The technology to create powerful cyborg soldiers has been released for public use by the Berühren Corporation. Those outfitted with robotic parts are known as the Extended. Juuzou Inui, one such Extended, was created as a soldier and has no memories of his former life. But now, after the war, he runs a business that takes care of Extended-related incidents around the city.
Rumors of a renegade Extended that kidnapped a child reach his ears; lo and behold, as Juuzo returns to his office, a giant robotic man with a boy on his back crashes in, asking for help. While Juuzou could just turn the guy in and be done with it, something about this situation is too fishy to ignore. It seems that everyone wants hold of this kid and, whether he likes it or not, Juuzou must find out why this Extended is on the run, how it connects to the Berühren Corporation, and just how far the treachery runs in this city.
No guns life does three things right that really draw you in. Those three things being.
An interesting world that makes you want to see more of what it is, what it holds, and what other characters roam such a world. As you can see with the description. I'm quite interested to see what other extends there are. As it's quite amazing how different each one is looking and the abilities they have.
The main characters personalities and who they are in general are great too. Who would've thought a guy with a gun for a head would have such an interesting background haha. But I find
myself rooting for him as the story goes on.
An interesting set of characters that also add to it's interesting story. As I just stated, you'll make yourself wonder what else is in this world. Which adds to the final point, in that the story is rather great in itself. But even with a few episodes watched, it feels like there is still a whole lot to tell. It's really fascinating.
A must watch for this season of anime. If you like mystery, cyberpunk, and action. Then you'll surely love this. I know I do.
If ‘No Guns Life’ (NGL) were an American cartoon, they could have called it, ‘Second Amendments Life.’ Imagine the liberals attempting to ban guns, and then Juzo filibustering their candy assess because that would infringe upon his right to life. Then, after winning the case, he could slap Ted Cruz in the face, and claim he has really bad aim with his high-fives.
NGL is a dynamic anime where the main character, Juzo Inui, kills various villains on his quest toward determining who turned him into an ‘extended’ (cyborg designed for war). The dark, murky atmosphere is a nice lure to pull in
the viewer; however, when Juzo begins to act silly (i.e. the embarrassed faces he makes when he sees a half-naked girl), it becomes irksome. Juzo’s characterization, thus far, is rather superficial, and if it weren’t for his gun prosthetic, it would be difficult to distinguish him from other action-centric heroes. He’s the classic ‘badass hero’ who is designed to look cool, and defeat numerous baddies.
NGL also draws a clear line of demarcation between the good-guys and the members of the evil corporation (Berühren Corporation). Making the story a black-and-white affair, that will, most likely follow a predictable build up to the final ‘boss fight.’ The visuals are respectable — given that it’s Madhouse — nevertheless, there is nothing stunning or memorable. The OST, along with the anime itself, is uninspired, and easily forgettable.
All in all: NGL features humdrum action, insipid characters, and weird tonal shifts that are anything but funny. If you were looking for a show that captured the same excitement as ‘Black Lagoon,’ then keep searching, because it ain’t NGL.
No Guns Life is the anime adaptation for the original Manga by Karasuma Tasuku and brings us a mix of Cyberpunk, Mystery, Crime and a protagonist with a gun for a head. I've heard from a few people they felt the anime was ridiculous because of the superficial look of the main character, but I decided to let this show have an impact on me as I watch it.
The most stellar feature of the show is that the world-building creates a setting that draws you into the story. You wonder what kind of wacky combinations of humanoid robots they can come up with and how
the narrative and the story elements weave into one another. I can already tell you that the first 5 episodes were definitely not enough to understand what the hell is going on in this world. You encounter a lot of terms which only make sense in the realm of this fictional world like Extenders. Also, you want to learn about the significance of the boy and why everyone is trying to abduct him for themselves.
We have our main protagonist Jûzo that's a capable "Extender", a race of people that looks like they fused with machines. Jûzo has a gun for a head, but so far in the show, it is only cosmetics and he doesn't use it as a weapon. That doesn't make him less of a badass though. He speaks in such a cool demeanour and is also a rather cynical dude. He also does have a rather infantile side where he blushes for seeing something raunchy and behaves overall unfitting to the mood the scenery is trying to build up.
There is a scene later where he gets a "hair cut" and has his eyes covered as enemy forces rush in to interrogate and threaten him. He doesn't lose his cool.
The enemy designs are quite special, for example we have a mechanical spider robot or other kinds of machinations which give our characters a hard time. I really hope for some kind of Orwellian Dystopia to take place in this world mixed with a bit of critique of future technology.
The Visuals are really nice and create an image of a modern city with some kind of scrapyard feel to it. The colours are vibrant but don't penetrate your eyes, generally, there is a lot of silver, grey, brown and metallic in the scenery. This creates a salvageable image of this machine city.
I have to this point seen the first 5 episodes that released and I'm eager to follow this show. A Season 2 is already on the Horizon and I picked up the manga so I can learn more about this intriguing show and its lore.
No Guns Life is a cyberpunk/noir set in a post-war world where soldiers underwent cybernetic enhancements reminiscent of Ghost in the Shell. The MC is a huge, morally gray, dark and broody guy with a giant revolver for a freaking head. The show has a noir aesthetic resulting in a dark, dim, and gloomy color palette that perfectly matches the theme of dark-underbelly-of-a-rotting-city reminiscent of Watchmen. The main antagonist is this embodiment of the military industrial complex that uses people as tools and discards them when no longer useful, sort of like Google with Guns with the motto: Be evil.
Though the prevailing theme of the
show is noir, there are times of tonal dissonance when our hard-boiled MC turns blushing bumbling chibi when embarrassed. It feels like the show’s cheating by utilizing this form for comedy and clashes with the noir aesthetic that the show is aiming for. But it helps that our MC is actually a bit likable. He’s a bit of that gruff, snide, and condescending asshole who can actually care for others. The artstyle is gritty and dark for the most part, but the animation is pretty good and fight scenes are generally good. The conspiracy narrative could do with a bit more but overall it has competent execution. My impression with the first few episodes is that this is a seinen that has somehow carved a unique identity and should be an interesting watch.