No Guns Life

Title:No Guns Life
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Notables: Animation - Madhouse
SUWABE Junichi
With no memory of his previous life—or who replaced his head with a giant gun—Juzo Inui now scratches out a living in the dark streets of the city as a Resolver.
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TV anime that premiered on October 11, 2019.
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(Four episodes watched):

WTF--somebody whose head is a gun?! I had been wondering what in the world premise an anime with such a cryptic title might have, but I definitely wasn't expecting this. Suffice to say it made me sit up and take notice. Apparently during a major war people were augmented ('extended') by giving them cybernetic devices of all sorts to make them better soldiers. How turning a man's head into a giant revolver would be a good idea is hard to fathom, however. It's not even clear that Juuzo can fire the giant gun--the trigger is on the back side of his skull and he never does so during episode one, even though he finds himself in a deadly situation where someone else tries to shoot him. Several hints are dropped that when it comes to shooting, he is largely helpless. As is often the case, some nefarious and powerful corporation is exploiting people. But I was largely intrigued and left wanting to know more. The show has a film noir feel to it, as it skillfully dabbles in the sleazy underside of society. The episode gave the impression that this would be a sophisticated story that was being told with skill rather than a stereotypical and simplistic one. It looks like Juuzo will team up with an Extended escapee from a corporate lab to expose the corruption. Even though Juuzo has no face, we get to know him. And there was at least one LOL joke. 'Bizarre' was the one word that most seemed to summarize episode one.

In episode two we meet the blond girl who will be the third character in the Juuzo's trio shown above. Again, as is often the case, she's a genius technician, a garage cybernetic expert to be exact. The central question seems to be, why is this boy so important and why will the corporation do anything to recapture him? The fact that he may be a close relative of a high ranking corporate executive is odd, since that's not exactly the sort of person who you would think would be used as a guinea pig.

And then, in episodes three and four, something happened to my interest: it largely evaporated. Maybe the problem was that I had become confused about what the main thrust of the plot was. There was still little explanation why this boy was so important (why did the bad guys let him go in episode four when he was at their mercy?). Still no details about what exactly the corporation has done wrong. Are they just so selfish that they will use anybody for their own benefit? If so, that should be pretty obvious. Maybe the problem is that it's hard to feel sorry for victims and angry at villains that are pretty shallow. The obnoxious villain in episodes three and four annoyed me more than he pissed me off. Maybe what I wanted was for this show to be mainly about Juuzo, not the boy. Contrary to my early impressions, the message I was now getting was that this show was looking less sophisticated and more stereotypical. I am strongly inclined not to watch any more. The fact that the OP sequence indicates than numerous characters are forthcoming suggests that this will be a matter of quantity rather than quality.

Last updated Tuesday, November 12 2019. Created Monday, October 14 2019.

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