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Heat Guy J follows the adventures of special unit agent Daisuke Aurora and his android partner J, as they fight criminals and try to keep the piece in the mafia controlled city of Judoh
In the far future, the nations of today have collapsed and have been replaced by a number of giant city-states. In the city of Judoh, which still retains some architectural vestiges of its former existence as New York, young cop Daisuke Aurora and his cyborg partner Jay work for the Special Services Division of the Bureau of Urban Safety, a small department charged with preventing crimes before they happen, in the style of the same year's Minority Report. As with Patlabor, the agency with the interesting job is also the one that all the other cops look down on, leaving third team member Kyoko to police their ammo supply and break up fights between them and angry plaintiffs. They also have to deal with prejudice against Jay; cyborgs aren't normally allowed to enter major cities for fear they will go on a rampage of destruction, so his robot identity has to be kept secret. But prejudice begins at home-Daisuke doesn't much care for cyborgs. They're fighting some heavy-duty organized crime; the Vampire mob recently lost its godfather, Leonelli, but his insane son Claire (and you'd be insane if you were a boy called Claire) is more than capable of keeping crime on the streets of Judoh.
There is a Heat Guy J manga, written and drawn by Chiaki Ogishima and serialized in Magazine Z, but this anime has a much longer pedigree. From Astro Boy onward, Japanese science fiction has owed a great debt to Isaac Asimov, and nowhere is it more obvious than in this pastiche of The Caves of Steel (1954), which similarly featured an unlikely robot-human detective alliance on a prejudiced Earth. It also featured a race of snooty superior beings whose technology and lifestyle was far beyond Terran understanding-the Spacers in the original, and the Celestials in this "homage." If the plot was not enough of a clue, Daisuke even appears to have been named after Asimov's Spacer homeworld Aurora. Compare to The Big O, which similarly lifted elements of Asimov's work.
Heat Guy J was also influenced by the same 9/11 terrorism fallout that affected Full Metal Panic and Metropolis. The pseudo-New York City lends itself to numerous references inspired by post 9/11 rumors about civilization under siege. It is easy to forget that over a hundred Japanese were killed in the 9/11 attacks, and that in the ensuing months the Japanese government controversially urged its citizens to stay at home. Elements of this paranoia can be pursued in the hermetic world of Heat Guy J's city-state; there may be other nations, but it is implied that Judoh is a place one must either love or leave, and once one quits there is no going back. The Vampire syndicate attempts to manipulate the stock market in order to make the ultimate killing, although they do so in a humble product like tomatoes, leading to an in-depth look at the city's food supply: a refreshing change in a genre where all too often everyday commodities just appear as if by magic. Other elements of the 21st-century zeitgeist can be discerned in the stranglehold the Celestials have on Judoh's water purification technology. They return once each generation to collect their fee and overhaul the machines, otherwise they automatically grind to a halt-a pattern that meets with disaster when a Celestial murder case causes the engineers to boycott Judoh, leaving Daisuke with a limited time to solve the case before the city goes into meltdown.
Later episodes return to the crime subplot and introduce the community of Siberbia, a harsh existence beyond the city limits whose populace take self-reliance to such extremes that they have become completely callous and self-interested-a social parable like those found in Kino's Journey. The home video release included revised and improved animation quality over the initial Japanese TV broadcast. LV
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