"[Theme tune!] Miami Guns!"Miami Guns
is a parody cop show about... well, we're not sure, actually. All we can say for sure is that it's a 13-episode parody Anime based on a Manga by Takeaki Momose.
The story focuses on Sakurakoji Yao and Amano Lu, two cops from a relatively fictional version of Miami City, and the ragtag bunch of misfits they belong to that is the Miami Police Force. Other than that... the show's pretty random with its gags, though manages to stay funny enough to sit through.
Miami Guns provides examples of the following tropes:
- Affectionate Parody: Cop Show tropes and cultural references.
- Attention Whore: YAO. A good number of incidents pretty much stemmed from her tendency to grab the spotlight.
- Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: The MPD in general are violent creeps who couldn't care less about public safety. Yao stands out for totally different reasons.
- Battle Butler: Jii, apparently. According to Yao's flashback, he's served in the army, won Oscars, played in a band, been a Buddhist monk - with his hair and sunglasses intact, and a secret service agent. To his credit, the guy is The Ace incarnate, a ladies' man, and according to episode #9, essentially made of iron!
- Black Comedy: The fake clip show episode (#2) plays with the tragic death of Yao's mother. Turns out she's making it up.
- Bleached Underpants: While the original Manga is (supposedly) not Hentai, it's pretty bold with its fanservice. The Anime, in comparison, is milder.
- Butt Monkey: Yao; Nagisa
- Camp Gay: George and Anthony, the two gag characters introduced in the girls' school episode (#3).
- Catch Phrase:
- Chekhov's Gag: George and Anthony.
- Comedic Sociopathy: Lu
- Conspicuous CG: Parodied, see the "Shout Outs" section below.
- Da Chief: Chief Amano
- Deadpan Snarker: Lu
- Department of Redundancy Department: #6 gives a bomber terrorist who goes by the name of Joke Joedannote .
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Kaken Musume ("Science Lab Girl", more or less).
- Fanservice: Most commonly in the form of Panty Shots.
- Funny Afro: Chief Amano. Do not make fun of it.
- Gag Series: The Anime has almost nothing resembling an overall plot; it pretty much runs on throw-away gags and cultural references.
- Gilligan Cut: Episode 6:
Chief Amano: That idiot girl! I really want to see what kind of creature has it as its child.
(cut to Mr. Sakurakoji's room)
Mr. Sakurakoji: So, you came to see what kind of creature has Yao as its child?
Chief Amano: Uh, no sir. I didn't mean it like that.
- The Gunslinger: Julio Peacemaker, the second best gunman in the world.
- Hot Scientist: Kaken
- I Just Want to Be Special / Jumped at the Call: Yao's reason for playing cop — she was really impressed when Lu was her bodyguard, and she refuses to be shown up!
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Episode 2: "Now, finally I'm gonna pay you back, in full!"
- Les Yay
- Lovely Angels: Yao and Lu.
- Meganekko: Kaken, the Ms. Fix-It.
- New Old West: One episode is a fairly straight drama about serial killings in a nuevo-Western town.
- The Ojou: Yao; subverted to oblivion.
- Panty Shot: The most common Fanservice variation.
- Police Brutality: The MPD is depicted as having very itchy trigger fingers, employing deadly force whenever possible.
- Rapid-Fire Comedy
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Yao: Red; Lu: Blue. In case you couldn't tell.
- Rich Bitch: Yao, Yao, Yao.
- Shout-Out: A common source of gags.
- Episode 1: "How do you watch TV?" "At a distance in a brightly lit room."
- Kaken's bowtie fires darts that knock people out — like Detective Conan's watch, which he uses in conjunction with his voice-changing bowtie.
- Yao's dad is directly channeling the Gendo Pose. 24/7.
- The assassin gunning for Yao in episode 2 looks like Leon — and is named Leon.
- Episode 4
- The title is a play on "Mach Go Go Go", or Speed Racer in the West.
- It also has CGI car chases, as a Shout-Out to Initial D. Not only that, the culprit is the son of a tofu shop owner and an "underground racer", a reference to Fujiwara Takumi, its protagonist.
- Episode 6: FBI Special Investigator Bruce Tsuji, the die-hard bomb expert.
- Episode 7
- Episode 8: One of the corpses died in... a Saturday Night Fever pose.
- Rocky Roll Call: Episode 3's climax scene has a gag version.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Yao
- The Speechless: Subverted with Mr. Sakurakoji. He speaks all right, but is always in the Gendo Pose that nobody ever sees his mouth. Not once through the series. He even keeps one hand covering his mouth in a hold-up.
- Title Drop: In episode 2.
- Unfortunate Name: One "prior" character introduced in episode 2 is called Sumi Irotarō, whose name can be split into Junshoku Tarō, "a cop who gets KIA" (or "Dies-On-Duty"). Guess what happens next. A few seconds later. Right in the Police Station where they were making fun of his name. And twice after that.
- Unknown Rival: Nagisa Tojo, the girl who Yao befriends in the girl's school episode. Despite constantly trying to sabotage and betray Yao, Yao unwittingly foils Nagisa's plans. Lu's suspicious, but doesn't do anything about it. Yao eventually reveals that she may have known more about Nagisa than she let on. "She won't do anything wrong -- I won't let her!"
- Whack A Mole: The plot of the Western parody episode (#5), where Lu and Yao join a group of bounty hunters trying to find the mysterious Maria Rose before he/she can kill them all. "Lu" and "Yao" were actually a pair of gunwomen hiding in plain sight as our heroines, without letting the audience in on it.
- Where the Hell Is Springfield?: There are some indications that the "Miami" in the show might not be in Florida — namely the largely Japanese cast and the fact that the city's name is often written in kanji.
- Wire Dilemma: Episode 6's climax scene. Played with, as with many other things.