Anime Review: Speed Grapher

General Information:

Type: TV
Genres: Action, Mystery, Super Power
Episodes: 24
Aired: Apr 8, 2005 to Sep 30, 2005
Premiered: Spring 2005
Producers: TV Asahi, WAO World, TAP
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Gonzo
Source: Original
Rating: R+ – Mild Nudity


Ten years after the Bubble War, the dichotomy between the rich and the poor in the world becomes more prominent and Japan is no exception. The rich seek to satisfy their desires and derive pleasure for themselves, and Tokyo has materialized into such a city as a result. Saiga, once a war photographer, works for Hibara Ginza in the capitalist state of Tokyo. He infiltrates the Roppongi Club, a secretive base located in the red light district of the city, to collect information about them. However, he was caught in the process and brought forward to a girl called Kagura who was in the midst of a ritual. His contact with Kagura awakens his special ability: the power to make things explode when photographed. In order to unravel the mystery behind the Roppongi Club and Kagura, Saiga begins his solitary battle.


Speed Grapher is an original anime. The anime is made by Gonzo Studios who made (Hellsing, Full Metal Panic!, and Kaze no Stigma). The anime was full of  action and mystery. The story was mature and had a classic feel to it.

What I liked most about the anime is that it was difficult to predict who would get hurt next. The anime was deep and engaging. I’ve enjoyed the anime and all it had to offer. The super powers that the characters had were very interesting especially the diamond woman. The action and fight were very good. The fights reminded me of Seikon no Qwaser minus the Extra Ecchi.

The anime had a good cast of voice actors like Kei Shindou, and Toshiyuki Morikawa. I wasn’t a fan of the music in the anime but it did fit the anime theme. Overall the anime is very good and very enjoyable, it may appeal to some people more than others.

Overall Rate: 7/10

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