Ranked #1618

Speed Grapher

Alternative Titles

Japanese: スピードグラファー


Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 8, 2005 to Sep 30, 2005
Premiered: Spring 2005
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: TV Asahi, Wao World, TAP
Studios: Gonzo
Source: Original
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.481 (scored by 23,887 users)
Ranked: #16182
Popularity: #820
Members: 56,059
Favorites: 448
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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
Takada, Yuji
Takada, Yuji
Suitengu, Chouji
Suitengu, Chouji
Morikawa, Toshiyuki
Morikawa, Toshiyuki
Tennouzu, Kagura
Tennouzu, Kagura
Shindou, Kei
Shindou, Kei
Ginza, Hibari
Ginza, Hibari
Honda, Takako
Honda, Takako


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

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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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Nov 3, 2008
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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Dec 16, 2014
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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Feb 23, 2008
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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May 1, 2007
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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