Anime / Coyote Ragtime Show

A group of rough-and-tumble space outlaws. A criminal organization with a team of android assassins. A hard-as-nails female detective and her spazzy sidekick. And a planet packed with treasure scheduled for demolition.

Shove them together, and you've got Coyote Ragtime Show.

The twelve-episode series basically follows the misadventures of Mister, the leader of a branch of outlaws referred to as 'Coyotes', and his adopted daughter-thing Franca, who holds the keys to a massive treasure that's the legacy of her father, a legendary Coyote. However, they are not only being pursued by a sexy, gothic woman named Marciano, but her band of '12 SISTERs', a band of robots dressed head to toe in Goth-Loli. Really.

Beautifully animated and generally exciting (as well as lots and lots of explosions and spaceships). It's a fun tale that isn't a masterpiece, but worth at least one viewing.

The first two episodes can currently be watched for free on the FUNimation video portal, here

This series provides examples of:

  • Anachronism Stew: Where did they get those seventies-cop-show AMC Matador police cars from?
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: April has a gold Luger.
  • Board to Death: Marciano is being scolded by the rest of the council of evil for causing an undue disturbance. Her response is to smile like a psycho; the next time we see the board, they're in the process of being slaughtered by the 12 Sisters. One of the board members that hasn't been killed yet grumbles that this is a bit of an over-reaction.
  • Break Out the Museum Piece: Nearly all of the Twelve Sisters carry WWII-era firearms, and seem to especially favor German guns like April's Luger.
  • Church Militant: You've gotta wonder what's going through people's heads when they ask a fully armed ex-criminal to be the head priest in a local church.
  • Cute Bruiser: Four of the SISTERs are little girls. August usually uses bombs, but the triplets — Oct, Nove, and Dec — prefer to throw things around.
  • Daddy's Girl: Franca towards her father, Bruce, back when he was still alive. Bruce was also known to dote on her a lot too.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Franca wears one sock and one legging.
    • It's actually two matching stockings; one has been allowed to roll down and she just leaves it like that.
  • May–December Romance: It's revealed later in the story that Angelica has a crush on Mister, despite him being at least thirty years her senior.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Mister has so many aliases that "Mister" is the only name he can reliably be called.
  • The End... Or Is It?: Sure, Mister and the crew were able to defeat Marciano's guild and save Planet Graceland from being destroyed while contributing to the end of the civil war there. But some of the 12 Sisters are still alive. April, at least, wants revenge for Marciano's defeat...
  • Treasure Room: The Giga Banks vault is a huge one.
  • Robot Girl: Marciano's Twelve Sisters are life-like robots
  • Robotic Reveal: Marciano herself is later revealed to be a cyborg.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Franca's father is supposed to be Blues, but ADV Films and at least one fansub group called him Bruce. Also, the last SISTER is called Dec, but some subs called her Diesse.