“The girl has a mechanical body. However, she is still an adolescent child.”
Now, that is poetry, man! Forget all about “His love is real, but he is not” or “Love never dies” because that right there is how you properly capture an audience’s attention with a tagline.
Sheesh… I try to keep an open mind when I’m watching these shows - -I try to keep it all relative - - but I’m going to just going to come out and say that I definitely won’t be watching any more episodes of GUNSLINGER GIRL. Stellar animation notwithstanding, it's bad. I had enough trouble trying to get to the end of this first episode. I dislike it for the same reasons I ended up disliking REQUIEM FOR A PHANTOM: it’s serious unto the point of dull. Considering how both shows were international espionage thrillers about young, emotionally-blank girls who are incredibly deadly with realistically-rendered pistols and whoalso happen do most of their killing while quiet Mediterranean music plays… I’m starting to suspect that this a clearly-defined sub-genre in anime. If it is, then I’ve identified one segment I’m deeply disinterested in. ==TEASER ==
Who knows what it says about our current pop cultural zeitgeist, but child assassins have been a pretty popular subject of late. KICK-ASS, HANNA, et cetera, et cetera. I don’t have any moral objections to the premise like Roger Ebert does, it just seems especially stupid when there isn’t even a little self-awareness or tongue in cheek. I’m not saying GUNSLINGER GIRL had to be a spoof, but it says something when the coolest part in the episode comes when the one goon tries to tip the cabinet on the girl and she just casually pushes it away. It definitely could’ve used more of those moments.
By the way, is it just me, or does the theme song like it was performed by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs?
Watch this episode "Fratello" below and decide for yourself.