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June 17, 2006: Coyote Ragtime Show.

Title shot
Coyote Ragtime Show:

A new season of anime is upon us. Amonst the flurry of shows competing for our attention, ufotable's Coyote Ragtime Show is a lock. I'm not promising that the show is going to be any good, but its pedigree is of sufficent caliber that I've marked it as a must-see.

Seki Tomokazu's character
Coyote Ragtime Show: A Space Opera.

Coyote Ragtime Show is a ufotable creation. This is the company that gave us Dokkoida?!, 2X2=Shinobuden, and Futakoi Alternative. These series demonstrate that ufotable has a knack for creating goofy, smart, funny, and heartfelt, tender shows. We see that ufotable can deftly handle irony and romance and themes of loyalty and betrayal, duty and sacrifice. And it can definitely do action.

Gosurori except without the rori
Coyote Ragtime Show: A Gothic Space Opera.

Coyote Ragtime Show looks to be a bit of a departure for ufotable in that it appears to offer more mainstream appeal. Cowboy Bebop comparisons are inevitable, but I suspect ufotable will inject a touch of their signature quirkiness and humor to keep Coyote Ragtime Show lively where other would-be Cowboy Bebop successors failed.

Oh...there's the rori
Coyote Ragtime Show: A Gothic Space Opera Western.

Finally, take heed, for given the many pleasant surprises in Futakoi Alternative that inspired several repeat viewings of that series, you can bet that I shall be scrutinizing each episode of Coyote Ragtime Show closely, looking for the clues and in-jokes ufotable is sure to leave for the watchful.

Hirohashi Ryo's character
Coyote Ragtime Show: A Gothic Space Opera Western. With Beatdowns.
It's going to be awesome, yo.

ufotable's official Coyote Ragtime Show website can be found at and a trailer is available here.

July 05, 2006: Coyote Ragtime Show.

I'm not going to give a blow-by-blow of each episode of Coyote Ragtime Show, but I shall try to underscore any apparent nods to Dokkoida?!, 2x2=Shinobuden, and Futakoi Alternative that I happen to notice.

In episode one, there is an airborne insertion that is reminiscent of the the Futakoi Alternative OP, only with spiralling death and mayhem instead of cuteness and moe.

Coyote Ragtime Show episode one airborne drop.

Futakoi Alternative OP airborne drop.

Airborne Meido, Airborne Meido, where have you been?
Airborne infantry, robot maid-type.

Airborne infantry, grammar school student-type
Airborne infantry, grammar school student-type.

Airborne infantry, grammar school student-type
Note the recorder. Such fine attention to detail.

Gosurori airborne infantry?
It's like Gosurori Kamen gone evil.

As for the show itself, I find the first episode to be very un-ufotable-like; it is a very mainstream-America-friendly show. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but I am not especially taken with the first episode, and somewhat disappointed that it lacks the ufotable flair I have enjoyed in their other shows. You could tell me that Coyote Ragtime Show is a Gonzo Digimation production and I would believe you without question.

Comparisons to Cowboy Bebop are going to be unavoidable. Indeed, Coyote Ragtime Show seems almost set in the same universe, with the same flavor of futuristic science fiction and commonplace space travel and otherworldly beasts. Both series also share the same focus on anachronistic twentieth-century firearms.

However, it seems Coyote Ragtime Show eschews smoking in favor of compulsive eating as the primary oral fixation, though.

July 10, 2006: Coyote Ragtime Show

You know what Coyote Ragtime Show REALLY needs? Honest and for true? Claymation ED.

[Update: Holy crap, it DOES have a claymation ED. Gotta love ufotable.]

September 10, 2006: Coyote Ragtime Show.

Swamp sets down his pince-nez glasses.
Swamp sets down his pince-nez glasses.

I'm convinced that Franca's father Bruce/Blues and Swamp are the same person. You're not fooling me, ufotable.

September 17, 2006: Coyote Ragtime Show

You know, Coyote Ragtime Show would be more entertaining if it was about the 12 Sisters instead of our motley crew of good guys. I guess that might seem too much like Gunslinger Girl in space, though.

May. Are android heads in birdcages moe?

My biggest complaint about Coyote Ragtime Show is that it tries to introduce mainstream anime fans to the moe expectations of the more odious variety of anime fan. For that reason, the show falters much as many other attempts to bridge two diverse genres often fail.

Aside from the airborne drop in the first episode (well, that and the claymation ED), essentially nothing else seems at all ufotable-esque. On the other hand, the show retains a level of quirkiness that I suspect a "red-blooded Adult Swim-only" anime fan may find unappealing. ufotable should have just stuck to its roots and turned the show into Cowboy Bebop Alternative, infused with 2x2=Shinobuden sensibilities.


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