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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 22614 users)
Ranked: #15552
Popularity: #759
Members: 51,982
Favorites: 416
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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.

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

More episodes Episodes(0/24)

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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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Bishounen_Hunter
Nov 3, 2008 6:53 PM
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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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fr0z3nshad3
Feb 23, 2008 5:04 PM
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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-ShadowClaw-
Dec 16, 2014 1:19 PM
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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otakukidd
May 1, 2007 2:12 AM
In all fairness this show looks better than it is. It starts great and gives an idea of how this story is gonna go in the first 2 dvds, but somewhere around the 3 dvd (12eps) it starts to die out and frankly you just dont care anymore. The characters and environment are setup to be top notch, but without an engaging story they have nowhere to go, which sux cause there's only so much you can do with a character driven show.

I honestly can never remember what happened in the last dvd when I see a new one and have to always go back read more
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