In 2014, LeSean Thomas started a crowdfunding drive through Kickstarter for an animated adaptation of Cannon Busters. Helping with the project is Tim Yoon who worked as a producer for shows such as The Legend of Korra and Batman: Under the Red Hood, comic book artist Joe Madureira who assisted with character designs.
A pilot episode was released to backers on July 8, 2016.
TL;DR First Impression
Cannon Busters is an anime original net animation by Satelight and Yumeta Company was released on Netflix on August 15, 2019.
I quite like the opening theme “Showdown” by BJRNCK & Marty Grimes. It is catchy and upbeat. The ending theme, however, I did care too much for it. I would give the intro a 7/10 score and the outro a 5/10.
The series utilizes some 3D CGI for certain creatures while also using traditional animation for the rest of the show. The 3D CGI is quite obvious and just breaks the immersion as soon as you see it.
So far, our three main casts are quite annoying and only have one tune. Philly the Kid complaint constantly. Samberry is clueless. And finally, Casey just tinkers with stuff she sees and doesn’t give a crap who’s property it belongs to. So far, all of the main characters are annoying.
The opening action scene in the bar was interesting, especially the band of bounty hunters and their unique mech enhancement. The show is rated for a mature audience and has quite a bit of gore, but the brightly color art and goofy character just make the episode feel disjointed. Is the show trying to cater to kids or adults? I feel it is leaning more toward kids as it includes a car that transformed into a robot bull. They either don’t know what they want to focus on or they are trying to cater to everyone.
The episode show promised but it also has some elements I do not enjoy. I am already uncertain about this series as it is animated by Satelight. Most of their works tend to be shallow, overly colorful, and aimed toward the younger crowds. I may complete the series and provides a proper review in the future.
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