The anime series Gunslinger Girl is based on a manga by Yu Aida, obviously enough featuring girls with guns, and a fair bit of action. In the story, a secret Italian government organization takes seriously injured girls, patches them up with artificial body parts, and “conditions” them to be assassins. Each girl is paired with an older man, and they work together as a “fratello” – a brother-sister unit. This moody show takes a look at these girls, and their different relationships with their supervisors. The focus is on Henrietta who is the least conditioned and the one who ponders the most about her newly given life (AniDB synopsis). The first two TV anime series were produced by studio Madhouse and studio Artland respectively. The first one initially aired in Japan in 2003-2004, and the second one – titled Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino – in 2008 (later being released by FUNimation for DVD in August 2009). An 2-episode OVA sequel also followed on October 24, 2008 in Japan, with an English DVD release planned by FUNimation for December 1, 2009.

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