If you’re a fan of Trigun or even the Cowboy Bebop flavor of anime, then I would high suggest trying this series on for size. Desert punk takes place in a post-apocalyptic land of Kanto. The main character, Desert Punk (Kanta Mizuno) is a mercenary for hire picking up jobs and friends along the way.
He acquires an apprentice unwillingly by the name of Kosuna who learns the way of the Kanto desert. Shortly after, you realize that there is more to this world than you can imagine. The characters each take away a personal feel and you find the adventures to be light hearted and fun throughout the series. Much like anime of this type, you see the series get darker and more complex and then it resolves with just the right kind of twist toward the ending.
The story is original and definitely has a few quirks making this a fun anime to watch. One problem that I see is that the story is not complete and from what I understand, skipped several story archs before the ending due to some 4 year hiatus the manga experienced during the production of the anime. So the ending of the anime doesn’t even match up with the Manga. If you are a stickler for this sort of thing, then I may suggest you read the manga before watching the anime to have a better understanding of what happens in the series.
The animation is crisp and the voice over’s great! There are some instances where some of the dub is overlapping some parts on purpose for comical effect which was entertaining to say the least. “I HAVE DREAMS!” Because the story ends quicker than I would have liked, I easily could have seen this series go into 49 or so episodes, I can’t give the series a full 5 stars. Had the series been completed and even extended to a second season, I might see a 5 star rating and this series might have even been comparable to Full Metal Alchemist. Unfortunately, it falls short and although I loved the series, it gets a 3.5 out of 5 stars for being incomplete.
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