I really had big expectations going into this series. Reading the other reviews on here I thought that I was in for something fanstastic, but my expectations were not met.
Crying Freeman starts off with a lot of promise. There's a mysterious charachter, a love connection, and then a destiny met-- all things that give the series a strong foundation. After the initial introduction to the story and main charachters, the series falls apart. Enter killing after killing, mission after mission that seem to lead to absolutely nowhere, sensless nudity, and you get an absolutely rediculous and humerous plot.
Before I watched this series, one thing that a reviewer said stuck into my mind "the charachters seem to drop their clothes for no reason." Boy was he right. The amount of nudity in this series gets so over the top that you have to wonder why it was put in. Weere the producers looking for a crime-drama or were they looking for a hentai(anime porn)? The amount of times that the charachters just casually take their clothes off makes one wonder.
The sketching? hmmm, Crying Freeman is an early 90's anime so you can't expect it to have the level of excellence of today, but some of the charachter sketches are very amatueristic. There is one scene in particular that will make you laugh.. It's a certain decapitation scene in the latter part of this movie--look out for how the blood spurts lol.
All in all, Crying Freeman has too many flaws. There is no build up of the charachter Freeman. In the beginning of the movie, he talks about leaving Japan and moving on with his wife, yet, as the story progresses he remains a brute killer. Also, where exactly does his story lead to? The only thing that occurs in this movie is a bunch of run ins with rivals and a bunch of deaths. Where is the progression of the charachters and their lives? There's none. Despite it's shortcommings, Crying Freeman is a VERY entertaining anime. The death scenes are artsy and flashy, and the women (yes, I actually got turned on by these anime women--hard to believe) and sex scenes that they're involved in are pretty steamy.
I'd say to give this one a shot. Don't go in expecting some Godfather bit, though. Just approach it with an open mind and heart.