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Anime: Cyber City Oedo 808
''You wouldn't recognize a goddamn vampire if one jumped up and bit you on the end of your fucking dick."
- Benten

In a not-too-distant future, convicts are imprisoned in penal satellites orbiting around the Earth. Some convicts with 'skills' considered profitable to the general public are offered jobs as special police officers, allowing them to earn time against their sentences. The catch: they have an explosive collar on their neck at all times, which will explode when: 1. Tampered with. 2. A mission time limit is reached. 3. Whenever the warden damn well feels like it. Three such lucky men: Sengoku, the foulmouthed anti-hero; Merrill "Benten" Yanagawa, the effeminate razor-wire wielding assassin-type; and Gabimaru "Gogul" Rikiya, the imposing, gruff hacker with the cool visor, are put under the watch of Hasegawa, the warden.

Each criminal-turned-almost-unwilling-cop gets his own focus episode throughout the 3-episode OVA series, with plenty of trademark Yoshiaki Kawajiri action and character designs all over the place.


Tropes used in Cyber City Oedo 808:

  • Anti-Hero: The three protagonists are all anti-heroes by proxy, seeing as how they're all convicts.
  • Bad Ass: Barely begins to describe the protagonists. Sengoku fights an entire skyrise building wired to a vengeful poltergeist that can predict his every move. Gogol fights a whole platoon of special forces units before getting setup to fight a robot superweapon that makes the Terminator look like the Tin Man and Benten fights a bounty hunter, some weird beasts, a group of Chinese underground criminals and an honest to God real life space vampire, wielding a sword and shotgun, that can teleport and regenerate itself after being torn by space vacuum to pieces - all while wearing bomb collars that will explode if they fail their objectives or if their boss feels like it. They don't even flinch in fear. Holy shit.
  • Boxed Crook
  • Cluster F-Bomb: The dub. Like most Manga UK dubs, however, it actually works... Mostly because it was hilarious. Thanks to Youtube, one quote from Benten in particular has become a borderline-meme:
    Get lost. You wouldn't recognize a goddamn vampire if one jumped up and bit you on the end of your fucking dick. So just get off my back.
    • Sengoku is guilty of this a lot!
  • Crapsack World
  • Cyber Punk: The 3 protagonists adopted this look quite thoroughly.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Benten, complete with the flowing white hair, long nails and red lipstick.
  • Explosive Leash: The collars. Gogul sees one in action when he tracks down a fellow con who went rogue and tried to disarm his collar himself.
  • Genius Bruiser: Gogul is very strong and physically tough, but also seems to be an avid reader and a very talented hacker. On several points he's seen reading classic Russian literature. In the original language.
  • Gorn: Actively subverted through most of the series. The age rating appears to be mainly based on profanity and one scene in episode 2 where a man literally explodes from a railgun shot.
  • Hand Cannon: Sengoku's giant magnum revolver. It's got a fingerprint lock so only he can use it.
  • Anti-Heroic Albino: Benten.
  • Hidden Disdain Reveal: In the third OVA, Benton (one of the three Boxed Crook protagonists) ignores his orders. Sengoku is ordered to kill him if he doesn't stand down (which he won't) and bluntly invokes this trope luckily Gogol (who hadn't been given any orders) shows up and knocks Sengoku out.
    Sengoku: All right, I never liked you anyway. [raises gun]
  • Human Popsicle: Has been in use for centuries to preserve people with terminal illnesses until a cure may be found. Unfortunately for them, the chairman of the medical foundation thinks this is a great source of test subjects for illegal medical research.
  • Longer-Than-Life Sentence: All three protagonists are serving such sentences, to the tune of 300 years or more. For duty served, they get a few years of that sentence taken off, though if they fuck up a job or piss off Hasegawa, the warden, time gets added to their sentences — if he doesn't just pop their collars, that is.
  • Love Hurts: Star-Crossed Lovers (Benten and Remy)
  • Meaningful Name: Gogul/Gogol can be seen reading Russian literature which hints to Nikolai Gogol, a russian writer
  • Names to Know in Anime: Hiroya Ishimaru (Sengoku), Banjō Ginga (Gogul), Kaneto Shiozawa (Benten), Emi Shinohara (Remy), Mitsuko Horie (Kyouko), Norio Wakamoto (Hasegawa).
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Benten has to deal with a weird one in his focus episode.
  • Pet the Dog: Sengoku seems to have a slight soft spot for Kyouko the cute police girl.
  • Razor Floss: Benten's primary weapon.
  • Robo Speak: Varsus, the cons' handler. He actually uses contractions occasionally, though.
  • Scenery Porn: My god! The city is just awesome!!!
  • The Slow Walk: Sengoku at the end of the first episode. He figures out his computerized enemy is predicting where he would be if he tried to dodge, and counters that by a calm walk directly towards it.
  • Thrown Out the Airlock: Tried against the Big Bad of Benten's focus episode. It doesn't work. It aggressively doesn't work.
  • Villainous Crossdresser: Benten, sort of. While not an outright villain, he's a pretty bad guy. Certainly not a Wholesome Crossdresser, because there is nothing wholesome on this show.
  • Weapon of Choice: In the intro, we can see that our heroes receive a special weapon after they accept the deal and join the Cyber Police. It is a futuristic, multifunctional version of a Jitte, a weapon which was typically used by policemen during the Edo Period in Japan.
  • Your Head A Splode: The end result of the collars.

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