Desert Punk

Alt title: Sunabozu

TV (24 eps)
2004 - 2005
Fall 2004
3.537 out of 5 from 8,895 votes
Rank #4,666

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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ThatAnimeSnob
4

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.

angelsreviews
9

This has got to be the strangest anime I have seen. It’s full if rather adult content and jokes. The storyline is really good, starting at the first point of Desert Punk’s downfall from being the most awesome for higher man to being almost comical. It makes the story hilarious as he pretty much fails each and every mission he takes, or ends up fully injured. From the start, its hilarious with rather old man jokes or perverted images going so far as to show the privet parts of men although blurred slightly. Basically, you can tell if you may like the show from the first episode as long as the comical part is concerned. On the other side of the spectrum is the story line. Most of the story is a job of the week version where you don’t normally have to worry about if you miss one or two of the episodes though you may miss a fun reacquiring character like Rain Spider who is one of the best characters and delivered a wonderful line that has been used very often. I actually really like Kanta’s personality, he actually is not afraid to admit once in a while that he’s a complete pervert and shows that he actually really does care about some people. Sadly though, sometimes that takes a back seat to him getting his job done. Junko and Rain Spider are the perfect rivals for Kanta. Junko throwing her breasts around seems to get Kanta into a mess of trouble, normally by distracting him. Rain Spider is rather the same mindset as Kanta though his tactics aren’t really what I would call nice. He uses a lot of ‘sexual bondage’ items to scare his enemies. I don’t really care much for Kosuna. She just sounds like a wimpy little crybaby most of the time and sadly, Luci Christian makes her a bit… well, a bit too childish and whiny then I like. The artwork feels a lot like Saiyuki or Trigun, the background is rather nicely blurred and makes it look perfect with the heat of the Desert. It has a nice vintage feel and really adds to the feeling of post-apocalyptic world that he lives in. Buildings are either broken up or sandstone cut though I don’t understand why the older buildings are like that as well. Some of the action seems to be the same images over and over again, with some action lines but it captures some of the action nicely. I have to smile at the opening though where they decided to add a live-action opening to it and they did rather nice making it fit with the cartoon version. Sadly, the character that plays Kanta does not have the right height and so some of that joke is lost. It’s really surprising that Gonzo made this because they were really good to this and makes me want them to do more of this more often. I think they really shined here. Unfortunately, the second opening and ending is much to be desired. Now music… it is something to be desired. There is a lot of ‘soft porn’ music pretty much everywhere and not much of the fun action music until right up to the point where he decides to actually go bad ass. The second opening is much worse then the first, same for the ending. Not really sure why they changed it up like that. Most of the main cast has rather nice sounding in English, while the others are just placed around in bad taste but its fine because they didn’t stay for long. As I said before, Kosuna, played by Luci Christian seems way too childish and whinny. On the other side, I freaken love Rain Spider played by Kenny Green. His voice is perfect for a rather bad ass character and yet when he is funny, it doesn’t feel out of character.

JJR1971
9.5

Oh my gawd, I freakin' LOVE this show...for me one of the best, funniest, raunchiest action/comedy Anime I've ever seen...Loved it so much I went out and bought the boxed set later.  (I usually aways do rental first before I commit to a purchase). Who knew a post-apocalyptic world filled with death and destruction could be so much fun? I admit, at first, I thought the Desert Punk costume looked kind of dumb, and kept away from this title for at least a year.  Then I happened to watch a trailer for it on a different DVD and said, well, maybe I should give volume 1 a chance.  I'm so glad I did. The story is so interesting, funny, wise-cracking and action-packed, I was hooked from the very first epsiode.  If you love roguish heroes like Malcom Reynolds of FIREFLY and SERENITY, you'll potentially LOVE Desert Punk. I won't deny it, this show is definitely aimed at men. The typical female viewer will probably be turned off or slightly offended by this show.  The main character is an unapologetic letch who likes big boobs. The kind of woman who might like this show...?  Probably someone with tatoos and piercing who isn't afraid to belch in front of the guys, the kind of girl you mostly think of as "one of the guys"... Luci Christian voices the main character's sidekick, a tween girl named Asuna.  One thing this show does well is character development.  Both the main character and Asuna grow and change as the show progresses.  The show does a good piquing the viewers interest and keeping them coming back for more, episode to episode.  There's lots of gripping action, but also plenty of fanservice and hilarity thrown in between.  

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