Police in a Pod

Alt title: Hakozume: Koban Joshi no Gyakushuu

TV (13 eps)
3.566 out of 5 from 877 votes
Rank #4,978

Female police officer Kawai had enough of a career she wasn't even that into and was about to hand in her registration, when the unthinkable happened—she met the new, female director of her station! And after spending a little time with this gorgeous role model, Kawai realizes that maybe she isn't quite done being an officer after all.

Source: Kodansha

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Honestly, give this one a shot. I think it deserves more than the 3.5 stars it has right now! Writing this episode after episode 7.  Story: This is a largely episodic, slice of life workplace comedy. It certainly has heavy moments, dealing with a variety of criminal justice issues while simultaneously humanizing criminals and showing a side of policing that we don't tend to see in the West - the public service and bureaucracy, which I personally like to see. The way it approaches domestic violence and drug use, in particular, are heavy but really important.  Characters: The main character, Kawai, falls flat to me especially in comparison to the other three main characters. Two of which, Minamoto and Fuji, are quite well developed thus far and provide most of the comedy with the support of Kawai and Yamada (who I thought was going to be a much different kind of character when he was introduced). Overall, Minamoto is my favourite character right now considering how heavily he's made to fall into that machismo dumbass-type often (see 2nd half of episode six).  Animation: I really like the art style and how the characters are drawn. The main characters are all uniquely shaped and designed, with other incidental characters in the criminal affairs division and narcotics division being made to play up stereotypes comedically. This definitely isn't your same-face-slightly-different-hair kind of anime. Beyond that, it's relatively simple animation but I like it. Sound: the opening is a definite bop. Again, this review is written after episode 7. If anything wild happens I'll update my review when the season finishes. If you're into some (usually) easy and light slice of life, give it a shot. 

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