Jin Roh The Wolf Brigade anime review

Jin Roh The Wolf Brigade anime review
After witnessing the suicide bombing of a terrorist girl, Constable Kazuki Fuse becomes haunted by her image, and is forced to undergo retraining for his position in the Capital Police's Special Unit. However, unknown to him, he becomes a key player in a dispute between Capital and Local Police forces, as he finds himself increasingly involved with the sister of the very girl he saw die.

A long time ago I asked when this title would be reviewed, and now here I am reviewing it. Rather amusing, I'd say, and now it's time to fulfill my own request.

First off, it looks great. Absolutely great. The animation is fluid, the backgrounds are well drawn, the weapons are detailed and the characters are very detailed, with even such small details as a clothespin holding shut a hooded cloak being visible. Everyone looks normal, no outrageous hair or physical proportions, they are all perfectly normal looking people. And the body armor is very cool, I must mention that.

The characters are very well done, and they all interact very well. Fuse is passive, and, although he is troubled, he is still a strong character whom I find very interesting. The other characters, such as Henmi, a friend of Fuse, all have personalities that aid the story. The DVD also comes with a small chart/tree which shows how the different branches of the government(and the people within them) relate to each other, so that is relatively helpful (despite the limited number of people shown on the chart).

The music fits perfectly with everything, it never clashes with or drowns out the scene that it accompanies, and strengthens the atmosphere nicely. But, while nice and fitting, it won't be continually on your tongue, being great with the movie, but not too well suited for absently humming, for instance.

The story is complex, having a couple of hidden agendas throughout, but it still makes sense, and won't leave the viewer staring at the screen in confusion as the credits roll. The very beginning of the movie is a small documentary of sorts, and helps to acquaint the viewer with the world where all of this is going on (why on Earth Germany would have occupied Japan after WWII isn't explained, but it does provide a reason for the pistols, cars, and automatic weapons to be there, so I won't complain), and with the state of affairs in Tokyo at the time. I will add, though, that although the Capital Police's Special Unit is supposed to be brutally violent, I have trouble seeing them as such, due mostly to the fact that I extremely dislike guerrilla tactics, and consider the method in which the Special Unit deals with the Sect as fitting with their crimes.

And now, to put it bluntly, Jin-Roh looks great, sounds great (sound effects being excellent as well), has great characters, and a wonderful story, combining to make an awesome package which I heartily recommend to anyone and everyone who likes good - nay - GREAT movies.

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