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Gunslinger Girl Il Teatrino: OVA

4.1 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

The girls of the Social Welfare Agency are no ordinary children. They are the grizzly remains of human wreckage pieced back together with cybernetic implants and trained to kill by the government. The oldest, Triela, pursues her targets with a ferocious enthusiasm – unwilling to settle for less than total annihilation. Her mirror in this bloody stalemate is Pinocchio – a shell of a boy raised as an assassin by the FRF – a terrorist faction at war with the SWA. Cold and cruelly efficient, he wields sharpened steel as though it were his own hand. Once human, these shattered souls have become murderous machines with only vague recollections of what it meant to be real – and a brutal compulsion to be the last killer standing.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Laura Bailey, Luci Christian, Caitlin Glass
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: December 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KYIAJW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,100 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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Gunslinger Girl is one of those anime properties that can easily be mistaken as being a gimmicky show. You know the type; the premise itself is so eccentric (in this case cybernetic-children assassins) that there's little need to bother with such details as say a good story or decent script. However, and as I had to discover for myself, Gunslinger Girl isn't nearly as one-dimensional. In fact it's a pretty darn well rounded property containing everything from political struggles to warring factions, and emotional overload to slight supernatural elements.

Though technically based on the series sequel, Gunslinger Girl IL Teatrino breaks the prose down into two episodes (each with a runtime of 17.5 minutes). The collection spans a single DVD packaged within a standard size clamshell DVD case. The total runtime comes in at 35 minutes and extras include an interview with a member of the Japanese vocal cast (the voice of Hilshire), textless opening and closing themes, and a host of Funimation trailers.

Language options are standard sub & dub meaning the viewer has the choice of viewing the OVA in either the original Japanese dialog (stereo) or with an English dub (5.1 Dolby Surround) and the option of turning on English subtitles beneath either track.

Finally the program wears an appropriate TV MA (mature, 17+) rating due to violent themes, gunfights, blood and a bit of gore. There is however no nudity and the foul language is kept to a minimum.

The story follows the exploits of the Social Welfare Agency and their ongoing exploits (missions) using mechanically bodied adolescents.
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These are 2 OVA episodes of the series. Normally an OVA may go off on another branching storyline but this just feels like a continuation of Il Teatrino (which I guess it is).

So why are these 2 episodes seperate? I have no idea but they're still the girls you know and probably love by now. Story focuses a bit more on Rico and Jean(?) which was needed and a decent amount of action. Gave it 4 stars because it just wasn't long as I'm used to (they could have saved these for Il Teatrino 2).

Also, you get to see how Triela is holding up after that duel with Pinocchio.
Can't wait for more!! If you're already collecting this series, it's a no-brainer. If you're not, what the hell are you waiting for?!
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THIS is a rip off if You own il teatro you have these 2 OVA's-I cant believe they had the gaul to release this 35 min. that is on the 2nd edition/season of Gunslinger Girl-They actually LIE on the back cover saying that Triela(the oldest "Girl)is having final showdown w/ pinnochio-which never happened
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Ratings are a guesstimate, usually on the "safe side".

Genre: Action Suspense

Situations: PG+
Language: Probably PG
Nudity: PG or less
Violence: PG, maybe R

Language options: Separate Language and Sub-title enable. (Yay!)

Another Funimation DVD that commits the cardinal sin... you can't skip or fast forward through the load ads at the beginning.

Special Features: Japanese TV interview #5 of 5... (Why bother if you're not going to put them all in?). Textless Songs. And, of course, Trailers: Most are done well (they actually give you enough info about the show to decide if it's worth looking into) but a couple are vague and one is for a live action movie. (I dislike this. I want anime ads in my anime).

This is a 2 episode continuation of the "Il Teatrino" story. The first episode is character development of Rico, the second of her handler Jean (John) plus interaction with Henrietta and her handler, who's Jean's brother, in a non-work environment. While there is no continuation of the plot from Il Teatrino, this is still a thought provoking pair of episodes that explore the past of the brothers and how it has affected their lives and attitudes as handlers as well as people. If you enjoyed the background info in Il Teatrino, you will enjoy these. If you're just in it for the action, these probably won't hit your top 10 list.
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I really enjoyed the original series of Gunslinger girls, so when I saw this disc I knew I had to watch it, for me the only problem was that I did not realise that there was another series of Gunslinger Girl, which come before this disc, which meant that I did not really catch what was going on, so I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. So if you are thinking of getting this disc make sure you watch series 2 first.
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My Daughter Is Very Happy With This DVD...She Loves This Anime Series & We Received The Product Very Fast....No Complaints Here,Thanks!!!!!
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Gunslinger Girl OVA picks up where the 2nd series of the anime ended and you really have to wonder why they bothered with this.

The previous two series are about Italian Secret Police, fighting against terrorist separatists by using young girls who have been turned into cyborg killers and for anime they are pretty good. The imagery is sharper in the first series but the plots hold together better in the second so it's kind of a toss up depending on your taste.

The problem with this product is that I'm not sure why, plot wise, it was made. Business wise, it is clearly to make money. Unfortunately with only two episodes it doesn't have time to have much of a plot development, and it doesn't even try. Although the series can have good stand alone episodes with a good adventure it doesn't go for those but rather character development.

While the first two series focus on the cyborgs, adolescent girls with incredible fighting skills, the two episodes here are unconnected and focus more on the adult male handlers and what is supposed to be their motivation for being hardened killers. If it worked, this would be great, expanding the role of what have been otherwise 2 dimensional characters in the first 2 series. The problem is that they only start down the path and don't really go anywhere with it.

A good idea on paper, in execution this is really not worth your time. I liked the first two series which is why I bought this but as the credits rolled on the 2nd episode I found myself asking "That's it? That's all?" Seriously don't bother. It's not that it's bad or poorly produced or anything, there's just really no point.
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