Desert Punk

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  • TV-MA
  • 2006
  • 1 Season
  • 7.2  (1,433)

Desert Punk is an anime series set in a post-apocalyptic world where water and other resources are scarce, and violence and looting are common. The series focuses on the adventures of the titular character, Desert Punk, a highly skilled and feared mercenary who roams the desert wasteland taking on tough jobs for the highest bidder.

The show's main protagonist is voiced by Chihiro Suzuki, who brings to life the character's sharp wit, sly demeanor, and calculating mind. Desert Punk is a crafty fighter who uses all sorts of gadgets and weapons to defeat his enemies, but his true strength lies in his intelligence and resourcefulness. He's a charismatic antihero who can be both ruthless and compassionate when it suits him.

Desert Punk's main partner and foil is a young woman named Kosuna, who is voiced by Kokoka Shuzen (CV: Chiwa Saito). Kosuna is a skilled marksman and a dependable ally, but she's also a bit of a klutz and prone to making mistakes. Her relationship with Desert Punk is complex and unpredictable, as the two often bicker and tease each other, but also share moments of genuine trust and affection.

Other recurring characters in the series include the members of the Kawaguchi clan, a group of ruthless bandits who serve as Desert Punk's archenemies. The Kawaguchi clan is led by the sadistic Rain Spider, who is voiced by Norio Wakamoto, and his sister Junko, a skilled warrior who has a bitter rivalry with Kosuna. The Kawaguchi clan's many foot soldiers and sub-leaders are also voiced by talented actors, such as Otoya Kawano and Yasuhiro Takato, who lend their voices to bring these secondary characters to life.

Tomoko Kotani and Tamio Oki round out the cast as two important characters who help flesh out the show's world and lore. Kotani voices Junko's mentor, a mysterious and powerful witch named Natsuko, who is both feared and respected by all who know her. Oki, on the other hand, voices a famous warrior named Carrot, who is a recurring rival and ally to Desert Punk. Together, these two characters help expand the show's mythology and add depth to the story.

One of the standout features of Desert Punk is its unique blend of action, comedy, and ecchi elements. The show features plenty of intense battles, explosions, and gunfights, but it also balances those with clever one-liners, visual gags, and raunchy humor. The ecchi elements, while not overbearing or gratuitous, add to the show's overall irreverent tone and make it stand out from other post-apocalyptic anime.

The show's animation style is also noteworthy, with its bold line work, exaggerated character designs, and detailed backgrounds. The desert landscapes in particular are beautifully rendered, with swirling dust and sand creating a sense of texture and scale. The show's use of color is also striking, with its warm orange and yellow hues evoking the harsh sun-baked terrain of the desert.

Despite its many strengths, Desert Punk is not without its flaws. Some viewers may find the show's raunchy humor and occasional objectification of female characters off-putting, while others may feel that the show's gunfights and action scenes lack tension or stakes. Additionally, the show's episodic structure and lack of a central narrative may make it hard for some viewers to stay invested in the characters and their adventures.

Overall, Desert Punk is a fun and entertaining anime series that offers a unique take on the post-apocalyptic genre. With its colorful characters, clever writing, and stylish visuals, the series is sure to entertain fans of action, comedy, and ecchi anime alike.

Desert Punk is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (24 episodes). The series first aired on February 26, 2006.

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The Demon Revealed
24. The Demon Revealed
February 5, 2008
Desert Punk is back from the dead and ready to exact a little revenge on his former pals. He's got help on his side, but Kosuna's got muscle on her side, too.
Voices in the Wind
23. Voices in the Wind
February 5, 2008
As Kosuna approaches the secret lab she's supposed to protect, a mysterious cloud appears on the horizon that hides a mind-blowing secret.
Hidden Agendas
22. Hidden Agendas
January 29, 2008
Nothing can prepare Kosuna and Mitz for the secret the desert is about to reveal - or the mysterious man behind it all.
Successor of the Desert
21. Successor of the Desert
October 1, 2007
With Desert Punk dead, it's up to Kosuna to refill his shoes. The only problem is Koid saddled her up with young Mitz as her apprentice. As she goes through the motions of abusing him the way Kanta abused her, she finds a job. An old enemy of Desert Punk has revived itself - The Kawazu Gang is back.
A Raw Deal
20. A Raw Deal
October 1, 2007
After waking from a horrible concussion, Kanta comes to realize that Stryker, Natsuko and many others are all part of the Underground Mercenaries, a group bent on overthrowing the government. But when things heat up, the Punk has only one thing in mind - saving his own hide.
Scratching the Surface
19. Scratching the Surface
October 1, 2007
Due to Junko's arrest by the government, Kanta is in a state of depression. But, with the visit of the Chinoike artifact investigator Ikeda, he finds himself on another mission. This time it's to find the missing Natsuko, and he teams up with the Machine Gun brothers to take care of business. Ikeda takes them on a journey to a top-secret tunnel that holds many treasures, but his true reason for taking them there is still unclear.
Too Close for Comfort
18. Too Close for Comfort
January 16, 2008
Desert Punk's trying to get Junko back after she's kidnapped by Tech. But all three end up on the same side of a fight against a group of armed mercenaries.
Perv in Pursuit
17. Perv in Pursuit
January 16, 2008
Junko and Desert Punk are on the run from a sniper who's sporting a state-of-the-art desert suit. There's nowhere to hide and the mysterious man on their tail isn't giving up.
A Load Of...
16. A Load Of...
January 9, 2008
Desert Punk discovers that the load of crap he's hauling is a weapon of mass destruction. When Rain Spider's men attack, Desert Punk's plan might kill everyone for miles around.
The Girl Next Door
15. The Girl Next Door
October 1, 2007
Talk about a blast from the past, hello Natsuko! This hot desert beauty doesn't mess around either! Speaking of messes, hopefully Desert Punk does make one or get into one for that matter. But that's just wishful stinking! Literally! When Natsuko demands her older halfwit siblings, the Machinegun Brothers, and Desert Punk go on a very important mission, they get more than what they've bargained for? hauling human feces through the desert. And while the boys are busy complaining about their load of rotten funk, an old enemy waits in the wings, ready for his attack. But during an ambush, Desert Punk notices something odd, something strange, what the hell? Holy crap!
Kosuna: Fully Automatic
14. Kosuna: Fully Automatic
October 1, 2007
When Kosuna has a near-death brush with an enemy mercenary, she sets out to arm herself to the teeth! But at fourteen she still has a lot of training to do and never mind a little growing up! Rest assured, a wise old, arms dealer teaches her a thing or two about Desert Punk and the ways of survival in the Great Kanto Desert. It's a hard knock life.
Opposites Collide
13. Opposites Collide
October 1, 2007
When Desert Punk and Kosuna come across a pair of lost children in the desert, they do what comes natural? sell them to the highest bidder. And when they save the life of a do-good fellow named Stryker, Desert Punk quickly whips up a great scheme to get even more money out of this. Now that he's got Stryker's John Hancock on an official IOU, nothing will stand in Desert Punk's way of scoring tons of dough - until a gang of creeps come and mess it all up. It's a dog eat dog world.
A Change of Heart
12. A Change of Heart
May 23, 2006
The legendary Night Mist Shimada and his professional team of kidnappers get their hands on a young girl who comes with a huge price tag. Legend, schmegend?Desert Punk's been hired by her Father to get the job done, and that's exactly what he and Kosuna plan on doing. But this ferocious bitchy little turd turns out to be more of a handful than our hero would like, and with Night Mist right on his ass, escape doesn't come easy.
Compromising Positions
11. Compromising Positions
May 23, 2006
After Junko's plan to take the treasures deep beneath the cities for herself is revealed, she is stopped by Kosuna and taken prisoner before Kaizuka and the Desert Punk. As Kaizuka departs with the information he needs to build an army of Guardians, Desert Punk takes Junko to his secret oasis in the desert for a bit of fun.
A Little Bit of Wisdom
10. A Little Bit of Wisdom
May 23, 2006
Revealing he is not the inventor of the Game of Life and merely the one who unearthed the game from the secluded desert vault, Kaizuka tells his fellow treasure hunters that there are more treasures to be had beneath the surface. The only difficulty is the Guardian, who has been patrolling the perimeter of the former city for many years.
All that Glitters
9. All that Glitters
May 23, 2006
Desert Punk is once again offered a job by Junko to help an old man find treasure in a secluded part of the Great Kantō Desert. The old man, named Kaizuka, is the inventor of the Game of Life and puts the Desert Punk and Kosuna to work carrying the heavy packs and treating the man and Junko as royalty, much to the distaste of the two mercenaries.
A Dog in Heat
8. A Dog in Heat
April 25, 2006
Desert Punk and his apprentice Kosuna take on the extremely difficult assignment of clearing out an old relic called the Dog Rock from a new land development. For years, people have tried to remove the rock with little success and a curse has grown about the statue.
Age Before Beauty
7. Age Before Beauty
April 25, 2006
Still feeling the negative effects of being saved by the Machinegun Brothers, Desert Punk makes it into his hometown to a less than warm reception. Things are looking brighter though as he has a young new apprentice to take advantage of. But will Kosuna be up to the task of becoming a bad ass mercenary or will she send Desert Punk's reputation further down the tube?
Wandering Lust
6. Wandering Lust
April 25, 2006
Desert Punk faces off against the Ido River Gang in the Battle for Village #21. As the fight begins to tear apart the town, the village folk realise that if the destruction continues for much longer, there won't be any town left in place to bring up the water.
The Price of Water
5. The Price of Water
April 25, 2006
The townsfolk of Village #21, a water reclamation town, are on the verge of striking water. However, it has been learned that once they do a group of bandits will try to take over the town. The Village Chief hires the Desert Punk to protect the village once the water begins to bubble to the surface.
An Ace in the Sand
4. An Ace in the Sand
February 26, 2006
Having banked on his last gig, Desert Punk went and splurged, blowing all of his dough on the newest and best equipment money can buy. He's a revamped Desert Punk! But when he tries to get his first practice round in with his sweet-ass M40, recently named Alice, a little somebody decides to run in on his parade. The Shimmer Sniper hunts his prey through the desert, day and night - and now he has a new, high-profile target. But something's not right! Desert Punk realizes that sometimes trusting your instincts can lead you astray.
Fire Dragon Kong
3. Fire Dragon Kong
February 26, 2006
Junko pays Desert Punk a visit and offers him a very lucrative job. It just so happens that he's in serious debt, so he takes the offer (though Junko's "assets" do play into his decision). However Junko leaves out a few small bits of information. Not only will he have to work alongside the dog-eyed Machinegun Brothers, but they'll all have to face the most powerful force in the entire desert, Fire Dragon Kong.
Rock, Paper, Scissors
2. Rock, Paper, Scissors
February 26, 2006
Double-crossed by Junko Asagiri, Desert Punk must resort to rounding up petty debtors in order to recoup the money he lost while trying to wrest the key from Makoto Kawazu and his gang. Continuing the look for Junko before she makes it back to the client, Desert Punk runs into Rain Spider for the first time.
The Demon and the Double D's
1. The Demon and the Double D's
February 26, 2006
The Desert Punk has been hired to track down a group of thugs in the Kawazu gang who hijacked a transport of ¥200,000. With nary a scratch to show, the Demon of the Desert defeats the three gang members and takes the money back to his client. On the way, he spots a barely-clothed woman stranded in the Great Kantō Desert, not a place to be without protection when the temperature can reach 120°F in the shade.
Where to Watch Desert Punk
Desert Punk is available for streaming on the FUNimation website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Desert Punk on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Apple TV and Crunchyroll.
  • Premiere Date
    February 26, 2006
  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (1,433)