Cop Craft #01 — Mr. Grumbles and Miss Touch-A-Lot

July 8th, 2019


This could stand to give Rush Hour another watch.


The OP certainly fancies this to be the next Futakoi Alternative, or even Cowboy Bebop, a high octane, flashy, stylish popcorn action affair. I wonder if whoever did the rest of the episode knows that. I wonder if whoever did the OP might be convinced to come back and inject some life into the rest of the episode. Probably not. They're probably satisfied with weird shadows, camera angles from behind blinders, and the occasional overly enthusiastic dramatic camera spin. It's the male lead in the OP that really disappoints. In that, he's all panache, style, and and action here. For the 22 minutes of the actual show? Gravelly-voiced grumbling sourpuss. Yeah, his partner was killed, and he reacted to it in the same way he reacted to someone spitting on his car or putting out a cigarette, by grumbling, hitting the dash, and saying "Damn!" It probably didn't help that the chemistry in this supposedly buddy cop things was as inert as inert as a chunk of argon. She says that he's unrefined. He tells her not to touch things. That's their entire back and forth thus far.

I don't know that I'd say this episode committed any major sins as anime is wont to do, but the middle did drag tremendously. There was no need for a whole scene just for the dude to go "tell people I'm a girzzled detective" after showing that (and before then showing it again later) nor did we need to go out on the boat for the pre-introduction sequence if we were going to be getting a second introduction sequence right after. I feel like the girl should've gotten an actual moment to show off her competence as well if they want the buddy cop thing to work, instead of being the butt of a joke without even enough common sense to paw at random people who happen to be nearby the whole way through. Growling at some random bouncer doesn't cut it. I wouldn't be surprised if it comes together later, but it really needs to pick up the pace a bit and preferably lighten up, but at the very least, indulge in a fraction of what the OP promises.

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5 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • NeclordX says:

    Without the infodumps this would be pretty nice, they are completely unnecessary anyway, it could be understood anyway. But overall, pretty nice show.

  • jgoi says:

    This had my interest but I can’t stand CG anime humans.

    • dp says:

      Doesn’t look CG.

    • Jo says:

      It’s not CG. Some people confuse this with the studio who created 3D Berserk, but these were the guys who did the occasional 2D animation in Berserk, not the majority 3D crap.

  • Nano says:

    I’ve been looking for a good detective Anime show to watch. Sounds like by your quick synopsis of this episode was that this show wasn’t that good. Do you have any recommendations?