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Anime / Cannon Busters

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Cannon Busters is an upcoming anime based on LeSean Thomas' 2005 comic book of the same name, written and directed by Thomas himself, and with the animation done by the Japanese studio Satelight. Cannon Busters was initially crowdfunded on Kickstarter in 2014, successfully raising over $150,000 against a $120,000 goal, and after several years, finally led to the entire series being picked up by Netflix as part of their goal to expand into the anime market.

The story follows the adventures of Philly the Kid, a 17-year-old outlaw and the youngest wanted vigilante in the land of Gearbolt, who accompanies a young girl drone named Samberry, alongside an outdated repair bot named Casey Turnbuckle, as she seeks her owner Prince Toji.

Given that the comic it was based on only lasted two issues (due to Thomas' busy schedule keeping him from completing it in a time where indie comics weren't nearly as viable), Adaptation Expansion is practically necessary.


Tropes applying to Cannon Busters:

  • Adaptation Expansion: The first season lasts 12 episodes, the original comic was only 2 issues (three if counting #0). It's a given.
  • Animesque: A blurred example, as the series is based on an American comic book while being written and directed by its creator, while being produced by Netflix, yet the animation is done by the Japanese Satelight. Officially speaking, it's considered an anime.
  • Genre-Busting: The world is influenced by westerns, steampunk, mecha, eastern samurai, high fantasy, and urban hip-hop culture.


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