So Gangsta just ended today and I have to say, it was a big disappointment. I initially thought this was going to be a highlight of this anime season but it seems like that was a mistake. I still thought the show was decent and I liked it for most of its run time, but it severely mismanaged its time and led to what is one of the worst possible endings I have ever seen. From here on there will be spoilers, you have been warned.
Ok so here I was thinking “oh a show that’s super violent and gritty and set in a city full of gangsters, this is the closest looking thing to Black Lagoon I’ve seen in a while…”. The action was great, the dreary and dirty look of the city was fitting, and I liked most of characters. The stuff about the Twilights and anti-Twilights, Celebrer and so on was also good. Hell the show even got off to a great start. But unfortunately it’s start was somewhat deceiving.
Ok so the main issue I have is that it seems like the major arc we are in now, the Esminets arc, looks like it should have been at least a full twelve episodes on its own. But for some reason they introduced it roughly halfway through the series. Or perhaps I should rephrase. They hinted at it and built it up for a good chunk of the show before starting the conflict. The problem is we have what, 3 episodes or so, of conflict for this season even those this conflict was clearly designed to be much longer. So we have to stop somewhere in the middle and boy did the creators choose a shitty spot. It’s like they want use to get hyped with a cliffhanger ending, since Striker has been drugged/poisoned and Worick is bleeding out, but don’t know how to build it up right. The ending is just abrupt. It’s not satisfying at all, it has no tension, drama or impact, it just up and ends in a spectacularly flat and unimpressive ending. And to top it all off we now have conflict that is just paused at an utterly random point instead of a turning point in the conflict or some other more appropriate place in the story. I hate to say it but the creators really dropped the ball on this one, which sucks because this show was doing so well beforehand.
Anyway, that’s all I have to say. Thank you for reading.