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"You wouldn't recognize a goddamn vampire if one jumped up and bit you on the end of your fucking dick."
Benten (dub)

Cyber City Oedo 808: 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, as well as a small degree of freedom while they're working. 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.


  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Kyouko has a clear crush on Sengoku (who's also at least a bit fond of her), the most traditional "bad boy" archetype of the three crooks.
  • Anti-Hero: The three protagonists are all anti-heroes by proxy, seeing as how they're all convicts. Honestly, however, none of them are actually evil people. Sengoku is kind of an asshole, but when it comes down to it he's a good guy. Gogol is a Gentle Giant in prison for hacking offenses, and Benten is a Warrior Poet. They do all have at least one charge of murder on their lengthy rap sheets, though, so none of them were unjustly imprisoned.
  • Badass Longcoat: Sengoku owns a red one
  • Bishōnen: Benten is the only one of the three to wear lipstick and paint his nails while not being some kind of crossdresser.
  • Big Badass Rig: Golgo has one has a smoke machine that can blind chasers and a library for his reading. Unfortunately it gets trashed in his episode.
  • Boxed Crook: The three main protagonists are all criminals who have absurdly long sentences. Rather than being expected to stay in prison until they're up, they "work off" the years by serving as law enforcement (with explosive collars keeping them in line).
  • 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!
  • Cool Car: Each of the characters have their own one. Although Golgol has a truck.
  • Crapsack World: Considering this is a world where convicts are force to be police officers, the military is willing to do illegal things to craete super soldiers just to govern the city, and somebody can put someone in cryostasis and then just experiment on them without anybody knowing, it's pretty obvious Oedo is anything but an Utopia.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: Benten, sort of. While not an outright villain and wearing female clothing, he's a pretty bad guy. Certainly not a Wholesome Crossdresser, because there is nothing wholesome on this show.
  • Contemplate Our Navels: a brief philosophical discussion about starlight in episode 3 and how it continues on forever. Appropriate, considering the themes of the episode.
  • Cyber Punk: Well what else did you expect from something called "Cyber City Oedo 808"?
  • Daywalking Vampire: Justified, due to the vampire being a genetic experiment rather than supernatural undead.
  • Delinquent Hair: Sengoku has the usual japanese pompadour whil Gogol has a mowhawk.
  • 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.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Golgol wears a crop-top.
  • Gorn: Actively averted 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 with a scope. It's got a fingerprint lock so only he can use it.
  • Heroic Albino: Benten, for a given value of "Heroic".
  • Hidden Disdain Reveal: In the dub of the third OVA, Sengoku bluntly invokes this trope when he is ordered to kill a rogue Benten if he doesn't stand down (which he won't). 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]
    • He does hesitate for quite a while before firing though, which suggests he may have just been talking tough.
  • 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.
  • Man in the Machine: It turns out the villain of episode one, is an undead version of this, who somehow fused with the building upon his death.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Science-created, psychic people with an inability to create their own blood. Benten has to deal with this weird version 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, used to stylishly slice through enemies.
  • 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. He still takes a few glancing hits, but shrugs them off with sheer badassery.
  • Starscraper: The highrise that Sengoku and company must save in the first episode is tall enough to reach low Earth orbit.
  • Thrown Out the Airlock: Tried against the Big Bad of Benten's focus episode. It doesn't work. It aggressively doesn't work.
  • 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.