Go Speed Grapher Go!
Sat, 7 July 2007
Well, "I don't like it" was my initial feeling when viewing this Anime for the first time. Subsequent viewings haven't changed my views a great deal. Nothing really stands out as being absolute shit but it seems that this series tries too hard. It's almost like they were more interested in creating something 'edgy' and confronting but sadly forgot to include an even remotely palatable story.
The hero of this particular piece is a bloke called Tatsumi Saiga. Tatsumi is a photographer and a veteran war journalist for whom taking photos has become somewhat of a fetish. Although he seems to have become jaded - nothing is worth wasting his film on - that is, at least until he stumbles across an exclusive club for the mega rich while investigating a lead. In this club any desire legal or otherwise can be fulfilled, for a price.
Upon infiltrating the exclusive club, Saiga sees many things on his way to a large central room where a client is being "blessed" by the goddess. The goddess is a young girl by the name of Kagura Tennouzu; the daughter of the chairwoman of the Tennouzu group.
|Smile for the camera darling, that's it marvelous, now you're exploding, can you show me exploding, fabulous! |
Kagura has some strange powers. By exchanging bodily fluids with a person, that person becomes a euphoric. A euphoric is a person with super powers related to their innermost desires.
Sounds interesting? Yeah I thought so too, here's where it goes beyond weird and into the realms of fucking strange. Naturally you would assume that Saiga is going to end up with powers of a sort. Well he does, after Kagura descends and bestows him with a surprisingly wet kiss for a young girl. Saiga (the bloke with the camera) develops fast healing and the ability to blow shit up just by taking a picture. (That kind of brings his career to a screaming halt you would think, not much work for photographers that turn their subjects into wet stains on the floor.)
This series also seems to jump around like a can of Mexican jumping beans after being injected with a cocktail of caffeine, speed and red bull. Either that or the sequence of episodes on this DVD is out of wack.
|If I die before I wake, I pray no more this Anime they make |
Case in point: you don't find out exactly what happened at the end of the first episode until the third one. Now, I don't claim to be an Anime god but surely the second episode is a bit early for a filler episode?
Together Saiga and his girlfriend of sorts - Hibari Ginza - truly are a pathetic pair. A photographer who can't get it up without looking through a camera and a cop who can't get it on without a gun in her hand.
Usually I either like or dislike an Anime right from the start. It's either great or I hate it with a passion. This one I feel neither, it just doesn't do any thing for me.
Lights, camera andůmeh!
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