Viper's Creed is an anime science fiction series created by Shinji Aramaki and directed by Hiroyuki Kanbe. It aired throughout Japan from January 6, 2009 to March 24, 2009 in the Animax and BS11 channels. It was also released in North America, dubbed by Blue Water Studios in Alberta, Canada. It aired in 2011 in the United States through the G4 channel before it pulled the show after four episodes were shown. However, it's still available via Hulu, Amazon Prime, Vudu and YouTube. The DVDs, however, are only released in Japan and in North America. The opening song R.O.C.K. was done by iLL while the ending song Ai no Oto was done by moumoon in good English. Among the companies that did the show's animation (Both CG and non-CG) were AIC Digital, Bee Train and Hanjin Animation. Production of Viper's Creed was done by Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan.
Taking place in the near future in the mid-21st century. World War III and global warming resulted in the destruction of most cities that a majority of them are forced to be abandoned due to flooding and ruin from the war. A few have been rebuilt with long highways over the waters due to complications with pollution in the air and water that most travel on airplanes and ships are not possible. Defending these rebuilt cities are tasked to the PMCs for law enforcement duties and among these companies is the Arqon Global Security Corporation. The AGSC is responsible for defending Fort Daiva City from crimes and terrorism. Their duties include the elimination of military-made robots left from WWIII called "Bugs". Among the AGSC units deployed to combat these robots is the Viper Unit, which consist of experienced operatives called Blademen.
The show provides examples of:
- Bittersweet Ending: Saiki and the rest of AGS that aren't killed/detained by the military were able to reveal that their forces were responsible for creating a false flag situation. This turns the public against the government. However, the conspirators assassinated Theresia to make it look like she's the Big Bad behind it all. Meanwhile, Saiki goes dark. No one knows where he went off to.
- Chainsaw Good: One of the mechs has a chainsaw-rifle combo, while one used by a villain in the last episode has two mounted on extra arms.
- Cyberpunk: PMCs have taken over (at least the majority) of duties away from law enforcement and the military. There is some resentment from the public against them and rogue soldiers are ordered to frame law-abiding contractors as terrorists with a young hacker helping the rogue contractors take back their company. However, it mixes up with Post-Cyberpunk since there is an improvement with technology in terms of computers, communications and the mechs used to police Daiva City.
- Meaningful Name: Daiva City. It sounds the same as "Diversity".
- Private Military Contractors: Hired by various governments to provide law enforcement duties in the future, one of them being Arqon Global Security. Arqon is tasked with the elimination of "Mech Bugs", stray war machines from a war that ended eight years prior to the story, and still attack cities at random. At the end of the show, they changed their name into Daiva Security to reflect their responsibilities in policing the city. It is a notable example since the main characters are a Maneuver-Roid pilot and his operator working for Arqon, plus their companions and the overall staff make up most of the cast. Basically, the anime is about the PMC.
- Real Robot Genre: All Maneuver-Roids, which can switch between a mech and a motorbike. These are heavily customized with different weapons and equipment, depending on the operator. The mechs are powered up thanks to the electrical supply built in the highways after World War III and global warming.
- Super Prototype: Zig-zagged. In the last episode, we see a prototype white mech with greater speed, armor and two additional arms, but its software is not optimized, so it freezes from bugs at critical moments.
- Transforming Mecha: The Maneuver-Roids can transform into a motorcycle-like form for added speed, but the catch is that they can't be too high from the roadway, or they can't gain their energy through wireless power. Enemy Mecha-Mooks, on the other hand, don't have this limitation.