Back in the 80’s, the ideal way of life was full of sex, drugs, and rock & roll.
The sex part didn’t work out so well, what with STD’s and such. The whole drugs angle ended up being bad, too, M’Kay. Then rock & roll got replaced by alternative and auto-tuned pop, so I guess that dream just didn’t go to well no matter how you look at it.
At least it lived fast, died young, and left a good looking corpse.
We really need better ethos for our various eras, don’t we?
This weeks OP is Gangsta, and it’s all about the sex, drugs, and rock & roll.
For those that have never seen it, Gangsta is set in a city called Ergastulum, where everybody is either a criminal, or wants to be. Even the cops are so dirty, the various mob families vying for power kind of envy how corrupt they are.
Walking this city of vice and crime are Nic and Worick, two Handymen who do whatever they are paid to do, by whoever they are paid to do it for. The series follows their escapades in the most crime ridden city on Earth as they get into and out of trouble.
The interesting thing about Gangsta is that there are no good guys or bad guys, just a whole lot of bad guys. While there are varying shades of bad, even Nic and Worick aren’t on the upper end of it. They are a couple of nasty dudes who’ll do whatever it takes to survive.
That said, they are an interesting pair. Nic’s deaf, and Worick only has one good eye. They’ve got a past together, and it obviously wasn’t a pretty one. However they ended up here, they are just trying to get by in a city where everything is dirty, and for that, they do make an interesting pair of protagonists.
Gangsta was the finale series to be made by Manglobe, the studio behind such works as Samurai Champloo, Ergo Proxy, Deadman Wonderland, and The World Only God Knows, before it went bankrupt and left us with nothing but an impressive list of anime titles.
The OP features the song “Renegade” by Stereo Dive Foundation, and it is the most sex, drugs and rock & roll song I’ve heard since the early 90’s, not counting AC/DC’s Black Ice album, which I own of course, because I’m an AC/DC fan.
The boys would be right at home doing the intro to this show. Thunderstuck would work especially well.
Even the imagery used evokes the idea of sex, drugs, and rock & roll. Literally. It’s got hookers, drugs, and rock and roll playing over both. It’s the most 80’s thing I’ve seen in a while.
The more interesting elements of the OP however are the use of color. Nic and Worick only appear in black and white, with selective use of color that turns the mind to Frank Miller’s Sin City. The backgrounds move between simplistic and complex, telling of the way of the city they live in, while bright color spatters decorate everything, making one think of graffiti.
The whole thing sets such a perfect tone for the gritty life the two Handymen lead in the most dangerous and corrupt city there is, it makes for another of Manglobe’s traditional brilliant openings.
Check it out, and rock on.