Heat Guy J anime review

Heat Guy J anime review
In the city of Judoh, Claire Leonelli has inherited leadership of the Mafia group "Vampire" following the death of his father. To keep Claire's and other criminal activities in check, the city's Bureau of Urban Safety has Special Services Division operative Daisuke Aurora and the super android codenamed "J" (whose identity is apparently kept in secrecy, as androids are banned in the city). With both of them around, crime now has little room to breathe in Judoh.

The story focuses on Daisuke Aurora: the head (and only) investigator of a special agency which functions as a complement to the police in the city of Judoh. His brother, Shun Aurora, is the chief of the agency, which is the only one authorized to use androids, the manufacture of which is strictly forbidden. Their android agent is the title character, simply named "J." The show starts off with a series of episodic stories that serves the dual purpose of introducing the many other characters that will become important later in the show and also of showcasing the various locations, peoples and groups that make up the rich universe of Heat Guy J. The plots of those episodes in themselves are hardly complex, though not so simplistic as to be insulting. They are primarily action-based, and bring Daisuke and J closer and closer in contact with the city’s thriving underground, which is modeled much like an Italian mafia organization that you may have seen in Western movies like The Godfather. In general, it’s the excellent visual/auditory presentation of the episodes and the tantalizing glimpses of various parts of Judoh and its surroundings that really kept me interested in the initial episodes, as the plots themselves at first seem somewhat haphazard in the sense that they really don’t seem to be connected very well. This does, however, change later in the show, as the many threads of individual stories established earlier start to weave together into a far more complex plot.

That plot has its definite ups and its definite downs. To start with the positive, there are quite a lot of surprises and intrigue, with characters’ fortunes rising and falling, and alliances being made between former enemies, only to be broken just as quickly. In the context of the well-established universe of the show, I really felt like something important and epic was about to take place, and it was very fun to watch when it did. On the other hand, the show is not immune to all the flaws that are commonly encountered in action animes. The ending, while it is conclusive to a large degree, seems to come rather suddenly, and the climactic struggle seems too easy for all the dramatic buildup it receives. I felt like the show would have gained a lot from removing a few of the less important episodic stories and shifting into the main plot two or three episodes earlier, which would have allowed for a richer and more satisfying conclusion. It’s not only the pacing that feels rushed—some of the ‘explanations’ furnished at the end have large and obvious plot holes, and seem to require an almost total suspension of disbelief to take them as seriously as they are intended. The ending left me wondering what happens next—partially because I grew to like the characters so much, but also partially because the show seemed to provide only barebones information on their respective fates when I had grown accustomed to much richer development.

Still, all in all, I rather enjoyed the story in this show—particularly the creativity put into fleshing out the fascinating ‘world’ that surrounds the city of Judoh, and all the diversity that emerges as a result of it. Little touches and tidbits of information that seem to be unimportant at first are satisfyingly weaved into the larger story of the city and its surroundings. The story of the Celestials—a technologically advanced sect that governs the machinery that allows Judoh to function—is woven into the story particularly well and ends up a lot more significant than it might seem, in a way that you likely won’t expect.

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