The Marginal Service

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English: The Marginal Service
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 12, 2023 to Jun 28, 2023
Premiered: Spring 2023
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 01:29 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio 3Hz
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Theme: Adult CastAdult Cast
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 5.491 (scored by 60406,040 users)
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Ranked: #116502
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #4758
Members: 21,470
Favorites: 66

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Foolhardy police officer Brian Nightraider is dismissed from the force for a history of reckless behavior that ultimately resulted in his partner's death. While wallowing in self-pity, the disgraced officer receives a curious invitation from the United Nations Immigration Bureau Special Investigation Unit. He has been recruited to join the Marginal Service, a secret underground branch of the UN tasked with handling Borderlanders.

Indistinguishable from humans, Borderlanders are aliens that peacefully coexist in society. But now, a Borderlander terrorist organization has emerged, manufacturing and distributing a potent drug called Confu. With the Borderlanders' ability to regenerate and blend in as humans, uncovering the drug-trafficking ring will be no easy undertaking. However, the ragtag group at the Marginal Service are not one to back down from a challenge—even as their work exposes some unexpected figures as Borderlanders.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


The Marginal Service was released on Blu-ray in three volumes from July 5, 2023, to September 6, 2023.

Characters & Voice Actors


Okunaga, Yoshimasa
Sakoi, Masayuki
Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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"Quiet explosion" by 宮野真守

Ending Theme

"Salt & Sugar" by 内田雄馬

Episode Videos


Jul 5, 2023
Let me get this out of the way. The animation sucks. It's especially sad to see how far 3Hz has fallen considering Flip Flappers was the show that made me continue this hobby to begin with. The direction and cinematography is uninspiring and there is a general air of mediocrity surrounding this. It's not difficult to say that this is Cygame's weakest original and nowhere close to the brilliance that is Zombieland Saga or Akiba Maid Sensou.

And yet, the show is still pretty fun regardless. Like their other originals, TMS is a pastiche of some bygone genre, in this case 70s-90s Hollywood action movies, wrapped ...
Jun 14, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (10/12 eps)
If you go into this show expecting a serious action anime, you’re going to be disappointed because that’s not what this is. The Marginal Service is an unserious, campy satire of Western movie tropes and it does a perfectly adequate job of it.

The art and animation aren’t bad. It’s not going to be the best animation you’ve ever seen, but it’s good enough for what the show has to offer. The characters are not novel or unique and they’re pretty much all stereotypes, but that fits in with exactly what the show is going for. It’s got equal opportunity fan service, so everyone’s covered. ...
Jun 27, 2023
If you've watched Men in Black, Super Sentai (Power Rangers), or even Totally Spies, you know that these shows can be a bit extra with their presentation and plot. So much so that it works. So when you look at The Marginal Service, it does look like a Saturday morning cartoon that doesn't take it self too seriously and might be fun.

Here's my thing though: Make it good. Because there is nothing remotely good about The Marginal Service. I am really trying my best to remember what I even liked about this anime other than the idea of the summary. Not plot, the IDEA of ...

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