Everything you ever needed to know about this series is written here!
And here is my humble opinion…
808 has a convincing dystopian feel with its bleak portrayal of the futuristic urban monstrocities*. Lowlifes, hermit hackers, perverts, mercenaries, betrayal, cyborgs, illegal trade in human body parts and the general underlying notion that life is cheap are presented in abundance.One of the things I enjoyed most in this anime is the relationship between Sengoku and Varsus (a robot assistant). It’s important as it characterises how technology will become the subject of abuse and have to suffer the worst of human emotions. The small R2-D2-esque robot is cursed and berated constantly by Sengoku, and while we don’t expect it to do anything other than continue running its program, it’s interesting to see how much Sengoku uses Varsus as an outlet for his anger.
Criminals becoming police officers and earning time off their sentences with each completed case is an interesting concept – and yet deep down we know these men can never be free because the powers that be won’t allow it. We feel sympathetic to them yet know they must have commited horrible deeds in the past. They are true anti-heroes.
Another noteworthy aspect of this anime is the UK soundtrack – which perfectly captures a range of moods from high-octane action to sombre pieces that reflect the decline of humanity.

The downsides are that there are only three episodes – which is a shame as the characters, premise and setting have potential to go further. The hardline cyberpunk feel in the first episode is somewhat diminished by the second episode that introduces a cyborg with psychic powers. And diluted again in the final episode which focuses on vampires in space. There’s no real sense of closure either; as we don’t know what becomes of these unlikely heroes.

Despite these flaws the series is definitely worth a watch for any fan of cyberpunk. All episodes are viewable on YouTube.

*monstrous cities

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