Despite its girls-with-guns storyline and doe-eyed characters dressed in schoolgirl outfits the action anime series GUNSLINGER GIRL eschews its genres typically breezy comedy style for a dark and brooding exploration of female childhood. Set in Italy the series centres on a little girl named Henrietta who is taken in by a seemingly benevolent social welfare agency after her entire family is murdered in a massacre. But the organization is really a front for a secret government program that adopts terminally ill or orphaned girls erases their memories and endows them with implanted cybernetic devices that transform them into perfectly conscience-free assassins. As part of the reconditioning process the girls are partnered with older male agents who not only provide them with professional instruction but act as their surrogate older brothers. Moody stylish and violent the series chronicles Henriettas training with her partner Jose with equal parts high-octane action sequences and poignant character studies of the pairs evolving relationship. The anime kicks off with this first volume of episodes.
Release Date: 19 March 2007
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Production Year: 2005
Main Language: English