Despite such faults, Gunsmith Cats is entertaining. The action sequences, from gun battles to car chases, are well choreographed and exciting. The characters are amusing, and the animation style is attractive enough to raise the visual quality of the series above the very pedestrian appearance of the overwhelming majority of police adventures. The background animation is detailed and realistic in style, and the characters are rendered in a cartoonish fashion similar to that used in animated television programs aimed at children. The effect the director achieves with this approach is generally appealing.
The enjoyableness of Gunsmith Cats is further enhanced by its honestly gleeful presentations of both its exhilarating action sequences and its naughty sexuality. The director, in fact, never feigns disgust with such content. Much of the violence is depicted relatively graphically, but such depictions render the program's fights far more exciting than they would have been had they been watered down. Furthermore, the numerous scenes in which Rally is shown in her underwear are all voyeuristic and clearly intended to titillate, but, while such content is invariably puerile, it also gives Gunsmith Cats a fun, innocent sensuality.
Gunsmith Cats is not, by any means, a great work of art, but it is certainly entertaining and can provide a pleasant diversion for an afternoon.
Review by Keith Allen
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