My first impression of Angel Cop was that it is another low quality old anime with all the fun stuff that they were putting in OVAs back in the days. By fun stuff I mean ridiculous sci-fi plot, extravagant characters, awesome hand drawn visuals, and no limit on weirdness. And so I expected having good time watching it. What I didn’t expect is just how intense all of that is in this show. Maybe its because I haven’t seen any anime in a while, or maybe my passion for 80-90s anime grows this fast, but in any case after watching two episodes I got this “Wow O.o” feeling.
So here is what Angel Cop is. It is a show about a police department that fights against terrorism in Tokyo (I wonder where have I seen it before xP). Their methods are borderline legal, as they easily resort to torture, kidnapping, excessive use of violence and firearms. The main characters seem to be two field agents, Raiden and Angel. First one is pretty much a normal guy, a bit wild, not too scrupulous, but fairly honest and humane. Angel, to describe her I’ll use this bit of dialogue between her and Raiden:
Raiden: “What would you do if a terrorist took a child as a hostage?”
Angel: “I guess I’d take a shot. If kid get shot it would be terrorist’s fault”
You can see that is not a typical hero’s logic. And it is not just words, she really lives by them, as it will be shown a bit later in the show. I would say this little detail alone makes the anime less linear, as we don’t know where she draws the line and so can’t predict her actions very well.
The show has a lot of other little things I like. Characters are adults, some even middle aged men in shabby raincoats (reminds me of Columbo series I guess ^^) . The enemy so far is a gigantic dude that looks like he would fit into Fist of the North Star universe pretty well; and he dresses as if he is a part of a heavy metal band, which is also a plus :D Also among the enemies is an organisation named Red May that tries to establish world communism by bombing Tokyo, that is pretty funny. The big dude doesn’t find it funny though, cause he kills the communists guys on sight and he does it by blowing them up from the inside leaving a bloody mess that reminds be of one of Shaurya’s posts.
How does he blow up someone from the inside you ask? Using his esper powers, of course! You thought there wouldn’t be espers in this anime? Maybe you also thought there won’t be cyborgs? Come on :P
Anyway, this anime is just a mindless entertainment, don’t let me fool you into thinking that there is anything deep about it. But I like it anyway ^^’ See you next time (^_^)/
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