Mister is a "coyote" or space faring outlaw who has been sitting in prison for a year for a traffic offense. Ten days from release, he breaks out with the help of his old partners Bishop and Katana. He then seeks out Franka who has been left in his care by her dead father and takes her on a journey to find her father's treasure. On their heels are the federal investigators Angelica and Chelsea as well as the android assassins of the Criminal Guild, Madame Marciano's Twelve Sisters.
Let's start off by saying that the first episode of this show was absolutely brilliant. It had everything: an engaging setting, intriguing plot, intelligent (if slightly gluttonous) protagonist, spunky sidekick, and killer robot maids. The animation was wonderfully done, and the story's pace was smooth and quick. By the time the first episode ended, I was SALIVATING for more.
... and then, I watched the second episode. Everything fell apart after that.
The worst mistake the show made, in my opinion, was switching protagonists from the space detective Angelica to the space pirate/bandit/whatever Mister. If they had stuck with the former, then the show would have stayed
in the wonderful sort of cat-and-mouse chase that the first episode pulled off so well. It would have been like a Lupin III, but in space. Instead, we get a show whose main cast (Mister and his band of merry cayote-outlaws) spending the entire series trying WAY too hard to be the Cowboy Bebop gang. After the brilliant first episode, the cast stops being smart, the plotlines veer off to somewhere between "irritatingly cliche" and "boring as hell," and the villains just get plain irksome.
If you have the money to spare, I suppose this set is worth it just to watch the great first episode, as well as seeing the Twelve Sisters in action. It's quite unfortunate, since it showed so much promise in the beginning.
Fun Drinking Game: Down a shot whenever Mister or one of his gang puts on a stupid, goofy grin. Take two when they do it simultaneously.
Coyote Ragtime Show is about a group of Space pirates known as "Coyote's" who are on a quest to find a treasure. Simple enough right? Wrong! On top of that you have galactic federations in the middle of a planet-destroying war, a group of 12 psychotic and robotic killer maids hunting the Coyotes and as many plot twists as George Bushes presidency, all this packed in to 12 explosive episodes!
Story- The main story kicks off in the very first couple of episodes without needing too much build up where we see ragged coyote "Mister" and his crew escape from a space prison and set off
for the treasure while picking up new eccentric acquaintances such as afro-gospel geezer- "Swamp". In every single episode the story delivers a new piece of the puzzle to the treasure and shows off constantly in "Oceans Eleven" style heists and swindling. 8/10
Art- The character designs for the characters and the spaceships were top-notch, especially when you are introduced to Marciano and her twelve sisters each on an original and unique design (except for the triplets of course). However i did feel that the animation in some of the conversational scenes were a bit lagging in quality. But the show draws you in right at the end half of the first episode just from the sheer amount of well choreographed action in it. 8/10
Sound- The music in Coyote Ragtime was brilliant it so fits with the shows in-you're-face explosive style with it's jazzy tunes with a little rock in the background. The intro was also very enjoyable as it sums up the show basically and the music would vary well to the emotional scenes. There are some very strong explosion sound effects as well as completely obnoxious gun shot sounds which add to the style of the show. 9/10
Character- The character set up is excellent with each and every main and even secondary character having an interesting past as well as future sights. Also i thought the whole concept of the 12 robotic assassin maids was pure gold as each one of them had individual personalities from April's crazy determination to July's Perpetual smile, also each of the 12 sisters are a specialist with a certain weapon ranging from knives, P90's, bombs, katana's and so on. As for mister and the crew of the Coyote i thought they were all so perfectly arrogant which is what makes them like able as criminals. 9/10
Enjoyment- If you look at any episode of coyote you cannot help but be impressed by the sheer amount of stylishness to each action scene. it's not just the quantity of the action but its also how each explosive scene is always different and unexpected which leaves you thinking 'Holy hell, didn't see that coming'. It also plucks on you're emotions especially with the relationship of Franca and Mister. Watch episode 1 and if you don't find it the least bit enjoyable then you're dead inside! 9/10
Overall- To give this show an overall rating is quite difficult due to all the parts of the show that are awesome and parts which could have been improved but i've gone for an 8 because i wish there were more episodes, also i wish we could've seen more of the 12 sisters as individuals like you do with April and May, sometimes it feels like the others were just added on so that there are 12 of them, but that doesn't take away from this anime's overall awesomeness! 8/10
“Bullets, blades, bombs, beauty, and babes. If it’s capable of destruction or distraction, it’s fair game, “ - Coyote Ragtime Show Trailer
If there’s one thing that’s undeniably true about Coyote Ragtime Show (CRS), it’s that this series is more than comfortable in its own skin. Never hesitant, never compromising, Coyote Ragtime Show is completely aware of its identity and wholeheartedly flaunts it in full display; an over-the-top shootout, whether aerial, spatial, or groundbound, is guaranteed with every episode. Often referred to as a cross between Cowboy Bebop and Ocean’s Eleven (I’d throw in the Fast and the Furious franchise for good measure), Coyote Ragtime Show
is an exhilarating and memorable adventure of a motley gang of space outlaws (aka “Coyotes”), with flashy explosions and dramatic heists being its bread and butter.
“One planet’s gonna destroy another with a big bomb” is the easiest way to summarize this show’s synopsis. What we have in CRS is one big real-world parallel. Much like our political figureheads of today, the governments in this show have allowed their massive egos (and an obsession for leaping to conclusions) to give way to petty conflicts. Eventually, these petty conflicts escalated into all-out war. As a result, the Milky Way Federation (obviously a parallel to the US) plans to bomb Graceland (Cuba?) in an effort to end the war. These plans don’t bode well for our gang of Coyotes (their biggest heist yet happens to be on Graceland). This strange twist of fate naturally presents the gang with an opportunity to reflect on the nature of war, which CRS takes advantage of in one hopelessly misguided scene. When one Coyote, visibly frustrated, labels the political figureheads as “complete idiots”, another Coyote remarks, “So they start wars to figure out who’s stupidest”.
(Coyote Ragtime Show, please stay in your lane).
Social commentary is clearly not a calling card of Coyote Ragtime Show and, unfortunately, neither is character depth. However, what this series lacks in a multilayered cast, it compensates with chemistry and character dynamics. Angelica Burns and Chelsea Moore are a federal agent duo in pursuit of the Coyotes, specifically their leader. Angelica is stern and direct while Chelsea is childlike and carefree; the show performs admirably in allowing their personalities to complement each other. Katana and Bishop are fellow Coyotes and the closest of friends; they’re likable guys (with not one iota of depth) that tend to venture into witty banter. Swamp is a preacher/ex-Coyote that joins the gang for one last heist (He’s heavily inspired by Eddie from the Barbershop films). Swamp shares a contentious existence with Bishop (the two detest each other), which of course leads to an obligatory bonding episode later on. None of these characters have a particularly noteworthy dub performance to their name, excluding Franca (Brittany Karbowski gives a rather intense performance as the angsty pink-haired loli/Living MacGuffin)... and Mister.
“Con man. Strong-armed robbery. Self-employed pirate. An outlaw who masquerades as an angel. And definitely a romantic hedonist,” - Angelica, referring to Mister (and the Coyotes by proxy)
As Mister, John Swasey delivers the greatest performance of his career by far; his unmistakable, gravelly voice sells every line with confidence galore and an aura of hardened knowledge, With the look of a wizened fighter pilot, Mister is cut from the cloth of the modern action hero, guys with as much brawns as brains. What stands out the most about Mister is his passionate discourses on the concept of family. Mister’s speeches are the best bits of dialogue this show has to offer, especially the one in the last episode: “We are not animals. We drink together. We share our dreams. We trust our family. And risk our lives for our friends! And that - that’s who coyotes are.”
Dom Toretto would be proud.
In terms of visual appeal, there isn’t much to mention. Coyote Ragtime Show dabbles in fluid character animation from time to time, specifically in episode 2’s big bar fight. The CGI is a bit dated but not entirely terrible (it looks especially appealing on the Coyotes’ starship). Sadly, the most consistent visual technique in CRS is the outpour of T&A shots. Fortunately, Coyote Ragtime Show appreciates a nice soundtrack more than cinematography. Produced by Koichiro Kameyama (of Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo fame). The OST holds a huge affinity for electro pop alongside a passing affair for jazz, and a puppy love for electric guitars (This show’s music takes “eccentric” to a new level with a silly, brief gospel number in episode 3). The best song of the bunch has to be “The Showtime”, which is basically CRS’ signature “Big Damn Heroes” theme song; it’s an incredibly energetic jazz piece with orchestral strings and crazy drum interjections (I always fantasize of “The Showtime” playing during the final lap of a track race). It’s the ending theme (Sana’s “Usuragu Kioku”) that really steals the show; it’s produced entirely in claymation. The ED performs wonderfully at pulling heartstrings, especially when its inserted in the final battle against Marciano.
What’s depressing about her character arc is the wasted potential. Marciano’s a murderous socialite with an ego the size of the sea. She rambles on and on about the pursuit of power. She lords over the Twelve Sister, a particularly ruthless gang of robotic schoolgirl mercenaries. Yet, the show struggles with creating a reason for Marciano to hinder Mister’s heist on Graceland. Sure, there was a scene focused on how perpetually unsatisfied she is with her success but it always felt as if CRS was grasping for straws when it involved Marciano. That is, until the grand finale that truly completed her arc.
After Mister obliterates Marciano in the final battle, he decides to unleash the biggest truth bomb of the entire show: “Marciano was - she was a Coyote a long time ago but even then I never shared a drink with her”.
It was this line that sparked the theory I am about to share. This might sound farfetched but I feel that Mister is a close-minded chauvinist. Not only does he refer to women throughout CRS as “dolls”, “little girl(s)”, and “sexy” (he uses it as a noun, not an adjective) but Mister never truly recognized Marciano as an equal (the only woman he respects is Angelica). Remember the Coyote hideout/bar in episode 2? With the exception of Franca, the only female in that scene was a woman in a bunny suit. If that isn’t a red flag, I don’t know what is.
SPOILER ALERT OVER
Produced by ufotable (Fate/Zero, God Eater), Coyote Ragtime Show was a completely different series from what the studio was accustomed to. There are plenty of titles in ufotable’s catalog that are far superior to this show but they don’t possess the pop culture knowledge, the sense of humor, the simplistic charm, the sound, nor the unabashed confidence of CRS (after rewatching this show recently, I enjoyed it as much as I did the first time, if not more so). If nothing else, Coyote Ragtime Show proved that it doesn’t require a Super Saiyan nor a Servant to save the world. Sometimes, all it takes is a Coyote.
Ah, the Coyote Ragtime Show. Under-rated, and in my opinion, a masterpiece.
I first saw this on one of the only anime stations we have over here. I guess at first the idea of it may not be appealing, I almost changed channel. But, seeing as nothing else was on, I continued to watch it. This defines an anime that is a diamond in the rough.
I won't repeat the summary, I'm sure you can all read. I remember haggling with my parents on ways for them to let me watch this, it was funny, and 8/10 times I failed miserably. Cruel folks. Well, they're
nice really. So I decided to buy the DVD, I got the first 4 episodes. Why is it I wa compelled to do this? Character, Art and the story.
Character- I guess taking a step back, 12 gothic lolita, two police officers, 3 misunderstood criminals and an innocent girl, they don't really sound at all appealing. But instantly I fell in love. 12 sisters, all (Apart from the triplets) with their own unique personalities, yet all innocent looking, but relentlessly sinister. (You might find in some of my reviews, I seem to love everything innocent but actually sinister) They, to me, are the highlight of the series. I'm not sure why, but they interest me most out of them all.There is so much personality in this anime, each with their own time in the light. Oh there's a preist too, but no spoiling I'm afraid, however minor.
Art- Well to me this anime looked High budget. Not so much that it's ghost in the shell style, but still, far better than bleach, it's at Elfen Lied level. (No I don't hate bleach. I meant in general, the artists starting slacking, I love bleach) So, for this anime to be so well animated, yet to have only seen the light of day for a short period. . .
Story- As previously mentioned, I bought the 1st DVD. It ended on episode 4. For months, I watched it over and over, rocking myself to silence afterwards, upset about not knowing what happened. It ended in such a way, it made me sad unable to know what happened next. I had never been so annoyed by the fact I didn't know what happened next, I had my Grandmother get me the other two DVD's for my Christmas. xD
Yes that's sad I know.
So overall . . .WATCH THIS! Even if you don't like it, you will have at least made your mind up on whether or not you like it. For, it is better to have loved and lost to have never loved at all. It's better to have watched and loved (or maybe dislike, though I love this anime) than to have never watched at all.