Gunslinger Girl

Gunslinger Girl

  • TV-14
  • 2003
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.4  (2,079)

Gunslinger Girl is a 13 episode Japanese anime directed by Morio Asaka and produced by Studio Madhouse. The series takes place in Italy, following the endeavors of the Social Welfare Agency, more commonly just called "the Agency." The Agency conveys the facade of a charity organization supported by the Italian government. While it claims to assist in rehabilitating the physically injured, it actually serves as a military group focusing on counter-intelligence and -terrorism and is composed of two groups. The Public Safety side takes care of surveillance and the acquisition of intelligence, while the Special Operations side is further divided into two Sections. Section 2 utilizes preteen girls which were exposed to intense traumatic, if not near-death, experiences and modifies them with cybernetic upgrades. These upgrades allow for increased strength, reflexes, and pain tolerance. Each of the girls in Section Two is teamed up with an adult male, serving as her handler, with the two forming a "fratello," or siblings from the Italian. The handler is in charge of the training, care, and field performance of his girl through any means considered viable. Regardless of the variance in individual training, all of these girls are subjecting to "conditioning," a type of brainwashing that ensures unfailing loyalty to the handler and awakens the talent and skill needed to become a fatal assassin. Excessive conditioning can also cause a decrease in the girl's life span. Each fratello shows a unique form of teamwork. Most handlers have some training in either civilian law enforcement or military experience and are directly recruited to work for Section 2. Most handlers also choose their cyborg among a list of candidates, however a few are instead directly assigned one. The Agency mainly worries about dealing with the Padania Republic Faction, a group concerned with restoring Northern Italy to independence, be it through terrorism or bribing of officials.

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Seasons
Fantasma
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.
Simulacra
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.
Description

Gunslinger Girl is a 13 episode Japanese anime directed by Morio Asaka and produced by Studio Madhouse. The series takes place in Italy, following the endeavors of the Social Welfare Agency, more commonly just called "the Agency." The Agency conveys the facade of a charity organization supported by the Italian government. While it claims to assist in rehabilitating the physically injured, it actually serves as a military group focusing on counter-intelligence and -terrorism and is composed of two groups. The Public Safety side takes care of surveillance and the acquisition of intelligence, while the Special Operations side is further divided into two Sections. Section 2 utilizes preteen girls which were exposed to intense traumatic, if not near-death, experiences and modifies them with cybernetic upgrades. These upgrades allow for increased strength, reflexes, and pain tolerance.

Each of the girls in Section Two is teamed up with an adult male, serving as her handler, with the two forming a "fratello," or siblings from the Italian. The handler is in charge of the training, care, and field performance of his girl through any means considered viable. Regardless of the variance in individual training, all of these girls are subjecting to "conditioning," a type of brainwashing that ensures unfailing loyalty to the handler and awakens the talent and skill needed to become a fatal assassin. Excessive conditioning can also cause a decrease in the girl's life span.

Each fratello shows a unique form of teamwork. Most handlers have some training in either civilian law enforcement or military experience and are directly recruited to work for Section 2. Most handlers also choose their cyborg among a list of candidates, however a few are instead directly assigned one. The Agency mainly worries about dealing with the Padania Republic Faction, a group concerned with restoring Northern Italy to independence, be it through terrorism or bribing of officials.Gunslinger Girl is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (28 episodes). The series first aired on October 8, 2003.

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 The Roku Channel, Apple TV and Crunchyroll.

  • Premiere Date
    October 8, 2003
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (2,079)