A to Z Anime Reviews: B is for… Bounty Hunter: The Hard
For B is for Bounty Hunter: The Hard review. I shall give you a lovely play by play of this ova. You know... So you don't have to watch it! SPOILERS BELOW!
We start off witnessing a mystery surgery on a woman only moments later to find her floating in the river clearly dead. A news broadcast announces this while our hero bounty hunter, Hard, walks into a titty bar where his next target is... Can't be a ova from the 90's without BOOBS! Hard finds his target easily because a man dressed as a woman to "hide" when he's a pretty ugly dude just doesn't work very well. Sadly his prey is snatched by a rival bounty hunter and Hard goes home empty handed.
Hard lives for his daughter but rarely gets to see her since he is separated from his wife. Having yet another visit from his daughter cancelled, Hard takes on a new job taking him to the Bronx. He's after a man who has a scar on half of his face from I guess a fire or acid or something. He stole money from a church! Oh that bad Freddie!
While looking around for Freddie, Hard unfortunately finds the dead body of his bounty hunting rival. They didn't get along of course but Hard still feels the pain of loosing a comrade in arms.
Hard's next lead brings him to a gay bar but when he arrives he notices the man, Suzy, (Suzy looks like a typical ugly queen that thinks they are super pretty) he was wanting to meet with leaving so he follows him to a church. THE church our good old pal Freddie stole from! Suzy starts ragging on the same blind girl Hard helped in the first 3 minutes of the show and suddenly car chase! This goes on for a few minutes until Hard manages to get through an exploding truck with his jeep on fire. Still chasing Suzy of course. While they are still battling in a tunnel he manages to snag the girl from Suzy's car. I don't even remember how this happened that's how good Hard is! Upon leaving the tunnel poor Suzy ends up spinning out still in the tunnel. He tries to take one last shot at Hard but unfortunately there are some loose wires near water (Why? Who knows...) causing massive explosions! This leaves poor Suzy badly injured. OH HIS PRETTY FACE!!!
Cut to Hard making some pasta and listening to a message his daughter left him while the passed out girl he rescued again lays in his bed. Apparently his wife is seeing someone new! Or so his daughters message says, OH MY!
Hard continues his search for Freddie. Miriam (the blind girl) was the one that ended up "making" Freddie steal the money from the church. He apparently really wants her to have some surgery that will likely help her get her eyesight back. Guess Freddie ain't so bad after all! Miriam after separating from Hard gets a phone call from Freddie and somehow Hard is their waiting outside her place to follow her. The three meet in what looks like an abandoned warehouse. Miriam begs Freddie to stop doing dangerous jobs for her sake but before the conversation can continue they are attacked by Chopper (Suzy's angry lover) and Suzy. This is where all hell breaks loose.
After the battle Suzy and Freddie end up being the causalities. The last thing Freddie does is hand over a mysterious disk to Hard. This disk ends up having medical records upon it. He's stumbled upon a black market for human organs!
Hard then heads off to the church where the priest should be whom he found to be very suspicious when they spoke about Freddie and Miriam earlier. When confronted the priest rambles on about doing God's work and cleaning the streets of scum. When Hard has had enough of his righteous blab he opens fire with his trusty MACHINE GUN...
Eventually the battle leads to a silly hand to hand combat and of course Chopper appears with his own machine gun ready to wreck everything in his path to avenge his beloved Suzy. Not even caring that he shoots the priest, Chopper continues on after Hard. God was clearly angry about all this going on in one of his houses of prayer so the Jesus cross falls right into Choppers eyeball killing him good and dead!
Cut to Miriam standing at a grave of Freddie. Hard stands in the background but doesn't approach. Cut to Hard calling his daughter asking about his wife's new boyfriend... "So... What's her boyfriend like?" THE END.
Not the best of endings I gotta say, but well having it end was good enough... 4/10 won't watch again and will likely forget about it entirely after a month. Bad music, Bad characters, BAD STORY!!
I considered no other "B" anime for this project since I haven't seen this ova before today.
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