Urban Square - Kohaku no Tsuigeki

Title:Urban Square - Kohaku no Tsuigeki
Urban Square - In Pursuit of Amber
アーバンスクウェア 琥珀の追撃
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Notables: HIRAMATSU Akiko
INOUE Kazuhiko
Ryou Matsumoto is a screenplay writer who runs into a man and witnesses his murder. Unknown to him, he gets caught up in an illegal antique ring along with a girl he meets named Yuki. In order to survive, he ends up acting out the "action hero" role that he writes in his screenplays.
(Summary Courtesy of Anime News Network)

55 minute OVA released on November 28, 1986.
Animated by Bandai Visual
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Watch 7 6 7 7 6 Ggultra2764 [series:2611#1552]
Essentially, Urban Square is supposed to be a parody of sorts with crime film noir movies considering our male lead, Ryou, is a screenplay writer of crime thrillers and gets confronted with the cliches he normally writes up when dealing with thugs connected to an illegal antique ring which he often points out in hostile situations with the thugs and finds himself playing "action hero" in the ensuing mess. The movie is loaded with your typical elements of the genre with the police helpless to do anything, one cop willing to take matters in his own hands to handle the crime ring and a love interest for the writer who also gets involved in the mess. Urban Square's style of humor it was implementing with Ryo's involvement with the crime ring isn't my cup of tea for humor, but I can give it props for trying something unique with its comedy. The visuals to the OVA are well-detailed with drab colors for scenery and character designs, though they certainly show their age considering this is a mid-80s anime. Urban Square's soundtrack includes some catchy jazz tracks that come up occasionally as otherwise, all the other insert music I listened to throughout the OVA was rather forgettable. Otherwise, there isn't much else to be said here. It's doubtful I'll be watching Urban Square a second time thanks to its style of humor and short length. But if you are looking for an anime parody that is well aware of what it is poking fun of and have interest in older anime titles, then Urban Square may be for you.

Last updated Saturday, September 08 2012. Created Saturday, September 08 2012.

Other Sites
Anime News Network "Buried Treasure" Article http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/buried-treasure/2008-02-07
An old ANN "Buried Treasure" posting on Urban Square.

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