When three complete strangers, Mishiba Toki, Nakajyo Nobuto, and Saitoh Kazuo, are hired by a corporation to compete in the Bus Game, an illegal dog-fight conducted in strict secrecy, they are given the team code of "Team AAA" (Triple Anonymous). This group of three who differ entirely from their living environments to their personalities have to work together effectively, but without mutually wiping out their mistrust of each other or prying into each other's privacy. They only have one point in common—each of them need a large amount of money for their individual circumstances. To get the money, they must play in the game despite their very own lives being at stake.
Well its a good idea for an anime since i've seen it done in American movies like 20 times (Smokin Aces and any other B-movie involving a mysterious company to fund human death matches) Unfortunately this anime isn't a very good example.
The story, standing at a whopping 3 episodes it's surprising to see how much action the managed to fit in. The side story apart from all the action is very poor at best. I couldn't tell if it was emphasizing more on seriousness or comedy. Regardless, the idea of an unlikely team to survive human death matches didn't translate so well. (Mediocre)
The characters are pretty ridiculous in my opinion. It's almost comical when the viewer tries to tell them apart. "No-eyes, one-eye, and two-eyes" is probably the best way to tell them apart. And their personalities go from 'hard-boiled, to less-boiled, to comic relief. Nothing real impressive it might have been cooler if they replaced the comic relief for a cooler type. (Decent)
The art is of average quality, think of Saiyuki as a decent reference in terms of art and animation quality. It's made in 2008, but looks like its from 2001. Lots of pointy hair and poor color quality. (Poor)
Sound is pretty non-existent. The fight scenes are just alot of thuds and thumps and swipes and such. Although the girls might like all the grunting and groaning thats in the show. And the background music is pretty forgettable. What is even worse is the rock and roll op and ed. For future reference, organs and rock music don't mix (ref: OP theme). (Poor)
Overall its an unimpressive anime but the pain watching it isn't so bad since it's so short. Maybe (thats a big MAYBE) if it was longer it could be decent. Personally I think another production studio should try this untapped style of storytelling. read more
The story of Bus Gamer isn't a bad idea, but three episodes was definitely not a sufficient amount for the story to develop. As you can read from plot synopses, these three guys come together as a team to participate in a dangerous underground (not literally) game between companies to earn money, the ultimate prize being 1 billion dollars. They all are steadfast in their desire for the 1 billion, but...well, I don't want to spoil anything, so let's just say the ending leaves you totally hanging as to if they achieve that goal or not. This definitely should have been 13 episodes, not just 3. If they allotted more episodes, story would've gotten an 7, but since they didn't and decided to end it abruptly, it gets a 6.
Nothing special here. It's not terrible or anything, but I believe it could have been better. Still, it's not really something to complain about, since I suppose there is worse. No more comment on the art really, that about sums it all up.
Most people seem to enjoy the OP and ED, but that's all the music category's got going for it. The background music is really just standard, average, whatever you want to call it. It's just nothing special. Sound effects are just standard and normal, as expected. The voice acting, again, is just standard. The music section doesn't really stand out in anyway, so really I was gonna give it a 6, but because of the OP and ED themes, I believe it is worthy of a 7.
Characterization was a disappointment, seriously. As far as the character designs go, that was okay, because they did display three pretty differently styled people who would probably never be friends. However, the problem is really the similarity between Nakajou and Mishiba. When you just have three central characters that the whole story revolves around, they need to have contrasting personalities to make them likable (take Samurai Champloo for example.) Saitou was very different than Nakajou and Mishiba, so he's in the clear. But the other two are practically mirror images of each other, personality wise. Also, they tried throwing him some of the characters' pasts into the mix, but it really just didn't work because they were just small clips that revealed close to nothing.
After all that, I still gotta say it was at the least fairly enjoyable. The action is by no means the best I've seen, but it was different because it's not like the main characters had any sort of super powers or anything, it was just straight up street fighting really. You can also get a few chuckles out of it, not many though. You'll probably be disappointed at the end that it was only three episodes, but for just three episodes, it was pretty enjoyable.read more
Bus Gamer was made by the same author of the well known Saiyuki series. Thus you can expect handsome men and fun battles, which the anime does provide.
Toki Mishiba, Nobuto Nakajyo and Kazuo Saitou, three strangers in need of a large sum of money, form a team in an underground corporate sponsored street fight. The goal is to steal a disk containing secret information from the opposing team, while protecting their own disk.
The team has its variety in fighting styles and motivation. Each character is shrouded in mystery and the short series slowly reveals hints of why this mismatched trio so desperately needs cash to the point of risking their lives in an illegal street fight.
To say anything about the characters would spoil the series, however, the series itself only scratches the surface of those potentially interesting characters. My only complaint is that it feels very much unfinished with only hints of their past being revealed and their main rival hardly getting started on the chase.
Though the series does show enough to let us get a taste of what it's like and leave us wanting more. So if you don't mind being left with the feeling of lack of closure, check this out and you'll at least enjoy what little is available.read more
I remember watching the first episode of this thinking: "There's no way they can end this in three episodes unless Godzilla abruptly and spontaneously appears on the horizon." I believe I was correct in this assumption. As has been stated in the other reviews for the show, three episodes were not enough to really develope this into anything other than a sort of character template. The series really seems to be more of a test teaser for a greater, extended series rather than a series in its own right. However, I did actually enjoy that which was presented and was most disappointed and distressed that those in charge of this production didn't decided to make this into a 26 episode series, which it easily could have been.
The basic premise, while it is true its not particularly unique, was still intriguing. It pulled me in and allowed for enough of an interesting setup so that I at least had some notion of how everything was structured and possibly ended. Again, it's highly unforunate that they didn't develope this into something more as I would have highly enjoyed it if these three episodes are any indication of the direction it could have gone in.
I highly suspect that someone involved with the production of Saiyuki was in on this. The character designs are very similar; the similar style especially being made apparant with Toki's design. This suspicion is strengthend by the fact that the show actually has a blantant Saiyuki refrence in it when one of the characters plays as Gojyo in a fighting game. As such, you can expect that sort of animation. For example, the hair is a bit spikey and sort of clumpy, the fingers are elongated and bony, the chins are emphasized, and in some shots, the characters look a little anorexic. While I do like aspects of that style, the aforementioned bony fingers and narrow/starved faces bother me.
Unrelated to overall style, I reallly appreciated that the creators took the trouble to design multiple outfits for the characters so that they actually seemed like real people getting dressed everyday. It bothers me how in some animes the characters only seem to have one outfit to their wardrobe, so taking the time to individualize the characters here, especially given how easy it would have been not to considering the series' lack of length, was a really nice touch.
Nothing really stood out about the sound. The voices fit the characters and I enjoyed the openning theme but there was nothing gripping about it.
This is the main reason I'm bummed that the show wasn't fully fleshed out and made longer. It's true that two of the main guys are a bit similar in philosophy and attitude, but I felt that they were both strong and individual enough to be interesting. The snippets of the characters backgrounds that we get allow the viewer to make educated guesses about what motivates them and why they may want the money. At least, they were enough for me to go off of. I've no idea if my suspicions are correct, but they sound reasonable. I liked all the characters and frankly wanted to know more.
All in all, if you have absolutely nothing to do and are in the mood to ruminate over an interesting concept, then I'd recommend this. However, if your time is precious or you're not a person who appreciates hearing and sharing interesting ideas (emphasis on the idea, not story), then I'd say look for something else.
As an aside, it really bugged me also when the main characters were waving their gun around in a FULL restaurant and no one, not a SINGLE PERSON, noticed or cared. To my knowledge, Japan has not been overrun by zombies, so you'd imagine that someone would at least say: "Hey! They've got a gun! Maybe I should call the cops and/or alert someone and/or leave." read more