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Gunsmith Cats
Cover of Gunsmith Cats: Revised Edition.
ガンスミス キャッツ
(Gansumisu Kyattsu)
Demographic Seinen
Genre Action
Manga
Author Kenichi Sonoda
Publisher Flag of JapanKodansha
Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Dark Horse Comics
Flag of France Glénat
Serialized in Afternoon
Original run February 1991 – June 1997
Volumes 8
OVA: Gunsmith Cats
Director Takeshi Mori
Studio Flag of Japan Kodansha
Flag of Japan Vap
Flag of Japan TBS
Licensor Flag of Canada Flag of the United States ADV Films
Episodes 3
Released 1 November 1995
Manga: Gunsmith Cats BURST
Author Kenichi Sonoda
Publisher Flag of JapanKodansha
Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Dark Horse Comics
Flag of France Glénat
Serialized in Afternoon
Original run September 2004 – Ongoing
Volumes 2

Gunsmith Cats (ガンスミス キャッツ Gansumisu Kyattsu?) is a series of manga and anime work by Kenichi Sonoda. The story centers on two young women, 18-year old Irene "Rally" Vincent and her partner, 17-year old "Minnie" May Hopkins. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Seinen not to be confused with adult )) is a subset of manga that is generally targeted at an 18–30 year old male audience, but the audience can be much older with some comics aimed at businessmen well into their 40s. ... Look up Action film in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about the comics published in East Asian countries. ... Kenichi Sonoda (園田 健一 Sonoda Kenichi, born 13 December 1962 in Takaishi, Osaka Prefecture, Japan) is a manga artist and anime character designer. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... The head office of Kodansha Kodansha Limited ) is the largest Japanese publisher of literature and manga, headquartered in (Bunkyo), Tokyo. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Glénat is a French publisher. ... Afternoon (アフタヌーン) is a Japanese manga magazine published by Kodansha. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Tankōbon ) is the Japanese term for a compilation volume of a particular series (such as a manga or a novel series, magazine articles, essays, craft patterns, etc. ... Original Video Animation ), abbreviated OVA ), is a term used for anime titles that are released direct-to-video, without prior showings on TV or in theaters. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... The head office of Kodansha Kodansha Limited ) is the largest Japanese publisher of literature and manga, headquartered in (Bunkyo), Tokyo. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... This article needs copyediting (checking for proper English spelling, grammar, usage, etc. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Image:Tokyo Broadcasting System(年末瑞穂第一小学校) in Akasaka . ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... A.D. Vision (commonly referred to as ADV) is a Houston, Texas based international multimedia entertainment company, active in home video production and distribution, broadcast television, theatrical film distribution, merchandising, original productions, magazine and comic book publishing and is the largest anime company in North America. ... is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the comics published in East Asian countries. ... Kenichi Sonoda (園田 健一 Sonoda Kenichi, born 13 December 1962 in Takaishi, Osaka Prefecture, Japan) is a manga artist and anime character designer. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... The head office of Kodansha Kodansha Limited ) is the largest Japanese publisher of literature and manga, headquartered in (Bunkyo), Tokyo. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Glénat is a French publisher. ... Afternoon (アフタヌーン) is a Japanese manga magazine published by Kodansha. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tankōbon ) is the Japanese term for a compilation volume of a particular series (such as a manga or a novel series, magazine articles, essays, craft patterns, etc. ... This article is about the comics published in East Asian countries. ... “Animé” redirects here. ... Kenichi Sonoda (園田 健一 Sonoda Kenichi, born 13 December 1962 in Takaishi, Osaka Prefecture, Japan) is a manga artist and anime character designer. ...


Rally and May operate the titular "Gunsmith Cats" gunshop in Chicago, Illinois. Rally also works as a bounty hunter, assisted by May, which is the impetus behind many of the stories. Rally characterizes bounty hunting as her "hobby" though it is in fact her main source of income. Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... For other uses, see Bounty hunter (disambiguation). ...


Rally is an expert combat shooter and markswoman with just about every firearm in existence, as well as an expert driver. May is an explosives expert, knowing the inner workings of and many uses of all manner of explosive devices.


In 2004, the Sonoda created a sequel to the original nine volume series entitled Gunsmith Cats Burst. Like the original, this manga centers on the exploits of Rally and May and is serialized in Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon magazine. Burst has been recently picked up by Dark Horse Comics for North American distribution, as well as re-releasing the original Gunsmith Cats in its original right-to-left Japanese orientation. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

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Characters

Main

Irene "Rally" Vincent
A gunshop owner by trade, Rally dabbles in bounty hunting to pay the bills. Her father was an Olympic champion marksman who taught Rally a great deal about firearms and ran a gun store in Chicago. Her mother opposed everything to do with guns and eventually was murdered at the store by robbers when trying to file divorce papers on her husband. After her father disappeared to search for her mother's murderers, Rally took over Gunsmith Cat as her own entrepreneurial venture, and recruited Minnie May to help her run the store. Upon making May a partner, the shop became known as "Gunsmith Cats".
A bit reserved when it comes to men, Rally feels most natural among the cold steel of firearms. While all her IDs state that she is 21, the age necessary to sell firearms, her actual age is 19. Her weapon of choice is a first version CZ-75. Rally drives a blue 1967 model Shelby Mustang Cobra GT500 with white racing stripes, which she cherishes. The CZ-75 and the Cobra are signatures of the series. When quarreling with Rally, Minnie May implied that guns and cars were sex substitutes for the virginal Rally; there is arguably an erotic undertone to her fondness for guns and cars.
Rally's father is Indian and her mother was English. As a result, she has dark blue eyes, dusky skin, and dark hair. She is highly skilled in hand-to-hand combat, with great speed and physical agility, and is an expert but reckless driver. Although she does not always respect the letter of the law, she has a strong moral sense of right and wrong and is reluctant to kill unless absolutely necessary. Her marksmanship ability is unsurpassed, and she often targets her opponents' trigger fingers or crucial components of their guns in combat rather than going for a lethal shot. As a result, she has sometimes been hunted by angry enemies mutilated at her hands.
The reason for her choice of the first version CZ-75 over all other handguns is its superb workmanship, combined with a quality of steel used in its manufacture that is rarely seen in firearms, which combine to make it reliable and superbly accurate. Only the first version of the CZ-75 was made with this high-quality steel, as it proved too expensive and overly wearing on the machine tools; this is nowadays a very rare and expensive gun. Due to the CZ-75's superior strength, she loads it with +P (overpressure) rounds for higher velocity, making it roughly equivalent to a .40 S&W calibre gun. She has been known to add a laser sight or a flashlight to the CZ-75, depending on circumstances. Rally also usually carries a .25 DuO (made by the same company as the CZ-75) with the trigger guard removed, mounted on a spring-loaded frame strapped to her arm for quick access in a tight spot. When her CZ-75 has been unavailable, she relies on a SIG P210, another very high quality weapon, and sometimes carries a back-up gun in an ankle holster. She keeps a precision rifle and shotgun in the trunk of her Shelby; these have included a Walther WA2000 and a SIG 550 Sniper variant. Her first gun, given to her by her father, was a AR-7, a small .22LR rifle that can be disassembled and the components stored inside the buttstock; she uses this from time to time. Other guns Rally owns and cherishes are a 1960 Colt .25 pocket model, a Beretta 84F, a Walther P38, a Parabellum P'08 (Luger), a Colt Lawman Mk.3 and a Browning Hi-Power. She has occasionally used other weapons, including a Glock 19 and a Saturday night special revolver when she was completely devoid of other weapons, and she is an expert shot with any firearm she has been shown using.
It is not clear from the Japanese whether Rally's name is intended to be "Irene" or "Eileen" but the official English translation uses Irene. In several European editions of the Manga, most notably in the Italian one, it is "Aileen". In the anime, the A.T.F. file on her is listed as "Larry", possibly because of the interchangeability of the "L" and "R" sounds in the Japanese language.
"Minnie" May Hopkins
  • Voiced by: Kae Araki (Japanese), Kimberly Yates (English)
A "bomb specialist," as she refers to herself, May learned the trade from her boyfriend, Ken Takizawa. While only being 18 (17 in the original Japanese version; her age was raised for international translation because she performs explicit sexual acts), she is considerably more mature than the average 18-year old girl. She ran away from home at 13 for undisclosed reasons and was found and cared for by Ken. When Ken had to go underground for several years, she worked as a prostitute at a brothel in Chinatown - even advancing into teaching other newcomers - before leaving and joining up with Rally to run the gun shop. Her time in the brothel is still a very touchy subject for her, though, and she prefers not to bring it up again, though she is quite proud of the skills she acquired there.
When action is called for, May carries a wide range of explosive weapons with her. She typically uses a self-modified grenade called a "May Special," an impact-only grenade with no shrapnel. However, she is not averse to using high explosive grenades when necessary. Perhaps even more impressive is her talent for disguises and acting, particularly considering that she has no formal training as an actress. During the stories she performs some impressive feats of acting and disguise such as: fooling Ken Taki that she is a boy and maintaining that charade for months, blushing on command, imitating the police chief's voice on the phone so well she fools one of his officers, weeping on command, and imitating a child star so well she even fools an entire film crew.
May is tiny and young-appearing for her age, having taken growth-stunting herbal drugs in an effort to stay attractive to her possibly pedophiliac boyfriend Ken Takizawa (this plot element was modified in the English translation to a condition that she is taking drugs in an attempt to correct). She can pass for a child of ten or twelve and often takes advantage of this. She is very cute - "like Minnie Mouse", hence her nickname - with blonde hair and blue-green eyes.
She is generally cheerful and possesses a great "joi de vivre". She does have a temper though, particularly if someone comes down hard on her lover and mentor Ken Takizawa. If you do that, even with the best of intentions, you can expect well-aimed, hard words or hard objects to come flying in your direction.
Bean Bandit
A tough-as-nails driver for hire known for his steel-padded Kevlar-lined wardrobe, he is typically seen wearing a bulletproof leather jacket, blue jeans and an armored headband. According to sources found in the Riding Bean OAV, his boots, jeans and shirts are all laminated with Kevlar, while his signature jacket is titanium mesh with Kevlar laminated leather. According to the manga, the jacket is actually a combination of Moose Leather, chain-mail and ceramic plates.
Overall, he is an even better driver than Rally, capable of movie stunt driver level feats. He prefers American muscle cars of the 1970s; a couple of his personal favorites being a modified 1968 Ford Mustang Boss 302 and a supercharged 1971 Ford Mustang Mach One. However, he owns a whole garage full of famous muscle-car models and is often seen driving a 1968 Chevrolet Corvette LS-7. Despite his impressive collection, he has further aspirations-in his signature story arc, he tells Rally about his desire to build his own car, "from the chassis on up", an original, designed to his specifications. At the time he had already paid a designer over three hundred thousand dollars, and in the eighth story arc it is completed.
He dubs this monstrous gas-guzzler the 'Buff'(as in African Cape Buffalo). It is a blueprinted, supercharged 427 cubic-inch displacment engine(dyno'd at 500 BHP), with not only armor plating and bulletproof glass, but a reinforced frame, specifically designed to be bulletproof from the ground up-all but indestructible. It can drive sideways and has special air brakes and wheel spikes to aid in sudden stops. The Buff is very similar in design to the Ford RS200, a Group B rally car made in the 1980's. Considering Bean's preference for Fords throughout the series, the design similarities are very likely.
Bean insists on following his strict rules of engagement in all circumstances, and sticks to his word (and he expects his business partners to do the same). Although he doesn't shy away from violence, he prefers to remain neutral when he can and collect his hefty driving fees for almost any kind of job. He will work for criminals and legitimate interests alike as long as he is paid as agreed, although after a competition against Rally about a Kerasine delivery (see Goldie's entry) he has agreed not to deliver any more drugs. His only Achilles heel is a protective instinct towards children and noncombatants.
Bean is huge and muscular, towering over most people. He can perform amazing feats of strength - like ripping the door off a car with one hand; and his jacket alone would break the back of any ordinary person trying to wear it - and shrug off most injuries. Even a pistol shot to his armored headband will barely slow him down. He prefers knives to guns, and can throw a knife straight through a car windscreen with deadly accuracy. He has long black hair, darkish skin and brown eyes, and his race is not determined. However, in interviews, Sonoda has implied that Bean's amazing traits are a result of him being a mix of the strongest characteristics from many different races.
Bean Bandit is also the star of an OAV also written by Sonoda, called Riding Bean. Despite many differences, a number of similarities can be seen between the two series'. In Riding Bean, Bean and a blonde Rally are partners, and have a close, but professional friendship.
Becky Farrah
"Becky the Nose" is Rally's main source of information on all the goings on in the Chicago underworld. While her fees are high and she can come across as money-grubbing, most if not all of her information is legitimate; she is also known for working in finding missing persons. When she is not chasing after Rally for her payment, the two share a friendship that crosses business lines.
Becky wears glasses with a ponytail and is usually businesslike in appearance. She can be seen driving a BMW 2002 Turbo.
Ken Takizawa
An explosives expert by trade, he learned his craft through a combination of his connections to the Chicago underworld and on the set of Hollywood movies. In addition to being Minnie May's on-again off-again boyfriend, he taught her everything he knows. Ken is Japanese-American and about 20 years older than May. He also suffers from multiple sclerosis, which affects his ability to handle sensitive explosives.
As a personal joke, he uses the nickname "Ken Taki", which is similar to the Japanese pronunciation of the state Kentucky as well as the fast food franchise, "kentakkī".
Misty Brown
An expert sneak thief, cat-burglar and lockpick, she joins up with Rally and Minnie-May after having been caught by them and serving time for various criminal activities. She is prone to becoming a damsel in distress, and subsequently has to be bailed out by her friends. She is 15 years old when she first appears in the series.
Misty doesn't carry any guns but is quite adept in the use of knives (wielded and thrown). She also has a crush on Rally, although at the end of the series she also expresses an interest in Bean Bandit.
Roy Coleman
A detective of the Chicago Police, Roy is Rally's main contact with the force. Acting as more of an older brother at times, he watches out for Rally when she's in trouble. While considerably older than Rally, he still enjoys spending time with her, as it gives him a sense of belonging to the younger generation, and a contact of his own in the same generation.
Riff-Raff
A wild female courier driver, much like Bean Bandit. While working on the wrong side of the law, she has deep within herself a sense of honor which does not let her betray anyone she has taken sympathy to, and becomes a sort-of friend of Bandit, Rally and company. Her greatest dream is to become the best courier driver and outdo Bean himself. She is extremely proud of her driving skills and once belted Bean in the jaw after he had made a crack about her car being an automatic. She can be seen driving an AC Cobra 427; because of her skill with it, she has adopted the name "Snake Charmer".
Her appearance was modeled after the character Luffy from the anime series Gall Force, to which Kenichi Sonoda also provided the character designs while he worked for ARTMIC.

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Villains

In Gunsmith Cats, Chicago has many large-scale villains, each crossing paths with Rally & company over the course of the series. Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ...

Bonnie and Clyde
A fictional take on a factual pair, they go on a crime spree throughout Chicago. Bonnie harbors a particular ill will toward Rally.
Grey
A drug lord and gang leader, Grey runs a large cocaine distribution ring in Chicago. During a fateful encounter with Rally, she relieved him of one of his hands by means of a shotgun; henceforth, he sports a prosthetic hook hand. He is eventually caught and imprisoned, though he continues to run his drug ring from his cell. Through his many connections, he is eventually released and swears vengeance on Rally (and eventually gets killed in his pursuit, right after confessing his love for Rally.).
Jones
A small-time drug dealer, first seen with his driver, Riff-Raff.
Borgnine
A mysterious figure involved in the 'Mr. V' story arc.
Goldie Musou
Arguably the most ruthless of Rally's opponents. Of Italian ancestry, "Iron Goldie" is a high-ranking member of a mob family in Sicily. Many call her a Mafia Queen. She is an incredible hand-to-hand combatant, and is quite skilled at creating complex plans, which, though often successful, often make plain her cavalier attitude towards her subordinates.
She is a pathological personality, the textbook definition of a "control freak." She is obsessed with controlling everything and everyone around her. People who resist her successfully, such as Rally, become even more attractive to her. She is a lesbian, though she tends to express it as a form of sadistic pedophilia. She keeps a trademark harem of young girls who have murdered their parents while under the influence of her drugs.
She and Rally crossed paths many times, and the bounty hunter is usually quite lucky to escape with her life and the lives of her friends. However, this is far better than any of Goldie's previous opponents have done, and repeated escapes quickly turn the mobster's appreciation for her skills into a dedicated sexual obsession. Finally, Goldie decides that she will make Rally her masterpiece, a slave broken to her will through sheer psychological torture without the aid of drugs.
As stated above, the linchpin of her power base is psychopharmacology, or the use of hallucinogenic drugs similar to LSD. Over the years she has developed an incredibly effective method of mind control. The first thing she does after she gains chemical control of someone she considers a worthy "pet" is order him or her to kill his or her loved ones. The alternative to the chemically induced fantasy world she had built for her puppets is a reality where they have murdered everyone who cared for them, she has yet to lose control of a subject whom she has completely enslaved.
Her current empire is based on a powerful designer drug called Kerasine, which is also a major plot device of the series. It is a compound that she knows how to produce cheaply but has yet to be reverse-engineered by chemists outside of her organization. Its popularity is due to both its low cost and its ability to produce the effects of several different drugs: a small amount is a stimulant like cocaine, a larger amount is a euphoric similar to heroin, and the entire contents of a vial combines both with a powerful hallucinogenic effect similar to lysergic acid diethylamide.
All this comes with a nasty side effect - a user of the drug can be given hypnotic commands while he or she is under its influence. Currently, it is the most popular drug in the world of the manga. Several storylines detail Rally's efforts to prevent Goldie from flooding Chicago with this mind-bending substance, including one which involves using Rally's father, through Kerasine inducement, in which he becomes Goldie's personal assassin.

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Anime

DVD cover of the Gunsmith Cats: Bulletproof OVA by ADV Films.
DVD cover of the Gunsmith Cats: Bulletproof OVA by ADV Films.

The anime version of Gunsmith Cats, released 1995 by Kodansha/VAP/Tokyo Broadcasting and a year later in North America by ADV Films, is a separate story from the manga. Was originally released as 3 individual videos, 'Neutral Zone', 'Swing High!' and 'High Speed Edge'. In 1997 it was compiled as a single movie, 'Bulletproof' and re-released with new packaging. Many major characters, such as Misty Brown and Bean Bandit, do not appear. It was also one of the most researched anime in regards to locale and feel, as the production team made several trips to Chicago, which included visits to the Illinois Police Academy, and an actual gun shop, which is rare in gun-controlled Japan.Gunsmith Cats. Neutral Zone [VHS]. A.D. Vision.-Gunsmith Cats. Swing High! [VHS]. A.D. Vision, Inc.-Gunsmith Cats. High Speed Edge [VHS]. A.D. Vision. Image File history File links GunsmithCats-DVDcover. ... Image File history File links GunsmithCats-DVDcover. ... The head office of Kodansha Kodansha Limited ) is the largest Japanese publisher of literature and manga, headquartered in (Bunkyo), Tokyo. ... This article needs copyediting (checking for proper English spelling, grammar, usage, etc. ... Tokyo Broadcasting System, Inc. ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... ADV Films logo ADV Films is the home video publication arm of A.D. Vision based in Houston, Texas. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (140,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ...


Also, several new characters appear in the three OVA episodes who do not appear in the manga: Original Video Animation ), abbreviated OVA ), is a term used for anime titles that are released direct-to-video, without prior showings on TV or in theaters. ...

William "Bill" Collins
An agent in the Chicago office of the A.T.F., Bill Collins comes across as a sleazy, nosy government agent who fancies himself as Eliot Ness. He is investigating a gun-running operation, but has run into a lot of dead leads. Desperate for help, he 'enlists' Rally and May's help by holding up the gun shop's license as insurance.
Although they had success at first by shutting down a distribution point in Chicago, Jonathan Washington, the lone witness, along with five A.T.F. agents, are murdered in a safehouse by the assassin Natasha Radinov, using Collins' cardkey and access code to gain entry. Now the investigation is due to be closed and Collins soon discovers a conspiracy within the A.T.F., which involves his superior George Black and mayoral candidate Edward Haints who has Rally as a target.
George Black
Collins' superior in the A.T.F. Chicago office, George Black is, in fact, part of a gun-running operation which he co-ran with Edward Haints, an Illinois assemblyman running for mayor in Chicago under a gun-control platform. It was Black who had contracted Natasha Radinov to kill Jonathan Washington, the only witness to the operation, for which he provided her with a cardkey with Collins' ID, as well as Rally and May for helping Collins. He also supplied Radinov with the use of a supposedly shut-down A.T.F. safehouse for her to stay in.
Natasha Radinov
Also known as "Bloody Pierce", Natasha Radinov was originally an agent for the K.G.B. and Spetsnaz, but when the Soviet Union fell, she contracted her services out as a freelance assassin. She is proficient in almost every deadly hand weapon in the world, but prefers to work with silent weapons, especially a Welrod silenced pistol and a spring-loaded shooting knife designed for Spetsnaz use. She also wears a long coat lined with ballistic nylon and Kevlar, the inside lining holding a vast arsenal of weapons.
Radinov prefers to be paid for her services in heroin, which she sells in Russia; she personally stays away from the drug herself. Recently, she had accepted an assignment to kill Rally and May because the two had interfered in a gun-running operation run by Edward Haints, an Illinois assemblyman running for mayor under a gun-control platform. However, when the first attempt went wrong, and Radinov was injured because of it, she took it as "a matter of pride" and went after Rally personally.
Edward Haints
A senator in the Illinois State Assembly, Edward Haints is running for mayor of Chicago. His campaign style has him wrapping himself in a "All American" theme, which favors heavily on protecting the city's citizens by instituting stricter gun-access laws.
The truth of the matter is that Haints is also running one of the biggest gun-running operations in the state, and the strict gun laws he plans to enact will enable him to raise the prices of his own illicit operations. When Bill Collins gets a little too close with his investigations, he asks his friend and partner George Black to hire Natasha Radinov to kill the witnesses and derail the investigation. However, Haints also hires Radinov to kill Black as well, mostly to keep the profits of his gun-running to himself.
Jonathan Washington
At the beginning of the series, Jonathan Washington had just skipped bail for drug smuggling charges, only to be captured by Rally Vincent. Actually, Washington was working for Edward Haints' gun-running ring and operated an entire warehouse filled with illicit firearms... firearms that Rally, with a little "help" from Bill Collins, were able to prevent hitting the streets.
However, since Washington was now a vital witness to the gun ring, he was taken to an A.T.F. safehouse outside Chicago. He had tried to persuade Rally to help him escape the safehouse because he now feared for his life. He knew that George Black, the head of the A.T.F.'s Chicago office, was also a partner of Haints and had now sent a hitman after him. When Rally refused to help him escape, he was able to leave a fake Rolex watch and a scrap of paper with the address of his "daughter" on it with May. In fact, the paper held an Internet address and the watch had an access code to the shipping dates of the gun ring engraved on the back of the watchband's latch.
True to his warning, Washington did meet his end when Natasha Radinov, using a copy of Collins' cardkey and access code, entered the safehouse, and slaughtered Washington and the A.T.F agents guarding him.

Houchu Ohtsuka , real name ÅŒtsuka Yoshitada), born May 19, 1954 in Okayama, is a veteran seiyÅ« who works for Crazy Box. ... The tone of this article is inappropriate for an encyclopedia. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF) is a law enforcement agency within the United States Department of Justice. ... Eliot Ness Eliot P. Ness (April 19, 1903 – May 16, 1957) was an American Prohibition agent, famous for his efforts to enforce Prohibition in Chicago, Illinois as the leader of a legendary team nicknamed The Untouchables. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... Daisuke Gouri (郷里 大輔 Gōri Daisuke), previously Yoshio Nagahori (é•·å € 芳夫 Nagahori Yoshio, born February 8, 1952) is a seiyÅ« represented by Aoni Production. ... Yoko Soumi (沢海 陽子 Soumi Yōko, born May 31, 1965) is a seiyÅ« who was born in Niigata. ... Marcy Rae is a contract voice actress under the employ of ADV Films. ... The KGB emblem and motto: The sword and the shield KGB (transliteration of КГБ) is the Russian-language acronym for the Committee for State Security, (Russian: Комите́т Госуда́рственной Безопа́сности â–¶(?); transliteration: Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti), and was the umbrella organisation name for (i) the principal Soviet internal Security Agency, (ii) the principal intelligence agency, and (iii... Russian special forces training For the Swedish EBM band, see Spetsnaz (band). ... Jack Ruby murdered the assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, in a very public manner. ... Welrod Silenced Pistol The Welrod was a British bolt action, magazine fed, suppressed (silenced) pistol devised during World War Two at - the Inter Services Research Bureau (later Station IX) - based near Welwyn Garden City, UK, for use by irregular forces and resistance groups. ... For other uses of this word, see nylon (disambiguation). ... Kevlars molecular structure; BOLD: monomer unit; DASHED: hydrogen bonds. ... For other uses, see Heroin (disambiguation). ... Seizo Katou ), born February 14, 1927 in Tokyo, is a veteran seiyÅ« who works for Haikyo. ... Aaron Christopher Krohn (Born May 7, 1968 in Houston, Texas) is a former Texas-based voice actor who primarily worked on the properties of ADV Films. ... Michihiro Ikemizu (æ± æ°´ 通洋 Ikemizu Michihiro, born April 11, 1943) is a veteran seiyu. ... Brett Weaver is an American voice actor working with ADV Films, known for his roles in the English-language dubs of anime series. ... A safe house is a location placed in the neighbourhood where a trusted adult or family or charity organisation has agreed to provide a safe place for battered wives and abused children to go to, when they feel that their life is threatened by domestic abuse. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... Rolex SA is a Swiss manufacturer of mostly mechanical wristwatches and accessories renowned for their dependability, prestige, and cost (from a few thousand to more than one hundred thousand U.S. dollars). ...

Riding Bean

Riding Bean was a short OVA that was released in 1989, some time before Gunsmith Cats, and in many ways is like a prototype of the series, with Gunsmith Cats and Riding Bean sharing overall character and design elements. It also features a Rally Vincent character who is Riding Bean's partner, although this Rally Vincent has blonde hair and a paler skin tone than on Gunsmith Cats. Riding Bean is an anime Original Video Animation following the exploits of courier-for-hire Bean Bandit and his partner and gun(wo)man Rally Vincent. ...


Rally vs. Larry

Since L's and R's are mostly interchangeable in Japanese to English translations, the main character's name is often translated as Rally Vincent, and this has become the de facto standard. However, at the 1993 Anime America convention, when Kenichi Sonada was asked a question about her, the first part of his response was "It's Larry, not Rally." This is further backed up in the manga where in one scene she is receiving a fax from Becky (about Riff-Raff), and the note scrawled on it addresses her as Larry. De facto is a Latin expression that means in fact or in practice. It is commonly used as opposed to de jure (meaning by law) when referring to matters of law or governance or technique (such as standards), that are found in the common experience as created or developed without... Anime America is a former anime convention for fans of anime (Japanese animation). ...


External links

  • AnimeNFO: Gunsmith Cats

 
 

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