Gunsmith Cats Review:

[This review contains spoilers]

This OVA left me wanting more, and that’s praise that isn’t just tossed around. I loved it. It isn’t my favourite anime, but I could easily see it being someone else’s. The action was great, the humour always got a chuckle out of me and I was transfixed to the screen.

This story follows the unlikely duo Rally and May. Rally is reasonable and knows her way around a gun, whereas saying May was a bomb enthusiast would be a drastic understatement. They work well together and have strong chemistry. You can really tell they’re old friends.

Bill Collins is a nuisance of sorts, but the kind that’ll get you both in and out of a jam. He plays great off Rally with his wit and easy humour. He’s the ultimate leading guy.

The action is where this mini-series really shines. They’re isn’t one ounce of fat in this series. It’s just paced really well, with moments to breathe. It does stuff that I love about anime. You see the main characters talk about take-out, arguing about it, the way friends do. Anime can have small moments like that, without it being a waste of time. It’s about adding to the characters. Getting to know them, so that you care about them.

This is something that I think is missing from a lot of Hollywood films, at least coming out now. They don’t ponder on the quiet moments and let the plot breathe. Deadpool did, and I think that’s a fantastic film.

Radinov, a former KGB agent is a great villain. She really is a terminator, something she’s even called during the dub.

I really enjoyed the English version of this OVA. I thought the script was funny, the characters played off each other well. I thought it was well done, definitely recommended.

This is an anime for people that like slick, stylish action with attitude. Hell it even has a Psycho reference, which is cool in my book. Check it out if you like fun!


  1. ospreyshire · December 6, 2017

    Yes! I remember watching this anime a ton when I was younger. I’m glad someone else knows it. The English dub was really good and as a native Illinoisan, the presentation was accurate for the Chicago cityscapes. I’ve been to that city hundreds of times and I have family there. Shoot, I should rewatch it and review it in the future. I remember it being fun. Also, in the Read or Die dub, both main heroines Yomiko and Nancy are played by the same people who voiced Minnie May and Rally respectively.

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    • rentedtitan · December 6, 2017

      I haven’t watched Read or Die in ages. I still think it’s hilarious when abbreviated
      as Rod. I might have to rewatch that one eventually. Thanks for the cool comment. It’s cool to know this anime is accurate to Chicago. 🙂

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      • ospreyshire · December 7, 2017

        You’ve seen ROD, too? Nice! That is a fun anime and I saw the sequel for the first time last year. I also reviewed ROD on Iridium Eye. No problem. It was amazing how accurate the scenery was. I heard the creators went to Chi-Town for references and I know they visited America to record gun sounds since they couldn’t do it in Japan.

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      • rentedtitan · December 7, 2017

        Awesome, thanks for the info. 🙂

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      • ospreyshire · December 7, 2017

        No problem.


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