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.
Alright, here there be spoilers.
I have two issues with this show. First, in the opening scene they show us the criminals being made their offers in space prison. They have ridiculously long sentences—I’m talking over 300 years—and are to be allowed to work off the sentences if they agree to tackle very dangerous work for the police. Great.
The problem is, that suggests there will be some resolution to their plight. Either they’ll do something amazing and get to go free, or they’ll escape, or maybe they’ll even die in their struggle for freedom. But nothing happens! It isn’t even referenced after the first episode other than when the boss man is threatening to pop their heads off if they don’t do a job and do it on time. So why even show that opening scene? I would’ve known the full deal by the middle of the first episode anyway, and without the opening scene I would not have been waiting for resolution to that specific problem.
The second issue is also related to the premise of the show. Specifically, why are the criminals working on a tight time limit? The boss man in charge of them repeatedly threatens them with short time limits, which doesn’t really make sense. Explosive collars, sure. You don’t want them running off or misbehaving. But why would you have a time limit on each mission? Do you want them to resolve the missions or not? At least one of the missions is resolved with literally less than a minute to spare. What if the collar blew up right before the dude was going to finish the job, and the mission was not resolved because of that? It simply doesn’t make sense, logically, unless it’s an empty threat.
Anyway, the second issue is minor. Maybe the boss man is just being pointlessly cruel. It could be explained in universe, and maybe it was intentionally left ambiguous. It didn’t bother me much.
The first issue, though, is notable. It’s a major storytelling mistake to set up a serious conflict you’re not going to resolve.