Haven’t done as much writing lately as I should, so I’m going to give myself a kick in the pants by reviewing some of the anime I am currently watching for my own amusement. I don’t normally keep up with what is airing in Japan, but this season had two shows I didn’t want to miss. The first is Macross Frontier, a must watch since I first heard it announced. I’ll be catching up on that one after I catch up on the other series I’m following, Goglo 13. I’ll see if I can post a screen shot or two with each review but no promises.
For those unfamiliar with Golgo 13, the premise can be stated quite succinctly; Duke Togo is the one of the, if not the, world’s top assassins. If you want someone killed at a precise time, in a precise place, and a precise manner, Golgo 13 is the man to hire. There are no vast conspiracies or complicated pasts; he kills people for a living and does it extremely well. Yes, this is my guilty pleasure, a show all about style rather than substance.
The first episode opens remarkably with Duke in a US jail for of all things a bar fight. However, it is all a part of his plan to flee the country; he has fulfilled his contract to kill a high ranking mafia boss. Now, the rest of the organization is seeking revenge; fate intervenes when a plane hijacking coincides with his incarceration. The CIA get wind of his predicament and offer him a deal; make an impossible shot to take out the hijacker, and we’ll make sure you get out of the country.
There is little else to say about the plot; Duke makes his preparations, makes the impossible shot, and gets the hell out of Dodge. The fun of watching any Golgo 13 is the methodical, calculating yet innovative way Duke plans each operation. He is the anti-James Bond; rather than a debonair playboy, his appeal is the relentless stoic exterior that betrays no emotion about his job. He is a master craftsman who has dedicated body and soul to his profession.
This probably will sum up the entire series, so I will try with each review to point out the “cool” parts of each episode rather than do a true review. The animation so far has been quite good though it tends to dark color schemes. A lot of shadows are used to give Duke an even more menacing look. The theme songs are quite catchy, somewhere between hard rock and typical pop. The one element I wonder about is the use of a rose crowned skeleton in the logo. Will they actually go away from a pure “job of the week” format? Or did someone just get a hold of a picture book of Grateful Dead illustrations and thought it would look “kakko ii”.