Ex-war photographer Saiga has been reduced to selling his
artistic soul as a tabloid photojournalist in the near-future
dystopian city of Tokyo. Saiga, and the beautiful teenage
Goddess, Kagura, continue to evade the never-ending parade
of The Club's genetically mutated super-assassins led by the
overlord Suitengo and his right-hand lackey Tsujido. As Saiga
continues to seek a safe place to hide Kagura, another gifted
Euphoric is called upon to join the hunt for the Goddess and
her would-be protector. Literally fuelled by a diet of priceless
diamonds, Madame Koganie possesses the ability to turn her
body into solid crystal. Saiga takes Kagura to visit his old
friend, Doctor Ryogoku, hoping he can provide a medical explanation
for their strange Euphoric powers...
Speed Grapher is a gritty science-fantasy animated series
for mature viewers. A potent and provocative cocktail of forbidden
sex, blood-spattered violence, conspiracy and intrigue. Add
to that mix an ultra-cool anti-hero, a beautiful teenage Goddess,
a fetishistic female detective and an ever-expanding line-up
of genetically mutated super-assassins and you get a pretty
good idea what you are letting yourself in for.
Of Diamonds: Saiga is trying to find a safe house to hide
Kagura. The two finally find a small night club in the seedy
entertainment district that takes them in. Saiga works as
a barman, but hasn't counted on the ruthlessness of their
enemies. Another oddly gifted Euphoric is employed to track
down and return Kagura to her home. Madam Koganei is a high-class
woman who fuels her power by swallowing priceless diamonds.
Of Focus: By swallowing diamond pieces, Madam Koganei
has the ability to turn her body into solid diamond making
her impervious to Saiga's attacks. Not only is she virtually
indestructible, but the diamond's reflective quality makes
it impossible for Saiga's camera to focus on her. How can
Saiga possibly win against such a formidable opponent?
The Big Picture: Saiga and Kagura make their way
out of Tokyo's city limits. They make a stop at Saiga's old
friend, Doctor Ryogoku, asking him for a medical explanation
for these strange Euphoric powers. What the doctor discovers
is not what everyone was expecting - and is a bit of a slap
in the face for Saiga and his quest to keep Kagura alive.
Saiga is left with a most difficult dilemma, whether or not
to tell Kagura what he has discovered. Before he has time
to decide what to do he receives an unexpected house call
from a dentist who is not what he seems. As the dentist attacks,
Saiga needs to pull himself together and use all his photographic
skills to ensure that the dentist doesn't capture Kagura.
include Character Cast Auditions (8 minute audio featurette
with Christopher Bevins (voice director and line producer)
as he explains the audition process and lets us listen to
the auditions of Christopher Ayres (Chouji Suitengu) and Greg
Ayres (Tsujido)); textless opening and closing titles; and
trailers for other anime releases.
strong collection of quality episodes, which moves the narrative
on in leaps and bounds.