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.
When I was looking for a series to watch, I came across Coyote Ragtime Show. All of the promotional material showed something that hearkened back to classic sci-fi action adventure series such as Trigun, Cowboy Bebop, and Outlaw Star, and a lot of people who had seen it seemed to be making the same comparisons. With all that going for it, this series definitely drew in my interest.
Our story starts in the future, there are space outlaws called Coyotes who commit crimes but share a strong bond of friendship that a true Coyote wouldn’t betray. One of the most infamous Coyotes is Mister, who goes
by many different aliases. Detective Angelica Burns has spent the last four years trying to track him down. She finally received an anonymous tip that Mister was at a prison and the desert planet of Sandvil. A loyal but clumsy assistant named Chelsea meets her on the planet to help her.
Right as Angelica and Chelsea arrives at the prison Mister is located at, Mister breaks out only 10 days from released with the help of his old partners Bishop and Katana. As he is escaping, an elite squad of android assassins show up sent by Madame Marciano to take out Mister. As Mister escapes, he seeks out Franca, the daughter of his best friend Pirate King “Blue” Bruce, as they seek out the treasure Blue left for Franca to inherit on a planet called Graceland, which is in a civil war and faces immanent destruction from the Milky Way Federation in a week.
Soon, the group of Coyote’s are chased by the Twelve Sisters who want to take out Mister and capture Franca along with Detective Angelica and her assistant, as she wants to take Mister into custody, as the time is running out to get the treasure.
With those comparisons and a plot like that, this series is setting some fairly high standards for itself, but is it anywhere as good as those series? Unfortunately, the series never reaches the heights of the influences that it’s taking from. But that’s not to say this series is bad by any stretch, and there is a lot to enjoy here.
The series comes with a large colorful cast of characters with varied and interesting designs, and while not all of them get a fleshed out backstory, they all get enough of a time in the spotlight, all being memorable in their own ways and it’s really easy to tell them all apart. And sure, there is a lull somewhere in the middle, but I imagine the series as a whole would be worse off if it tried to keep the action amped up to 11 the whole time.
Aesthetically, the series goes for a very rustic lived in world for it’s sci-fi settin, which helps this series to stand out from other stuff coming out around the same time. And I kinda wish more series used a rustic sci-fi setting, just in general. It feels like a highly underused setting.
While there isn’t too much to say about this series, it does stand on it’s own and a good time. Coyote Ragtime Show might not come close to being a classic like the shows that it’s been compared to, but much like those series, it’s not going for high class or arthouse, simply trying to be a fun space adventure, and with those intentions, it does succeed, and is worth watching for those looking to find something like the classics, even if itself is not a classic. Also, it’s OP is pretty catchy.
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.
This one was kind of a mixed bag, I don’t know what it was trying to achieve with the story but for one it was rather…boring…
So this is the story all about how I broke out prison 10 days before bail, went on a journey to find the giga-banks and scam the federation out of 10 billion francs.
Anyway…the story is about a space outlaw (known in the series as a coyote) called Mister, he is one of the most well-known coyote’s in space. He also runs a bar where his best friend’s daughter resides, she plays a key
part in the series but I won’t say much on that. He and his crew embark on a journey to find the giga-banks and claim his best friend’s legacy. Unfortunately the planet the giga-banks resides on is about to be destroyed so time is of the essence in claiming it before the destruction of said planet. I forgot to mention the giga-banks is a vault, so no surprise it’s loaded with space bucks.
It tries to be like other popular space outlaw adventure series but kind of falls flat (e.g. Outlaw Star or Cowboy Bebop) in my opinion.
There is quite a lot of characters, I’m not going to go into massive detail about them. There’s Angelica, an inspector assigned to capture Mister. Her assistant who kind of just tags along. There is also an assassin group known as the twelve sisters (all named after months of the year) and their leader. Finally there’s the ragtag crew that accompanies Mister.
Animation is good for the time (2006) and is done by Ufotable, they’re fairly good. Action scenes are pretty good but unfortunately the animation is the only strong part of this show. OST is unnoticeable and the opening fits but is not great, ending is done in a Claymation style and is great, I love it.
It’s okay, not great, it’s not anything special. That’s pretty much all I have to say really, if you like Sci-Fi space action shows about outlaws then you might like this. But I was just meh all the way though. Went in with no expectations and came out with no expectations.
Story: let go find the pirate king treasure hmmm that sound a bit familiar don't ya think eh especially they say they hidden it somewhere in the galaxy ya I thought you may think that as well but hey not a bad series since there a bit of a thrill and some action but no to special that would want to make you go at the end of your seats but it could use a more action and more story plot to I mean you could just watch the first two episode then the last two or three
episode then done I mean in between it id nothing much but wasting time through space getting to there destination. I do like the design for the vault very unique and defiantly would be a challenge to crack through. the villain in this are your standard typical villain you see all the time just wanting to have either revenge or want the money here it both.
character: the character in the show are not very memorable although I do like may even though she has the least screen time but her and angelica talk and nice and interesting to see each on point of view for the reason for what they do. franca is an okay character I can see how see an important character where to involve between her father the king of the pirate and mister the master mind or so I say myself. mister is a character who see to get himself of any situation no matter how disastrous it get which you don't tend to get attach to him. All in al the character does have much development the fact that they are very generic and predictable.
ART/SOUND: art design I'll be honest I have seen better art work for it time but I do like the design for the 12 sister is pretty much about it. the sound like op is not special nor the music theme through out is pretty bad even thou marci has her own much theme every time she appear in front or near mister.
OVERALL: I did find this show watchable and amusing at time however it not a great nor is it a bad either I feel like they could of added more detail to it or more of a story to understand why it is so important for franca to see the vault to view it content or a bit of a background of why the pirate king did what he did, it makes you feel like there certain missing detail or information that could of clear up a feel thing is all i'm saying this show is good if you wanted to watch it. it'll be something more like a something to watch after a long day of work and just want to give you brain a break since this show doesn't treat itself as a serious story if you know what I mean by that. this isn't a hidden treasure that you have been looking for.
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.
I like anime for covering story types we just don't see in live action or much in western animation. However, this one covered some things so well I might as well have been reading TV Tropes.
Our lead is a criminal with a heart of gold who always succeeds at the big action, but also has time to raise his dead buddy's daughter. He's assisted by Glasses Guy, Skilled Pilot, Dead Buddy's Daughter, and Old Rival. Their ultimate goal is to get the treasure left behind by Dead Buddy, but they keep getting stopped by Crazy Woman and her twelve gothloli robot daughters named after the
months of the year. He's also pursued by Government Inspector who keeps letting him get away and her sidekick, Dumb Blonde.
Coyote Ragtime Show was not short of a great experience. I won't go into the plot, because it is already explained in the synopsis. I will say the story was a little confusing jumping from episode one to two, but you catch up very quickly. After that, it is an anime that is very well written and really enjoyable. This is an anime that can easily be watched in one sitting due to its very well done story and suspense. However, the pacing was a little too drastic at times. Where it would be so high octane one second, then the next it is very
mellow, which can take you out of the experience and really bored at times.
I watched this in dub, and was very excited to hear some very familiar voices such as Chris Patton, Luci Christian, and Brittney Karbowski. The dub was done very well and all of the voices did not seem out of place.
The art is very early 2000's which is what you should expect from an anime that came out in....well 2006. Even for 2006, the visuals looked fantastic and really colorful at times. Other times... It was a lot of dust brown and black. But that is also because the last quarter takes place in a desert section of a planet.
I highly suggest everyone to at least give this a watch. I suggest you buy it even more because the rewatch value is pretty high as well. There is something I feel like everyone would enjoy so don't hesitate to try this one out