So I assume that the “subtitled” run of Golgo 13 are Ep. 1-26 and not a case à la Super Gals! where Part I is dubbed but Part II is subbed. Oh well, just like Glass Mask, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for the release of the sequel.
I too was getting tired of the G13 formula about a third of the way in. I think it was the “shoot the violin cord” episode that made me take a break of the series. I eventually came back later and was pleased with the rest of the series. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a formulatic show and I don’t expect “mission failed” moments or any kind of character developpment outside of the “always PO’d face” but, much like the old Columbo movies (how’s that for a reference? ) the show is not about “Will he succeed?” but more about “Which way will he kill the poor b–tard?”
If kept few and far between, I find the over-the-top kills hilarious. Take the next-to-last episode :Golgo got under a heavily armored truck that was running full speed at him and remembered the blueprint so he could find the only vulnerable point under the vehicule and the bullet that was shot had a perfectly perpendicular trajectory line that ran up the spinal cord of the victim right up to the brain. How freakin’ ridiculous is that?