Written by Pwngoatjunkie
Warning: This series is for mature audiences only!!
Tatsumi Saiga is an ex-war photographer who’s hit a dull spot in his life taking pictures for the tabloids, trading the rush of bullets whizzing past his head for a quick buck. While on one of his assignments, Saiga stumbles across a bizarre club where the wealthy of Tokyo assemble for weekly meetings. This club, called the Roppongi Club, caters to peoples vices and deepest, darkest fetishes. While disguised in this club, he comes across the club’s “goddess”, a young girl by the name of Kagura who has the ability to awaken the deepest innermost powers of a person (usually depending on their fetish). One thing leads to another and Saiga finds himself on the run with Kagura after awakening his own fearsome power while at the same time trying to save her from her nightmarish life.
Speed Grapher has a wide assortment of characters that all have a distinct personality. The most interesting thing for me was the concept of the different powers that the enemies had which all had something to do with a fetish that the individual had. These individuals are called “euphorics” and are the main antagonists in the series. The more notable ones were a man who can bend like rubber and was able to kill his enemies by wrapping around them like piano wire, and a woman who eats diamonds and in turn has a body as hard as one.
The pacing of this show is moderate at best, the first two episodes introduce the main characters, and from then on it’s a game of cat and mouse between Saiga and the head of the Roppongi Club, a euphoric named Suitengu. In my opinion, Suitengu had the best power of all, but I’ll just let you watch to see what it is (hint: Blood). The show really starts to pick up its momentum near the middle where we slowly start to learn of what Kagura really is, and we start to see a blooming romance between her and Saiga. Plenty of twists and turns abound, and it starts to feel like you’re watching a long movie after a while.
The voices in this dub are just wonderful. Funimation really made some good choices in their casting. Christopher Sabat as Saiga brings just the amount of gruffness and attitude to a character who really needs it, and Monica Rial brings much needed emotion to the character of Kagura. The real show stealer would have to be Chris Ayres as the menacing Suitengu. I just love how he’s able to sound menacing and caring at the same time, it adds just the right layer of allure to the character especially when we find out about his past and his role in the grand scheme of things.
When you get down to the core of Speed Grapher, it’s a smart show that deals with the darker psyches of people and the evil of money (cause everyone knows money is evil). If you’re like me and have a deep love for psychological thrillers (Death Note) or just like to see people’s desires run amok (Seven), then give Speed Grapher a chance. You’ll know what you’re in for just by watching the first episode, as I said at the beginning of this review, this is DEFINITELY a mature program, so if you wouldn’t watch a rated R program, then wait till you’re a little older.
Pros: Interesting story, characters, and premise altogether.
Cons: Plot can move a little slow at times, “euphoric” enemies come and go too quickly.
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