Continuing the series of short OAV reviews we come to Gunsmith Cats (1995) with the funky, noirish, opening.

Gunsmith Cats is in many ways emblematic of the anime that I used to think was really cool, but am now ambivalent about.  Based on a seinen manga by Kenichi Sonoda it is heavy on the fanservice, along with some wildly impractical outfits for a bounty hunter [1].

Despite this Rally Vincent remains a cool character, although her partner Minnie May Hopkins does have a disturbing backstory [2] and odd choice in weaponry [3].

The attention to detail and research that went into Gunsmith Cats does still rate a level of cool; this series is essentially scenery porn for Chicago, muscle cars, and guns. [4]

The extent to which the lead characters are real action girls as opposed to the faux action girls so often seen [5] goes a long way to addressing the faults of Gunsmith Cats. 

The series also scores well as a manga adaptation: a viewer with little or no exposure to the manga won’t be left wondering what the heck is going on, nor are there any plot threads that require the manga to  resolve.

Overall Gunsmith Cats is still an enjoyable watch, but less so than it used to be.  Where I might have given it an 8 when I first saw it, I’d probably give it a 6 now.

[1] I will grant that Rally usually wears flats, with the one time she wears heels being a justified plot point. 
[2] In the manga at least.  It isn’t discussed in the anime.
[3] As in any problem that cannot be solved by sufficient application of high explosive probably isn’t worth solving…
[4] To the extent that audio recordings of the real guns and cars were used as the sound effects.
[5] Kaoru in Rurouni Kenshin I’m looking at you.