Pumpkin Scissors, Vol. 1: Honor and Blood
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With production by GONZO, and based on a military unit attempting to "clean up" after a long war, I was expecting/fearing 'Pumpkin Scissors' would be a predicable CGI military action series. Instead, at least in these first episodes, the anime it most reminds me of is 'Patlabor'. So far, the series has been mostly a mix of offbeat comedy and drama, with the focus more on character than action. Despite their good intentions, Section III is regarded by the rest of the military as a bit of a joke, and apart from Alice - the dedicated, idealistic lead - it is made up of the sort of quirky oddballs and goofy characters who wouldn't be out of place in the SV2. And the storylines have more to do with abandonded babies and misbehaving dogs than military destruction. There is some action, as well as reflection on war and its effects on the civilian population, but the mood is never down for long, and the silly/funny closing song ends each episode on a suitably light and goofy note. With one character being revealed to be a former member of a secret anti-tank division, I can see the darker action, military scheming, and psychological conditioning themes developing further in later episodes.
'Patlabor' was one of my all-time favourite anime, so I've quite enjoyed 'Pumpkin Scissors' so far. Other 'Patlabor' fans, or those who like a dose of fun and quirkiness with their action-themed anime, should give this a go too.
The Empire has created a new division within the 3rd section of the Information Bureau. The new division is called "PUMPKIN SCISSORS" and their mission is to assist areas that are devastated.
Unfortunately, to some people, the "PUMPKIN SCISSORS" is looked at as a group of people who are just the pawns of the Empire that is just there to suppress the people and really, just organized to be "politically correct".
But leading the "PUMPKIN SCISSORS" is Lt. Alice Malvin, a daughter of royalty but chooses to serve the military and help the people who became the casualties of war. She believes in justice, while many think she's out of her mind.
But with each dangerous and deadly mission, she meets up with a very tall soldier who joins the group. A former corporal of the 901 anti-tank battalion but what the PUMPKIN SCISSORS don't know is that once he turns on his blue light, he becomes like a willow-the-wisp. A killer who fears no one, not even tanks and seems to have super-human abilities and healing factor.
"PUMPKIN SCISSORS" is based on a manga series found on Monthly Shonen Magazine published by Kodansha. The TV series is 24-episodes long and the first volume contains episodes 1-4.
The first volume of "PUMPKIN SCISSORS" is an exciting tale of a division that the Empire really doesn't put too much faith in but with each episode, the odds are always against the four-person team but somehow they pull through.Read more ›
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