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This much-touted Japanese Manga cartoon is basically just a stack of cliches. A mysterious stranger staggers across a post-apocalyptic landscape and wipes out a bunch of scummy raider types. He walks into town and gets thrown in jail, where his cell-mate is the stereotypical Japanese Manga bug-eyed loud-mouthed cool teenage boy.
The stranger reveals he has a tattoo on his chest that represents a constellation - the Big Dipper! He uses mystical powers on the villains, and their heads explode. The village wise-man predicts Where the Big Dipper goes, chaos follows. It probably loses something in the translation.
Apparently the show was originally filmed in 1984, and only redubbed for the English-speaking world in 1999. And for some reason, although the show only has about five characters the English-language cast list has over 20 names!
The hero and comic-relief drive around a post-apocalyptic wasteland, helping strangers and slaughtering biker trash. Same as last week, in other words.
The comic-relief dude is lost in the desert, starving. After a brief comedy interlude where he mistakes a hungry vulture for a turkey dinner, he sees the wee girl Lynn being transported by Slavers. He informs the Big Dipper dude, and they go to the Slavers' city.
The arch-villain is King, who rules with the aid of 4 Jacks - Spade (killed last week), Club, Heart and Diamond. This week it is Diamond and Clubs' turns.
The hero goes up against the fourth Jack, a sumo-looking martial arts expert.
It turns out that the arch-villain is the Fist of the South Star, second pupil of the hero's Sensei. They were rivals over the affections of the hero's GF - and we finally get to see the hero get a dose of his own medicine.
The blonde-haired blue-eyed villain takes his dainty, distressed damsel to the city of Southern Cross, which he rules with a Special Forces unit called God's Army.
The hero permanently cripples a thug, and tells him you will have to find an honest way to earn a living. He then helps the serfs rebel against the police: they do not mind having the police take responsibility for law enforcement, but object to paying taxes!
Yes, this Manga trash is back. The Big Dipper guy is still facing off against God's Army. Their leader, The Colonel, uses razor-sharp boomerangs. Does he stand a chance against mr no-charisma? What do YOU think?
As well as the usual unbelievable martial arts hokum, we now get frag grenades that can obliterate one man but leave someone standing next to him completely unharmed!
The super-thug scares off a biker gang who have heard of his reputation. Then he helps some villagers who object to paying for their water supply.
Last episode the hero won a phyrric victory. This time he tries to get a water supply for the villagers.
He meets a nobleman who offers him an alliance - and will help him rescue his GF. However, he is a communist or something, and rejects the offer.
Our hero meets a little crippled orphan kid. He is a friend of the comedy sidekick's, so they all go back to the orphanage together. Water is short, and they have two options for getting it. Either dig a well through solid rock, or steal water from the bad guys.
There is a bounty on the hero's head. Nobody is smart enough to find out WHY he is so valuable, and thus never realises how dangerous he is.
This is a follow-up to the previous episode. Ken the mass-murderer is after the biker gang. We also see the set-up for the return of the main villain ...