On the one hand, this week’s pick is utterly and patently ridiculous.
On the other hand, it is gloriously ridiculous.
What is it?
Grenadier is a 12-episode anime series based (with strong plot divergence, mind you) on a manga series.
What kind of story is it?
A ridiculously skilled gunslinger who aims to bring peace to the land meets up with a samurai who hates guns and those who use them. Adventures and hi-jinks ensue along the way to a final showdown against an evil mastermind.
Oh, and the gunslinger reloads her revolver by bouncing bullets out of her cleavage. I’m not making this up.
Why do you like it?
I know what you’re thinking: “Boobs, hurr hurr.” No, that’s not it. Grenadier is a show with one good big idea and a lot of silly little ideas, and it’s fun to watch. Rushuna, our lead, has a big heart and is dedicated to bettering herself, with a goal of no longer needing to shoot people to make the world nicer and safer.
The rest of the cast is entertaining and the action (while ridiculous) is fun as well.
What might one not like about it?
Yes, the show is centered on a nearly textbook instance of a “ditzy blonde.” Yes, the show portrays the laws of physics almost as rigorously as a classic Looney Tunes short. I can deny neither of these facts.
Other thoughts about it?
One particular fight between two pistol-wielders in this show owes its existence to the movie Equilibrium. And I mean that as a point in the show’s favor.
Where can I watch it?
Unfortunately, you’re stuck hunting down a DVD copy if you really want to take in this little slice of wackiness. Sorry about that!