Gunslinger Girl

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  • TV-14
  • 2003
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.3  (2,315)

Gunslinger Girl is an anime television series that aired on Animax from 2003 to 2004. The show features a young girl named Henrietta who is implanted with cybernetic enhancements and trained to become an assassin by the Italian government. Henrietta is not alone in her mission, as she is joined by several other young girls who have undergone the same process.

The show is set in Italy and explores the relationship between the girls and their handlers, who are responsible for their training and deployment on various missions. The handlers are typically older men who have a paternal relationship with the girls, and there is a strong emphasis on the emotional bond between them. The girls are often depicted as innocent and vulnerable, which contrasts with their deadly capabilities.

The primary focus of the show is on Henrietta, who forms a close bond with her handler, Jose. Their relationship is complicated by the fact that Jose has mixed feelings about the government's use of the girls as assassins. He struggles with his role in the girls' lives and his responsibility to protect them.

The show also explores the ethical implications of using young girls as assassins. The Italian government justifies their actions by claiming that the girls are volunteers who have been given a second chance at life, but it is clear that the girls are being manipulated and exploited. The show raises questions about the nature of humanity and the limits of government authority.

In addition to Henrietta and Jose, the show features a cast of interesting and complex characters. Other notable characters include Triela, who has a close bond with her handler Hilshire, and Claes, who is less involved in the missions and instead spends her time reading books.

The animation in Gunslinger Girl is excellent, with detailed character designs and atmospheric backgrounds. The show features a lot of action scenes, which are well choreographed and exciting to watch. The use of music is also notable, with a mix of haunting classical music and modern rock songs.

Overall, Gunslinger Girl is a thought-provoking and emotionally engaging anime. The show is not without its flaws, as some of the characters can be underdeveloped and the pacing can be slow at times. However, the show's exploration of complex themes and its emphasis on character relationships make it a must-watch for fans of the genre.

Gunslinger Girl is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (28 episodes). The series first aired on October 8, 2003.

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15. Fantasma
January 8, 2008
Henrietta, Rico and Hilshire arrive in Sicily to visit Jose and Jean, but things get awkward when Henrietta makes a creepy discovery in the closet.
The Light of Venice, The Darkness of the Heart
14. The Light of Venice, The Darkness of the Heart
January 8, 2008
Jean encounters her own brother, Fernando ... and a brutal fight ensues, while jean and Rico head to Venice to take down a local mobster.
Il Teatrino: And So Pinocchio Becomes Human
13. Il Teatrino: And So Pinocchio Becomes Human
September 11, 2009
Triela and Pinocchio aren't conditioned to let people walk away from them. After tonight, one of them won't be walking at all.
Il Teatrino: The Fighting Puppet
12. Il Teatrino: The Fighting Puppet
September 11, 2009
Cristiano loses his grip on the empire of evil he helped create. Meanwhile, Pinocchio and Triela move towards a reunion they've both been expecting.
Il Teatrino: Budding Feelings
11. Il Teatrino: Budding Feelings
September 11, 2009
Franca decides on a bold course of action in order to protect Cristiano, but the Social Welfare Agency is one step ahead.
Il Teatrino: Flowers of Good Will
10. Il Teatrino: Flowers of Good Will
September 4, 2009
Before they were given new life as cyborg assassins, the girls of the SWA were nothing more than victims. Triela's story may be the most gruesome of all.
Il Teatrino: Clever Snake, Simple Pigeon
9. Il Teatrino: Clever Snake, Simple Pigeon
September 4, 2009
As Henrietta grows more devoted to Jose, he begins to experience a strange sense of alienation towards her – perhaps stemming from hard to shake visions of the past.
Il Teatrino: A Day in the Life of Claes
8. Il Teatrino: A Day in the Life of Claes
August 28, 2009
The other girls spend their days training for missions, but Claes is left alone to wander the grounds and search for ways to pass the time.
Il Teatrino: Caterina and the Circle of Revenge
7. Il Teatrino: Caterina and the Circle of Revenge
August 28, 2009
The Social Welfare Agency's bruising interrogation of a terrorist bomber is interrupted by a bloody visit from Pinocchio.
Il Teatrino: Retirement of the Tibetan Terrier
6. Il Teatrino: Retirement of the Tibetan Terrier
August 21, 2009
Henrietta and Rico are at odds over a broken kaleidoscope, but they must set aside hurt feelings and focus on thwarting an FRF assassination attempt.
Il Teatrino: Evanescence and Reminiscence
5. Il Teatrino: Evanescence and Reminiscence
August 21, 2009
While Angelica continues to readjust, Priscilla thinks back to a time before she lost Marco to the Social Welfare Agency.
Il Teatrino: Angelica’s Return
4. Il Teatrino: Angelica’s Return
August 14, 2009
Angelica returns to the field, but something still isn't right. Marco must work quickly to get her under control before she becomes a liability to the mission.
3. Simulacra
January 21, 2008
Triela and Hilshire are sent to locate an investigator who disappeared while tracking Pinocchio. In the course of the mission, two deadly assassins meet face to face.
Il Teatrino: Pinocchio
2. Il Teatrino: Pinocchio
January 14, 2008
Pinocchio was once a boy like any other, but a cruel twist of fate turned him into something unrecognizable. Now, he's the number one target of the Social Welfare Agency.
Il Teatrino: The Light of Venice, the Darkness of the Heart
1. Il Teatrino: The Light of Venice, the Darkness of the Heart
October 23, 2009
Jean goes to visit the grave of his fiance and encounters her brother, Fernando. Fernando decides to attack a Five Republics safe house, but is stopped by Jean and Giuseppe. Marco and Angelica then proceed to wipe it out.
Where to Watch Gunslinger Girl
Gunslinger Girl is available for streaming on the Animax website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Gunslinger Girl on demand at Amazon Prime, Apple TV and Crunchyroll.
  • Premiere Date
    October 8, 2003
  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (2,315)