In the continent of spooner, sorcerers, who are the continent's aristocrats, have begun to abuse their powers. Under the guidance of Big Momma (their boss) Carrot (who turns into a giant monster every time he's placed under a magic spell), Gateau (a bodybuilder), Marron (a mage), Chocolate and Tira (who can transform into dominatrix's at will) must stop the evil sorcerers from picking on the weak; however, none of them (except maybe Marron) have a clue to what's going on.
Bakuretsu Hunters (Sorcerer Hunters in english) falls under the categories of Fantasy, adventure, and comedy.
This show starts off with each episode having its own plot line, but eventually once we get some back stories, the full plot comes into view. There is nothing really complicated about the story, nothing intricate, in fact it is a very linear plot line, but that doesn't mean its not interesting. And things do pick up a lot in the second half of the series (known as the Spell Wars)
Through the story, we get to know the characters very well, getting flashbacks and such so we can have
a better understanding of the relationships they share with eachother. The characters themselves are all quite crazy in some way, they definitely keep you liking them. The emotional/sexual tension between them is always good for a laugh as well.
The art is done decently, not top notch, but for the old hand colored style, it is great. although the personalities of the characters keep the mood up, the color schemes and overall environment of the show tends to place a dark tone which is a nice balance, especially towards the end.
The sound is very good in this show. they use of comical effects and magical ones is on the ball, and everything from character themes to the opening and closings are very enjoyable to listen to. I have seen both the dub and sub, and must say the dub is pretty funny, they really brought out the characters with it, but the sub is also done amazingly. I think i would recommend the sub over dub just because in the dub, Tira can be annoying to listen to, and she doesn't seem to have the best match up ever.
Overall, they mix of drama and comedy is done very well, especially as the show goes on. The secrets that some of the characters possess are also very fascinating to learn about. A great watch, very entertaining. Check it out.
Bakuretsu Hunters is a fantasy story that largely stars five characters - the idiotic and perverted Carrot, the muscular Gateau, the pretty Marin, the spectacled Tira, and the red-haired Chocolate. Together they are the Sorceror Hunters, hired by a mysterious woman called only Big Mama to police the Spooner Continent.
By and large, the bulk of the series are stand alone episodes. The Hunters recieve a job from Big Mama, they go to some new town, find a new evil sorceror, kick his ass, and then move on to the next episode. These things are light and really empty. They aren't bad, they just aren't
that good either. Since each episode features a different bad guy - as well as different side characters - there is very little chance for anything to feel like a threat or for the audience to get attached to the side characters.
As the series moves on, it does develop a larger, VERY epic-in-it's-scope, story, but even that feels hollow. The show's main villain is totally one-note, his motivations are lacking, and the conflict between him and the Hunters is almost never touched upon.
The characters themselves are really just empty and that's what bothered me most about the show. The basic idea of the cast is nice - there's a love triangle going on between Carrot/Chocolate/Tira, but with the caveat that Carrot isn't interested in either of the girls. They grew up together and so he thinks of them as sisters, but this isn't stated until the show is practically over. Given that Carrot spends 90% of the show chasing after women, it's hard to understand why he doesn't just give these ladies what they want when no one tells you WHY he won't.
Gateau and Marin have a sub-plot in that it seems like they're an item - or at least that Gateau has feelings for Marin - but again, this is never touched upon or developed. Perfectly good drama, wasted!
When it's all said and done, I'm really torn on this show. If this was something I had seen when I first got into anime - if this ever aired on Toonami - I'm sure I'd be a fan. The comedy is there, there's a touch of ecchiness, there's action, and the animation in most episodes is clean. There are the usual animation shortcuts - namely repetative transformation sequences - but that's standard for anime. The twists at the ending were interesting as well. But I feel like I've seen all of this before and seen it done better.
If you have nothing better to watch, then I'd be fine suggesting this. Otherwise, pass this up.
I really do love this show. The comedy is very tongue and cheek but yet it has a lot of interesting characters. It also has an underlineing meaning behind most of the episodes about family ties.
We meet the characters a bit forcefully with some being rather pushy and perverted and others being rather expository. They imply that they have been traveling around a great deal already and so some things have to be worded out a bit oddly so we could understand them. I do have to wonder why the girls end up changing personalities when they take off their clothing. I’m also not sold
on their names being the names of pastries. It makes me think they should be French or something.
I wish Big Mama would actually explain a bit more about what the flash backs are about and who the male is that she thinks about it. I also wish they would say her real name a bit more then calling her Big Mama. No offense but when they call her that, I can’t help thinking about a large black women being called that instead of her. From what I know of, she isn’t even a mother to them so why call her big Mama?
The animation is rather nice, having that old vintage charm. Sometimes the characters look stiff, and other times it’s like they have runny egg symptoms. Carrot is the most out of control on the runny eggs images where his body doesn’t seem to want to keep his shape. He frails his arms around like crazy and at times looks like he’s actually broken or made from rags. The other characters don’t really have times like this (Well, the girls mostly do but not as badly as Carrot) so why change it.
The English voices are alright in a bit, though Terra and Chocolate are actually really annoying. They are high pitched and rather whinny. I don’t have much wrong for the males because they don’t hurt my ears. I fell in love with Marron’s voice, the younger of the brother. The scripts are pretty forced and end up having to explain a lot sadly, taking away the charm. Other then that, the rest of it is pretty tongue and cheek with the comedy. Sometimes, how they talk is actually way too hard to figure out. They end up mumbling or screaming into the mic which makes things hard to understand.
If I had to describe Bakuretsu Hunters in one word it would be: mediocre. The story is the cliche of a villain trying to destroy and recreate the world. I'm sure that you can all think of several anime and JRPGs with the same premise, Bakuretsu Hunters is nothing special in that regard. The characters can be described in tropes. That's right, they're all cliches who rarely show any more depth than that. There's the shrinking violet, the childhood friend action girl, the boisterous bruiser, the smart guy and the crazy pervert. To be fair they all occasionally show more depth than their defining tropes,
but it really doesn't happen often. The art is middling, for its time, in the present it would be called dated. The mostly comedic atmosphere with occasional seriousness doesn't quite work in Bakuretsu Hunters. It isn't bad, it just isn't done as competently as it s in an anime like The Slayers. The comedy is generally hit or miss. There are some genuinely funny moments, but there are also some painfully bad attempts at comedy.
There are only a few aspects of Bakuretsu Hunters that aren't mediocre. Let's look at what they do well first. The voice acting. All of the voice actors are competent, but a few stand out with truly excellent voice acting. Madono Mitsuaki, Mizutani Yuko, Tamagawa Sakiko and especially Hayashibara Megumi. They just do a great job. The other aspect of this anime that's really good is the music. To be specific, the themes. The opening is an ensemble with the entire cast. The ending is a duet, very well done.
It does an equal number of things poorly. The first is the fan-service. This is one of those anime where they like to show their female characters half naked frequently. It's even worse in the final episode where they actually wear bondage gear, and no, I'm not kidding. The other big problem I have with it is the love triangle. This is one of those anime where two girls, both very attractive, are interested in a plain looking guy with no redeemable qualities.
There is no yuri in this anime. So don't watch it hoping to find cute yuri scenes. So who should watch this anime? Well there are only two groups who I would recommend this to. 1. People who love the "villain trying to recreate the world" plot and will watch anything that uses it. 2. People who are huge fans of one or more of the seiyuu and will watch anything that has them in it, like I will with Hayashibara Megumi. Otherwise you can find the music pretty easily and you can see the cast in better anime. You can also see much better comedic fantasy anime like The Slayers or Mahou Senshi Louie. In the end I give Bakuretsu Hunters a 5/10.