A Brief (Non-Spoiler) Look Back at GANGSTA.

When I was sick with Stevens-Johnson, there were a few things that kept me from keeling over. There were the usuals of, you know, the kids and making sure that I was around for as many more years as I could be for them. The thought of "I can't go out like this" crept through my head as I was laid up in Holy Cross, a legit high going from the amount of Benadryl and other drugs they kept pumping into me. But, something...a bit more strange played into me saying "let's get better and GTFOH."

I wanted to see how GANGSTA. ended.

Yes, my desire to see how an anime series came to a resolution was one of the reasons why I was able to get better in the hospital. 

See, if you know me, you'll know that if I'm into an anime, I need to see the whole thing through, no matter how convoluted (Attack on Titan), goofy but still amazeballs (One-Punch Man), brain-bleachingly pretentious (Evangelion), or emotionally wrecking (Gurren Lagann--come on, you can't tell me you didn't get lumpy throated when Nia faded to nothing). Now, GANGSTA., it isn't really a GOAT anime. Don't get me wrong. It's a dope show, but I won't hold it in the same regard as, say, Bebop--even though there are a lot of similarities between the two in tone and approach. Additionally, it may not get a proper conclusion because its original studio, Manglobe (also known for classic series such as Samurai Champloo, Michiko & Hatchin and Ergo Proxy) went under late last year. 

But, it pulled me in with interesting characters, its film noir-meets-Godfather approach to things, and its amount of folks getting sliced and diced. As I said, it reminded me of Bebop in some ways. The characters were likable and had some depth, the story was interesting enough (gangsters for hire running amok in a Vatican-esque town with seedy prostitutes and drug-fueled psychopaths fueled by other Powers That Be? Sign me up), and it was a nice mental vacation from having my body feel like it was both bursting at the seams and on fire at the same time. Plus, you don't really get that many deaf protagonists in anime (or any genre, if you want to be real about it). Nicolas is one of the definitions of badass.

Again, the series (thus far) ends without a proper resolution. And the manga, while still going, hasn't captured my interest like the series did. But, for twelve episodes, the show manages to pull you in, give you this world, and says "let's have some fun." The show is equal parts dark comedy and gritty crime drama and is a pretty legit way to pass six hours of your time. Check it out if you're into these sorts of shows or need an excuse to see a deaf swordsman play hack-n-slash with someone. That alone is worth the price of admission for me. Plus, you know, without it, I would've had a little less resolve to recuperate as well as I have from my brush with death.

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