I regret to inform everyone that Gunsmith Cats was not nearly as good as Riding Bean. Lower production values aside, the main reason was that it was not as awesome as Riding Bean. There were really only a few flashes of that sort of Crank-esque craziness in Gunsmith Cats, like when May drops the armful of grenades onto the mobster in the warehouse. Otherwise, it generally had a kind-of-decent, could-be-better vibe to it.
One thing that Gunsmith Cats had that Riding Bean did not, however is tons of gun porn. I mean that in every sense of the phrase. It’s not that the show has lots of gunfights. No, it’s because the show lavishes screen time on guns, and on all kinds of guns. Screenshots like the one above are all over the place. Without fail, every time there is a gunfight (and there are plenty of them), rest assured that every character will have a very different kind of gun, and the mise en scene of shots of the character firing the gun will generally be arranged in a way so that the details of the gun are the focus of the shot.
Unfortunately for me, as a socialist, communist, Maoist, baby-killing, lie-beral, east coast media elite, un-Real American, ACORN operative (are there any other epithets that I missed?), I don’t care at all about guns so all that gun porn did nothing for me. I’ll stick to fighter jet and warship porn instead, thank you very much.