Crying Freeman

Distributor: ADV Films
[Crying Freeman]
A mysterious man has become the top assassin for a yakuza group known as the 108 Dragons. He's spotted by a young woman as he commits yet another hit. Rather than being repulsed by the violent act, she notices something very unique--the assassin is, in fact, crying. Now a target herself due to her knowledge, her only refuge is with the very killer she's spotted.
OAV Series: 5 episodes

Average Rating

Average Ratings: 25
Number of Review Sites: 9
Below Average

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"...unless you're desperate for some new anime to watch and don't care if it'll leave you imitating the title character, I'd have to recommend you take a pass on Crying Freeman."
Anime Jump! (Darius Washington) - 1 1/2 stars (out of 5)

Vol. 1 - "This is the worst kind of guilty pleasure anime, an exercise in pure exploitation without any redeeming qualities to make it worthwhile." (Mike Crandol) - D-
Vol. 3 - Read the review (Bamboo Dong) - C
Anime News Network

Vol. 1 - Read the review (Chris Beveridge) - B-
Vol. 2 - Read the review (Chris Beveridge) - C+
Vol. 3 - Read the review (Chris Beveridge) - C-
Anime on DVD

Vol. 1 - "This is a nostalgic show for me so perhaps I like it more than the average viewer."
Animefringe (Patrick King) - 74%

"Crying Freeman had a good thing going, it's just too bad that the momentum was lost in the middle of the series."
Animetric (Rowena Lim Lei) - 3 stars (out of 5)

"The show ignored the aspects that I found interesting and turned into nothing more than gratuitous sex and violence. "
DVD Talk (John Sinnott) - 1 1/2 stars (out of 5)

"Crying Freeman is more likely to appeal to hardcore fans of the crime genre than the casual viewer."
DVD Verdict (Bryan Byun) - 75 (out of 100)

"It looks like they scanned pictures from the manga ... scribbled them with marker, and had the guy wiggle the page beneath the camera lens just to make it look remotely like it's animated."
T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews (Christina Ross) - 1 star (out of 5)

Vol. 1 - "…a pulp fiction daydream, filled with large doses of graphic violence and steamy sexuality. However, the initial storyline is quite entertaining."
The Anime Review (Jason Huff) - B+