Cannon Busters

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Unique, edgy anime series has some mature content.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

As is the case with anime series, there’s a hero’s journey that needs to be completed. Friendship is a major theme. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main protagonists are black. Philly the Kid is flawed, but still a decent person. S.A.M. is aggressively friendly. 


Lots of violent and bloody fantasy killings using weapons ranging from axes and knives to laser guns and other technology. 


Features some strong sexual innuendo, like a visible Playboy-type magazine and women in tight skin-revealing clothing. 


Words like "hell," "ass," "crap," "bastard," and "g--damn" are frequent. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Cigarette smoking visible. There's some fights in a saloon. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Cannon Busters is an edgy, adult-oriented animated adventure series. No doubt that it will appeal to teens, but it features strong language, strong sexual innuendo, and lots of fantasy violence that makes it a questionable choice for younger viewers. There’s some smoking, too. 

User Reviews

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Adult Written by3percentkaren February 15, 2021

The perfect the show for young teens

A good show for teens of ages thirteen and up. There is a lot of language as one of the character has quite the bad mouth. There isn't any sex, just clothi... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byDudulino01 September 16, 2019

Great Job Mr. LeSean Thomas!

A Japanese Anime Created By A Afro-American For Netflix Is Unbelievable I Never See Before A Car That Can Turns Intro Giant Bull I Believed This Is A Kids Show... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 29, 2019

Good anime

The show is good. Not my favorite. But good.

What's the story?

Based on an American fantasy comic book series by the same name, CANNON BUSTERS is an anime series about a wanted man and his partnership with an upbeat friendship droid. Philly the Kid is cursed with immortality, and has to cope with being chased and killed by bounty hunters over and over again. But his life takes a strange turn when he meets S.A.M., an extremely friendly robot looking for her best friend, who happens to be the missing prince of Botica. Along with maintenance droid Casey Turnbuckle, the outlaw sets out on a journey in his transforming Cadillac named Bessie to find him in hopes of helping S.A.M.’s besieged kingdom. 

Is it any good?

This quirky series, which was created by The Boondocks’ LeSean Thomas, offers a story world that combines elements of classic anime fantasy with black culture. Folks who enjoy the traditional anime experience will certainly find it here, including the hero's journey, the fight against evil, and the relationships between person and machine. But it also creates a unique viewing experience that allows for some interesting, well-developed characters that drive the show's dark humor and fast-paced action. Cannon Busters is edgy and fun, and if you’re fans of the comic book series, or like Thomas’ cutting-edge work, you will not be disappointed. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about adapting comic books to television series. What are some of the challenges? Does it give more opportunities to be more creative with the storytelling process?

  • The fact that Cannon Busters features black characters is significant for a variety of reasons. What are they? Is the race of key characters the only thing that males the series different from other anime shows?

TV details

  • Premiere date: August 15, 2019
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Action
  • TV rating: TV-MA
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: August 6, 2021

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