Pumpkin Scissors

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Synonyms: PumpSci
Japanese: パンプキン・シザーズ


Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2006 to Mar 18, 2007
Premiered: Fall 2006
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 02:00 (JST)
Licensors: ADV Films, Funimation
Studios: Gonzo, AIC
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy, DramaDrama
Theme: MilitaryMilitary
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.151 (scored by 1774217,742 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #35112
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3407
Members: 44,106
Favorites: 135

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Three years ago, the long war between the Royal Empire and the Republic of Frost came to an end. With both nations a long way from recovery, a passionate young woman named Alice L. Malvin leads the Pumpkin Scissors, a unit of the imperial army specializing in war relief.

During a mission to assist a village occupied by renegade soldiers, Alice meets Randal Oland, a scarred former soldier with a sordid past and kind heart. Encouraged by the efforts of the Pumpkin Scissors, he joins the team on their mission. During the assault, however, Randal enters a trance-like state prompted by a mysterious blue lantern. As a result, he acquires monstrous strength and decimates the enemy forces.

Despite having witnessed Randal's disturbing transformation, Alice invites him to join her squandrant, confident that his gentle nature will prevail and make him a perfect fit for the Pumpkin Scissors.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Characters & Voice Actors


Ogawa, Kazuki


Suzuki, Chihiro


Hiramatsu, Akiko


Taniyama, Kishou




Akiyama, Katsuhito
Director, Storyboard
Watanabe, Jun
Sound Director
Yoneda, Kazuhiro
Episode Director
Abe, Masashi
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
"Aoki Flamme" by Takahashi, Yoko

Ending Theme

1: "Mercury Go" by Kana Ueda & Yukai na Nakama-tachi (eps 1-17,19-24)
2: "Pumpkin Ondo" by Kana Ueda (eps 18)

Episode Videos


Aug 7, 2008
Was a good anime, but had the potential to be great.
The story takes place in a parallel earth that looks like Europe in the 20s and 30s. A cease fire has ended between Royal Empire and the Republic of Frost. Three years later the Empire is still plagued by problems from the war, soldiers becoming mercanieries, starvation, and disease. To help solve the problems the Empire sets up Imperial Army Section III nicknamed Pumpkin Scissors. Led by 2nd Lieutenant Alice L. Malvin and a special forces soldier Randel Oland set out to change the empire.

Almost everything about this anime was great. The story wasn't original, ...
Jun 18, 2013
Mixed Feelings
While I believe that a responsible critic should judge each creation on its own individual merits, there are times when the existence of a comparable alternative that surpasses the subject in question on just about every level is evidence enough that it could have been "done better". That holds especially true in this case, where said alternative is widely considered to be essential viewing for anime fans. I mention this because from the military-ruled state to the lower class that's still suffering from the wounds left by war, right down to the noticeably similar art style, Pumpkin Scissors comes out looking an awful lot like ...
Aug 20, 2007
This is absolutely typical. Oooh, I thought, something about a post-war relief squad. That has some real potential, it's original, good setting, chance for some great stories, those shots look nice, and - Oh nuts, it's Gonzo.

Studio Gonzo have this amazing effect; I suspect they have some kind of quota system in effect. For each really good thing they put out, there seem to be a bunch of things about which you end up thinking "if only they'd just done that differently, that could've been so much better...". Every excellent series like Bokurano that they put out is outnumbered by flawed ...

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Poll: Pumpkin Scissors Episode 24 Discussion
kawaiimisato - Aug 21, 2010
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May 25, 2:06 AM
You Call THAT and Ending?
Chelle - Mar 20, 2007
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Nov 27, 2021 7:20 PM
Poll: Pumpkin Scissors Episode 23 Discussion
ShanaFlame - May 30, 2009
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Jan 23, 2021 8:30 PM
Poll: Pumpkin Scissors Episode 22 Discussion
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Poll: Pumpkin Scissors Episode 5 Discussion
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