Monday, December 24, 2007

Clearing the Backlogs: Gunslinger Girl

Because of the upcoming January new series, I dug into my backlogs pulled out Gunslinger Girl and finished it in two days.

Someone told me a while back that I would like this anime because it's...cruel and emotional. Well, it is true, and I do like it very much. The concept is cruel, and the theme is dark and somewhat sad. But at the same time, there is a soft and warm feeling to it. Just like Saikano, where the flow of cruelness and darkness is companied by a stream of soft warmth, only that in Sakano, the warmth is much more overwhelming.

Between the two (Gunslinger Girl and Saikano), I like the presentation of Gunslinger Girl much better. Mainly, I think it's because I didn't have to constantly battle against the absurd plot device Saikano used.

It was a bit of a slow start. Well, it doesn't really get any faster later either, it just made me get used to its pace. The story is filled with strong emotions and some graphical violence, which they were blended to almost perfection. The ending, really could have been taken either way: tragedy or non-tragedy. Without the second series, it's completely up to your own imagination. But the second series is coming, and we get to see how the author intended for us to interpret the ending of the first series.

Rating (out of 5): 4.5 ~ Instant Classic

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The series did start slow and i couldn't bring my self to keep watching it after 10 episode. The over all prevailing theme is little girls being brain washed for secretive government agencies. Okay i get it... but after a while it just keeps repeating the same motif and that gets old. On the bright side it does have very good character development more so than most anime I've watch like mechas and DBZ and what ever else Richard doesn't like.