When first knowing about this anime and reading/watching other reviews of the series, it’s a space western that much akin to Trigun and there are some major comparisons to that show, which we’ll get into later and believe it as looking into Desert Punk, you’ll recognize some similarities to it.
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 (Japanese version)" or “Desert Punk (English Version)” – real name being Kanta Mizuno 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.
For characters, Kanta is a selfish, arrogant, sex-addicting, boob-obsessed, crude short perverted asshole…….and that’s what I like about him. Yeah, most of the traits I sometimes loathe in most characters, whether in animation or live-action form within my heart and he’s the protagonist but at least he’s being straightforward with his intentions. He isn’t trying to be the hero of the wild west of Japan. He’s doing this to survive by any means necessary although sometimes he can mess it up by being his somewhat normal self. Then there’s Kosuna – real name being Taiko Koizumi, the later apprentice of Desert Punk as he defeated her old apprentice The Shimmer Sniper and she begged him to be his apprentice and he accepted her offer……mostly after she shown him a picture of her large-breasted mother….or some woman that she claims to be her mother. Yeah, she’s whiny and seems like she can’t handle being a mercenary but as the series progresses, her character strength and motivation grows.
Speaking of big breasts, there’s Junko Asagiri, known as “The Vixen of the Desert” and the female rival and sexual desire to Desert Punk as she often uses her sex appeal to get her way and every other time, DP tries to cop a feel of her very large breasts and yes, he does get slapped and beaten for that. She does contribute the fan service part of the series but it never gets that risqué or close to a Hentai. It’s more eechi but not so annoying, you’ll get turned off. There is Rain Spider, who is equivalent to DP when it comes to combat and he is not to be fuck with when you tried to run away from him and he’s quite humorous in his scenes, especially that one particular scene. There are other supporting characters like the Machine Gun Brothers, who are childhood friends to Desert Punk but they even know that he’s an asshole and there is their sister Natsuko, who is also DP’s childhood friend and (you guess it!!) wants to fondle her breasts especially when they were young and you wonder why the Machine Gun Brothers would want to kick his ass.
Now the show’s perverted humor and okay timing has been made a staple of this series and it did a decent job of delivering on that but halfway of the show, it completely does a 180 and the tone changes in some areas, just like Trigun. However, somewhat like that aforementioned series, the execution of changing the tone did a little hit or miss. For example, the first opening theme completely fits the first half of the series much like the opening theme for Trigun fits for the first half of the show but once the serious episodes begin, that theme feels so inappropriate and out of tune. The second opening theme of Desert Punk just got out of the way with showing “Tits and ass” at first and then “Shit gets real, y’all”. The animation was done by Gonzo and this was actually done with a budget that didn’t run out of money that fast. There might be small hiccups that are hardly noticeable and has the post-apocalyptic/western clash that looks like it came out of Mad Max minus the Thunderdome. The background music plays some orchestral sounds for the action & serious dramatic moments while most of the time it plays something that sounds like it’s coming from a soft core porn but it’s passable at best. The FUNimation dub was an earlier but satisfying effort with actors like Eric Vale as the title character. Luci Christian does sound a bit whiny as Kosuna but it feels more suited within the character and Kenny Green surpasses all expectations as Rain Spider. Other actors such as Callie (or Stephanie, I don’t know which) Young, Jamie Marchi & the other FUNimation extras are very acceptable in their parts.
FINAL VERDICT: It’s rude, crude, unabashed, shameless, and yet it’s hilarious. Yeah, most of the characters (especially one in particular) you don’t know whether to like or question or loathe but it’s so unconventional that you wouldn’t really care less about it. For most people that would be fans of eechi titles, this one is something I would say to check out but I wouldn’t rush to get it just that quick.
So this Desert Punk gets the ultimate rating of: 8/10
PLANET TYRO RATING: SOLID B.
This is a partly action, partly comedy series around a powerful and very horny mercenary named Sunabouzu. It keeps flipping between interesting and funny for awhile until eventually it ends up being repetitive and boring. Animated by the most shitty studio GONZO and directed by a nobody who made only failures. There is very little context in all this mess, so I never expected much. And indeed I didn’t.
Visually speaking, most of the sceneries are deserts and the characters are drawn rather simplistic. The general lack of variety and details may eventually become tiresome because of that. There is also a rather high amount of fan service going on at points, as the lead is a horny monster. There are also lots of fighting scenes with rather interesting strategy around camouflage and ambush in the midst of sand dunes and city ruins. But they all follow pretty much the same pattern and again they end up becoming tiresome after awhile.
Acoustically speaking, the series has absolutely nothing to show. The music score is forgettable and the characters may sound lively but that is not something to give too much praise as most of what they say is lame puns or the same old stuff about getting food and money and boobs.
The story is wasted potential as it has a rather interesting setting and a rather colorful lead and does very little with both. So ok, the world became a desert and the hero wants to create a nice place for him while trying to grab as many boobs as possible. How did all that play out in a full season show? Almost nothing of importance happens plot-wise, up until the finale which tries to win your final impressions. But no, it ain’t enough to be considered as anything much, especially when most of it is spent on ecchi comedy or repetitive spars in the desert.
The characters are definitely a colorful bunch and I guess when the show was originally made felt a bit more unorthodox and uncommon than they do today. They are all selfish, greedy and horny and before the ecchi plague of the late 2000’s began, that meant a lot more to care about. But other than that, they are just occasionally funny and occasionally cool without ever being special or memorable. In fact, I only remember three of them, the hero for being the… hero, his loli assistant who repeats the word sensei a million times and the booby lady he keeps chasing around.
Sure, it was funny to see them being greedy/horny bastards for awhile but the general lack of story development and the repetitive sceneries and battle strategies eventually bored me before the first half of the show was over. There is not much replay value here and even your enjoyment gradually drops because of the stale formula.
The Mad Max movies are more enjoyable for having car chases in a desert world. Hokuto no Ken is more enjoyable for having martial arts in desert world. Road Runner is more enjoyable because each episode only lasts 15 minutes. This show should have either last half the episodes or at least pack more plot and variety in battles and sceneries.
And now for some excused scorings.
ART SECTION: 6/10
General Artwork 1/2 (generic)
Character Figures 1/2 (generic)
Backgrounds 2/2 (basic but fitting with the feeling of the series)
Animation 1/2 (basic)
Visual Effects 1/2 (basic)
SOUND SECTION: 6/10
Voice Acting 2/3 (corny but fitting with the feeling of the series)
Music Themes 2/4 (typical)
Sound Effects 2/3 (ok I guess)
STORY SECTION: 3/10
Premise 1/2 (typical)
Pacing 0/2 (mostly aimless)
Complexity 1/2 (not much)
Plausibility 0/2 (none)
Conclusion 1/2 (cheesy)
CHARACTER SECTION: 6/10
Presence 1/2 (generic)
Personality 2/2 (rather cheesy but well founded)
Backdrop 1/2 (generic and simplistic but it’s there)
Development 1/2 (overblown but it’s there)
Catharsis 1/2 (overblown but it’s there)
VALUE SECTION: 2/10
Historical Value 0/3 (none)
Rewatchability 0/3 (no reason to rewatch it)
Memorability 2/4 (the desert/ecchi combo is a bit memorable but otherwise nothing worth remembering)
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 1/10
Art 0/1 (looks simple)
Sound 0/2 (sounds uninteresting)
Story 0/3 (feels generic)
Characters 1/4 (they are extreme but not great in any way)
This show really does not take itself seriously enough. It has a good premise and characters that could be interesting but ultimately are not.
This anime really reminds me of the first 12 episodes of Trigun, which I HATED.
Some people really dig the episodic type anime, but in my opinion it is a waste of time where nothing is really accomplished. I want a story to follow or a question to be answered. I need to something to be accomplished by the last episode.
I guess if you don't care about the type of stuff I listed above then you wont mind watching this show. If you need something with a little more substance than I would stay away.
Similar to trigun in its own unique way. Id like to start off by stating that ive watched this anime twice (Something i rarely do) that goes to show you that i really enjoyed this anime. Its a time in a desert where it is hard to make a living, so many people turn to being a mercenary. Using modern weapons such as sniper rifle's, fully auto, lmg's, shotgun's, etc. Desert punk, is a kid, but not just any kid, hes a mercenary! young but very talented, he makes a living as a merc. Finding a student under his wing, and also having "Friends" (Ish). I give this anime an 8/10, found this anime on netflix, decided to give it a go, never regret it. It falls into the Action/Comedy/Echhi (a lot of the jokes are associated with the Ecchi) Would reccomend to a friend!
When ‘Desert Punk’ was first shown to me I was unsure about how I would feel about it. Surprisingly, I was blown away. With the story set in a desert wasteland, after what people believe to be mankind’s undoing, people who live in this hellish environment must do what they can to survive. Take all rules and social boundaries you have today and throw them in the trash, they mean nothing in this Hell known as The Great Kanto Desert. Bandits, slave trading, murder for a quick buck and a whole lot more of despicable behaviour all bundled into this action-comedy of an anime. With writing geared towards my demographic of rude, selfish and perverted 20 year olds, it spares no expense getting across the point that swearing children (and swearing at children), objectifying women and killing for money makes scum like me laugh.