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.
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!read more
Sushi Police follows the young Alchemist Edward Elric, as he desperately seeks out a mythical stone to restore his... Oh wait, wrong show, let's try this again.
Sushi Police is actually a social satire/commentary 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' does exactly as this proposed idea would suggest, inspect sushi. This then further leads into non-comedic hijinks, espionage, and sushizilla... or at least that's what I vaguely remember when I was picking my nose.
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.read more
Story 7/10: So Sushi police is about these three government guys (one’s a robot) who listen to the cries of untraditional sushi. Then they hunt down and stop the chefs that are making them. By the way, when I say untraditional sushi, I mean things like chilli sushi, zombie sushi, just anything that isn’t 100% legit Japanese. And you know what, it was pretty damn funny to watch. I mean sure, there’s some mad pacing issues and the 3 minute length of each episode really messes with the continuity of the story because this anime tries to fit so much into such a short period of time. But come on, sushi cops? No matter how that plays out, it’s a pretty funny idea and that definitely shows a few times throughout anime, I mean watching two grown guys fighting for the sacred rights of sushi kind of just lends itself to some fairly funny moments.
Character 6/10: Now the characters are pretty simple. You have the big boss man who can hear the crying sushi, his sidekick who’s kind of like a rookie of the team and the robot who pretty much just flips around messing things up, providing some cheap comedy and at times, some legitimately good comedy here and there. But there really isn’t much more to them than that. I mean the episodes are only 3 minutes long so lacking character development is kind of expected. Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t stop them from trying, but at the end of the day you just can’t develop a character in 5 seconds at the end of an episode.
Artwork 5/10: Characters aside, what could be really annoying for some people is the animation. So it’s 3d, 100% 3 dimensional all the time. Oh and it’s not the nice kind of 3d, it’s kind of dirty and pretty wonky. But it’s a pretty light-hearted comedy so really the art style is fine, it’s passable. I’ve even seen some people praising it but no, the animation is pretty sketchy and the 3d element does not help it. So no it’s not great, but it’s still pretty good.
Sound 8/10: The sound is fine. 3 whole minutes of perfectly good voice acting and SFX every time :)
Enjoyment 6/10: So all and all, Sushi Police isn’t great. The characters don’t have a lot going for them and the animation is kind of sketchy. If you don’t like 3d animation, then yeah you’ll probably hate it. But, if you give it a shot, you may just find that it can be pretty funny and you definitely could get a few good laughs. So, I’d have to say it’s a solid 6/10. read more
What makes sushi fresh and delicious, you may ask? What dark secrets about sushi lies deep in the ocean, you may ask? All of your questions will all be answered in this anime!
Sushi Police tells you a tale about three odd policemen who loves sushi and anyone who violates sushi (by for example, adding non-sushi-related ingredients) will be met by brute force. They always overdo their way of handling situations, making it hilariously silly and unexpected. I mean, who else uses wasabi guns except the sushi polices? Obsession is so much more dangerous than I thought, but I have no objections!
Many people dislikes the anime just because it's 3 minutes long and 3D animated. I too did judge it at first from the animation, however, I soon only thought about the story and didn't care anout the other stuff anymore.
At the end of each episode they will also show you some sushi trivias for those who wants to learn more about sushi. Some things may just have bigger secrets you never knew about!
Before I leave, I will recommend you to think twice if you start making sushi. You'll never know if the sushi police will visit your home next time!