OP: 「楽園都市」 (Rakuen Toshi) by (Ooishi Masayoshi)
「Cop Show, Witch Craft」
Cop Craft: Dragnet Mirage Reloaded is adapted from an ongoing series of light novels by Gatoh Shoji, the creator of Full Metal Panic! Here, we’re stepping out of high school and into the police force, where Kei Matoba (Tsuda Kenjiro) and his partner, Rick, are tasked with finding and arresting criminals, even if they happen to be aliens from another world. After a hyperspace gate opened over the Pacific fifteen years prior, Earth has been flooded with immigrants from Leto Semaani, home to fairies and other powerful magical creatures, leaving humanity struggling to compensate for the flood of bodies and the inevitable influx of supernatural crime. Before you get too attached to Matoba’s partner, you should know that he’s five days away from retirement, he keeps a family photo in his front shirt pocket, and-
Okay, none of that last bit is true. He did seem to have a good rapport with Matoba before his neck was twisted like a Twizzler by one of the aliens, so I suppose that was a point in his favor, but his death was so telegraphed it was like watching Psycho-Pass all over again. However at the same time, I love that the series has the guts to go that hard. Anyway, once Matoba is down a partner, he has to go through the obligatory reluctant pair-up that is a tried and true staple of every buddy-cop film ever, and naturally the first impressions couldn’t be worse. Tirana Exedirika (Yoshioka Mayu) is a knight on her homeworld sent to retrieve the fairy that the alien who killed Rick was trying to sell as an ingredient, but since she has a very unassuming appearance mixed with a haughty attitude, Matoba tends to talk down to her. Of course, since she has a tendency to act like a curious child by touching everything in sight, the patronizing tone is rather understandable, and outside of that, he tends to let her have her way in their interactions. It’s a refreshing dynamic to the say least.
Terminology and exposition aside, what this series boils down to is a reverse isekai. This take on the isekai genre isn’t quite as popular as the original, though it does seem to be catching on. Or maybe it’s just because Gintama has ended and we need something new and interesting to fill the void. It should be mentioned, though, that while there are instances of subdued humor, this premise is played entirely straight. Tsuda Kenjiro as Matoba has the rough, gravelly voice you’d expect from a chainsmoking cop, while Yoshioka Mayu has a range that allows her to shift flawlessly from stern and all-business to wide-eyed and surprisingly innocent. There’s a lot of great chemistry between them already that I’m looking forward to seeing develop as they delve deeper into the kidnapping of the royal fairy.
ED: 「Connected」by (Yoshioka Mayu)