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So this may sound like Inspector Gadget, but there was a cartoon about a guy with a robotic arm which would sometimes turn into a blaster or a laser cutter or something useful, but I can't remember much more than that... It may have taken place in a desert (ice or sand) again can't be sure.

It wasn't Japanese; it was either American or English.

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    Are you sure you can't remember anything else? That description seems quite broad – Jason Baker May 1 '15 at 0:04
  • Can you remember anything about the art style? Were all the characters humans? – Ryan Veeder May 1 '15 at 3:17
  • Sorry - can't remember much more - They WERE all humans if I remember correctly, but I think the main character sometimes lost control of his arm and he had to use a certain item, like it was cursed or something??? Sorry I can't be much more help :/ – will May 3 '15 at 0:18
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Is it like this question? It sounds very similar. The answer to that question was "The body electric".

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    WOW - thanks I can see you've really taken time and gone out of your way to help, I'm sure that must have been what I'm thinking of! – will May 3 '15 at 13:31
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    If this is the correct answer, when you return, please click on the checkmark below the voting buttons to verify it. – FuzzyBoots Jul 15 '15 at 19:53
  • VTC as very likely duplicate – FuzzyBoots Jun 30 '18 at 14:53
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You might be thinking of the English dub of Trigun.

trigun

The main character, Vash the Stampede, had a cybernetic prosthetic left arm that hid a pistol/submachine gun:

arm gun

In a few scenes where he lost control of himself, his right arm would turn into a powerful organic laser cannon:

arm cannon

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