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Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
人狼 (JIN-ROH)

Synopsis

In the riot-torn 1960’s Tokyo of an alternate history… a special police force, the Capitol Police Organization (CAPO) has been formed. Within CAPO is the special unit that gets the toughest jobs. Some of the men in the unit, according to rumor, comprise a vigilante group called the Wolf Brigade. Fuse, a member of the special unit, broods obsessively about a terrorist girl who blew herself up in front of him. Then he meets the girl’s sister and becomes emotionally involved…
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Overview

Jin-Roh (人狼 Jinrō, lit. “Man-Wolf”), also known as Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade in its American release, is a 1999 Japanese animated thriller directed by Hiroyuki Okiura. The film is the third adaptation of Mamoru Oshii’s Kerberos saga manga, Kerberos Panzer Cop, after the two live-action films: The Red Spectacles and StrayDog: Kerberos Panzer Cops released in 1987 and 1991 in Japanese theaters.

The film premiered in France on 17.11.1999 and was shown at different film festivals in the same year. In Japan, the film has been released in theaters on 03.06.2000.

Alternative title

– Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
– 人狼 (JIN-ROH)
– Džin Ro: Vilko brigada
– Jin Roh la brigade des loups
– Jin-Roh – Uomini e Lupi
– Оборотни
– 인랑
– Jin Roh
– Jin-Roh: La Brigada Lobo
– Загін вовків
– Перевертень

TL;DR Review

Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade was directed by Hiroyuki Okiura, who previously worked on Black Magic M-66 (1987, animation director and key animator), Zillion (1987, animation director, character designer, key animator), and Record of Lodoss War (1990, animation director).

The animation is superb for the time and the colors are a little muted and flat, due to a lack of shading. The fluidity of motion reminds me of photo tracing and can feel eerily realistic.

The ending song “Grace~Jinroh -Main Theme- ~ Omega” by Gabriela Robin is truly a beautiful haunting melody.

I find it a little ironic that the anime took place a decade after the “The Great Defeat” (WW II) and the CAPO’s design are essentially Nazi stormtrooper. Or perhaps it is meant to be a satire.

Jin-rou is exquisitely and intelligently written that depicts a realistic cruel, dark, and brutal world. The dialogs though can be a little heavy-handed. Be aware this may bore younger viewer as the political dialogs can get lengthy.

I highly recommend Jin-rou to fan of spy game thriller. This anime contains graphic violence and is intended for mature audiences.

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  1. “Grace~Jinroh -Main Theme- ~ Omega” by Gabriela Robin
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"That's the nature of counterintelligence. The side which correctly anticipates the moves of the other and strikes first has the advantage."
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"We are not men who dressed like dogs... We are wolves disguised as men."

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