Series Review - Cyborg 009 Call Of Justice

Available on Netflix

Synopsis: After defeating Black Ghost and various threats around the world. The 00 Cyborgs days of peace come to an end when they encounter a new threat to humanity. Will they join the fight or will they stay hidden in the shadows?

Cyborg 009 Call to Justice is a 12 episode anime from Production I.G. and Toho Animation Studios. This anime comes on the 50th anniversary of the original manga. There was a lot I liked about this particular iteration of the anime, as it has had a number of reimaginings over the years. I liked how every member of the 00 team got an episode to shine and show what made them special and an important part of the show. Too many times in other shows, most characters don't get a chance to show what makes them integral to the team but this one got it right. Do you have to know a lot about the manga and preceding animes? Not really. The first two episodes do a good job, in my opinion, of catching everyone up to speed. They even go as far as putting the new character models in some of the "stock footage" of the 00's previous exploits. Another thing I liked in the series was how they showed each of their powers and how they had to use their brains to get out of situations. The antagonists for this show, The Blessed, pose a unique threat and it was great seeing an anime where the characters couldn't overpower them. The voice acting is done very well in this show as well. Don't worry it is dubbed and you can even switch the audio to the original Japanese if you prefer.

Here are my issues with this particular season. It is a slow build. For me, it took about four episodes for me to get into the series. Something about the pacing of the initial episodes felt a little off for me. Another thing for me, and this may just be me, but I prefer the hand drawn animation to the CG. Now the CG does get better as the season goes on but I was missing that hand drawn style. It was actually how I felt about that Astro Boy movie a few years back. Shotaro Ishinomori's art worked well in my opinion and the CG while not bad, just didn't feel right to me.

For Parents
This anime is rated TV-14 for violence. Most of the violence in the show is just fighting. There is nothing to gory in this series. There is one scene of one character getting shot through the chest in slow motion and there is another scene involving a couple of soldiers bleeding profusely. Other than that it's not bad. There are some adult themes that happen in the season dealing with death and genocide. So you may want to keep that in mind. I will say this if you're children can watch anime like Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Inuyasha, or Dragon Ball then this won't be a problem.

Final Thoughts
I gave this a 3 out of 5 stars on Netflix. It's not a bad anime but I did feel that it started a little slow in the beginning. I also felt that the animation wasn't as good in the beginning as well. However, it does pick up in the latter episodes of the season, which I think those episodes were done well. The ending is kind of a head scratcher though as I myself am still trying to process what happened. Have you watched Cyborg 009 Call Of Justice? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading.


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