Short review – Cyber City Oedo 808

Details about the anime here.

Blurb, from the above link:

It is the year 2808. Three convicts are recruited as members of the Cyber Police to keep major criminal activity in Oedo (formerly Tokyo) in check. In return, their life sentences will be reduced by a few years for every mission accomplished. However, to ensure that these convicts are doing their job, the police have secured special collars around their necks. If they attempt to remove their collars or fail to meet the time limit of their mission, the collars will self-destruct.

The anime is broken up into three discrete parts, each focused on a different main character. I’d rank the first episode as the strongest, but they’re all pretty good. Each episode takes a distinctly different tone, which reflects the personality of the main character for the episode. It works well.

It’s hard to get into the nits I want to pick without spoilers, so before I move on to that, I’ll just say if you like old school action-heavy anime, check it out. It’s a fun ride, and over the top in a good way, but not to excess. I just wish there was a bit more to it. It felt like the creator wanted to tell a larger story but couldn’t afford to, so we just got a taste of the world.

That really is what it felt like, actually. It felt like a sampler. Still, it’s a sampler worth watching.

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