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The Many Faces of Golgo 13 by MDTartist83 The Many Faces of Golgo 13 by MDTartist83
I thought I'd do a meme of one of my favorite anime characters. The subject of course being good ol' Duke Togo/Golgo 13. But for this submission, I've borrowed images from the following media that the character has appeared in. From right to left, is a timeline featuring images from the manga by Takao Saito, and the images from Kowloon Assignment, The Professional, Queen Bee, and the 2008 TV series. As you can see, Duke has retained pretty much the same design throughout the course of time. There are slight differences in his design, but otherwise, he's remained pretty much the same. But in this case, it's not a bad thing. Because Golgo 13 is a good example of something that doesn't really need to change. I mean seriously, who doesn't like his buzzcut type hairstyle with the long sideburns and thick bushy eye brows? And his cold stare is enough to convince anybody that he means business, and he'll kick your ass (or kill you) if you mess with him.

Panel #1: This is the drawing style of Takao Saito, the creator of the manga series where Golgo 13 made his debut. This design was used for the character's appearances in the manga, and is still in use today. Not only was this design used for the manga, but it has also been used for some of Golgo's other appearances including in various drinking cans, plastic wraps for snacks, Japanese commercials, and other media. In fact, Golgo 13 is everywhere in Japanese media.

Panel #2: A screenshot from the 1977 film "Golgo 13: Kowloon Assignment", also known as "Golgo 13: Hong Kong Assignment", where the assassin is hired to kill a Chinese drug lord named "Chu Lu Fung", and later a man named Polanski. In this movie, Duke was played by famous Japanese actor Sonny Chiba, who most people know as Hattori Hanzo, the swordsmith who gave Uma Thurman her sword in the first episode of the Tarantino film series "Kill Bill". Chiba is also known for his roles in the 70s as Hattori Hanzo from Kage no Gundan, and as Yagyu Jubei from Shogun's Samurai.

Panel #3: A screenshot from "Golgo 13: The Professional", released in 1983. This movie featured some really impressive animation for its time. Hell, it still looks nice today. Being from the 80s, the animation in this movie had sort of a comicbook look to its style with the rich colors, heavy shadows, and crosshatch lines. The Professional was also one of the first anime cartoons to make use of CGI in certain scenes. Although it's pretty dated and poor quality compared to the CGI we have today, it was pretty good for its time. But what really stands out in this movie are the action scenes and the catchy as hell soundtrack. In this movie, Duke was voiced by Greg Snegoff.

Panel #4: A shot from "Golgo 13: Queen Bee", which came out 15 years after the Professional. This movie featured more up to date animation with cleaner lines, richer colors, stylish shading, great special effects, and a nice soundtrack with some very original music. Though, admittedly, I didn't like this OVA as much as I liked The Professional. I felt that it wasn't really on par with it, and it was pretty short, being only an hour long. And not only that, but this movie didn't push Duke to his limits in showing us just how badass he really is. So basically, there was virtually no challenge for him. At least not like the kind that he had in The Professional. All in all, Queen Bee is an okay film, but it just wasn't as good as the film that came 15 years before it. In this movie, Duke was voiced by John DiMaggio. And he provided him with a pretty deep and mysterious sounding voice.

Panel #5: Perhaps Duke's most recent appearance was in this TV series. Like John DiMaggio before him, David Wald provided the character with a deep and mysterious kind of voice, which I think is quite appropriate for him given his dark antihero type of character.

Golgo 13 belongs to Takao Saito.
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Dull surprise?
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Maybe.
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RaidenSnake Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Golgo really doesn't look all that different, except for the live-action one played by Sonny Chiba.
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
True. The only real difference is the style of animation. The Professional had some bright colors, while Queen Bee had darker colors. But they do share one thing in common, like many other anime cartoons of the 80s and 90s, both films had animation that usually had two or three layers of shading. Whereas the current style usually only has one layer of shading. It doesn't look as good as the older styles in my opinion. But eh, it's good for what it is. There was also an older live action film that came out in 1973, which starred Ken Takakura as the stone faced assassin. It's not as well known as Kowloon Assignment with Sonny Chiba, but it's a great movie. I saw it just a few days ago. And I loved it.
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RaidenSnake Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
I miss the hand-drawn animation style to anime of the '80s and '90s myself.
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Same here. Something about the old-school style really turns me on.
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RaidenSnake Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
It's a shame that anime is not what it used to be. I miss the old days of how anime was marketed in North America: being extremely violent, full of strong, sexual content, and totally unapologetic. True enough, not all anime is or was like that, but North America was getting a lot of the more adult stuff back in the '90s in comparison to the watered-down stuff released for children and teens.
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J82 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Nice work, haven't seen the original anime film all the way through, just sort the end, the end fight is really good, but its just the ending film that sort of bugged me. Have you by any chance hard about the Golgo 13 video game released for the NES?
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MDTartist83 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Yeah, the ending where Duke runs into Laura has always confused me. I mean we clearly see her fire the gun as Duke just turns around and walks away, acting as if though nothing is happening. But then seconds later before the closing credits, we see Duke casually walking among the crowd. Yes, I have seen the NES game where he appeared in. And that's how I first learned about Golgo 13 back in the day before I saw The Professional. In fact, there were two games released for the NES; Mafat Conspiracy, and Top Secret Episode.
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J82 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Wonder if they plan on doing a Golgo game for nex gen? who would you want the game to be.
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