Ranked #1559

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
Source: Unknown
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #15592
Popularity: #787
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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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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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Oct 11, 2015
As 22 yr old uni student, its a core anime to watch in my top ten list. This show is mean for adult audience with action, blood, nudity and truely great to sit back and enjoy. Nowadays, there is no more fine piece like this and monster, Steingate anime anymore. Truely recommand for mature audience, not for kids. Suitengu starts up this society, then the photographer guy, Saiga, crashes the party, gets kissed by the girl with the power-giving powers, Kagura, gets his powers to kill/explode things through his camera lens, and then kidnaps the girl and kills a bunch of richies as he makes read more
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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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May 22, 2015
In all my years of watching anime I’ve encountered some really strange shows that left me scratching my head. But in all this time, despite the Boku no Pico‘s and the Kodomo no Jikan‘s, and even the Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures, I’ve never encountered anything quite as strange as Speed Grapher, a Gonzo anime from 2005. And this isn’t a strange anime in that it’s inherently difficult to understand or presents itself as wacky comedy, it’s strange because it’s just really fucking weird.

Our hero is named Saiga, a famed war photographer. Working for a newspaper in Tokyo, he gets caught up in a club where read more
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