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Title (English) King of Bandits Jing
Title (Japanese) King of Bandit Jing

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Fantasy Novel

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Review This evening I had the opportunity to watch the first episode of the new 13-part NHK anime, "King of Bandits Jing". A while back I read a comment in a post that had referred to the series as "Lupin in a Trigun world with One Piece bad guys", and while the description is sort of correct, it misses the unique flavor of "Jing" a bit.
Jing is a mystery character, very cool and confident and quite young - he looks to be in his mid-teens. Most other characters disregard him as "just a kid". Jing also has a talking "parrot" of sorts named Kiru, who is a hentai wiseacre who just happens to transform into a very powerful weapon for Jing as required. ( Kiru reminds me a lot of Joe Carioca from "The Three Cabelleros". ) But Jing is also very adept with slight-of-hand, has blindingly fast moves and a has very powerful sword up his sleeve.
The first episode was set in a very baroque "Tower of Babel" sort of thieves' palace in the middle of a wasteland set in what appears to be a "world of thieves", equivalent to the "world of pirates" in One Piece. As with Trigun and One Piece, there appears to be a mix of technological levels in this world ( as indicated by a character who rides up on a motorcycle ) but there is also powerful magic. And unlike Lupin, Jing does not seem to be stealing only for the sake of stealing - this gives a vague feeling of similarity to "Eat Man" in the show, but with more humor.
The background music for the show is mainly jazz and blues - not the typical j-pop or attempted "cool" music typical in most TV Tokyo shounen action shows. The animation is also anything but "typical" - not only is there a lot of detail in the backgrounds and character designs, but there is also a lot of very well done and extremely well integrated 3DCG in various scenes.
All-in-all, "King of Bandits Jing" looks to be another winner for NHK and I will be looking forward to seeing more episodes.
(Dave Baranyi)

Saw the first episode - it's well - produced and entertaining. The young hero Jing however seems to have all the cards stacked in his favour. He's good-looking, in contrast to the other characters who are generally rather ugly, he's smart, and he has a powerful companion/weapon in the lecherous parrot. There's no clue to how things may develop in further episodes. (GC)

Episodes 13
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Date 2002
Broadcaster NHK
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