Dominion Tank Police box cover


Available on VHS and DVD from U.S. Manga Corps.
OAV Series: 4 episodes on 2 VHS tapes (dubbed), 4 episodes on 4 VHS tapes (subtitled), or 1 DVD
30-40 minutes per episode
Science Fiction/Comedy
Version I Watched: English dubbed
Objectionable Content: Brief nudity, violence

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Dominion Tank Police

Dominion Tank Police is based on the Masamune Shirow manga, Dominion. Having not read the manga (and after watching this, not wanting to), I can't comment on any similarities or differences between the two. What I can do, however, is provide you with my opinion of this anime.

In the future, crime is so out of control that a special police force called the "Tank Police" is formed. Leona is a new member of this team and must prove herself capable of surviving the dangerous criminal element which plague the Tank Police.

Now, it's supposed to be a comedy, but I didn't find much to laugh at. The characters, situations, and jokes were all too over-the-top to be truly funny. Subtle humor will not be found here. The only part I did find rather funny was on instance involving a game-show style police interrogation. However, it hardly made up for the other grating scenes usually involving Leona and her stupid tank, Bonapart.

The characters were also rather wacky, but they tended to borderline on irritating. It didn't take long before I added Leona to my list of anime characters I would not hesitate to shoot on sight, probably because of her grating voice actor. Her supporting cast were also pretty annoying, only slightly less so. On the plus side, the Puma sisters were pretty entertaining (and sexy, to boot) even though their accents were a tad odd.

The one thing that really struck me was the change in mood during the second episode. It shifts from being outright silly to a more serious tone. Downright somber even. Now this was reminiscent of the philosophical discussions which Shirow usually poses in his manga, but it just seemed so out of place after all the preceding wackiness.

The artwork had a rather dull grainy look to it, and coupled with poor animation, Dominion's visuals were pretty ugly. The music was particularly annoying to go along with the horrible English voice acting. On a technical level, Dominion Tank Police was downright awful.

If you're a fan of the manga version of Dominion, then you have an excuse to watch this anime. Anyone looking for an entertaining comedy, should just keep looking.

The Verdict: * 1/2 (very poor)