Mad Bull 34 (マッド★ブル34, Maddo Buru Sanjūyon?) is a manga series written by Kazuo Koike and illustrated by Noriyoshi Inoue, serialized in Shueisha's Young Jump between 1986 and 1990 and collected in 27 volumes. The series follows the toughest cop in … see full wiki
the rough streets of New York where rape, prostitution, and murder run rampant. New officer on the force, Daisuburo "Eddie" Ban, is assigned to the 34th Precinct. His first day of duty sees him partnered up with officer John Estes aka Sleepy, but better known as Mad Bull. Daisuburo gets his first taste on what it means to be a cop working the 34th. But Sleepy's excessive force has him wondering, what kind of cop is he? And how the hell did he make it to the force?
The New York City Police Department is under attack by an unknown assailant. The individual is leaving a grisly trail of bodies, by wasting all officers on their patrols. Sleepy and Daisuburo come under attack, and the killer reveals himself as someone who knows Sleepy quite well. Soon, the Swat Team becomes involved, and they attempt to use Sleepy as a decoy. But what exactly is the connection between the two? -summary
This is the final volume of the four part OVA Mad Bull 34 directed by Satoshi Dezaki, and it's based off the manga series written by Kazuo Koike. And as usual, I will point out that I'm not familiar with the manga series. Therefore, I have no idea how closely this volume follows the original source material, or if it follows it at all, and I don't like to go off of rumors and heresy either.
Remaining loyal to the rest of the series, this volume is just as straight forward as the others. But Dezaki makes an attempt at actually telling a story, and doesn't try to rely on one action scene or sex scene after the other, and quite honestly, it appears that he cannot tell a story without those elements running rampant. This volume is no doubt the worst of the series, and it's pretty much the definition of a bad anime.
This volume gets everything wrong. Although the action can still be brutal, it's hampered by repetition and very bad animation. The action scenes are completely non engaging, non creative, and lacking that silly flair found in the earlier volumes, especially, in comparison with the first two. Character development is shaky at best because it clashes with Sleepy's development, and I was left scratching my head on his duty to uphold the law, when he was clearly breaking it in the first volume. No matter how noble his intentions may have been, according to him, the law is still the law. One thing I can't stand is contradicting character development. The anime also fails miserably in its sorry attempt at romance, that comes off incredibly cheesy, forced, and non engaging.
The individual going around icing cops is revealed to be a person in a suit of body armor, that appears to be a splice of the Predator, Wolverine, and the Green Goblin. This character is quite possibly the only cool thing going on in this volume. Unfortunately, I got tired of their antics pretty quick, and I found myself only waiting for the ending.
I felt the comedy was pretty weak outside of one hilarious moment that involved a finger. Besides that, some of the gags like Sleepy getting laid had already ran its course. In addition, the dialogue really wasn't as funny, and the interactions were either stale, too cheesy, or both.
The animation is no doubt bargain bin and consists of flashes of light across static bodies, stills, and it was just poor overall when compared to the rest of the series. And keep in mind, the rest of the series was just barely cutting it, which says a lot about this. But looking on the bright side though, at least the character designs were consistent, and the killer had a nice look. I also have to give a mention to the gore. I thought the sliced up remains of the cops were pretty sick and creepy.
The soundtrack was also pretty good at first, and it did a good job enhancing the atmosphere in the beginning. Later, it just became something else, and made certain scenes that were suppose to be taken serious end up being laughable instead. There's really nothing to mention about the English dub, since nothing stood out to me at all.
Overall, Mad Bull 34 is a guilty pleasure for me and nothing more. I would never consider it to be great anime, nor will I ever consider it to be a must see. But I will admit it's pretty effective schlock entertainment, when you turn off the brain and watch the carnage take place. I am happy to see it ran for only four episodes, because one can only wonder just how far this could possibly have went. Only recommended to the sex and violence crowd.
*As a side note, Mad Bull 34 has been out of print for quite some time, and it's only available on VHS. There is no DVD release of it to my knowledge, and last I remember, there was no scheduled DVD release of the series. The manga is also rare. But the series can be seen on youtube. I recommend going there for it.*
Pros: -Music at times, some blood and gore
Cons: -Does poorly at just about everything it had been doing right.
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