Sasahara Natsuki is a poor bounty hunter in a world where monsters and humans live together. Most of her cases involve monsters infringing upon the rights of humans, who are protected by law from their generally more powerful neighbors. Being half-human and half cat-beast, Natsuki straddles the two societies and tries to understand and respect both while enforcing the law. She is assisted by a werewolf named Batanen who is afraid to admit he loves her; another werewolf named Tommy; and a Kyubi fox demon named Sakura who has her own plans--which include eating Natsuki to complete her her nine tails and thereby her magical powers.
Hyper police is one anime I was interested in but when I seen the entire show, I was disappointed but its not a bad anime to watch. So here is my review of the show.
The story follows Natsuki who is a rookie bounty and half human/half cat in a world where humans, monsters, and gods live together after mankind has fallen many years back as now in this time they call it the holy era. Natsuki and the other bounty hunters jobs is to keep the peace from many monsters and sometimes human who are trying to breaking it. That's the plot and here
is my main gripe. Its episodic. That's the reason why I'm disappointed because there is no plot to speak of until when its at the very end of the show. There are times that does show a plot but mostly its just filler. But they are entertaining enough to see and the comedy is pretty decent enough. So while the plot is non-excision, at least it does a good job to try to entertain me which is why I give this section a five.
The art is ok at best. It doesn't look great but its not that bad ether. Character designs look well enough and the action scenes are well fluid in animation wise. I like how the world looks as it really shows that it use to be all beautiful before the holy era began. So the art is while not great, it is fine for what it is.
The op by AYA is really one of the catchiest songs that I've heard and the ending by Yuko and Chiyako is also my favorite ending so for. But what about the other music. Well they didn't impress me as its like any generic music you hear in the 90's. Nothing special but it fits and they don't sound out of place.
English dubs vs english subs:
This is where I'm gonna decide which track you should listen. The dub is ok at best as its not that bad compare to the other 90's and 80's dubs but I do have my gripes. Batanen voice is a little to deep in my opinion, Natsuki is too high and annoying! And secondary characters are hit or miss. One voice that I praise is Dorothy who did the voice for Sakura as she really gives her character personality. Now I only watch this in dub as I couldn't find the japanese version online. Its like it doesn't exist and I look high and low for it. So if your gonna see this then skip if you want subs but those who wan't dubs then this is good to listen to if you can handle the voice of the main character(seriously her dub voice is annoying).
Winner: English dub by default unless if you know where the subs is then the english subs is the winner.
The cast is decent enough to follow. There really isn't much depth to them but there personalities are very good and clever even if I have seen this before. They kinda develop as the episodes go by but they still act the same. So in terms of characters they are enjoyable but don't expect them to develop them well.
I did enjoy this when I watch it but as I go on, it kinda drop. I was expecting at least some sort of plot line like how the world is form because it didn't explain it well. But if your in for something to waste your time then this is for you.But if your hoping for good story telling and character development then skip it.
Anyone who knows me or is familiar with my reviews will note I have a soft spot for nineties anime. This could stem from my having grown up on nineties anime and feeling a familiar warmth when encountering the older animation style and conventions of this bygone era. But I personally think it stems from my love for anime that treats itself not as some sort of totally serious medium. Many nineties anime, such as Hyper Police, The Slayers, You’re Under Arrest, Great Teacher Onizuka, Tenchi Muyo, etc. understood that they were cartoons and managed to balance silly moments with usually decent stories and typically
conventional, but loveable characters. Even the classics like Trigun and Cowboy Bebop combined that comedic, cartoonishness with serious plot.
I like having fun, and the nineties was a time when anime was okay with being stupid and cartoony for the sake of entertainment. Nowadays, you very rarely get that sense of fun when watching anime. Maybe it’s just me and my nostalgia. Maybe I have a soft spot for Hyper Police’s style. Maybe I’m going to overrate Hyper Police purely because of my love for this sort of anime.
So take that into consideration when reading this review.
Hyper Police takes place in a world where monsters, humans, and gods coexist, though not exactly on friendly terms. Humans are given all kinds of government aid and many aren’t big fans of the monsters. Natsuki is a bounty hunter in Tokyo, where she works with her friends to take down the big bad guys and earn enough money to live. She’s a cat girl, her love interest is a werewolf, and there’s another werewolf who tags along.
When Sakura, a nine-tailed fox with only eight and one-fifth tail, sees Natsuki’s lighting attacks in action, she decides that she wants to steal that power to gain her final tail. She joins the bounty hunting agency to get closer and, of course, eventually befriends Natsuki and decides against killing her.
It’s a pretty basic set-up for an episodic anime. Very early on, though, the bounty hunting agency closes down and everyone goes their separate ways, which leads me to wonder what all the set-up was for in the first place. We’re given time with characters at the beginning who barely matter in the least. That’s not to say there are any characters who are given too much time and don’t make an impact later on, but I feel that the abruptness of the shift in plot was too early and didn’t have enough build-up.
This, truthfully, sums up the rest of the plot. A samurai from the sixteenth century shows up and after two or three episodes he’s married to Sakura. One episode she’s completely infatuated with him, the next it opens with babies running around. I don’t take offense to moving the plot quickly, but sometimes you should build things up much more before you let major plot events like a marriage happen. It’s bad enough the marriage isn’t even shown and the characters aren’t given enough time to gel before it happens. Later on, there’s an episode that makes you wonder why they even got married in the first place.
This problem is compounded by the tonal shifts. It starts as a bounty hunting adventure, becomes a sort of comedy, starts dealing with relationships, then toward the end gets serious again with the idea of humans having racial problems with monsters.
That’s way too much jumping around. If Hyper Police had focused on perhaps one or two of these facets rather than juggling so many, it would have benefitted. Instead it juggles romance, comedy, action, and a serious plot and doesn’t do so very well.
But nobody remembers Hyper Police for any of these things; they remember it for the cute girls! And Hyper Police delivers the goods. Cat girls, fox girls, dog girls, bounty hunter girls, prison warden girls!
That said, the male characters are hopelessly in love with our female characters. Batounan is in love with Natsuki despite the fact she’s like, half his age. She’s in love with him too, so I guess it all works out in the end. But then there’s a guy named Tomy who is in love with a girl who works at the prison and he winds up in all kinds of silly situations trying to admit his love to her.
The dub is…tolerable. There are no good voice actors which might contribute to why this anime, despite having a dub and DVD release, is so little known in the states. Names are pronounced one way, then another , then the original way. Some of the voice actors seem to be phoning it in, especially Poe’s, who speaks in this airy, bored way that isn’t even convincing despite Poe’s uncaring attitude. It’s a real amateur hour.
The music is alright with a decent opening and overused tracks during the show. The animation, like the music, is just average.
So what do I like so much about Hyper Police?
It’s got cute girls, it’s definitely funny, the setting is fun, and there is a definite sense of silliness that pervades the anime and kept me watching. It’s got a lot of problems and could benefit from better pacing and writing, but it is too entertaining to pan for its failings.
I can’t recommend it to everyone. Hell, I couldn’t really wholeheartedly recommend it without knowing you well. It’s a perfect example of nineties cheese, and Lord knows I love cheese.
Hyper Police, Hyper Police, Radioactive Hyper Police - is tragically both misleading and nothing to do with the anime in question. My lyrical stylings aside, Hyper Police is another mid-nineties anime that I missed the first time around and which I've watched now in my continuing quest to test the operational lifespan of my eyeballs. It share's a certain mid-nineties aesthetic which newer anime fans (or even older ones who lack the myopic eye of nostalgia) may find offputting. But it’s a style I find to be quite enjoyable - probably as it’s the style of anime that was in vogue when I first started
watching it and as such formed the mental foundations on which my love of the medium was built.
Anyway, introspective blather aside, Hyper Police is a fairly by the numbers action series with the usual flavouring of romance, comedy and character development. The plot is fairly episodic with no particularly entrenched back-story. This makes it excellent for casual viewing as most episodes can be watched in isolation. In some ways it comes across as "Wicked City PD Blues" or "Renegade: Demon City Shinjuku". Now whether those analogies a) make sense to you and b) intrigue you is not my problem. While Hyper Police isn’t bad there's probably a lot of other stuff you could (and should, yes that’s right should) be watching instead. But for a "backup" series that you can casually throw on in the background it may be worth a look.
Although animal people are a famous anime trope it's rare to see a setting where every character is part animal and humans are the minority.
Hyper Police's world is very detailed - from the visual design that always brings new ideas of monsters, characters and mechanics, to the the dialogues that explore laws, ethics and lifestyle, it almost feels like a real parallel universe.
Some episodes focus on side characters and so you get a lot of different approaches to this world. There's a variety ensemble of at least 10 recurring characters, each unique and interesting enough to receive a spin off of its own.
Almost every character
has a love interest and the main couple, Batanen and Natsuki, is one of the sweetest ones I've seen. I was on the edge of my sit for every small development between them and it was extremely fun watching their chemistry.
The show never gets repetitive or boring. The writers control the pace with a tight grip, always finding new character interactions or situations to put them in to keep the narrative fresh.
The episodic structure of the show sometimes feel forced, but if you're looking for an epic story with drama, twists and turns you're in the wrong show. Still, the show has a story continuity and there are some really unexpected character and world developments.
If you're looking for a fun entertainment with light drama you must watch this anime. Highly recommended.