Heat Guy J: V.1 Super Android (ep.1-4)
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They needed a hero So they built HEAT GUY J. Android J was secretly built by the government as a special agent to combat crime in the oceanic city-nation of Judoh. While J initially appears to be human, the illusion quickly disappears in clouds of scorching steam when he fights. Together with his partner, Daisuke Aurola, the most dangerous criminals will soon find themselves on the run -from the underground legend known as the Heat Guy! From the director and staff that created the Escaflowne Movie comes a brand-new, action oriented cop drama! Airing in Japan in early 2003. Animation production by Escaflowne staff!
J is a cyborg of almost unlimited power and the partner of laid-back, irreverent Daisuke Aurora, who prefers popping wheelies on his super-motorcycle to filing reports. Although their duty as officers of the City Management Safety Agency is to prevent future crimes, J and Daisuke get caught in the mob warfare ripping through the city-state of Judoh. The accession of maniacal Claire Leonelli as the leader of a major crime family unleashes this savage power struggle. J rescues Daisuke from Leonelli bombers and beast-faced humans who have been genetically and surgically deformed as punishment for their crimes. The filmmakers seem to be trying to recapture the stylish noir tone of Cowboy Bebop, but Daisuke has neither the charm nor the vulnerability that make Spike Spiegel so appealing, and the results remain less than the sum of the parts. (Rated 13 and older: violence, grotesque imagery) --Charles Solomon
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"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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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!
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Heat guy j is a cross between ROBOCOP and COWBOY BEBOP with elements of T2 thrown in for good measure. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2004 by DESTRO ATTACKS
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