Battle Programmer Shirase or BPS (Not the Central Statistics Agency, you know..) is an anime about the world of hacking. The hacking theme is probably much more interesting now, especially with the advancement of IT in the world. This is a review of the coolest BPS Hacker anime. Title : Battle Programmer Shirase Release Date : October 4, 2003 Episode : 15 Duration : 12 Minutes per Eps Genre : Comedy, Ecchi, Sci-Fi Story Source : Original Studio : AIC Synopsis
Battle Programmer Shirase, also known as BPS, is a free programmer with super hacking abilities who don’t work for money. What he doesn’t work for is certainly something only people like him will appreciate. But, his demeanor was clearly incompatible with the job he was hired for.
Using the Hacker theme and programming skills, this anime really brings a new theme. We see that this anime was launched in 2003 when internet and IT technology was not as advanced as it is now. The concept of Hacking using network computers and also the telephone itself in my opinion is a very advanced breakthrough. Overall the main idea of this anime story is really cool. To be honest, the story in this anime ends very sadly, which is only 15 episodes (why not 25 at all, right). In my opinion, this anime doesn’t get the appreciation it deserves. This may be because the theme brought by this anime is too advanced for its era. Although the basics of hacking given by this anime do not show the actual way of hacking, but we get an idea of how cool a hacker himself is. Some of the cool things shown by this anime are about counter hacking via HP (seriously this is cool). As an anime by AIC, we certainly can’t get rid of this anime from Ecchi and Comedy elements. For today’s standards Ecchinya is bearable and humorous..sorry bro, it’s so crispy. Maybe this is the main weakness of this anime that makes it not sell well other than the theme which is considered too advanced.
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Character development in this anime is not very good. This anime focuses too much on the comedy element although to be honest it’s not very funny. Another thing that is disturbing is how they use a repetitive style in almost every episode. However, the development of Shirase Akira’s character itself is getting enough attention. We can see how Shirase Akira works against hackers. His lewdness and stupidity until there is a secret hidden in his past.
The animation design in this anime is standard when compared to Full Metal Alchemist (2003), or Chrono Crusade. This anime/anime character design doesn’t seem to be the side that the animation studio prioritizes.
Many say that the Opening and Ending of this anime is cool. But to be honest, I don’t think the opening or ending of this anime is that cool. Honestly, I rarely remember an Opening and Ending unless it’s quite standout like Durarara’s Opening Ending, One Piece, Bleach etc.
Storyline : 8.8 / 10
Character : 7 / 10
Art : 7.5 / 10
Ost : 7 / 10
Battle Programmer Shirase: 8/10
The main strength of this anime is in the storyline. Having an original idea makes this anime quite fun to watch. But you have to be aware of the quality of the graphics and the humor which is a bit dry. I recommend this anime for you to watch, it’s cool.