Gunslinger Girl is wonderfull anime. When i first saw it on anidb i was very skeptical read the plot synopsis and saw “cyborg girl-assassins”. The first thing that came to mind was a simple shoot-em-up with girls, boy was i wrong.
If you look at the story you will find that each of the episodes take a deeper look into each one of the girls lives instead of overarching the “defeat-a-villian plot”. Each episode and it’s events and Plot lines will carry on from episode to episode, but it is apparent that the focus is on the characters and not the story as the main focus.
Gunslinger Girl creates an awareness of the division between “artwork” and “animation”. Though for the most part the animation isn’t as mellifluous as say, Spirited Away, certain scenes are given much more attention than others and the ending result is superb. Top-notch animation is not used throughout this series, but certain places are to highlight important scenes. When first viewing the animation, long pauses and a lack of movement may make it look rationed in effort, but the artwork style gives Gunslinger Girl a unique identity which, rather than immidietly striking you with awe, gives you a slow growing appreciation, and much of the time envelopes you in great lighting effects and background scenery which greatly compliments the Italian setting. Overall, the combined styles give Gunslinger Girl an atmosphere fit for it’s purpose; the ability to go from the aborable to the violent.
Gunslinger Girl really shines in the field of sound and music, a grand accompaniment to the artwork. Again, like with the animation, certain scenes are more memorable than others and though it’s hard to be ‘unique’ with sound, Gunslinger Girl surprised me with effects I hadn’t heard before in an anime. It’s attention to detail, showed that the people who created Gunslinger Girl, actually cared about the end result.
The music can also be noted as impressive. The introduction music was obviously very carefully chosen/written and it blends so well with the feel of the series. Another area in which Gunslinger Girl is unique, the introduction music is in English. Like the introduction music, the background music is very in-tune with the feeling of the anime and even creates it’s own identity by being somewhat unusual at times. The overall score is a rather emotional one and is hard to listen to outside of the anime as a result.
Even if there are only 13 episodes, when it comes up towards the end of the show you will ebd up with and emotional attachment to all the characters, and if you are like me there will definately be a few scenes in which you will want to cry from the powerful emotions that each character envokes. You will begin to truly pity both the girls and their trainers and wish for their happiness using a level of subtlety and realism that separates it from other tragic dramas such as Elfen Lied and SaiKano. The series refuses to deal in absolutes, painting everything in shades of gray rather than plain black and white. It shows tragedy and injustice but it also presents a moral dilemma which encourages the viewers to question if the sacrifices have been worth it and if the alternatives would have been any better.
If you look at the story you will find that each of the episodes that a deeper look into each one of the girls lives insteed of overarching defeat-a-villian plot. Each episode and it’s events and Plot lines will carry on from episode to episode, but it is apparent that the focus is on the characters and not the story as the main focus. I truly enjoyed this anime and i recommend anyone to se it, if you dont you will miss someting really good.