Gunslinger Girl Il Teatrino: OVA
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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.Read more ›
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?!
Genre: Action Suspense
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.
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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Gotta have this if you're a Gunslinger Girl fan! This is a good wrap up, with a very good focus on the Rico/ Jean duo.Published on October 1, 2013 by Chaotic
Great movie it closed out things from the series. I would tell anyone to get this movie. I just love it.Published on December 15, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Unless you have watched all of the second series, this will make no sense at all.
As many other reviewers have already said this is one for the true fans of the gunslinger... Read more
We have watched this several times; a lot of our friends realy like it as well. Good show. Fast delivery.Published on January 17, 2010 by sarah young