Holy crap, this was hilarious. Now, here’s an opener that just lassos your interest and pulls you in right out of the gate. “Ree-bohnnnnn!!!”
My reasons for enjoying are maybe a little “high concept,” but I really felt like this was the creation of a five-year-old who idolizes mobsters, but has absolutely zero understanding of the world of organized crime. Like, instead of his role model being Scarface, with his mansions and his hot ladies and his mountains of blow, he has this is an ideal of this outrageously-violent chibi who murders wise guys and grants wishes with the same cheap, plastic toy gun (that also happens to turn into a chameleon and everything else, really.) I just imagine the scenario being something like AX COP where adult animators have just taken some “story pictures” made during free draw time and turned them fully-animated toons without any editing.
Oddly enough, because it’s intentionally ludicrous, this works as some kind of response to a couple other shows I’ve watched lately. It demonstrates about as much comprehension of the actual mob as BLUE EXORCIST did for demonology… but that’s the joke. The part where the kid tries to ask his crush out while he’s running around in his underwear with must be a raging boner (that’s the implication, right?) isn’t tricky like VAMPIRE BUND or NEEDLESS… because it's a joke.
I can’t fathom how this pilot kicks off five seasons and 100 odd episodes of content, but I haven’t laughed out loud this hard (literally LOLed) for an anime in as long as I can remember. This didn’t make a single shred of sense, and I’m so glad it didn’t.
Watch this episode “What?! I’m A Tenth-Generation Mafia Boss?!” below and decide for yourself.