Battle Programmer Shirase, also known as BPS, is a free programmer with super hacking abilities who doesn't work for money. What he does work for is certainly something that only people like him would appreciate. But, his demeanor certainly doesn't suit the jobs he is hired for. With the evil King of America causing trouble via the internet, Shirase is nothing but busy as each new adventure brings even more interesting people into the picture.
Story: Unfortunately, the story was cut off after 15 episodes, and although the 15 episodes do tend to stick out on their own, the story quickly falls into a routine of Shirase being in his house, through some accident ends up in an uncomfortable position, and his next employer(always an Akizuki) walks in and sees him like this. The story quickly progresses through the various cybercrime cases Shirase takes, this routine repeating itself across each one.
Art: Standard anime artwork, nothing new or innovative
Sound: The voice actors for this anime are spot-on. No men with girly voices, rather, they all have the voices corresponding to their
characters. The sounds of everyday life such as that of Shirase's fingers clicking on a keyboard add a small sense of realism.
The characters: If you looked up Shirase on a dictionary, you'd find him associated with ecchi and other such words. He is an easygoing rouge programmer who only cares about his programming and Misao-chan. Shirase is great-uncle or something like that to Misao, and she is just barely finishing elementary school, which might feel very improper to mainstream audiences who aren't accustomed to this aspect of japanese culture (lolicon).
Enjoyment: I personally enjoyed this short series, although the rather abrupt end was a source of disappointment to me. When you see the ending, you just know they could have kept this series going a bit longer. All in all, it leaves you wanting more, even if you feel it gets repetitive after a while, it does add a certain light-heartedness to this genre of hacker anime, typically dominated by anime similar to Ghost in the Shell. The inclusion of a possible love interest in the last 2 episodes is something I enjoyed, but again, due to the abrupt end, you are left wondering what might happen after, especially with the subtle hint at Shirase's future in that last image they show.
Overall: A decent anime, considering it is only 15 minutes long. Don't expect much, the abrupt end will leave you feeling cheated, even though the episodes are only 15 at 12 minutes each. Recommended to the hard-core programmer crowd for a few laughs, and to everyone else, this is rather a parody of programmers.
This series are entertaining, the most interesting part is making a story about a programmer and his works in a fun way.
The story is a little of suspense, a little of romance, a few of fanservice and a lot of comedy, the fun part is how he manipulates the computers be by PC or cell phone by its programming to help the people hiring him in turn but instead of asking for money for his services he asks for very rare gadgets or nerd items.
Not the best anime I've seen but more entertaining than most anime that had come out in last years mostly because
the concept and idea of the story is a little more original and each episode you'll be expecting in what kind of situation he will be and how he'll overcome it.
By the way the lolicon factor comes by the character Misao whom the protagonist has a "very close" relation, and if you didn't notice or didn't know Misao come from another not very related series, Pretty Sammy from the Tenchi Muyô universe you can tell by watching the character designs.
First, saying this anime has 15 episodes isn't really correct. Even though there were 15 airings, it took 3 or 4 airings to complete an episode. So there are really only 4-5 episodes. So don't expect a fully developed plot line. In fact, the anime ends when you feel like it should begin.
With that said, it is extremely funny. The main character is hilariously apathetic to everything except antique computer parts and his hormones.
The situations he is put in are equally entertaining, and his superhuman feats of programming to solve them make the concept have a tremendous amount of potential which battle programmer Shirase
doesn't quite reach.
Definitely worth watching though, because it's so short. The biggest shortcoming is not having more time to have a real plot.
The story follows Shirase a super hacker known as BPS and its this name that is (in)famous for being able to use a phone or a computer to create defense barriers and the like and gets him hired by all sorts of government people.
The show tends to run on a certain formula, through out 15 episode arcs are split into three episodes each, and each arc we find Shirase being hired to solve a case using his computer skills, he also tends to end up in a compromising situation every time his employer comes to visit him in which said employer will ramble to himself
about morale before deciding to ignore it accompanied by a laugh track, and many other recurring jokes.
The art is not great, it is very simple and uses rather dull colors and not a lot of detail is put into it such as character designs are unoriginal and simple, backgrounds as well aren't brilliant but do fit in with he dull colors again. Animation is bellow average with characters barely moving when speaking and background characters don't move when they should be.
Opening song is quite amazing, sounds a lot like Rick Astleys Never Gonna Give You Up which does give you quite a good laugh listening to it, especially the first time. Ending is fun but no original but does fit the show, all other music sounds like something from very early Nintendo games and doesn't really add much to the scene. Voice actors are ok, a couple of characters give a really annoying voice but tend to fit there over the top character.
Shirase is known as BPS or Battle Programmer Shirase and tends to be and act like a bum, often found in a small apartment sleeping and having his meals made by his great niece Misao, they have a somewhat complicated relationship, Shirases sister is Misaos grandmother, and then of course Shirase is a bit of a pervert who tends to like younger girls as he is often persuaded to do a job for either a computer part or some otaku merchandise and tries to peak up Misaos skirt. Misao herself tends to be a bubbly girl who helps out Shirase. Shirase is employed by a different guy each arc whose name is always Akizuki. Other characters tend to be cliche, a genius kid working for the navy, a teacher and a bad guy that seems to think too much of himself, they maybe rather simple but do add a few jokes that tend to repeat.
Overall Battle Programmer Shirase may lack in all areas but it is fairly enjoyable watching Shirase kick the bad guys ass each time. Its also not all that ecchi but does provide a few laughs through out, just as long as you do not go and watch having high expectations.
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