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->''Get the job done. Collect the money. Repeat.''
-->-'''''Desert Punk'' DVD Box set #1'''

''Desert Punk'' is a post-apocalyptic {{Seinen}} manga series written and illustrated by Usune Masatoshi, serialized in Enterbrain's Comic Beam since 1997. As of 2013 the comic is running and the published chapters have been collected in 14 volumes.

The story takes place after a nuclear holocaust. Japan, like many other countries, has been reduced to a desert, and the surviving humans seek out a meager living in the hot sands. Seventeen-year-old Kanta Mizuno, nicknamed Desert Punk (Sunabōzu) due to his seemingly incredible feats of skill and daring while on the job, scratches out his own living in the desert as a mercenary for the Handyman Guild between his occasional obsession with big boobs and sex, and, later, his training of an apprentice named Kosuna. Despite his flaws, he is highly professional, accomplishing his task no matter the cost.

''Desert Punk'' was adapted into a 24-episode anime television series produced by {{Creator/GONZO}} and directed by Takayuki Inagaki with character designs by Takahiro Yoshimatsu and music by Kohei Tanaka. Creator/FUNimation has licensed the series for distribution in the United States.

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!!''Desert Punk'' contains examples of:

* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: Kosuna convinces Kanta that she'll look good [[ShesAllGrownUp when she's older]] by showing her a picture of an attractive woman she (falsely) claims is her mother.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Due to the dry and somewhat realistic artstyle of the manga some characters tend to look rather plain, scary or downright {{Gonk}} looking. Because of the different artstyle in the anime, characters like Kosuna and Junko fall into this trope largely as a result of GenericCuteness.
* AnimeThemeSong: It's used for the ED rather than the OP, but it's still there.
* AfterTheEnd
* ArtisticAge: In the anime Kosuna looks about 8-10, but is actually 14. In the manga she looks a bit older (or at least less specific in age), but she still suffers from a huge case of TeensAreShort, being nearly a foot shorter than Junko.
* BerserkButton: While unphased by a large number of other insults, the gang leader from the first episode starts HulkingOut when he's told him mother... has a fat bellybutton. In the dub, they changed the taunt to "your mother's a dirty whore." The result is [[{{Woolseyism}} far more understandable to someone who speaks English]].
* BigOlEyeBrows: A lot of characters have fairly pronounced eyebrows.
* BlackComedyRape: The whole of episode 11 is about Kanta trying to coerce Junko to have sex with him, as her having tried to kill him meant he had her dead to rights. [[spoiler:It doesn't work, and she's able to con him into giving her amnesty without doing anything.]]
* BlatantLies: The way Taiko (Kosuna) manages to trick Kanta into thinking she will grow up into a nice big breasted woman from his dreams, she says the woman in the picture is her mother, so by proxy she will eventually grow the exact same bust line as her "mother's". Aside from genetics not working this way and Kanta falling easily for it, Kosuna is always erratic about her promise, forgetting to pretend the woman in the picture is her mother. In the anime it's even worse, the woman pictured doesn't even resemble Kosuna that much, while in the manga the woman in the picture does look like a grown up Kosuna with long hair and big breasts.
** As if the pictured woman not being Kosuna's mother wasn't obvious enough, she also lied about [[spoiler:growing a voluptuous bust size; adult Kosuna post TimeSkip has one of the ''smallest'' busts in the whole series.]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The Entire cast at least once or twice in the English dub every couple of episodes "Remember Kids, A smart man knows when it's time to run like a little Bitch!"
* BuildingSwing: Frequently done by Punk and other mercenaries/anyone that has a similar suit, using those special backpacks they all have.
* CerebusSyndrome: Once Kanta has his first run-in with LaResistance, the plot of the anime gets noticeably more serious.
* ChangedMyMindKid: After he joins LaResistance, Rainspider has a habit of consistently abandoning them when things get tough, shouting "So long suckers!" or the like before high-tailing it out of there. However, he invariably returns and saves them from an otherwise insurmountable danger.
* CombatBreakdown: Kanta vs. Amagumo. It lasts so long that the watching townsfolk get bored and go home.
* CrapsackWorld: The Great Kanto Desert.
* CruelMercy: The reason that Punk and Rainspider don't kill their opponents is mostly because they'd rather humiliate them and leave them for dead.
* CurseCutShort:
-->'''Kanta:''' Akio, you dumb f-- (gets hit over the head by Fuyuo)
** Also, an instance where Kosuna describes what Kanta is doing while she's busy working
-->'''Kosuna:''' ...and Master's busy masturba-- (cut short because the Machine Gun Brothers show up and start a conversation)
* DesertBandits: After a nuclear war turns the entire globe into a desert planet, many are forced to make their living as mercenaries with a few operating as bandits in order to prey on travelers.
* DesertPunk: Naturally.
* DestructiveSavior: Subverted; some townsfolk thought the battle between Desert Punk and Rain Spider could destroy their entire village, but due to the abovementioned CombatBreakdown they barely do anything.
* DisasterScavengers: The occasional "skeleton cities" are the main reason people started living in the desert; most of which have been picked dry without more been discovered decades ago.
* DisproportionateRetribution: When Kanta and Kawaguchi siblings (the Machine Guns Brothers + Natsuko) were little, Natsuko let Kanta touch her breasts in exchange for not getting her brothers in trouble anymore. When they found out, they beat Kanta up. Kanta responded ''by planting [[StuffBlowingUp an IED]] in their outhouse''.
* DubNameChange:
** In the Japanese version Kosuna is just an alias she takes up after becoming Kanta's apprentice (derived from his alias "Sunabozu"); her real name is Taiko Koizumi. In the English dub, Kosuna is her actual name.
** For whatever reason, the characters called Kaido and Tachibana in the Japanese version are called [[AerithAndBob Stryker and Tech]] in the English dub.
** Fuyuo, Haruo, Koimizu, and Mitsuru also had their names shortened to Fuyo, Haru, Koi, Mitz.
* EarthThatUsedToBeBetter: the "Great Kanto Desert" would seem to be the future of the Kanto region in Japan, which is currently not only fertile, but heavily industrialized. It's also not clear what if anything of the rest of the world is left.
* EatTheDog: Kosuna cooks and eats a dog she was walking in revenge for Kanta giving her crappy jobs. In the anime the dog is replaced by a rare giant bug.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Kanta and Junko both end up joining the Oasis Army]]
* GainaxEnding[=/=]GeckoEnding[=/=]NoEnding: The anime ends with [[spoiler:the whole cast apparently being obliterated by a reactive WMD, scenes of the wreckage being shown, then cut to the credits featuring them all doing everyday activities, with it unclear if this is a flashback or a flashforward.]]
* {{Gainaxing}}: Junko Asagiri
* GasMaskMooks: Played straight and averted. ''Everyone'' wears gas masks in the deserts--besides working as actual gas masks against frequent poison attacks they have built in binoculars and personal air-conditioning units.
* {{Gonk}}: Quite a few. If a character is unnamed or over 40, chances are that they are a [[{{Gonk}} gonk]].
* [[GrapplingHookPistol Grappling Hook Backpack]]
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Damn near everyone in this series, considering most of them are Jerkasses.
* HulkingOut: Hulk syndrome
* ICallHerVera: "Alice", the [=M40A1=] sniper rifle, complete with a gushing description at the beginning of episode 4. There's also a minor character in episode 8 with "Kasumi-chan Mark II"--a gigantic armored tank.
* JerkAss: Almost everybody
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Ties into the nature of the protagonists and is particularly true of Kanta and Junko. One good illustration is that episodes 15 and 16 open with a flashback that at first seems like Kanta was a childhood friend of the Machine Gun Brothers and Natsuko, but the end of episode 16 shows the reality- young punk bullying the brothers into stealing for him and sexually harassing Natsuko.
* LaResistance: The Underground Mercenaries
* LittleMissConArtist: A pair of orphans encountered by Punk, Kosuna, and Kaido/Stryker turn out to be this, and their being this as well as Punk and Kosuna's apathy toward their poverty is emblematic of the CrapsackWorld setting. [[spoiler: at the end of the show, Stryker is shown taking care of them anyway.]]
* LemonyNarrator: The narrator's comments more or less amount to saying the HumansAreIdiots who really haven't even gotten the basic tenets of survival down.
* LostTechnology: Ranging from guns to {{killer robot}}s to [[spoiler:[[WaveMotionGun Neutron beams]]]]. Oddly, the most valuable thing anyone excavated was apparently ''a board game'' (LIFE by Milton Bradley).
* MagicalGirl: Some of the episodes parody the idea by showing Kosuna as one of these.
* MediumBlending: Cosplay opening FTW.
* NoMouth: Everyone wears gas masks that hide their mouths.
* NorioWakamoto: At his weirdest as Amagumo.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Due to how dangerous his career path is, Kanta Mizuno doesn't give his name away to outsiders looking for his services, Kanta presents himself as the Desert Punk, and that's how he famed himself with the title; Taiko Koizumi also follows suit when she becomes Kanta's aprentice, only going by Kosuna.
* PassingTheTorch: The 13th manga volume marks [[spoiler:Kosuna, now as a grown up woman]], debut as the new [[spoiler:Desert Punk]]. Arguably it even happened in the anime as well when [[spoiler:Kanta pulls a FaceHeelTurn]] and left [[spoiler:Kosuna]] on [[spoiler:her]] own.
* PerpetualPoverty: Whenever a big mission for Kanta ends successfully the events of the next episode will end up negating his gains to both his finances and his reputation.
* PreviouslyOn: Kosuna delivers one for episode 18, [[BreakingTheFourthWall addressed directly]] to "you on the couch".
* PunnyName: Balls-A-Hurtin, the weapons manufacturer that created the prototype battlesuits in episodes 17-18.
* RagnarokProofing: The Great Kanto Desert is littered with the ruins of an ancient civilization's giant, worn-down, mostly collapsed skyscrapers.
* RazorFloss: One of Amagumo's many, many weapons. He even compares it to a spider's web
* ReallyDeadMontage: Subverted [[spoiler: In episode 20, it looks like Kanta is killed and the credits of that episode show a montage of Kosuna/Kanta moments, but Kanta comes back later]]
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: While Stryker and Natsuko are the nicest, most idealistic people in the series, they definitely fall into this trope.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: It's indicated that the robot guards have an ability to learn, and it's quite visible in the series, as within a couple of episodes, they go from merely loyal soldiers/killers to loyal soldiers/killers that complement Stryker as being a WorthyOpponent and start to engage in banter. If history repeats, they'll shed the loyal part at some point and [[RobotWar bad things will happen]].
* RobotWar: It's implied that along with the use of nuclear and biological weapons, humanity was nearly destroyed due to something roughly equivalent to what happened in the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' films (minus the time travel part).
* ShaggyDogStory: The final episode of the anime RESOLVES NOTHING OF THE ARC.
* ShotgunsAreJustBetter: Kanta's [[WeaponOfChoice weapon of choice]]. One gunsmith even lampshades it.
* ShoutOut:
** Hulkosis/Hulk Syndrome, which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. May or not be caused by radiation poisoning.
** Sunabouzu concludes a fight against several thugs in episode 2 with the [[BondOneLiner Bond One-Liner]] [[Franchise/LupinIII "Once again, I have shot a worthless object"]]. Immediately lampshaded by Suna himself ("I'm so hilarious!").
** In one episode, Sunabouzu gets shot, and shouts "[[ForrestGump OW! Something bit me!]]"
** The cause of the formation of the Kanto Desert is basically the [[TheTerminator war against the machines]], with the guardians being the actual [[TheTerminator terminators]].
** In one episode, Kosuna is shown burrowing a path through the sand and makes a comment about taking a wrong turn at Albuquerque (a line said by WesternAnimation/BugsBunny when doing similar behavior)
** After taking out a government tank, the Machine Gun Brothers triumphantly shout out [[Film/RedDawn1984 Wolverines!]]
** In the English dub, a shout out to the Kool-Aid Man is given by Kenta shouting "Oh no!" followed by the current antagonist bursting through the rock wall behind him, shouting "OH YEAH!"
** One of the [[KillerRobot Killer Robots]] that appear (the first one, actually) wears something similar to the IconicOutfit of Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan (the orange gym clothes).
* ShownTheirWork: The author puts in an effort to make the guns in the series accurately depicted. All volumes of Desert Punk feature a section at the end dedicated to showing the various guns used throughout the volume and giving pictures and their specs. The author focuses more on "functional" guns that will continue to work reliably in the desert, as opposed to "powerhouse" guns that may be less reliable in harsh conditions.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Most characters are veeeeery far to the cynical side, particularly Kanta (and by extension Kosuna) but Stryker is almost ridiculously idealistic... which got him and Kanta and Kosuna in a whole heap of trouble.
* SmallGirlBigGun: Lengthily subverted when Kosuna tries to convince Kanta to buy her a bigger gun.
* SmokeOut: Parodied with Rainspider. He often does a "we will meet again" and throws down a smoke bomb, but then when the smoke clears, you see him running away quickly laughing maniacally.
* TheSongRemainsTheSame: Averted in the Creator/FUNimation dub by using the same song but translating the lyrics into English.
* StealthHiBye: As noted above, parodied with Rainspider's Smoke Outs, although Punk plays it straight (aided by his balloon doubles)
* TechnicalPacifist: Kanta and Rain Spider both seem to prefer taking everything their defeated opponents have on them (clothing included) to killing them. Still, Rain Spider's reasons for keeping some of them alive could be that he considers it a FateWorseThanDeath.
* TimeSkip: The manga 13th Volume features in [[spoiler:3 years later after Kanta's betrayal.]]
* TokenMiniMoe: Kosuna.
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: Kanta and Kosuna are hired to help clear the way of a cursed rock where a supposed vengeful dog deity resided. The rock was literally invulnerable to anything used on it. Hammers, guns, explosives... everything. When Kanta tries to remove the rock, he's visited by the dog deity herself. She just happens to be so damn sexy that all of her attempts to stick a knife in his back and kill him are thwarted by his sheer sexual lust. Eventually, she finds herself trying to run away from him just to survive. He goes to such great lengths to have sex with her that his own orgasm ends up destroying the rock. Kosuna was mortified when she saw this.
* {{Uncanceled}}: After a four year indefinite hiatus, the manga returned to publication September 2009. It went on ''another'' hiatus a year later, then came back in 2013.
* UnholyMatrimony: [[spoiler: possibly between Kanta and Junko, although it's not clear that they became a couple post-FaceHeelTurn, although they definitely have a closer relationship]]
* UnstoppableRage: Anyone who suffers from "[[TheIncredibleHulk Hulkosis/Hulk Syndrome]]" will turn you into a super-strong giant.
* VapourWear: One FunnyBackgroundEvent is a scrawny old man with an improvised desert suit consisting of a speedo and a sheet of corrugated tin worn around his neck to provide shade.
* WifeHusbandry: The entire reason Kanta agreed to let Kosuna be his apprentice. Notable in that it was ''Kosuna'''s idea.
* YourSoulIsMine: both Punk and Rain Spider have this as rumors about them.

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