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Heat Guy J Vol. 3: Sins of the City (2002)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Geneon
Genre: Anime, Action Anime
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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They needed a new hero...

So they built..

Heat Guy J

The hunt is on! Identity theft, murder, missing explosives; each time Daisuke and J get a new case, the clues start in one direction but lead them to those closest to them! The city of Judoh has banned immigration in or out of the city, so the hostilities between the illegal immigrants in the slums, the trapped citizens and the ultra-elite privileged class boils just behind the beautiful city facades. Yet, at the end of the day, becoming a real man remains the most important lesson!

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Wasting potential by dh22 February 5, 2004 - 10:56 AM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
See my review of the first disc for the general info. Heat Guy J Vol. 1
Also, see my review of the second disc. Heat Guy J Vol. 2

The lack of action in the second disc gets worse in the third. The first episode tries to be dramatic, but is paced too quickly to be effective. The writing was poor, and the acting was worse. The second and third episodes were slightly better. The fourth episode is the only thing that made the disc worth renting.

The fourth episode starts to reveal the background to the city. Some interesting things develop involving how the city is run, and by whom. It leaves off with a cliffhanger that makes you have to get the fourth disc. Damn those sneaky producers.

In the first disc, J was the star of the show, and Daisuke was the sidekick. The writers have, for some unknown reason, decided to reverse the roles. This is unfortunate, for I feel it is hurting the show. I also think the writers need to spend more time developing the main characters. They've thrown in little tid bits of information, like "hey, meet my parents" or "hey, this is someone from my past that you'll get to know absolutely nothing about," but none of it is done well. There is little, if any, emotional involvement. Right now, any of the characters could drop dead and I probably wouldn't even blink an eye. They also need to take care of this problem with the lack of action. It just seems like the show hasn't fully developed an identity. Should it be action, should it be drama, should it be comedy, should it be some, or all. They've tried a little of everything, but not to any great success. I think they were better off sticking to the action they had in the first disc, with J as the lead. It just feels like a lot of wasted potential.

I already have the fourth disc on its way, but so far my expectations keep getting lower and lower. Hopefully, the little development of the last episode will be a sign of better things to come.

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