Kiyoyuki YanadaAya HisakawaShigeru ChibaDominion Tank Police
New Dominion Tank Police
Medium: OVA, series
Year: 1993
Director: Noboru Furuse
Writer: Anzu Nemuru, Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Mitsuo Mutsuki
Original creator: Masamune Shirow
Actor: Aya Hisakawa, Ayako Udagawa, Hajime Koseki, Hiroyuki Shibamoto, Kaoru Shimamura, Kiyoyuki Yanada, Kouichi Nagano, Kousei Tomita, Mitsuaki Hoshino, Mitsuru Ogata, Niina Kumagaya, Norio Wakamoto, Rei Sakuma, Rihoko Yoshida, Ryoichi Tanaka, Ryuzaburo Otomo, Shigeru Chiba, Shinichiro Miki, Takuma Suzuki, Taro Arakawa, Yuko Kobayashi, Yusaku Yara
Keywords: Dominion Tank Police, anime, SF
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: Six 29-minute episodes
Website category: Anime 1990s
Review date: 23 May 2024
New Dominion Tank Police
I quite like this franchise, but this is its weakest instalment and its only episode to make me laugh was ep.3. The original series was more over-the-top. This one's still somewhat parodic, but it's less nuts and its Tank Police are a little more sane and normal than before. They actually care about doing the right thing. They don't torture suspects by pushing grenades in their mouths while Leona dresses up as a bunny girl.
That said, though, they're still entertaining loons. Charles Bronson, er, Brenten is like the epitome of every macho 1980s action hero. Leona loves her tank, Napoleon, and would go on a date with it if she found a restaurant that could seat them. The police chief still has the world's worst subordinates. Shigeru Chiba is again playing a character called Megane ("glasses") after doing so for years in Usurei Yatsura.
I'll talk about episode 3, which was good. Dainippon Giken (evil arms-dealing megacorporation) has packed a mega-truck with explosives and sent it at top speed down a motorway. Leona shoots at its tyres. (She didn't know about the explosives, but you'd have expected the mother of all pile-ups had she hit.) Brenten locks the Chief in a broom cupboard to stop him talking inconvenient sense. "OKAY, MOVE OUT!!!!" There's jazzy tank chase music. Leona hears about the explosives and has to ask what they are. The finale involves Brenten having to stop the truck with a bullet... and a misaimed first shot will wipe the city off the face of the planet, so he won't get a second one. Someone offers him a rifle, i.e. a gun designed for accurate aiming. Nope, that's not macho enough. He draws his Dirty Harry handgun.
The Braking For Brenten was cool too.
It's almost a category error to complain about plot holes and logic errors in a daft show like this, but there's a hysterically bad one. In ep.6, the baddies have been captured by two cops, Leona and Al. They shoot Al... and then leave without trying to shoot Leona too. She's a witness! They just shot her partner. She could have testified against them and got them convicted of attempted murder, or even had a go at Dainippon Giken itself. (Or, alternatively, she might chase after them in her tank and kill them all with crazy collateral damage. Guess which one she chooses.) D'oh.
Over the top? Obviously. Sometimes, it's the anime equivalent of Team America: World Police. Leona spends most of ep.5 driving around with cat-girl androids glued to her bumper. (If she'd crashed, they'd have got mashed.) Also, the finale has Leona dealing with those two baddies by SHOOTING DOWN THEIR PLANE. How many other people were aboard? The public record covers this up as "an act of terrorism" and the police go on with silliness as usual. I wouldn't go so far as to call these six episodes "good", but they have a fun cast and a sense of humour. You could do worse.