Considering Gansgta is a difficult series to understand, this recap came in a good time.
It explains the families and the game of powers in Ergastulum, shows the origins and ranks of the Twilights (according to what has been shown until episode 9) and delineates the functions (and sometimes backstories) of almost all characters.
The only flaw of this special was the lack of a properly explanation of all the events from the latest episodes...
If your are having trouble with Gangsta's sometimes complicated plot, I recommend this. Don't watch it if you are ok with the plot; you may become bored.
Sometimes you need a recap episode to remind the viewers of the important things from the past episodes that they might have forgotten by now. Gangsta 9.5 is a recap episode that serves no purpose to exist.
The recap mainly focuses in the beginning of the show (episodes 1-2), then a little bit of the middle episodes and the latest episodes. (episodes 5-9). It also gives a summary of EVERY character. No, I'm serious. Even the old woman that sells Worick his cigarettes gets a bit of information.
This recap is completely pointless and boring as all hell to watch. It feels like you're watching a
guy narrate the 9 episodes you have already watched (or are supposed to), but it's so utterly bland that you just don't care for what is being told to you.
Take Kekkai Sensen's recap episode for example. The reason I liked that recap episode was because it was fun and entertaining to watch by the fact that they were self aware that it was a recap episode. You can see the effort put into that, unlike Gangsta's recap episode, that only goes way too in depth about things that you probably don't need to know.
Should you watch Gangsta's recap episode? No. Only if you watched the show half asleep and you don't know what's going on. But you'll probably fall asleep while watching this recap if that's the case. 3/10.
Gangsta. a show with more characters and escalating events than a colony of ants can fit, a lot of people complain about how just right when they start to grasp what's going on in the story, new faces show up, and even greater ordeals make their debuts. Gangsta. Recap; also called episode 9.5, came with the mindset of acting against those claims and making it a bit easier on the memory to process everything that has happened so far. Just like what “91 Days” did, it was a brief look on the first 9 episodes of the main series to give more clarification on certain
characters, and explain their connection in a more narrative way.
- Story (6.5/10):
Talking here about how the recap handled the retelling of the story, and not on the main strong progression. This honestly felt like a very short episode although sharing the same length with the others, the information presented kept consistent, in a more linear way, they went from introducing every character out there to presenting each faction's motives and hinting at their intentions. In term of the story itself, there wasn't much to praise, I would actually argue this was more of a character centered episode than showing actual events.
- Art (9/10):
How I love the art style in this one, it suits the crime genre a whole lot, the gore was just on point, you don't see people splashing fountains of blood when cut or anything. The fight scenes are always very exciting even if they are not major battles. I just love the anatomy and faces expressions. 95% of the animations where clips reused from older episodes, but why I'm going to complain when they looked so good either way.
- Sound (7.5/10):
The voice acting was just spot on, Nicolas deprecated voice sounds so realistic and in character, Alex actually sounds like a desperate ex-prostitute with more on her mind than she actually lets out. The ending and opening theme songs that they kept from the main story were above average to very good.
- Character (7/10):
The main trio are all likable in their own way, Nicolas, as a deaf ice-cold killing machine that has gone through a lot than my tears can hold for was always a source of sympathy, the lost soul of Alex, as someone who has nowhere to go made it easier for us, the viewers, to understand her sadness. And then there is the guy who ties them all up together, Worick, a guy too kind for their cruel world. In this recap, they went through reminding us of the major plot points consisting those three, and even went ahead and talked about the cop duo, Dr. Theo and his assistance, all of the known four fathers members and leaders, and even the Tabacco shop clerk, the granny and her granddaughter. I feel like they should have gone deeper with the characters and picking on stuff in their past, but looking at the limited length of the episode, I can close an eye on that.
- Enjoyment (7.0/10):
For me as someone who didn't binge watch this show, the recap was a vital decision that refreshed a whole lot of information that I either slept off on or forgot. Seeing how we're closing to the end of the series, it would be good to have as much awareness of the story as possible.
- Overall (7.4/10):
If you're already fully concentrated and following the story with a great face, being it a binge watch or not, you won't really miss out much on this recap, but in case you really are lost and confused about all sort of aspects of the show, this one was just a splendid reminder of so many things, like going as far as redefining what a Twilight means, what's the Celebrer drug and so on.