In a sushi restaurant in Los Angeles, California, a man proposes to his girlfriend with a sushi-shaped ring. The romantic moment is interrupted by a severed head falling onto the table.
A flashback reveals that the head belongs to Kawasaki, frquently malfunctioning soy sauce fueled robot in the employ of the Sushi Police. The Police, whose other members are scientist Suzuki and gourmet Honda, are tasked by the Japanese government with eliminating restaurants that serve inauthentic sushi.
They are alerted to a restaurant in LA serving alligator sushi and mayonnaise mixed with soy sauce. Though Kawasaki is still not combat ready (his head comes off constantly, and he leaks soy sauce everywhere) Honda insists that they must leave immediately. Armed with wasabi guns, the Sushi Police skydive from their flying boat. Despite Kawasaki’s antics, they successfully shut down the inauthentic restaurant – by bombing it.
As they leave the restaurant, the Police are accosted by a reporter criticizing their tactics. The Sushi Police’s popularity declines as newspapers attack them, calling them brutal and demanding to know why they think they can police sushi. During the credits, it is explained that the Police’s idea of “authentic sushi” is so limited that they only accept sushi made in the style of the long-ago Edo Period, and disparage any kind of experimentation.
Sushi Police is a short (3 minutes 30 seconds runtime) made at least in part to drum up excitement for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, given how often that event gets mentioned in the show. It combines a bizarre plot with a 3D animation style, which was surprising for me to see in a short (which tend to have some of the laziest animation around).
One episode wasn’t enough for me to form an opinion on the style. Characters are definitely proportioned weirdly (long arms, and HUGE heads on the women) but I think the running gag of Kawasaki’s head falling off works better in this style, because the characters already look so unrealistic that it was less disturbing to me.
This episode was enough to make me interested in the plot enough to want to watch more. I was actually expecting this show to be quite pretentious, basically telling the viewer “this is authentic sushi and everything else is wrong” (which is ridiculous, given that there are literally restaurants in Japan itself that sell wiener sushi). In actuality, the Police themselves are like that, but the other characters and the general public don’t respond positively to this outlook. The Police’s unpopularity and accusations of brutality after blowing up the restaurant would make a great running plot, and I hope to see it continue.
The characters only got the barest of introductions in the first episode, so I don’t have much of an opinion on them yet. I’m definitely most interested in Kawasaki, the robot who looks just like a human except for his detachable head and soy sauce blood. His personality is adorably gung ho, and contrasts nicely with Honda, who is to put it lightly a pretentious jerk.
As is so rarely done in a short, Sushi Police used its time well and hooked me enough to make me want to watch more episodes. Whether or not I’ll blog it is up in the air, but I’ll definitely be giving it at least a second look!
Out of 5 Dios: