Masamune Shirow's mini-series about a futuristic police force
that uses tanks to enforce peace in the Blade-Runneresque
Newport City has been translated into this mini-series that's
available on VHS and DVD. The story involves Leona, a new
recruit to the Tank Police, as she and the others try to stop
Buaku and the two Cat sisters, Annapuma and Immapuma.
Unlike the critically acclaimed Ghost In the Shell, Tank
Police takes a more humorous vein in it's story-telling and
artistically looks more like the original manga. Shirow's
character design and artistic style have managed to be kept
intact. If you've read the original manga, then don't expect
a verbatim translation of the story and plot. Some liberty
was taken with the story.
Side characters are nothing more than that. The provide a
humorous element to the tale and help to progress the story
along, but really don't stand out on their own.
While not too faithful story-wise to the original manga
series, the cartoon is still a good watch. You'll enjoy the
characters and the tale as it progresses.