Mad Bull 34 Review

Best. Anime. Ever.

And, yes, those are grenades!

First off, I already did write a review (its the second one listed) for this. However, I like you guys more than I like MAL, so I’ll err in favor of not trolling you guys. Although, really, is it even possible to troll MAL?

Mad Bull 34 is a total piece of crap. But it is an incredibly enjoyable one at that, especially if you opt for the English dub, hideous New York accents and all. It fits well into the panoply of awful OVA’s that outfits like Manga Entertainment and Central Park Media licensed in the 90’s and early 00’s and graced with truly horrible dubs. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Of course, part of the humor for myself was watching it as an American, and seeing what Japan apparently thinks America is. Although, in all honesty, an episode of Mad Bull 34 exaggerates pre-Giuliani NYC in much the same way that something like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit exaggerates NYC now – MB34 just takes it to a greater degree. In these alternate universes, NYC is a barely habitable hellhole in which every innocent is liable to be shot in the face or held hostage the second they venture past their front door.

I haven’t really mentioned the story yet. Well. The story doesn’t really matter. Basically, all you need to know is that there’s this young Japanese man who ends up becoming a cop in the most dangerous district in NYC. He then gets saddled with “Mad Bull” a.k.a. “Sleepy”, your run-of-the-mill virile, loose-cannon cop, as his partner. Violence and absurdity ensues.

And, here, let me just steal a few lines from the MAL description:

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).

A saint indeed!

I watched the first two episodes with several other anime bloggers, and a few of us agreed that Mad Bull and Daizaburo reeked of BL. In another creative team’s hands… but I suppose that’s what we have FAKE for.

My favorite part of the show, though, was when Mad Bull and Daizaburo dress up as nuns and crash their own funeral. The man who had been trying to kill them shows up (always return to the scene of the crime! err… sort of?), and they pursue him into the subway, hopping aboard a train. It all ends with the bad guy getting his head scraped off when the door is forced open and his head is pressed into another passing train. Awesome!

All in all, this was an epically stupid show. That was also totally awesome. Highly recommended for those of you who love absolute crap, especially absolute crap which includes poorly animated, excessive violence.

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9 Responses to Mad Bull 34 Review

  1. inushinde says:

    Well you’ve certainly sold me. The only thing better than hilariously awful absolute crap is horribly dubbed hilariously awful absolute crap.

  2. kadian1364 says:

    The Chinese assassins, my god.

    I had somehow miraculously forgotten most of Mad Bull after the first time seeing it, but it all came flooding back.

    • A Day Without Me says:

      “Miraculously forgotten”? Don’t you mean “regrettably forgotten”?

  3. Prede says:

    I love Mad Bull 34. It’s great that so many people are watching it now 🙂 . One of my favorite scenes is early on in episode one, with the hostage “stick your finger” scene, LOL!! I own the entire thing on VHS. I wish Manga Ent would have put this bad boy out on dvd…

    One day I plan on reviewing this show.

    • A Day Without Me says:

      It would be nice if some of these crappy shows would make their way to DVD. They could even just do something like having them be DVD’s-on-demand, so only press copies when someone orders one. A lot of them are still licensed, so it seems silly to just leave them sitting around.

  4. jpmeyer says:

    It’s been a few years since I watched this so my memory might be a bit hazy, but IIRC the end of the second episode has Daizaburo go to a hospital to bring Sleepy home. I am pretty sure that the receptionist that he talks to is the only woman in this series that isn’t raped or is a prostitute.

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