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on 5 December 2002
I wasn't disappointed by this film. I knew it was set in the same world as Gunsmith Cats so I knew roughly what to expect; guns, cars, lots of insane action sequences. That's pretty much what you get. It's not deep, it's just an excuse for plenty of car chases and shootouts, but they're very good car chases and shootouts. Being only 45 minutes long it also cuts out all the usual stuff that plagues Hollywood actions films, such as contrived romantic sub-plots and awful attempts at character development. Don't get me wrong, I'm usually a fan of more intellectual films which feature complex characters and so on, but if you're going to make an action film, then you might as well cut straight to the chase (as it were). Yet, even though it has no pretensions to being a serious film (in fact it's really a comedy in many respects, and is far from afraid to be self-parodying and good humoured), it does actually have quite a good plot.
Being an anime, the action is able to be unrealistic, and by unrealistic I mean bearing little or no relation to the actual laws of physics in the real world. There is absolutely no way Bean would survive to the end of the film if this were real life, and I have absolutely no idea how he makes his car do the things it does. However, there are only one or two) instances in the whole thing where they take it a bit too far and it's a bit much to suspend your disbeleif.
The animation quality starts off fairly average but gets better as the story progresses. Obviously the animation studio saved their budget for the action sequences, especially the last one, and it's paid off.
One last thing, this was made around 1989 and as such features a soundtrack comprising mainly of very very 80's style music. It's incredibly cheesy but really, it suits the film and is quite funny.
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on 27 April 2012
If you're a fan of Kenichi Sonoda, this is a must have piece of anime, very entertaining and rewatchable. Well worth it
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 December 2001
This DVD is a must for any Gunsmith Cats fan. Characters and vehicles are drawn superbly in the same style as the comic books. Action is fast and furious, animation slick and fluid. A good way to spend just under an hour. Just seeing Bean Bandit is worth it and the attention to car details is phenomenal. Hell it even shows accurate gear changes!
Whilst the animation itself is great, the only downside is that this DVD has no extras to speak of - a shame now that Japanese animation is gaining a much wider audience and more titles are being released on this media. In some ways though this is expected seeing as it was originally released in 1989.
Overall a good cartoon that'll have you laughing for ages. A must for animation fans and for anyone who has read the Dark Horse trade paperbacks.
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on 6 September 2004
This anime is a classic. An old fashion story with a new twist to the tale. Fast, high detail car chases, high action shoot outs, and a thick headed cop to make the mess even bigger.
A must see anime and a personal favorite.
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on 5 December 2007
The information on Amazon says main language 'Japanese' well that's a load of complete rubbish ! The box clearly states in big yellow print 'ENGLISH DIALOGUE'. Personally I hate animé in English, the Japanese dubs are always superior in my opinion. I understand that for some people reading subtitles takes the enjoyment away, but I'd rather have superior voice acting and have to read some text than listen to the drivel that passes for an English dub. I loved Gunsmith Cats: Bulletproof, it is an amazing animé and I would recommend it to anyone, but the dub renders this second rate which it shouldn't be !

So in conclusion I hate false advertising, and I can't stand the inferior voice acting that is allowed to occur in most English dubs (the Tenchi Muyo ones are passable).

Great anime ruined ! Money down the drain ! Thanks Amazon for nothin'
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on 15 December 2003
This, along with Akira, is a great place to start with anime. This is funny, action-packed and full of those little sequences that set this type of animation apart!
Bean Bandit is the ultimate courier - the guy that Jason Stratham in 'The Transporter' wishes he was. The verbal sparring between Bean and Inspector Percy, his police nemesis, is absolute genius and a good example of the sharp dialogue that peppers this movie.
All in all this is a brilliant movie and a good addition to any manga collection!
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