Cannon Buster is a Netflix original anime not made by a Japanese person, but made by a cool black comic artist, writer, producer, etcetera, LeSean Thomas. The person worked on Black Dynamite, The Boondocks and Legend of Korra to name a few. The anime is based on his graphic novel that never got finished and instead got turned to an anime. I find it cool that he was able to make a comic book based on his love of anime and turn it into an actual anime. There more thing to the story like Kickstarter and delays and whatever, but enough of me talking about stuff I got in Wikipedia, and let talk about the show itself. The show is about Philly the kid, an immortal who has a huge bounty on his head. He meets up two robots, SAM and Casey, who tag along as he helps them out in trying to find the prince. The world feels like an anime fan just putting everything they love about anime in a world and trying to make it feel like Cowboy Bebop, Trigun and a hint of Samurai Champloo and I love it. They have androids, mechas, magic, demons, ninjas, samurai, different types of furry humanoid, monsters, immortal, etc. It is a crazy world that is lots of fun to watch. As diverse the world can be, it often feels like the wild west, with many outlaws and bounty hunters killing each other and after Philly the kid bounty. I think what makes it work are the three main characters. Philly is a likable idiot asshole who despite being constantly annoyed and pissed off, always try to help his new friends. There more to his character backstory that I am interested in learning in the next season (which they better have). SAM is a friend robot, so she is constantly friendly, but also happen to be a very powerful weapon, which is a nice contrast and make for some cool moments. Casey is a maintenance bot that is in love with fixing the car and obsessed with junk. It feels very close to a Watanabe anime (the person behind Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo and Space Dandy), especially with things like the main character always being hungry, and the right balance of seriousness and humor with lots of western element in it along with lots of the very anime stuff you expect. Granted not on the same level as Watanabe work, but I just love following the character journey and the misshape they get themselves too. Love the look, love the animation and designs and music. I originally thought it was an anime trying to appeal to a western audience or maybe the director just loves western media, but it's actually a show made by an American who loves anime. That being said, I could not care that much for the Prince and his story along with the main villain who is just unintentionally stupid and hilarious and can’t be taken seriously. Granted the Prince and the main villain scenes did not take that much screen time, but the screen time they had varied from slightly tolerable to just boring. Especially when the three main trios finally converged with the prince, some of the emotional moments just miss the mark. Overall I just had a really fun time with this anime and cannot wait for more, and hopefully, they take the prince and the main villain story a bit less serious. B
Note this was originally part of a bigger blog at comic vine, I just copy and pasted the Cannon Buster since hey why not.
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Sept 17, 2020 0:56:16 GMT
Old Man Dream: Update with Three Callaberos. Only about halfway through it at the moment. Because it's a package film with a series of animated shorts, been taking my time getting through it this past week. Never got around to seeing it last night since I got swamped...
Sept 17, 2020 15:44:16 GMT
Old Man Dream: ...in my freelance work. But will try to get through it as I have time to do so.
Sept 17, 2020 15:44:42 GMT
Old Man Dream: Done with Three Callaberos. See if I can do some sort of review for it tonight or if not, tomorrow at the latest.
Sept 18, 2020 1:21:34 GMT