Do you like anime? Do you like mobsters? Do you like violence, foul language, and very suggestive content? Well, hold onto your hats, sweet-cheeks, because have I got a series for you.
Simply titled “GANGSTA”, this anime/manga series (written by Kohske) is a lot of what the name suggests. It is a dark, gritty, blood-spattered slugfest that is both engaging and just plain fun to watch, especially if you’re a fan of grungy crime-dramas (Grimm, Gotham, Justified, etc.)
“GANGSTA” focuses mainly on the lives of two men: Worick Arcangelo and his partner Nicolas ‘Nick’ Brown. In the rough, sleazy city of Ergastulum, Worick and Nick are known as “Handymen”. They serve as a neutral party, catering to the dirtier needs of both the police department ‘and’ the mob. From assassinations to running packages, these “Handymen” do it all.
After one of their jobs leads to the rescue of a prostitute named Alex, the two men find themselves falling deeper and deeper into the pit of corruption threatening to swallow Ergastulum whole. The “Four Fathers”, mob bosses who run the city from behind the scenes, wage war against each other. While some scramble to maintain order and partnership, others plot to undermine their former allies and turn the city on its head.
Worick, Nick, and Alex have certainly got their work cut out for them.
As an anime fan and a fan of stories of this particular genre, I highly recommend checking out “GANGSTA.” Sadly, the anime was discontinued after 12 episodes because the studio responsible for its production went under. The manga, however, is still going, with new volumes being released once or twice a month.
I like “GANGSTA” because of its grittiness and drama, and also because of its air of realism. It brings touchier subjects to the forefront with its plot: prostitution, abuse, drug addiction, racial prejudice, and even disabilities. I think that these more ‘normal’ and ‘everyday’ issues are things that some anime prefer to overlook in lieu of issues more fantastical, but that’s just my opinion.
I give “GANGSTA” a rating of 8.5 out of 10. Check it out sometime!
Here’s a link (that we do get a little cash from) to buy it from Amazon.com.