While many a video game has been turned into an anime, this is the first time I have heard of a pachinko machine having its video clips expanded into a full blown series. Monkey Punch designed the characters for a pachinko machine, and someone at TV Tokyo decided it would be brilliant to greenlit an anime around it. Crunchyroll picked up the rights to subtitle and stream it online. It was not a horrible show, but it did not capture enough audience for a US company to pick up the home video release rights.
Manjirō Tatsukeya works as a jack of all trades, helping troubled people in town for not much money that he ends up losing on bets. However, at night, he turns into a Japanese-style Robin Hood, the phantom thief Roman. In order to protect the smiles of the people in his town, he continues to fight against injustice with his sister Koharu and friends.
With the help of his friends, Roman's lavish banquet will return the money and power to the people!
Roman latest robbery attempt has been stopped by a new member of the Mimawarigumi, Magoichi. Upset that he was bested by Magoichi, Roman has to hide it when Magoichi shows up at the Helpers.
The secret of the shogunate, the Coastal Atlas of Japan has been stolen and it is up to the Helper to get it back.
Ten million ryo... That is the helpers share if they help the monkey face lord retrieve his family hidden treasure. That much money is always followed by a string of headaches.
Roman secret identity has been found and challenged for the title of “second generation Nezumi Kozo” by Red!
Romans one true love has been kidnapped by a pervert. He has been asked by Orin to find her and so has Magoichi who has received some bad information.
The helpers have been asked in secret by the Mito, Owari, and Kishu domains to find the thieves to continually steal from them. This task leads Roman to a military group and the worst secret he could ever learn.
Roman is broken and spends his days drinking; a man from his past attempts to snap him out of his runts. Meanwhile, Magoichi might have found what he has been looking for...
Roman finally returns home to find Koharu missing and the secret of her past revealed.
The helpers save a hurt Okuni and she shares her disgust of Romans smile.
The Helpers assault Admiral Perry ship with all their forces with the help of a surprised visitor.
As Edo burns, the Helpers fight against Perry and his forces with all they have, but some won’t make back.