Golgo 13: Collection 1
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Well, the wait is over. GOLGO 13 is a hard-edged, mature animated series that hits the mark--no pun intended. The stories are adapted from the original manga--including the first G13 story I ever read, "Room 909"--and the animation is quite good for television. Sentai Filmworks has also done a very good job with the dub, since most of the stories take place in the United States. The series pulls no punches--Duke Togo, aka Golgo 13, is the best assassin in the world, taking out his targets with his modified M16. Any contract he takes is ALWAYS honored. He picks no side, he is the ultimate, amoral freelancer. If anyone tries to betray him, he will kill them--no ifs, ands or buts. Strangely enough, the best G13 stories are not so much about Golgo, but focus on his targets and those around him.
Golgo is a truly unique character, and those who want to indulge themselves in a hard-boiled, slow burn show should look no further.
I enjoyed these first thirteen episodes a lot, and I'm looking forward to the rest of this series that, honestly, is long overdue for one of manga's greatest characters. Highly recommended!
Each episode is a nugget of awesomeness, putting a different twist on the same ultimate outcome: the victim is surely assassinated. Even though we all must die, it's the way we got there that makes things interesting. Well, Golgo is the grim reaper in human form. Don't stand behind him if you value your life.
For the uninitiated, the series is based upon the classic, long-running Japanese Magna Comics and Anime films ("Golgo 13: The Professional" and "Golgo 13: The Queen Bee"). Often described by critics as a "Japanese version of James Bond", that's only a basic idea of who and what the character is.
GOLGO 13 is a professional hitman/assassin whose specialty is as a sniper and whose weapon of choice is a modified M16 Assault Rifle with a telescopic sight. Deadly, cold-blooded, and appearing to lack any morals, GOLGO 13 will kill anyone, any time, any place... for any price. Sometimes he works for the "good guys" (He's worked for the CIA, FBI, Homeland Security, the Police, INTERPOL, and MI6) sometimes for the "bad guys" (The Mafia, Drug Lords, Shady Businessmen). It doesn't matter to him. If the job is intriguing or challenging, he doesn't choose sides... If the price is right, he'll take the job.
Each episode (running between 25 to 30 minutes apiece) runs along two basic plot set ups. 1: How will GOLGO 13 pull off a job when the target and/or the shot itself appears impossible? 2: GOLGO will be placed into a situation where he may be captured or killed by the law or other criminals. The question is how will he pull off the job and escape? Only a few episodes stray from these set ups. What's most intriguing about the character of GOLGO 13 himself is because he's the epitome of the "strong and silent type" whose "actions speak louder than words", the viewer is often left to form their own opinions of GOLGO's thoughts and motives.Read more ›
I first heard of Golgo 13 a little over thirty years ago and have devoured what little of it that has been available in translated form, specifically collections of story arcs, the awful live action movie starring Sonny Chiba (I blame the script and direction, not him) and the two animated films, the fist of which is exceptional, so when I heard about this TV series around a year ago, I was dying to see it. A friend who runs an anime-themed import store in Manhattan recently hooked me up with some episodes that featured superb subtitles and I have awaited more ever since. The series itself is a flawless translation of Golgo 13 to television and the episodes I watched widely avoided long-form serialized stories and instead keeps things moving with briskly-paced half-hour stand alone stories starring the world's greatest assassin. This is great stuff that fans of espionage, suspense and sheer badassery will love, so please take the word of these reviews and give this a look.
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I have been a fan of the original movie and manga for years and years. I think that this series captures Duke Togo in a very traditional and faithful way. Read morePublished on October 24, 2013 by Eastwood Almazan
It's pretty good. If it has a flaw, it's how high they crank up his sexual magnetism in some of the episodes despite possibly overdoing his coldness. Read morePublished on July 13, 2013 by Lionel Steele
I happened to come across this character originating in Japan named Golgo 13. The idea behind this character is different from most and the stories are interesting. Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by It's good
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|Where is Collection 3 & 4 to this GREAT series...?!||
Sentai is working on it.
Sep 17, 2011 by Rachel Lietzke | See all 5 posts
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