Hyper Police

Infobox animanga/Header
name = Hyper Police

caption =
ja_name = はいぱーぽりす
ja_name_trans =
genre = Comedy, Police, Science Fiction
Infobox animanga/Manga
title =
author = Minoru Tachikawa
publisher = flagicon|Japan Kadokawa Shoten
publisher_other = flagicon|United States Tokyopop
demographic = Shōnen
magazine = Gekkan Dragon Magazine
first = 1993
last = 2004
volumes = 10
Infobox animanga/Anime
title =
director = Takahiro Omori
studio = flagicon|Japan Studio Pierrot
licensor = flagicon|USA Image Entertainment
network = TV Tokyo
first = 3 April 1997
last = 25 September 1997
episodes = 25

Nihongo|"Hyper Police"|はいぱーぽりす is the name of a manga and anime series created by Minoru Tachikawa under the pseudonym MEE. It is a science fiction comedy which also fits into the Kemonomimi genre, set in a period in the far future, in which humanity is almost extinct and most of the population are monsters. It is mostly set in the offices of a private police company and focuses on the life of Natsuki Sasahara, a young catgirl, and her co-workers: Foxgirl Sakura Bokuseiinmonzeninari, werewolf Batanen Fujioka and his cousin Tomy Fujioka (spelt Tommy in the anime). [cite web|url=http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=603|title=Hyper Police (TV)|publisher=Anime News Network|accessdate=2008-05-25]

For many years, the only western language to have official translations of the "Hyper Police" manga was Spanish. However, English translations have recently begun thanks to US company Tokyopop.


The anime takes place in the year 22 HC (Holy Century). Although theoretically about the competition of rival private police corporations (licensed bounty hunting firms) in an Earth where humanity is in danger of extinction, in actuality it focuses more on the lives of the main characters. The monsters are usually taken from Japanese mythology, updated for the modern era. In the anime, repeat criminal offenders in Tokyo have their memories wiped. However, in the manga version, they are castrated. Mithril exists in this world/setting; it is a sort of specially enchanted silver that is especially effective towards supernatural characters.


Some of the characters in "Hyper Police" are hybrids of human and "monsters"; which occurred during the Holy war when the doorway between the human world and the Monster World opened up, thus allowing humans and monsters to co-exist and interbreed.

; Natsuki Sasahara:Natsuki is a 17-year-old half-human/half-nekomata. She is the daughter of a human father and a nekomata mother. Natsuki is very sweet and kind to everyone and always eager to help protect the weak and uphold the law. Her personality is very feline; she will eat cat food, grooms herself like a cat, play with string and other moving objects (including Sakura's tails), and her favorite drink is catnip-milk, which has an alcoholic affect on her. Batanen hired her to join Police Company when he saw her ability to create electrical shocks being put to good use, while she was inadvertently taken hostage by a criminal he was chasing, then proceeded to fry him to a crisp. However, this is also her major problem, since Natsuki is so young, she still has trouble controlling her powers and has been known to spark at random when frightened, frying everything within several meters of her. She is also a dangerously bad shot with a gun and has shot her allies at least twice by accident, thus she only uses a short dagger as her melee weapon of choice. When angry or scared, her tail temporarily splits in two. She prides herself on owning an orihalcon blade, and is in control of two "parasites", which is unusual for the setting; even having one is considered to be powerful. As of volume 9, it has been revealed that she is the daughter of the Ancient Egyptian goddess Bast. By the end of the series, she is 19 and married to Batananen.

:anime voices|Yuko Miyamura

; Parasites: These magical familiars are able to focus their owner's magical energy and turn it into electricity. The names of Natsuki's parasites are Fujin and Raijin (named after the Japanese gods of Wind and Thunder). Sakura has one too, but it is rarely seen.

; Bob: Bob is Natsuki's super intelligent pet bobtail cat. He is older than she is, and thus is her legal guardian when her human father is away on his archaeological digs.

:anime voices|Kouichi Toochika

; Sakura Bokuseiinmonzeninari: Sakura is a 191-year-old kitsune (fox spirit), though she looks to be only 19 and Natsuki's partner for a time. She has human ancestors, thus she was born with only 8 and 1/5th tails and was teased because of it as a child. Kitsune must have a full nine tails in order to have full use of their power, thus Sakura has spent many years hunting for a powerful being to consume, in order to attain that full power. Sakura joins the Police Company after seeing Natuski in action, in hopes of consuming her in order to gain her full ninth tail. She can fly, has some minor electrical power and is an excellent shot with a gun. Sakura is from Osaka, thus has a knack for bartering and handling money. Later on she gives birth to three mischievous kids from her mating with the time-displaced samurai Sakunoshin, justifying the age-old lore of a kitsune being a mother and housewife. It is not completely clarified if the two are officially married or not though, Sakura's mother is seen to ask her at one point "when are you two coming to Osaka to get married?"

:anime voices|Chiyako Shibahara|Dorothy Elias-Fahn

; Sakunoshin Chikura: Sakunoshin is a displaced samurai from Japan's Tenshō era, who ended up in the Holy Era due to Natsuki's power surges that unbeknownst to her have been opening up temporary time portals in various parts of the city. When he first arrives, he mistakes Sakura for his love, ninja Kasumi. Later, when he realizes that Sakura is not Kasumi, he falls in love with her. It is revealed in the anime that Kasumi may be Sakura's direct ancestor. For some reason their wedding is never shown or discussed in the series, just one day Sakura gives birth to their triplets. Sakunoshin is very calm and even tempered, though in battle he becomes extremely fierce and deadly, and is able to best even experienced monster fighters. He has an entire kit of samurai armor, along with his katana, equipment, and a set of Japanese smoking pipes (only seen in the manga). In the manga, Sakunoshin is often apprehensive of his wife's romantic advances, as they humorously leave him extremely exhausted. Still, he loves her very much and sets out on an epic journey in search of a cure when Sakura is affected by magic weapons in later issues. Being human, he and his family are awarded food, clothing and housing from the government.

:Sakunoshin is a very skilled swordsman and to her horror, has even sliced through Natsuki's orihalcon Blade.

:anime voices|Toshihiko Seki

; Batanen Fujioka: Batanen is a 30-something werewolf, and a senior officer at Police Company, as well as the top earner. He is very protective of Natsuki and often acts as a big brother figure to her. He is secretly in love with her and despite being somewhat of a lecher, Batanen is very shy and unsure of himself when it comes to making a move on Natsuki, thus she is totally unaware of his feelings for her. However, he also seems hesitant to make a move even when (for various reasons) Natsuki is trying to be flirty with him. His abilities are quick regeneration (when injured, he becomes fully healed by the next full moon) and near-immortality, as well as being a competent detective and an excellent shot. In the manga, he is always called by his first name, but in the Japanese version of the anime, most everyone refers to him as "Sempai" (senior). At the end of the manga he and Natsuki are married.

:Batanen has a large collection of guns in his apartment and is usual portrayed as carrying what looks like a Magnum Research Desert Eagle (only much larger!).

:anime voices|Akio Ohtsuka

; Tommy Fujioka (Tomy in the manga): Tommy is Batanen's cousin and partner only a year older than Natsuki. Unlike his cousin Batanen, Tommy has the appearance of an anthropomorphic wolf. Although somewhat naive, he is honest and quite skilled, with his specialty being information gathering. He is very adept as problem solving and is skilled in computer systems and possesses a large knowledge of varying subjects (he has demonstrated he can tell when a katana was made just by looking at it). He later falls in love with the human spirit-summoner Peau and being inexperienced in love, comes on a bit too strong. He apparently has a kink for being servile and tries to get Peau to pander to this. He bought her a pair of scarlet slippers and said "Please take these as a gesture of my fealing and step all over me!" By the end of the series, he marries Peau and they have 20+ offspring.

: Tommy caries a rather nondescript gun in the manga, but carries an old German Luger in the anime. He is also deeply and madly in love with Peau and is probably the most stable person of the cast.

:anime voices|Ryuuzou Ishino

; Samansa Grey (Samantha): Samansa is an Oni with huge Coke-bottle-lens glasses who works as a secretary for Chief Mudagami, even after the company goes bankrupt. She is a computer and information gathering expert, with a talent of predicting the future with her tarot cards. In the manga, she is virtually non-existent until the company goes under, at which point, she reveals herself as a shrewd businesswoman. She is somewhat manipulative and loves money above all else, a trait that might lead her to ruin? She founds the Grey Company—a sort of spiritual successor to the Police company.

:anime voices|Kanako Mitsuhashi

; Naoko Kondo: Naoko is one of the few humans in Police Company, she initially hates all non-humans due to the fact that a monster killed her parents when she was a child. Natsuki helps her overcome this hatred when she saved her life, by killing the same monster that killed her parents. She still feels vulnerable when fighting monsters, yet compensates for her lack of supernatural powers by being a crack shot and weapons expert, most likely brought on by her deep desire to avenge the death of her parents. She is much more relevant in the manga then in the anime.

:anime voices|Yumi Hikita

; Mudagami: Mudagami is a minor god (immortal, able to teleport, able to notice changes in the nature of reality). He is the chief of Police Company until it goes bankrupt. He is a small man with long kinky black hair and a thin mustache. He often complains about not being taken seriously and remarks that his wife runs his life.

:anime voices|Naoki Bandou

; Nupu: Nupu is an anthropomorphic lion working for Police Company. He is a senior officer at Police Company and Batanen's best friend. He speaks with a British accent in the English version.

:anime voices|Takuma Suzuki

; Peau D'Roquefort (Poe D'Roquefort in the manga): Peau is a water mage working for the state police. She is 24 years old and has a very aloof and impersonal businesslike attitude. The common police robots are under her control and she has the ability to conjure various ice and water spirits (such as waterspouts and trapping suspects in blocks of ice). She too is human, born of European parents. At first Peau is easily disturbed by Tommy's methods of wooing her yet within time and patience (though finite) she warms up to the young werewolf and they become friends (Although the manga has them taking their relationship much further, as Poe has feared being pregnant with Tommy's child by the end of volume 8. In the final volume they finally get married and have 13 children).

: In an important moment towards the end of the manga, Peau comments that without Tommy her heart "would turn to ice". Some could say that Tommy was responsible for 'melting' her icy exterior.

:anime voices|Yuri Amano

; Makoto and Ayami Tachibana: Makoto and Ayami are the husband-and-wife team that run the Lamp (Ranpo) Café. They act as confidants to Natsuki, with Makoto playing the kind, yet concerned businessman and Ayami the sweet generous sister. In the manga, Ayami becomes pregnant around the same time as Sarkura, thought doesn't give birth until later on.

; Fonne Walkure: Fonne is very different in the manga and anime. She is of European descent and is an officer from the MAD Police Corporation owned by her rich father. In the anime, she is extremely prejudiced against all monsters and is largely an unsympathetic character. She especially goes out of her way to irritate and humiliate the easily provoked Sakura. She comes across as being very cold and cruel in the anime. However, in the manga, she is much more complex. She has a boyfriend- Yoshikawa. And while she is somewhat cold, she is later shown doing charity work at an orphanage for monster children!

: She has so far kept her actions within the bounds of the law and carefully watches for one of her "fellow" non-human bounty hunters to cross the line. She pilots an F-Elf class VTOL aircraft. In the anime, she carries with looks like some sort of truncated lever-action rifle like a handgun.

:anime voices|Kotono Mitsuishi

; Chief Tendo: He is an Oni creature with a massive red head that comprises most of his body. He yells, rather than speaks and his whole head bobs up and down when he does so. He works for the Police Company and later the Gray Company in the manga. He likes to cook and knows a good deal about preparing fish.

; Rai Rai: A character that is only seen in the manga. She appears after the formal formation of the Police company. Initially, she appears to be a catgirl, but she has a short fluffy tail and ears that are larger and droopier then Natsuki's- leading to her possibly being some sort of canine creature. She has platinum blond hair that is very fluffy and sticks out. She has no major skills, but later becomes fast friends with Natsuki- the two of them get their own storyline in vol. 9 of the manga. She also may be one of the only people who seriously thinks of Natsuki as a superior officer(senpai?).

Differences Between the Manga and Anime

*Natsuki Obtains her Orihalcon sword by purchasing it, costing her 12 million yen, in the manga. She found it broken in half in the ground when fighting a monster to save Kondo in the Anime.
*The manga tends to show much more fan service than the anime
*Tommy's name is spelled "Tomy" in the Manga
*The anime's storyline has no material between the 5th volume of the manga to the end of the series.
*Tomy and Peau became more than just friends in the manga, even going so far as Peau getting a pregnancy scare (although it turns out she wasn't).Later on, they get married and have 13 kids.
*Natsuki doesn't gain the ability to consciously control her space-time rifts until much later in the manga, where as the anime had it happening around the same time as when Sakura went back in time and killed Kasumi.
*Many of the events between Tomy and Peau are out of order in the anime
*Peau's name is spelled "Poe" in the manga
*The anime states that when a criminal is caught twice, they have their memory erased. In the manga, they are castrated or spayed.
*Natsuki was saved from her icy cell in the manga by Batanen who claimed to be her fiancee. But in the Anime, Batanen still claimed to be her fiancee but she managed to escape with some Chameleon monsters that wanted to sabotage the power plant controlling the whole city.
*Natsuki is promised to a prince by her father in the manga, leading to Batanen being shot through the heart by a sniper, and getting him in prison. The prince is never shown or even mentioned in the anime.
*There are other elementals in the manga besides Poe. The fire elemental, Fuwa, and Richelle, the wind elemental.
*Natsuki's mother makes an appearance in the last volume of the manga, were it turns out she is a normal looking cat with 2 tails.
*The anime only takes place over the course of less than a year, where as the manga takes place over a 5 year period.


External links

* [http://pierrot.jp/title/hyper/ Official Pierrot site] with information about the anime. (In Japanese.)
* [http://www.darkharbor.com/noriko/hyperpolice/ A Hyper Police Anime Gallery] : Fan site
* [http://www.hyperpolice.net/ Hyper Police.Net] : Fan site
* [http://meltingpot.fortunecity.com/congo/151/hppeople.html Detailed Character Biographies] : Fan site in Spanish.

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