Honda, Kawasaki, and Suzuki all comprise the elite ninth unit of the Sushi Police—a task force with the sole objective of sniffing out restaurants serving illicit or non-traditional sushi and eradicating them, no matter how insignificant their offense may be. The Sushi Police travel freely around the world in pursuit of these vile criminals day or night, with their strong sense of justice and the World Food-Culture Conservation Organization backing them. No offenders of Japan's traditional cuisine can escape their wrath!
During one of their purification missions, the Sushi Police encounter Sara—a hot, young, television reporter out to expose them and the World Food-Culture Conservation Organization for corruption. They interrogate her, but her wiles, skills, and charms allow her to easily escape from their grasp, setting off a chain of events that will lead to the true purpose of the Sushi Police being revealed.
Sushi Police is a social commentary/satire that's based on the actions of the Japanese Minister of Agriculture, Toshikatsu Matsuoka, who, upon eating at a place he deemed unauthentic for serving sushi alongside Korean BBQ, proposed an idea that would see to it that a dispatch unit of undercover inspectors would go around secretly evaluating sushi to determined its authenticity. Those that pass this secret inspection would receive the approval to be listed as "authentic," as well as sponsorship on a Japanese government website. And like this ludicrous idea that received huge media backlash in 2006, this too was equally panned by the few anime viewers
that saw it.
The anime turned the real world incident into a big, dumb, nonsensical spoof that saw these "Sushi Police" do exactly as this proposed idea would suggest, inspect sushi. This then further leads into non-comedic hi-jinks, espionage, and sushi-zilla... or at least that's what I vaguely remember when I was picking my nose. Sushi Police desperately tries to lampoon Japan's nationalistic sense of pride but doesn't know how to do it without being on-the-nose about everything. And as such, it really becomes a self-defecating satirical piece than anything worth its salt.
Do I suggest this? No. Even with those that are aware of the events that surrounded the creation of this anime, the actual product is still drab. It isn't funny, it isn't insightful and it isn't going to encourage any sort of discussion. However, what it will encourage is a nice 3-minute nap.
It was 2deep4me bruh. After I watched it, cried, self-defecated all over my couch and curled up in a fetal position, while I rocked myself to sleep.
A show or movie based on a very simple premise or pitch is called a "high concept piece". This is a 13 episode anime entirely based on mocking a stupid quote by a nationalist Japanese politician. Sushi Police takes thin premise to a whole new level.
On the surface, this could be a clever, little satire that mocks the growing wave of Japanese nationalism and calls for rationality through comedy. However, this would have worked better as a 5 minute SNL sketch. At 13 episodes that are 3 minutes, this is 40 minutes of the same fucking joke done OVER and OVER until they pretty much
forget the satire and make a Godzilla spoof because even the show writers realized they were trying to stretch too little material over too long a running time.
A defender of Sushi Police could point out that One Punch Man is beloved despite basically being the same joke over and over. However, One Punch Man actually had a massive art budget and fight scenes that aesthetically looked cool. It wasn't just, "I'm early, better think of a Superman...Superman! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBLspvxgTdQ
Sushi police, as many have stated, is a social commentary but we don't care about that, most of the reviewers here have also stated the facts. We want a good anime to watch, so is it good? Not really would be the short answer.
The characters are bland with no personalities. They are just stereotypes to go with the story and provide jokes here and there. As far as character development goes, it doesn't happen a lot but not saying that it is totally out of the anime. Since the episodes are only 3 minutes 30 seconds long, it is hard to cram personalities into
a full story with an opening, a plot and an ending. For what it does, the story moves on pretty well, I guess it doesn't really get boring.
You can also check out my well edited(and funny) review on youtube where I go into more detail. Channel name is MudanTV - Sushi Police Anime Review.
I feel the need to write this review since I believe many people are greatly misinformed when it comes to this series and don't understand what the purpose of the show is.
Sushi Police is a social commentary/satire of Japanese nationalism, based off true events. In 2006, Japan's Minister of Agriculture had ate at a Japanese restaurant in Colorado, and had noticed that sushi was served alongside Korean BBQ beef. He was outraged at this, claiming that the restaurant was inauthentic and didn't do Japanese culture justice. To prevent the growth of these type of establishments, he proposed an idea to the Japanese government: create an
undercover police force to go to Japanese restaurants in foreign countries, and judge the cuisine. If it was authentic, it would receive promotion on the windows of the restaurant, as well as sponsorship on a Japanese government website. Media news laughed at this, and coined the term "Sushi Police" to mock the proposal.
This new series of shorts, Sushi Police, not only uses these events to parody the "Sushi Police incident" (which although almost 10 years old, the news story is still relevant today as Japan has a voluntary "Sushi Police" of sorts), but also as an outlet to poke fun of the ridiculousness of Japanese nationalism that tends to plague the nation. One of the main characters, Honda, is a physical representation of a typical Japanese traditionalist, and the fact that all three of the main cast are named after Japanese auto companies further cements the idea that they are satirizing nationalists.
Furthermore, Sushi Police manages to look at how other nations react to the combination of foods from different countries. While the Sushi Police looks at this culture fusion of cuisines with disdain, the Pasta Police (from Italy) takes a far different view. This episode in particular showcases the different priorities regarding how some Japanese people look at this blending of cultures as a tainting of their own, but how other cultures don't quite feel the same way. Each episode manages to add another argument as to why great amounts of Japanese nationalism is absurd and if anything, making the country look bad.
I hope this review was able to add more context on the series. For more information on this, I'd recommend checking out a video I have posted on YouTube titled "In Defense Of: Sushi Police (Analysis)" as well as Pause and Select's podcast "Weekly Watch Episode 8: Understanding Sushi Police". Until then, I hope you all learned something new from this!