Gunslinger Girl News

Gunslinger Girl is a franchise comprised of 2 anime series, 2 manga series
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That's a lot of Gunslinging Girls
That's a lot of Gunslinging Girls

So this came in the mail recently. After using the similar franchise tab on the site and posting some thoughts on the first episode a blog or two ago, I thought I would give the series a go. This was listed as the "complete collection" which is the first two seasons and an OVA. I haven't gotten into it yet, so all I can really talk about is the box art and case construction. It's definitely not as impressive as Black Lagoon's tin boxes considering it's just cardboard and plastic cases. It's got some nice artwork in the form of season 2 and the OVA... but season 1 definitely got the short end of the stick with the standard character poses.

The cardboard sleeve has that one pose for Henrietta they use everywhere as she fires a P90 while squatting so... they nailed it there, I guess.

I'll be watching it in the next few weeks and probably do some wiki work when I'm done. I see the Gunslinger Girl section of the wiki could use some screenshots so I'll be more than happy to provide. I haven't decided if I'll post thoughts as I go or wait till the end... but I guess that depends on what happens.

To prevent this from being completely pointless, what's some great box art any of you guys have seen or bought? I'm sure there are plenty of cool examples out there.

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For anyone who likes the series, I just put this up onto Youtube and it focuses around Claes. I selected Simon and Garfunkel's Scarborough Fair as the musical track for this. Enjoy!
 
  
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These past few weeks have been weird. If there is one good thing about having all this free time is that, I’ve started to slow down in my thinking, meaning I can stop and mentally review the entertainment I consume be that Games, Anime, Film or Music. I hope that means I will be able to write more reviews in general because I find it to be a fun but sadly time-consuming process. But enough with this boring self-reflection, It is time to use this blog for it's intended purpose. Gratuitous self-promotion! 

Reviews

 So far, I have written two Anime reviews in two weeks hopefully I will be able to keep this one-a-week schedule going. The first review was for Gunslinger Girl episode 1: Fratello. I really liked the Art in the show, people have this realistic nature that you just don’t get in Anime that much. What I really like about the show however is how little everyone speaks when compared to most Anime. It gives a sense that everyone is in deep thought and what people do say has been painstakingly thought out
beforehand.   

The second review I wrote was for Kanokon episode 1. This is one of the most out of there shows I have ever seen, this blows Space Trains the anime out of the water in it’s craziness. The one thing I find really weird about the show, well other than;
  • Fox-girl.
  • Hole in roof no one acknowledges.
  • How Kouta can look and be the size of a 7-year-old.
Is how the show feels like it starts halfway through another series. There is no mention so far of how Kouta met Fox-girl, no mention to why he is living there. It is like the show decided to throw you in the deep end.
I really hope that I can stay focused enougth for me to review each episode of both Gunslinger Girl and Kanokon, hey it might end up being fun.
On a non-review note I'm still on my quest tofind a second Manga series to start reading, I've been thinking maybe Yotsuba&! or I could go a safe route and start with Love Hina a series that I love in Anime form. I'm also still watching Heroman on crunchyroll and finding it surprisingly good, I just hope that the show doesn't become a one threat series.

T'other Stuff

 The Bioshock Infinite gameplay trailer/demo came out and as a person who believes this was the highlight of the whole first Bioshock, I can say I'm already optimistic about Infinite. In fact the Infinite demo/trailer made me realise what I like from my drawn ladies. You see Elizabeth’s eyes while also being very large are also very long with thick border-like eyelashes, I compared this to the work of my favourite Comic Artist Josh Howard. He uses the effect of large Irises and Pupils in these wide eyes that aren’t overly large. This combined with a thick outline to the eyes that act as eyelashes causes my sight to be drawn to them.

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FUNimation Entertainment Introduces

Beta Version Live Today, Site to Premiere in Spring 2009

 

Flower Mound, Texas (December 22, 2008) -- FUNimation Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Navarre Corporation, today announced the test launch of its online video service, www.funimation.com/video, offering viewers the largest selection of streaming, on-demand, premium anime programming for free.

FUNimation will legally offer hundreds of high-quality, full-length episodes, including many full series, of current and catalogue programming from its library. Among the many titles of the video player launch are episodes of Darker Than Black, Guyver, Black Blood Brothers, Gunslinger Girl Il Teatrino, Jyu-Oh-Sei, Negima 2, Ouran High School Host Club, Romeo X Juliet, Shigurui: Death Frenzy, STRAIN: Strategic Armored Infantry  and many other top titles that are not available anywhere else.

Each week, FUNimation will be rolling out new episodes of the newest and best anime from Japanese producers -- including those currently airing in Japan -- as well other select video such as trailers, exclusive interviews, podcasts and other FUNimation original productions.  

Features of the site include:

  •   Higher-quality video player
  •   Both subtitled and English-dubbed episodes
  •   Flash video streaming, ensuring ease of use and cross-platform compatibility
  •   Same-screen video playback, without a separate pop-up window
  •   Expandable video player
  •   Lower lights feature
  •   Ability to share video

 

During this beta period, FUNimation will continue to add features that will enhance the consumers viewing experience.

 

Free. First. FUNimation.com


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There was a time where my answer to this would be Fist of the North Star. I grew up watching that show on Starz ever Friday night/Saturday morning (along with Dirty Pair/Flash. Best night ever for a young lad), and while it still is a show I love to death, I don't know if I can call it my favorite. I really love Gunslinger Girl. Like, ridiculously so. But I never considered it to be my all time favorite. There's also Infinite Ryvius.....I'm just gonna say Gunslinger Girl. It was the characters what got me.

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