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New Sketches for Kenichi Sonoda’s “Project B.B.” Revealed


B.B.? That can mean only one thing! Or maybe a second thing! I dunno!

Earlier today, the official Project B.B. Twitter account started streaming a short teaser video. The 20-second promo flies over sketches by creator Kenichi Sonoda, which feature the Bean Bandit and Rally Vincent.

The account warns that the sketches aren’t yet finalized.

A preview of the short will be shown off in May, at Anime Central. The film’s director and composer, as well as series creator Kenichi Sonoda will attend the convention as guests.

Shuzilow.HA (also known as Shujirou Hamakawa) is directing the feature, which features music by Marco D’Ambrosio (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust).

Anime News Network reports that the pilot shown at Anime Central will be a “short/trailer format,” and that the creators will reveal further details. This includes the meaning of the project’s code name.

Kenichi Sonoda’s Gunsmith Cats manga launched in the pages of Kodansha’s Monthly Afternoon magazine in February 1991. The series ran through June 1997, and spans eight collected volumes. A sequel, titled Gunsmith Cats BURST ran from September 2004 through October 2008 in Afternoon magazine.

The series received a three-episode OVA in 1995. The project 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.

In December, AnimEigo announced that they acquired the license for the Gunsmith Cats OVA series. They publisher is planning to launch a Kickstarter to fund a Blu-Ray release for the title.

ADV described the OVA 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.

Source: Anime News Network

Editor’s Note: Hmmm… With a name like B.B., I’m going to wager that it means “Bean Bandit,” a la Riding Bean.

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Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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