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
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.
Great anime, if you liked the Oceans movies or The Italian Job you will like this series. It is a cross between Oceans/Catch Me If You Can/Cowboy Bebop. If you liked any of those movies or series then you will likely take a charm to this story.