Bounty Hunter: The Hard

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Synonyms: The Hard: Bounty Hunter
Japanese: ザ・ハード BOUNTY HUNTER


Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 1, 1996
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Manga
Genre: ActionAction
Theme: DetectiveDetective
Duration: 48 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


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Ranked: #102282
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Popularity: #11469
Members: 1,484
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The story of "Hard", a bounty hunter living in New-York and seeking revenge.


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Horikawa, Ryo


Kama, Hideki
Ooga, Shunji
Matsuura, Noriyoshi
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Saruwatari, Tetsuya
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Apr 24, 2019
Have you ever heard or read about this anime? No? Well, me neither until I randomly found it in the recommended videos section on YouTube. It's a very obscure OVA from 1996 based on a possibly even more obscure manga by the same author of the more known Riki-Oh. Oddly enough, I found it dubbed and the dubbing was good quality with well known and top notch voice actors.

It's made by the famous J.C. Staff, a very renowned animation studio with plenty of resources, so the art and animation (which are in full 1990s style) are good. Character design is cool and the sketches ...
Jan 14, 2023
Simply put, Bounty Hunter is an OVA heavily inspired by classic American action. Cobra (1986) is probably the closest work to it and in terms of other animated works, Kenichi Sonoda's Riding Bean and Gunsmith Cats are good matches. It is very much a product of its time and does contain some dialogue/depictions that would not fly today but it adds to the gritty atmosphere of the main location featured, that is, New York City's South Bronx.

Considering how short the film is, I don't really want to dive too deeply into it, however, what I do want to say is if you miss the ...

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