Heat Guy J, Vol. 1: Super Android
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Being a TV series, it lacks the hard edge and gritty, bloody violence of an earlier wave of OAV sci-fi crime thrillers that included "Midnight Eye Goku," "Cyber City Oedo 808" and "A.D. Police Files." Also, the design of the young hero seems more inspired by boy band pop idols than by crime-fighting anime predecessors like Goku in "Midnight Eye Goku" and Taki in "Wicked City." The plots, at least on the basis of the first four episodes, are not as intricate or compelling as those of the series cited above and are probably this series' weak points. Daisuke's chief problem appears to be the Leonelli crime family, the stewardship of which has been newly inherited by Clair, the young, body-pierced, somewhat unhinged son of the family's previous Don or "Vampire," as the position is inexplicably called here.Read more ›
I gave this anime four stars because the plot in the beginning is a bit hard to follow--Daisuke Aurora, J's human partner, is investigating an entity known as "The Shop", which is smuggling illegal goods and allowing illegal immigrants (not to mention an android, which except for J, are forbidden) into the city. There are mob-style hits on whoever seems to be connected with this smuggling activity, but eventually I just give up on trying to figure it out and watch the show. The visuals are really compelling (nice mix of CGI and cel-style animation) and the action is well done. Looking forward to the next disc!
"Heat Guy J, Vol. 1: Super Android" introduces a world that is mostly like ours, but just a bit more advanced (gasoline is a thing of the past) and populated by boyish cops, deranged teenage dons, macho androids and convicted werewolves. The first four episodes skimp a little on the character development, but they're an elaborate, action-packed string of procedural mysteries.
On an ordinary day in Judoh, Daisuke Aurora observes the funeral of the Vampire (Mafia don), disrupted only by the don's son and heir, Clair Leonelli, throwing a grenade into the works. Literally.
Then it's business as usual when Daisuke and his robotic partner J investigate a gang of illegal immigrants who have an illicit robot who is gunning for J. Unfortunately, they've also left a dead body in their wake. And when the crazed Clair starts a mob war between the Leonelli and Wei families, Daisuke has to figure out how the Mafia are going to settle this -- and stop Clair's plan before part of the city goes kaboom. And what does the mob war have to do with this funny smell?
Then someone starts distributing illegal "beauty cards" with photos of gorgeous women on them, which causes Daisuke's inspector/receptionist Kyoko to become obsessed with turning up on one. Daisuke is more concerned about the possible connection between beauty cards and a series of bizarre bombings. And at a casino where Russian roulette is the main gamble, Clair recruits a mysterious, wolf-faced man to destroy Daisuke...
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and the music is the best since bebop's especially the opening intro theme FACE sung by TRYFORCE. Vampire's theme is cool also..methinks i will get the soundtrack. anyway i highly recommend this series for sci-fi action otakus. it's no ghost in the shell, but it stands on it's own. "you don't be afriad" to give this series a try.
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"This anime was full of action and even though I believe this was from 2003, I would love to see a season 2."Published 21 months ago by T. Booth
The series is like most of the android sci-fi animes in that it involves a city, a human partner who dislikes for some reason his/her robotic partner, and an underground plot by... Read morePublished on November 27, 2008 by Rich(アニメとゲームが優先!!)
The stylishness of this box is almost as stylish as the show itself. A great series that I would recommend to any anime fan.Published on August 8, 2007 by Remington McSlade
You can get the first 3 dvds for the price of one individual, but for some reason on Amazon you can't. Read morePublished on May 13, 2005 by Gerald Smith
Just the way I like my Anime!
Filled with eye-catching visuals, Heat Guy J centers around a cop and his android partner in the near future called "J". Read more
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