Gangsta: Quick Thoughts

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As always, I continue to watch animes that I had seen a bit and try to finish them as much as possible to lighten my backlog (even though that is impossible to do, heh). This time, I watched an anime that is totally opposite to what I had been mostly seeing. Well, getting overdosed by cuteness and fluffiness is not also good for the body. To balance it out, watching dark and gritty animes is needed.

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 2, 2015 to Sep 24, 2015
Premiered: Summer 2015
Studios: Manglobe
Source: Manga
Genres: Action, Drama, Seinen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Synopsis: Nicholas Brown and Worick Arcangelo, known in the city of Ergastalum as the “Handymen,” are mercenaries for hire who take on jobs no one else can handle. Contracted by powerful mob syndicates and police alike, the Handymen have to be ready and willing for anything. After completing the order of killing a local pimp, the Handymen add Alex Benedetto—a prostitute also designated for elimination—to their ranks to protect her from forces that want her gone from the decrepit hellhole of a city she has come to call home. However, this criminal’s paradise is undergoing a profound period of change that threatens to corrode the delicate balance of power.

Ergastalum was once a safe haven for “Twilights,” super-human beings born as the result of a special drug but are now being hunted down by a fierce underground organization. This new threat is rising up to challenge everything the city stands for, and the Handymen will not be able to avoid this coming war.

Sigh, this was such a disappointment.

Gangsta is an anime about gangsters, mafias and assassins. Its gritty, dark, and really gore. I had seen quite alot of good animes before that had similar themes with this, but this one took the award as the most disappointing mess.

The story of the anime was really interesting and it progressed really really well. But, for some point, the anime just fell of its own pacing. The last few episodes were really rushed and intense, I could barely get WTF is going on. Though, I do get some of the context, there are still alot of questions unanswered. What’s worse is that the anime ended in a cliffhanger, hoping to get a sequel that would never come. Such a shame.

All the characters were interesting, but the anime focused more on the main leads that it barely gave the rest at least some development other than what we see on face value. It does make up the fact that I really like the art and animation of the series. Still, it wasn’t enough to save the anime.

When Gangsta aired few years ago, alot of western fans were really into the series. Its such a shame this anime, with alot of potential, got drained into a mess because of some issues with its production and its studio.

Overall, the anime was okay. Disappointing but okay. Its still a good gangster mafia anime.

That’s it for now.

Thanks for reading!


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    I agree. Gangsta started out really good, but when it ended I was like, “That’s it?”.

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    The main problem with the anime series is the fact the production studio declares bankruptcy and never finished it, this is why the ending seems so abrupt. If you really want to enjoy Gangsta. at its fullest you need to read the manga which is still ongoing. However, you need to be patient with the chapters release since the mangaka have health issue.
    It’s not just a mafia war, it’s a political war and the one that look like the good one are not necessarily the good one. Not one can really be trusted even Worick Archangelo.

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        I really wish one day a new studio do a reboot of the anime series, cause there is some fighting scene that deserves to be animated.

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