Jin-Roh - the wolf brigade


              A story of post World War II Japan, the government has chosen to take aggressive economic strategic actions to strengthen the fallen nation.  Even though this strategy worked to a point, it left many jobless and created slums in many areas of the cities.  With the rising amount of the poor, organized crime grew from the rotting slums; the government didn’t want to have the local police nationalize, but they couldn’t counter the crime with their military due to strict military restrictions outlined by the newly created Constitution.  As a result the government created the Capitol Police, a highly specialized organization bent on destroying organized crime and taking down rebellions.  Our story follows Kazuki Fuse, a member of the Capitol Police who ends up being traumatized by the suicide death of a rebel girl.  He ends up meeting her sister and falls for her, the story then further unfolds into a unstoppable unraveling mess.

            I believe the movie is based a little after World War II, I say this because all of the weapons used in the movie were used in WWII and the vehicles seem to fit that time period.  The art in Jin-Roh is overall good.  It has nicely tinted colors in many scenes that give it the “back in the day” look, sort of a dirty tone to the colors.  The animation is a well executed, there are complicated movements that are done wonderfully, my only complaint would be that there are scenes were the characters move in a choppy fashion.  I do have to give Jin-Roh credit though for being different from the “traditional” anime movie, it doesn’t have giant robots, no giant eyed/breast enhanced girls, and no magical creatures stored in balls that are used for fighting to gain prestige and materialistic badges.  Jin-Roh has to be one of my favorite anime movies out there, that doesn’t mean that I like it all that much, it just means that I haven’t seen many anime that I’ve liked; and that’s sad since I keep watching the ones that are recommended online.  More into Jin-Roh itself….it has a wonderful sub-theme to it, it has many connections to the children’s tale Little Red Riding Hood; even the terrorist messenger girls are cloaked in red hoods and many symbolic images in the film give backing for this.  There is a secret anti-government organization inside many of the government agencies and one in the Capitol Police called the Wolf Brigade; many images symbolize this also.  The Capitol Police soldiers resemble the Helgauhst in the game Killzone a lot, but if anyone is to blame it’s the Killzone artists because Jin-Roh came out first.  The Capitol Police look pretty intimidating, if it’s not the armor or red-eye goggles they wear then it would probably be the MG-42 machine guns they’re holding (yeah that’s right, the guns where most people would have to put on a tripod to use, and they’re carrying them around like nothing).  If you’re expecting an action movie with the viewing then you are TOTALLY WRONG, this is definitely not an action movie, it is instead filled with a lot of talk and boredom.

            That brings me to my next complaint, even though the movie starts out well in the beginning it just ends up getting boring, it feels that every time a new character talks they have to give a whole “textbook” summary of who they are and what organization they work for, the same goes for some of the philosophical thoughts in the movie, they feel like they’re just reading them off of a pre-written essay they wrote right before they came on screen (for all of those who have not yet realized, this is a cartoon so they really didn’t just make them before appearing on screen).  The ending is terrible too, instead of going for a happy or a “make sense ending” the writer just decided to take the opposite turn and make us ask “why?”  Jin-Roh isn’t a terrible movie, it was just disappointing, and especially with all of the potential it had. - the Talking Mime


  Directors: Hiroyuki Okiura and Mamora Oshii

Rating 77%


Rated R (Blood and Gore)