Set in a future world characterised by the conspicuous consumption
of all types of pleasures, Speed Grapher follows former
war photographer Saiga into an underground world of mysterious
power. After venturing into the Roppongi Club in volume one,
Saiga has uncovered his own power to make things spontaneously
combust, and now he's on the run with the mysterious woman
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.
Five sees Tokyo adopting a new tune, as a music box chimes
in the night from Suitengu's palm. The tragic melody of a
childhood stolen; a soul turned black at the hands of those
seduced by greed. Draining the financial lifeblood of the
nation, the Goddess has gone commercial, her essence reducing
the masses to their baser instincts. Laughter rings down from
the heights on to a city infected and dying. Yet the damnable
underground has a counterpoint; a revolution on the horizon
determined to unseat the corrupt. A new leader in the eyes
of the idealistic, Saiga is faced with a difficult decision
to either bring the system down alongside the political maverick,
or to focus on shielding the innocence of Kagura. But a staggering
betrayal shakes the city to its depths as the ultimate administrator
of wickedness rises to unleash anarchy.
latest DVD collection contains episodes 17-20:
Reaper and The Nouveau Riche: A haunting melody, coming
from the workings of a small, long since broken, music box,
inspires Suitengu to reflect on the tragic events of his childhood,
events that give us more of an understanding as to how he
finally became the man we know. As the events run through
his dark childhood; destroyed because of his parent's debts,
to his eventual revenge on those that took his family away
from him, we learn that the line between hero and villain
is more blurred than expected.
and Fists: The Tennouzu Group is profiting from its new
product line, leaving Saiga and Kagura the chance to move
on and start afresh. But, as they are about to make good their
escape, an unexpected ally appears on the scene wanting Saiga
and Kagura to testify against their enemies. If not they won't
get the medical help they need, which means that Kagura will
soon die and Saiga will become permanently blind.
and Lies: Saiga agrees to testify at the Parliamentary
hearing on the understanding that certain conditions are met.
While Saiga testifies, Kagura must be flown out of the country
and undergo the treatment that may save her life. While in
a bar, a young idealistic reporter named Joe, thinks he recognises
Saiga. Saiga pretends he isn't him and listens to Joe talk
about what a fantastic photographer Saiga was. The two bond
over a few drinks and Saiga realises how selfish his motives
have become of late. He decides that it's time that he brought
down Suitengu by himself. Later,
realising who Saiga really is, Joe reveals that he has managed
to attain the roll call of Suitengu's club members and a
shock awaits Saiga as an old friend is not who he thought
Vibrations: As Saiga fights for his life against a ruthless
euphoric who he believed to be an old friend, Kagura is sexually
attacked by the doctor who was hired to cure her. Is all lost?
Or can everything be turned around before it is too late?
include Saito Documentary - Part 2 (31 minutes look
at the second part of the Kai Saito story. Here we watch the
Japanese voice actress taking part in photo shoots, interviews,
her first day of studio work and distributing flyers); Character
Cast Auditions (10 mins look at the US auditions for young
Suitengu, Yui, Dr, Ryogohu and Professor Nishiya); Art
Gallery; Textless Opening and Closing Sequences;
and trailers for two other anime shows.
is another slice of unmissale anime action.