Speed Grapher

What would you like to edit?

Alternative Titles

Japanese: スピードグラファー
English: Speed Grapher
More titles


Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 8, 2005 to Sep 30, 2005
Premiered: Spring 2005
Broadcast: Fridays at 02:40 (JST)
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Gonzo
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, MysteryMystery, SupernaturalSupernatural, SuspenseSuspense
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, GoreGore, Organized CrimeOrganized Crime, PsychologicalPsychological, Super PowerSuper Power
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.301 (scored by 4163041,630 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #27052
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1898
Members: 115,388
Favorites: 602

Available At


Streaming Platforms

Ranked #2705Popularity #1898Members 115,388
Add to My List
Episodes: /24


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.

Characters & Voice Actors



Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
"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)

Episode Videos


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 ...
Apr 21, 2011
Mixed Feelings
Speed Grapher initially seems to have a lot going for it. The plot is semi-episodic, with an overall story arc that binds the individual episodes together. While some people complain about the art, I had no objections there: it is a grim, gritty setting, and the art has a film noir look that fits that setting. Likewise with the sound: while I don't have much to praise about the series's music, I don't have anything to complain about.

Where it really failed for me was in the category of character. To give the show credit, both the heroes and the villains have well-developed back stories. ...
Aug 24, 2019
What if you had a gun? The entire premise and synopsis of this series is about a photographer who anything he takes a picture of dies... but this isn't quite accurate. Garnering several comparisons to Death Note regarding "supernatural object that kills people efficiently and powerfully from a distance" one may think they are in for another analytical thriller where the protagonist can carry out undetectable assassinations, or perhaps some sort of monkey paw-esque cursed object scenario where a photo is taken of a large group of people and they all start dropping dead 1 by 1 and he has to find a way to ...

Interest Stacks

50 Entries · 2 Restacks
43 Entries · 117 Restacks
46 Entries · 5 Restacks


Recent News

Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Speed Grapher Episode 1 Discussion
Ranivus - Jun 18, 2008
27 repliesby BarronRobinson »»
Jun 21, 11:56 AM
Poll: Speed Grapher Episode 24 Discussion
Ignes - Aug 24, 2009
46 repliesby Chufal »»
Apr 27, 12:11 AM
Poll: Speed Grapher Episode 22 Discussion
Zepwich - Dec 1, 2010
17 repliesby Chufal »»
Apr 26, 10:55 PM
Poll: Speed Grapher Episode 19 Discussion
Kylearan - Apr 30, 2011
8 repliesby Chufal »»
Apr 26, 10:03 PM
Poll: Speed Grapher Episode 18 Discussion
Yanoflies - Dec 13, 2010
6 repliesby Chufal »»
Apr 26, 9:44 PM

20 of the Best Mature Anime of All Time

20 of the Best Mature Anime of All Time

Anime aimed at teens is a lot of fun. But anime aimed at an older crowd is on a whole other level! You get more violence, gore, nudity and sex than you bargained for...which isn't entirely a bad thing.
5 Weird Anime That Time has Forgotten

5 Weird Anime That Time has Forgotten

There's nothing wrong with frequenting a slightly predictable, stable anime that has some form of boundaries or limitations that you can count on. But we also need something completely unpredictable, something that doesn't make a lick of sense, because we must feed our desires for the strange.