Episode Director: Akira Sato & Hideki Katayama [Katayama is Dragonar‘s director / GANGSTA episodes 3 and 5.]
Storyboards: Akira Satou [Blood the Last Vampire executive producer/ Heroman In-Between Animator ]
Script: Noboru Kimura [Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom screenplay writer / Solty Rei script writer]
I might have mentioned this before but I will say it again. GANGSTA is one big tease. The animation is thick, facial expressions often times are very inconsistent and yet the overall style remains extremely mature. A relaxing soundtrack, strong episode direction goes to show how this advertises Koshke’s manga.
We’re introduced to the group behind the Tag killings–Tretiy Esminets. With only one episode left I’m worried we won’t be getting a good chapter to end this season on. There hasn’t been a lot of action and it’s displeasing to me that this episode leaves Worwick and Nicholas completely out of the story only to shine the spotlight on newly introduced Tags and Normals. Typically I’m all for minor characters achieving development but this was bad. Too late in the game.
What’s even worse is that Alex is shown only for a few minutes–with her memories of her childhood flooding back to her without any room for her brother Emilio’s appearance to back it up. Given what happens in the manga, I feel that the creators could get to their reunion [only by rushing the story a bit] or completely leave it out. This penultimate episode might not have been the strongest in the series but it does do justice in establishing how the four families are going to get toppled off their reign. While Doug’s death represents the strength these outsiders have how the pacing is handled with only one more episode left gives an impression that GANGSTA will end on poor note.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: 4/10