Kochira Katsushikaku Kameari Kouenmae Hashutsujo

Alt title: Kochikame

TV (373 eps)
1996 - 2004
3.7 out of 5 from 250 votes
Rank #3,116
Kochira Katsushikaku Kameari Kouenmae Hashutsujo

Ryoutsu, being an underpayed policeman, is always coming up with ways to make some quick money. But in the end, his plans which are ridiculous from the beginning always go wrong and land him in big trouble with the Buchou.

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Title: Kochira Katsushikaku Kameari Kouenmae Hashutsujo (Kochikame) - A Timeless Comedy Classic Story (7/10): "Kochikame" is a legendary and long-running comedy series that follows the misadventures of Ryotsu Kankichi, a bumbling but well-meaning police officer in the Katsushika Police Station. The story revolves around the daily life and hilarious antics of Ryotsu and his colleagues. While the narrative primarily consists of episodic comedy with no overarching plot, it excels in delivering laugh-out-loud moments and satirical social commentary. The gags often explore various aspects of Japanese society, making it a cultural touchstone. Comparing it to the manga would reveal a faithful adaptation that captures the spirit of the source material. Animation (6/10): "Kochikame" first aired in the late 1990s, and its animation reflects the style of that era. While it may not boast the visual spectacle of more modern anime, it successfully captures the zany and exaggerated expressions of the characters. The character designs are iconic, making the cast instantly recognizable. The animation quality may vary, but the comedic timing and slapstick humor are consistently on point. Sound (6/10): The sound in "Kochikame" serves its purpose effectively. The opening and ending themes are catchy and memorable, contributing to the lighthearted atmosphere of the series. Voice acting is strong, with the cast delivering energetic performances that suit the over-the-top nature of the characters. The sound design complements the comedic moments, enhancing the overall comedic experience. Characters (7/10): The heart of "Kochikame" lies in its colorful cast of characters. Ryotsu Kankichi, with his exaggerated expressions and relentless pursuit of wealth and fame, is an endearing and iconic protagonist. The supporting characters, including his colleagues and friends, add depth and diversity to the humor. Each character has their quirks and comedic traits, making them memorable and integral to the series' humor. Over the years, viewers become attached to this ensemble cast, making every episode a delightful reunion. Overall (6/10): "Kochikame" is a timeless comedy classic that has entertained generations of viewers with its quirky characters and hilarious scenarios. While it may not offer a complex narrative or groundbreaking animation, it excels in delivering laughter and social satire. If you appreciate episodic comedies with a unique cultural perspective, "Kochikame" is a must-watch. My overall score for the anime is 6/10, acknowledging its enduring appeal and comedic brilliance.

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