Gunslinger Girl

(ended 2008)


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Gunslinger Girl

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Set in modern Italy, Gunslinger Girl is the tragic tale of a group of young girls taken from hospitals from all over the country, who are cybernetically enhanced, brainwashed and trained to be assassins by a secret branch of the Public Corporation for Social Welfare. Each of the girls are assigned to a trainer, also known as their "brother" whom oversee their mechanized girl's training and the missions she's sent on. Hennreita, the newest girl to be brought to section 2, was discovered by her soon-to-be "brother" Josie after he found her in a hospitable, the victim of a serial homicide that left her the sole surviver of her family of six. Being new to the Public Corporation for Social Welfare himself, Josie is unskilled in the rearing of a mechanized body and he ends up treating Heneritta more like his daughter, buying her gifts, educating her and protecting her, far from the harsh measures that the other girls receive from their brothers who treat them more like an expendable machine. This show is based on the comic books (manga) Gunlsinger Girl written and drawn by Yu Aida. The opening song performed in every episode is: The Light Before We Land performed by The Delgados. The ending theme in every episode is: Dopo Il Sogno (After the dream) performed by Opus. The second season is known under the title Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino. It ran from January 7th 2008 till March 31st 2008.moreless
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  • (One of) the best anime mini series of all time!

    Using fatally ill girls to create highly professional cyborg assassins might seem at least for the average person morally questionable, but for the sake of this review, let's stick a pin in it and put it aside.

    The most common theme in anime is the human relationship to machines and technology. Everyone ought to remember such classics as Akira and Ghost and the Shell. How far is humanity prepared to go in their thirst for innovation and evolution? In perfecting ourselves are we bound to lose our humanity?

    Gunslinger Girl deals with this problem in a very unobtrusive way by telling the story of five (six if you add Elsa) girls - who were saved by the Public Corporation for Social Welfare and transformed into cyborg agents and their fratellos (Italian for sibling). Each cyborg is conditioned for total obedience towards their fratello. Due to the condition each girl expresses certain affections (or from the girls point of view love) towards their fratello which in some cases almost reaches obsessive proportions.

    Each episode of Gunslinger Girl focuses on one girl and her relationship towards her fratello, thereby showing the audience that although the girls are half-machine they could hold on to their personality and react differently towards the condition.

    The behaviour of the fratellos is also of immense important to the plot and it shows that cruelty and disregard of cyborgs which are entrusted to them can have unforeseen consequences.

    The animation of Gunslinger Girl is really exquisite and one of the best I have ever seen, the story is extraordinarily well drafted and the protagonists are vivid and offer a fantastic character development throughout the series.

    The reason some people find it difficult to connect to the series might be the unconventionally pilot (which I have to admit needs some getting used to). Jumping back and forth in time and space while not really knowing what is going on, was not the smartest choice of the director, plus the second episode seems like a mere spin-off as the previous episode, offering the same main plot as the pilot but with more background information on Henrietta. But with the 3rd episode the series really kicks in and gets just better and better, offering a perfect combination of drama and action - which in this magnitude is seldom seen in this genre.

    The attentive reader might now wonder why I have given this series just a "9" if it really is that perfect. Well aside from disapproving from the excessive use of "10" by some users from remember the thing we put the pin in? It is time to take the pin out and acknowledge the fact that using Pre-Teenage girls as assassins and portraying them as cute and normal as in Gunslinger Girl is at least a very delicate topic. So to ease my conscience I have to deduct 1 point from this otherwise outstanding anime.

  • absaloutely fabulous

    Gunslinger Girl is a beautiful drawn anime set in Italy. The idea of using young girls as assassins isn't that new, but still extremely cruel. The girls are reassembled to technical enhanced humans. There only purpose is to kill "terrorists". The fact, that there is no analyse why someone has to been killed, is one of the bad point of this series. Why set a series to a modern democratic country, not to some fictional location? The second point I didn't like about this anime, was the fact, that there was too much Japan in it. Why set something in Italy but all characters, except of the evil ones, have the Japanese touch, like in any other anime set in Japan. The countryside and the beautiful locations of Italy are drawn really nice.

    So the focus of this series is to show us some nice parts of Italy and the relationships between the girls and there "fratelli". The men, each one a fratello, watch their girl. They don't really know how to work with them. Are they a machine or are they human? And the girls also don't act strictly human or like a machine. The complex situation of this difficult interaction is the basic part of this show. This is a well written part.

    The action scenes in here aren't that special. They are made nice, but aren't that important.

    So we have a beautiful drawn show, with some nice work in human – non human interaction. Anyone who likes anime will like this show.moreless
  • some tactical observations.

    The girls make an occasional error in their assaults. First, you never, ever, stand in a doorway and hose the inhabitants. It looks good in the movies but it will get you killed in the real world. Read the book, "House to house" about the battle in Irag to learn this and other lessons about urban warefare. Also, the "handlers" treat the girls like dirt. Yes, I know there are military groups that consistently treat their shooters like scum, but they are fragile and unable to recover from catastrophic losses like the germans and russian armies of Operation Barbarosa. This film does a great job of showing how laden with intrinsic booby traps such abusive systems are from the get go. To conclude, any operational group which suffers 1/3 killed from non combat events, after only a few months, is in need of a serious visit from the IG.moreless
  • Gunslinger girl is about brainwashed girls who are alone in the world and have no relatives to go to. So, with these conditions they are trained as expert assassins with mechanical bodies. They have no where to go and do not hesitate to kill.moreless

    Gunslinger girl would probably be one of my treasured animes, although it is not the best out there, Gunslinger Girl does bring excitement through the action packed episodes. Art: This anime, aired back in 2003, did a wonderful job in creating a beautiful artwork. The anime takes place in Italy; you can clearly tell that the artist did some researching when he/she was creating the setting. Blood is realistic, unlike many other animes I've seen, Gunslinger Girl did a great job in creating a realistic piece of art. ART: 10

    Story: The story is quite dull, not having much of a plot and having an ending that doesn't show anything. This is what the anime lacks the most. A 13 episode anime is just too short! However it makes up by having several twists to the story which makes the story fairly interesting

    STORY: 7

    Character Development: The character development should deserve a highly anticipated praise. Throughout the episodes, the relationship between the handler and the assassin increases although I am fairly disappointed about the lack of romance in it. If a romantic development was created between the handler and the assassin, this anime would go skyrocketing. Forbidden love...that would be great!


    Lasting Appeal: Gunslinger Girl is one of the few animes that would make you pick the DVD again, and make you re-watch it over and over. The beautiful art and the high quality sound are just breathtaking!

    Worth watching? Yes!moreless
  • One anime on IFC isn't enough

    IFC is always trust us to like Samurai 7 & it works & I arime Laura Bailey as Pasadina O' Possom, Henriette (from this anime), Obono, & Tip Tup Turtle & Pipsy the Mouse.

    I would love to here what Super_Peter has to say about this show & other show I will request for him as well hope I could find a DVD in Best Buy or somewhere w/ anime DVDs Rico was a favorite of mine, beacause she was voice by Luci Chistian same girl who did Komachi & Toadette & Luci should have more major roles as a voice of a little girl.moreless

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relationship woes, light science fiction, ruthless killing, Anime, epic battles