All right, Desert Punk! One of my all time favorite Anime TV series.
So why is this small series garner my admiration, you may wonder. Well it is the premise, characters, plot, and of course the art is very good (they really did their homework on good details for all the different weapons).
A live action opening/title sequence for an Anime show, I like it. There are animated opening sequences also.
Set in the distant future, long after a GTNW (Global Thermonuclear War) in a desert wasteland called The Great Kanto Desert, humanity scratches a living out of the wasteland. Semi-Thriving villages sprout up throughout the desert. However in this lawless land there is plenty of work for a young Mercenary.
In the first episode we are introduced to The Desert Punk, as he is involved in a mission. By episode 4 He finds a young girl (Kosuna) who's been apprenticing for "Simmering Sniper", but after The Punk kicks his butt, she wants to apprentice for the "Demon of the Sand"
As the first season progresses we are informed of who Desert Punk is and a little about his early years. His childhood "friends" The Machine Gun Brothers are sometimes allies and sometime rivals for work.
There is a government of some type called Oasis Government, with a well trained & equipped Army, but that is all I am going to say about that
The Desert Punk - Demon of the Sands - his real name is Kanta Mizuno
Desert Punk is somewhere between 19-22, he is Confident, Cocky, Selfish, Quick, and Cunning . Oh let us not forget a very Hormone crazy Punk with a perved out libido. Woman are the Punk biggest weakness.
Primary Weapon: usually a 12 gauge Winchester 1897 Trench-gun (with exposed hammer)
Kosuna, 14y.o. girl The Punk is training to become a great mercenary. (Desert Punk's Apprentice)
Kosuna is very enthusiastic, a quick learner, she wants to be the baddest "PowerBabe " in the whole Kanto Desert!
Primary Weapon: for a long time it is just a shovel, it seams Apprenticing for the Punk involves a lot of "Field Engineering"
- The Machine Gun Brothers
Old "friends" of Desert Punk back from the days when they all were kids. When there is a job to be done, these guys are definitely the ones to call. They are always making fun of The Punk even though deep down they respect him.
- Fuyuo is the biggest of the three, and is seen giving orders occasionally
- Primary weapon: Browning M2 .50 caliber machine gun set in a rifle stock (pretty wicked)
- Akio is the second oldest brother
- Primary weapon: a M249 SAW
- Haruo is the youngest brother
- Primary weapon: is a M60 machine gun
Sister of the Machine Gun Brothers. Natsuko was also childhood friend of Desert Punk, but she has not been in contact with him or her brothers after leaving to work for the Oasis Government. She is now a captain in the Army, and is a proficient hand-to-hand combatant and the current idol of Kosuna.
She is a beautiful mercenary, a rival and a point of lust for our Hero - Desert Punk. Stacked with a nice set of double Ds and known as the "Vixen of the Desert". Her first meet-up with Desert Punk, she uses her sex appeal to trick him into retrieving an important key from a pudding-obsessed Monstrous gang leader. Kosuna does not like/trust her very much.
Nemisis of Desert Punk, and an equal match for him in combat.
I am not going to even start discussing plot here, so we will just say the there is a thread that snakes thoughout the series.
The art work on this TV show is very well done, here are a couple of Fan made Videos using Desert Punk clips, please take a look at the weapons in the first clip... very good detail work there.
How can you get any better than a story about a post-apocalyptic desert wasteland Mercenary? I don't know... but even Zombie movies have a hard time when stacked against The Desert Punk!