A guy at my local comic store described this series as "sick and twisted, but lots of fun". Well, two outta three ain't bad.
In typical Go Nagi fashion, calling Hanappe Bazooka weird is an understatement. It's demented, warped, nutty, wacko; any adjective you pick fits this series. However, just because it's so bizarre doesn't mean it's entertaining.
The movie begins with us being introduced to a guy named Hanappe who just happens to be a total loser. Between watching dirty movies, getting the crap kicked out of him by bullies, and failing when trying to score with the opposite sex, you know something is going to turn his life around. Enter two demons. Well, actually I don't think I'd call them demons really. One looks like a giant, evil Muppet (with teeth), and the other looks somewhat like a Dr. Seuss character. These two bestow Hanappe (actually just his index finger) with immense power. He can either immediately enamor any female he wants, or use it for incredible destruction.
Unfortunately, we get treated to Hanappe's magic finger antics for all of about ten minutes. The plot then shifts focus to the demons who become major pests. Hanappe then tries to get rid of them which leads into a *very* weird series of events and an even weirder ending. I'm still not sure where the heck Go Nagi was going with this one, but it didn't end up anywhere close to what I expected.
In the end, a good premise is wasted. It's not overly funny, but it has its moments. If you're in the mood for something unconventional, then Hanappe Bazooka might be what you're looking for.
The Verdict: * * 1/2 (below average)
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