Having been a fan of Golgo 13 for many years, I've wondered why he's never gotten an animated series--yes, there have been two live action films, two animated movies, and video games--but you would think that for a manga series that's been running for over forty years would have had an animated series already.
Well, the wait is over. GOLGO 13 is a hard-edged, mature animated series that hits the mark--no pun intended. The stories are adapted from the original manga--including the first G13 story I ever read, "Room 909"--and the animation is quite good for television. Sentai Filmworks has also done a very good job with the dub, since most of the stories take place in the United States. The series pulls no punches--Duke Togo, aka Golgo 13, is the best assassin in the world, taking out his targets with his modified M16. Any contract he takes is ALWAYS honored. He picks no side, he is the ultimate, amoral freelancer. If anyone tries to betray him, he will kill them--no ifs, ands or buts. Strangely enough, the best G13 stories are not so much about Golgo, but focus on his targets and those around him.
Golgo is a truly unique character, and those who want to indulge themselves in a hard-boiled, slow burn show should look no further.
I enjoyed these first thirteen episodes a lot, and I'm looking forward to the rest of this series that, honestly, is long overdue for one of manga's greatest characters. Highly recommended!