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The first episode shows a mission where the agency aim to find a witness that is being hidden by members of the RF (Republican Faction). After a blonde haired, blue eyed girl with pigtails that because this is an anime are about 2 or 3 foot long. The girl is armed with a Shotgun with a Bayonet stuck on the end and we aren’t talking a knife sized thing, we’re talking a Shotgun with a foot long knife on the end. I can’t be the only one who thinks that is crazy.
In another building our “hero” Henrietta and her handler Jose (Guise in the subtitles I was watching for some reason) try gain entrance to another RF stronghold, which is one room for some unknown reason. Jose is attacked and Henrietta guns all the guys down with the help of a sniper. To tell the truth the gun slinging part isn’t the interesting part of this episode, there is one moment where two guys with at least SMGs can’t hit a fully grown man and a girl that are not moving out of a door. If that isn’t a sign of Storm Trooper syndrome I don’t know what is.
What is interesting about the episode is that it shows that Jose is very conflicted about what he and the Agency has done to this little girl, now this is never said it is instead implied via long pauses by Jose and the general way that he speaks. He never raises his voice in anger, but instead his Japanese voice actor ( Hidenobu Kiuchi) gives a kind of melancholy in his performance. Henrietta has little to say but it feels very human. It would have been easy to give her a voice devoid of emotion, but she too has a faint amount of melancholy in the back of the words she says. The other characters have solid performances with the agency guys sounding stoic and the girls sounding thankfully restrained from being “cutesy”.
Based on the first episode it can be seen that Gunslinger Girl could be a very sombre affair if it focuses on the relationship between girls and their handlers, or it could just be a throwaway show about the evils of the agency and how it must be overthrown from the inside.