Speed Grapher

Speed Grapher


  • Trailer: English dubbed version
  • What it’s about: Tatsumi Saiga was once a prominent war photographer, but now the wars have ended. The capitalist faction has won, and instituted a harshly stratified society where money is everything. Disillusioned and discontent, Tatsumi stumbles into a debauched ritual in a seedy club only to be granted an unusual power: anything he points his camera at is instantly destroyed. Now it’s up to him to find a cause worth fighting for.
  • Why you should watch it: The show is a solidly Japanese take on the classic noir story – a cynical and down on his luck protagonist falls for a beautiful girl desperately in need of his help against the forces of iniquity. The “superpowers” are pretty unique and used intelligently, and there’s a certain rhythm to the show that keeps you watching episode after episode.
  • Caveats: The show doesn’t have a very deep message or complex plot – it’s pretty much exactly what it appears to be on the first glance. So it’s pretty easy to judge from the first episode whether you’ll like it or not. The soundtrack is a little bit lacklustre – I get that it’s trying to evoke an 80s feel, but it’s not all that ambitious.
  • Themes: The corrupting effect of money and power. The desire for freedom.
  • Similar works: Darker than BlackPhantom: Requiem for the Phantom, Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne, Tokyo ESP


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