Dominion Tank Police Info
by Frasco (email@example.com)
Shirow wrote the original Dominion manga, featuring the manic Tank Police,
Summary: "In the future the world's pollution problems have escalated and
toxic micro-organisms force people to wear filter masks out of doors. Crime
rates are very high, and to counter it the Tank Police, a special SWAT
unit, have been formed. Their main task is to catch the criminal BUAKU
gang. But the residents of Newport, a vast bio-constructed city, are more
enraged by the destructive activities of the Tank Police than those of the
Leona, her pet tank Bonaparte, and her lovesick partner Al, have to
confront the villainous Buaku and his felinoid accessories-to-crime the
beautiful Annapuma and Unipuma. Leona's goal: to rescue Crolis, a
mysterious green-skinned girl with the power to clean the air around her,
and the potential to renew the poisoned Earth".
Masamune Shirow on Dominion
Of all of Masamune Shirow's policewoman series, Dominion is by far the
lightest and least serious, despite that broading title. It's a short
story, only one volume in all, that first ran in Hakusensha Publishing's
dearly departed magazine ComiComi. The short temper and Type A
personality of police tank commander Leona Ozaki and the daily events of
her Newport Police Station (Hyogo Prefecture, Shinhama City) are depicted
in loving slapstick (fortunately there isn't area unit like this in Japan).
Shinhama City and Newport Ward don't really exist. In theory they're part
of an imaginary artificial island called Waterfront floating off the coast
of Hyogo Prefecture near Kobe. It seems Waterfront is a ong construction
stretching as far as the Kii Peninsula. One interesting thing about it is
that it doesn't go all the way to the ocean floor -- it floats above it.
The centerpiece of Dominion was the pocket tank Bonaparte T-1, virtually an
extension of Leona herself. Bonaparte's name was meant to be a take-off on
both "Napoleon" and the Japanese pronunciation of the German "Leopard"
tank. The driver lay almost prone on the bottom armor of the hull, with
Leona's seat covering him like a tortoise shell. Small as it was, it
weighted a good five tons, and the treads could leave any road in serious
need of repair. Bonaparte fired a variety of stun and gas cannisters.
However, Leona always kept three illicit high-velocity AP rounds in a
special "good luck" bag at her feet.
I should mention that all four videos were original stories written by the
animation staff and differ a bit from my own Dominion universe. Not to
worry -- if it's interesting, what more can you ask? (Actually, I liked
their Brenten a lot).
Brenten is the leader of the Tank Police, and likes to keep a tough, macho
cop image. Beneath the harsh exterior, he is a bit of a softie, and prefers
riding around the streets in his tank to actually solving any crimes. Of
course, he wouldn't let anyone else know that, and tries to live up to his
image as a hard taskmaster.
Newly assigned to the Tank Police, from the motorcycle division, Leona has
a few initial problems adjusting to Tank Police techniques. However, with a
new, custom built tank, she rapidly becomes one of their most effective
Al Cu Ad Solte
Al is the driver and mechanic for Leona's tank, Bonaparte. He occasionally
questions the rather brutal tactics of the Tank Police, but doesn't object
too much, when shouted down.
He suffers from prematurely grey hair and constant heart trouble.
(Doubtless brought on by the actions of the Tank Police.)
Besides looking after the spiritual welfare of the Tank Police, Chaplain is
a fairly mean tank driver, and a rather useful interrogator. He also helped
design Leona's tank.
Specs is a failed scientist, who acts as the brains of the Tank Police.
He's a computer wizard and also a fairly useful biologist.
Buaku is a cyborg, with a mysterious past. His gang are the Tank Police's
most dangerous opponents, armed with both Buaku's cunning and some rather
Anna Puna & Uni Puma
The Puma sisters are Buaku's lieutenants, and are also cyborgs, albeit
rather better looking than Buaku. They have a serious affinity for big guns
and motorbikes. In the second series of the anime they are somewhat down on
their luck. In DOMINION Conflict 1 they join forces with the police!
DOMINION Phantom of the Audience
Would you like to see somebody passing in front of your home digging
trenches where there was your garden? Well, somebody has decided that the
tanks of the Police must change their shoes. But Bonaparte is not the same
Dark Horse Preview: "The fearless tank police return in an all-new short
story, Phantom of the Audience! What's the story with the new sport
craze, Smartball? Will Leona's overzealous attitude get her kicked out of
the Tank Police? Will squad commander Brenten ever finish typing his
report? It's an ecological-dystopian- police procedural adventure/comedy as
only master storyteller Masamune Shirow can do it!".
DOMINION Conflict 1 (no more noise)
After the short story Dominion - Phantom of the Audience Shirow has finally
come back to the Dominion universe: now the air is clean and the new
Bonaparte MT-9 is the standard Police tank and, more important, the law
cannot sentence androids, so the Puma sisters have to be converted to...
[ Wait a minute: before C1 I'd like to tell you that the next Dominion will
probably be out about 1999 (everyway before Appleseed 5 who is very far
from completion (no sooner than 2000 or later) ]
Below you can read the official previews of all six books published by Dark
Book #1: Humor is the only defense against insanity in a world where the
air is so foul that you need to wear an oxygen mask, the economy's so
depressed that even fake gold's a luxury, and the crime is so bad that the
cops need armored tanks! Such is the world of Leona, ace tank-cop. In her
pet tank Bonaparte, she'll either save the city of Newport... or destroy it
trying! In No More Noise, Leona recruits some help to catch some slippery
crooks -- help that's rather crooked itself! The villainous and sexy Puma
sisters become duly deputized officers of the law in this latest chapter of
Book #2: Leona Ozaki is the most experienced tank patrol cop in Newport
City's Police Department. She's faced down gun-toting sky pirates and
berserk street thugs and walked away with hardly a scratch! But not even
her battle experience could have prepared her for the adversaries
awaiting her back at HQ -- the love-starved, female cops who want to keep
her away from heartthrob police chief Sakurai! On top of that, Leona has to
contend with her new law-enforcement partner, Annapuma, a woman who can't
figure out the difference between being chased by the police and wearing
the badge herself!
Book #3: It's a workday from hell for officer Leona Ozaki. The jealous
traffic-meter girls are determined to get between her and handsome
chief-of-staff Sakura; her uptight subordinate Shinozaki has mysteriously
disappeared into the Traffic Control Division; and sky pirate Urushi-Maru
is flying free above the city. Leona has neither the time nor the patience
for this -- but what she does have are three HEAT rounds, and if she aims
them just right she can end all of her troubles!
Book #4: The flipped red flag of an expired parking meter is the favored
sight of Newport's intrepid meter maids! Or, rather, it was the favored
sight, before studly chief-of-staff Sakura came to the Newport Police
Department! So when tank policewoman Leona Ozaki appears to be making
time with the handsome superintendent, the maids take to the streets to put
an end to the pairing... and find themselves in the middle of a raging gang
Book #5: Leona's tank is state of the art! It can go over, under, or
through any obstacle -- or, rather, any obstacle besides a crowd of
anti-Tank Police peaceniks! When the only thing standing between your
outrageous firepower and the biggest bust of your life is a pack of
demonstrating pacifists, what do you do?
Book #6: Bringing infamous sky pirate Urushi-Maru down to earth was no
problem. Pump enough Sayori-14 HEAT rounds into a biplane, it's not gonna
stay up for long. But the real battle still lies ahead for tank-cop Leona
Ozaki; now she has to explain to her supervising officer why one of the
city's most important factories is going up in smoke! Leona may always get
her man, but they sure don't come along easily! Instead this is the preview
by Studio Proteus:
Newport's wild and unruly Tank Police are at it again. When a dud shell
lets the notorious sky pirate Urushi-maru slips through the fingers of
newly promoted tank squad commander Leona, the city's most dedicated tank
girl knows she's in for a bad day. But how bad who could imagine? Her squad
has to fight for new ammunition with the tight-wad department section
chief, she's been ordered to represent the department at the priggish Kinki
Regional Police headquarters committee to select the next generation police
armored fighting vehicle, and the goopy star of the hit TV talk show, "Love
Will Save the World" has chosen this day of all day to film "The Policeman
is Our Friend," live at Tank Police HQ! But that's not the half of it. The
Chief has also selected Leona's squad to experiment with the department's
first android police officers, and the new lady cops turn out to be none
other than Leona's old nemesis, the uncontrollable and drop-dead gorgeous
Puma sisters, Anna and Uni. Can the reprogrammed robot crime-babes be
turned into spit and polish law guardians? Can they at least be kept from
stealing evidence and breaking and entering on the job? Can Leona evade the
"love attack" of the lady killer assistant chief of Kinki Police, the
dashing Captain Kenji Sakura, and the jealous machinations of the
over-sexed Meter Maids of the Traffic Control Department out to stop the
romance at any cost? Will the Tank Police survive the crooked scheming of
corrupt officials at headquarters who want to throw the next-generation
tank contract to the sleazy hacks at Hammer Industries?
And above all, can Leona and her one true love, the mini-tank Bonaparte
Ten, survive the "Work Day From Hell" and still find time to get their
man, the elusive sky pirate of Newport City?
Shirow Masamune brings all the grit, grandeur, and goofiness of future
police procedural together in the wildest, most intense Dominion story
Dominion Tank Police
Original Story: Masamune Shirow
Director: Koichi Mashimo
Running time: 67/67 mins
Release Date: 1989
Act 1 - Crime Corps
As Act 1 opens, Leona, gung-ho red-haired female recruit to the Tank
Police, reports for duty as Lt. Brenten and his men are interrogating a
prisoner with the hand-grenade torture. It is Leona's very first
assignment. While on patrol inside the company commander's tank special,
the cyborg Buaku and his female sidekicks the Puma twins break into a
hospital and steal a valuable research material. In her very first
personal experience controlling a tank, Leona struggles very hard to run
after Buaki and his accomplices. Somehow the material is something they
don't have to steal, but the commander is fiercely mad! The tank he loves
has gone to pieces. What the Buaku gang is after is a list of healthy
people. Healthy people who are not immune to the air pollution have a
scarcity value, and they are very important objects of study. The tank
police prepares for more attacks from the Buaku gang, and security
arrangements are made.
Act 2 - Crime War
Buaku escapes to his hideout and works over his next operation after a
representative for Buaku's employer awards him a secret weapon. Buaku
heads out for the tank police and provokes them. Tempted by the invitation,
the tank police mobilizes all tanks, but they were all overturned by
plastic land mines set by Buaku and the others. Coming their way are Leona
and Al, riding on the finally completed Bonaparte. Taking along the company
commander they head for a hospital. At that time at the hospital, the Buaku
gang's two tanks and one security tank are fighting a fierce battle running
about inside the hospital. Arriving there, the Bonaparte also becomes
burried underneath the crumbling hospital, and the Buaku gang successfully
gets away while holding the list.
Act 3 and 4
In the concluding episodes of this Japanese animated video series the
ecological background continues. In Act III Buaku steals an overpriced
painting of himself with the assistance of the sexy Puma twins. There is a
wonderful brief cameo here of the girls as society sophisticates.
Meanwhile at Tank Police headquarters it's "Showtime." Girl recruit Leona,
in Bunny costume, helps lob knives at a drug dealer strapped to a
spinning board with a live hand grenade in his mouth. The audience place
bets on how many seconds it will take him to spit out the grenade. The
Tank Police attend the burglary but Leona is captured by Buaku. In the
final episode the 'green' theme recurs and we find that some of the bad
guys were less bad than we thought.
Dominion Crusher Police
Original Story: Masamune Shirow
Director: Noboru Furuse
Screenplay: Act 5 - Hiroshi Yamaguchi
Acts 6-10 - Mitsuo Mutsuki & Nemuruanzu
Running time: 30/30/30/26/28/30 mins
Release Date: 1994
Official Blurb: "2100 AD: Urban terrorism in Japan is out of control.
Newport City and its law enforcement agencies begin to surrender to inner
city crime. The Tank Police are assigned to restore order, but their
ruthless methods in combating crime only create more destruction and
Masume Shirow oversaw the production of these new episodes to ensure
faithfulness to his original work, and Shirow fans should find this an
improvement over acts 1-4. As with the first series, the premise of
employing an urban tank force to combat crime takes centre stage, and
much humour is derived from the resulting collateral damage. These episodes
are set after the manga when Buaku's on his way to the stars, so you won't
Bonaparte (Police Mini-Tank from Dominion)
Bonaparte really is fast and maneuverable. The main gun is a cannon and it
fires a range of munitions, including stun, gas, high explosive, glue
shells and even armour piercing discarding sabot rounds. A vulcan cannon is
in a ball mount on the rear of the vehicle and has the full 180 degree fire
arc. Later on in the manga Bonaparte is equipped with a taser mounted
coaxially to the main gun.
Bonaparte is tough - it takes the full brunt of a 30mm vulcan attack with
damage to only it's external auxiliary systems.
Bonaparte's sensors are very good - it can track vehicles by their acoustic
signatures and can scan the inside of a car's trunk! (presumably using
sonar or millimetre wave radar)
The crew compartment is very cramped - the driver lies down with the
commander sitting above them up into the turret with their feet either side
of the driver (or, as often in the case of Leona, on Al's head).
All track vehicles damage roads to some extent but Bonaparte seems to do an
especially good job of it (even more so in the anime). In the short story
"Phantom of the Audience" Bonaparte in equipped with wheels to prevent
It has a pollution protection system which consists of filters on the air
intakes to protect the engine from the bacterial cloud and a special
coating on the exterior surfaces to protect them from acid rain.
Bonaparte is capable of popping out his treads to brace them against
opposite walls to climb up lift shafts, clefts between twin towers etc.
Depending on whether you believe the manga or the anime Bonaparte is either
limited production or scratch built. The 'new' Bonaparte MT-9 in Dominion:
Conflict 1 are massed produced.
Bonaparte MT-9 (Police Mini-Tank from
Dominion Conflict 1: No More Noise)
Dominion Conflict 1: No More Noise is not the same as Dominion, being
somewhat more serious in tone and having a different continuity, and
Bonaparte is different to his previous incarnation. Instead of being
one-of-kind, Bonapartes are mass produced and are used by most tank police
units. They are also bigger, about 2.5 m tall compared to the old Bonaparte
at 2 m, have a pair of manipulator arms that fold up behind the turret and,
in one of the biggest departures, do not destroy the road! The main gun and
rear vulcan gun are the same but new are mini-turrets on either side, which
I am guessing are smoke grenade launchers (they are not used or mentioned
in the dialogue). HEAT and armour piercing rounds for the main gun are only
available with special permission from an Inspector or above rank, usually
restricting it to a variety of (relatively) non-lethal rounds. The rear
vulcan has at least two different round chains of ammunition (one normal,
one rubber). The turret pod containing the main gun can be replaced with a
fire-fighting pod, missile pod or rocket-launcher pod and various
engineering units can be attached to the rear.
The bacterial cloud and excessive pollution are gone, removing the need for
special filters and coatings and the auxiliary systems are now better
integrated and armoured.
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