Immortal renegade Philly the Kid and his transforming pink Cadillac join a relentlessly upbeat friendship droid on her quest to find a missing prince.
In this lawless world of criminals and monsters, a strange group of quirky individuals with a shared goal come together, the naive friendship bot S.A.M who will try to make friends with anybody that walks under the sun which constantly gets everyone into trouble, the maintenance robot Casey who has a knack for breaking things to fix them afterwards, and the immortal outlaw Pilly the Kid who dies more often than the entirety of the cast of Dragon ball combined, and travel together on their quest to find Sam's friend, in their mecha transforming car that constantly breaks down, and have to fight off hoards of cut-throats, assassins, and bounty hunters. The show's quite derivative, as you can easily draw the comparison to a lot of shows, such as Cowboy Bebop, Redline or Trigun, and the characters will remind you of a lot of characters in different roles. In fact, it's hard to watch more than 2 minutes without thinking of another better series. But this weird mash-up of genres managed to be mildly entertaining due to its high energy and groovy style and makes for a nice binge on a weekend's afternoon. The show's aesthetics are fairly great, the wild west themed universe with aliens and robots was interesting to explore, at least for a while before the show runs its gimmicky style to the ground. The story and the characters are nothing to write home about, the characters are comically generic, and their development is very rushed near the end of the series, they're quirks are also played for laughs most of the time, such as Philly's immortality, but otherwise bear nothing to the overall plot for most of the episodes, and at points, they can get annoying due to how one-note they are. The show is episodic for the most part where they arrive at a new city, a generic antagonist attacks them, Philly dies once or twice, a few buildings are blown up and they move on after they win. And the story is left incomplete, so unless this receives a sequel it'll be an unsatisfactory ending as the main story heads nowhere. The show peaks at its first episode but goes downhill from there, but remains slightly quite average overall but is eventful enough to pass as entertaining. All in all, it's a decent time-passer after a long week of work, but given that it's heavily inspired by many other better shows it might be the best option to watch one of these shows instead.
The story is just your typical save the Princess (in this case find the Prince) adventure storyline. But, Cannon Busster's storyline is not what captured me. You can definitely see the influence that anime like Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo had on the creatives of Cannon Buster's, mainly through the animation style. Rich colors, awesome hairstyles, lots of actiony movement. If you are a fan of any of those anime, or The Boondocks, you will love the animation in Cannon Busters. On top of that it is cool to see characters of darker skin tone for a change. Same type of great characters with their own individual quirky personalities as in Boondocks. I kind of like the naivity of S.A.M. and how in such a dangerous atmosphere she was so trusting of strangers. Nice comic relief. The sound was awesome! I really loved the opening song. In fact, that was one of the main things I looked forward to when I was watching. Also, I thought S.A.M.'s voice suited her naivity very well. Casey's synthesized robotic voice annoyed me at first, but after a few episodes, I grew to think it was cute.
This anime managed to get a pretty good OP character in it. The story is pretty good, if there were´nt so god darn many plot twists. Seriously. They ruin it. As much as i hate to say it, this anime isnt even making it in my top 10. Its not really good, but also not really bad. Its funny, however sometimes serious. I recommend watching it for good laughters and also a few good fights, not for the story.
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