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Golgo 13 Collection 2 DVD Review

With Golgo 13's long history, it's a real testament to the property that the manga is still ongoing and that it's kept to its core premise. The first set gave us thirteen episodes that showcased exactly what Golgo is all about with his minimal dialogue, cold killings and a healthy dose of carnal relations with beautiful women. Provide numerous international settings and a whole lot of style and you have a really fun show. The downside is that with it being an episodic show, you know it's all going to be resolved in one episode and someone is going to die. But that tends to work well if you go into it with the right mindset – and that you don't marathon it. Golgo 13 offers up a fair bit of variety to the stories that are told and the way they have to get him to kill people. One of the things that makes Golgo so interesting is that he really is a cipher for the most part. One story has one government trying to get various terrorists to off each other by using them to target each other without knowing it. Golgo gets drawn into it as a target, though there are some that aren't sure they want him killed since he's so useful. When the discussion comes up about him and his lack of ideology, the way you find yourself viewing him is that he's not really a person. He's a tool used by those who can pay to do the jobs he agrees to, but there's nothing behind it the majority of the time outside of the paycheck. He's worked all sides of the fence and has no problems with any of it from what's been show. While it keeps him from being a hugely engaging character in one sense, it does make him extremely different from just about every other show. Read More Click Me!

Golgo 13 Collection 1 DVD Review

Based on the manga of the same name originally created by Takao Saito, Golgo 13 is a fifty episode series that looks to be all about the standalone stories. Golgo 13 is a very old property with the first manga chapter out in 1969 and it's still ongoing (though how much Saito is involved in the day to day is unknown to me) and there have been a couple of live action films and some previous OVA adaptations as well. In 2008, this series kicked off to help celebrate the forthcoming 40th anniversary of the franchise and has given it what I think is its best adaptation yet. I've read some of the manga over the years as Viz Media put some out way back in the mid 80's and repackaged a bit of it later on as well so there's familiarity with it from there and from the previous animated adventures. With this set featuring all standalone stories, I'm not going to go into a lot of detail about it because it just doesn't make sense to. What Golgo 13 is about is one of the world's best assassins. Using the name Golgo 13 or Duke Togo depending on the situation, he's able to do things that are considered impossible by anyone else. When the series opens, he has to take out a hijacker on a plane from just over two kilometers, something that's considered damn near impossible, but he pulls it off with relative ease by shooting over the SWAT snipers that are half that distance and laying in wait. It's these kinds of shots that make up most of the series as we see him getting involved in impossible situations and making it possible, shooting between buildings from distances that are simply too far for the accuracy involved and even taking into account the wind and other conditions. Read More Click Me!