Daizaburo Edi-Ban, a Japanese-American, joins New York City's toughest precinct, the 34th. On his first day he is partnered up with John Estes, called Sleepy by his friends and Mad Bull by his enemies, a cop who stops crime with his own violent brand of justice. Mad Bull makes no qualms about executing common thieves with shotgun blasts if they even pose a minor threat to him or anyone around them. Mad Bull also often steals from prostitutes and does incredible amounts of property damage while fighting crime. Mad Bull's unpoliceman-like behavior often puts him in hot water with his partner Daizaburo and the 34th precinct. However, despite how reckless or illegal these acts are, a good cause is always revealed (For example, Sleepy uses the money he steals from the prostitutes to fund a venereal disease clinic and a home for battered and raped women). Perrine Valley, a police lieutenant, joins Daizaburo and Sleepy later on to help them tackle more difficult cases involving the mafia and drug-running.
Mad Bull 34 is inspired by the high-action buddy cop films of the '70s and '80s.
You may have heard of this title thanks to the efforts of people that intentionally find and review old, TERRIBLE anime like Buriedgarbage.com and Bennett the Sage. However, it is a different experience to actually witness this animated atrocity with your own eyes and hear the god awful voice acting with your own ears. Why would you ever watch such a reprehensible pile of shit? Well... TvTropes likes to call it "Narm".
The story is supposed to take lots of cliches from American cop movies and create an anime version of a 1980s action film. However, unlike Baccano which does a great job recycling and paying homage to American pop culture, Mad Bull 34 would be like if a schizophrenic psychopath took up the job of writing and directing a "buddy cop film". This a show where a 9 foot tall police officer super glues grenades to his pubic hair and painfully rips out the hair covered grenades to throw at bad guys, who then proceed to explode into a literal rain of poorly drawn body parts! The dialogue is so memorably awful it will have you in stitches. If I ever wanted to commit suicide, I would drive around New York City and shout out the window in my Meowth style New York accent all the stuff the cops yell in Mad Bull 34! " Suck my ass and call it strawberry ice cream you bunch o limp dicked faggots!" The series is divided into multiple story arcs, with each one as terribly written and directed as the last. Actually I think they get progressively stupider as difficult as that is to believe after witnessing the first installment. The only constant is that in every episode: a blonde woman will get raped, Sleepy will bang 10 chicks and brutally murder 20 petty criminals, and Sleepy and Eddy will dress in extremely unconvincing drag for basically no reason.
Eddie is the young, naive, good guy cop and Sleepy "Mad Bull" Estez is the loose cannon bad cop. That is about all the character development that you will get in this series. Oh yeah, and the police commissioner as virtually every reviewer before me has pointed out is essentially the spawn of Satan!
Art and sound: 2/10
This had a very low production value, so unsurprisingly the music and especially the art are ABYSMAL!
This is perhaps my favorite so bad it's awesome anime. VERY few comedy anime have made me laugh so hard! Some anime like "Pupa" are simply bad and no entertainment can really be derived form them, unless you really enjoy sadistically forcing a friend to watch it. Other bad anime are actually enjoyably terrible, and this is perhaps the crowing example.
As horrible as the writing, plot, characters, art, sound, and voice acting all are, this series is still side splitting unintentional comedy throughout virtually the entirety of its duration. Sadly, the only time you won't be laughing your ass off, is when the writing is actually TRYING to tell a joke. Much like Uwe Boll in that last regard. I would check it out if you are a big fan of bad movies and SHIT anime!read more
Time to dust off the VCR and take a trip back to 1990, 'cause today I'm talking about that glorious ultraviolent cheese called Mad Bull 34! Break out the Nike Cortez, Power Shoulders, and the grunge flannel- frost your tips, mute Will Smith and eject your Lion King VHS... we've got some 90s to cover.
For the uninitiated: Mad Bull 34 was made by a company called Magic Bus... who've done *checks* literally nothing else of note. They even made some hentai once, it looks like. Amazingly, this studio has been around since the early 80s, and somehow has generated enough revenue off their titles to continue to exist in 2015.
In 1996, Manga Entertainment took it upon themselves to make a gag dub for this ridiculously ultraviolent and unapologetically profane show- and created perhaps the ultimate cult classic, because the finished product is absolutely hilarious for more reasons than I can count. One of these reasons is insane, over the top violence. Another one is crazy dubs.
Artwork and Animation: 2
Mad Bull is old, hand drawn, and absolute garbage. The majority of it is on par with Violence Jack level badness, but occasionally it looks decent. The first two episodes looked okay, but the quality descended for the second half. If you like action lines, blood fountains, and super gore, Mad Bull will scratch your itch for the sick. In multiple standoffs with even minor criminals, Sleepy will just straight up murder them. Shotgun to the head, decapitations, held out onto an oncoming train, you name it, Mad Bull's got it.
If I were rating it for blood, gore, and violence, this would be a straight 10/10.
Sound and Voice Acting: 9
If I were grating cheese, this would be Kraft- the cheesiest. If I'm grading their performances, oh my buddha, this takes the cake. While Daizaburo's got one of the New Yoik-iest fake New Yoik accents I've ever heard, the rest of the cast is so varied, I have no clue what they wanted to be. Perrine flip flops between a generic English accent and Chicago, and the episodic cast's voices are so freakin' awful that I could have rounded up some drunk hicks and gotten better performances out of them than this.
Manga Entertainment probably went around the office after they got this license and asked who wanted to be in it. (they're also based in Chicago, which would explain the Chicago sounding accents... hmmm)
But- this is the charm of Mad Bull. It's not meant to be taken seriously. This is high action cheese at its absolute best.
Story and Characters: 4, 7
Mad Bull pulls from a lot of pop culture for its stories. It straight up rips off the movie "The French Connection" in episode 2, titled "The Manhattan Connection". It also borrows the Predator monster for episode 4. Generally speaking, the four stories go like this: Sleepy and Daizaburo go on patrol for Sleepy to bang some prostitutes, pay off an informant, or just generally cause mayhem- then they happen upon a crime in progress that leads to the discovery of a larger ring of criminal activity. Storywise, it's very functional- because it just plays off the Buddy Cop movies of the 80s tropes: one character that's a completely lawless ruffian and somehow manages to be a cop (Sleepy), and the stick-up-his-ass, by the book stiff (Daizaburo).
In typical cop show fashion, Sleepy is the kind of cop that always gets the job done, no matter what. This includes murdering every criminal in his path, and using his superhuman strength and penchant for violence to cause a lot of cost for the state of New York. His straight man Daizaburo is the guy that plays everything by the rules, and is stunned alongside the audience at the antics his partner pulls.
And he pulls crotch grenades, as well.
You've gotta see some of this to believe it. WTF factor: 9.5/10
Enjoyment and Overall: 9, 6
I can't exactly rate Mad Bull a 9/10 just because it's a lot of fun to watch... except that I can. It's funny as heck, and really over the top with the violence in creative and disgusting ways, and the fact that it has this incredibly bad, but cheesetastic dub really puts the icing on top. If you're a fan of so bad it's good or cult classics, this one has its picture right next to those terms in the dictionary.
You can't go wrong with a bit of the old ultraviolence, and Mad Bull delivers.
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I was so happy I was able to find this on dvd ( if you can't, let me know and I'll help). This is funny, with good action and interesting stories. Each episode is about 45 minutes. Violence is great and explicit. Profanity flies like there's no tomorrow and it fits this anime. Animation is typical of early 90's. Some nudity that also has it's explicit moments. Pretty good cop anime that is not afraid to be over the top wether it's violence or comedy. Very enjoyable and rewatchability is high. If you like cyberpunk, I would recommend you check this out. I don't think I would classify it as cyberpunk, but it has it's moments.read more