The countdown’s started and the job’s been decided. Now, we just need to let this one rip!

Earlier today, AnimEigo updated their main website with a countdown timer, which ticks down to the start of their upcoming Gunsmith Cats Blu-Ray Kickstarter. The campaign will launch at 5:00PM EDT (2:00PM PDT) on March 24.

As part of the Kickstarter, the publisher is also hosting a fan art contest. Series creator Kenichi Sonoda will judge the contest and select the winners, whose work will appear in the official artbook that is being created for the project. The three Grand prize winners for the contest will receive a Premium Edition of the Gunsmith Cats Blu-Ray, as well as three bonus items of their choice, and three additional copies of the artbook.

AnimEigo announced that they acquired the rights to the Gunsmith Cats OVA on December 3.

Gunsmith Cats is based on Kenichi Sonoda’s manga of the same name. The three-episode OVA was directed by Takeshi Mori (Stratos 4, Vandread) at Oriental Light and Magic, with Kenichi Sonoda (Bubblegum Crisis, Gall Force) and Norihiro Matsubara (Pokémon: Black and White, Berserk) teaming up to provide character designs. Atsuji Kaneko wrote the screenplay.

Jazz drummer Peter Erskine composed the show’s soundtrack.

ADV Films released Gunsmith Cats in North America on VHS in 1996. The series received a DVD release in 2001, followed by a re-release under ADV’s “Anime Essentials” imprint in 2004. The series has been out of print since the mid-2000s.

ADV described Gunsmith Cats as:

They’re here! Chicago’s most lethal ladies have finally made it back to DVD. Join the pistol-packing Rally Vincent and her partner, grenade happy Minnie May Hopkins, as they infiltrate a gun running operation at the “suggestion” of the ATF. Burn up the highway in Rally’s Shelby GT-500 as she chases a psychopathic Russian assassin who’s kidnapped Minnie. And then watch the bullets fly in a duel to the death with a cache of illegal weapons as the prize.

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