"A.D. Vision announce the release of the hilarious Hanappe Bazooka, an animated fantasy-comedy with a healthy dash of sauce. If ever there was a good excuse to feature lesbian sex, orgies and bestiality (well almost!) in a cartoon then here it is. Hanappe (pronounced "Hannah Pay") is the name of the hapless lead character - He's just an ordinary sex-starved, spotty teenager barely able to contain his lust for the gorgeous girlies at his school and whatsmore he just has not got the knack to them in the sack! His relentless attempts to sow his wild oats continually get him into trouble with the hard nuts in the neighbourhood gang. Life would be so much simpler for Hanappe if he could have his way with any girl he pointed at! Well surprise, surprise this is exactly what does happen - Hanappe accidentally summons a pair of demons whilst indulging in his personal favourite leisure activity (ahem!), and they decide to endow him with some unique powers. The trouble is, Hanappe soon learns that you can't have your cake and eat it when the demons turn his little life completely upside down. It all gets too much when he comes home one day to find his dad has set-up a harem in the front room, his mum is panting and grinding with a hairy monster in the bath and his sister is having a raunchy lesbian affair with a female demon. Fancy a romp with some laughs along the way? Then check-out Hanappe Bazooka!"
Creators: Kazuo Koike & Go Nagai Director: Yoyu Ikegami Design: Fujio Oda Copyright: Kazuo Koike/Go Nagai/Dynamic Planning, Inc./Nippon Crown VHS version: Language: Japanese with English Subtitles Label: ADV Films Running time: 55 mins Certificate: 18 Catalogue no: VHSHB/001 Price: £12.99 Release Date: 24th March 1997
Jeff Williamson: Yup, they're definitely scraping the edges of the Go Nagai barrel. ^_^ With a main character voiced by Kappei Yamaguchi, who looks kind of like Ataru Moroboshi, having his life turned upside-down by alien-invader "demons", HANAPPE BAZOOKA is a lot like URUSEI YATSURA on lysergic acid diethylamine. ("DRU-U-U-UG humor!") At any rate, parts of it make about as much (or really, about as little) sense as an episode of UY. Hanappe gets no breaks from life: an overbearing mother, a slacker father, a taunting sister, and thugs who break his face every day on the way out of the train station. Until the day when he, while, well, masturbating, waves his penis in the millenia-old prescribed configuration and summons up two demons: Bazooka and Dance, who agree to grant his favored wish (or is it two? the script is unclear on this as well as any number of other things). Hanappe wishes to be made stronger, and he is--but as he finds out, his strength is fueled by hate. The madder Hanappe gets, the stronger...but we'll leave that right there for now. Somewhere in here, Bazooka gives Hanappe the "magic finger"--point at the woman you want, and she'll want you. Hanappe never *does* seem to get it to work. Meanwhile, Hanappe's family is living the good life, seduced by all the new possilities the demons have shown them. More confused moral points are made about meddling in the lives of others, death over life, and the triumph of love over everything. It was still kind of entertaining, though, but I'm glad I didn't actually buy it. Truly entertaining is the "omake", the extra bit at the end which shows a voice session--including a cameo by creator Go Nagai. Final Grade: C. (Rental, if'n you can find it. ^_^)