A little research reveals that this actually used to run on G4’s late nite programming block, and I find that entirely fitting, because this had to be the most Adult Swim-like anime I’ve ever watched here. According to Sam and Matt’s appraisal from the Vice Pit where we first discussed this (further corroborated by the aforementioned researched), this show is, in fact, based on a manga that parodied juvenile delinquent stories from the 70’s and 80’s.
Still, it certainly feels like some animators got the rights to some older anime series and opted to remix ‘n repurpose it like SEALAB 2021, HARVEY BIRDMAN, SPACE GHOST: COAST TO COAST, et al, have done. I really can’t think of any other anime that’s had this amount of cross-hatching on just the character’s face - - and the sight of that over-rendering is hilarious on its own. It totally looks like the figures were snipped out of animation cels and played around with like little paper dolls…
Anyway… this show’s straight-up hilarious. No skirting around it. Matt and Sam’s hype for it was warranted, and I even agree with Sam’s wish that somebody could come along and build this up into something more polished and ambitious, because these super-short episodes are just so tantalizing.
None of you should be surprised that I skipped right ahead to the episode Sam re-created on the Pit where one of the rival gang leaders has a secret double-life as an aspiring comedian and goes through such strum und drang over a radio station’s joke writing contest. That premise alone is some seriously funny shit, but the credit’s popped up before they could really exploit to its fullest comedic potential - - so now I share in my co-host’s frustrations and wishes for this show!
Unfortunately for you all, this actually isn’t available on any (legal!) streaming service at the moment so, unless you caught this on that programming block sometime last decade, you’re probably going to have to just imagine how funny this was.
Or maybe you can just bug Sam to lend you a copy like I did. Natch!