Oct 14, 2009
Dominion Tank Police is a timeless classic from the master himself, Shirow Masamune. It quickly became one of my favorite ovas ever and it's rewatch value has never diminished, even after watching it for the last 14 years.
STORY: A very simple story about policemen who patrol the city, keeping it safe from crime............IN BIG-ASS FREAKING TANKS!!! That concept alone had me sold! A young lady cop, Leona Ozaki, joins and she gets the cutest, most badass little tank you've ever seen!! The primary targets are Buaku and Annapuna and Umipuma, two sexy, gun-crazy catgirls. It's so incredibly simple and so effective at the
same time. Most of the story probably takes place in the manga, which I can't get my hands on, so there isn't much I can say about plot aside from Buaku's past, so if it suffers from anything, this would probably be it, but it's not too much of a concern. You won't feel left out of anything significant.
ART: The animation is very good for it's time and still holds up well today. The character designs are colorful and vibrant, in stark contrast to the gray-blue, smog-covered tone of the city. The design of the tanks look amusing, especially Bonaparte (I think I spelled that right). A highlight is Liutenant Britian's facial expressions when he's screaming and barking out orders. This Masamune never fails with captivating backgrounds or great character designs. A definite win.
Sound: The english dub is classic and gets funnier with repeated viewing. Watching the criminals bicker with each other in the museum is just friggin hilarious. The musical score is nice and transitions well from scene to scene, so you can't get tired of the BGM.
CHARACTER: Every personality in this show is just just fantastic, from Leona's mother-like affection for her tank, Britian's insanity, the Police Chief's screaming and ranting over files and paperwork, to the perfect chemistry amongst the crooks and their banter back and forth along with their hair-brained schemes that barely work, everything just works with these characters, even the bit player in the police force.
ENJOYMENT: This is a fun one to watch anytime. It has high rewatch value off of it's humor alone, and it's only two episodes long, so you won't lose any time at all. The opening theme will get stuck in your head after a while, but it's kind of catchy in a late 80's, early 90's sort of way, like Captain Planet or something (maybe not the best example, but have you tried to drill it out of your head?)
OVERALL: This is just entertainment all around. I can recommend this anyone, but the language may be a bit harsh. The first episode is drop dead hilarious, the second episdoe takes a shift from humor to tell a story about the bad guys, but it's just as entertaining. It's a must have in any anime collection.
Reviewer’s Rating: 9
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