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After a nuclear war turns most of the Earth into desert wastelands, surviving humans had used the sands in order to survive. One of them is a professional mercenary named Sunabozu, who makes a living by hiring himself out to anyone who needs his talents.
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Delighted to see Sunabouzu back.
I found this back in 2009 I think, and I liked it instantly mostly because of the art: I love old shool complex ink work, especially when something Shirow-y sneaks up here and there, but that's not just it.
I'd just simply say that if you dig dystopian, anti-hero, post-apo theme, give this one a shot, but let me rant for a minute. Sunabouzu is Bulletstorm all over - great characters, great setting, specific humor but still enjoyable atmosphere that leave you wanting more.
The story was a bit hard to get through the first tome. I do love character driven stories (what Sunabouzu mostly is), but it starts a bit too juvenile to my taste, and while anime was pretty embarrassing to watch, I'd wonder if that's really the manga it was based on. Something ticked when Kosuna appeared and suddenly I found myself craving for more chapters. Waited two years.
My favorite things: - a sidekick that learns. Regardless the reasons why the MC ever decided to take this particular apprentice, Koizumi is a small blessing of these series, and my favorite character. - the author doesn't bombard you with too much distracting info, there's no central plot right until late chapters, and story is split to chunks that later interweave, but the storytelling is solid within those parts, and can do pretty well as separate tales, generally, MC takes jobs. Some are rewarding, some he will regret taking. - MC is petty. He's a bastard and he knows it. There's no special reason, no sob story of harsh childhood, he's just a selfish turd that makes a living as a handyman on a desert. His tenacity is something almost to admire. But he's not always a winner and not without weaknesses, and, well, thanks to this we got Koizumi. - everyone else is petty too, there's no black and white here. It's typical for the genre, but I found this easier to stomach the way Usune portraits his world. He spares you blood and gore (as someone fussy about this and how her favorite female characters get treated I REALLY MEAN THIS), but focuses on people. And guns. It's a nice touch that he selects equipment according to the harsh environment it's used in.
I don't know if this is gonna convince you, but I spent long years waiting, wishing for Usune to get better, and my heart dies a little knowing that the series aren't licensed in English, and we might face another - great, but underappreciated title - dropped.
... Last updated on April 4th, 2016, 5:09am
Deserving of far more attention
This series is a masterpiece. As other people have pointed out as a detriment, it is indeed a depiction of the depths to which humans can sink and the rarity of true kindness. The juxtaposition of comedic elements raises both the observations of human nature and the base humor to new heights, which one might compare in spirit to the "tragicomedy" of Waiting for Godot. Everyone is miserable. Everything is played for laughs.
The art and stuff is really good too.
Great! But also Very Twisted
As you can see by looking below alot of ppl like it cause they like a fresh new manga compared to usual morals like other mangas...now if you know me, I do morals, the only reason I really like the manga cause it's funny as hell, and you can learn a thing or to about guns.
It's a perfect read if you like to shun out morals, and bust ya nut to depravity(like most teens that read manga), or just want a good laugh, I don't recommend it if you like your morals, cause I warn you now....everyone...in this manga does everything for themselves....except Stryker, he's a nice guy thou....
So I give this a 6
Sunabozu is an interesting character. He survives on skill, clever tactics and unconventional weaponry. He also has a self involved survivors personality which is different. The humor may seem crude and the MC unlikable but these factors combined with the other elements make a fresh read. Unfortunately, self centered amoral male characters aren't publicly accepted. If Sunabozu was female this series would have a much higher rating like Black Lagoon or Jormungand .
... Last updated on March 12th, 2015, 1:29pm
Unique... and Enthralling!!!
Damn! I like Anti-hero manga, and this one add my collection series. For Alphagulp, well, you read this series too deep man (and too early to judge I guess). Wicked and twisted is just the outer shell of the MC, just like I judge this series based on the art first (really, I think this series is an ancient manga). I dont really like the art, but the plot and twist really overwhelmed the lack... and the character? Well, very realistic and anti-hero-ed... (really great combination)
In brief, I cant wait to see how the story goes on...
... Last updated on March 26th, 2014, 9:37am
I always like these GUNMM-like post-apoc dystopian worlds in manga. Maybe there's something about the Japanese take on it, but I love these things, and am not too fussed about the Western iterations like Fallout. Then again, I may not like Fallout because of the 1960's Americana themes. Doesn't matter here anyway.
One of those seinen about a gun-for-hire/mercenary types, set in a post-apoc Japan, which is now a massive desert for some reason.
And it's kinda great. Pretty original aesthetic and art to it, or just familiar to old school seinen fans maybe. It's hard to pin down what I like about it so much, but I suspect it's how a lot of stock pieces of storytelling came together pretty neatly. A main character who uses mind games and dirty tricks instead of brawn or pure intellect is almost always refreshing when you come across them, since they're fairly rare. A main character who's also a right depraved piece of work - that you still root for, for some kind of "he's the underdog here" logic - reminds me of Yongbi in that way to be honest, although Yongbi isn't an underdog, he's just awesome and hilarious.
And this I think is the main success of the manga. It's very funny. The fights are funny, because Desert Punk outwits his opponents in the most humiliating of ways, and sometimes vice versa. The parts of the story are funny, because Desert Punk's terrible, terrible personality comes to the surface and some hilarious reaction or insult will ensue. It's also satisfying to see a piece of work like him get into trouble once in a while because of his innately humongous greed.
The stories are all pretty fantastic too - mostly little standalone arcs revolving around different jobs - so far (around vol 7/chapter 37) - with a cast of a few recurring characters who are just about as funny and despicably "look out for no.1" as the main character is. It's an extremely dog-eat-dog setting, and we just don't have too many things in that vein, so I like it for being a fresh wind as well.
As for the "This manga tries to convince you that the most logical approach to life is to have ZERO EMPATHY for others, that being a psychopath is normal and desirable" way of looking at the manga - just no. Seriously no. This manga tries to entertain, often by pushing hard at the borders of acceptability (welcome to seinen, we have cookies) and with black humour. And ecchi, one must admit. Again, welcome to seinen. Not every story is a morality play or tries to teach a lesson about how to live life. Some are out to provide escapism and entertainment only, and that's basically what you should be looking for here.
And I think it achieves that pretty damn well.
Someeone please scanlate this
I wish someone would scanlate this. Its an ok Manga but much better as an Anime. The story picks up when they get to the Underground Movement (Anime) which is yet to be reached in scanlation releases.
The action, plot, and wit are all quality, but what makes Sunabozu unique are its characters. 90% of them are pure selfish !!!holes, including the main character. It's pretty much a "either you like or you don't" thing, but I'd still reccommend it to anyone. Many thanks to GWR for scanlating
... Last updated on November 24th, 2011, 9:40am
This manga is bloody hilarious.The scene where "what the, it's just anormal shoot out made me rofl". Anyway, some of of the things mentioned by @Kirika are mostly correct.Desert punk is mostly a comedy though with a weird kind of humor that might not appeal to everyone.It has some stupid elements like the balloon clones but the behavior of the characters considering the situation the characters are in and the "mad max" setting looks pretty justified.There is no fake character development like Arms Peddler where
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
the female protagonist sold the boy as a slave and when the boy broke out 1)didn't bother escape from her 2)didn't even held a grudge against her(only a page of seeing him getting mad)
. But the comparison between the two is a little off.The only NEARLY common thing is the setting and the oppression common folks have.I believe you mentioned Arms Peddler so as to give an example of an unnaturally character development. As i mentioned, Desert Punk is mostly comedy with kick ass action at times.There are some more serious chapters such as ch 23 though which will annoy you though due to the cruelty of the desert, but still realistic since we are talking about a post apocalyptic environment in the first place.
... Last updated on January 7th, 2012, 10:01pm
Very underappreciated manga
War... War never changes....
Since I've commented on a much, much, much worse manga (Arms Peddler) it would be a crime to not comment on one of the best manga I've read (and anime I've seen). I've become a fan of this title the moment I saw anime (which was in 2008) but unfortunately, until a while ago finding this manga in English was impossible.
Sunabōzu is a unique manga, interesting from start to finish and even though humour wasn't too refined (it was more of a college humour) I consider it as one of the most valuable reads I've had in my life as a manga reader. Paradoxically, despite it's often primitive jokes or out of the top behaviour (sometimes even cartoonish) of characters, there are not many manga that depict reality as well, even if it's in a setting almost completely unknown to us. The same goes for characters who we see as made from flesh and blood and not ink and paper. It's very rare to find characters such as these. Since the world they live in is more cruel than the one most of us know and here motto "survival of the fittest" is a fact and not just an empty slogan, characters behave very logically in such conditions.
The main hero (and most of other characters that have at least half a brain) are pragmatist and/or opportunists. If there was a chance to screw someone over they don't miss it, if the opponent has an advantage they don't think twice about withdrawing. The latter action is something that most mangakas do not consider. Main hero would run ?! That's ridiculous. He can't. He must stand firmly and fight with his foes and surely he will defeat them because of sheer fighting spirit... Well, not in Desert Punk (but in Arms Peddler unfortunately yes). There is no honour here, no pardon, what matters are results and effectiveness. It reminds me of Fallout game (but not crappy Fallout 3 but Fallout 1 - godly game) and maybe that's why I've loved it so much. It also reminds me of Firefly (the best tv show ever) and I haven't found any cartoon/anime or other tv series that would get even close to it.
Even though the plot isn't very original, carrying it out is. Desert Punk surprises (in a good way) in every chapter. Often I had to pick up my jaw from the floor, even more often I laughed (my sense of humour isn't too refined ) and sometimes my adrenaline level would rise. There are only few manga/anime that could trigger such reactions from me and even fewer that managed to maintain it from start to finish (Trigun, Cowboy Bebop, Legend of Galactic Heroes, SPT Layzner, FMA, Urasawa's mangas, Romeo no Aoi Sora, Kemono no Souja Erin, Kaiji and that's about it). So if you're looking for a non-schematic, action manga, something that would allow you to relax and something you won't forget than this manga is for you.
Manga and anime are unfortunately very under-appreciated. This title has disappeared in tons of sh*t that floats around and are considered as masterpieces when they can't even compare to Desert Punk.