A fast-paced sci-fi adventure,Coyote Ragtime Show(2006) is clearly aimed at fans ofCowboy BebopandTrigun. Super-criminal "Mister" busts out of prison, determined to reclaim the 10 billion "Space Dollar" horde of Pirate King Bruce … see full wiki
First of all things I'd like to explain exactly what Coyote Ragtime Show is all about and then I'll get into the comparisons. Plain and simple this anime is about a bunch of Space fugitives searching for a very specific treasure of 10 billion space dollars. This treasure also happens to involve a little girl with the key to it all hanging on her neck. Her late father Pirate King Bruce was killed in front of her by a crazy woman named Madam Marciano who of course wants the money. Marciano leads a group of relentless cyborg young girls called the 12 sisters that will do anything for her. The past now brings us to the present to a man named Mister who was Bruce's buddy and now the guardian of his daughter Franka.
Mister has a number of people looking for him but the biggest is no doubt Marciano and the second being Angelica Burns. Burns is a private investigator from "The Milky Way Federation", she's pretty ticked but you can't blame her she's been chasing mister for the past four years and has now cornered him in prison. The first episode of Coyote Ragtime is great, truly amazing and surprising but sort of gets predictable as it goes on. The thing though is that Mister is in prison but has to get out before Marciano comes in with her crazy cyborgs. This anime also involves a long laundry list of characters. A couple of them are strong and the others not really cutting it.
Now if you know your music history you know that just like Bebop Ragtime is also considered fine music. Ragtime was not as popular though everybody must have heard a Scott Joplin piece once or twice. I have to thank Cowboy Bebop for opening more of the world to the beautiful Bebop cause Charlie Parker needs to be known. This is where Coyote Ragtime messes up, as soon as you hear the title you automatically think this show will bite off of the amazing classic Cowboy Bebop. Though this anime has nowhere near the quality of C.B it is almost nothing like it. If anything the story will remind you of One Piece because of all the pirate themes. Yeah the whole space thing is similar but not quite the same.
This anime has beautiful animation and the story has potential to go somewhere but it has one major problem. There are too many characters and not enough definitive ones. The story has some good guys and some bad guys but it doesn't have that one character that you love or has a great presence. One example is the large number of the 12 sisters, do you really need all those cyborgs. In a few years when this series is said and done I don't think anyone will really remember any of these guys. If the question of who is the best anime villain or hero comes up nobody in here will be mentioned. Mister actually almost has the makings of a great character but it doesn't really seem like he'll develope. At the end of the day this series has A+ animation, C+ writing, and D character development which to me gives it a 3 star start and look first volume that's worth watching.
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