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Desert Punk 

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In the future, Japan is a wasteland. In the Great Kanto Desert, scattered humans eke out a living in the hot sand. Among them, a short-statured man they call "Sunabozu" makes a living as a ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Chihiro Suzuki Chihiro Suzuki ...  Kanta Mizuno / ... 22 episodes, 2004-2005
Eric Vale ...  Desert Punk / ... 22 episodes, 2004-2005
Tamio Ohki Tamio Ohki ...  The Narrator / ... 17 episodes, 2004-2005
Cole Brown Cole Brown ...  The Narrator 17 episodes, 2004-2005
Justin Cook ...  Akio Kawaguchi 13 episodes, 2004-2005
Jeremy Inman ...  Fuyuo Kawaguchi 13 episodes, 2004-2005
Mike McFarland ...  Haruo Kawaguchi 13 episodes, 2004-2005
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In the future, Japan is a wasteland. In the Great Kanto Desert, scattered humans eke out a living in the hot sand. Among them, a short-statured man they call "Sunabozu" makes a living as a bounty hunter. Like a demon of the sand, he seems unbeatable. Yet, like all men, he has a particular weakness for the opposite sex...

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Fantastic when it takes itself seriously
22 April 2014 | by splavin00See all my reviews

Desert Punk revolves around the titular mercenary, who will do anything (for a price) so he can to get by in the harsh post-apocalyptic Kanto desert.

The art is well done, there aren't many grand vistas in the desert so for what they provided, the art team made the scenery interesting. The animation is really nothing to write home about, not terrible not fantastic.

One of the strongest features of the show is definitely it's strong cast of supporting characters, all of whom contribute to the plot and have interesting/entertaining interactions with each other. The main character, with Desert Punk, is notable for being just an all around selfish asshole, sculpted by the unforgiving desert, with literally no redemptive qualities.

DP draws similarities to Lupin III, of whom I am a fan of, in that they are operatives with unmatched talent. This is when the show shines, Desert Punk in action. Watching him execute his plans and use his wits is when I found myself enjoying the show the most. However, there is a good amount of fluff that you have to wade through to get to these parts.

The plot was well paced on a whole. Starting with a few one offs to introduce the characters, the overarching story that appears in the later half of the series is well put together, making use of callbacks to previous one offs and such.

I didn't much care for the frankly obnoxious sidekick character, too much of a Determinator. DP's over the top obsession with boobs (to a very close to rape-y extent) was something that I was willing to overlook until it was dragged out to the extent that it was and made it off putting. Otherwise, the visuals are acceptable and the story shines brightly when it gets serious but is bogged down by the aforementioned fluff, and DP is a interesting take on what a protagonist is (ie. insane and cruel to the weak).


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