Scientifically engineered to be a new generationís Cowboy Bebop, Coyote Ragtime Show shoots for the moon, and doesnít even land in the stars.
A group of ragtag neíer-to-wells in their spaceship fly around in space to find their wealth while being hunted down by various law enforcement authorities and hounding mercenaries. Sound familiar? I thought so.
Anyway, more specifically, a criminal by the name of Mister breaks out of prison and goes to recover the treasure of an old time pirate, the Pirate King Bruce. Along the way, they have to battle it out with robotic dolls wearing Lolita dresses at the hands of a woman known as Madame Marciano. While the show follows a largely direct path, there are some interesting deviations and anecdotes along the way.
Sights and Sounds
Visually impressive, the show mixes seamlessly 3D animation with conventional 2D animation. The show, however, pulls almost every stock character in the book. In a lot of ways, I feel like they took characters from several different shows to put into this show, if for no other reason than to see how they would all react together.
The music, like everything else about this show, resembles Cowboy Bebop in its free jazz-esque soundtrack, though it does oscillate between that and a very generic, very ill-fitting ambient, school girl anime sound.
The problem with this show is how painfully unoriginal and uninteresting the characters are. You have the cantankerous main character; who is driven to find some faraway treasure, in fact, the only thing different about him compared to Luffy from One Piece, Spike from Cowboy Bebop, or any other pirate or mercenary is his age. He is surrounded by a girl who, of course, contains the key to their quest, and then two, very forgettable side characters whose names arenít even particularly important, because the names, like everything else in the show, are all ridiculous. Also, thereís a black guy, who is as good of an example of Japanís understanding of people with darker skin, on par with Barrett from Final Fantasy VII.
What it really boils down to is what you are in to: if you like shonen anime that glorify criminals, then this is probably worth picking up. Half a season long, it might make a nice interlude between two longer series, or as a break that you desperately need to take from three straight power sessions of trying to catch up on Bleach, Naruto or One Piece.
If you like cerebral shows, then look somewhere else. Coyote Ragtime Show is good, but it wonít raise an anime fan from fallowed land.
Final Verdict: 7.5/10
Would you recommend the product? Yes
Price you paid? None indicated
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