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Gunslinger Girl: The complete First Season [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Monica Rial, Alese Watson, Laura Bailey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Widescreen, Color, Box set
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,341 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gunslinger Girl: The complete First Season [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Building Henrietta
Building Rico
Meet the real Gunslinger Girls
Voice director commentary
Production commentary
Textless songs

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The complete first season in stunning high-definition!

Officially, the Social Welfare Agency is a government sponsored corporation that's in the business of saving lives. In reality, it's an agency on the fringe of technology. They give terminal patients another shot at life using cybernetic implants. This conditioning process then shapes the patient into an efficient machine for handling all of the government's dirty work.


Henrietta, Claes, Triela, Angelica, and Rico, the adolescent heroines of the broadcast series Gunslinger Girl (2003), are orphans who have been turned into petite assassins through cybernetic implants and brainwashing. Each girl has an older, male "handler" from the Social Welfare Agency, a covert branch of the Italian government, who oversees her training and takes her on missions. The miniature murderers travel through Italy, dispatching criminals, right-wing terrorists, and uncooperative police officers with a cold-blooded efficiency Scarface might envy. The girls remember a few scattered fragments of their past lives, and the only feeling they express is a mixture of affection and adoration for the handlers. This lack of emotion makes them singularly unappealing as characters and robs Gunslinger Girl of the pathos of Saikano. None of them feels a shred of regret for their murderous actions: In Episode #8, Henrietta complains that's she's only killed four people in the last month. The results suggest Key the Metal Idol re-made by Sam Peckipah. Although Gunslinger Girl was one of the first examples of the "murderous moppet" genre of anime, it ranks among the grimmest series of recent years. (Rated TV 14: considerable violence, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon

(1. Fratello (Siblings), 2. Orione (Orion), 3. Ragazzo (Boy), 4. Bambola (Doll), 5. Promessa (Promise), 6. Gelato (Frozen), 7. Protezione (Proection), 8. Il Principe del Regna della Pasta (The Prince of the Kingdom of Pasta), 9. Lycoris Radiata Herb, 10. Amare (To Love), 11. Febbre Alta (High Fever), 12. Simbiosi (Symbiosis), 13. Stella Cadente (Falling Star)

Customer Reviews

Video quality is excellent on my set.
You laugh with them, and you will cry with them.
Elias B.
The music in this series is also very beautiful.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By R. Caymo on April 1, 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Near the end of 2002 I lost interest in collecting and watching anime as a whole; Berserk, Cowboy Bebop (Perfect Collection) to name some were the last in my collection. After that, more new releases of anime just be became a drawn out cliche of animation and story telling. While most were good, they were nothing like those classics before them, and so I lost touch in this area of the Otaku world. However, come 2005, I came across GSG by chance, somewhat seeking to renew my interest in anime.

The rest is history, what I got from GSG is great story telling, slick animation, characters you can really feel for, and a fantastic and yet touching soundtrack. While the story is cruel and morally gray, it is more thoughtful than any drama-thriller on the market. That is saying a lot especially for an anime; this is where I realized that I had found a gold mine.

I will not get into the story of GSG because well, in this day and age you can Wiki anything. I will however discuss the quality of this newest edition to Funimation Blu-ray and if it is a worthy upgrade if you are a DVD owner already.

To be upfront about it, this visual upgrade is not fantastic nor terrible. It is an upscale if anything, but unlike most recent releases of Funimation titles it is presented in 1080p24 rather than 1080i30. As you would expect coming from the DVD version, gone are all the compression artifacts and a plus for the clean lines. Appraised for being beautifully animated, GSG really does make its presence more than it used to from its SD form, both in color and detail.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Elias B. on June 1, 2010
Format: Blu-ray
"Gunslinger Girl" may ooze creepiness, what with the almost panty shot right on the front cover, but I urge you not to be thrown off by whatever possible apprehensions you may have about the content. Give it one or two episodes, and you'll realize that Marvelous Entertainment was trying to craft true art using a very inartistic subject.

The Social Welfare Agency is, in the public eye, a somewhat docile area of the Italian government which specializes in helping out the community in various ways. But their true purpose is something much more sinister. Finding little girls who are on the brink of death, then giving them cybernetic implants for the purpose of turning them into heartless killing machines, the SWA uses the girls in order to hunt down dangerous criminals and murder them for the safety of the people. By altering these girls, they cut short their lifespan by countless years, and rewire their entire brain so they have no memories of their prior lives. However, the latter of those two is probably for the best, considering the circumstances the girls came from.

It's a fairly offbeat and absurd concept, but the way the writers wove the story around focusing on the characters themselves, as opposed to the action they engage in, takes the show in a very gripping and emotionally kinetic direction. By the end of the final episode (of this first series, at least), you will have formed a bond with almost every character, both adult and child. You laugh with them, and you will cry with them. You will feel genuine compassion for the cast, forgetting that they are only animated characters. This is one of the few anime I've watched that I literally forgot I was viewing animation
and not live-action cinema.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AJR on April 28, 2010
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This is the story of some little girls. Girls who were about to die, and were given a new life, but the cost of that new life is to become inhuman. They become cyborgs; a little bit human, and a lot machine. The reason these girls were rescued from certain death was not altruism. Their new life is as assassins under the direction of their "big brothers". The series is set in Italy, so the "siblings" are referred to as "fratelli".

They may be the most lethal little ladies around, but they are still little girls. Their emotions and reactions are those of young girls.

Strongly recommended if you want a series that mixes masses of gunfire with some thought-provoking moral questions.

The series is beautifully animated (something that sadly declines in the second season). This Bluray version shows off the beauty of the animation. I liked the DVD version, which was a good clean transfer, but the Bluray transfer is superb.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ken-752 on April 17, 2011
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Do the ends justify the means? Apparently, in this animation, the Italian government believes so as they secretly programming young adolescent girls to become killers. The series never glorifies what is being done to these girls, it just tries to explore the many consequences and paradox between innocence and bullets.

The storyline is well thought out, the drama and action scenes are good, and the character development is so well done that it could bring you to tears for the situation these girls have to go through.

This animated series went on for two seasons and I wish they continue to do more, although it doesn't seem likely. As of this writing, the original manga is only now coming to a conclusion and it looks like it's going to be a tragic one.

Although it's sad and has no comedy relief I think this is one of the best dramatic animated series I've ever seen.
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Does this include both season 1 and 2?
I don't think so... Best Buy online has season 1 and 2 for Blu-ray listed separately (though they are coming out on the same day). It could be wrong though...
Dec 22, 2009 by R. Caymo |  See all 3 posts
It's not afraid to provide blood splatter with its gunshots, though there's rather minimal gunplay in it (given how the show is advertised), if that's what you're asking. Emotional content can be somewhat intense and the character psychologies suitably effed up...

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Apr 2, 2013 by Amazon Customer |  See all 3 posts
Why is this 1.33:1
It probably is widescreen. Lazy Amazon is lazy. The regular DVDs were widescreen after all.
I wish they'd just NOT mention specs that they don't know about.
I also think Funimation should have to specify whether a title is an upscale or truely HD.
Feb 14, 2010 by C. Fox |  See all 3 posts
Please don't review until you actually own it. Be the first to reply
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