One man will capture the heart of a woman, and destroy the foundations of society.
Reviews

Watch Now

on Amazon Video

ON DISC

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
2005  

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Casshern Sins (TV Series 2008)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The world is falling apart and Casshern is to blame. He is said to have killed a robot named "Luna" and by doing so unleashed a plague referred to as "ruin". But Casshern has no ... See full summary »

Stars: Tôru Furuya, Eric Vale, Yûko Minaguchi
Desert Punk (2004–2005)
Animation | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In the future, Japan is a wasteland. In the Great Kanto Desert, scattered humans eke out a living in the hot sand. Among them, a short-statured man they call "Sunabozu" makes a living as a ... See full summary »

Stars: Chihiro Suzuki, Eric Vale, Tamio Ôki
Shigurui: Death Frenzy (TV Series 2007)
Animation | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The series starts off at a tournament where a one armed samurai faces a blind one and quickly flashes back to reveal the history between the two fighters.

Stars: Daisuke Namikawa, Emi Shinohara, Seizô Katô
Munemoshune no musume tachi (TV Series 2008)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Rin Asogi runs a private investigation agency in Tokyo's Shinjuku district, performing odd jobs ranging from finding lost pets to hunting rare stamps in order to get by. Yet despite ... See full summary »

Stars: Chris Cason, Jamie Marchi, Mamiko Noto
Gungrave (2003–2004)
Animation | Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Gungrave follows the story of best friends Brandon Heat and Harry MacDowell as they join and rise in the ranks of Big Daddy's Millenion crime syndicate. The story begins in the future ... See full summary »

Stars: Kirk Thornton, Beau Billingslea, Steve Blum
Witchblade (TV Series 2006)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In order to protect her daughter, a young single mother is forced to fight after acquiring a powerful ancient weapon.

Stars: Jamie Marchi, Cherami Leigh, Mark Stoddard
Gantz (TV Series 2004)
Animation | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A group of people are resurrected from their deaths by a mysterious black ball called GANTZ to combat alien criminals hiding on Earth.

Stars: Chris Ayres, Emily Carter-Essex, Shannon Emerick
Kurozuka (TV Series 2008)
Animation | Action | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Kuro, a 12th-century man, flees into the mountains after losing to his brother, where he meets a strange, beautiful woman named Kuromitsu. Kuro falls in love with Kuromitsu but realizes she... See full summary »

Stars: Brad Swaile, Janyse Jaud, Trevor Devall
Jormungand (TV Series 2012)
Animation | Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The series follows Koko Hekmatyar, a young arms dealer who sells weapons under HCLI, an international shipping corporation that secretly deals in the arms trade. As one of the company's ... See full summary »

Stars: Shizuka Itô, Mutsumi Tamura, Wataru Hatano
Basilisk: Kôga ninpô chô (TV Series 2005)
Animation | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The year is 1614 AD. Two warring ninja clans, each supporting a son of Hidetada Tokugawa as the next shogun, send ten representatives each to fight to the death for the possession Tokugawa ... See full summary »

Stars: Laura Bailey, Nana Mizuki, Kôsuke Toriumi
Burst Angel (TV Series 2004)
Animation | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In a chaotic future Tokyo, a young aspiring chef is employed by four beautiful mercenaries.

Stars: Akeno Watanabe, Jamie Marchi, Monica Rial
Black Blood Brothers (TV Series 2006)
Animation | Action | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Remnants of a vampire clan that wanted to rule the world alone, but got defeated in a war by joined forces of other vampires and humans, kidnap the brother of a vampire war veteran. He looks for them in a secret vampire city.

Stars: Omi Minami, Takahiro Sakurai, Michael Tatum
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Tatsumi Saiga (24 episodes, 2005)
...
 Kagura Tennozu (24 episodes, 2005)
...
 Choji Suitengu (24 episodes, 2005)
Clarine Harp ...
 Hibari Ginza (24 episodes, 2005)
Kei Saitô ...
 Kagura Tennouzu (24 episodes, 2005)
Kei Shindou ...
 Kagura Tennouzu (24 episodes, 2005)
Yuji Takada ...
 Tatsumi Saiga (24 episodes, 2005)
Greg Ayres ...
 Tsujido (23 episodes, 2005)
...
 Makabe (23 episodes, 2005)
Hisao Egawa ...
 Makabe (23 episodes, 2005)
Masashi Hirose ...
 Seijirou Togotsu (23 episodes, 2005)
Takako Honda ...
 Hibari Ginza (23 episodes, 2005)
Rikiya Koyama ...
 Genba Ryougoku (23 episodes, 2005)
Robert McCollum ...
 Niihari (23 episodes, 2005)
Toshiyuki Morikawa ...
 Chouji Suitengu (23 episodes, 2005)
Gara Takashima ...
 Shinsen Tennouzu (23 episodes, 2005)
Kenjirô Tsuda ...
 Niihari (23 episodes, 2005)
Hiro Yuuki ...
 Tsujidou (23 episodes, 2005)
Kent Williams ...
 Dr. Ryogoku (17 episodes, 2005)
...
 Shinsen Tennozu (13 episodes, 2005)
Edit

Storyline

Ten years after the Bubble War, the dichotomy between the rich and the poor in the world becomes more prominent and Japan is no exception. The rich seeks to satisfy their desires and derive pleasure for themselves, and Tokyo has materialize into such a city as a result. Saiga, once a war photographer, works for Hibara Ginza in the capitalist state of Tokyo. He infiltrates into Roppongi Club, a secretive base located in the red district area of the city, to collect information about them. However, he was caught in the process and brought forward to a girl called Kagura who was in the midst of a ritual. His contact with Kagura awakens his special ability: the power to make things explode once photographed. In order to unravel the mystery behind the Roppongi Club and Kagura, Saiga begins his solitary battle. Written by animenewsnetwork

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The deadly game grows darker by the day. See more »


Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

7 April 2005 (Japan)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original)

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Japanese version featured the song "Girls on Film" by Duran Duran. When Funimation released the series in the US, licensing restrictions forced them to drop the song and replace it with a piece of original score by Shinkichi Mitsumune. See more »

Connections

Featured in AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Girls on Film
Performed by Duran Duran
[Japanese version only]
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Smile for the camera... averageness with a few bright sparks is caught in the lens.
1 December 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

From Gonzo comes a 24 episode anime about a retired war photographer, Saiga, who investigates oddities in government affairs, and comes across a premier 'pleasure club', the Roppongi Club, that caters to every vice of Japan's ruling elite. The main attraction is the young Goddess, in reality the heiress of the powerful Tennozu Group, Kagura, who can bestow a gift that unlocks ultimate desire. When given to Saiga, he acquires the power to destroy with his camera lens, and rescues the girl. Now on the run, they must figure out what their 'power' really is, and foil whatever the true agenda of the Tennozu Group is...

While it may never reach maximum potential, 'Grapher' offers an enjoyable conspiracy thriller with a sci-fi flavour to make for engaging viewing. The animation is decent, as well as adequately dynamic for the action set pieces when Saiga battles others who have 'the gift', but it often feels under-detailed and corner cuts are fairly obvious. The dub voice cast are strong, with Chris Sabat and Monica Rial leading the charge, and the characters, leads for both the heroes and villains, themselves do share a strong camaraderie, while the side villains that populate most of the series are having a ball chewing scenery (including a super stretchy ballet diva, a widow who eats diamonds, a spidery dentist and even a politician-turned-living sound system), which does help carry the show over its weaker points.

From a writing standpoint, 'Grapher' is very much a cut and dry action-thriller anime with a high concept twist, mixing in revenge, politics, science gone awry and the futility of warfare and the rampant consumerism of modern society. Ambitious but the execution, while not bad, never feels exceptional and is built from extremely familiar elements (including but not limited to a cynical lead with PTSD, a voluptuous police detective girlfriend (complete with oh-so subtle symbolism with her guns), the theatrical gay friend, meek schoolgirls, all power corrupts, villains with a tragic backstory that also tie in with our lead and double crosses up the whazoo from just about everyone) that trap the series in a mostly repetitive monster of the week format, as well as a repetitive arc structure where Kagura is taken, Saiga gets her back, they flee for a time, and then she gets snatched again.

Indeed, the action and monsters almost end up detracting from the social commentary and lower the bar on the whole, not helped by seemingly one note villains who don't start to really develop until the last third of the show. Here is where 'Grapher' does come into its own and crank the emotions and commentary into gear, but it does feel a tad late to the party. It still kept me engaged, however, its fast pacing, characters and desire to stay on point helped overcome its familiarity. However, it's not something I would really crave to have a second go-around with.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?