Rating:2 Rampages Bolt Crank

Did you ever have one of those days where you wished you could regurgitate your previously digested weaponry through your hands? Yeah, so does the Explorer Bolt Crank.
Luckily, Bolt just happens to be able to do that. He's the hero of Eat-Man, and he's good at his job. Mercenaries known as 'Explorers' roam this post-apocalyptic world making their living as hired muscle for any number of purposes...but it's unlikely that many Explorers are quite as unique as Bolt. Through his travels, he stops along the way to make a few bucks and occasionally rescue damsels in distress. His taste for metal gives him quite an edge as he becomes capable of generating an assortment of weapons from his hand! It's a strange ability, but it seems to come in handy, so to speak. Bolt has an edge over his adversaries, but will that be enough?

Bolt and yet another damsel Review:
Argh, I hate it when people do this. Here is a wonderful example of someone taking a good manga and completely wasting it. As it stands, very little about this series is actually worth your time; The art is very nice, animated very smoothly and nice line work. Everything else, on the other hand, is pretty pathetic. The music is pretty jarring and doesn't fit the theme at all. The opening and closing songs are totally uninteresting, and both sequences are visually underwhelming. The characters are horribly two dimensional, a mercenary Damsel in distress? Gimme a break. There is no character intorduction at all, so you can't really bring yourself to care about anybody, hero or otherwise. Since it is episodic in nature, you never really get any serious insight into Bolt's character, and all the characters that seem interesting are gone in the next episode. If you are looking for something to watch for a weekend with an interesting episodic story and fun characters, go watch Cowboy Bebop, Patlabor or City Hunter, and stay away from this one. Not recommended.

Herself the Elf sez: I've heard from a number of sources that Akihito Yoshitomi's manga is MUCH better than the anime, so you might want to check it out. It's available from Viz Communications.

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