaki has a rather unusual way of directing fight scenes, putting more emphasis on impact than spatial awareness. This sort of style favors very dynamic camera angles and frames of impact, constantly breaking the 180-degree rule of cinema which all results in an action scene that feels visceral yet lacks sense of place. Cop Craft is consistently animated in 3s, and most of its action scenes are animated similarly to the likes of Studio Trigger, with limited frames, heavy smearing, and very dynamic pose-to-pose action facilitating impact in a way that fluidity cannot. However, with such wild storyboarding and constant breaking of the 180-degree rule, higher frames are a must for the scene to flow properly, and Cop Craft is proof enough of how much this can backfire.
To see just how well Itagaki’s action can turn out, look no further than Ben-To. Fight scenes in Ben-To, as well as certain ones in Cop Craft, are evident of just how much increased frames make the difference with this style, creating enough flow between scenes that would otherwise end up disorienting and drain the scene of its tension. With the current state Millepensee is in, it seems most wise to ditch such strenuous methods and stick to basic, conventional fight choreography to make do with what little frames there are to work with. In the case of Cop Craft, this would have been the better approach in plenty of cases. Many scenes would have worked much better with the same amount of frames but different storyboards, but it seems that Itagaki is hellbent on sticking with his vision no matter what, making demands that the studio just isn’t able to meet.
This really hurts the anime in the long run, and it’s incredibly tragic. But there’s a reason I’m not putting so much scrutiny on this front. And it’s that I fully expect the DVD releases to amend this. Itagaki is clearly a very ambitious, passionate individual, and along with his team would love to take any opportunity to make this project exactly how they wanted to. For some episodes it’s not a huge deal if not many changes are made, but as for episodes 3, 5, and 10, Millepensee would be insane to not give them a makeover when the chance comes. Those episodes are infamous for containing some of the worst action in the series, with episode 3 commonly remembered as one of the most shocking dips in quality an anime has ever suffered. But I have faith in Itagaki and all of Millepensee, and wish them nothing but the best.
Cop Craft, you deserve better. You deserved a bigger budget, you deserved better management, you deserve more attention, you deserve more support, and above all things else, you deserve a second season. This fascinating world, these splendid characters, the intriguing storytelling; Cop Craft is a project that is clearly too ambitious for what the studio is actually capable of, and it’s my earnest wish that the BDs improve upon this significantly, as it’s their one chance at polishing this product into what they truly wanted it to be. The heart is there, the team is competent, and the tremendous quality of the source material is for us to experience on a small screen. While I hardly ever excuse poor production, this is a team that deserves our sympathy and support. The story of Cop Craft feels like it’s only just begun, and I’m fully on board with what more adventures await our duo, as well as how much higher the studio will go from what is their biggest project yet.
Are you a fan of storytelling with a buddy cop style formula? If so, Cop Craft will probably be a treat with the amount of character dynamics. There’s certain level of character interactions that will get you comfortable with its first opening episodes. Make no mistake though, Cop Craft itself is meant to be taken seriously although its execution of humor can be questionable. I’ll get to that later but the first two episodes hit the right marks to make a favorable impression. We meet main protagonists Kei and Tilarnia after a strange encounter and it sets the tone of the main story. This pair stands out as the most important character duo as they tackle on the challenges in this dark metropolis.
One of the more fascinating element of the show revolves around the strange premise itself. The story blends fiction and reality together in what should be described as a police procedural drama. In the present timeline, Teresa City is filled with crime. It’s like the type of city where you’ll see chaos erupting from weapon trafficking, drugs, prostitution, and even murder. Based on the light novel of the same name, some of these concepts doesn’t entirely surprise me. Shoji Gatoh (author of Full Metal Panic!) has been known to craft work with police drama. Cop Craft relies heavily on its insider ideas and main character duo. Unfortunately, the main storytelling itself is very loose and sometimes, I find that it lacks a general purpose. By the time this show almost concluded, I pretty much accepted the fact that the plot wasn’t going to improve. At least we have the main characters carrying this anime, right?
Kei is a human cop. He fights the good fight in this dark city while Tilarnia is the sidekick and partner. Imagine a strange alternate world where Full Metal Panic’s Sousuke and Chidori became detectives. Somehow, I picture Kei and Tilarnia in similar roles. There’s no doubt the pair has character chemistry despite their vastly contrasting differences. Humorous gags also occur between the two although over time, it feels more and more redundant than being actual funny. Coming from different backgrounds, there’s a mediocre appeal about both characters individually. It seems the pair’s character dynamics work best when they are together. When apart, I quickly find myself losing interest in what they’re doing. In some episodes, the anime also likes to poke fun of Tilarnia’s weak common sense and alludes to adult humor. The lack of character development doesn’t help either to get invested into either character. It’s a shame really since both Kei and Tilarnia could have been what holds this anime together. When you begin to lose hope for its main cast, there’s not much room for improvement. Unfortunately, most of the side characters hold little relevance. I honestly can’t even remember most of their names out of the top of my head.
Putting the drawbacks aside, I do think Cop Craft had a wealth of ideas to be something special. The main problem is the execution. It’s difficult to get invested into the plot when the mood changes from frame to frame nearly every episode. The plot structure also has a ‘monster of the week’ like format where some sort of crime needs to be solved. It does reinforce the dark side of the city with its underworld activities. But when the show lacks a general purpose, it quickly wears itself out and loses significance. The character development is almost non-existent with every episode spitting out random events rather than a concentrated focus. With each progressing episode, I felt like the show loses more of its relevance. The anime is only 12 episodes and according to some content I’ve heard, there’s pacing issues too. Coming in as an anime only viewer, it’s a major disappointment from what Cop Craft could have been.
However, that’s not the end of its problems. Even on a technical level, Cop Craft suffers production issues in later episodes. From an early example (episode 3), you can tell that the animation quality drops with lackluster battle sequences. It doesn’t help the anime also has to rely on some rather strange fan service at times to do the talking. Somehow, Tilurna’s character ends up becoming a source of animal jokes in one particular episode. Desperate as it seems, it’s the type of fan service that basically shows it has nothing else to say. Luckily, the world setting itself has a decent amount of creativity. The dark metropolis contains a degree of realism despite the fantasy content. It reminds me of Los Angeles with a wealth of cultural ideas and social problems.
Ah Cop Craft. I wish I read the light novels beforehand so I limited my expectations. The first two episodes made a strong impression but quickly begins to wear itself out with its charm. The main character duo delivers popcorn entertainment but it doesn’t manage to fully make the show itself entertaining. If you don’t mind the cheeky humor or bland storytelling, then this may turn out to be a treat for you. For me personally, this is one of those anime that lost steam and never looked back.
16: Double Decker! Doug & Kirill
English: Double Decker! Doug & Kirill
Japanese: DOUBLE DECKER! ダグ＆キリル
MAL Score: 6.85
The once peaceful city-state of Lisvalletta has found itself beset by a dangerous new drug called Anthem. The side effects of the drug allow the user to enter a state of Overdrive, wherein they mutate into superpowered beasts with inhuman abilities. With the police powerless to stop this new threat, the responsibility falls upon the Special Crime Investigation Unit SEVEN-O. To offset the dangers of this work, the investigators work under the patented “Double Decker” system, which requires them to team up in “buddy cop” pairs.
As a child, average police officer Kirill Vrubel fantasized about being a hero who would save his school from a random terrorist attack. His chance to be a hero arrives when his landlady blackmails him into searching for her lost cat. Upon arriving and falling asleep in an abandoned warehouse, Kirill finds himself in the middle of a hostage situation involving an Anthem user. By teaming up with SEVEN-O detective Douglas “Doug” Bilingam, Kirill earns his spot as the newest member of SEVEN-O. Now, with the help of this secret organization, he may finally achieve his dream of becoming a hero.
As an anime original, Double Decker may look familiar especially those who have experienced a show in the past known as ‘Tiger & Bunny’. Produced by studio Sunrise, it didn’t take long to realize the familiar character designs by Masakazu Katsura. Even after all these years, it feels like his talent never left us with these T&B aesthetics. I would also assume the setting of the show takes place in the same universe although that’s not clear. Regardless, watching Double Decker is a profound experience that I did not regret.
Initially, the first few episodes introduces us to the main character cast. The most prominent characters consists of the SEVEN-O Special Crime Investigation. It shouldn’t take long for viewers to understand the experience level between investigator Doug Bilingham and rookie cop Kirill Vrubel. To me, they are like Batman and Robin. In other words, Doug plays the role of an action hero while Kirill presents himself as a sidekick. I don’t want to undermine Kirill’s credibility because he does have some potential. However, my impression of his character in the beginning was not enthusiastic. He lacks experience and often ends up being the butt monkey for feminine jokes. It doesn’t help that he looks like a bishounen rather than a cop. This is an antithesis to his partner Doug as he looks much more mature, experienced, and always gets the job done. There’s a lack of chemistry in the beginning due to their conflicting personalities. However, the two does get along on a professional level and Kirill begins to learn more on the job.
Joining them includes Deana, Katherine, Maxine, Yuri, Travis, Sophie, and Apple. Each of them play a different role that compliments the team overall. For instance, Deana’s sniper skills is valuable during missions that targets dangerous individuals. Yuri possesses computer skills that provides intelligence to the team. Apple is in charge of maintaining the team’s equipment and works well with technology. You get the idea. In order to fight crime, it’s definitely important to establish character roles so this show managed to get that point across from the start. On individual levels, each character has also personalities that sometimes clashes with one another. Because let’s not forget one thing, it’s not always easy for everyone to get along on such a dangerous job. Being part of a crime fighting force is not easy when you have a group known as the Esperanza who deals with a powerful drug known as the “Anthem”.
That actually takes to the core plot of the story. Initially, I had thought the show would involve monster of the week format episodes. The plot evolves more and more as conspiracies, corruption, and the dark side of Lisvaletta is revealed. Esperanza also begins to show to the world more of their dark ambitions that clashes with law enforcement. To me, Double Decker managed to make its antagonists marketable as an international threat in their world. Slowly but surely, their sinister plans come together that really throws off SEVEN from their ordinary cases. Speaking of cases though, I regrettably admit that most of them aren’t as executed as I had anticipated. Most of them uses recycled ideas such as investigating clues, following up on leads, tracking down the suspect, and bringing them to justice. If you’re familiar with media like Batman or even Spiderman, you can probably get a sense of these cases are like. Not to mention, the criminals they deal with often resort to using dangerous chemicals and experimentations. It’s only later in the show we how far the plot deepens to test the limits of our crime fighters.
It would be unfair to say this show is a poor man’s Tiger & Bunny to be honest. Double Decker works as a successor by using its character relationships to sell its story. We find out more about some of the main characters’ past too in order to understand them more. And while this show may be goofy at times, it manages to work well for its character partnerships. There are moments where I couldn’t help but feel attached to them. Make no mistake, you don’t need to understand law enforcement to watch this show or see Tiger & Bunny. In fact, jumping into Double Decker is perfectly fine with its playful humor and oddball set of characters. It still contains its emotional content as the main characters tackles on social issues. An elephant in the room also exists with the same gender relationships. However, it’s far off from a shounen-ai and works more as a buddy cop police tale.
You probably noticed that character designs in this show looks stylish with their looks. Some of them don’t even look like detectives or like they belong in the police force. An easy finger to point at is Kirill as he’s often made fun of for his feminine features. Sunrise managed to make Kirill into a comic relief in the beginning for his lackluster skills. It’s not until later that he becomes more useful to the team. But still, I do applaud the director and studio for recreating a society of these colorful characters. Not to mention, I feel the setting of Double Decker runs well with its technology concepts; namely the Anthem used by criminals and their consequences.
It’s been around 7 years since Tiger and Bunny made its premiere. This isn’t really an upgraded or downgraded version as Double Decker is fully a show of its own. What this anime managed to do is creating a story in this fictional society that makes us believe in. Here, we have characters that risks their lives to deal with criminals and showing the dark side of their society. Yet at the same time, it also shows how partnerships can truly be meaningful when the right people work together.
The action doesn’t help in elevating the experience either, due to the odd mix of 2D and CGI animation that makes the action too clumsy to be enjoyed on its own.
Double Decker’s greatest downfall however is the plot-twists. Comedies love to subvert expectations and go for the less expected outcome, which is great in exploring stories and characters. Doing something unexpected is however not enough in and of itself. Twists need to either be equally as fun or even more interesting than what you normally would’ve expected. It’s the difference between ‘playing’ with expectations, and ‘betraying’ expectations. Examples would include rushing out answers to mysteries in anti-climactic ways, robbing characters of their agency by trivializing their goals, awkwardly changing genre from crime comedy to sci-fi action, among other things I won’t mention to avoid spoilers.
Double Decker is ultimately a bumpy ride, not without its merits in the first half, but I can’t recommend it due to untapped potential with the characters, a plot that becomes a train-wreck in the second half, and the comedy and action that fails to shine compared to other shows one could be watching.
That’s the feeling I walked away from this anime with. It was pretty funny at times, it had lots of action, the characters were likable. But, it just has the feel of something you’ll forget you saw a year from now.
If I could point to two things that make it feel more like a B-rate anime, it would be the fact that it never really felt like it had an identity of its own, but was trying to appear to. It looked like it was pulling from Tiger & Bunny (Without being nearly as good), and adding aspects of Wizard Barristers and Samurai Flamenco into it. It didn’t really seem to know what kind of anime it wanted to be which is why it started as a vice detective comedy, but ended up with space colonies and attacks on military bases. And while they properly explained the transition from back alley’s to jet bombers, it just felt a bit too far fetched.
The second thing that hurt it was the needless pushing of the crossdresser agenda throughout the anime. I’m not the type to automatically hate on crossdressing in anime. I really enjoyed animes like Princess Jellyfish, Maria+Holic, Tokyo Godfathers and Gokudolls. But, if you’re going to do it, do it well. Episodes like the one about Max’s back story and prom was just stupid and out of place and brought the anime down. It seemed more like an agenda driven episode that was shoved into the middle of the anime, trying to convince kids to accept crossdressers than a strong attempt at a back story. While that was poor, the repeated mix ups with Kirill looking like a woman was actually funny. But, they even went too far with that and broke the logic. (MINOR SPOILER): If the whole time he doesn’t like it when people mistake him for a woman, why would he ever dress up in a bride’s gown? Logically, they would get Rookie to do that. They really wanted to hammer home the acceptance of cross dressing in this anime for some reason, but the attempts were ham-fisted and cringeworthy. But, mostly, they were completely unnecessary to the story.
Other than that, it’s really not a bad anime. It’s not a great anime, but it’s not bad. The animation was mostly solid, although you could tell the parts where they mixed in some pretty mediocre looking 3D animation. If studios are going to do 3D animation, they need to make it look like Land of the Lustrous. Otherwise, it’s just off putting. But, I think they’ll get there in time. The soundtrack was cool, especially the ending theme song.
Overall, it’s an entertaining anime. It’s not a waste of your time to watch it. But, even though it will give off strong Tiger and Bunny vibes, don’t expect Tiger and Bunny quality. It’s just not there.
15: Hyper Police
MAL Score: 6.93
Sasahara Natsuki is a poor bounty hunter in a world where monsters and humans live together. Most of her cases involve monsters infringing upon the rights of humans, who are protected by law from their generally more powerful neighbors. Being half-human and half cat-beast, Natsuki straddles the two societies and tries to understand and respect both while enforcing the law. She is assisted by a werewolf named Batanen who is afraid to admit he loves her; another werewolf named Tommy; and a Kyubi fox demon named Sakura who has her own plans–which include eating Natsuki to complete her her nine tails and thereby her magical powers.
I like having fun, and the nineties was a time when anime was okay with being stupid and cartoony for the sake of entertainment. Nowadays, you very rarely get that sense of fun when watching anime. Maybe it’s just me and my nostalgia. Maybe I have a soft spot for Hyper Police’s style. Maybe I’m going to overrate Hyper Police purely because of my love for this sort of anime.
So take that into consideration when reading this review.
Hyper Police takes place in a world where monsters, humans, and gods coexist, though not exactly on friendly terms. Humans are given all kinds of government aid and many aren’t big fans of the monsters. Natsuki is a bounty hunter in Tokyo, where she works with her friends to take down the big bad guys and earn enough money to live. She’s a cat girl, her love interest is a werewolf, and there’s another werewolf who tags along.
When Sakura, a nine-tailed fox with only eight and one-fifth tail, sees Natsuki’s lighting attacks in action, she decides that she wants to steal that power to gain her final tail. She joins the bounty hunting agency to get closer and, of course, eventually befriends Natsuki and decides against killing her.
It’s a pretty basic set-up for an episodic anime. Very early on, though, the bounty hunting agency closes down and everyone goes their separate ways, which leads me to wonder what all the set-up was for in the first place. We’re given time with characters at the beginning who barely matter in the least. That’s not to say there are any characters who are given too much time and don’t make an impact later on, but I feel that the abruptness of the shift in plot was too early and didn’t have enough build-up.
This, truthfully, sums up the rest of the plot. A samurai from the sixteenth century shows up and after two or three episodes he’s married to Sakura. One episode she’s completely infatuated with him, the next it opens with babies running around. I don’t take offense to moving the plot quickly, but sometimes you should build things up much more before you let major plot events like a marriage happen. It’s bad enough the marriage isn’t even shown and the characters aren’t given enough time to gel before it happens. Later on, there’s an episode that makes you wonder why they even got married in the first place.
This problem is compounded by the tonal shifts. It starts as a bounty hunting adventure, becomes a sort of comedy, starts dealing with relationships, then toward the end gets serious again with the idea of humans having racial problems with monsters.
That’s way too much jumping around. If Hyper Police had focused on perhaps one or two of these facets rather than juggling so many, it would have benefitted. Instead it juggles romance, comedy, action, and a serious plot and doesn’t do so very well.
But nobody remembers Hyper Police for any of these things; they remember it for the cute girls! And Hyper Police delivers the goods. Cat girls, fox girls, dog girls, bounty hunter girls, prison warden girls!
That said, the male characters are hopelessly in love with our female characters. Batounan is in love with Natsuki despite the fact she’s like, half his age. She’s in love with him too, so I guess it all works out in the end. But then there’s a guy named Tomy who is in love with a girl who works at the prison and he winds up in all kinds of silly situations trying to admit his love to her.
The dub is…tolerable. There are no good voice actors which might contribute to why this anime, despite having a dub and DVD release, is so little known in the states. Names are pronounced one way, then another , then the original way. Some of the voice actors seem to be phoning it in, especially Poe’s, who speaks in this airy, bored way that isn’t even convincing despite Poe’s uncaring attitude. It’s a real amateur hour.
The music is alright with a decent opening and overused tracks during the show. The animation, like the music, is just average.
So what do I like so much about Hyper Police?
It’s got cute girls, it’s definitely funny, the setting is fun, and there is a definite sense of silliness that pervades the anime and kept me watching. It’s got a lot of problems and could benefit from better pacing and writing, but it is too entertaining to pan for its failings.
I can’t recommend it to everyone. Hell, I couldn’t really wholeheartedly recommend it without knowing you well. It’s a perfect example of nineties cheese, and Lord knows I love cheese.
The story follows Natsuki who is a rookie bounty and half human/half cat in a world where humans, monsters, and gods live together after mankind has fallen many years back as now in this time they call it the holy era. Natsuki and the other bounty hunters jobs is to keep the peace from many monsters and sometimes human who are trying to breaking it. That’s the plot and here is my main gripe. Its episodic. That’s the reason why I’m disappointed because there is no plot to speak of until when its at the very end of the show. There are times that does show a plot but mostly its just filler. But they are entertaining enough to see and the comedy is pretty decent enough. So while the plot is non-excision, at least it does a good job to try to entertain me which is why I give this section a five.
The art is ok at best. It doesn’t look great but its not that bad ether. Character designs look well enough and the action scenes are well fluid in animation wise. I like how the world looks as it really shows that it use to be all beautiful before the holy era began. So the art is while not great, it is fine for what it is.
The op by AYA is really one of the catchiest songs that I’ve heard and the ending by Yuko and Chiyako is also my favorite ending so for. But what about the other music. Well they didn’t impress me as its like any generic music you hear in the 90’s. Nothing special but it fits and they don’t sound out of place.
English dubs vs english subs:
This is where I’m gonna decide which track you should listen. The dub is ok at best as its not that bad compare to the other 90’s and 80’s dubs but I do have my gripes. Batanen voice is a little to deep in my opinion, Natsuki is too high and annoying! And secondary characters are hit or miss. One voice that I praise is Dorothy who did the voice for Sakura as she really gives her character personality. Now I only watch this in dub as I couldn’t find the japanese version online. Its like it doesn’t exist and I look high and low for it. So if your gonna see this then skip if you want subs but those who wan’t dubs then this is good to listen to if you can handle the voice of the main character(seriously her dub voice is annoying).
Winner: English dub by default unless if you know where the subs is then the english subs is the winner.
The cast is decent enough to follow. There really isn’t much depth to them but there personalities are very good and clever even if I have seen this before. They kinda develop as the episodes go by but they still act the same. So in terms of characters they are enjoyable but don’t expect them to develop them well.
I did enjoy this when I watch it but as I go on, it kinda drop. I was expecting at least some sort of plot line like how the world is form because it didn’t explain it well. But if your in for something to waste your time then this is for you.But if your hoping for good story telling and character development then skip it.
Hyper Police’s world is very detailed – from the visual design that always brings new ideas of monsters, characters and mechanics, to the the dialogues that explore laws, ethics and lifestyle, it almost feels like a real parallel universe.
Some episodes focus on side characters and so you get a lot of different approaches to this world. There’s a variety ensemble of at least 10 recurring characters, each unique and interesting enough to receive a spin off of its own.
Almost every character has a love interest and the main couple, Batanen and Natsuki, is one of the sweetest ones I’ve seen. I was on the edge of my sit for every small development between them and it was extremely fun watching their chemistry.
The show never gets repetitive or boring. The writers control the pace with a tight grip, always finding new character interactions or situations to put them in to keep the narrative fresh.
The episodic structure of the show sometimes feel forced, but if you’re looking for an epic story with drama, twists and turns you’re in the wrong show. Still, the show has a story continuity and there are some really unexpected character and world developments.
If you’re looking for a fun entertainment with light drama you must watch this anime. Highly recommended.
14: Taiho Shichau zo Special
English: You’re Under Arrest Mini Specials
Japanese: 逮捕しちゃうぞ Special
MAL Score: 7.06
Best friends and partners Miyuki Kobayakawa and Natsumi Sujimoto, along with the rest of the gang at Bokuto station, confront a motley group of offenders ranging from hi-tech panty thieves, purse-snatchers, and traffic violators. Using Miyuki’s driving prowess and tech knowledge, as well as Natsumi’s spunk and strength, the duo at times must resort to unconventional methods to see that justice is served.
“You’re Under Arrest: Mini Specials” is one such aberration. This twenty episode collection of eight minute specials nearly matches the quality of the original series despite moving in a different creative direction. It cannot compare in terms of romance or drama, but it boasts far more intelligent comedy while managing to develop the characters even further than they had already been.
Kobayakawa Miyuki in particular was deeply explored. Her fear of ghosts and monsters led to some hilarious episodes while her fascination and aptitude of all things mechanical and electronic proved to be the base for others. These, alongside a rather scary and strong inclination towards vindication, had been touched upon in the main series but never quite fully examined.
One other aspect that was explored further was the ecchi factor. Many of the specials revolved around panties thieves and perverts, which ultimately led to a lot of fan service. One episode even had them arguing over breast size! Despite all this, the scenarios always end up the same way, and thats with the duo layin’ the smackdown on the bad guy.
That is not to say that there wasn’t a fair share of action though! Many episodes involved high speed chases or superhuman acts of strength (exemplified by Natsumi of course).
In other words, the specials did what few others in anime ever have, and that is accurately supplement the main series. I’d recommend this to any fan of the main series, as it essentially is a fuller taste of the same dish.
Kobayakawa Miyuki in particular was deeply explored. Her fear of ghosts and monsters led to some hilarious episodes while her fascination and aptitude of all things mechanical and electronic proved to be the base for others. These, alongside a rather scary and strong inclination towards vindication, had been touched upon in the main series but never quite fully examined.
One other aspect that was explored further was the ecchi factor. Many of the specials revolved around panties thieves and perverts, which ultimately led to a lot of fan service. One episode even had them arguing over breast size! Despite all this, the scenarios always end up the same way, and thats with the duo layin’ the smackdown on the bad guy.
That is not to say that there wasn’t a fair share of action though! Many episodes involved high speed chases or superhuman acts of strength (exemplified by Natsumi of course).
In other words, the specials did what few others in anime ever have, and that is accurately supplement the main series. I’d recommend this to any fan of the main series, as it essentially is a fuller taste of the same dish.
13: Yakushiji Ryouko no Kaiki Jikenbo
English: Ryoko’s Case File
MAL Score: 7.08
Based on a series of light novels written by Tanaka Yoshiki and illustrated by Kakinouchi Narumi.
The story revolves around Ryouko Yakushiji, a 27-year-old multilingual investigator that graduated from Tokyo University’s elite Department of Law, and the bizarre cases she faces while working for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police. Yakushiji not only has to deal with supernatural beings in her line of work, but also her rival Yukiko Muromachi, another equally talented and beautiful police investigator.
The series centres around an elite police officer with the Tokyo Metrolpolitan Police Department named Yakushiji Ryoko, who holds the rank of Superintendent. She is one of the heirs to the powerful JACES security company, a place which employs many retired high ranking police officers and officials. She works together with her immediate subordinate Izumida Junichiro, a non career officer who holds the rank of Assistant Inspector in the police department, and a small team of underappreciated officers who handle the daily running of her department within the police.
The story gets a bit "strange" once it becomes clear that the case dealt with by Ryoko and her department are considered bizarre to the point of being paranormal or supernatural. This is not an original concept for anime and manga, however Ryoko Case Files does suffer because of the inclusion of such a plot device.
The anime begins in an episodic manner, but as it progresses the main story does become apparent (to a certain degree – I’ll explain why in a bit). The animation throughout the series is very smooth, and rather stylish at times. The characters are well designed, and the overall feel of the show is very much like that of Baccano!. The sound is nothing overly impressive, with adequate effects used throughout the series. The OP is a nice, jazzy piece that wouldn’t be out of place in a Bond or Pink Panther movie, whilst the ED has a very "continental" (think France, Italy, etc), feel to it, and while neither will ever appear on my playlist, they’re not bad efforts at all.
The seiyuu do a reasonably good job presenting their respective characters, with the best being the titular character’s seiyuu, Nabatame Hitomi. She manages to bring across certain qualities of the petulant, spoiled, and generally arrogant Ryoko’s character in a rather nice way.
The characters in the series are generally okay, but they’re also quite one-dimensional. The titular character is, as I mentioned, petulant, arrogant, moody, spoiled, etc, etc, which is generally how anime and manga tend to portray the heirs of wealthy or powerful corporations. Junichiro comes across as long-suffering and hard working, but there isn’t really anything overtly impressive about him as a character. The rest of the cast all suffer from the same one-dimensional flaw, and there isn’t really any sort of development for any of the characters that is noticeable.
Wether you enjoy this show or not will very much depend on how seriously you take it. As a simple "watch then throw away" show it isn’t too bad, but it’s by no means a classic or original. One of the main problems with the show is the fact that it leaves many unanswered question, and never really makes any attempts at explaining what the hell is going on. Add to this some pseudo-political shenanigans and you have a lopsided storyline which doesn’t really give the audience anything to get their teeth into. The show is stylish though, and well animated on the whole. The characters aren’t all that annoying (although I do wish that they’d developed the relationship between Ryoko and Junichiro a whole lot more, as that would have added a nice dynamic to the show that may have improved it), and are generally better than quite a few other shows I could name.
This is a decent enough show on the whole, but it’s not a show that I would recommend to everyone. Mystery lovers may like it, as well as lovers of sexy female lead characters, or those looking for an odd take on the supernatural.
Overall this show seems to be more of an advert for the manga and light novels than anything else, but it’s worth a watch if you’ve got half an hour to waste.
I like how though the storyline is simple,it manages to keep you watching it through the effort they put to solve these unnatural cases.Lively art plus realistic are some of the great parts of this anime.It also shows you how two totally different characters,a sparkling beautiful and powerful woman and a calm shy but strong man,can understand each and help each other flawlessly.
12: Gyakuten Saiban: Sono “Shinjitsu”, Igi Ari! Season 2
English: Ace Attorney Season 2
Japanese: 逆転裁判 ～その「真実」、異議あり！～ Season 2
MAL Score: 7.15
Defense attorney Ryuuichi Naruhodou is still hard at work defending the falsely accused with his knack for last-minute turnabouts. With his trusty assistant and medium-in-training Mayoi Ayasato in tow, Ryuuichi’s fame as a champion for the innocent steadily grows. But this newfound success attracts the attention of the coffee-loving, masked Godot?—a mysterious rookie prosecutor who bears an inexplicable grudge against Ryuuichi.
With the help of their allies, Ryuuichi and Mayoi take this new challenger head-on and search for the reason behind his appearance. But before long, the first two cases from the career of Mayoi’s late sister Chihiro Ayasato become critical to solving a fantastical murder mystery, continuing the bloody saga of the tumultuous Ayasato clan. Will Ryuuichi once again be able to overcome the odds and find the truths hidden within the web of lies?
Sadly, this was not to be.
If you’ve read my review of the first season, you’ll see I’ve already detailed there what a disaster this anime was from a technical perspective. There are some improvements to be found here – the colour palette for the character designs was improved from the undersaturated tones used in the season prior, although the facial proportions are still odd. The courtroom has also been revamped to something more closely resembling that of the games (although the defence and prosecution are still on the wrong sides of the court for some reason). Most importantly though, the CG court gallery, whilst not removed outright, has been made much less obvious. This anime even looks good at times – but it’s extremely uneven. In some episodes it looks completely fine, but in many more there are constant and severe animation errors. The animation may be slightly improved, but it needed much more than “slight” improvements.
As before, this takes a streamlined approach to the games, cutting a lot of incidental dialogue. This actually works wonders for its opening case, The Lost Turnabout. This was originally the first case of the second game, Justice For All, which was left out of the first season – Understandably so, as it serves mostly to reintroduce the main cast, which would have been quite out of place in the middle of the previous season. That case has some fun contradictions, all of which are preserved here (for once), but it suffered from having an extremely irritating main villain whose main characteristic was rambling and ranting. The streamlining of dialogue cuts this out, leaving a much more enjoyable case as a result.
However, this approach is detrimental to the entire rest of the anime. In particular this damages the characterisation of two of its most central characters – Godot and Mia Fey. Godot serves as the primary antagonist for this season, a mysterious masked man with a grudge against Phoenix. While Godot is probably the least capable rival Phoenix has ever had in the games, notable more for his characterisation than presenting a direct threat, he was still a competent prosecutor in the source material. Here, however, he fails to present a single decent argument.
And Mia Fey comes off even worse. Prior to Trials & Tribulations/Gyakuten Saiban 3, she had been a mostly one-dimensional character, having been killed off quite early on and serving more as a ghost mentor figure to Phoenix and a part of various character’s backstories. Here, however, we are treated to two cases set before the start of the series in which Mia Fey is the protagonist. Sadly she doesn’t differ much from Phoenix in this adaptation, as both were strongly characterised by their inner monologue – the game’s version of Mia is the sassiest thing on the planet, but that is completely absent here. Similarly, the anime totally changes the romantic dynamic she had with her mentor, making her obviously flustered in place of the more subtle dialogue that was used originally. It’s a clear downgrade, and takes her even further away from her excellent game counterpart.
Those two cases are adapted more faithfully than much of the game – presumably since as they are more closely linked with this series’ overarching plot. However while the events themselves aren’t changed much, the sequencing of the cases is bafflingly rearranged. Turnabout Memories, originally the first case of the game most of this season is from, is moved to around the midway point, directly before the other prequel case, Turnabout Beginnings. Given that the plot threads set up in this case are vital to the dramatic core of this entire arc, and help to build intrigue in some of the later cases moved before it, this rearranging of the cases damages the narrative somewhat. While it isn’t devastating, it’s still maddening that they would arbitrarily make such an easily-avoided misstep.
A similarly bizarre decision was to add an entire four episodes of filler (including a brand new anime-original case, Turnabout Express) when such a substantial amount of canon content was trimmed out. Save for the aforementioned Lost Turnabout there isn’t a single case here that couldn’t have used more runtime. Somehow, even the filler case manages to feel rushed, and wastes some ideas that might honestly have made a good case (although possessing some obvious flaws, like the killer’s identity being one of the franchise’ most outplayed tropes).
Fortunately the series does make a significant jump in quality in its second half. Turnabout Beginnings in particular manages to preserve if not outright improve on the eerie tone it sets, with its very premise spelling certain doom for most people involved. Even the animation here is noticeably better than usual, and many of the presentation choices in these episodes do a superb job of emphasizing some of its most key emotional beats.
Most importantly of all, though, this season adapts Bridge to the Turnabout, the indisputable masterpiece of the original Ace Attorney trilogy, if not the entire franchise – and manages to not completely bastardize it. While it does make some errors in its first half (in particular bungling the initial hook of the case), in its second half it fares far better, not only giving the events the due space to breathe properly, but also featuring some uncharacteristically excellent directing in places. This case is an absolute masterpiece of detective fiction, managing to create an incredibly layered mystery that weaves together an absurd amount of narrative threads so perfect a puzzle that it defies belief. It creates a perfect mystery while also managing the feat of tying it all into numerous threads laid throughout both of the previous games, and grounding it into the conclusion of compelling character arcs for much of the main cast. It really cannot be overstated just how good Bridge to the Turnabout is, even if the execution here is flawed in places.
Overall this season is a significant improvement over its predecessor, but it’s really too little, too late. While the production is better than its predecessor (what isn’t?), the improvement is owed more to having better source material than the previous season.
If you have not played the games, and have already watched the first season, I am begging you not to watch this one. Please go play the games instead. They are available on so many consoles at this point that there’s no way you don’t have something that can access it.
For Fans Of: Detective Conan, Umineko no Naku Koro Ni
The theme of the anime remains pretty much the same with Phoenix (Naruhodo) going through a few cases, but this time there is much more attention to the pacing, leaving enough time for a case to unfold in a more natural way than rush through everything. There were 23 episodes to animate only 1 game, which meant there was plenty of time for everything and indeed, they gave the final case the space it needed which made the series shine in the end with some great moments and a most well done climax, unlike the prequel.
Of course, this does not make everything great, as things still may be fast and there are various fillers that are just really boring (albeit some being on point!), but the changes have been welcome and it makes the experience much better for people who may have not played the games. It is still pretty far away from a perfect narration of a mystery (but that is not really the anime’s fault), but combined with the intricate story the 3rd game has, which involves our main characters deeply and has a span of many years, and the better storytelling, we have a series we can at least be happy about this time.
Character-wise, there is not much change other than the inclusion of Godot, who is by far the best character in the franchise, and Dahlia (Chinami), who is surprisingly very good at what she does. The downside of the characters is that the franchise itself is peculiar in ways that just do not make sense with characters acting so unnaturally sometimes, ignoring the obvious thing or somehow making the most absurd (yet right) assumptions, etc, so this happens in this series as well. It all comes down to how much you can like them and ignore such things, but of course it is not a good thing either way. Thankfully, there is a touching story involving a lot of characters this time and the more we learn, the better it gets.
Unfortunately, the art and animation have a lot of problems to the point that even in some close-up stills, the anatomy is pretty terrible which is astounding. I still consider it an upgrade though, because the opening/ending sequences were much better this time around and with better songs and I found myself rewinding to check some specific scenes created solely for the OP/ED. But that is all the positive feedback I can give to it, since the animation seems very simple most of the time and I was not a fan of some of the special effects used. However, they really tried bringing to life some of the game’s animations, which was welcome. Sound-wise, there was nothing impressive, but the voice actors were good (especially Godot, even though I didn’t like Hiroaki Hirata as a choice at first) and the OST is decent, with the 2nd OP being a weakness of mine.
Summing up, this is still not a great anime, but CloverWorks fixed to a big extent the problems that were there before and offered us an enjoyable watch, at least. If you are a fan of the game, you should definitely watch this. And if you are not, this deserves a chance someday!
More cases, more peculiar murders, and one suspicious woman that seems to keep popping up in everything that’s going on, the follow up to Naruhodo Ryuuichi’s start in his career as a defense attorney has him tackle more of these cases, this time with a lot more backstory and a lot more quirks to be had.
Noted as an adaptation from the third game of the Ace Attorney series, a lot doesn’t really change from the story aside from continuing to adapt cases from the source material, doing a sort of ‘animated tutorial’ with a hundred percent less trial and error hoping that you just ‘happen’ on the right answer since Naruhodo is a lot smarter of a defense attorney than (apparently) most people give him credit for. The quality of the show varies on a literal case by case basis as some of the defense cases are more interesting than others, so the overall story flow fluctuates depending on who or what is getting their time in the spotlight.
The one differing aspect from S2’s story this time around is the fact that the show has a set narrative regarding the past and presents of Naruhodo and his friends from the Ayasato clan, which by in large made the show a lot more interesting than should be given credit for since it surprisingly enough ties a number of things together in ways I didn’t think needed to be done, and actually for once engrossed me in the story and the eventual reveal and unveiling of everything since Season 1 was a series that I found either fun or exhausting to watch depending on who was slated to be put in the slammer. Really if it hadn’t been for three cases this time around all revolving around the same cast of characters and painting a full story within the lore of Ace Attorney, I probably wouldn’t have batted much of an eye at the whole thing.
The staying factors of Naruhodo and Mayoi haven’t really changed much beyond the explorations of their characters through their backstories. Since a massive chunk of this season is devoted to focusing on a select few cases that all revolve around the same cast, most of where their characters shine happens here where they’re at the forefront of the topic at hand due to their heavy involvement with the accused, culprits, and witnesses during these trials. It’s a nice change of pace since now Naruhodo has to put aside his personal ties in order to do his job, adding a nice bit of conflict to the usual zany cases that I’m sure would make any self respecting defense attorney want to take up the bottle due to the kinds of clues and convoluted plans these cases entail.
The rest of the recurring cast like the judge and Chief Itono don’t really shift all that much since their roles are primarily comedic fodder that also serves as the legal/civil team that helps with the investigations of these cases. The only major changes here exist in Mitsurugi’s role largely being pushed to the side with only one episode really dedicated to him, and the mysterious prosecutor Godot, who I would really think should be dead after ingesting so much black coffee in such a short amount of time.
As for the side characters who serve as the show’s ‘main attraction’, most if not all come back to be the series’s usual, quirky side cast that does their best at being (usually) hair pullingly annoying with varying mileage on my tolerance towards them depending on the case. Primarily one and done characters where solving the case/convicting the right person finishes their involvement with the series, a few that appear in the middle of the series show up to bring about that overarching narrative that I’ve been mentioning a few times. Strangely enough, the characters involved with THOSE cases feel a lot more like real people rather than oddities of society, making at the very least some of their actions seem plausible and a lot more interesting due to the results of their actions.
With CloverWorks picking up the slack from A-1’s work from Season 1, personally I don’t really see a difference with the artwork. Maybe a little more saturated than the shiny and bright polish that A-1 did when the series was in their hands, but the series largely looks the same, and that’s a lot better than what I was expecting since I usually expect a show that changes hands to boast an equally dramatic shift in art quality as well.
Likewise, the show still did its best to keep the little ‘quirks’ with everyone at the podium, animating replications of all the sprite movements that admittedly were a lot more annoying than I initially remember them being since I’m positive the they were just trying to fill up time with how often they were using them.
Personally I didn’t find much of many of the songs to be much of interest this time. At most I’d probably give Tomohisa Yamashita’s songs “Never Lose” and “Reason” credit for being an interesting pieces to listen to with their more mellow and modern beats, which while somehow really out of place with Ace Attorney, were definitely interesting choices that work well as songs to listen to on their own.
I honestly thought that this season would just be the ‘obligatory’ watching continuation of a series that I decided to watch on a whim and would continue doing so because I typically don’t like leaving series unfinished when there’s more material to watch. And for once I’m glad that I put time into watching it this time around because I had significantly more enjoyment this time around with the series.
While a number of the early cases in the season weren’t really all that stellar, it’s the last few that really made the series feel like it was worth watching beyond the quirky and borderline illegal murder court cases. I’m pretty sure a lot of what’s happening in that court room is a felony in and of itself. The fact that I felt engrossed watching the show when I previously didn’t really bat much of an eye towards Season 1 due to it seeming just average is a monumental improvement over what my expectations had initially put this series at. Man, people were right in saying that last case is their favorite. In context to everything, I can see why.
If you’re an Ace Attorney fan, you’re probably the one I would recommend this series to. While I typically relate the adaptation in closeness to the original source material, I’m not really qualified to say how close it is to the games. But at the very least I can say from the perspective of someone who has no idea what goes on in this series that this was a surprisingly fun series that had my eyes gunning for the next episode despite my apprehensions at the beginning.
11: Dirty Pair
English: Dirty Pair
MAL Score: 7.18
If you’re in a big trouble, call the World Welfare Work Association or WWWA. They will send out a team of highly trained capable agents called Trouble Consultants who can solve your problems. But if the team they send you is the Dirty Pair, there will be a lot of collateral damage aside from solving your problems.
The main characters, Kei and Yuri, are the Lovely Angels who work for the World Welfare Work Association or WWWA as "trouble consultants", i.e. hired mercenaries who fix issues for profit. As per the movie, they are also known by their popular name, the "Dirty Pair" because every mission they solve results in huge amounts of collateral damage.
The TV series was a little dissapointing in several respects. For one, it didn’t bring out the total awesomeness of the Dirty Pair’s destructive powers like the movies did – there is no "destruction on a massive scale from a relatively minor mission" (except for the first episode). There is destruction, but nowhere in the scale of what is seen in the movies. The TV episodes are also very short so plot development feels very rushed in most episodes.
The only positive is some additional character development. The episode about Billy Galet (Yuri’s old love) was particularly well done, but it was an outlier as the rest of the TV episodes didn’t go that deep. If you only watched the TV episodes you’d think Kei and Yuri were "girls" only interested in (1) Men (2) Dating (3) New Clothes (4) Bonuses and (5) Vacations. But in reality both women are much more complex characters than that and it didn’t come through in the TV series.
Additionally the animation is very sub par and "flat". It might have been ok in the 1980s or mid 1990s but when you take it into the 2000s it falls far short. The music is mediocre also.
Overall, I am a Dirty Pair fan because the girls are "sassy" trouble consultants and it’s always nice to see an anime where the heroines are sexy, good at their jobs and feminine without being overly cutesy. The only drawback is the TV series didn’t exploit this fully.
I am hoping that the updated "Dirty Pair Flash" or other OVAs will show the Dirty Pair to their full potential because as "we will fix things but oops we blew up (insert item, equipment, building, structure or planet here) something in the process" idea is a good one. All in all, if they made a live action Dirty Pair movie it would probably be great, if the correct actresses can bring the characters to life. The TV series in itself does not fully live up to its potential plot, character or animation wise.
Published by: Nozomi/LuckyPenny
Running Time: Part One (325 min.) Part Two (325 min.)
Format: Japanese Audio (Dolby Digital Mono), English Subtitles
Release Dates: Part One (6/4/2013) Part Two (8/6/2013)
It’s easy to be adamant about cherished childhood memories; particularly those revolving around beloved TV shows that shaped our imagination and oftentimes influenced our future career pursuits. I still remember feeling timelessly connected to the eighties He-Man cartoon which sparked my passion for illustration and animation. I also remember re-watching the first few episodes not too long ago, dumbfounded by just how poorly the show aged. It’s as if a piece of me was shredded to pieces…leaving me wondering where I saw the appeal in the first place. Then there are shows like Dirty Pair, which to this day feel as fresh as they did decades ago. From the neon-lit disco-style opening to the absurd action sequences and charming humor, Dirty Pair is a nostalgia trip worth taking regardless of how much time passes.
Dirty Pair was one of the first in bringing the popular “girls with guns” sub-genre to Anime. Its immediate success was soon followed up by classics like Bubblegum Crisis, Gall Force, and the now legendary Ghost in The Shell and Appleseed. The two ladies have become genre idols, influencing most female anime action personas we see today. While their prominence in Japanese animation is unquestionably admirable, it’s how relevant the show feels almost thirty years later that truly impresses. The balance between hilarious eighties cheesiness and masterful animation is remarkably inviting, making the episodes feel like something that could have been released a few years ago. Yes, there’s the unpleasant 4:3 aspect ration and occasional loss in color, but Yoshikazu Yasuhiko’s art style is as electrifying as ever.
This latest collection is being released in two parts, but it would be foolish not to grab both sets at once. Every part comes packed with thirteen episodes (3 discs per set), each in its original Japanese audio and Litebox-style keepcases. The audio quality is surprisingly well preserved (particularity during the louder action sequences) and the video is top notch. Colors are crisp and vibrant with very subtle discolorations in a few scenes and nearly unnoticeable artifacts and frame distortions. I ran the DVDs via my PS3 with the upscaling mode set to on, which gave the overall contrast ratio and color saturation a significant quality boost. Considering the show originally aired in 1985, it still looks and sounds surprisingly contemporary.
The show revolves around Kei and Yuri, two enticing members of the Trouble Consultant Team 234. The code named “Lovely Angels” are disaster magnets, always leaving a trail of utter chaos and madness…hence their nickname Dirty Pair. Despite their destructive temperament, they somehow always end up catching the bad guy, even if it means destroying half a city. Dirty Pair can be best described as a Cyberpunk action-comedy inspired by classics like Blade Runner and Mad Max. While the tone is clearly more lighthearted, fans of such films will absolutely devour the show’s diverse sci-fi aesthetic. The action sequences in nearly every episode are nothing short of amazing. The spectacular battle set pieces give Dirty Pair an impressive cinematic quality and while most of the series feels somewhat episodic in nature, the charming duo keeps each narrative segment thoroughly entertaining and captivating.
Whether you’re an Anime enthusiast or simply enjoy quality animation, Dirty Pair is a fantastic look back at one the finest eighties cartoon classics. Despite being nearly three decades old, Kei and Yuri are as lovable and hilarious as ever and the superbly preserved source material guarantees for a collection of the highest quality. Dirty Pair was a blast then…and it’s an absolute blast now!
10: Taiho Shichau zo: Full Throttle
English: You’re Under Arrest: Full Throttle
Japanese: 逮捕しちゃうぞ フルスロットル
MAL Score: 7.22
Miyuki Kobayakawa, fresh from forensics training in the United States and Natsumi Tsujimoto, from completing Japanese Self-Defense Force (JSDF) ranger training return in the long-awaited 3rd season of the highly popular series. This time, the duo rejoins active duty at Bokuto Police Department, fighting against crime using their wits and brawn, plus having some misadventures along the way.
The characters’ complex emotions and struggles left a lot to be desired, the animation was downgraded, all the season seemed like a filler on its own. Why bother drawing them if it would lead to this?
It would have been better to just conclude the series with 4 OVAs comprising the first two chapters and chapters 21 and 22.
The last episode is a little bit of a let down, but if you count the second to last as the last we get perfect resolutions to the important plot points with no useless information attached. We get some kind of resolution to the Miyuki/Ken OTP drama, and a solid crime solved. I personally would like a more resolute ending in some of the aspects of the show, but the vague endings add to the appeal of the show overall.
In this series, there were a couples of storylines and characters’ personalities slightly inconsistent from the past stories (S1, S2 & No Mercy). Nevertheless, it is quite entertained and enjoyable. The differences in Miyuki in this series made a lot more sense and served the story better in comparison to in S2. You will enjoy seeing the main character’s wit and strength and won’t have a moment of boredom.
9: Witch Hunter Robin
English: Witch Hunter Robin
Japanese: Witch Hunter ROBIN (ウイッチハンターロビン)
MAL Score: 7.26
Witches are individuals with special powers like ESP, telekinesis, mind control, etc. Robin, a 15-year-old craft user, arrives from Italy to Japan to work for an organization named STN Japan Division (STN-J) as a replacement for one of STN-J’s witch hunters who was recently killed. Unlike other divisions of STN, STN-J tries to capture the witches alive in order to learn why and how they became witches in the first place.
The story behind this show really draws you forward throughout each episode. It’s not a boss of the week show, and it’s not a mindless action flick. You’ll follow Robin as she finds out more and more secrets about the witch hunting organization she works for. The trials she goes through in order to achieve these hidden secrets are quite entertaining.
The animation is nothing amazing, but far from mediocre. Most of the series is shot in a dark environment, so be prepared to possibly turn up your screen/video gamma or you might miss a thing or two.
By far the biggest plus for WHR is its music score. Absolutely superb opening song “Shell”. All the other background music throughout the show fits in wonderfully too. I could not have asked for a more perfect soundtrack.
The relationship that grows between Robin and her work colleagues is well drawn out. Robin’s motives and actions are appropriate for her personality, and we see her change throughout the show as different things are presented before her.
All in all, I really enjoyed this series. There’s even some romance development, which is just enough to keep you hoping for something more. Gotta please us Robin fans. 🙂
While the story and plot is slow (sometimes tremendously), the overall plotline and conclusion to the anime makes you really see the epic and vast nature of just what was being approached with this series. Starting like any normal "monster-of-the-week" series, you are compelled into the daily investigations of the STNJ, a "secretive" detective agency (ala Men in Black) that hunts down abusive witches, individuals with various sorts of powers. Even some of these STNJ members are witches themselves, including the protagonist Robin. Robin is one of those characters that, in my opinion, stays with you long after you forget everything else about the series. As simple as she may seem on the outside, her personality and emotions unravel and become apparent later on in the series, and it does not disappoint. Robin is not the only highly characterized individual in the show, however. I found all of the other characters we met with just as comprehensive a background.
The art and sound in this show are very, very good, sporting a soundtrack by the same person who did the music for Rurouni Kenshin.
Overall, it was an unforgettable show for me that I both enjoyed and basked watching hours at a time.
Now, although I did not like it, I would not call it a bad anime. It does have a level of drive that you don’t really notice until you realize, “wow, I finished this after all?” It does not have much substance, but the little it does have it works with well and makes sure to tie up all the loose ends. WHR is well-structured.
Character-wise, as mentioned before, I liked them but didn’t love them. It goes back to the setting. They do the same thing while you slowly learn more about them, and though the base concept is definitely interesting in its own way, it was not enough to keep me enthralled.
For people who are looking for something action-filled, and creepy and gory, look elsewhere I say. While it does have quite a bit of action, and a few creepy scenes here and there, gore is completely absent (which, in my opinion, is not a bad thing). WHR takes itself seriously in its level of what’s needed is there, and what would be excess stays absent. Deaths are also very subtle, not dumbed down in the “his throat was slit why is there no blood?” sense, but just hinted at enough to get what happened.
WHR’s small substance of a story worked for and against it. To some it might be for, whereas you can immerse and follow easier if you love the characters. But for others, such as myself, it lacked the quirks that make a story worth following. It was all story without plot and without the character of fiction.
8: Meitantei Holmes
English: Sherlock Hound
MAL Score: 7.37
Loosely based on the “Sherlock Holmes” series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Hound turns all the classic characters into dogs. The canine Sherlock Holmes, his assistant Watson, and housemaid Mrs. Hudson work together to solve mysteries. The culprit is usually Professor Moriarty and his gang, who use all kinds of wacky contraptions to steal what they want.
At first, I thought this was going to be serious like all the other Sherlock Homes creations out there but this is like a children’s version of the story. It feels strange to see Professor Moriarty actually taking part in the crimes instead of just having his henchmen doing it. It pulls away a lot from the normal story line with the difference that each show can pretty much be standing on its own and you don’t need much to understand them. It’s like a crime of the week and I don’t remember if there was any that actually went 2 shows long.
I like how whimsical they make the story and it has some of the feel as the real Sherlock Homes, although they don’t really let you try to piece together the crime yourself which makes me rather sad.
I never really liked the music to it but I love the animals being portrayed as humans. Though sometimes the dogs look like cats such as a very small boy in one of the episodes. I wasn’t surprised when I found out that Miyazaki actually helped create this show even if some of it wasn’t the greatest.
⚠️ This review will be spoiler-free ⚠️
Probably the weakest link in this series is its continuity. Towards the beginning of the series, Professor Moriarty takes the beautiful Mary Hudson (part of the ※triad of Sherlock’s companions) hostage, and falls madly in love with her modest and virtuous demeanor. This plot point seemed very interesting, especially since Sherlock seems to be quite taken with her as well, but this progression is completely nixed after a couple of episodes that vaguely hint at it. While often being the case in televised programming, other shows are still able to be more tactful with keeping true to the prior character progressions.
※ I assume she’s a shoe-in for Irene Adler.
Sadly, this series has no real character development. Something will be hinted at or shown to be canonical in one episode, but then, the next segment will completely ignore what had happened a mere episode earlier! It’s ingratiating, because it feels as though there’s no real growth happening. An example of where an episodic formula works really well in one of my all-time favorite shows, “Galaxy Express 999”! Most of the characters that they meet along their galactic journey are never seen again and Maetel has a nearly impenetrable poker face, so the lead male character, Tetsurō, is shown undergoing a considerable evolution from wanting to escape impoverishment through immortality, and then accepting his mortality and being fine with his fragility and human limitations. The characters in “Meitantei Holmes” are like morsels of bean paste, in comparison to that!
Luna’s Favorite Works by Each Respective Creator = ✅
Hayao Miyazaki (director), notable works:
* Gake no Ue no Ponyo
* Ghibli ga Ippai Special Short
* Hoshi wo Katta Hi (“The Day I Bought a Star”)
* Howl no Ugoku Shiro
* Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä ✅
* Kaze Tachinu (“The Wind Rises”) ✅
* Kemushi no Boro
* Koro no Dai Sanpo (“Koro’s Big Day Out”)
* Kujiratori (“The Whale Hunt”)
* Kurenai no Buta (“Porco Rosso”) ✅
* Kūsō no Sora Tobu Kikaitachi
* Lupin III: Cagliostro no Shiro ✅
* Majo no Takkyūbin (“Kiki’s Delivery Service”) ✅
* Mei to Koneko Bus
* Mimi wo Sumaseba (“Whisper of the Heart”) ✅
* Mirai Shōnen Conan
* Mirai Shōnen Conan: Kyodaiki Gigant no Fukkatsu
* Mizugumo Monmon
* Mononoke Hime
* Nandarō (“What is it?”)
* On Your Mark ✅
* Pandane to Tamago-hime (“Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess”)
* Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (“Spirited Away”) ✅
* Sora Iro no Tane (“The Sky-Colored Seed”)
* Tenkū no Shiro Laputa (“Castle in the Sky”) ✅
* Tonari no Totoro (“My Neighbor Totoro”) ✅
* Yadosagashi (“House Hunting”)
Commentary: Mr. Miyazaki doesn’t need an introduction, he is large reason why Japanese animations have become so much of a respected medium in the western hemisphere of the world. Simply put, “Meitantei Holmes” is visually stunning: the fluid animation, the expressive character motions, the gorgeous backdrops with an inventive configuration of shots. This series has Ghibli-tier production levels, but TMS Entertainment has a lot of clout to its name, too. After all, I mean, look what they’ve done with the “Lupin III” and “Detective Conan” franchises! Legendary director, his work is more than worthy of the praise it gets, though Isao Takahata needs more adulation, as well.
Good Seiyū Work = ✅
Really Enjoyed the Seiyū’s Performance = ✅ ✅
One of Luna’s Favorite Performances OF ALL TIME = ✅ ✅ ✅
I watched “Meitantei Holmes” with the English dub, so I will list the Japanese seiyū, but comments will be on the performances of the English voice actors.
Taichirō Hirokawa as Sherlock Holmes, notable roles:
* Carlos Rivera, Ashita no Joe ✅ ✅ ✅
* Curtis Newton, Captain Future
* Ken’ichi Kurokawa, Mezzo DSA
* Phoebus Abel, Saint Seiya
* Mamoru Kodai, Uchū Senkan Yamato ✅
Larry Moss as Sherlock Holmes, notable roles:
Commentary: Mr. Moss is mostly known for being in live musicals and working as an acting coach. I am not familiar with his other productions, but his portrayal of Sherlock HOUND is very true to what one would imagine the real Sherlock Holmes to sound like: prudent and inquisitive, a little bit grumpy on occasion. Amazing work!
Kōsei Tomita as Doctor Watson, notable roles:
* Daemon Abashiri, Abashiri Ikka
* Dr. Hell, CB Chara Go Nagai World, Mazinger Z, and Mazinkaiser ✅✅
* Danbei Hayami, Cutey Honey ✅
* Jirokichi Suzuki, Detective Conan ✅✅
* Doraemon, Doraemon (1973) ✅
* Professor Saotome, Getter Robo
* Ayanoroji Mashumaro, Hana no Kakarichō
* Bakabon no Papa, Heisei Tensai Bakabon
* Oyaji Hige, in every Osamu Tezuka adaptation ✅ ✅ ✅
* Sniff, Mūmin
* Hakka Don, SF Saiyūki Starzinger
* Yohei Hayami, Shinkai no Kantai: Submarine 707
* Bouleuse Gotho, Sōkō Kihei Votoms
* Gandal, UFO Robo Grendizer
* Dr. Oedo and Tamaga, Wakusei Robo Danguard Ace
Lewis Arquette as Doctor Watson, notable roles:
* Doctor Onishi, Akira — in the “Streamline” version of the English dub
* Mr. Cilia, As Told By Ginger
Commentary: Mr. Arquette is a famous actor, but doesn’t many other voicing credits, aside from side character voices! Out of the main cast, he doesn’t stand out terribly much, but he comes across as a very subdued and logical companion to his dear friend, Sherlock Holmes. Great job!
Yōko Asagami as Mary Hudson, notable roles:
* Mayu, Arei no Kagami: Way to the Virgin Space
* Akemi Itō, Chōjin Densetsu Urotsukidōji
* Saeko Nogami, City Hunter ✅✅
* Harulu Ajiba, Densetsu Kyojin Ideon ✅ ✅ ✅
* Alois Cogez, Flanders no Inu
* Layla Mineri, Ginga Reppuu Baxingar
* Machiko Valencia, Ginga Senpū Braiger
* Birdy Shaw, Ginga Shippū Sasuraiger
* Claire, Ginga Tetsudō 999 ✅✅✅
* Kanna Yūki and Layla Destiny Shula, Ginga Tetsudō Monogatari ✅✅
* Chiiko Komori, Majokko Tickle
* Nami Shimaoka, Marine Snow no Densetsu
* Ellie Kusumoto, Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01
* Belfy, Mori no Yōki na Kobito-tachi: Belfy to Lillibit
* Nell, Sasurai no Shōjo Nell
* Yuki Mori, Uchū Senkan Yamato ✅✅✅
Patricia Parris as Mary Hudson, notable roles:
* Alice, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland ✅✅✅
* Cinderella, Disney’s Cinderella ✅✅
* Lady, Disney’s Lady and the Tramp ✅✅✅
* Daisy Duck, Mickey’s Christmas Carol and Totally Minnie ✅✅
* Nora, Pete’s Dragon
* The Blue Fairy, Disney’s Pinocchio ✅✅✅
* Kanga, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ✅✅✅
Commentary: Beautiful voice, I had no idea that Ms. Parris had starred in such high profile Disney roles, but it’s no wonder. Mary Hudson in “Sherlock Hound” is a paragon of femininity and grace, not unlike her casting as The Blue Fairy in “Pinocchio” and Cinderella in the Disney version of the tale! Incredible acting! I was utterly bewitched by her loveliness!
Chikao Ōtsuka as Professor Moriarty, notable roles:
* Piemon and Apocalymon, Digimon Adventure ✅
* Tao Pai Pai, Dragonball
* Goemon Ishikawa XIII, Lupin III ✅
* Professor Moriarty, Meitantei Holmes ✅
* Boshu, Legendary Gambler Tetsuya
* Flip, Little Nemo
* Ivo Robotnik, Sonic X ✅
* Tora, Ushio to Tora
Hamilton Camp as Professor Moriarty, notable roles
* Greedy Smurf and Harmony Smurf, The Smurfs ✅✅
* Fenton Crackshell and Gizomoduck, DuckTales ✅✅
* Little Brother Bear, Yogi’s Great Escape ✅✅
* Dracula, Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf ✅✅
* Mr. Gruber, Paddington Bear
* Mountie and Chief Beetlebreath, Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers ✅
* Weesel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ✅
* Ayam Aghoul, Disney’s Aladdin ✅✅✅
* Chihuahua, All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 ✅
* Pig, Dr. Dolittle ✅
* Merlin, Disney’s House of Mouse ✅
* Principal, Dexter’s Laboratory ✅
* Country Dirt Knome, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy ✅
Commentary: Despite being a mischievous devil of a character, Mr. Camp is able to make Moriarty both dogged and sympathetic. The performance reminded me of King K. Rool in “Donkey Kong Country” — he’s a similar type of evil-doer. Impeccable work!
Mayumi Tanaka as Polly, notable roles:
* Jean, Anime Sanjūshi
* Senaca, Arion
* Wataru Ikusabe, Chō Mashin Eiyūden Wataru (series)
* Liú Mǎoxīng, Chūka Ichiban!
* Kappei Sakamoto, Dash! Kappei
* Yajirobe and Kuririn, Dragon Ball (series) ✅✅✅
* Daiya Tsuwabuki, Gaiking: Legend of Daiku-Maryu
* Yū Tagami, Giant Gorg ✅
* Giovanni, Ginga Tetsudō no Yoru ✅✅✅
* Hanpeita Tsukuda, Gu-Gu Ganmo
* Ken Taiga, Jūshin Liger
* Sanpei, Kappa no Sanpei
* Nekomaru, Kidō Shinsengumi Moeyo Ken
* Gen Tokishima, MAPS: Densetsu no Samayoeru Seijin-tachi
* Elmony, Master of Epic: The Animation Age
* Lassie, Meiken Lassie
* Mojackō, Mojackō
* Lillibit, Mori no Yōki na Kobito-tachi: Belfy to Lillibit
* Papuwa, Nangoku Shōnen Papuwa-kun
* Kirimaru Settsuno, Nintama Rantarō
* Monkey D. Luffy, One Piece ✅✅✅
* Chibita, Osomatsu-kun (1988) ✅
* Kanna Kirishima, Sakura Taisen ✅✅
* Mit-sah, Shiroi Kiba White Fang Monogatari
* Hinotama Kozō, Sore Ike! Anpanman
* Pazu, Tenkū no Shiro Laputa ✅
* Luckyman, Tottemo! Luckyman
* Musuke Satō, Two Down Full Base
* Ryūnosuke Fujinami, Urusei Yatsura ✅✅✅
* Susumu Sugita, Wonder Beat Scramble
* Koenma, Yū☆Yū☆Hakusho ✅✅✅
Note: Polly’s English voice is uncredited.
Conclusively, although this series follow a standard, formulaic pattern of episodic stories — it’s still a deeply wholesome and passion-filled project, brimming with breathtakingly beautiful sequences. Much of Hayao Miyazaki’s love for mechanical design and aircraft machinery shines through in this series, like it did in films like “The Wind Rises” and “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind”! It isn’t visually jaw-dropping in each and every episode, like it in his later Ghibli productions, but it still has a unique style all its own! “Sherlock Hound” is a 6/10, and a recommendation for any fan of Hayao Miyazaki’s other animations!
Art ‘Meitantei Holmes’ is the best things i like it, thanks to the involvement of Italians, we got wonderful artistic style and great animation,Meitantei Holmes’ looks better than most titles of the nineties.
when i saw it in first time in aonther recommendations i thinking it’s for children, but if you like sharlok you will be like ‘Meitantei Holmes’ .
the Sound and music, i really liked the music it’s not mannered .
Overall i enjoyed everything is good
7: Taiho Shichau zo: Second Season
English: You’re Under Arrest: Fast & Furious
Japanese: 逮捕しちゃうぞ SECOND SEASON
MAL Score: 7.40
AA! Megami Sama creator, Kosuke Fujishima, is back with the second season of Taiho Schihauzo (You’re Under Arrest). Same characters, two policewomen, the gentle Miyuki and the wild Natsumi teamed up together in Bokuto police station`s traffic division.
Other characters including Kenichi, the motorcycle cop who has a feeling for Miyuki; Yoriko with her gossip and Aoi, a transvestite. They all ready to take on harmless criminals and costumed weirdos… You think you can have a better police station?
Like I said earlier, the first half was the standard, but the second half was very good. It all starts with Natsumi getting an invitation to join a police special forces group. This made all the her co-workers/friends, esp. Miyuki really question how each other are part of this group. Even Ken started having doubts about himself because of a situation with Miyuki. Even the ending strengthens the characters with each other.
I do enjoy this series because they characters are adults instead of being there as comic relief for junior high/high school students. We adults have problems also.
So to break it down:
Story – 8: I had to give it an 8. The average of the first half and second half.
Art – 7: This will never be as good as the details from the OVAs of the first season. The artwork did take a hit. I wish more time was given to make the characters and scenes look better at times.
Sound – 7: Felt overpowered by the background sound. I do miss the sounds of the motors that Fujishima puts into his creations.
Characters – 9: All were great! We got to see more of everyone, including the rookie Saori and Nakajima’s dad and step-mom.
Enjoyment – 9: Of course. Just seeing an adult cast in a slice-of-life series was worth it.
Overall – 8: It had it’s weaknesses and strengths. You will enjoy this a bit more if you enjoyed season 1.
The story in season 2 started with a fresh opening but didn’t live up to one’s expectations. It had got many cliches you can see in other anime, and a lot of themes had already been done in season one too.
This series depicted more on character’s relationships. It became a drag and annoying when it failed to get across what the main character was actually thinking and deliberately went to the extreme at some points.
However, if you are looking for romance and drama, it might just be your cup of tea.
6: Taiho Shichau zo (TV)
English: You’re Under Arrest (1996)
Japanese: 逮捕しちゃうぞ (1996)
MAL Score: 7.54
Tokyo Highway Patrolwomen Natsumi and Miyuki get off to a bad start when Miyuki busts Natsumi for reckless moped driving on her way to work. Things get worse when they find out they’re going to be partners!
A continuation of the OVA series, the adventures of Tokyo policewomen Natsumi and Miyuki continue in the You’re Under Arrest TV series. It’s back to Bokuto Precinct, where demented felons and bashful (but hunky) policemen abound, and where the cutest girl in the office… isn’t a girl.
You’re Under Arrest! Its been one anime that I’ve been meaning to watch for years and years and have simply ignored for one reason or another. I knew all about it being the first child of Kosuke Fujishima (who also fathered another of my favorite all time franchises, Ah! My Goddess), and I had heard good things, but I just never ever bothered.
For the past week, I bothered.
Fourty-seven episodes never went by so quick. I was simply blown away at the sheer “goodness” of this series. From amazingly well developed characters to the quirk 90s fusion jazz soundtrack, there wasn’t a single bad thing I could find here. Granted, there were leaps of logic at times, and a few episodes were just way too corny, but none of that really detracted from what proved to be a truly enjoyable series.
Onto the synopsis.
If you’ve never heard of the basic story, then you’re either young or living under a rock. Tsujimoto Natsumi, on her way to her first day at work, is flagged down for violating several traffic laws by a beautiful policewoman named Kobayawa Miyuki. She then discovers that Miyuki is her new patrol partner at the Bokuto Station; Traffic section. The two start out rocky, but develop into one of the most impressive crime fighting duos ever seen.
Sorry Batman & Robin, but you need to step aside.
They unlikely pair are surrounded by a bevy of personalities including a timid mountain man (Nakajima Ken), a happy, gossipy, busybody (Nikaidou, Yoriko), and a stoic enigma of a section chief (Kachou). Throw in a draq queen and an archetype detective and you got yourself a decent supportive cast.
But it doesn’t end there! Through their misadventures, Natsumi and Miyuki constantly encounter one of the most bizzare “superheroes” in anime history. Strike Man, the masked vigilante, while proving to be ultimately harmless, bungles his way through the series as a friendly pseudo-antagonist while providing some hilarious JUSTICE monologues. His deadly mega-ultimate-meteor-fireball-crusher-strike-ball-of-justice is a thing of deadly beauty…though Natsumi has never once failed to hit it out of the proverbial park and send him packing.
Another interesting character is one of the least seen but most explored. Tokairin Shoji makes his first appearance, unannounced and unheralded, late into the series but slowly develops as something very special. For someone like me who has never once touched this franchise, it was incredibly awesome to watch this guy interact with the existing characters, so I won’t spoil anything, but I can guarantee you that his presence “makes” the series.
Of course the cast doesn’t end there, but I got to cut it off at some point right? Shout outs go to the old man/young girl couple, the intense teenage policewoman wanna be, the kindergarten kids, and Beach Volley Ball Man.
Yes, Beach Volley Ball Man.
With all these interesting characters, its easy to think only a few of them matter. That simply isn’t the case. While everyone does have their part to play, their path to that part is well explained and shown. It seemed as though for each character, even the most minor of them, the viewer is given a history and a reason to not only care for them, but also grow attached.
In other words, the characters are the story. Their actions, their relationships with one another, and the blossoming romances and admiration are the selling points, and with as uplifting as they prove to be, I’d be hard pressed not to buy!
Love, Friendship, and ACTION! Simple, heartwarming, and honest. Everything about this series gave off those feelings, and the soundtrack champions those themes.
Now, jazz certainly isn’t the most popular music genres, and even less so is fusion jazz, but considering the setting and date of the series (1996 Japan), the music fits perfectly and adds a little something extra to every scene…smooth when it needs to be and fast paced fusion-action during the more volatile scenarios. The two opening songs were excellent and addictive while the endings did a nice job wrapping things up. As always, music is a matter of personal taste, so perhaps being a fan of jazz AND fusion jazz jades me, but I would think most anyone would agree that this was a decent OST.
Ultimately You’re Under Arrest! was one of the most entertaining anime I have ever seen. I full expect to immerse myself in the franchise as a result, and I have to say, I’d expect the same from anyone else who gives this a try. There is a prequel four episode OVA, but they don’t pack the same punch. If you’re interested in the franchise, THIS is the installment you’ll want to use as your barometer.
I HIGHLY recommend this. It doesn’t matter whether you prefer new school or old school, action or romance, policewomen or goddess…this is something you’ll want to check out for sure.
You’re under arrest is a blast from the 90’s providing everything that I wanted from this kind of show: Characters who steal your heart with their personality and charisma, jazzy ost during each episode and catchy op and ed song that makes you dance, unique animation style used during the 90’s(glittering water animation is one my favorites) and finally a solid story that gives you a nostalgic feeling if you were a kid of the 90’s.
The sound of the car engine running on the highway, the jazzy ost that accompanies it, a monologue filled with substance and depth told into the sunset, a dialogue line that emphasize the characters traits, a one second decision that changes everything during a car chase, this is what You’re under arrest offer to it’s viewers.
You’re under arrest is a show that focuses on the daily life of its characters but also on their job as policemen/policewomen. It aims on the both sides of the coin and it does a great job at doing so, the result is a action packed slice of life with great female characters who steal you’re heart with their personality and charisma, and capable male characters who despite their lazy and funny personality when they’re is no room for mistake they are the ones who you can rely on them.
The characters are what makes this kind of show great! They have their own moments and spotlight during the show were they manage to shine. A single glance to their partner is enough to make both of them understand the next course of action is, one dialogue line filled with substance that changes everything, a flashback used at the right moment, well done collaboration to solve a case, these are the things which You’re under arrest uses for the development of its characters.
You can easily distinguish the characters from their course of action and unique personality traits. We have Miyuki( best grill of course) a mechanical freak who loves to make adjustments on cars and motorcycles but she also has a sweet side and a crush on one of her colleagues, Natsumi who relies on brute force and her competitive spirit to manage everything, Nakajima a professional bike rider who has a crush on one of her female colleagues but he is to shy to confess, the Chief who is always lazy but serious and does his job perfect when it counts, Aoi who is one of the best traps that I have seen, her character and reasons are so well handled that you can relate to why he dresses as a women and finally Fujiko who looks like a hopeless policewomen at first glance who likes to gossip but when you get to know her she is really suited for her job. What I am trying to say is that the characters have depth, substance and solid reasons of choosing these line of career.
As many shows with a length of 50 episodes you will find some so called “filler episodes” that are only for the comic relief or to take a break from the serious episodes. Don’t worry this show has some serious and dark arcs that portray the pride and stake of what means to be a police officer and how the public perceives this institution. You will see sweat on the face of the characters, you will see them putting everything they have at stake to protect their pride and honor as police officers during those arcs so you won’t be disappointed at all.
The music is one of my favorites aspects from this show, the opening song is so catchy that I almost find myself dancing on it, the ending song is so 90’s and has a nostalgic vibe and the jazzy ost during each episode makes me raise the volume higher. While the animation quality is not as great as the one from the ova(you will be amazed how each detail was so well crafted despite it’s 24 years age) the visuals still manage to capture my attention and during the the action scenes the animation is top notch for its time.
I gave this show a 9 because I want others to try it out especially for the slice of life lovers who want something different you will not be disappointed, contrary you will be surprised like I was about how good the sol moments were handled. It’s the magic of Studio Deen that manages each time to create something enjoyable and solid for its audience. Well then thank you for your time and patience reading this and I hope you will have a blast watching this anime!
Story: Simple but profound way to portray human warmth and values (7/10)
A police comedy drama about the two patrol officers Tsujimoto, Natsumi and Kobayakawa, Miyuki and their daily adventures in the traffic department of the Bokutou police station in Tokyo. The little adventures that you might find too fluffy, but the characters are brought into some slightly thrilling situations and the way in which the little everyday disasters are solved is credible and provides a lot of fun on the other hand. One can criticize that a police officer should not show up at work with a hangover and that the overall tone is a little too breezy for a series about policemen, high-speed hunts and natural disasters. There are no shootings, no deaths of any kind. Instead, villains are arrested, people rescued and dates enjoyed. Maybe that’s why I like the show so much, because everything is solved in a human and understandable way.
Characters: cute and well portrayed, therefore sympathetic & interesting (8/10)
The characterization is well done and focuses on how the two very different women become friends and how their partnership helps them to become better at their job. This is also the summary of the OVA. If you asked me for a recommendation, it would be like this, watch the first four episodes (OVA) and if you don’t like it, skip the series.
She is open-minded, funny and has a certain inclination to see everything as a competition that has to be won. She’s the type: female buddy, which sometimes leads to very funny scenes. However, she is friendly and kindhearted, very credible and adorable in her own way, a true friend.
She’s the perfect counterpart, she’s serious, patient and a hell of a mechanic. Call me old-fashioned and typically male, but a woman with whom you can spend a whole day in the garage repairing a motorcycle or a car, and she also has a very good taste in terms of classical cars, drives in private life a Toyota GT 2000, I’m in love 😉
The supporting characters may be stereotypical, but they are well-structured and fulfill their roles. On the other hand, the diversity of different characters keeps the story interesting and remains exciting until the very end.
At first glance, a strict but loyal superior, to whom all others show great respect and trust. He fulfills his role well and the more the series progresses, the more human he appears. His character is gradually revealed, which is done very well.
Fox Oshou (temple priest):
My personal favorite among the secondary character. I don’t want to reveal too much at this point, except that I`m sure if you watch the show (esp. the OVA), you will understand why I think the priest is pretty cool.
I know that he is 100% stereotypical, but his character is so brilliantly described that fits perfectly. He respects the law, is decent person and just a little naive and so wonderfully clumsy about women (esp. Miyuki) that you can only laugh about it. Nevertheless, his character gets a development, which is very slow but steady, you almost don’t notice it, only in the end you think, Oh! What happened?
She’s kind of cute but she’s also the worst kind of gossip-monger, what often causes misunderstandings and additional problems.
Beside Natsumi and Miyuki one of the most interesting characters of the series. The way the character is introduced may be a little embarrassing at first, but the rest of the series shows an excellent character portrayal. Even this extraordinary personality meets all human facets and the character as well as his motives are comprehensibly developed out of the situation.
Visuals: Art and animation are handled very well (8/10)
Art shows a great deal of skill and ambition, not only for the time in which the anime was created. It is a well-known fact that Fujishima-san is a fan of cars and motorcycles and therefore the drawings of the vehicles are very detailed. But also the character sketches, for which Nakajima, Atsuko (OVA) and for the TV-series again Nakajima, Atsuko and Matsutake, Tokuyuki were responsible, are very well done and make the individual characters very lively. For a time when computer animation was still in its infancy, the colours may not be as varied, but beautiful in their entirety. Furthermore wonderful shadings and successful transitions were created. In addition, the animation especially of the pursuits drives are awesome. A really great example are the multiple chases in bad weather, these passages are simply gorgeous.
Sounds: sound effects, voices and BGM match the series well (8/10)
The BGM by Ōtani Kō is very well done (Ep. 1-4 OVA), accompanies the plot well and in particular is not used continuously. If you think of City Hunter and Gundam Wing, you are already familiar with his works. A very positive aspect of his arrangements is that the characters obtain the opportunity to show a development based solely on their facial expressions and actions that are not influenced by background music. I like this signs of professionalism and creativity very much, which offers the characters space to unfold a great deal of complexity and leave it to the audience to interpret it unaffected by the BGM. Iwasaki Yasunori joined the team for the musical design of the following TV series (Ep. 5-51).
The OP for the OVA is „100mph no Yuuki” by Hiramatsu, Akiko & Tamagawa, Sakiko. It`s a cheerful title sung by the Seiyū of Natsumi and Miyuki and sounds like a typical idol song but lyrics and melody convey the right mood.
The ED is again sung by Tamagawa-san & Hiramatsu-san and is called “Arittake no Jōnetsu de” a gentle, soft ending sequence. Both OP and ED impress with very good art and animation, especially considering the fact that they were created around the mid 90s. The two similar sequences that revolve around the two policewomen are very pleasant to watch. The movements of the characters are natural, there aren’t a lot of still frames used and as mentioned above, the sketches of the characters are pretty well done, with lots of details and a grandiose play of light and shadow.
The TV series starts from Ep. 5 to 25 with the title “Boku de Aru Tame ni” by Flying Kids, a real catchy tune from the 90s. You can listen to it or dance Fox Trot, if you like.
The ED for Ep. 5-25 is “Thank You, Love”, sung by Terada, Keiko a really wonderful song, a favorite of mine. A good musical arrangement and the tender singing Terada-san is a pleasure to listen.
The opening of Ep. 26 to the end is “Love Somebody” by Fukui, Mariko, also beautiful, but the Japanese pop singer sings a bit faster and more lively. The title was also her debut.
The ED from episode 26 is “Sora o Miagete” sung by Shirai, Takako. It is a beautiful song, a really great melody and a gorgeous voice. Maybe the ED animation is a bit simple, but the character images are incredibly beautiful.
The voice acting and dialogue directing in Japanese were done very neatly, of course not without clichés, but also many scenes that are quite funny with typical Japanese puns and cultural jokes. A little sad is that the the lip-sync was not done correctly. Sometimes there is a sound without mouth movement, but that`s just a minor mistake. For those looking for an English dub, before you get your knickers in a twist, a little warning that Natsumi sounds like a West Coast beach beauty. Also, AnimEigo’s English dubbing is not faithful to the original, but surprisingly the English subtitles have been done much better in this regard, so I would recommend the original with subtitles.
This leads us directly to the voice actors, a very good overall picture of the character roles. I particularly liked the voice of Kobayakawa Miyuki, spoken by Hiramatsu, Akiko. She added a very feminine and caring softness to the character role, which fit well.
Also, the voice actress Kozakura, Etsuko as the voice of Nikaidou, Yoriko has shown a very good performance and Yoriko`s character as the gossip of the police station is vividly presented.
And last but not least, Matsumoto, Rica as voice of Aoi, Futaba was a very good choice, a pleasant sound, warm and mellow.
Taiho Shichauzo focuses on it`s characters and their personalities and doesn’t seek to entertain the audience with excessive bloodshed, shootings and cruelty. A series that is really worth seeing, charming and enjoyable, at a good pace. All in all nice entertainment, recommended to fans who like a cop story a little easier and humorous.
Thanks for reading and have fun watching.
5: Fugou Keiji: Balance:Unlimited
English: The Millionaire Detective – Balance: UNLIMITED
Japanese: 富豪刑事 Balance:UNLIMITED
MAL Score: 7.54
Daisuke Kanbe, a man of extraordinary wealth, is assigned to the Modern Crime Prevention Headquarters as a detective. It is there that he gets partnered with Haru Katou, a humane detective who values justice above all. The two are polar opposites, and their morals clash time and time again. Haru despises Daisuke for using monetary wealth to solve cases, as he believes that money isn’t everything. The two will have to combine their efforts, however, to solve the mysteries that are coming their way.
There were things that I liked – like the opening and ending songs, also the drawing style, but that’s all.
I’m being so mean about this anime, because I was very excited about it when it first came out, but like I mentioned in the beginning, it’s amazing potential was wasted.
Honestly this series was such a unique experience to watch and I loved it from start to finish. The series starts off episodic with the MCs solving individual crimes to help smooth us into the story then it gets to the main plotline later on. The immediate appeal is Daisuke and the whole theme of Balance Unlimited. I never get sick of seeing him throw around money to solve his problems with that smug smile that makes it hard to hate the guy.
Matter of fact Daisuke is now one of my top 3 favourite male characters. The characters in this series are all pretty great. But definitely the highlight of the show is Kato and Daisuke. They have such good chemistry from their opposing views that make them such good partners. One is a normal guy while the other a rich millionaire with a flawed common sense. So the two complement each other where the other lacks. Just watching these two talk is amusing as hell.
As usual with a great anime the soundtrack is AMAZING in Balance Unlimited. It gives it such a unique vibe and feel with its jazz/trumpets that gives that kind of James Bond spy type of feel. Also helps Daisuke’s natural charisma to make him the ultimate chad badass lol. The OP is SO GODDAM CATCHY!!!! It really encompasses that rich theme the series has.
Overall I absolutely loved watching this series and highly recommend if you’re even slightly interested in the premise or look of the series give it a try. Or if you’re not quite hooked yet just go watch the OP on youtube and that might motivate you to watch it with how good the OP is. A very high 9/10. Will definitely buy it on DVD and re-watch again in the future. I’d love to revisit some of the earlier episodes again.
The story of this show is pretty good. Some might say it’s nothing to write home about but I believe that the story was good for the narrative the creators wanted to pull off. The first few episodes are sort of in an episodic nature, with just a case-of-the-day sort of setup, but the actual story picks up after that. As per what you’d expect with a detective show, the story has a good amount of mystery and twists that keep the viewers intrigued from start to finish. The concept of Daisuke’s unlimited balance, hence the title, lends itself to very interesting, unique, and fun occurrences. When they’re doing detective work, it’s interesting to see them uncover clues and put the pieces together. The action is well done, and while some may see it as a tiny bit over-the-top because of Daisuke’s James Bond-esque gadgets and obscene amount money, I think it’s great in the context of this show.
I absolutely loved the art style of this anime. The best way I’d describe it is quasi-simplistic. Everything in this show is animated with just a little bit less detail than a traditional anime, which gives it a quite unique art style. It really stands out from other shows and just looks really great. As for the characters, they are all animated very smooth and well. There are some instances of CGI in this show, mainly just with vehicles, but it doesn’t distract from the show.
The sound design is well done in this show. All the effects sound like they should. As for the soundtrack, it is sublime. The soundtrack has a soundtrack reminiscent of buddy-cop shows and movies that helps to set this show apart from others like the art style does. It uses more brass-sounding music that just sound really good. This show also has really good opening and ending songs. This is one of the few shows where I never skipped the opening. NAVIGATOR by SixTONES is a very good song that is also quite catchy. It’s more clean-sounding to reflect one of the main characters, Daisuke Kambe. The ending, Welcome My Friend by OKOMATO’S, is also quite good, although not as good as the opening. I often found myself staying for this ending, something I usually don’t do. This song has more of a rugged-sounding effect to reflect the other main character, Haru Kato. Voice acting is also very good. Daisuke Kambe is voiced by, as far as I know, a newcomer to the voice acting business, Yuusuke Oonuki, as this is his first and only role listed on MAL. He does a fantastic job. The voice fits the character perfectly. That is the only voice acting I felt like specifically mentioning, but the rest of the voice acting is really great.
The characters are done quite well in this show. For starters, the main characters are very likeable. Daisuke and Haru have great chemistry. Even though they often butt heads over conflicting ideals, their reasonings for doing things are perfectly understandable. Also, they are very entertaining together. The development the main characters receive is very good, as well. I won’t delve into it to avoid spoilers, though. I won’t spoil who the villain is, but I will say that the reveal was initially a little confusing, but once I put more thought into it I understood it fine. The side characters, while they don’t add too much to the story, are still quite entertaining. It was always nice when they were featured in an episode.
I couldn’t get enough of this show when it initially aired. It was so much fun watching a new episode and seeing how the intriguing story progresses. It was also fun to see character interactions and how they bounce off each other.
Despite some minor flaws, The Millionaire Detective – Balance: UNLIMITED takes the detective genre and gives it a fresh twist that manages to stay very entertaining from start to finish. From the characters to the music to the art style, everything in this show is well done one way or another. It really sucks that this show is on the short side, as it only clocks in at 11 episodes, but that just gives you more of a reason to quickly check it out. I’d highly recommend seeing this show for yourselves. It’s exclusive to Funimation if you want to go out and see it.
4: ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka
English: ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.
Japanese: ACCA 13区監察課
MAL Score: 7.67
ACCA—a national body of the kingdom of Dowa that provides public services to the citizens of the country—was established as part of the peace settlement between the king of Dowa and the 13 states of the country during a revolt. One hundred years later, Dowa is in a period of unprecedented peace, due in part to the ACCA system. However, rumors of a coup d’état start to surface. Jean Otus, the second-in-command of the inspection department of ACCA, is charged with inspecting all 13 state branches. What will he discover as he performs his audit?
Intriguing and mysterious, ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka is a politically-themed mystery that reveals a world of diverse cultures and lifestyles, with intricate connections between its characters, as the truth of the coup d’état slowly unfolds.
In a world polluted with otaku-targeted shows, ACCA:13 feels like a breath of fresh air and stands out through its intriguing plot and character cast.
From the beginning of this anime season I looked forward to watching ACCA:13, a show that conveys a delicate theme through an interesting, slow-burning plot accompanied by characters with intriguing personalities.
The animation worked in tandem with the sound department and offered an immersive experience in which I could really enjoy the show to its fullest.
The kingdom of Dowa, which is subdivided into 13 autonomous states, has many agencies that are controlled by the giant organization known as ACCA.
The plot revolves around Jean Otus, the second-in-command of the ACCA inspection agency which is tasked with overseeing and monitoring the rest of the ACCA branch agencies. Jean often has business trips from the agency headquarters in the capital to the other 12 districts in order to review the situation and personnel there.
As the series begins, we are introduced to the protagonist who is tasked with auditing other ACCA agency branches and we witness his skills in uncovering even the smallest misdoings but we are also introduced to the “main” plot, the coup d’etat.
The first couple of episodes may be a tad bit boring because they focus on describing the world, introducing the characters and their relations but that is only to be expected of the first few episodes and in my opinion they did a good job.
ACCA does not have a particular selling point and it can be easily overlooked by the casual viewer due to its passive nature but in truth, ACCA is quite engaging and thought provoking.
The plot progresses at a slow and methodical pace, carefully and subtly revealing information that will later be necessary.
The show is mainly focused on presenting the characteristics, people and atmosphere of the districts, most episodes are built around the protagonist taking a business trip to one of the districts where he will audit, make observations and meet people that will describe the district.
At times, the show may feel episodic but the coup d’etat plot will bring all those pieces together in a way that progresses the plot in a firm yet delicate manner that feels fluid.
Unfortunately the majority of the large character cast lacks zest, most of them being “dry” and used for decor but there are some fairly original characters who definitely had intriguing features that aroused my interest.
With that in mind, the characters do a great job, they work well together and give an immersive watching experience.
Jean Otus is the second-in-command of the ACCA inspection agency, a small branch that monitors the other branches. He is a compulsive smoker, always carrying around his trademark cigarette case, earning him the title of “cigarette peddler”. He is also absent minded, often forgetting arranged plans or even his lighter despite his smoking habit.
The first episode shows Jean on a regular weekday and we witness his skills in uncovering even the smallest misdoings, easily and cleverly exposing the corrupt worker.
Jean maintains a dull uninterested demeanor, but has proven himself to be rather intelligent and sharp on more than one occasion.
He is not an easy to read character, he is enigmatic. Jean doesn’t offer his opinions but rather controls the flaw of the discussion, he doesn’t make statements but rather observations, he is calm, honest and has a rational way of thinking.
Nino is a close friend of Jean’s, an old friend he can be comfortable around and talk about his problems and worries but as the story unfolds, we find out Nino is more than just a good friend. Certain episodes will reveal Nino’s true role but in the end, Nino has always respected the friendship he shares with Jean.
There are some other characters worth mentioning such as Lotta (stress reliever), Mauve and the prince but they are not very interesting.
The animation is consistently good with nice character design and background art. The color palette fits the tone of the show, giving an overall pleasant watching experience.
The opening theme is great and the ending theme was good, the background music was very well suited for the show, offering an immersive experience. The voice actors perfectly interpreted the characters and perfectly blended with the chill tone of the show.
I found ACCA:13 to be a highly entertaining show that kept me pressing the “next”button. I liked the plot and I think the characters were very good too.
A surprisingly good show that I highly enjoyed. If you are looking for flashy fight scenes and hyped up moments, this is not the show you want, but in case you are lseeking a thought provoking show, I recommend giving ACCA:13 a try.
ACCA doesn’t have an obvious selling point. It is what it says on the tin. Our protagonist goes to other districts to check up if they are doing everything within regulations. It’s all about absorbing each district’s unique flavor and atmosphere, how it has affected people’s lifestyles and behaviours. How it softens them, how it hardens them with different resolves and different priorities.
The coup d’État plotline is merely used as an overarching subtext to have all these pieces come together into one who at the end. And it’s all done through exposition dialogue that feels as natural as it can be. Everyone is an adult who is keenly aware of their situation, as much as the viewer at least, and slowly, people start revealing their hands and desires behind the masks of courtesy.
The characters are rather dry unfortunately. They are professionals and each one of them has a specific role to play.
Our protagonist, Jean embodies this as well. His seemingly apathetic attitude is to give a grounding for the viewer, so we can intimately share his perspective. He doesn’t offer his opinions much, he asks for them instead. Just like the viewer, he’s absorbing the culture he’s visiting. He doesn’t want to influence it in any way. He’s given a few badass points for being damn good at his job and sharp on the clues that are given to us. We know how the state of things are as he does, along with the twists and turns.
Nino serves as a shadow of Jean, an old, reliable buddy he can always be comfortable with and share his worries and troubles without any reprehension. Nino also plays a big role in the story, but he’s always a loyal friend to Jean first and foremost.
Lotte is the cute girl that fills any scene with happiness and fluffiness. She relieves whatever tension there is from the coup d’État plot and its developments.
All the other characters are very much background dressing, and they are so many. Showing the show’s commitment to its own fiction, giving it a face, a grounding for us to see people as they are, not as just human resources on a paper.
At worst, Jean and a few other characters are impenetrable, meaning, they don’t emote, they simply fulfil their roles with little qualms or reaction. Due to that monotony of exposition dumps with small emotional subtext, it gets frustrating that there’s seemingly nothing happening to anyone, no one is troubled, no one seems overly concerned to build some kind of actual tension or a motive you can get behind. And all the revelations are reserved until the latter half of the show.
Presentation is what truly holds the show together. The chill atmosphere, the slender character designs animated in a softer fashion. The watercolor backgrounds giving a very surreal, yet enamouring aesthetic from the urban district to the desert district. Again, all to underline the show’s confidence in its own setting and writing. The character animations give them quite a bit more life and personality than usual, everyone has a certain movement, a tell to who they are and what they represent, besides their looks, or their roles.
Audio directing is on point throughout the show. Music helps set the mood of each scene and district, while the sound effects still provide for an immersive setting. The voice acting is monotone on purpose, but for once it feels like actual adults just exchanging daily words, keeping things professional, if impartial. Oh and let’s not forget the smokin’ OP. The ED is a good relief for a chill show that just went by with no effort, yet all the cerebral engagement of how every piece fits in the jigsaw puzzle that is the coup.
At the end, ACCA is a pure cerebral experience, held by its chill attitude and suave aesthetic. It doesn’t offer much in terms of emotional engagement, but it’s not a bad price to pay for a show that is mentally engaging, yet weirdly comfy. It’s very easy to appreciate its commitment to world building and an intrigue narrative. And I loved every second of this experience.
Story isn’t complex or anything, but it still keeps you guessing. You at times wonder where the story is going and who to trust and who not to trust. What is this guy planning? What about that guy? As a viewer, I felt like Tony Soprano at the end of The Sopranos. Paranoid as fuck and kept yelling at the screen,”No, don’t trust that guy!” and then when it turns out my guess was wrong, I’d turn to the next character and be like,”Oh, hell no! Definitely don’t trust that guy!” This anime felt like something that could of happened irl and I enjoyed it.
The animation is pretty consistently well done. I like the character designs and etc. Nothing else to really say, but if you’re not convinced, it’s animated by Madhouse.
There were quite a few good openings this season, but this one was just so damn catchy! The osts and everything. Even the ending song. Every sound this anime made got my ears attention. This anime had the best sound out of any anime I’ve heard this season. I put the volume way higher whenever I came back to this anime weekly.
There’s quite a few characters that were interesting. Like Jean, Niino.. Actually, there’s quite a lot of characters that had interesting traits. Jean’s not give a fuck attitude, Niino had the is he best friend or just a job thing going on, a lot of people were schemers, and a lot of people liked bread lol. But with such a huge cast of characters and the focus always shifting to Jean, I tend to forget some characters.
It was slow, but the sound, guesses on what’s what, relaxing type anime really made me enjoy this anime for what it was.
This is the type of anime where I probably wouldn’t watch again because guessing what would happen is a huge chunk of the fun, but for a first watch it was pretty damn fun.
3: Tantei Gakuen Q
English: Detective School Q
MAL Score: 7.75
Kyuu is your average boy with a knack for logic and reasoning. Desiring to become a detective, he finds out about the existence of the Dan Detective School (DDS); a famed school where students are allowed to bear arms. Together with Megu, a girl with photographic memory, the martial arts master Kinta, the genius programmer Kazuma and the mysterious Ryuu, Kyuu tackles many well planned out crimes, always seeking the truth.
Tantei Gakuen Q is episodic, with each episode mostly focusing on different crimes that occur around Kyuu and his friends. There are a number of multi-episode mysteries in the show, which in my opinion are much more interesting, witty and detailed compared to the one-shot mysteries. Majority of the mysteries are fun to watch, with some crimes containing tricks that are incredibly complicated. Occasionally the story may drift to cheesiness, and certain parts may be quite predictable. A plotline runs throughout the entire series, although the main focus of the show is still on the specific crimes in each case. The ending of the anime, unfortunately, is rather unsatisfying, with the previously mentioned main plotline finishing off rather unresolved.
The animation is rather plain, and contains nothing special. Occasionally, characters may appear disfigured, but with the focus of the viewer on the mysteries occurring in the show, animation is most likely the last thing on everyone’s minds. Character designs are simple and more or less unappealing. It is a wonder with the logical nature of this show why the main character has green and white hair (even as a child).
For the sound, voice acting is satisfying. No character really stands out with an incredible voice actor although you may find one or two characters with a VA that you would rather not have to listen to. The background music is rather enjoyable to listen to, if not overused in the show. You’ll most likely not complain if you like it enough that you wouldn’t mind the same piece to be played over and over again. The openings and endings are rather unmemorable. Especially with the cliffhanger endings in the show, a lot of people would probably rather skip through the opening if they could. With that said, the openings and endings are not bad per se, and I find the first opening to be excellent.
Characters are not really the strongest point in the show. Character development is near non-existent, from the beginning to the very end; characters more or less still act the same (with an exception of a few individuals). Each of the main characters have their own specific traits and talents, and help out in each of the cases using these traits. The teachers in the show are hardly ever seen, and are pretty much forgettable. The criminals are rather generic, with their weak revenge driven hearts, anger, greed, selfishness or tragic upbringings or events that lead them to do their crimes.
As for why I like Tantei Gakuen Q, the tricks used in the show were fascinating. I did not really care much for any other aspect of the show; the mystery was pretty much the only thing I found really going for it. The drama in the show was frankly rather annoying and cheesy to watch most of the time. I also wish the show wasn’t aimed at kids.
Overall, Tantei Gakuen Q is pretty much an anime that the mystery and detective lovers would probably like the most. It doesn’t have much else going for it except for the specific stories in each of the cases. If you would like to give your deduction skills a try, go ahead and watch Tantei Gakuen Q. All hints are always given and fully explained in the show. Be warned though, some of the tricks are complicated and not exactly the sort of thing an average person is going to suddenly think up.
2: Kochira Katsushikaku Kameari Kouenmae Hashutsujo
Japanese: こちら葛飾区亀有公園前派出所 (1996)
MAL Score: 7.75
Ryoutsu, being an underpaid policeman, is always coming up with underhanded schemes in order to make a quick buck. But in the end, his plans (which are ridiculous to begin with) always go wrong and land him in big trouble with the chief.
Later it got discontinued, the reasons are unknown but many of us speculate it was an inappropriate show for kids…
I rewatched it in 2021 for sheer nostalgia towards this show…
The main character, Ryotsu is my fav comic character…
The story is based around the shenanigans of Ryotsu…
Ryotsu:- Good for nothing a mid-aged lazy cop with bushy eyebrows trying to earn money and wants to live in leisure… he always finds himself in trouble and tries to overcome it by using unique techniques, or his sportsmanlike skills…The only thing which could make him do his duty or any work that is MONEY and so occasionally he uses illegal moneymaking schemes or gets greed in the middle of some mission which is why he finds himself in a lot of trouble…Besides his greed for money, he’s also a somewhat talented and knowledgeable dude regarding current trends, sports, Japanese culture, and many more things…he will most probably try to take advantage of everyone around him with smooth talk like any clever person would…
I believe first-time watchers will also enjoy it as the show’s humour never gets old and also it is one of the top-selling manga…
Story revolves around Ryotsu and his shenanigans as a police officer along with his colleagues in order to make easy money or get out of crazy situations he got himself to.
The episodes are mostly standalone, you can start anywhere you want, although i recommend you watch the first batch of episodes (10 -12) so you can get used to the characters.
I mean it’s not something amazing but it fits the show nicely for what it tries to portrait.
It didn’t make much of an impact to me, but the OP and the ED were quite nice, although they aired them on Spanish.
Personally i don’t care much about the characters. Most of the police officers are pretty generic (rich boy, police chief that always gets mad, etc…) but i absolutely adore Ryotsu and the way he plans his schemes or escapes, and pretty much the reason why most would watch this show I’d say.
It’s not bad.The way Ryotsu handles most of his situations are what makes this show worth of watching , what i believe would boost this show’s popularity is an improvement on the characters’s personality to make them less generic. The art and sound fit the show the way they are supposed to so i don’t think they need an improvement and sadly the fact that it’s mostly standalone stories there’s barely any space for some sort of plot progression in the show. The show is indeed catered at a younger demographic but i’d still recommend it if you like animes like sergeant keroro.
At first i wasn’t interested in it since most reviews state it as a “funny” show about a troublesome policeman,well,the show is about this but it has more to it. After watching more and more episodes i discovered that this is more of a slice of life show than a comedy one.
Ryoutsu (the main character) has a very interesting background story which is telled while the story progresses,he is a kinhearted person that doesn’t think twice before helping someone. In many episode he meets characters with problems which he helps resolve.
A thing i enjoyed on the spanish dub was the OP and ED,but i haven’t heard the original one though,since there isn’t much about this show on the internet.
Story is 8/10
As seen by my review,i enjoyed the story,i gave it a 8/10 because the stories are really deep and sometimes sad,but still they manage to add a slice of comedy into it,turning the show into a very enjoyable thing to watch.
As for the characters,i’d say it’s a 9/10
Even though there isn’t much to say about most of the characters,i really enjoy the ones they add while the show advances.
1: Detective Conan
English: Case Closed
MAL Score: 8.16
Shinichi Kudou, a high school student of astounding talent in detective work, is well known for having solved several challenging cases. One day, when Shinichi spots two suspicious men and decides to follow them, he inadvertently becomes witness to a disturbing illegal activity. Unfortunately, he is caught in the act, so the men dose him with an experimental drug formulated by their criminal organization, leaving him to his death. However, to his own astonishment, Shinichi lives to see another day, but now in the body of a seven-year-old child.
Perfectly preserving his original intelligence, he hides his real identity from everyone, including his childhood friend Ran Mouri and her father, private detective Kogorou Mouri. To this end, he takes on the alias of Conan Edogawa, inspired by the mystery writers Arthur Conan Doyle and Ranpo Edogawa.
Detective Conan follows Shinichi who, as Conan, starts secretly solving the senior Mouri’s cases from behind the scenes with his still exceptional sleuthing skills, while covertly investigating the organization responsible for his current state, hoping to reverse the drug’s effects someday.
‘Detective Conan” is about a teen detective by the name of Shin’ichi Kudo (known in the dub as Jimmy), who has a charismatic skill of solving crimes that leave the police force and its leading investigators baffled and astounded. One night, when Shin’ichi is at the amusement park with his childhood friend Ran Mouri, he whitnesses two strange men dressed in black carrying out an illegal trade. While watching, he’s accosted from behind by one of the men, forcefed a drug intended to kill him, and knocked out.
When Shin’ichi wakes up, he finds that the drug didn’t kill him, but has caused his body to shrink down to the size of a seven-year-old boy. Shin’ichi confides in his neighbor, the crazy scientest Hiroshi Agasa, who informs him not to tell anybody else about his condition for the safety of those around him and provides his with gadgets to help him around, such as a bowtie that can duplicate any voice and a wrist stun-gun used to put people to sleep. Shin’ichi then goes under the alias “Conan Edogawa” to conceal his identity. In order to get information about the men responsible for his small body, he lives as a surrogate brother to Ran and helps out her father, Kogoro Mouri, who is a mediocre detective with poor deduction skills.
Following Kogoro on cases assigned to him, Conan tries to help behind the scenes any way he can. The problem is that no professionals want to listen to a kid’s advice, so “Conan” deducts as other work. After balancing out all the evidence, he gets everyone’s attention through knocking Kogoro out with a stungun, hiding behind him, and dupliicating his voice while explaining the case.
While not that popular of an anime in North America (despite finding a fair audience among Americans), Conan has a great amount of success in Japan, spanning more than 450 episodes(and STILL GOING!!), 55 tankoban, 10 movies, and 16 OVAs.
At first I thought this anime wasn’t all that interesting and was poorly animated (stopped thinking that after finding it was made in 1996), but after watching the dub more on Adult Swim, I got more attached to the characters, storyline, and everthing that made the show so admirable. For two years I watching both the English and Japanese versions, bought merchandise, and tried to work my way up to the current story development in the manga.
Leaving off the personal experience bits I thought about putting in, I’ll get to the qualities that make “Detective Conan”such a favorite to the Japanese and other nationalities as well.
Now starting with the artwork, I’ll have to go out on a limb and say that it can take some adjusting to at first, with the pointy, “barely-there” noses, the round eyes, and “jug ears” and all the other oddities in the art. It’ll eventually grow on you, nonetheless. Also, the artstyle advances to higher quality in both the anime and manga as animation methods and improve as well as Aoyama’s drawing skills, so the artwork still is able to better itself.
The background music for the series really gives it that “classic detective drama” feel. It’s a combination of jazz, some saxophone jams both slow and quick, as well as some themes that play in the background on occasion. It sets teh atmosphere and tone for the format and purpose for the playing of the episodes.
The cast of characters starts to build thoughout the series, from the tough but sensitive Ran and the overconfident Kogoro to the brooding Ai Hiabara and the individual members of the Metropolitan Police Force. All of them have distinct personalities that may not develop quickly, but are interesting to explore while watching this long series.
The cases, murder cases, suicide cases, puzzles, kidnappings, and cases involving those men in black and their organization, are so brilliantly laid out. You just want to watch every darned bit of the episode to see the conclusion. The way Shin’ichi uses his logic in each episode just makes one think, “Whoa. This show’s amazing.” And the series can get somebody hooked with just deductions alone. However the episodes play out in almost the same format, kind of like Law & Order, with the same episode formula, but different twists and clever setups in the cases that keep viewers coming back for more every time.
Overall, “Detective Conan” is all that and a bag of chips, being possibly my ultimate favorite as well as the favorite of many other fans. It can be a bit boring for those that hate being overloaded with details, but mystery fans and intellectuals are bound to love it.
What’s more fun about it, is that you can exercise your detective skills on who is the culprit on this case. If you got it right, thats a job well done for you and if not, you will get to improve yourself more and more.
The Story follows the adventures of Shinichi Kudo (also known as Jimmy Kudo in Case Closed) a Prodigious young detective who was inadvertently transformed into a child due to poison. It was all started when Shinichi Kudo was in suspicious of the two men dressed in all black. He went to investigate those persons in outskirts of Tropical Land, but only to find out unaware one of the suspicious man in blacks knocks him out from behind and gives him a prototype poison to kill him. And instead of dying because of that poison, it he made him shrinks down to the size of a seven year old. He was suggested by his close friend and Professor Agasa that must keep his identity secret because the Black Organization will kill him and others associated with him should they discover the truth. He will be renaming himself Edogawa Conan to hide his identity in order to protect his beloved ones. He later moves into Ran and Mouri Kogoro.
Even as Conan, he still continues in solving cases one after the other, He help build up Kogoro’s reputation in hoping to find cases related to the syndicate called the Black Organization, who were responsible for his transformation in the first place.
Known as Case Closed & Meitantei Conan; Creator/Artist: Gosho Aoyama
Since: Anime: Jan 8, 1996 & Manga: Feb 4, 1994 (both on-going)
And as you can see the reasons of why i like it much is all written from above as you can read, in addition, its the only anime for me that is irreplaceable and have a big impact in my life and you can appreciate that being a detective is cool and fun work indeed 😀 and Gosho Aoyama, A+ on your work ,especially Detective Conan. The very 1st anime that i ever watch that has the longest ever (but it deserves to be)
Its an anime/manga for all ages. If ever you are new or old to anime/manga take a chance to watch or read it and you will see Just Give it a try.Up until now, i’m keep on watching it haha. so addicting and more new characters + more stories on it that will soon to unveil everything
Gosho Aoyama’s most well known creation tells the story of 16 year old Kudo Shinichi; genius high school detective who one day witnessed illegal trade while on a date at a theme park with his childhood friend Mouri Ran. He is then struck from behind the back of the head with a metal bat by mysterious men wearing all black, and is forced to consume an experimental drug that was supposed to kill him, but is instead transformed into a 7 year old boy while maintaining his intellect. To track down these men, he conceals his true identity to protect his loved ones from any sort of danger and opts to live with his childhood friend because her father owns a detective agency and believes that information regarding the mysterious men may be reported to this agency. This marks the beginning of endless encounters and
complicated mysteries, most of which only he can solve.
I was immediately captivated when I started watching Detective Conan in 2003. I was 14 years old and by then it was already a fairly old anime that made its premier 7 years prior. I am now 24 years old. Making it’s debut in 1996, it has produced over 600 episodes in roughly 20 seasons, over 16 movies, countless OVAs and is STILL going strong. Detective Conan is my favorite anime of ALL TIME. Yeah, i said it. Where do I begin with such a flat out brilliant series? Everything about the anime is simply extraordinary. But what really makes Detective Conan, as well as what makes it my all-time favorite anime all comes down to two things. The first one is the
The cases and mysteries in this anime are mind blowing. I can’t emphasize this enough. The writer is a GENIUS. This show is a sigh of relief from the Scooby-Doo inspired cartoons that presented mysteries to you, that a blind donkey could solve in 20 seconds. The storylines are all well thought out, and the solutions to mysteries are NOT obvious, but can be solved by an observant viewer who thinks, just as Conan does. There will be many cases where you will be utterly stunned by the cleverness of the solution. Whether it’s the murder cases, the romance elements, or the comedy factors, every episode is very well-put together. I learn something new JUST about every episode due to the fact that the writers put so much heart and effort into their work. One example being episode 616 takes place in London. Don’t worry, this review is spoiler free, so keep reading. Did you know that Gosho Aoyama personally went to London himself to gather materials and data at the exact places
the scenes take place during the anime, due to the fact that the main character (Kudo shinichi) is a Sherlock Holmes freak, and he wanted to give the scenes and story of the birthplace of Sherlock Holmes justice? Pretty impressive and praise worthy if you ask me. Anyways, aside from the various ways to kill someone, it teaches you about japanese tradition/culture, medical terminology, world famous structures/figures, and much much more. I soak up Detective Conan like water to a sponge. I get so absorbed and drawn into every episode, that everything around me becomes irrelevant and it’s just me and the episode. It’s captivating. There is no other word for it. EVERY episode is fresh, and EVERY mystery that is solved is profound. The series has wide appeal and I would say it is one of the few shounen animes I have seen that
breaks down age barriers with ease. This is a series that plays to adults just as well, if not more so than to children. I occasionally watch this with my 56 year old father, and can say that he can enjoy watching it as well.
The story is broken into 2 kinds of arcs. I call them the “main arc” and the “everyday arc”. The “everyday arcs” reside over small, one to two episode cases that occur on a normal daily basis, and sometimes have generally nothing to do with the main arc, but are usually very interesting in their own right. These are NOT filler episodes. They are simply everyday occurences that the main cast go through on a daily basis, waiting patiently for clues to make progress. Then there’s the “main arc”. The “main arc” is of course the main storyline and the episodes where progress between the main characters and the main plot advance forward. Getting to watch these episodes that allow the main storyline to progress is similar to the feeling of receiving all the presents you wanted on Christmas day because you waited ever so patiently to get them. Sure the same cycle/pattern occurs almost every episode. And by this cycle I mean that someone dies, and someone is caught as the culprit. But these patterns are executed with grace and near flawlessness that allow you to never get tired of watching this cycle. There is a build up of hype and anxiousness that make you want to see progress of the “main arc”. There are usually long waits between episodes where the plot moves forward, but if you’re patient enough, you’ll be rewarded with an unbelievable storyline you will NEVER forget. Most fans, myself included, seem to have grown accustomed to this style and have come to enjoy it.
The second factor that really makes this anime is none other than the characters. What would the show be without it’s godly cast of characters? Nothing.
Each character is engaging and filled with so much depth and personality, it’s hard NOT to love every single one of them. In short, I TRULY believe that they are the greatest cast I’ve seen as a whole, in ANY anime series that I’ve ever watched. I love these characters. The episodes that have the occasional reccuring characters appear, are the ones that you will truly enjoy. The relationships and interactions between the main characters and these reccurring characters is character synergy at it’s maximum level. I won’t go into any detail about specific characters because that would spoil the whole thing for those who have yet to watch Detective Conan. And if by chance you were to start watching from episode 1, and the character art is too old for you, I’d have to remind you that this anime was started in 1996 and the
character art has since been modernized and revamped. Give it time and I PROMISE it WILL grow on you. Anyways, putting all these factors into words to describe these god-like character creations will never be enough to capture how BEAST they truly are. You’d have to watch it to understand.
The catchphrase for this anime is “There is always only one truth!”… And the truth is, this anime Kicks Ass.
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