Someone's been watching too much Pretty Sammy. Either that or AIC are recyling characters again - for some reason, Misao Amano (aka Pixy Misa, although that persona doesn't make an appearance here) has a starring role in Shirase. Now, that's enough to pique my curiosity for a start...
Akira Shirase, the legendary hacker also known as Battle Programmer
Shirase, is just the man you want to speak to if you have hacker
problems - but since he doesn't work for money, you need a suitably
unusual piece of tech gear to acquire his services. Misao lives in the
flat upstairs, and the 2 of them have a sort of brother / sister
relationship going on.
Meanwhile, a Japanese hacker living near Seattle has been causing
some problems, so Shirase's been called in to help... Each 'episode'
plays out over 3 parts, and the first batch are used to introduce the
characters. Seems our Seattle hacker, Ozue Kintaro (aka 'King of
America'), is set to become the series 'bad guy', setting up a rivalry
The 2nd batch takes us to the beach & kicks up the service level
a notch, but pretty much follows the same formula as the first - hacker
causing problems, Shirase's called in to solve the problem, and all's
well that ends well after some unlikely hacking by Shirase.
So far, so normal. Thing is, I find myself quite enjoying this, and
I can't quite figure out why... Although the Misao fanservice may play
a part.. ^^; She's quite the flirt here, and there's also a running gag
about the compromising positions her & Shirase manage to get into -
good stuff in its own right!
Overall, kinda average, but has enough fun moments that I can put up wth its flaws. I'll keep an eye on Shirase for a while at least...