Another of MVM’s action acquisitions that’s proving to be a smart buy, Speed Grapher maintains pace as an unusual and sordid tale of a man who has serious issues with his camera.
These latest volumes take our hero Saiga and his young damsel in distress into hiding, as Kagura’s mother pulls out all the stops to find her – whether through hired goons or a lady that can turn herself into diamond, Saiga has his hands full keeping Kagura out of harms way.
These two volumes end in the finale of the first arc, where major characters are tossed aside and new threats come to take over. This insures a certain feeling of progress that’s sorely lacking in a great many anime these days, and subsequently you’re rarely left bored.
Of course, the things that separate Speed Grapher from the crowd remain intact – the barely concealed fetishes of the “Club” members, adult themes and gory action are all here, and you can’t help but feel a little sorry for some of those who have lost their way thanks to smart writing. The sex, desires and drives of key characters come into play, and you really don’t know who you can trust by the end of volume 3.
Like any anime that defines itself by style, if you strip it all back the themes are the same old good vs evil routine we’ve seen a thousand times before, but here it’s dressed up in gimp masks, grisly bloodletting and unusual powers. If that sounds appealing, you’ll love this.