Episode 22: Netflix’s Cannon Busters

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Canon Busters Review
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On this week’s episode, Kate and LaNeysha review and discuss the new Netflix anime, Cannon Busters created by LeSean Thomas. They talk about what it felt like to see an anime series with predominantly People of Color characters in non-stereotypical styles. They also get into how this series feels like a love letter that pays homage to classic anime series such as Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Lupin III, and Samurai Champloo.

They walk through the show’s early beginnings as a comic book in 2003. The first issue of the series was due to be published by Com.x in 2003, but moved to Devil’s Due in 2004 and was published in 2005. Despite being loved by both critics and fans,  due to a very busy schedule, Thomas had decided to reprint and continue the series as an original graphic novel. But the project was cancelled in favor of the anime.

They also talk about the importance of representation in anime and ultimately how the series makes them feel seen. Plus, they dive deep into music and how it runs through the series as one of the strongest elements – come on, put it on Spotify Netflix. Plus, this Cannon Busters review asks what this means for the future of Netflix anime and who gets to tell animated stories. We all love science fiction, anime, mechs, and a whole lot of violence.


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