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Taiho Shichauzo!
File .7:
(The Messenger of Justice? The Mysterious Strikeman!)

Distributed by: Kodansha (Japan), AnimEigo (North America)
Length: 25 minutes
Rating: NR, suitable for family viewing
Format: Subtitled (VHS)

Based on the manga series by: Fujishima Kosuke Director: Producers: Character Design:

[ plot summary ]

There's a new hero in town, and his name is...STRIKEMAN! However, unlike his counterparts elsewhere, Strikeman seems to be more interested in the little things. (littering, overuse of a pay phone, owning a bicycle, etc.) As much as Miyuki and Natsumi can admire his overblown sense of justice, its his methods of punishment they don't quite agree with. When his "judgment" falls upon the pair for a 3 minute parking violation, they are out for revenge! But just who is this well built, motor-cycle riding, would-be hero? Could it be...?

[ capsule review ]

The writers of this series continue to amaze me. How is it possible to enjoy a show that is almost completely without meaningful content? A mystery to ponder as I watch the next episode I suppose. (and the next) Anyhow, for those acclimated with the manga (and I'm not one of them) Strikeman, that persistent thorn in the side of Miyuki and Natsumi makes his first appearance in this episode. He's on same lines of other Fujishima antagonists in that he really isn't out to do any harm, but I hope Miyuki and Natsumi unmask him soon. Those speeches and his general overall annoyance factor can get to you real quick... For those who enjoyed the technical aspect of the OAVs, several makes and models start to filter in from this point on. Next to Miyuki and Natsumi's facial expressions, Ken's grilling at the hands of his coworkers is probably the highlight of this episode. The climax at the end of this episode is just rife with clichés but they manage not to detract much from the ending. - DV

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: 3 stars N/A N/A
Direction: 3 stars N/A N/A
Acting: 4 stars N/A N/A
Animation: 3 stars N/A N/A
Music: 2 stars N/A N/A
Translation: N/A N/A N/A
Overall Rating: 3 stars N/A N/A

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