Dee Laytner and Randy "Ryo" Maclane are two New York cops taking a needed vacation in England. Dee has very strong feelings for Ryo and wants to take this chance to advance their relationship (and if he's lucky, maybe seduce Ryo). Ryo doesn't understand his own feelings for Dee, and doesn't know if he wants to (or should) acknowledge them. Their vacation and relationship is suddenly disturbed when murders and missing person reports keep surfacing around their hotel. The only common tie the cases have is that all of the victims were Japanese or Japanese descent. Dee and Ryo have to solve the case before Ryo, who is half Japanese, becomes the next victim.
"Fake" roams around the troubled relationship of two American cops while solving a complicated case.
As great fan of the manga I held up my expectations for this OVA. This anime adaptation of "Fake" focus on the Act 5 of the Manga, published on the second volum which, by itself, reduces very much the potential of the story. The flashback trick of the manga is explored here, but it was still disappointing not to see more.
The manga story holds many detailed complexities, that were basically left out in the anime. However, it's still a great action and mystery tale.
The characters were prefectly characterized: many hints
and a lovely flashback are presented for us to know what is going on between them. However, for those that have not read the manga, a mistery remains: who the hell are Bikky and Chal and what are they doing there?
Special kudos for the voice actors, a great cast that worked their job perfectly. Only Dee's voice seemed "not quite right", but after some minutes I got used to it and now I can't imagine him differently.
This is very enjoyable, much more for the adventure and mystery than for the BL (which, being near to none and not explicit at all, is well done and realistic).
I prefer the manga. The drawing in the anime isn't that good, and I wasn't impressed with the voice-work, either. The plot is the same familiar one as in the manga - though with lesser details, of course. A nice watch, sure, but nothing to be impressed about. (Then again, I think the manga is brilliant, so it is rather hard to beat that :D)
First off, I'm going to keep this review short as I don't want to waste too much time. Second off, don't get butt hurt just because I don't like it.
As a heterosexual male, obviously this isn't something I would be open to watching or enjoying. So, I went into watching this with a pessimistic approach. Overall, I rated it a 4 (Decent), which it wasn't. It was utter garbage, but rating it a 1 is too much imo.
2 Cops solving a case, but the case keeps on getting interrupted with sudden ass pumping. To be fair the story had its mystery and not a half
bad plot line, but the 2 cops kind of ruin that. The cops case is a murder case, but without revealing too much, the case is unrealistic and doesn't really make any sense. So, if you don't like an unrealistic story, then this isn't for you.
When I look at the plot and genre, I guess I can't help but feel like the anime did in right. Obviously I'm not going to enjoy it because of.. reasons. But, if you like that stuff, go ahead and watch it.
Art: This OVA was released in the late 90's, so the art and animation wasn't spot on and to be honest I don't like older art styles, probably because I'm used to newer and cleaner animations. For the time, the animation and art was pretty good, not amazing. But good. It suited the presentation of the plot and the relationship of the characters, but again, compared with modern art and animation, it's not great. so..
Sound: The music in the anime varied from pumped up cop action music, to generic romance music, for obvious reasons. Non of the soundtracks really stood out as being bad or good, so I thought a 5 would be an overall good assessment.
Character: Well, the obvious problem with the characters is that they don't understand their profession. Their job is to capture criminals which could cause problems to society, but instead they see their relationship with each other to be more important than that. They work perfectly for the genre and romance, I guess, but I can't say I felt any sympathy or connection with the characters. The only one character that I didn't mind was Carol, was actually quite an interesting character, but unfortunately looked like she was drawn by a 5 year old. This kind of goes back to the art, but it's obvious that the art has been directed on the men of the show because the girls just look so.. stupid.
Enjoyment: I have pointed things out throughout the review and I think it's pretty obvious that I didn't enjoy it, it's just not something I can sit down and watch normally like everything else, instead my watching experience was cringing and hitting my head on the table wondering why these cops can't do their job properly.
Comedy: among all this chaos and love it is hard to become swooned for almost at each advancement becomes shot down on some basis. Oh the struggle that is love.
Curiosity: Mystery anime come in various of forms. Whether it is complex or straight forward or in other. One can't help but become wrapped in the mystery despite the fact this was time to relax.
Work and pleasure shouldn't mix. An old saying that holds truth. Sadly, how can that work if work constantly infringes on one's couple's free time? To make matters worse they are faced with the spew over
of another country's mess of work. If that wasn't bad enough as far as the 'pleasure' was concerned more and more people became entangled in this affair. So much for a 'straight' affair.
Ending is questionable. For while a path had reached its end some minor questions were raised. Such as ghost or no ghost? Why the transfer? Sure the anime hints at them but it hints at both directions. So, knowing which one is right is debatable. Come to think of it that is quite a fair way to and a mystery show. For not only does it build on the comedy aspect as one fights with friends and or family on who is right but it allows the audience to do some deducing of their own.