Nicholas Brown and Worick Arcangelo, known in the city of Ergastalum as the “Handymen,” are mercenaries for hire who take on jobs no one else can handle. Contracted by powerful mob syndicates and police alike, the Handymen have to be ready and willing for anything. After completing the order of killing a local pimp, the Handymen add Alex Benedetto—a prostitute also designated for elimination—to their ranks to protect her from forces that want her gone from the decrepit hellhole of a city she has come to call home. However, this criminal’s paradise is undergoing a profound period of change that threatens to corrode the delicate balance of power.
Ergastalum was once a safe haven for “Twilights,” super-human beings born as the result of a special drug but are now being hunted down by a fierce underground organization. This new threat is rising up to challenge everything the city stands for, and the Handymen will not be able to avoid this coming war. – My Anime List
Based on 16 review scores:
Gangsta. is an action driven show that isn’t afraid to touch on sensitive societal topics. To support this notion, the graphics can be violent, gory and sexualised but it is done so in order to make a point. The soundtrack, art, animation and voice acting effectively brings out the the situation within Ergastulum. On the down side, there are only 12 episodes and the plot is cut short in the middle of the action, which can be frustrating. However, Gangsta. remains a show that is a must-watch if you like philosophical action.
Overall, I give the series a strong 8 out of 10, and have high hopes for the development of the series!
The Sushi Times
The Geek Lyfe
Gangsta is a fun, captivating, and action packed thrill ride that will leave you wanting more and craving another series like it.
World Of Anime Girl
Gangsta is a dark anime that tells a story about friendship and humanity. It is realistic in some parts but becomes an “anime” after some time. Full of action, heart breaking stories and interesting characters.
A well-realised world filled with strong, engaging characters makes Gangsta a rewarding viewing experience, even if it’s keeping some of its narrative cards close to its chest.
Overall it was a fun and twisted ride that left me wanting more.
My Anime List
Gangsta is yet another title from the 2015 summer season that had potential that quickly fizzled away into nothingness. With plot points that went nowhere and characters that are never given reason to exist whatsoever, Gangsta squandered its run-time with too many issues to get a pass. And when taking into consideration what can only be the biggest cock-tease ending in years, there’s no defense that can protect Gangsta from getting the ax.
I would definitely recommend Gangsta. to every anime fan this summer, especially those who enjoyed anime such as: Black Lagoon and Cowboy Bebop.
This show was definitely my kinda thing. The character development was good (for only a 12 episode series), the animation was good and the violence factor was high. Not a show for kids though or anyone looking for light-hearted entertainment. As for why I only gave it a 7/10, well without spoiling the ending, I’m thinking they already have a second season planned, or otherwise just dropped it due to budget constraints or a lack of interest, because it seemed very abrupt. Well worth a watch anyway.
The reason I gave it such a low rating is solely due to the ending. They ended the show (which is unlikely to get a second season) in the middle of the worst possible cliffhanger. It’s like the ending of Code Geass Season 1 but even worse. (Well, worse assuming I care about Gangsta as much as I did about Code Geass, which of course I don’t.) Still, an extremely frustrating ending.
The Outer Haven
A little bit hard to follow, but still a pretty solid story that sucks you into their world
Dazz’s Anime Stop
In the end, this series was good. It’s honestly that simple. It would have been a little better had the show didn’t end with what it did, but I still had fun for the most part (in the first half mind you).
Gangsta. is possibly one of the best gangster/mafia-related series I’ve ever watched. It has an interesting setting, compelling characters and is an overall unique experience. Unfortunately, due to Manglobe’s financial issues, the experience isn’t complete. The series ends in the thick of things (cliffhanger endings are the worst!) and the animation deteriorates in the middle of it. While its existing development was great, its sudden ending left too much more to be desired. My advice? Maybe consider reading the manga instead.
The show’s dark story, brutal action scenes is definitely a great highlight of this year’s anime. It brought back great memories of older shows like Black Lagoon and Samurai Champloo in both of its soundtrack and kind of story telling with a wide array of characters that are in a bustling city. Seeing how the show has a very Western approach, I can’t imagine watching this other than Dubbed, personal preference though. Though despite these qualities, the show turned out to be a huge disappointment. First 3 episodes or so were great, introducing the city of Ergustulum and characters. As the show goes on, it presents itself more questions unanswered, more characters put in that take up space. There is no central point in the whole story, a loose string of events that dont have much meaning and especially towards the ending where it didn’t build up into anything and again introducing more needless events and characters. The whole premise of the show sounds amazing on paper, it’s like Baccano but unfortunately the show was handled poorly.
This anime is an average, forgettable time waster. The animation is weak, the characters are bland, the story goes nowhere, the setting goes to waste, the action scenes are repetitive and inconclusive. Go watch the flashback arc of Gungrave, and skip this one entirely.