Desert Punk

Alt title: Sunabozu

TV (24 eps)
2004 - 2005
Fall 2004
3.592 out of 5 from 10,331 votes
Rank #3,301

In the future, a man roams through the desolate wastelands. His enemies whisper his name with fear and awe: the "Demon of the Sands". Using his skills and ingenuity, as well as having a mind for tricks, he has a perfect record as a bounty hunter. Yet, he is still a man, and may have finally met his match in the beautiful and very well endowed Asagiri Junko. Now, he must learn to deal with the the harsh climate, hapless outlaws, and his complete weakness for the opposite sex!

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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.


Desert Punk is a hard anime to review for a couple reasons. 1. Somehow this comedic show got REALLY serious about 3/4 of the way through. I liked the new direction but was unsure if it would throw other people off (i mean, it is suposed to be a comedy). I showed it a to a couple of my friends (26 episode marathons are awsome in the company of chips and energy drinks)and they were scratching their heads at the turning point in the anime's plot. Like there is a tangible line between comedy and rather interesting action. Ultimately i wish the series had been entirely adventure-esc OR comedy-esc. 2. the ending. What the hell happened??? I was just getting into the serious-mode of Desert Punk and suddenly the ending jumped out at me with no warning at all; there are no massive character revelations and basically everyone goes back to doing what they did before! Desert Punk affirms that his greed and survival instinct (not a sense of comradery) drive his actions, Kasuna stay annoying and whines all the time, Junko stays busty and skanky, and the machine brothers keep kicking ass. As a viewer i felt no amount of accomplishment in completing the anime; i felt like i could watch 200 more episodes of Desert Punk and the means and the ends would be the same as this series *cough Naruto cough*. 3. Setting. I get that the Kanta Desert is big. Really big. Does it cover the whole world? Why can't people move out of it? What is the extent of the oasis' governments? These questions plagued me till the end of Desert Punk and I stil haven't received an answer to them. and finally.... 4. THE ANNOUNCER, THAT GUYS WAS AWSOME! Why couldn't they have given him more time in the scripts? im sure he would have been alot more illuminating than the plot or the characters on just why exactly people were acting as they did ("even children become criminals in the Great Kanto Desert") So, with all this in mind, Desert Punk can be summed up by the statement, "[fill in the blank] was good....but not great". The story was good, but not great; the characters were adequate, but not great. This is an average anime when it comes to the genre of action/adventure/.....comedy. I would recommend it solely because as ambiguous and undefined as the environment remains, it is quite a nice change of pace from jungles, forests, or the plains of Japan.

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