The short-running show Desert Punk touched on a variety of interesting genres, and has enough amazing story and genre diversity in it to keep even a person who has never shown interest in anime a fan. Desert Punk is more than just anime; this show delves into genres such as steampunk and post-apocalyptic fiction. And even though this show has an amazing story and is terrific fun and good entertainment, there are lessons that you can learn from the show that you can apply to real life. Here are a few of the important lessons that I’ve pulled from a few years of being a fan of the show!
The Way People React To Their Surroundings
Kanta Mizuno is a very interesting protagonist, even by anime standards. Mizuno is a handyman that tries to make his way in the wasteland that Japan has become after years of nuclear war and death. His reaction to his surroundings and situations that he comes in contact with usually involves making light of the situation, often with dark jokes. On the other hand, many other characters let the darkness of their surrounds make them into psychopathic, brutal individuals that will never hesitate to kill other people. To be fair however, Mizuno is no choirboy either…
Our Heroes Are Rarely That Heroic
Especially in times of danger and constant stress, the people that we end up looking up to or wanting to be like are often terrible people themselves. For example, Kanta Mizuno is extremely perverted and sexist towards other women in the show. The only reason that he takes the young girl he finds, Kosuna, as an apprentice is because she shows him a picture of her mother and shows him how attractive she will be when she’s older. This (more than slightly) creepy part of the story shows just how unheroic our heroes can often be; the show does a good job of pointing out how our heroes rarely people we should completely look up to.