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Speed Grapher

Speed Grapher

Alternative Titles

Japanese: スピードグラファー

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 8, 2005 to Sep 30, 2005
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 7.491 (scored by 22111 users)
Ranked: #15792
Popularity: #731
Members: 50,469
Favorites: 413
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

Popular Tags

action drama mystery supernatural

Synopsis

Ten years after the Bubble War, the dichotomy between the rich and the poor in the world becomes more prominent and Japan is no exception. The rich seek to satisfy their desires and derive pleasure for themselves, and Tokyo has materialized into such a city as a result. Saiga, once a war photographer, works for Hibara Ginza in the capitalist state of Tokyo. He infiltrates the Roppongi Club, a secretive base located in the red light district of the city, to collect information about them. However, he was caught in the process and brought forward to a girl called Kagura who was in the midst of a ritual. His contact with Kagura awakens his special ability: the power to make things explode when photographed. In order to unravel the mystery behind the Roppongi Club and Kagura, Saiga begins his solitary battle.

Related Anime

Adaptation: Speed Grapher

Characters & Voice Actors

Saiga, Tatsumi
Saiga, Tatsumi
Main
Takada, Yuji
Japanese
Takada, Yuji
Suitengu, Chouji
Suitengu, Chouji
Main
Morikawa, Toshiyuki
Japanese
Morikawa, Toshiyuki
Tennouzu, Kagura
Tennouzu, Kagura
Main
Shindou, Kei
Japanese
Shindou, Kei
Ginza, Hibari
Ginza, Hibari
Supporting
Honda, Takako
Japanese
Honda, Takako

Staff

Cook, Justin
Cook, Justin
Producer
Sugishima, Kunihisa
Sugishima, Kunihisa
Director, Storyboard
Ishihama, Masashi
Ishihama, Masashi
Director, Episode Director, Animation Director, Key Animation, Character Design
Tsuruoka, Yota
Tsuruoka, Yota
Sound Director

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Episodes  0 / 24
Aired  Apr 8, 2005 to Sep 30, 2005
Status  Finished Airing
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Dec 16, 2014 1:19 PM
-ShadowClaw-
Speed Grapher
This Series has a lot of Adult Subjects such as: Corruption, Greed, Power, Action, Sexploitation, Blood and Gore. So before u even give this series a try u should be careful as to what u are in for.

General Thoughts: This is a relatively old Series exactly a decade old by the time of this review. However it does necessarily mean u should not give this show a try. As it has a lot to offer if u stick around to watching it till the end.

Story: 7.5 ,The Story is about this Former War photographer who is now making a living as a freelance read more
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Nov 3, 2008 6:53 PM
Bishounen_Hunter
Main
No matter which site or forum I go to I see very mixed reviews for this show, Speed Grapher. And it's usually because the show looks good and dark and gritty but then it's disliked because it's not as action packed as___ “insert your favorite anime here.” So based on that I think a good review should point this out. It should also state that if you want an anime that's good and dark and gritty but is also character driven and therefore will dedicate a few episodes to building and defining the characters' personalities, then you will like this show....if you read more
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Nov 25, 2013 3:27 PM
deleet
Speed Grapher embodies the spirit of "close but no cigar" unlike any other anime I have seen. The show makes honest attempts at greatness, but it practically feels like various people throughout the creative/production process just said "fuck it" and decided to ship out an unpolished product. That said, there are moments when Speed Grapher truly shines, and are not to be overlooked.

The story centers around Saiga, a photojournalist who made his big name doing war photography. When on an assignment as a detective, he discovers an underground club where the rich and powerful indulge in hedonism and depravity. He ends read more
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Feb 23, 2008 5:04 PM
fr0z3nshad3
Story (7.7) - It starts when Saiga, who was a war photogapher, started investigating an special underground group controlled by Suitengu, a survivor from an attack to an island in an attempt to erase some kind of weird experience. Only 2 people survived that day, suitengu and saiga. Thats where they got some kind of virus that allows them to have "superpowers".
After finding out what the group was all about, Saiga decided to fight against them using his special ability, killing everyhing he photographs.
Its a fine story, it started very well indeed, then by episode 12 it gets a bit worse, but still very read more
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Opening Theme

"Girls on Film" by Duran Duran
"Shutter Speed" by Shinkichi Mitsumune [U.S. Version]

Ending Theme

#1: "Hinageshi no Oka (Hill of Poppies)" by Shione Yukawa (eps 1-12)
#2: "Break the Cocoon" By Yoriko (eps 13-24)

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