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Golgo 13

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Golgo 13 is a series based on a manga written and illustrated by Takao Saito.

The main character is Golgo 13 (who also goes by the pseudonym Duke Togo), and he is a professional assassin who uses a customized, scoped M16 rifle to complete his jobs. No one knows his age or his birthplace, and the worldwide intelligence community cannot come up with a consensus on his true identity. There have been episodes in the series that try answering the question of Golgo 13's true identity, but all of the episodes that try to give information on his background end with a note of uncertainty.

As an assassin, Golgo 13 is hired by individuals who can afford what he charges, by foreign governments, and by secret organizations. The series shows Golgo 13 undertaking various assassination missions and his encounters with a variety of people. Early on in the series, these incidents appear to be unrelated to each other; however, as time goes on, they come together to form a central plot.

Over the course of the anime series, Golgo 13 takes on assignments to assassinate different kinds of people. His targets include a gangster/CIA informant who hijacks a plane, a mafia financier, a mafia leader, the vice-president of a company, an ex-Polish athlete, an anti-crime analyst, a mafia boss, a drug lord, a Jordanian emissary, an American football star, an international assassin, a cult leader, an aristocrat, a reclusive millionaire, and a Foreign and Commonwealth Office employee. In the 1983 film, Golgo 13 is hired to assassinate the son of a wealthy oil baron.

Golgo 13 is an anime that is definitely not being aimed at a young audience. The series contains a bit of violence (which isn't surprising, since the main character is an assassin). There are also sex scenes in the series. While no actual nudity is truly shown, it's very obvious what's going on. Personally, I would recommend Golgo 13 to anime viewers who are 16 or 17 years of age and older.


Title
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Golgo 13: The ProfessionalN/A1983Osamu DezakiTokyo Movie ShinshaDiscotek Media
Golgo 13: Queen Bee11998Osamu DezakiBMG VictorUrban Vision
Golgo 13502008-2009Shunji OgaThe Answer StudioSentai Filmworks
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Content copyright © 2014 by Lesley Aeschliman. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Lesley Aeschliman. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Brenda Chen for details.

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