History Manga / GunslingerGirl

19th Jul '16 5:42:09 AM Willbyr
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* OhCrap: About sums up the reaction of the terrorists in Padania when they realize the SWA has deployed cyborgs to take them out. [[spoiler: About sums up the cyborgs' reaction when they find out Dante has prepared anti-material weapons...]]

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* OhCrap: About sums up the reaction of Both the terrorists in Padania and the SWA forces are hit with this, the terrorists when they realize learn the SWA has SWA's cyborgs have been deployed against them, [[spoiler:and the cyborgs to take them out. [[spoiler: About sums up the cyborgs' reaction when they find out Dante has learn that Dante's prepared anti-material weapons...weapons that can easily kill them.]]
19th Jul '16 3:29:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* OhCrap: About sums up the reaction of the terrorists in Padania when they realize the SWA has deployed cyborgs to take them out. [[spoiler: About sums up the cyborgs' reaction when they find out Dante is DangerouslyGenreSavvy and has prepared anti-material weapons...]]

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* OhCrap: About sums up the reaction of the terrorists in Padania when they realize the SWA has deployed cyborgs to take them out. [[spoiler: About sums up the cyborgs' reaction when they find out Dante is DangerouslyGenreSavvy and has prepared anti-material weapons...]]
4th Jun '16 12:00:40 AM JackG
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* MyNewGiftIsLame: Hilshire keeps giving Triela teddy bears as gifts, being MaternallyChallenged and figuring that all GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals. Eventually their relationship develops enough for him to ask what she wants, but she just asks for another bear so [[LuckySeven she'll have seven]]. To her annoyance, she gets another bear from someone else, leaving her with eight bears.
18th May '16 9:55:11 AM Willbyr
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** The cover art for the 5th omnibus has Rico in a belly-baring shirt and short shorts, a very "girly" outfit which clashes sharply with the utilitarian clothes she normally wears.
18th May '16 9:35:22 AM Willbyr
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** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTxoH_5CnhM The Lighte Before We Land]]," a melancholic song by Scottish band The Delgados, fitting the mood of the series nicely. Incidentally, the same album containing the song, also contains the song [[HarsherInHindsight Child Killers.]]

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** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTxoH_5CnhM The Lighte Before We Land]]," a melancholic song by Scottish band The Delgados, fitting the mood of the series nicely. Incidentally, the same album containing the song, also contains the song [[HarsherInHindsight Child Killers.]]"Child Killers"]].
18th May '16 9:21:37 AM Specialist290
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** A melancholic song by Scottish band The Delgados, fitting the mood of the series nicely. Incidently, the same album containing the song, also contains the song [[HarsherInHindsight Child Killers.]]

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** A "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTxoH_5CnhM The Lighte Before We Land]]," a melancholic song by Scottish band The Delgados, fitting the mood of the series nicely. Incidently, Incidentally, the same album containing the song, also contains the song [[HarsherInHindsight Child Killers.]]
12th May '16 10:25:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* KnightsTemplar:

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11th May '16 4:10:53 AM Willbyr
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In Italy, the Social Welfare Agency scours the country for little girls who have been traumatized or abandoned ostensibly to give them a second shot at life. In reality, the Agency (as it is usually called) subjects the girls to [[WeCanRebuildHim cyberization]], drugs and brainwashing and uses them to do the government's dirty work. Each girl in the Agency is partnered with a male [[TheHandler handler]] to form a unit called a "fratello". Her handler oversees the girl's training, determines the level of drugs and conditioning she receives and is ultimately her control when out on a mission.

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In Italy, the Social Welfare Agency scours the country for little girls who have been traumatized or abandoned abandoned, ostensibly to give them a second shot at life. In reality, the Agency (as it is usually called) subjects the girls to [[WeCanRebuildHim cyberization]], drugs and brainwashing and uses them to do the government's dirty work. Each girl in the Agency is partnered with a male [[TheHandler handler]] to form a unit called a "fratello". Her handler oversees the girl's training, determines the level of drugs and conditioning she receives and is ultimately her control when out on a mission.



** Jose and Marco. Jose has some serious mental issues and a drinking problem to boot. Marco is too straightforward and simple a person to make a good handler. Jean's a Knight Templar with a personal vendetta (and way too much influence over his brother), and Sandro is in it for himself, period. Hilshire ''is'' an actual hero-slash-KnightInSourArmor but he is in way over his head (not for the first time).

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** Jose and Marco.Most of the handlers. Jose has some serious mental issues and a drinking problem to boot. Marco is too straightforward and simple a person to make a good handler. Jean's a Knight Templar KnightTemplar with a personal vendetta (and way too much influence over his brother), and Sandro is in it for himself, period. Hilshire ''is'' an actual hero-slash-KnightInSourArmor but he is in way over his head (not for the first time).



** Claes frequently shows off her wide-reading. Bad developments [[spoiler: Henrietta's recent breakdown]] prompt her to quote Ecclesiastes 11:8-9 [[note]]"Indeed, if a man should live many years, let him rejoice in them all, and let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything that is to come will be futility. Rejoice, young man, during your childhood, and let your heart be pleasant during the days of young manhood. And follow the impulses of your heart and the desires of your eyes. Yet know that God will bring you to judgment for all these things."[[/note]] to Rico. She never names chapter and verse, she simply answers Rico's question "Is that poetry?" with "Not quite, it's biblical".

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** Claes frequently shows off her wide-reading. Bad developments [[spoiler: Henrietta's such as [[spoiler:Henrietta's recent breakdown]] prompt her to quote Ecclesiastes 11:8-9 [[note]]"Indeed, if a man should live many years, let him rejoice in them all, and let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything that is to come will be futility. Rejoice, young man, during your childhood, and let your heart be pleasant during the days of young manhood. And follow the impulses of your heart and the desires of your eyes. Yet know that God will bring you to judgment for all these things."[[/note]] to Rico. She never names chapter and verse, she simply answers Rico's question "Is that poetry?" with "Not quite, it's biblical".Biblical".



* BookEnds: "[[MeaningfulEcho I heard a rumor, about a government agency that uses children as assassins]]."

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"[[MeaningfulEcho I heard a rumor, about a government agency that uses children as assassins]]."



** [[spoiler: Minor one, First story about Triela in chronological time as backstory is Mario Bosci, Hilshire, and a female doctor (Rachelle Belleut) saved Triela, with Mario help them into warehouse and said doctor died. It ends with Triela rushes to save Hilshire but both die. Another woman (this time a prosecutor, Roberta Guellfi) asked to take Triela's ovum and smuggled out of building with Mario's help. As both Rachelle and Roberta are idealist, smart, and Meganekko also make Hilshire and Triela the latter remind to the former.]]

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** [[spoiler: Minor [[spoiler:Minor one, First story about Triela in chronological time as backstory is Mario Bosci, Hilshire, and a female doctor (Rachelle Belleut) saved Triela, with Mario help them into warehouse and said doctor died. It ends with Triela rushes to save Hilshire but both die. Another woman (this time a prosecutor, Roberta Guellfi) asked to take Triela's ovum and smuggled out of building with Mario's help. As both Rachelle and Roberta are idealist, smart, and Meganekko also make Hilshire and Triela the latter remind to the former.]]



* {{Brainwashed}}, which tends to end up being MoreThanMindControl as the [[FireForgedFriends mutual danger]] makes handler and cyborg closer.

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* {{Brainwashed}}, {{Brainwashed}}: A central part of the conditioning process, which tends to end up being MoreThanMindControl as the [[FireForgedFriends mutual danger]] makes handler and cyborg closer.



* CainAndAbel: Jean and Jose. They lost their parents, sister, and Jean's fiance to a roadside bomb aimed at their father. Jean has become completely obsessed with vengeance. Jose's feelings are much more conflicted; he's turned Henrietta into a ReplacementGoldfish, [[spoiler: and has confessed to having been distant from his father (who was just as obsessed as Jean)]]. Hinted at in the manga by Jean's reaction to Claes's movie. In the manga chapter "Fantasma", things move in an even more blatantly Cain-and-Abel direction, what with Jean now ''hallucinating'' about Enrica being angry over Jose's surrogating of Henrietta. The implication of her words at the end of that chapter were ''not'' particularly encouraging.

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* CainAndAbel: Jean and Jose. They lost their parents, sister, and Jean's fiance to a roadside bomb aimed at their father. Jean has become completely obsessed with vengeance. Jose's feelings are much more conflicted; he's turned Henrietta into a ReplacementGoldfish, [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and has confessed to having been distant from his father (who was just as obsessed as Jean)]]. Hinted at in the manga by Jean's reaction to Claes's movie. In the manga chapter "Fantasma", things move in an even more blatantly Cain-and-Abel direction, what with Jean now ''hallucinating'' about Enrica being angry over Jose's surrogating of Henrietta. The implication of her words at the end of that chapter were ''not'' particularly encouraging.



** On several different dramatic occasions, Jose tells Henrietta the story of Orion and Artemis. In the very first issue, shortly after they first meet and he's looking for a way to connect with her, as well as[[spoiler: after she is turned into an automaton by the Agency and he wants to know if she still has any memories of him]]. Then, dozens of chapters later, you see how [[spoiler: they die...]]
** During the investigation of Elsa and Lauro's deaths, Henrietta is the one to figure out what happened (that Elsa killed Lauro and then herself). While demonstrating, she heavily implies that she would take the same course of action were she to learn that her affections for Jose were hopeless. [[spoiler: After Henrietta frags Jose and he lies there dying, she remembers this moment through her LaserGuidedAmnesia, and Jose holds a gun to her eye and tells her to fulfill her promise.]]

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** On several different dramatic occasions, Jose tells Henrietta the story of Orion and Artemis. In the very first issue, shortly after they first meet and he's looking for a way to connect with her, as well as[[spoiler: after she is turned into an automaton by the Agency and he wants to know if she still has any memories of him]]. Then, dozens of chapters later, you see how [[spoiler: they [[spoiler:they die...]]
** During the investigation of Elsa and Lauro's deaths, Henrietta is the one to figure out what happened (that Elsa killed Lauro and then herself). While demonstrating, she heavily implies that she would take the same course of action were she to learn that her affections for Jose were hopeless. [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:After Henrietta frags Jose and he lies there dying, she remembers this moment through her LaserGuidedAmnesia, and Jose holds a gun to her eye and tells her to fulfill her promise.]]



* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Done plausibly as the Social Welfare Agency only selects girls who don't have extended families who'll be concerned about them. As a victim of child sex trafficking, Triela's background is unknown even to the Agency. Henrietta's entire family was murdered and Angelica's parents are in prison. Petra's family are too poor to travel to see their daughter -- which is just as well as her appearance has been altered completely. One of the final chapters hinted that they (and the dance school she attended) were told that she died of her cancer. As Rico is one of the few cyborgs who retains memories of her previous life, the occasional visit from her estranged parents is no doubt enough to reassure them that their IllGirl is receiving the best of care, and the Agency would have no trouble getting Rico to play along.

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* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Done plausibly as the Social Welfare Agency only selects girls who don't have extended families who'll be concerned about them. As a victim of child sex trafficking, Triela's background is unknown even to the Agency. Henrietta's entire family was murdered and Angelica's parents are in prison. Petra's family are too poor to travel to see their daughter -- daughter, which is just as well as her appearance has been altered completely. One of the final chapters hinted that they (and the dance school she attended) were told that she died of her cancer. As Rico is one of the few cyborgs who retains memories of her previous life, the occasional visit from her estranged parents is no doubt enough to reassure them that their IllGirl is receiving the best of care, and the Agency would have no trouble getting Rico to play along.



* CulturedWarrior: The girls are exposed to varying amounts of culture, depending on their aptitudes and handlers. Henrietta is a skilled violinist, Claes is very well-read, and she and roommate Triela have discussed Balzac and the opera "Theatre/{{Tosca}}" in a "matter of fact" way. Rico expressed great interest when she visited an art museum, and Angelica can barely remember anything anymore. Triela notes that she knows virtually nothing of pop culture while guarding Mimi. Likewise Pinocchio can play the piano, but only the one tune. He also has little interest in cars or girls unlike other Italian boys his age. Lampshaded when Raballo shows Claes his extensive library and says that reading makes you a good soldier... then notes ironically that he's reading a book on [[CallToAgriculture growing vegetables]].

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* CulturedWarrior: The girls are exposed to varying amounts of culture, depending on their aptitudes and handlers. Henrietta is a skilled violinist, Claes is very well-read, and she and roommate Triela have discussed Balzac and the opera "Theatre/{{Tosca}}" ''Theatre/{{Tosca}}'' in a "matter of fact" way. Rico expressed great interest when she visited an art museum, and Angelica museum. The exception is Angelica, who can barely remember anything anymore. Triela notes that she knows virtually nothing of pop culture while guarding Mimi. Likewise Pinocchio can play the piano, but only the one tune. He also has little interest in cars or girls unlike other Italian boys his age. Lampshaded when Raballo shows Claes his extensive library and says that reading makes you a good soldier... then notes ironically that he's reading a book on [[CallToAgriculture growing vegetables]].



* Main/CycleOfRevenge:

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** The self-destructive nature of the spiral of revenge and recrimination is a central theme and oft-repeated motif in ''Gunslinger Girl''. One chapter is even entitled "To break the cycle of retaliation" and an entire story arc is entitled "Vendetta".

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** The self-destructive nature of the spiral of revenge and recrimination is a central theme and oft-repeated motif in ''Gunslinger Girl''.motif. One chapter is even entitled "To break the cycle of retaliation" and an entire story arc is entitled "Vendetta".



* DiabolusExMachina: Just when you thought [[spoiler: Petrushka]] might have escaped the EverybodyDies ending, [[spoiler: she's told that the implants she received only cured the ''symptoms'' of her cancer (by allowing her to function normally and so on), not the disease itself, which has now already spread throughout her remaining organic parts and will soon kill her. Mind you, the SWA knew all along - they just didn't consider worthwhile to pay for treatments for a cyborg who's going to die young anyway.]] To make things worse, [[spoiler: Petrushka]] was a second generation cyborg, meaning she would've otherwise lived far longer than the other ones (if still not nearly as long as a normal human).

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* DiabolusExMachina: Just when you thought [[spoiler: Petrushka]] [[spoiler:Petrushka]] might have escaped the EverybodyDies ending, [[spoiler: she's [[spoiler:she's told that the implants she received only cured the ''symptoms'' of her cancer (by allowing her to function normally and so on), not the disease itself, which has now already spread throughout her remaining organic parts and will soon kill her. Mind you, the SWA knew all along - along, they just didn't consider worthwhile to pay for treatments for a cyborg who's going to die young anyway.]] anyway]]. To make things worse, [[spoiler: Petrushka]] [[spoiler:Petrushka]] was a second generation cyborg, meaning she would've otherwise lived far longer than the other ones (if still not nearly as long as a normal human).



** Between drugs and conditioning all of the girls are more than a bit emotionally stunted. Beatrice however, is an extreme case, we never see her get angry, excited, or anything.

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** Between drugs and conditioning all of the girls are more than a bit emotionally stunted. Beatrice however, is an extreme case, case; we never see her get angry, excited, or anything.



* FrontOrganisation: The Social Welfare Agency carries out legitimate research and charity work involving cybernetics and hypno-therapy, which provides a cover for the few patients who get diverted into Section Two's assassination program.

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* FrontOrganisation: The Social Welfare Agency carries out legitimate research and charity work involving cybernetics and hypno-therapy, which provides a cover for the few patients who get diverted into Section Two's assassination assassin program.



* HeelRealization: Angelina [[TakingTheBullet shields Marco from a car bomb]], but Marco -- relieved that he didn't lose his sight in the blast -- doesn't even ask about her until Jose brings the subject up. The realization that shes dying finally causes him to start comforting her; in fact it makes all the handlers rethink their relationships with their cyborgs -- Alessandro and Petrushka share a FirstKiss, Jean's JerkassFacade slips when he's moved to hug Rico, and Hilshire becomes overly protective of Triela [[spoiler:to the extent of leaving her in a hotel room while taking on an assassination himself -- leading to a further HeelRealisation when he realizes that hes been letting Triela do all the killing as a means of avoiding guilt.]]

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* HeelRealization: Angelina Angelica [[TakingTheBullet shields Marco from a car bomb]], but Marco -- relieved that he didn't lose his sight in the blast -- doesn't even ask about her until Jose brings the subject up. The realization that shes dying finally causes him to start comforting her; in fact it makes all the handlers rethink their relationships with their cyborgs -- Alessandro and Petrushka share a FirstKiss, Jean's JerkassFacade slips when he's moved to hug Rico, and Hilshire becomes overly protective of Triela [[spoiler:to the extent of leaving her in a hotel room while taking on an assassination himself -- leading to a further HeelRealisation when he realizes that hes been letting Triela do all the killing as a means of avoiding guilt.]]guilt]].
11th May '16 3:55:49 AM Willbyr
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* Theatre/{{Tosca}}: One of the missions takes place during a showing of ''Tosca'', and we see just about every important scene at least in part (see kids, anime can be educational). Claes has apparently memorized Tosca's whole ''cry to God'' speech/aria, which seems somehow appropriate.
10th May '16 8:11:06 AM JackG
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* ScarpiaUltimatum: Not in-story, but one of the missions takes place during a showing of ''Theatre/{{Tosca}}'', and we see just about every important scene at least in part (see kids, anime can be educational). Claes has apparently memorized Tosca's whole ''cry to God'' speech/aria, which seems somehow appropriate.


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* Theatre/{{Tosca}}: One of the missions takes place during a showing of ''Tosca'', and we see just about every important scene at least in part (see kids, anime can be educational). Claes has apparently memorized Tosca's whole ''cry to God'' speech/aria, which seems somehow appropriate.
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