Anime: Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
And at that, the wolf pounced upon the girl and devoured her, rending apart her flesh and bone, eating her alive, ignoring her screams.Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
is the third film adaptation of Mamoru Oshii
's Kerberos Saga
manga, released in 1999. It is also the only animated adaptation, the animation done by Production I.G
The main character is Kazuki Fuse, a member of a heavily armed special forces unit (Kerberos) of the police. At the beginning of the film he witnesses the desperate suicide of a young girl who was delivering explosives to an anti-government riot. The suicide bomb
cuts power lines causing a large blackout; as a result the police lose control of the situation and Fuse gets into trouble with the brass as he could've prevented this by shooting the girl. The audience is then introduced to a power war going on behind the scenes, between the police unit Fuse is part of and a rival entity called Public Security. Later on, Fuse meets Kei Amemiya who looks like the dead girl and claims to be her older sister. Is it the truth, or is she hiding something? Despite his suspicions, Fuse doesn't reject her company.
The film's title "Jin-Roh" comes from a rumored counterintelligence cell operating inside Kerberos itself as it slowly builds up to be an important part of the story.
Somewhat jarringly for a cynical political drama, Jin-Roh
is mostly remembered for the impressive and menacing heavy armor
worn by Fuse. It is often confused with the armor worn by the Helghast faction in the first person shooter Killzone
(which it possibly inspired).
The film was licensed and dubbed by Bandai Entertainment
for a DVD release, but said release went out of print when the company ceased production. Discotek Media
has since rescued the movie for a future DVD release.
Provides Examples Of:
Tropes in other works in the Kerberos Saga:
- Action Girl: Midori, a woman in the Panzer Cops who is not afraid to take the lead.
- Arc Words: "Who is your master?" and many other questions.
- Anime Chinese Girl: Tang Mei from Stray Dog.
- Chickification: This happens to Midori in Red Spectacles but the fact that Midori ends up this way is actually something that Koichi is dreaming up.
- Contemplate Our Navels: Shortly before storming an embassy, one of the Panzer Cops talks about how he wants to own a blimp. There are also numerous conversations written by Mamoru Oshii, especially about dogs and men.
- Cool Shades: Koichi wears these all the time, even while wearing a Protect Gear helmet and while taking a shower.
- Crapsack World: The poor conditions of Alternate History Japan are further elaborated upon. After the Panzer Cops were forcefully disbanded, things went From Bad to Worse.
- Deliberately Monochrome: The film Red Spectacles.
- Dirty Coward: Many characters believe Koichi to be this, for taking a suit of Protect Gear and flying off to a foreign country rather than sticking with the rest of the Kerberos Panzer Cops.
- Doom Troops: Protect Gear troopers.
- Downer Ending: Repeatedly, some of which make Jin-Roh's ending look peaceful and nonviolent in comparison.
- Drunken Master: Koichi, after enduring a harsh interrogation, breaks free after being force-fed some cheap alcohol.
- Dying Dream: In Red Spectacles it turns out that Koichi died when he was first ambushed in the hotel.
- Enemy Mime / Monster Clown: During the post-Panzer-Cops era, the government of Japan employs psycho-killer constantly-laughing-or-smiling white-painted-faced red-lipstick killers.
- Far-East Asian Terrorists: An antagonist to Japanese security forces, especially the Panzer Cops. Most are pro-leftist.....
- Fight In The Nude: Koichi fights off a lot of armed mooks with just a handgun and exaggerated martial arts.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Midori, a.k.a. "The Crack Shot," can snipe with a Mauser C96.
- Improbable Weapon User: After the Panzer Cops are disbanded, Souichiro's signature weapon becomes a pool cue. He can even throw it into a man's head.
- Interservice Rivalry: Just as important as in Jin-Roh.
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Played for Laughs as Koichi hilariously slaps and strips the clothes off of a gangster.
- Leave the Camera Running: Most-prevalent in Stray Dog
- Lolicon: In Stray Dog, Inui accuses Koichi of having this kink due to his relationship with Tang Mei.
- MacGuffin: It turns out that the main reason Bunmei was hunting for Koichi was to get his suitcase which is supposed to contain a suit of Protect Gear, but the suitcase was actually full of Red Spectacles.
- Meaningful Name: Inui, the "stray dog" from the manga who whose background and personality would later influence Kazuki Fuse. The name was re-used for the protagonist of Stray Dog.
- Mind Screw: Hoo boy. The Red Spectacles is about as close to a David Lynch film as you can get without the man himself directing it. Stray Dog is less weird and more laid-back, but still has its moments.
- Mysterious Woman: The Red Riding Hood from Red Spectacles - nothing is ever explained about her, or why she appears in the situations that she does.
- Number of the Beast: Multiple times.
- Retcon: The events depicted in the series, especially the Kerberos Riot, have been moved back from the 1990s to the 1960s.
- The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: In addition to their actions in Jin-Roh, they also purposely recruit people 15-years-old and younger, take hostages, hijack airplanes, etc.
- Scenery Gorn: One chapter of the manga has pages full of views of junkyards and landfills.
- Scenery Porn: In Stray Dog, quite possibly some of the most ever seen in anything involving Mamoru Oshii.
- Serious Business: Eating fast-food while standing up.
- The Siege: The Kerberos Panzer Cops held out for over forty days before finally surrendering.
- Special Effects Evolution: The firearm props in The Red Spectacles are all either cap-firing replicas or non-firing models. The MG42 used in Stray Dog is a real firearm converted to fire blanks.
- Sunglasses at Night: Koichi does this.
- Surreal Horror: Red Spectacles gets increasingly David Lynch like as it approaches the end.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Inui from Stray Dog, much like Kazuki Fuse, has a high ratio of bullets used to people killed.