Early Reins

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Japanese: アーリーレインズ
English: Early Reins
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 14, 2003
Producers: TOHO
Licensors: Media Blasters
Studios: OLM
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure
Duration: 44 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 6.331 (scored by 19421,942 users)
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Ranked: #84562
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Popularity: #9193
Members: 4,009
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Early Reins features six beautiful women on a train en route to Sunshine Hill in the early 1800s. When the train is highjacked by robbers and the soldiers on board are caught unawares, another surprise is in store: these lovely ladies can fight! The heroine emerges as Margarette, a young woman determined to become a sheriff although she is somewhat lacking in experience. She gains plenty on this trip, however, and the ragtag team of Western warriors joins forces with another passenger, Spencer, to fight some nefarious bandits and guide the train to safety.

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Asada, Yuuji
Tanaka, Eiko
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Mar 24, 2022
Early Reins is an original OLM OVA from the early 2000s. That's right. This is from the Pokemon, Figure 17 & Gunsmith Cats studio. A lot of their works I've reviewed have been pretty middling so, let's hope this isn't the one that gets really bad.


The narrative is simple enough. It's America in ye olde Western times where everyone wore stupid hats and Sheriff Bart overcame racism to be the greatest, most charming Sheriff of all time. Our story sees a passenger train with union soldiers aboard get overrun by former confederate bandits. The group takes six women and a decorated union soldier ...
Sep 14, 2015
Early Reins in a groundbreaking word!

It is an innovative anime, westerns animes are rares, we're talking about Japanese anime that does not have the habit of speaking his stories in the West.
I'm not a fan of westerns but the story was well told, I liked it, the Japanese knew enjoy the theme.

The artistic part was excellent, have realistic scenarios and rich in detail at the epoch, especially the interior where the details are more visible and realistic.

Jan 17, 2024
Mixed Feelings
You know what's a rarity in anime and manga. The western, as in the genre. Sure, you get a lot of anime inspired by westerns, like "Cowboy Bebop", "Trigun", "Gun X Sword", "El Cazador de la Bruja", "Outlaw Star", and "Coyote Ragtime Show", but nothing that's just a straight up western. Sure, there are a few manga that are westerns, such as "Gun Blaze West", "Green Blood", "Miriam", and "Angel Gunfighter", but since there is a lot more manga, you're bound to get more variety in manga, but the genre is still few and far between, and it's certainly an untapped genre when it comes ...

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