YMMV / Speed Grapher

  • Complete Monster: Speed Grapher, while already dark, has these:
    • Chief Ekoda is the head of the Tokyo Police Department, who hides a secret fetish: He has a thing for legs. In fact, while a member of Suitengu's Roppongi Club, Ekoda took the chance to satisfy his feitshes by kidnapping women, holding them hostage and then cutting their legs off before preserving them as trophies, molesting and killing the women himself. His first two victims were his own wife and daughter. Later in the series, Ekoda kidnaps Ginza Hibari and tries to do the same to her before she frees herself. Ekoda is set apart by being a completely human monster, and his insane excesses make even the hardened Ginza reevaluate everything she had done to this point.
    • Mizunokuchi is a sadistic dentist who, as a Euphoric, is granted a multitude of spider-like limbs that he can turn into drills. In the past, Mizunokuchi operated on heroine Kagura when she was due for dental surgery, removing her lower molars while she was still conscious so he could feel her pain. In the present, the dentist takes pleasure in outright tying patients down and simply torturing them to death by drilling through their mouths. He even takes disturbing trophies of the teeth that he carves and polishes afterwards.
    • Ran Yurigaoka is an esthetician with a thing for tattoos and body art. With his Euphoric powers, he can make his tattoos come to life. Yurigaoka uses them to control other people, playing them as People Puppets for his amusement. His real joy, though, is the Giant Spider tattoo on his back. Yurigaoka uses his fame to find women and uses his powers to give them pleasure, before he paralyzes them by merging the spider with their skin. After this, he has it kill them while they're alive and conscious, but paralyzed the entire time.
    • Kamiya becomes Japan's Prime Minister and schemes to take possession of the Roppongi Club, which caters to every fetish and predilection of the upper classes, away from the Big Bad Suitengu, while also gaining control of Kagura for his own purposes. A glutton whose power is to devour anything, before he even achieved these powers, he once drove a couple to suicide over a huge debt, and then took their children to compensate. The son he sold as a child soldier would one day become Suitengu. The girl, who was only five, he sold as a Sex Slave to be abused and debauched until she was an Empty Shell years later, knowing only how to please men and request money for it.
  • Crazy Awesome: Seriously, some of the ways Saiga comes up with to wreak havoc with a camera are truly mindboggling.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The whole soundtrack qualifies but the closing credits ''Break The Cocoon'' definitely takes the cake.
    • 'Fess up, you probably know about this series just because of the OP Shinkichi Mitsumune's "Shutter Speed"
      • Or you could be one of the many who was annoyed that FUNimation was unable to use Duran Duran's "Girls on Film" like in the original Japanese version.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Episode 20, the Author Tract and Willing Suspension of Disbelief both went off the rails. Ok anvil, I got it — all wealth and power invariably make monsters of everyone who has it, everyone else are hypocrites and ineffectual ones at that. We're uniformly response-stimulus machines, even our hero isn't exempt from that.
    • And while we're on the subject, if that's true wouldn't you be interested in giving back the money and fame you've earned from this franchise, Mr. Author Sir?
  • Hell Is That Noise: The Shallow Parody Camp Gay, never given Character Development could've been moved offstage for the dramatic scenes. Instead his shrieking "Saiga!" is interjected inappropriately and frequently enough to be a Level Breaker.
    • In-universe, the screeching of dentist drills — Niharii is shown cowering in an office with his hands over his ears to block out the sound. Of course, the fact the drills were being used by a Depraved Dentist to basically rip a woman's mouth apart probably played a factor in that.
  • Ho Yay: Besides Bob, Tsujido is really attached to Suitengu. Played with more subtlety than in many anime, though.
    • Joe. It's like the series was trying to make up for the horrible relationship we'd been forced to watch Saiga struggle away from up until then. Until he dies.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Suitengu
  • Moral Event Horizon: Shinzen's treatment of Kagura puts her WAY beyond this point. Other Euphorics also cross this line.
    • Ginza started as a pretty violent Cowboy Cop who had a habit of killing [[Asshole Victim(deserving)criminals]] she came across and tried to blackmail Saiga into sleeping with her. Disturbing stuff overall, but made less cringeworthy as it could've been given the deaths were played for dark laughs, and Saiga wasn't especially bothered by her blackmail and got the better of her anyway. However... it becomes clear she has a very unhealthy obsession with Saiga and eventually trades Kagura to her abusive mother in return for "keeping" him. She then proceeds to hit him with her car, rape him while he's unconscious while questioning why "she's not good enough for him",(How her plight tugs at the heartstrings...) and lock him up until he decides to be with her. Later on, the show attempted a Heel Realization, but most would say it was just a little too late for her to realize her treatment of an innocent girl and of course her little rape session was wrong.
  • The Woobie: Kagura
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Pretty much any villain the show tries to make sympathetic, simply because of how ''far'' they go, how many of their crimes tend to be completely unnecessary, how little(if any) remorse they show for said crimes, and how their reasons for their actions come off as utter Wangst, especially in proportion to their deeds. Suitengu's supposed to be pitied because his sister died years ago, despite the fact that he murders men who owed him as little as ten yen, and uses Kagura as a Sex Slave in his club. Shinzen's supposed to be pitied because her husband ran out on her when she was pregnant, and she, while still absolutely gorgeous is very, very slowly losing her looks, despite the fact that she humiliates, hits, and starves her own daughter and worst of all, lets Suitengu use her as a Sex Slave. Ginza's the most Egregious example of all. She's supposed to be pitied because... her boyfriend doesn't want to bang her despite the fact that she gives Kagura back to her abusers, then abducts and rapes Saiga. The show actually tries to portray her as a JerkassWoobie ''during'' her rape of Saiga.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/YMMV/SpeedGrapher