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Gunslinger Girl – Il Teatrino Opening Theme

JP: Tatta Hitotsu no Omoi
EN: One And Only Wish
Vocals: Kokia
Lyrics: Jun Maeda
Composition: Jun Maeda
Full Length Version

One And Only Wish

Within the difficulty of accomplishing my one and only wish
I want to show you that I’ll protect you to the end
It’s a promise that I want to fulfill, since you’re irreplaceable

I vow to my pounding heartbeat within eternal love

Within the world covered in doubts
I still haven’t found the answer
Nevertheless, I advance forward – Why?
Cypress trees stretch into the sky the road pointed straightforward
Let’s believe in the miracle called now

A dreamlike reality ~ If it’s something that I can change with my hands…

Within the difficulty of accomplishing my one and only wish
I want to show you that I’ll protect you to the end
It’s a promise I want to fulfill, since you’re irreplaceable

I vow to my pounding heartbeat
I’ll keep on running until I burn out
By surviving, I can feel it
It’s a promise that I want to fulfill
Within the eternal love

Sunflowers bloom at the foot of the hill
It’s yellow color spreads and dazzles
Illuminating a light of hope

When it comes to things that I can change
There should be a varied way of living

All the ways that count, I want shine within my given time
I’m only breathing and my feelings overflow from just being here
I have my happiness just by being able to think so
How much light, enough to be lovely, will this moment release?

Being alone, it’s a distance far too long to advance
Won’t someone open this door? I’m waiting

Within the difficulty of accomplishing my one and only wish
I want to show you that I’ll protect you to the end
It’s a promise I want to fulfill, since you’re irreplaceable

I vow to my pounding heartbeat
I’ll keep on running until I burn out
By surviving, I can feel it
It’s a promise that I want to fulfill
Within eternal love

Tatta Hitotsu no Omoi

Tatta hitotsu no omoi tsuranuku
Muzukashisa no naka de boku wa
Mamorinuite misetai no sa

Kakegae no nai mono no tame ni hatashitai yakusoku

Gimon darake no yo no naka
Kotae wa mitsukaranai mama
Sore de mo mae ni susumu no ~ Why?
Sora e to nobiru itosugi massugu sashishimeshita michi
Ima to iu kiseki o shinjiyou

Yume mitai na genjitsu ~ Kono te de kaerareru mono nara…

Tatta hitotsu no omoi tsuranuku
muzukashisa no naka de boku wa
Mamorinuite misetai no sa

Kakegae no nai mono no tame ni
Namiutte iru kodou ni chikau yo
Moetsukiru made hashiritsuzukeyou
Ikinuite koso kanjirareru eien no itoshisa no naka
hatashitai yakusoku

Oka no shita saku himawari
mabushiku hirogaru kiiro wa
Kibou no hikari o terasu yo

Kaerareru mono nara
Chigatta ikikata aru hazu to

Subete kakeyou ataerareta Toki no naka de kagayaite itai
Tada iki o shite koko ni iru dake Sore dake na no ni afuredasu kimochi
Boku ni wa boku no shiawase ga aru Sou omoeru dake de dore hodo
Kono shunkan ga itooshii hodo hikari o hanatte yuku yo

Hitori de susumu ni wa nagasugiru michinori
Dareka ga kono tobira akenai ka matteru

Tatta hitotsu no omoi tsuranuku
muzukashisa no naka de boku wa
Mamorinuite misetai no sa

Kakegae no nai mono no tame ni
Namiutte iru kodou ni chikau yo
Moetsukiru made hashiritsuzukeyou
Ikinuite koso kanjirareru eien no itoshisa no naka
Hatashitai yakusoku

Gunslinger Girl – Il Teatrino Ending Theme

JP: doll
EN: doll
Vocals: Lia, Aoi Tada
Lyrics: Jun Maeda
Composition: Jun Maeda
Full Length Version

Doll

A doll that doesn’t have a heart
Was born from warm hands
It does not laugh
It does not speak

Someday, I want you to hear my thoughts
Because they won’t become words
But I’ll strain the limit of my strength
So I can learn what it’s like to live

The doll holds the meaning of the words “thank you”
But it hasn’t used
Or said them yet

Someday, I want you to hear my thoughts
Because they won’t become words
But I’ll strain the limit of my strength
Because I want to tell you ~ “Thank you”

The wind has come out for a bit
And pushes me back
I’ll prepare for my journey again

Someday, I want you to hear my thoughts
Because they won’t become words
But I strain the limit of my strength
I’m crying and shouting because it conveys

Someday, if I can go to the distant sea
To the edge of the world’s end
If I can make my way to such a place
I’ll learn to feel again

Doll

Atataka na te kara umareta
Kokoro o motanai ningyou
Warau koto wa naku
Hanasu koto mo nai

Itsuka kiite hoshii kono omoi mo
Kotoba ni wa naranai kedo
Chikara no kagiri o furishibotte
Ikite iku koto o shiru kara

Ningyou wa arigatou to iu kotoba no imi o oboeta
Demo mada tsukau koto mo
Hanasu koto mo nai

Itsuka kitte hoshii kono omoi mo
Kotoba ni wa naranakute mo
Chikara no kagiri o furshibotte
“Arigatou” ~ sou tsutaete iku kara

Kaze ga sukoshi dete kite
Boku no se o osu kara
Mata tabi no shitaku o suru koto ni shita n da

Itsuka kiite hoshii kono omoi o
Kotoba ni wa naranai kedo
Chikara no kagiri o furishibotte
Naite sakende tsutaeru kara

Itsuka yukeru nara tooi umi e
Sekai no hate no hate made
Sonna basho ni tadoritsuketara
Donna kimochi ni nareru no kana

Gunslinger Girl

“Guise-san, I just wanted to help you.”

Episodes: 13
Genre: Drama and Action
Story by: Yu Aida
Licensed by: FUNimation
View the trailer: Gunslingergirl.tv

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At a glance, this series may sound like another “girls with guns” flick that would be full of action, comical situations, and maybe a bit of fan service. However, Gunslinger Girl is nothing of the like. In fact, this series is not focused on action, doesn’t have fan service scenes, and carries a very serious and dark tone.

The Social Welfare Agency is a government funded organization that is know for saving the lives of young children. At least, that is what the world believes. It is actually an organization that specializes in destroying criminals and terrorists. The agency uses young brainwashed girls with cybernetic implants to carry out the government’s dirty work. Each girl is assigned a guardian or “brother” that trains and watches over the girls. As the series progresses, the audience will experience the lives of these people in the agency.

Gunslinger Girl is less about action and more about the character development. Don’t misunderstand, there is action in the series, but the series is not action focused. The lives of each cybernetic girl is what drives the story and hooks the viewer. The series does not seem to fit into any particular plot. It is simply about the lives of these girls. The background stories simply help the viewer learn who the characters are. The missions they go on and the people they kill mean very little in the main point of Gunslinger Girl.

Seeing the girls’ conflict between their human emotions and their brainwashing knowledge is interesting. Also seeing how they affect the people around them—such as their trainers—is fascinating. These girls are young. Very young. And the cybernetic implants take a toll on their little bodies. Seeing them handle an automatic weapon in one scene then kill a person in the next, kind of has an odd feeling to it. Yet, later you see the girls talking as friends and having tea in another scene. Life is short and fragile for these young girls, so they have a whole different perspective on life than most ordinary people. The series does carry an overall melancholy tone, but it does well to hold a little light-heartedness and a feel for the appreciation of life. After watching the final episode, the series still feels unfinished. It feels like the series comes to an end much to fast, which was its big disappointment.

Composer Toshihiko Sahashi, known for work in Big O and Full Metal Panic, does the music for Gunslinger Girl. The music sounds very classical and he seems to favor string instruments in this series. It gives it a nice “Italian” feel. The whole soundtrack is very serene. Some songs may sound haunting, but still so very wonderful to hear. The whole soundtrack is pleasing to the ears and I would highly recommend that you pick it up. Music is absent in many scenes, but that’s where the background noise comes in. I’m also going to give the series good marks for use of sound effects. It’s so neat. The shots fired from an automatic, the empty shells hitting the floor, the sound of bullets hitting the target—you can hear everything. On outdoor scenes, you can hear birds singing and the sound of leaves on a tree being blown by the wind. Such detail is often overlooked in anime. The sound is overall well done without distraction to voices or anything going on in the scenes.

The animation ranges from average to very good through the series. Backgrounds are not heavy on detail as in Noir, but still drawn well to make the world as realistic as possible. The animation fits its dark and quiet atmosphere. There is also a good use of lighting and shadowing which adds more to the realism of the environments. Character designs are done well. The girls look cute, and by looking at them it is difficult to know that they can kill people with their bare hands. In other words, they look the complete opposite of dangerous. This mislead is a nice touch to helping the viewer get the overall feel of the series.

Gunslinger Girl is not for pokemon-aged anime fans. This is definitely an anime targeted for a fairly mature audience due to its amount of blood and violence. I would highly recommend watching this series. If you decide to pick it up, remember that this is not meant to be an all-out action-packed story.

Score: A-
+ Impressive character driven story
+ Great soundtrack and use of sound effects
+ A nice touch of realism to the animation
– Rushed Ending

Episodes:
DVD 1: Ragazzine Piccole, Armi Grandi (Little Girls, Big Guns)
1. Fratello (Siblings)
2. Orione (Orion)
3. Ragazzo (Boy)
4. Bambola (Doll)
5. Promessa (Promise)
DVD 2: Vita, Passione e Pistole (Life, Happiness, and the Gun)
6. Gelato (Frozen)
7. Protezione (Protection)
8. Il Principe del Regno Della Pasta (The Prince of the Kingdom of Pasta)
9. Lycoris Radiata Herb (Be Struck Off Herb)
DVD 3: Il Silenzio Delle Stelle (The Silence of the Stars)
* Will become available on DVD in North America on the 6th of September

DVD Notes:
I’m not a fan of American dubbing, but the choice for voice actors in Gunslinger Girl is actually well done. I think the choice of voices for Henrietta and Guise are good and sound pretty similar the Japanese voicing. The voice actors did a fairly good job fitting into the emotion of the character. The translators kind of had to add a few bits here and there because of lip synching, but nothing too wacky and unrelated to the original is added. I still favor the original Japanese over the English dubbing, but for the most part the dubbing is tolerable.

I’m not going to go on and describe the characters of this series. These characters are very important and I could spoil the mood if I described them. Go pick up the DVD.

By Bounty Huntress

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