Anime Vice News

Manga: Seven Seas Rescues Gunslinger Girls and Blood Alone

Lolis, vampires, and guns... oh my!


 I'm starting to see a trend here.
 I'm starting to see a trend here.
Well, as the title may suggest, Seven Seas have swooped in and announced the rescue of several abandoned manga titles. Seven Seas Entertainment, who you probably know for their release of the occasionally controversial loli-pire work, Dance in the Vampire Bund, has decided to keep their trend of dark, loli works alive. Blood Alone and Gunslinger Girl, which I've detailed below, will see a three-volume-in-one omnibus, compiling all of the work their previous translators had finished. Afterward, they'll begin rolling out the newer volumes, that have yet to see an official release.
 
That said, having researched these titles for the article, I'm kind of excited for both. Then again, I'm a sucker for dark, thinker pieces that have a high chance of controversy.
 

Blood Alone

Kuroe Kurose - Former Vampire hunter turned best-selling author, Kuroe Kurose has begun to care for a young girl who has recently turned into a vampire. He moonlights as a private detective, and this often puts him in direct confrontation with various types of undead monsters. Meanwhile, Misaki Minato, the vampire youth, struggles with vampirish nature, as well as her growing infatuation to Kurose.

Title: Blood Alone
Produced: 2005-ongoing
Originally Distributed by: Infinity Studios
Volumes: 6+
 
SOLD. Not only is the guy a former vampire hunter, but he's a writer. How cool is that?!? Plus you have the dynamic that he has begun to care for a vampire girl, who contrasts her feelings of gratitude with infatuation for our cool, calm protagonist 


Gunslinger Girl

In the heart of Italy, the Social Welfare Agency rescues young girls from hospital beds and gives them a second chance at life using the latest in cybernetic advancements. With their artificially enhanced bodies, the girls are brainwashed and trained as assassins to carry out the dirty work of the Italian Government. Despite all the modifications, they are still just children at heart, struggling for recognition from those they love, even knowing the love they feel is manufactured. This tragic tale unfolds as these girls grapple with their emotions in an agency that treats them as nothing but ruthless killers.

Title: Gunslinger Girl
Originally Published: 2002-current
Original Distributor: ADV
Number of Volumes: 11+
 
You've probably heard of Gunslinger Girl before. The story of Italian youths converted into violin carrying assassins has already been turned into a two season anime (distributed by FUNimation.) That said, while the series seemed a little dry, I think such source material could work considerably better as a manga

sunfloweron April 8, 2010 at 1:37 p.m.
Blood Alone is great.  I bought all 4 volumes of the previous release (which was beautiful, so I hope this one lives up to that), and I practically sat on their doorstep begging for each new volume.  It's not the moe / loli title people might think from the summary, but a mature look at what it means to be a vampire stuck in a young girl's body, from both her POV and the man's who has to care for her.  Though there is some underlying sexual tension, it's more a question of emotional attachment than anything physical.
Elfenlied1012on April 8, 2010 at 5:11 p.m.

Gunslingers girls was good a little bit hard to read and the constent just depressing darkness of it gets hard to take in rapid succsetion. Though if it's a slow realse I think it would work alot better giveing you breaks between.
Fabeon April 8, 2010 at 8:36 p.m.
I've been waiting for some one to rescue Gunslinger Girl, Any one know if Seven Seas is going to pick up where ADV left off .
Karasuon April 9, 2010 at 6:51 a.m.
I've been following Blood Alone. It's pretty, but it's so quiet and slow-moving. I want something to HAPPEN!!! But I'm glad it's been picked up. And I hope the new volumes look good with the previous set.
Gunslinger Girl? Snore. Not interested in elementary school girls with big guns and psychological problems therefrom. It's pretty, but … meh.
Sandon April 9, 2010 at 11:17 a.m.
I wonder if this can all be traced back the the child vampire (Claudia?) in Anne Rice's "Interview with the Vampire".  I thought her character was interesting, in the sense that her mind aged while her body did not (to her frustration).  This added another layer to the whole issue of immortality that was obviously at the core of the series.
 
I can't speak for "Blood Alone", but the physical age of the vampiric lead in "Dance in the Vampire Bund" seemed... a little arbitrary. 
 
I think maybe 90% of the current vampire flood can be entirely blamed on Anne Rice.
orangefoxfetishon April 10, 2010 at 11:41 a.m.
I liked Gunslinger Girls as a manga (thought the anime was terribly boring) so pretty glad they're continuing it.
John_Martoneon April 12, 2010 at 12:24 p.m.
@sunflower:@Karasu:  That's good to hear. Since writing this, I've grown decidedly more interested in the concept.
 
@Sand said:
" I wonder if this can all be traced back the the child vampire (Claudia?) in Anne Rice's "Interview with the Vampire".  I thought her character was interesting, in the sense that her mind aged while her body did not (to her frustration).  This added another layer to the whole issue of immortality that was obviously at the core of the series. I can't speak for "Blood Alone", but the physical age of the vampiric lead in "Dance in the Vampire Bund" seemed... a little arbitrary.  I think maybe 90% of the current vampire flood can be entirely blamed on Anne Rice. "
I'd question if Interview with the Vampire made much of a splash in the East, but you bring up an interesting observation. I always loved that dynamic of ageless characters. In some way they've come of age, yet they haven't. In this case, Claudia grills Louis about aspects of human maturation. She's "older," yet she never went through a hot blooded phase of romantic, human passion. Likewise, she'll forever be barred from even casually pretending to be human at such venues like bars and what not.
 
Of course, I don't think Claudia, even as a child vampire, made it to be a notable old age. I assumed she was probably like, 20-30 years old.
Sandon April 13, 2010 at 7:39 a.m.
@John_Martone: True, I can't say for sure what her direct influence is on the Japanese, but I do know she's popular with the gothic crowds and some of those visual kei bands.  I'd argue that her influence spread through all vampire media, so perhaps there's an indirect influence.  There was plenty of time for the ideas to spread, since Rice started publishing her vampire stuff in the 1970s.
John_Martoneon April 14, 2010 at 5:10 p.m.
@Sand:  True, she's had 40'ish years to mature on the global front, even though I'd say that her later work wasn't near as... well good. I have to say, reading it in middle school was not the best way to learn about sexuality. For several years I had this misplaced notion that becoming a vampire suddenly made you vaguely homosexual.
sickVisionz moderator is online on April 14, 2010 at 5:20 p.m.
I'm glad someone is finally getting back to GSG.  I read elsewhere that they won't start releasing them until 2011 though... :(
Sandon April 14, 2010 at 6:26 p.m.
@John_Martone: I went to a Catholic school, so anything with non-judgmental depictions of sexuality was pretty eye-opening for me (being bisexual myself... at a Catholic school... there's a melodramatic thinly-veiled autobiographical novel in there somewhere...).  I mean, the fact that blood-sucking monsters were able to teach me anything says a lot about our sex education (which may as well have been a book where pages alternated between "NO NO NO!!" and "YOUR BODY IS REVOLTING".  This adds an additional layer of mirth, since now that Rice has returned to the Church, she may very well consider me filthy.
John_Martoneon April 16, 2010 at 10:53 a.m.
@Sand said:
 This adds an additional layer of mirth, since now that Rice has returned to the Church, she may very well consider me filthy. "
Yeah, that bit made me a little sad, since she seems to have renounced a lot of the strong themes and works of her earlier career.

Dig Deeper into Blood Alone

A former vampire vampire hunter turned writer takes care of a fledgling vampire girl.

Edit/View the Wiki
Hit the Forums
Add/View Images (8 Images)
Watch Some Videos
Pokemon Black and White Looks Delicious in Motion

First video of a Pokemon battle in Black and White.

Comment & Win: One Piece Vol. 52, 53

Time for a giveaway folks! Now, act civil, we don't want anyone to get hurt in the mad rush to win.

Beginner's Guide to FLCL

Gainax's madcap, surrealist anime, broken down for new viewers.

Ballz Deep

Steve gets intimately close to Dragon Ball Z, for science!

Top 3 Awful Anime Dubs

Grit your teeth and get your ear plugs ready cause this week we're taking on the three most amazingly bad dubs of all time!

NARUTO Ch. 685 Review

In some ways, NARUTO is becoming the TWILIGHT of manga.

TOKYO GHOUL #1&2 -- Special Review

Fancy a bit of the ol' ultraviolence, my droogies?

Does JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Work as a Horror Story?

STARDUST CRUSADERS #14 -- Watch & Learn. It's scary!

PERSONA 4: THE GOLDEN ANIMATION #1 -- Special Review

This finally makes sense to me?

Is DRAGON BALL Dated?

DRAGON BALL #11 -- Retro Review. Rusty pinballs?!

When JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Gets Really Gross...

STARDUST CRUSADERS #15 -- Watch & Learn. Squatters, am I right?

Community Spotlight 7/27/2014

July is nearly behind us, and these super users are looking ahead to the Summer releases.

BLEACH Ch. 589 Review

Pick up lines you should never try outside of manga.

DRAMAtical mURDER #1 -- Special Review

Must all nerds be bullied?

TOKYO GHOUL #1&2 -- Special Review

Fancy a bit of the ol' ultraviolence, my droogies?

NARUTO Ch. 685 Review

In some ways, NARUTO is becoming the TWILIGHT of manga.

Does JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Work as a Horror Story?

STARDUST CRUSADERS #14 -- Watch & Learn. It's scary!

When JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Gets Really Gross...

STARDUST CRUSADERS #15 -- Watch & Learn. Squatters, am I right?

ARGEVOLLEN #1 -- Special Review

Well, I can say the suit looks cool, at least.

PERSONA 4: THE GOLDEN ANIMATION #1 -- Special Review

This finally makes sense to me?

BLEACH Ch. 589 Review

Pick up lines you should never try outside of manga.

Mandatory Network

Submissions can take several hours to be approved.

Save ChangesCancel