Recap Planning and Organization: Bandai Visual
Narrator: Hashizume Tomohisa [Delico’s seiyu]
I am not a fan of recaps unless they are treated like Garo handled it last year. This doesn’t make sense at all. First, there’s a recap episode here and secondly, the creators decide to take a week break to air episode 10. Now I’d understand splitting up a two-cour series or even long-running series like Naruto but GANGSTA is 1-cour. Clocking in at around 12 episodes–having a recap is a waste of time and money for both MANGLOBE and Bandai Visual. Not to mention the broadcasting networks like TV Tokyo and ABC. The only thing I can think of is they didn’t get enough time to animate episode 10 for its scheduled airing. I sure hope the creators announce some kind of sequel to this. They need to animate more of Kohske’s manga! With only 3 episodes left, you have to wonder how much left they can adapt. I’m betting on them getting up to at least chapter 38.
Regardless, this is a decent primer for first-time viewers. Getting lot of the important scenes displayed from episodes 1 through 8. I’m not sure why episode 9 wasn’t covered since this recap is 9.5, but oh well. The transitions weren’t tied together very well but this did have one amazing re-edited opening sequence using Stereo Dive Foundation’s “Renegade” theme.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: 2/10