GUNSMITH CATS: BURST (GUN SMITH CATS BURST) ??????????????) • Kenichi Sonoda • Dark Horse (2007-ongoing) • Kodansha (Afternoon, 2005-ongoing) • 4+ volumes (ongoing) • Seinen Crime Action • 18+ (crude material, language, violence, brief nudity, sexual situations)
The continuation of Gunsmith Cats, Sonoda’s tales of a badass Chicago bounty hunter and her jailbait-looking, demolitions-expert partner, offers little plot assist for newbies but some solid emotional payoff for longterm fans of the series. Just like before, Rally and Minnie-May travel around Texas and the Midwest in well-constructed crime and action plots, with car chases and gun standoffs always just a few pages away, including a Speed-esque “the car will blow up if it slows down” scenario. Goldie, the lesbian mob boss who likes to drug women and turn them into her sex slaves, is back as well, and she has unfinished business with our heroines. Sonoda’s love of guns and cars is still in the forefront, with the characters telling you everything you ever wanted to know about 9mm parabellum ammo, and testimonials by Japanese gun manufacturers in the back. Sonoda’s archetypally anime art is a little less detailed than the previous series, exposing its essential cartooniness. But despite their sex-doll looks, in the end the characters are the stars here, and Burst gives them a chance to go out with a bow. (This review was originally printed in Otaku USA magazine.)
*** 1/2 (three and a half stars)
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