Gunslinger Girl

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English: Gunslinger Girl
Synonyms: Gunslinger Girls
Japanese: ガンスリンガー・ガール


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 9, 2003 to Feb 19, 2004
Premiered: Fall 2003
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: Marvelous, Fuji TV
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, PsychologicalPsychological, MilitaryMilitary, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.411 (scored by 6757367,573 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #18952
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #992
Members: 167,513
Favorites: 1,050

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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.

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Terakado, Hitomi

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Noto, Mamiko


Ebara, Masashi


Yokoyama, Chisa

Croce, Jean

Miyamoto, Mitsuru



Opening Theme

"The Light Before We Land" by The Delgados

Ending Theme

"Dopo il Sogno ~Yume no Ato ni~" by op.

Nov 14, 2008
Yuunagi (All reviews)
“I’ve tried turning you into someone stronger,
but lately, I feel uneasy whenever I look at you.”

Simply put, Gunslinger Girl is about hopeless children who are granted another shot at life at the cost of their freedom and innocence. They are given cybernetic implants which enhance their combat capabilities and drugs which impose upon them unquestioning loyalty to their respective masters. Paired with their handlers, they are known as “fratello”, and they must face not only terrorists but the tragedies of the past and the uncertainty of the future as well.

Admittedly, the question “Does the end justify the means?” has been asked implicitly in read more
Aug 20, 2009
codehorizon (All reviews)
Gunslinger Girl is a very tough anime to summarize. Part of it is action, most of the story is drama, some sci-fi, and a dash of comedy make this a blend of many different genres. However, Gunslinger Girl nails the mark on every level, making this one of the most compelling anime shows I have ever seen.

The content of this show is ultimately the highlight, and also the whole reason for the controversy: young girls that have had their lives torn apart are given a second chance by having their memories wiped and insides replaced with mechanical parts, and are then trained to do read more
Sep 1, 2013
GonzoLewd (All reviews)
Any subject matter, whether it be disturbing or not, should not be shied away from being written into a story narrative because of the fact that it’s too dark for the mainstream audience to handle. Almost all of the well-regarded films since the last century have implemented controversial social commentary and bring about heavy subject matter that involve sex, violence, and political corruption. These days we don’t often see anime take advantage of showing people the deep impact our world has within the dark subterfuge of our own universal culture. For all intents and purposes, Gunslinger Girl will leave some people with a sour taste read more
Jun 28, 2007
jet2r0cks (All reviews)
Madhouse never fails to deliver for me.

At first I was a bit hesitant about watching Gunslinger Girl. I was afraid it’s going to end up too serious and too difficult to comprehend. I was wrong on both counts. The girls made the anime more suited to my taste (not like I’m a pedophile or a dirty guy or anything like that). It gets serious and hard to understand sometimes, but for most of the time, I actually enjoyed myself.

I’m a bit disappointed that it’s not as violent as I thought it would be. Sure there are bloody parts but they come at a minimum and read more

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