As I finally came across the entire subtitled series, it is time to update the review I posted quite some time ago.
To start with, this is an anime that gives off an oldschool-ish feeling and that is to be expected, since the manga started publishing about 40 years ago. The drawing style clearly shows it: all characters have very serious and rough faces, showing each and every wrinkle. The scenery is quite good. Even though it might lack detail, it clearly isn't the type you would shove off as a picture-based-and-streched-over-the-horizon background.
There are no major problems with the sound either. At first it might
feel as if there is a lack of music, but as the series goes on, you will probably start to notice the recurring tones. Some might find them a tad repetitive, but considering the retro feeling this anime gives off, some repetitiveness could actually be considered as a tool to emphasize that special kind of feel. I have no complaints about the opening themes or the ending themes either.
When it comes to the characters, it is quite difficult to provide an evaluation. As this show is centered on Duke Tougou (a.k.a. Golgo 13) going on solo assignments, you will not be seeing any other major characters. There is not much to say about character development either. I mean, we have a cold-blooded sniper with nearly inhumane skills, unwavering principles and, most of the time, a perfect example of a poker face. He is certainly the most silent protagonist I have ever seen and we can't "hear" his thoughts either, so what is there to develop (not to mention how)? Still, it feels like Golgo becomes a tad more talkative and expressive towards the end of the series, so it is possible to interpret it as a slight emotional shift, though the reason for it is anyone's guess. Despite this, though, all the characters feel quite real and alive; they all have individual personalities and different attitudes towards Golgo, so the anime does not lose ground on this aspect either.
Where it does, though, is the story. Or, more precisely, the lack thereof. The series is episodic and there is no relation between the assignments whatsoever. In fact, if your younger sibling wanted to make a prank and rearranged the playlist while you were making a sandwich, you would not even notice it. I am guessing the studio picked the missions from the manga randomly, hence the lack of cohesion. Yet, despite the anime not having a coherent plot as a whole, every episode has a different and unique story, various circumstances and characters that continue to pique the viewers interest and provide tons of entertainment.
To conclude, anime series with no plot tend to lose their appeal very quickly. However, Golgo 13 is quite enjoyable. It just has something in it that makes you look forward to Tougou's next assignment and keeps you wondering, just how he is going to demonstrate his prowess. When his enemies underestimate him or make wrong deductions, you just get the proud feeling "That's my Golgo! Those bastards don't have a chance! Show them who's boss!", or something along those lines.
If you are a fan of super-manliness, protagonists having nearly inhumane skills and an oldschool feel wrapping it all up, this is one show you should definitely watch.
Well the Final Episode has finally been subbed, so it feels like time for a full review. Welcome to Golgo 13, The epitome of anime manliness. A masterful sniper who can take out any target, from nearly any distance with a single shot.
Each episode is non-sequential, and has no bearing on future or previous episodes so you can essentially watch the episodes in no particular order and have more or less the same enjoyment. Each episode begins with Duke Togo aka Golgo 13, receiving a request to kill a target, and the rest of the episode usually involves Golgo 13 undertaking some
masterful feat to accomplish his goal. There is no story overall other than following Golgo 13's exploits, however each individual story is fairly unique in regards to how it is presented, each supporting character's backdrops and storylines. That being said, each episode falls back into same formula and you essentially know how each episode will end.
Ah characters... or should i say "character" as each episode introduces us to only one character who returns every episode. (excluding the gun craftsman who appears a few times). As previously stated, Golgo 13 is the best sniper in the world, he can take out any target, regardless of the circumstances. Also a master in hand to hand combat and short ranged armed combat. Golgo 13 has the outward appearance of a cold emotionless killer, amazingly well built, and has his share of battle scars from earlier days. Quite possibly the manliest man of anime. That being said though, he undergoes very little character development over the entire series. There is a plethora of other characters introduced, usually with unique stories, or backgrounds, however many either end up dead (targets) or will never appear again throughout the series.
Clean artwork, great colouring and shading. I was a big fan of the gloomy atmosphere that the shading gives the series. even in the bright and sunshining days, there still exists that sort of darkness. Character design is somewhat lacking however in this series. Although for the first few episodes you don't really notice it, a general trend starts to develop... A lot of the supporting characters start to look the same. There are soo many supporting characters introduced throughout the series, that most of the henchmen,a few of the targets, and many of the supporting/extra women throughout tend to look nearly identical to each other. Fluid animations throughout, amazing backdrops, and overall pretty good stuff
the First Opening: "take the wave" from naifu was actually quite catchy, Also a big fan of " Glass no Highway from doa. other op and eds were alright. I thought the seiyu for Golgo 13; Tachi Hiroshi did a great job voicing Duke Togo (Golgo 13), It was a cold emotionless voice that just fit the character perfectly.
This series was fairly enjoyable, The viewing experience was over a period of 8 or so months, so there was a decent gap inbetween watching, Although thinking about it now, This likely isn't one of those anime where you can just keep watching all the episodes back to back and in 1-4 sittings, Each episode will tend to get very repetitive over time. But as a simple, sit back and watch every now and then show, this anime has merit
A pretty good experience to watch, Has some pretty enjoyable moments, and a few twists and turns along the way. Check it out if you find the time
Based off the Motion Picture and OVA, this series is a great stand alone series to watch. I really liked the Movie and OVA of Golgo 13 so the series is quite entertaining to watch. I have only watched 4 episodes so far, so the storyline and character development hasn't really begun yet. Each episode or "Target" is a seperate story each week so nothing too serious has begun in terms of a dedicated storyline as of yet. It's a great series to pick up, great animation, music and action. I hope it picks up more with a storyline and more development, but for now
it's a great series to watch and see what happens.
If you don't mind a MANLY episodic anime then it should be a badass experience. Golgo 13 follows the many assignments of the assassin Golgo 13 aka Duke Togo. This series is "character heavy" meaning don't expect any huge arcs or some sort of masterpiece but instead we have episodes where we learn about the lead character. Much of the appeal of this show is Golgo & his mysterious motives. While his origin remains a secret to this day we do learn a bit about him as he is committed to his employment; displaying various traits on what it means to be a coldhearted assassin.
With each episode being its own story, most tales revolve around the following (1. Golgo 13 Vs Assassin, 2. The Clients POV, 3. The targets POV, 4 Golgo's motives. )
While it is a formula, it still remains inviting as each episode reveals a side of Golgo we haven't seen before or what challenges he faces & overcomes. Being inspired by James Bond, Golgo 13 does have that suave yet stoic attitude as he tends to sleep with various women or other times kill even the best of hitmen. This anime is essentially a Man's show, where we see action, nude babes, passionate sex & a badass character. Certainly is a required taste to really enjoy this series or to even like Duke Togo.
Sadly the anime isn't as stylish as its movie "The Professional" but it still has a crime noir theme that is a rarity in most animes. Golgo 13 is the epitome of crime seinen & features the credentials needed to be a full fledged hitman. Whether you like this anime completely depends on the main character himself. The highlight of this collection of episodes is the assassin life & its society as we witness the various vices of humans who want to kill others either for selfish reasons or noble ones. Set in a real world, Golgo 13 explores the subtleties of human behavior & its corrupt populace in a similar fashion to the "Hell Girl/Jigoku Shojo" anime.
To some this series can be bland to others this anime can be a cool ride, however I personally find it fascinating to see Golgo 13; a human being who is feared as a grim reaper bringing death to whoever his client chooses. There is no wavering only the most effective killing weapon that is the assassin codenamed Golgo 13.
Golgo 13 is an ongoing manga written by Saito Takao. A really long running manga at that. It started in 1968. It wasn't until 2008-2009 that it finally got a proper anime adaptation, although it got an OVA in 1998 and an anime film in 1983. The fifty episode series was handled by The Answer Studio, which I don't believe I've ever seen anything else by them. So, after a forty year wait is this anime any good?
Golgo 13 is one of those series without a major narrative. It's episodic with none of the episodes really affecting what comes after. You could actually watch them
in a completely random order and it wouldn't matter in the slightest. The basic set-up is that Duke Togo, the titular Golgo 13, is a professional assassin, quite possibly the best there is, who charges three million per hit. Each episode shows a different mission
That leads me to the biggest issue with the series. Mainly, it's very formulaic. You can start an episode and know that Golgo is going to face some kind of challenge and kill his target. It's the type of thing you encounter with “monster of the week” series, except with a lot more machismo and a lot of those series are for younger audiences which makes the formula more acceptable. We also get quite a few sex scenes that exist solely for the sake of showing how manly and amazing Golgo is. He can just lie back and think of England, completely stone-faced, while she writhes on top of him, feeling great pleasure. From a meta standpoint, it makes sense. This series is pretty blatantly intended to be a power fantasy for us men, after all. However, the scenes largely don't actually do anything. They're mostly just an excuse to have bare breasts.
That being said, I will praise the series for actually having a lot of episode variety. It is quite good at devising creative scenarios for Golgo's missions. You know he's going to win in the end, but there are times that you're really curious about how he's going to do it. The episodes also take varied approaches. Some focus on the people around Golgo, including his intended victim for the episode. Some focus on his preparations or on building up the difficulty of the scenario. Some put the focus on building up an antagonist for Golgo. And, to the series credit, a lot of the scenarios are really intense and compelling, in spite of you knowing what the end result is going to be. I'll give the series full credit for that. I will also say that the whole aesthetic of exaggerated machismo can be pretty entertaining.
Golgo, as a character, isn't particularly compelling. He's the epitome of machismo but there's really not much to his character aside from that. Which is clearly what the series is going for. The series also strives to develop some of the one shot characters in order to make you hate his targets or feel for them, depending on the episode. Or in order to try and make the world around our macho protagonist fleshed out and lend it credence. The success of those efforts varies quite a bit. In some episodes, it really works. In others it comes across as forced and falls flat. To the series' credit I will say that they succeed more often than they fail.
The art is mostly really nice with detailed background, strong character designs, and visually interesting action sequences. That being said, there are some weaknesses to it. There are points where they get lazy with the characters and the people Golgo kills frequently have unintentionally silly expressions on their faces when they get shot. It's like the folks at Answer were under the impression that people spontaneously decide to enter a silly face contest right before bullets hit them and their faces just instantly undergo rigor mortis.
The actors in this do fine. Tachi Hiroshi pulls off the very stoic attitude of Golgo well. Although one could make the point that it's not difficult since he just has to refrain from emoting. When it comes to all of the characters who show up for an episode, which is most of them, the performances range from decent to really good. The music is nicely done and really complements the whole aesthetic nicely. I especially like the little victory composition.
There isn't any in this series.
So, that's Golgo 13. What did I think of it a a whole? Well, it certainly has its problems but it also provides some interesting scenarios that make you wonder how Golgo is going to manage and its overly macho execution can be entertaining. My advice is, if the concept sounds like it could be entertaining viewing to you, give it a go but don't try to watch a lot of episodes in one sitting. For myself, I actually did mostly enjoy it and my final rating is going to be a solid 7/10. Next week, Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl.
If you face this guy in CS:GO, well good luck killing him, whether you're afar from him, doing some sneaky attacks to him, gangbanging him (#NoHomo), and other tactics that you considered to be good but in Golgo 13's case, you're actually dead wrong.
Golgo 13 is an seinen anime about a man name Duke Togo who is a former agent now a lone wolf who likes to play cosplay and stealth like Agent 47 and his main agenda, headshotting those persons who are in Golgo 13's contract.
Golgo 13 is one of the most feared sniper of all time according to some
characters in the anime. He has a 100% accuracy, his favorite weapon is a modified M-16, he's good when it comes to martial arts, and others that made him the dangerous guy to fight with.
Golgo 13 is very mysterious human being despite of his superhuman-like skills from him. Like Agent 47, Golgo doesn't like to talk to much, he's emotionless, he's good when it comes to have sex with the girls (can't tell if Golgo is enjoying because he still remains his poker face with him), and he warns someone to don't stand behind him otherwise he's going to kill that person behind Golgo.
Golgo 13's storyline is all about the contracts and killings with some backstories to give some viewers a clue why Golgo and the person who contacted Golgo wanted to kill that person. There also some other episodes in this anime that doesn't involve killings as well and other episodes about Golgo's relationship from women to the police.
Golgo 13 has a "Detective Conan" Syndrome here when it come to Character Development. What I mean by that is that Golgo 13 introduces newer characters in every new episodes with the same old cliches like contract signing and killings.
I guess you already count how many "Golgo 13's" words did I mention here in this review, right? Well that's because he's the only main character in the series, while many of them are just supporting casts. He's a lone wolf who doesn't want friends and he has no family. Golgo 13 also deals in every single contracts he accepted, from individuals to a group, from ordinary people to politicians and most wanted criminals, and even women who had sex with him or an acquaintance in or out from the dealer's contract. Golgo 13 doesn't give a single fuck about them and the only to solve it is to kill them without making an excuses.
Anyways, Golgo 13 is all about crime drama, and romance with a dark story. So, if you're looking for a real seinen anime, then go watch this anime. You will never be disappointed.
After finishing all of the episodes of Golgo 13, and since no one has reviewed the show in a while, I thought it's time to for me to give a review on this show.
The main character of the show, Duke Togo aka Golgo 13, is portrayed as a mysterious and intimidating figure throughout the show. Not much is know about his past, and he rarely says anything or shows any emotion. Golgo's emotionless and non-existent personality adds a different and interesting touch to the show compared to other anime shows, and one is easily able to draw speculations and theories about Golgo's origin.
has its own story, and there are no multi-episode arcs in the series. Because of this, there isn't any other specific characters that appear in the show other than the gunsman that makes weapons for Golgo. While the show lacks a consistent story, each of the Golgo episodes feels unique and different due to characters' interactions with Golgo, and due to how Golgo's actions will affect the characters. Some of the stories in certain episodes could've been better and are a bit similar to other episodes, but nearly every episode of the show is enjoyable to watch.
The animation of the show looks a bit dated compared to other anime at the time, but it seems like that this was intentionally done to give the show more of an old-school and vintage feel. Most of the scenes are decently animated, and none of the faults in the animation severely hinders the show. Most of the characters in the show kind of look similar to each other, and some of the kind of even look like Golgo. This wasn't really a big problem for me, since the different personalities of each character makes up for it.
The OST for the show isn't anything spectacular, but it's decent, and the song played at the end of the episode before the ending is catchy. The first opening song, "Take The Wave", was a good fit for the show, and it's a good song. The second opening song, "So Faraway", doesn't really fit the show, but it's still a good song, and the animation of the second opening is a lot better than the animation for the first opening. The ending songs are also good, and I like when the endings are connected together, it tells a mini-story between all of them.
Overall, it was refreshing to watch a show that's a lot more different and unique than other anime shows. If you are fan of action anime, or shows that are more realistic, and takes places in modern settings, then I would recommended you to watch this show.
Really crappy, unrealistic, and lame show. It was my guilt watch that I saw while doing other stuff. The character of Golgo is straight up from a 6 year old's imagination of badass. He is a Mary Sue who can never fail and often uses stupid reasons.
The series is so bad that it's good. Other than that, I can't fathom how someone with an IQ of even double digits would genuinely like it.
This is enough of a review, I don't know why MAL would want an unnecessary longer and convoluted review when a short passage can adequately describe and critique a show. So I'll
just bolster my already complete review with useless words and sentences. Stupid MAL.
This is without a doubt the anime's Chuck Norris. Hands down.
The anime world already have plenty of series that involve assassins. Golgo 13 is one of them and stands out. The story consists of a new arc per episode, which can be a good or a bad thing: The good thing is that you get variation, in terms of new interesting characters and new settings. Golgo can use everything from a pistol to more badass weapons which I will let you experience yourself. It's pretty nice going from environments such as cities to jungles, watching Golgo smack some real pwnage into his targets. The bad
thing is that there are no real plot; no red thread that follows through the series, which for some can cause an inconsistency. There are some episodes that can be linked together very loosely, but other than that, you're in for a spin of standalone moments of deadly Golgo-ownage. Just don't expect Golgo to have character development. He's just living to kill for money.
The plot in each arc tend to be targets that Golgo has been assigned to kill. The cool thing about this series, is how they are performed. It's not just the matter of just pulling the trigger for him. He also needs to perfect conditions as in finding good spots to assassinate from, reconnaissance and such small things that make the series so awesome. He might even be the hunted sometimes, which is a good slice of variation. You can't go wrong with a smart, silent and a badass assassin, right?
The art may be rough for some, but it suits pretty well for me, due to the themes that the show represents. You get Golgo, a lots of guns, badguys and sea altogether, which I believe the rough style is quite fitting. I can't get enough of Golgo's look that can kill, haha. The sound is pretty nice too, with the OD sticking out. It's just as badass (I believe I've used that word too much now, but for all the good reasons) as Golgo. The ED doesn't stick out for me so much apart from the ladies, haha.
I absolutely recommend this series, as long you don't mind the standalone arcs. Too bad the sub-groups are taking their time on the episodes, though. If you guys are reading this, I thank you for taking time to sub this badass anime.
PS: Don't walk behind Golgo if you value your life.
Do you like character development? Do you like tension? Do you like two equal forces clashing off in an epic battle of ideals and feelings? Do you like the sweet feel of romance? Do you like realism? Go watch something else. Golgo 13 isn't all that good, but it's still fun to watch. Crazy, huh?
I'd like to think this show works out better in manga form. Golgo 13, or Duke Togo, the main character, is incredibly bland. Did you know hes badass? You do know he's badass, don't you? Just for the record, he's badass. The show will constantly force this message down your throat
in every single episode. He will never fail at anything ever (except for that one time with the cat), he fucks all women to sex heaven, and he can snipe an alien on Mars from a rocking boat as the alien jumps up and down.
Nobody should give a shit about Golgo himself, he's a nothing character with no personality. The one-episode characters in each episode is what keeps the thing afloat. The supporting cast are, if not complex, interesting. They are the ones who carry the show. Who is hiring Golgo? Why does he want the target murdered? What sort of person is the target? Thats the good stuff.
13 is episodic, and the quality range from great to decent to fuck off. You really have to turn your brain off with this show. Theres a person that wants another person dead. Here's why they want them dead, this is the challenge Golgo has to face with this mission, here's what the target is doing. The show is incredibly unrealistic, so you really have to just go with it. Some of the stories are really charming. Others fall float. If you're nitpicky, forget about it, but if you can just sit back and watch something stupid you might end up enjoying this.
The sound and art is forgettable, but not bad. There's one part that stands out though. The openings. OP1 is really fucking good, and OP2 is a goddamn masterpiece. If someone asked me to present them with the perfect example of an opening too good for its show I now have the perfect answer. The second opening makes you think you're gonna watch an all time classic amazing action show that'll take you for a wild ride. It's so fricking cool! OP1 does the same to a less degree. What an AMAZING couple openings to a mediocre show.
Go watch Golgo 13 if you want to shut all brain activity off and watch James Bond on steroids with bad plot. It's flawed as fuck, but it's certainly better than the generic moeshit the anime industry pumps out these days. You might even end up having fun, I did, somehow.
An action show that takes itself too seriously. It’s so bad it’s good.
Golgo 13 is a rare show I will stop thinking for. To take it seriously would be a mistake. It’s not how you watch it. It’s a show that’s so bad that it’s good. There’s a campiness I don’t see in other shows. To describe Golgo 13: it’s a Japanese person’s interpretation of American action movies. The plots all involve fresh, exciting ideas like the mafia, the CIA, the military, assassins, politicians, beautiful women, exotic places. It’s the James Bond of anime.
The main character is Golgo 13. His real name is Duke Togo.
He’s so goddamn cool it hurts. He talks so little I swear he makes up 2% of the dialogue. He has very little back story. Even his code name, “Golgo 13”, is only rumored to be based off Golgotha from the bible. He has literally the same expression on his face every episode. I don’t think he ever smiled in the show. Even when he’s having sex his face never changes.
He’s a legendary sniper and hitman, costing 3 million per assignment. He never fails and he never misses. Since he never loses, there’s very little tension from if he’ll be able to accomplish the mission. The actual fun of the show comes from what the assignment is, how he’ll do it, and how he gets himself out of complicated situations. His assignment could be shooting the string off a violin; how is he gonna kill someone who never shows himself in public; or how is he going to break out of an Alcatraz prison? It’s just clever enough to be satisfying.
First, to really squeeze any entertainment from this show, you have to watch the dub. I swear they must be using the same three voice actors every episode. It’s the same gruff, tough guy voice for every mafia boss and henchmen. The dialogue isn’t anything to write home about it. There’s a lot of fascination with guns and how cool they are.
The animation is very bland and flat. Color doesn’t exist other gray and extra gray. There’s a lot of still frames. Poor guys must’ve been working with a budget of a high school play.
I never watch opening songs. I skip them even in shows I love, but for Golgo 13 I always do. It gets me pumped for the episode.
Golgo 13 is not a show you take seriously. It’s cheesy. It’s campy. The dialogue is stiff. The settings and stories are cliché. There’s plot holes everywhere. It tries very hard to be cool and takes itself very seriously. But even through all this it manages to be fun (and clever) enough to watch.
There’s 50 episodes. There’s no continuity so literally pick any at random and hope you’ll get a fun episode. Sit with your friends, get drunk, and poke fun at it. That’s how you watch Golgo 13.
Golgo 13 (TV) represents an adaptation from same name's manga. Every arc lasts one or so episodes, in the professional hitman field where "Golgo 13" sounds as legendary nickname, of an hitman who never failed at bringing down his target. This fly through fifty episodes and more movies to enjoy might please you as much as it did for me.
This is your typical seinen anime, stand-alone series you binge before every sleeps. Might it be this anime settle another level in japanese animation to your eyes? It definitely did for me.
Story (8) :
Every episodes are standalones, though sometimes it will take on two episodes. It
often stars with the setting of the place, then the demand of murder from clients. Or the way round, introducing the different characters of this special case. In despite of the simplicity of the timeline, some characters introduced earlier on will be more important later on.
Simplistic scheme, for absolute en-joy-ment.
Art (7) :
It doesn't stand out as most anime from 2008, the character design was rather sufficient by its own, probably copying what was settled in the manga, nothing much to say. As for the animation it was average, zooming, special effects and bullet flying through the screen. Perhaps a little lack of blood, if anything should be really said.
Character (9) :
Okay, deal with it altogether but Duke Togoh must be the most inspiring character I've seen from far. A sniper that never misses once, muscled and strong at martial art. The assurance emanating from him, we feel secured having him on screen. Perhaps we could also argue this very powerfulness from him is killing the thriller kind of feels we were supposed to get, but I don't think so.
For the other characters, they're not nearly seen enough to talk upon them, maybe the weapon seller appears secondly more?
Enjoyment (9) :
This anime, I'm keen on, as favorite, it's gone. Nothing more to say, but I got feelings from that anime, which is hundred percent what I seeks. It featured weapons, what I looked for back when I found this pearl. The hero is undying, always strong. Therefore I must accept it, I loved him. I loved every shots, I adored every premises, cases, murders, lethal five hundred meters away shots from my favorite sniper.
Overall (9) :
There is nothing more to say, if you read every lines, this is the just perfect anime for my tastes. Literally, an unexpected experience, even on the already unenvisaged anime passion I had one and half a year ago.
Setting a basic for every hitman kind of focused on anime, that I strongly recommend to anyone wanting to fill his free time.
Golgo 13? Did you meant the Japanese Chuck Norris?
Duke Togo is the best hitman in the world but not only that. During the anime we understand that he is also the strongest man on the planet.He goes through all different types of missions and manages to complete them.
Every episode consist different story which has nothing in common with the one before and don't follow any route.However in every episode Golgo proves himself in every aspect of killing.If in one episode he kills someone from 2 km using a rifle, in the next episode at night he will kill 5 trained soldiers using no
nightvision and only his m4.
I really didn't liked the story because they never reveal Golgo's past and how he became the man he is now.
The opening and ending are very good and you will most likely be able to sing them after you have finished the anime.
Most of the time you will rely only on the sound or image to understand what happens or get hint about the way Golgo assassinate its target.
If you like animes where the main character doesn't have a character development that's probably just for you.
I really enjoyed watching it. Every episode shows Golgo's dedication to be the best in the word. He won't fail a mission to save a woman he loves.
The main reason i didn't like the anime that much is that the episodes were a little repetitive and they never revealed his past.