Cannon Busters Review: Netflix Anime


Cannon Busters Review Netflix Anime

Cannon Busters released today (August 15th 2019) on Netflix from the creative mind of LeSean Thomas (notable works on the Boondocks, Black Dynamite, Children of Ether, Yasuke and more). Black anime characters are rare, so I was especially excited and woke up early to watch it.  This is a non-spoiler review on the 12 episode series as you absolutely must watch this. My first reaction was that it reminded me of a black Cowboy Bebop (one of my favorite animes and the creators as well.) The main character is Philly the Kid and his similarity to Spike in Cowboy Bebop is undeniable.  

philly the kid cannon busters
Philly The Kid via
sam cannon busters netflix
S.A.M. via
casey cannon busters
Casey via

S.A.M. (special associate model) is a cannon buster and becomes Philly’s sidekick early on in the series.  Casey is the exuberant other sidekick (If you are a Star Wars nerd, think C-3PO and R2-D2).  If you are a 90’s kid you are going to lose it, as there are Power Rangers and Mega Man influences very early on.  The combination of Western and Eastern culture throughout the show is extremely interesting.  You will notice this immediately during the intro, as the production was completed in Japan (even with Japanese credits) with traditional Japanese style animation, but the intro music is a hip-hop / R&B track and features African American characters.  You’ll also notice mashups of black culture, japanese, and even middle eastern culture in some of the animation scenes.  Combine that with cowboys, robots, afrofuturism and steampunk and you’ll understand what Cannon Busters is about.  

LeSean Thomas via Japantimes

Anime productions with cross-cultural workforces have been a thing for over 35 years. This isn’t a new phenomenon to me. The U.S. Japan, France, China, India, Canada have been collaborating for decades. This is just becoming relatively common knowledge because of the advent of growing interest for the marketplace to expand business in a ubiquitous space like the web. The information about studios, directors, talent, etc is all more and more known because the information is there to share online now. But I’m used to it and encourage it. It’s vital for the medium to grow. It’s not about replacing the current model, it’s about expanding on it.

LeSean Thomas via Forbes

Quite simply, Cannon Busters is immediately a staple of blerd culture.  The characters are represented in such a positive way without any strange stereotypes and adds additional diversity to the anime genre.  I expect to see a ton of S.A.M. and Philly The Kid cosplays at upcoming conventions and these characters to start hitting our cosplay stream.  I won’t say anymore as it’s hard to write this review without dropping spoilers.  If you watched it, let us know what you think in the comments. 


CEO & Founder // Blerds out about: Video Games, Tech, Anime & Sneakers // He has a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Social & Economic Justice from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Related Posts

2 Responses
  1. Avatar

    Incredible show and what an honor to witness LeSean dream come true. Where ever he goes we will follow because cats like this come once in a lifetime like a comet.

About Blerd

Blerd (shorthand for black nerd) explores nerd and geek culture from a black point of view. Our community talks gaming, tech, anime, comics, movies, and the blerd lifestyle.

more about Blerd

Join Blerd on Discord

blerd gaming discord

february, 2020

No Events

Follow Us


Fill in your email below to subscribe to the Blerd newsletter and get 15% off your first order

Popular Post

who are blerds
What is a Blerd – Infographic
Blerd TeamSeptember 1, 2019
Eliud Kipchoge
Black Excellence – Fastest Marathon on Record
CmoneyOctober 16, 2019
why blerd
Why I Started Blerd: Representation and Inclusion Matters
AvatarJuly 9, 2019

Recent Post

the new nerd amazon prime,
The New Nerd: A Glimpse Into Black Nerd Culture
JbreazyFebruary 25, 2020
Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger vs. Power Rangers Super Megaforce! Top 10 Differences
Blerd Without FearFebruary 23, 2020
The Blerd Cave #43 | Isaiah Bradley, Kang, & Red Hulk Coming To The MCU, Plus More!
Blerd Without FearFebruary 23, 2020


  • Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: owned by Blerd LLC

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

This website uses cookies so that we can provide you with the best user experience possible. Cookie information is stored in your browser and performs functions such as recognising you when you return to our website and helping our team to understand which sections of the website you find most interesting and useful.

This website uses Google Analytics, Jetpack, and Monster Insights to collect anonymous information such as the number of visitors to the site, the most popular pages, and popular ecommerce items.

Keeping this cookie enabled helps us to improve our website and to ensure a user friendly experience including coverage of the news and information visitors like you want to see.

Privacy Policy

Blerd LLC operates the website, which provides the SERVICE.

This page is used to inform website visitors regarding our policies with the collection, use, and disclosure of Personal Information if anyone decided to use our Service, Blerd LLC or Blerd website.

If you choose to use our Service, then you agree to the collection and use of information in relation to this policy. The Personal Information that we collect is used for providing and improving the Service. We will not use or share your information with anyone except as described in this Privacy Policy.

The terms used in this Privacy Policy have the same meanings as in our Terms and Conditions, which is accessible at unless otherwise defined in this Privacy Policy.

Information Collection and Use

For a better experience, while using our Service, we may require you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information, including but not limited to your name, phone number, and postal address. The information that we collect will be used to contact or identify you.

Log Data

We want to inform you that whenever you visit our Service, we collect information that your browser sends to us that is called Log Data. This Log Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser version, pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, and other statistics.


Cookies are files with small amount of data that is commonly used as an anonymous unique identifier. These are sent to your browser from the website that you visit and are stored on your computer’s hard drive.

Our website uses these “cookies” to collect information and to improve our Service. You have the option to either accept or refuse these cookies and know when a cookie is being sent to your computer. If you choose to refuse our cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Service.

Service Providers

We may employ third-party companies and individuals due to the following reasons:

  • To facilitate our Service;
  • To provide the Service on our behalf;
  • To perform Service-related services; or
  • To assist us in analyzing how our Service is used.

We want to inform our Service users that these third parties have access to your Personal Information. The reason is to perform the tasks assigned to them on our behalf. However, they are obligated not to disclose or use the information for any other purpose.


We value your trust in providing us your Personal Information, thus we are striving to use commercially acceptable means of protecting it. But remember that no method of transmission over the internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure and reliable, and we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Links to Other Sites

Our Service may contain links to other sites. If you click on a third-party link, you will be directed to that site. Note that these external sites are not operated by us. Therefore, we strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of these websites. We have no control over, and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third-party sites or services.

Children’s Privacy

Our Services do not address anyone under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect personal identifiable information from children under 13. In the case we discover that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information, we immediately delete this from our servers. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your child has provided us with personal information, please contact us so that we will be able to take necessary action.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. Thus, we advise you to review this page periodically for any changes. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page. These changes are effective immediately, after they are posted on this page.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

We use contact forms for our users to message us. Messages sent in contact forms are not to be treated as anonymous. Blerd LLC team members and our affiliates are the only ones with access to this data.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Analytics are collected through various services to provide the best user experience. We use this anonymous data to make sure we are creating content relevant to our users. By using our Service you agree to allow us to automate decision making – for example, aggregating your data into an advertising profile.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or suggestions about our Privacy Policy, do not hesitate to contact us.