History Manga / GunslingerGirl

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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.

The stories focus on relationships between the girls and their handlers. The relationships range from handlers who care for their charges like daughters or little sisters to others who regard them merely as disposable tools. The back stories of how the girls come into the custody of the Agency are routinely horrific (Henrietta, the new arrival, had her family murdered in front of her and was then assaulted all night by the intruders before being mutilated and left for dead. We won't even go into [[SnuffFilm what happened to Triela]].) The girls' cybernetic implants as well as the drugs and conditioning they receive are killing them while slowly destroying their minds and personalities. None of them will see adulthood. Despite this bleak backdrop, the show is interesting for its fairly nuanced and even-handed approach to these relationships and the girls' situation as child soldiers - while it does not glamorize the girls-with-guns concept, nor does it wallow in cynicism or mawkishness and treat their lives as entirely despairing black tragedies, instead having an optimistic tinge of the girls finding solace and new worth in their situation where they can.

The manga began publication in ''Dengeki Daioh'' magazine in 2002 and finished in October 2012 with 100 chapters in 15 volumes. Two separate anime seasons were produced in 2003 (by Madhouse) and 2007 (by Artland). Both seasons of ''Gunslinger Girl'''s anime series were licensed and released in the US and Canada by Creator/FUNimation. The manga has been continuously published in French, Italian and German, but the English version was more troubled: six volumes were released by [[Creator/ADVFilms ADV]] on an erratic schedule, then lapsed when ADV shut down its manga division before the company folded entirely. Creator/SevenSeasEntertainment revived the English license and began republication of the manga with a new translation from February 2011, this time compiling the volumes into omnibi. Both the anime and manga are well worth your attention but prepare yourself for a moody introspective on mortality and identity mixed with gun battles.

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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 drugs, and brainwashing 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 The girl's handler oversees the girl's her training, determines the level of drugs and conditioning she receives receives, and is ultimately her control when out on a mission.

The stories focus on relationships between the girls and their handlers. The These relationships range from handlers who care for their charges like daughters or little sisters to others who regard them merely as disposable tools. The back stories of how the girls come into the custody of the Agency are routinely horrific (Henrietta, the new arrival, had her family murdered in front of her and was then assaulted all night by the intruders before being mutilated and left for dead. We won't even go into [[SnuffFilm what happened to Triela]].) The girls' cybernetic implants implants, as well as the drugs and conditioning they receive receive, are killing them while slowly destroying their minds and personalities. None of them will see adulthood. Despite this bleak backdrop, the show is interesting for its fairly nuanced and even-handed approach to these relationships and the girls' situation as child soldiers - -- while it does not glamorize the girls-with-guns concept, nor neither does it wallow in cynicism or mawkishness and treat their lives as entirely despairing black tragedies, instead having an optimistic tragedies. Instead, the series has a tinge of optimism: of the girls finding solace and new worth in their new situation where they can.

The manga began publication in ''Dengeki Daioh'' magazine in 2002 and finished in October 2012 with 100 chapters in 15 volumes. Two separate anime seasons were produced in 2003 (by Madhouse) and 2007 (by Artland). Both seasons of ''Gunslinger Girl'''s anime series were licensed and released in the US and Canada by Creator/FUNimation. The manga has been continuously published in French, Italian and German, but the English version was more troubled: six volumes were released by [[Creator/ADVFilms ADV]] on an erratic schedule, then lapsed when ADV shut down its manga division before the company folded entirely. Creator/SevenSeasEntertainment revived the English license and began republication of the manga with a new translation from February 2011, this time compiling the volumes into omnibi.omnibuses. Both the anime and manga are well worth your attention but prepare yourself for a moody introspective on mortality and identity mixed with gun battles.



* AllThereInTheManual: The [[http://translationcd.wikispaces.com/Gunslinger+Girl+Drama+CD+Sonoro+%E2%80%93+Beyond+The+Wall%2C+At+The+End+of+the+World radio drama]] fills in the cracks during manga volume 6 and the first half of 7. It's mostly the girls elaborating on events that were shown (Triela's 2nd fight with Pino, Rico's whole day in Venice and her reaction to falling in the Lagoon, and Claes's reaction to her BerserkButton moment with Petra). We also learn where Angelica got the stuffed dog we see in volume 9 (and its name), and just how widely read Claes really is (enough to shock Hilshire). Plus, Triela scolds one of her bears.

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* AllThereInTheManual: The [[http://translationcd.wikispaces.com/Gunslinger+Girl+Drama+CD+Sonoro+%E2%80%93+Beyond+The+Wall%2C+At+The+End+of+the+World radio drama]] fills in the cracks during manga volume 6 and the first half of 7. It's mostly the girls elaborating on events that were shown (Triela's 2nd fight with Pino, Rico's whole day in Venice and her reaction to falling in the Lagoon, and Claes's reaction to her BerserkButton moment with Petra). We also learn where Angelica got the stuffed dog we see in volume 9 (and its name), name) and just how widely read Claes really is (enough to shock Hilshire). Plus, Triela scolds one of her bears.



* AndYourRewardIsClothes: Someone calls Jose on the expensive perfume he's bought his cyborg. Jose points out that the gifts he buys constitute Henrietta's salary. To all the girls the meaning behind the gift is far more important than the gift itself. Triela places little value on the bears Hilshire buys her as a matter of routine, until she realizes her handler really does care for her; then she refuses the option of a nice dress in exchange for another bear.

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* AndYourRewardIsClothes: Someone calls Jose on the expensive perfume he's bought his cyborg. Jose points out that the gifts he buys constitute Henrietta's salary. To all the girls girls, the meaning behind the gift is far more important than the gift itself. Triela places little value on the bears Hilshire buys her as a matter of routine, routine until she realizes her handler really does care for her; then her. After that, she refuses the option of a nice dress in exchange for another bear.



** "[[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 "[[https://youtu.be/ZZdzoH0YMcE The Lighte Light Before We Land]]," a melancholic song by Scottish band The Delgados, fitting fits the mood of the series nicely. Incidentally, the same album containing the song, from which this song is taken also contains the song track [[HarsherInHindsight "Child Killers"]].



** The girls themselves are {{Punch Clock Hero}}ines and the more sympathetic members of the Social Welfare Agency such as Jose are basically good people even though they are part of a (to say the least) morally questionable initiative. Some of the less sympathetic members, such as Jean, come closer to Type V, and some of the assignments of the Social Welfare Agency such as assassinating a congressman on request from a political rival thrust them all into this category.
** 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 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).

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** The girls themselves are {{Punch Clock Hero}}ines and the more sympathetic members of the Social Welfare Agency Agency, such as Jose Jose, are basically good people people, even though they are part of a (to say the least) morally questionable initiative. Some of the less sympathetic members, such as Jean, come closer to Type V, and some of the assignments of the Social Welfare Agency Agency, such as assassinating a congressman on request from a political rival rival, thrust them all into this category.
** Most of the handlers. Jose has some serious mental issues issues, and a drinking problem problem, to boot. Marco is too straightforward and simple a person to make a good handler. Jean's a KnightTemplar with a personal vendetta (and way too much influence over his brother), and brother). Sandro is in it for himself, period. Hilshire ''is'' an actual hero-slash-KnightInSourArmor hero-slash-KnightInSourArmor, but he is in way over his head (not for the first time).



** The character designs [[http://www.dannychoo.com/cgm/ecommerce/dannychoo/images/large/3791299aa34b2f6a773ae0a6a756f485.jpg?1250851476 change]] quite a bit between the first and second seasons of the anime due to a new studio. It matches the manga better but the fanbase was less than pleased.
** The manga lasted ten years so understandably the art style changed drastically from start to end.

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** The character designs [[http://www.dannychoo.com/cgm/ecommerce/dannychoo/images/large/3791299aa34b2f6a773ae0a6a756f485.jpg?1250851476 change]] changed]] quite a bit between the first and second seasons of the anime anime, due to a new studio. It matches The new designs matched those of the manga better better, but the fanbase was less than pleased.
** The manga lasted ten years so understandably years, so, understandably, the art style changed drastically from start to end.



** Claes frequently shows off her wide-reading. Bad developments 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".

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** Claes frequently shows off her wide-reading. how widely read she is. Bad developments such as [[spoiler:Henrietta's recent breakdown]] prompt her to quote Ecclesiastes 11:8-9 [[note]]"Indeed, [[labelnote:*]]"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]] "[[/labelnote]] to Rico. She never names the chapter and or verse, she simply answers answering Rico's question "Is that poetry?" with "Not quite, it's quite. It's Biblical".



* AugmentedReality: In the final chapter, that takes place 10 years later, Speranza has a pair of AR glasses. Realistically, they are used much like a modern smartphone: for timetable management, taking photos, navigation and communication.

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* AugmentedReality: In the final chapter, that which takes place 10 years later, Speranza has a pair of AR glasses. Realistically, they are used much like a modern smartphone: for timetable management, taking photos, navigation and communication.



** Sandro encourages Petra to play up her attractiveness since her cyborg body is so much more mature than the others', and thus a lot of her wardrobe goes for this look.

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** Sandro encourages Petra to play up her attractiveness attractiveness, since her cyborg body is so much more mature than the others', and thus a lot of her wardrobe goes for this look.



* BleachedUnderpants: The series' original incarnation was a doujinshi series with some graphic sexual material.

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* BleachedUnderpants: The series' original incarnation was a doujinshi series with some graphic sexual material.content.



* BloodlessCarnage: Averted, though you normally do not linger on a body long enough to see a bullet hole the targets shot definitely do have blood in them.

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* BloodlessCarnage: Averted, though Averted. Though you normally do not linger on a body long enough to see a bullet hole hole, the targets shot definitely do have blood in them.



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

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



** [[spoiler:Though not applied to the exact beginning and end of the story, the cases of Elsa and Henrietta are clearly intended to mirror each other. Elsa, who was not loved enough, and Henrietta, who was loved too much, both reach the same point of killing their handler and committing suicide, for their directly contrasting reasons, though in Henrietta's case she was killed by her handler as she offed him.]]
*** [[spoiler:In a further BookEnd their bodies are cataloged by the same pair of detectives who investigated Elsa's death.]]
** [[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:Though not applied to the exact beginning and end of the story, the cases of Elsa and Henrietta are clearly intended to mirror each other. Elsa, who was not loved enough, and Henrietta, who was loved too much, both reach the same point of killing their handler and committing suicide, suicide for their those directly contrasting reasons, though in Henrietta's case she was killed by her handler as she offed him.]]
*** [[spoiler:In a further BookEnd BookEnd, their bodies are cataloged by the same pair of detectives who investigated Elsa's death.]]
** [[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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* BrandX: Section I Agents are seen using a 'Nakia' phone in one episode of the second season.

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* BrandX: Section I Agents are seen using a 'Nakia' "Nakia" phone in one episode of the second season.



* 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 fiancé 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, ReplacementGoldfish [[spoiler:and has confessed to having been distant from his father (who was just as obsessed as Jean)]]. Jean)]].
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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...]]

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** On several different dramatic occasions, Jose tells Henrietta the story of Orion and Artemis. In Artemis: for example, 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 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...]]



* 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 plausibly. 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 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.



* CurseThatCures: Rico is a cyborg, ProfessionalKiller, ChildSoldier, and for all practical purposes, a slave owned by a GovernmentAgencyOfFiction... and she loves her job. Why? Because it beats being a quadriplegic.

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* CurseThatCures: Rico is a cyborg, ProfessionalKiller, ChildSoldier, and and, for all practical purposes, a slave owned by a GovernmentAgencyOfFiction... and she loves her job. Why? Because it beats being a quadriplegic.



* DarkSkinnedBlond: Triela, a girl of uncertain origin. The manga strongly implied that she was from Eastern Europe early on, but revealed she was from Tunisia. At the end of the manga [[spoiler:her genetic daughter]] Speranza also has this coloring, and her paternity is left ambiguous.

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* DarkSkinnedBlond: Triela, a girl of uncertain origin. The manga strongly implied that she was from Eastern Europe early on, but revealed she was from Tunisia. At the end of the manga manga, [[spoiler:her genetic daughter]] Speranza also has this coloring, and her paternity is left ambiguous.



* DecoyProtagonist: A good portion of official artwork, the logo, and the earlier part of the series focus heavily on Henrietta and Jose over any other pair, and even though the others begin to get more screentime as the series progresses this makes most people automatically assume that they are the "main heroes". By the end of the series it's clear that there have been two main plots; Triela and Hilshire's hope, and Jose and Jean's revenge.

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* DecoyProtagonist: A good portion of official artwork, the logo, and the earlier part of the series focus heavily on Henrietta and Jose over any other pair, and even though the others begin to get more screentime as the series progresses progresses, this makes most people automatically assume that they are the "main heroes". By the end of the series series, it's clear that there have been two main plots; plots: Triela and Hilshire's hope, and Jose and Jean's revenge.



* 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]] 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, 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).



** Claes isn't allowed on the shooting range since her handler is dead. She comes back one evening and roommate Triela notes the scent of cordite on her. Claes just smiles.

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** Claes isn't allowed on the shooting range since her handler is dead. She comes back one evening and her roommate Triela notes the scent of cordite on her. Claes just smiles.



** 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.
** When Angelica finally dies it affects the handlers more than her friends; even Triela is surprised how little she's affected.

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** Between drugs and conditioning 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.
** When Angelica finally dies dies, it affects the handlers more than her friends; even Triela is surprised how little she's affected.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: At times evil has higher standards than the good guys, such as a Padania hitman who refuses to kill someone in the Galleria Degli Uffizi while Jean is torturing his accomplice in the men's room.
* {{Fanservice}}: While not at the forefront, it is there -- GunPorn (every character uses a different firearm, all well detailed), BandageBabe (Triela and Henrietta), ShowerScene / GodivaHair (Triela), and ShesGotLegs (Petra). Some of the scenes verge on FanDisservice -- the obsession the girls have for their older male handlers (though Yu is [[ObliviousToLove careful not to have things]] the [[{{lolicon}} other way round]]; even Sandro doesn't put the moves on Petra until her AnguishedDeclarationOfLove), the occasional BleachedUnderpants shot in early chapters, Henrietta's pre-cyborg {{rape|AsDrama}} and [[{{squick}} mutilation]], the [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman detached manner]] Sandro checks out his [[NakedOnRevival new cyborg]], and a [[{{Sideboob}} half-naked]] Triela in the SnuffFilm scene. More overtly, any time the girls do something cute the anime/manga [[MoodWhiplash takes pains to remind you]] that they are also [[MoralMyopia cold-blooded]] [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman killing machines]].

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: At times times, evil has higher standards than the good guys, such as a Padania hitman who refuses to kill someone in the Galleria Degli Uffizi while Jean is torturing his accomplice in the men's room.
* {{Fanservice}}: While not at the forefront, it is there -- GunPorn (every character uses a different firearm, all well detailed), BandageBabe (Triela and Henrietta), ShowerScene / GodivaHair (Triela), and ShesGotLegs (Petra).
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Some of the scenes verge on FanDisservice -- the obsession the girls have for their older male handlers (though Yu is [[ObliviousToLove careful not to have things]] the [[{{lolicon}} other way round]]; even Sandro doesn't put the moves on Petra until her AnguishedDeclarationOfLove), the occasional BleachedUnderpants shot in early chapters, Henrietta's pre-cyborg {{rape|AsDrama}} and [[{{squick}} mutilation]], the [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman detached manner]] with which Sandro checks out his [[NakedOnRevival new cyborg]], and a [[{{Sideboob}} half-naked]] Triela in the SnuffFilm scene. More overtly, any time the girls do something cute cute, the anime/manga [[MoodWhiplash takes pains to remind you]] that they are also [[MoralMyopia cold-blooded]] [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman killing machines]].



** Triela and Beatrice effectively pull this off in reverse (climbing up a tower hand-over-hand ''really'' fast) during Vol 11 of the manga. Cybernetics are cool like that.
* FauxFluency: A problem of all the Italian in the series: the grammar is correct, but the pronunciation is bad enough that actual Italians have serious problems to even recognize it's not Japanese.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: During Jose and Henrietta's investigation into Elsa's death Henrietta asks him about making a SuicidePact. [[spoiler:Near the end of the series Jose is accidentally shot by Henrietta during the nuclear power plant assault after she is frenzied by resurfaced memories of her rape and torture. They fulfill the pact they made by fatally shooting each other after she snapped back to her senses.]]

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** Triela and Beatrice effectively pull this off [[InvertedTrope in reverse reverse]] (climbing up a tower hand-over-hand ''really'' fast) during Vol 11 of the manga. Cybernetics are cool like that.
* FauxFluency: A problem of with all the Italian in the series: the grammar is correct, but the pronunciation is bad enough that actual Italians have serious problems to even recognize recognizing that it's not Japanese.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: During Jose and Henrietta's investigation into Elsa's death death, Henrietta asks him about making a SuicidePact. [[spoiler:Near the end of the series series, Jose is accidentally shot by Henrietta during the nuclear power plant assault after she is frenzied by resurfaced memories of her rape and torture. They fulfill the pact they made by fatally shooting each other after she snapped back to her senses.]]



* GoForTheEye: The one weak point of a cyborg, though Jean says they're working on bullet-resistant optics. Any cyborg who commits suicide knows this and will shoot herself through the eye.

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* GoForTheEye: The one weak point of a cyborg, though Jean says they're working on bullet-resistant optics. Any cyborg who commits suicide knows this this, and will shoot herself through the eye.



* HeelRealization: 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]].

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* HeelRealization: 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 fact, it makes all the handlers rethink their relationships with their cyborgs -- 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]].



** Padanian agents in general, and their superiors in particular, often try to avoid choosing their own cultural and religious icons as targets despite being terrorists because they're conservative terrorists and those icons represent the things they believe they are fighting to protect. Furthermore, they limit civilian casualties as much as possible by only attacking government locations. Their enemy is the government itself, not the people under them.

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** Padanian agents in general, and their superiors in particular, often try to avoid choosing their own cultural and religious icons as targets targets, despite being terrorists terrorists, because they're conservative terrorists ''conservative'' terrorists, and those icons represent the things they believe they are fighting to protect. Furthermore, they limit civilian casualties as much as possible by only attacking government locations. Their enemy is the government itself, not the people under them.



* HollywoodHealing: Justified as all body-parts can be replaced through each repair, replacement or reconditioning requires a drug that causes brain damage and shortens the girl's lifespans. On one occasion a terrorist leader sees Rico and wonders whether she's one of the rumored child assassins, but concludes otherwise due to the smooth skin of her hands. The next time this terrorist encounters Rico those hands have just rammed his driver's head through the window of his car.
* HopeSproutsEternal: [[spoiler:The ending.]]

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* HollywoodHealing: Justified Justified, as all body-parts body parts can be replaced through each repair, replacement or reconditioning reconditioning. This requires a drug that causes brain damage and shortens the girl's girls' lifespans. On one occasion occasion, a terrorist leader sees Rico and wonders whether she's one of the rumored child assassins, but concludes otherwise due to the smooth skin of on her hands. The next time this terrorist encounters Rico Rico, those hands have just rammed his driver's head through the window of his car.
* HopeSproutsEternal: [[spoiler:The [[spoiler:HopeSproutsEternal: The ending.]]



* IKnowKarate: Subverted; the girls have their fearsome combat abilities programmed into them as a part of their reconstruction package, but at the increasing cost of their remaining humanity. After her defeat to Pinocchio, Triela gets supplementary training from Italian special forces, as she's become too used to relying on her cybernetic abilities.

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* IKnowKarate: Subverted; the Subverted. The girls have their fearsome combat abilities programmed into them as a part of their reconstruction package, but at the increasing cost of their remaining humanity. After her defeat to Pinocchio, Triela gets supplementary training from Italian special forces, as she's become too used to relying on her cybernetic abilities.



* ImproperlyPlacedFirearms: Apart for Triela's Winchester 1897, all of the guns used by the Social Welfare Agency are fairly difficult to find in Italy even for a government-sponsored assassination force, and ''all'' of them could have been easily replaced by actual Italian military hardware (the only exception being Petra's SITES Spectre submachine gun, that ''is'' actual Italian military hardware specifically made for special forces. It's the most properly placed weapon they could have possibly given them). Lampshaded in Chapter 4 - a SIG Sauer pistol is found at the scene of a dead SWA team by local police, who comment on the rarity of German-made automatics in Italy. It is possible that the agency deliberately sources its hardware outside of conventional channels to lessen the suspicion of government involvement.

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* ImproperlyPlacedFirearms: Apart for Triela's Winchester 1897, all of the guns used by the Social Welfare Agency are fairly difficult to find in Italy even for a government-sponsored assassination force, and ''all'' of them could have been easily replaced by actual Italian military hardware (the only exception being Petra's SITES Spectre submachine gun, that which ''is'' actual Italian military hardware specifically made for special forces. It's the most properly placed logical weapon they could have possibly given them).the girls). Lampshaded in Chapter 4 - a SIG Sauer pistol is found at the scene of a dead SWA team by local police, who comment on the rarity of German-made automatics in Italy. It is possible that the agency deliberately sources its hardware outside of conventional channels to lessen the suspicion of government involvement.



* ISurrenderSuckers: Used to great effect when Henrietta is raiding a Radical Faction safehouse -- she tells two men guarding the hallway she needs to get through that she's frightened of the "scary men downstairs". Quite possibly a case of TooDumbToLive as they were warned that the Social Welfare Agency deploys little girls as foot soldiers and they both wonder out loud how she got in. They quickly dismiss this and instead try to take her hostage. It doesn't end well for them. Possible overlap with TrojanPrisoner.

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* ISurrenderSuckers: Used to great effect when Henrietta is raiding a Radical Faction safehouse -- she tells two men guarding the hallway she needs to get through that she's frightened of the "scary men downstairs". Quite possibly a case of TooDumbToLive TooDumbToLive, as they were warned that the Social Welfare Agency deploys little girls as foot soldiers and they both wonder out loud how she got in. They quickly dismiss this and instead try to take her hostage. It doesn't end well for them. Possible overlap with TrojanPrisoner.



* InASingleBound: Henrietta when chasing a purse thief - the same incident also features a MagicSkirt and NeckLift. Petrushka also leaps multiple stories and from the ground to the top of a crane on two separate occasions.
* IronicEcho: Manga only, during the initial search for Pinocchio, Triela is trying to get information out of a trio of teenage punks. When they start hitting on her to go off with them she asks them "Shouldn't you be in school?" They laugh it off and ask her why she isn't. Before things get really threatening, Hilshire shows up to collect Triela. As they are walking away, Victor turns around and lectures the boys "Why aren't you in school?"

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* InASingleBound: Henrietta when chasing a purse thief - -- the same incident also features a MagicSkirt and NeckLift. Petrushka also leaps multiple stories and from the ground to the top of a crane on two separate occasions.
* IronicEcho: Manga only, during the initial search for Pinocchio, Triela is trying to get information out of a trio of teenage punks. When they start hitting on her to go off with them them, she asks them "Shouldn't you be in school?" They laugh it off and ask her why she isn't. Before things get really threatening, Hilshire shows up to collect Triela. As they are walking away, Victor turns around and lectures asks the boys "Why aren't you in school?"



* KillEmAll: The gruesome battle between the forces of the SWA and Giacomo's cell has brought the series right into this territory, and the face-off has resulted in [[spoiler: the deaths of three cyborgs with Beatrice being among the dead. After the battle, the government decides to shut down the SWA by declaring them terrorists and sending the army in to kill them.]] Out of all the first-gen cyborgs (and Petrushka) [[spoiler: only Rico, Petrushka and Claes survive to (almost) the end. In the second to last chapter, Rico's revealed to have succumbed to her shortened lifespan, and Petrushka succumbed to her leukemia, and it's probably safe to say that Claes didn't survive to the DistantFinale.]]
* KnifeNut: Pinocchio. Triela is never without hers either, though she uses a full-size old-fashioned bayonet (for her almost a sword). When they go one-on-one, it is not pretty.

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* KillEmAll: The gruesome battle between the forces of the SWA and Giacomo's cell has brought the series right into this territory, and the face-off has resulted in [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the deaths of three cyborgs cyborgs, with Beatrice being among the dead. After the battle, the government decides to shut down the SWA by declaring them terrorists and sending the army in to kill them.]] Out of all the first-gen cyborgs (and Petrushka) [[spoiler: only Petrushka), [[spoiler:only Rico, Petrushka and Claes survive to (almost) the end. In the second to last second-to-last chapter, Rico's revealed to have succumbed to her shortened lifespan, and Petrushka succumbed to her leukemia, and it's probably safe to say that Claes didn't survive to the DistantFinale.]]
* KnifeNut: Pinocchio. Triela is never without hers hers, either, though she uses a full-size old-fashioned bayonet (for her her, almost a sword). When they go one-on-one, it is not pretty.



** A deceptively named Intelligence Agency that uses brainwashed little girls to kill anyone who gets in their way or spots them on a job and occasionally handle unrelated kills as political favors. They get said girls by scouring the hospitals and are at best deceiving the staff/families about the nature of what is in store for them. Seems like they might be bending a few laws into pretzels in the name of anti-terrorism.
** Rico's ShootTheDog moment seems to have been a one-off, I'd put it down to Jean. While they are definitely fighting a "dirty war", the others tend to play the "nothing to see here" card rather than shooting witnesses.
** They also express distaste for the political favors, but can't really say no since they're from high-ranking politicians that give support to the cyborg research.

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** A deceptively named Intelligence Agency that uses brainwashed little girls to kill anyone who gets in their way or spots them on a job job, and who occasionally handle unrelated kills as political favors. They get said girls by scouring the hospitals hospitals, and are at best deceiving the staff/families about the nature of what is in store for them. Seems like they might be bending a few laws into pretzels in the name of anti-terrorism.
** Rico's ShootTheDog moment seems to have been a one-off, I'd which could be put it down to Jean. While they are definitely fighting a "dirty war", the others tend to play the "nothing to see here" card rather than shooting witnesses.
** They also express distaste for the political favors, but can't really say no no, since they're from high-ranking politicians that give support to the cyborg research.



** The girls have been conditioned out of their previous identities, but not of their basic social skills. Some of them show signs of things from before their transformations. When they start remembering more of their past life than what they did last year it's a very bad sign. [[spoiler: See Angelica.]]
** Rico seems to have retained memories of her past identity as her introductory episode in the anime's first season shows, presumably because her bedridden past gives her a good incentive to be loyal to the Agency which gave her the ability to walk.
* LaserSight: Averted. Particularly with Rico, who is almost always the sniper/sharpshooter during missions.
* LastEpisodeNewCharacter: The epilogue both introduces and revolves around [[spoiler: Triela's daughter.]]
* LeaveNoWitnesses: Rico befriends a boy working as a bellhop while scoping out her target, but Jean orders her to kill anyone who sees her committing an assassination. While leaving the hotel room after the hit, she runs into the boy and in one of the more memorable scenes of the series kills him while [[CreepyChild smiling cheerfully]] because she [[MoralMyopia remembered the right words to use in a situation like this]]; "I am sorry." However this is the only example of this trope and is used more to [[KickTheDog highlight her handler's ruthless nature]]; other handlers just use the MoveAlongNothingToSeeHere approach.

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** The girls have been conditioned out of their previous identities, but not of their basic social skills. Some of them show signs of things traits from before their transformations. When they start remembering more of their past life lives than what they did in the last year year, it's a very bad sign. [[spoiler: See [[spoiler:See Angelica.]]
** Rico seems to have retained memories of her past identity identity, as her introductory episode in the anime's first season shows, presumably because her bedridden past gives her a good incentive to be loyal to the Agency Agency, which gave her the ability to walk.
* LaserSight: Averted. Particularly Averted, particularly with Rico, who is almost always the sniper/sharpshooter during missions.
* LastEpisodeNewCharacter: The epilogue both introduces and revolves around [[spoiler: Triela's [[spoiler:Triela's daughter.]]
* LeaveNoWitnesses: Rico befriends a boy working as a bellhop while scoping out her target, but Jean orders her to kill anyone who sees her committing an assassination. While leaving the hotel room after the hit, she runs into the boy and in one of the more memorable scenes of the series kills him while [[CreepyChild smiling cheerfully]] because she [[MoralMyopia remembered the right words to use in a situation like this]]; "I am sorry." However However, this is the only example of this trope trope, and is used more to [[KickTheDog highlight her handler's ruthless nature]]; other handlers just use the MoveAlongNothingToSeeHere approach.



* LiteralMinded: Used for the girls' CreepyChild moments. When Raballo first starts instructing Claes he's annoyed by her lousy shooting (actually because she's not used to her cyborg implants) and tells her not to leave the range until she can consistently hit the target. The next day it's pouring down rain and Raballo grouches that he hasn't seen any sign of the girl he's supposed to be teaching. He's told to go to the firing range where he finds Claes cold and shivering, still trying to hit the target as instructed after practicing all night. Henrietta also stays up all night [[GunStripping stripping and assembling her pistol]] because Jose told her to get proficient quickly.
* {{Lolicon}}: Basically all the girls except Petra and possibly Triela. Considering [[BleachedUnderpants *where* the series come from]], though... It's worth noting that, like the book {{Lolita}}, the story is actually written the other way around. Romantic and sexual relationships between the girls and their handlers exist and are discussed to a great depth, but in all cases it is made very clear (sometimes even to those involved themselves) that these relationships are wrong, unhealthy, and will only result in tragedy one way or another. As such, the characters, mainly the Handlers, consciously or unconsciously try to distance themselves from their charges to avoid becoming attached or too emotionally involved, from only seeing them as tools (Lauro and [[spoiler:Jose after crossing his DespairEventHorizon]] ), "being cold to be kind" (Jean and Raballo), being like an older brother (Jose), or being a distant father figure (Hilshire and Marco).

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* LiteralMinded: Used for the girls' CreepyChild moments. When Raballo first starts instructing Claes Claes, he's annoyed by her lousy shooting (actually because she's not used to her cyborg implants) and tells her not to leave the range until she can consistently hit the target. The next day it's pouring down rain and Raballo grouches that he hasn't seen any sign of the girl he's supposed to be teaching. He's told to go to the firing range where he finds Claes cold and shivering, still trying to hit the target as instructed after practicing all night. Henrietta also stays up all night [[GunStripping stripping and assembling her pistol]] because Jose told her to get proficient quickly.
* {{Lolicon}}: Basically all the girls except Petra and possibly Triela. Considering [[BleachedUnderpants *where* the series come comes from]], though... It's worth noting that, like the book {{Lolita}}, the story is actually written the other way around. Romantic and sexual relationships between the girls and their handlers exist and are discussed to a great depth, but in all cases it is made very clear (sometimes even to those involved themselves) that these relationships are wrong, unhealthy, and will only result in tragedy one way or another. As such, the characters, mainly the Handlers, consciously or unconsciously try to distance themselves from their charges to avoid becoming attached or too emotionally involved, from only seeing them as tools (Lauro and [[spoiler:Jose after crossing his DespairEventHorizon]] ), "being cold to be kind" (Jean and Raballo), being like an older brother (Jose), or to being a distant father figure (Hilshire and Marco).



* MadeOfIron: It takes heavy weapons or a bullet through the eye to harm a cyborg. [[spoiler: This occasionally works to their disadvantage as well, since it causes them to underestimate threats and neglect their defense.]]
* MeaningfulEcho: An angry Marco tells a wounded Angelica that's she's "freaking useless!" after she stuffs up on a mission. However his tone (as opposed to Lauro's curt and derisory "Useless!" after Elsa's mission-related stuff-up) shows that Marco is showing a JerkassFacade as opposed to Lauro who was just being a JerkAss.

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* MadeOfIron: It takes heavy weapons or a bullet through the eye to harm a cyborg. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This occasionally works to their disadvantage as well, since it causes them to underestimate threats and neglect their defense.]]
* MeaningfulEcho: An angry Marco tells a wounded Angelica that's she's "freaking useless!" after she stuffs up on a mission. However However, his tone (as opposed to Lauro's curt and derisory "Useless!" after Elsa's mission-related stuff-up) shows that Marco is showing a JerkassFacade JerkassFacade, as opposed to Lauro Lauro, who was just being a JerkAss.



** [[spoiler: Triela's]] daughter Speranza (Hope).

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** [[spoiler: Triela's]] [[spoiler:Triela's]] daughter Speranza (Hope).



* [[MasterOfDisguise Mistress of Disguise]]: This is a quality of all of the cyborgs - few suspect a sweet young thing to be a Spec-Ops killer, allowing them to hide in plain sight - but is a particular proficiency of the Alessandro & Petrushka fratello, who are well-acquainted with wigs, make-up, and quick wardrobe changes.
* MoodWhiplash: Every time the cyborgs switch between little girls and ruthless killing machines; i.e., Angelica on her first mission - she massacres half a dozen terrorists in as many seconds, then turns and gives the camera a "Did I do good?" smile. Marco, watching the scene later on video, is noticeably disturbed.

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* [[MasterOfDisguise Mistress of Disguise]]: This is a quality of all of the cyborgs - -- few suspect a sweet young thing to be a Spec-Ops killer, allowing them to hide in plain sight - -- but is a particular proficiency of the Alessandro & Petrushka fratello, who are well-acquainted with wigs, make-up, and quick wardrobe changes.
* MoodWhiplash: Every time the cyborgs switch between little girls and ruthless killing machines; i.e., Angelica on her first mission - -- she massacres half a dozen terrorists in as many seconds, then turns and gives the camera a "Did I do good?" smile. Marco, watching the scene later on video, is noticeably disturbed.



* MoreDakka: Once Dante gets involved in the scene we see increasing firepower being used to counter the fearsome abilities of the cyborgs. Anti-personnel mines, 50-caliber and 20mm anti-material rifles, Blackhawk helicopters with GatlingGood, armored fighting vehicles, a cruise missile, and a [[spoiler:[[NukeEm nuclear warhead]].]] Sandro and Petra have an anti-tank missile fired at their car, and even the Agency is getting into the act with [=RPV's=] firing Hellfire missiles, and automatic {{Sentry Gun}}s being deployed to protect the compound.

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* MoreDakka: Once Dante gets involved in the scene scene, we see increasing firepower being used to counter the fearsome abilities of the cyborgs. Anti-personnel This includes anti-personnel mines, 50-caliber and 20mm anti-material rifles, Blackhawk helicopters with GatlingGood, armored fighting vehicles, a cruise missile, and a [[spoiler:[[NukeEm nuclear warhead]].]] Sandro and Petra have an anti-tank missile fired at their car, and even the Agency is getting into the act with [=RPV's=] firing Hellfire missiles, missiles and automatic {{Sentry Gun}}s being deployed to protect the compound.



** A bit averted since most of the [=SWA=] personnel are from Italian security forces and intelligence. A few however are recruited from other parts of Europe. Victor, for one, is a Polizei officer from Germany and formerly attached to Europol. Olga is from Russia and was an ex-Russian embassy employee.
** As for the cyborgs... Well Triela has Tunisian roots prior to being with the [=SWA=]. Claes possibly has some Swedish roots due to her surname before being reconditioned. Petruska is from Russia.

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** A bit averted Downplayed, since most of the [=SWA=] personnel are from Italian security forces and intelligence. A few however few, however, are recruited from other parts of Europe. Victor, for one, is a Polizei officer from Germany and was formerly attached to Europol. Olga is from Russia and was an ex-Russian embassy employee.
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employee. As for the cyborgs... Well cyborgs, Triela has Tunisian roots prior to being with the [=SWA=]. roots, Claes possibly has some Swedish roots due to her surname before being reconditioned. reconditioned, and Petruska is from Russia.



* 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.

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* MyNewGiftIsLame: Hilshire keeps giving Triela teddy bears as gifts, being MaternallyChallenged and figuring that all GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals. Eventually 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.



* OhCrap: Both the terrorists in Padania and the SWA forces are hit with this, the terrorists when they learn the SWA's cyborgs have been deployed against them, [[spoiler:and the cyborgs when they learn that Dante's prepared anti-material weapons that can easily kill them.]]

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* OhCrap: Both the terrorists in Padania and the SWA forces are hit with this, this: the terrorists when they learn the SWA's cyborgs have been deployed against them, [[spoiler:and the cyborgs when they learn that Dante's prepared anti-material weapons that can easily kill them.]]



* OnlyAFleshWound: Averted, in the training sequence of the anime's first episode Henrietta is told to just aim for the center of mass because at close range hitting them anywhere will stop the target. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] for the main characters due to the girl's enhancements.

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* OnlyAFleshWound: Averted, in Averted. In the training sequence of the anime's first episode episode, Henrietta is told to just aim for the center of mass mass, because at close range range, hitting them the target anywhere will stop the target. them dead. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] for the main characters characters, due to the girl's girls' enhancements.



* PhenotypeStereotype: Subverted. The European characters (which is to say, unusually for a manga, all of them except for the African) all possess realistic features which often deviate from the national stereotype. Hilshire and Claes, for example, a German and a Swede, are both dark eyed brunettes, while the Italian Rico is blonde.

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* PhenotypeStereotype: Subverted. The European characters (which is to say, unusually for a manga, all of them except for the African) African girl) all possess realistic features which often deviate from the national stereotype. Hilshire and Claes, for example, a German and a Swede, are both dark eyed brunettes, while the Italian Rico is blonde.



* ThePollyanna: Most girls due to their conditioning, but mostly Rico. Jean treats her like an attack dog, and she's fine with that; it beats beings bed-ridden.

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* ThePollyanna: Most girls due to their conditioning, but mostly Rico. Jean treats her like an attack dog, and she's fine with that; it beats beings bed-ridden.bedridden.



** Averted -- During the the first encounter between Hillshire and Franca, Franca tricks Hillshire into misfiring his pistol. It instead merely caused a jam. Hillshire simply fixes the jam and starts firing at Franca.

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** Averted -- During during the the first encounter between Hillshire and Franca, Franca tricks Hillshire into misfiring his pistol. It instead merely caused a jam. Hillshire simply fixes the jam and starts firing at Franca.



** Could also be a case of YouRemindMeOfX (i.e. Corporal Sophia Durante) making Jean reluctant to risk her life.
*** [[spoiler: Really though it's dramatic irony. Jean (and the audience) think she's referring to other soldiers in the garrison. In actuality she wants revenge for Enrica, just the same as Jean (it's been 6+ years, Enrica's classmate is all grown up). Her identity isn't revealed for several more chapters.]]

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** Could also be a case of YouRemindMeOfX (i.e. (where X = Corporal Sophia Durante) Durante), making Jean reluctant to risk her life.
*** [[spoiler: Really though [[spoiler:Really, though, it's dramatic irony. Jean (and the audience) think she's referring to other soldiers in the garrison. In actuality actuality, she wants revenge for Enrica, just the same as Jean (it's been 6+ years, Enrica's classmate is all grown up). Her identity isn't revealed for several more chapters.]]



* SawedOffShotgun: For one mission Triela cut down the stock on her signature Winchester to make it handier for a reverse FastRoping assault. She comments that she should have done this long before (recoil isn't an issue with her enhancements, but size is).
* SceneryPorn: At least the first season of the anime spends a good bit of time on the Italian cities and their architecture. Episode 7, "Protezione" is probably the most notable.
* SchrodingersCat: [[spoiler:Angelica]] is heavily implied to have died in the first anime season, but is back in full action in ''Il Teatrino''. It is mentioned she was released from the hospital, indicating that she just fell asleep while watching the meteorite shower in the first season's last episode, which diminishes its emotional impact quite a bit. She ''does'' end up dying in volume 9 in far worse circumstances.

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* SawedOffShotgun: For one mission mission, Triela cut down the stock on her signature Winchester to make it handier for a reverse FastRoping assault. She comments that she should have done this long before (recoil isn't an issue with her enhancements, but size is).
* SceneryPorn: At least the first season of the anime spends a good bit of time on the Italian cities and their architecture. Episode 7, "Protezione" "Protezione", is probably the most notable.
* SchrodingersCat: [[spoiler:Angelica]] is heavily implied to have died in the first anime season, but is back in full action in ''Il Teatrino''. It is mentioned she that [[spoiler:she was released from the hospital, indicating that she just fell asleep while watching the meteorite shower in the first season's last episode, which diminishes its emotional impact quite a bit. She ''does'' end up dying in volume 9 in far worse circumstances.]]



* ShoutOut: In Chapter 56 of the manga Triela finds herself having to perform emergency surgery on someone. While she's doing this she ties her hair back into a single pony-tail, leaving long strands of hair down her front. It's also one of the few times she wears a mini-skirt. She ends up looking very much like a certain other girl [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist who knows a thing or two about medicine]] who also happens to share the [[ActorAllusion same English voice actress]].

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* ShoutOut: In Chapter 56 of the manga Triela finds herself having to perform emergency surgery on someone. While she's doing this she ties her hair back into a single pony-tail, ponytail, leaving long strands of hair down her front. It's also one of the few times she wears a mini-skirt. She ends up looking very much like a certain other girl [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist who knows a thing or two about medicine]] who also happens to share the [[ActorAllusion same English voice actress]].



** The author's grasp on Western literature and art is surprising for a Japanese Manga; referenced throughout the story has included pieces of work including ''Horatius'', ''Tosca'', and the ''Rape of the Sabine Women''.
** Also, as previously noted, the illustrators and story boarders went to great lengths to accurately capture the culture, architecture, and major landmarks of different regions of Italy and avoid NationalStereotypes about the features of the characters based on their countries of origin.
* TheSiege: [[spoiler:The SWA barricades their headquarters when the government attempts to dissolve them. However the whole matter is resolved peacefully when the soldiers refuse to fire upon Claes.]]

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** The author's grasp on Western literature and art is surprising for a Japanese Manga; referenced throughout the story has references have included pieces of work including ''Horatius'', ''Tosca'', and the ''Rape of the Sabine Women''.
** Also, as previously noted, the illustrators and story boarders storyboarders went to great lengths to accurately capture the culture, architecture, and major landmarks of different regions of Italy and avoid NationalStereotypes about the features of the characters based on their countries of origin.
* TheSiege: [[spoiler:The SWA barricades their headquarters when the government attempts to dissolve them. However However, the whole matter is resolved peacefully when the soldiers refuse to fire upon Claes.]]



* SmallGirlBigGun: All of the girls. But most of the time the girls will use sub-machine guns or smaller caliber pistols. We've seen Rico handle some VERY large weaponry though (up to firing a G3 machine gun "{{Rambo}} style") and Triela's default weapon is a Winchester 1897 "trenchgun" (army shotgun) with bayonet. The first DVD volume is even titled "Ragazzine Piccole, Armi Grandi" literally "small girls, big guns" in Italian.

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* SmallGirlBigGun: All of the girls. But most of the time time, the girls will use sub-machine guns or smaller caliber pistols. We've seen Rico handle some VERY large weaponry weaponry, though (up to firing a G3 machine gun "{{Rambo}} style") style"), and Triela's default weapon is a Winchester 1897 "trenchgun" (army shotgun) with bayonet. The first DVD volume is even titled "Ragazzine Piccole, Armi Grandi" literally "small girls, big guns" in Italian.



* SolemnEndingTheme: The bleak, operatic [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMZ-yvRdAHI&feature=related "Dopo il Sogno"]].

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* SolemnEndingTheme: The bleak, operatic [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMZ-yvRdAHI&feature=related com/watch?v=57LUr9Gv70Q "Dopo il Sogno"]].



* TakingTheBullet: Taken UpToEleven with the girls throwing themselves in the blast of carbombs and Bouncing Betty landmines.

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* TakingTheBullet: Taken UpToEleven UpToEleven, with the girls throwing themselves in the blast of carbombs car bombs and Bouncing Betty landmines.



** The cyborgs have a habit of crying in their sleep as noted by the Agency doctors. Especially tragic as the audience knows why they cry but the girls can't remember their dreams so they don't understand why they feel sad on waking up (Claes dreams of her father figure/handler who was wiped from her conscious memory, while Triela dreams of a woman she believes to be her mother, but is actually the doctor who died resuscitating her in Amsterdam).

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** The cyborgs have a habit of crying in their sleep sleep, as noted by the Agency doctors. Especially tragic as the audience knows why they cry cry, but the girls can't remember their dreams dreams, so they don't understand why they feel sad on waking up (Claes dreams of her father figure/handler who was wiped from her conscious memory, while Triela dreams of a woman she believes to be her mother, but is actually the doctor who died resuscitating her in Amsterdam).



** Nearly everything about the world seems modern except for the film cameras, which were phasing out even when the manga started, and the cyborg girls, who are well beyond today's technology. The nonexistent organizations, and events (like a nuclear incident in Serbia) make it at least one of these options.
** The Padania (the northern 5 provinces of Italy) separatist movement has a RealLife analogue, the "Lega Nord" party, but it's much less of an active threat. As of now it's mostly working inside constitutional frameworks, but in their beginning they weren't that nice, at least in their declaration of intents.
** There's a battle at a nuclear plant, which in reality got dismantled in 1987 after the Chernobyl disaster.

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** Nearly everything about the world seems modern except for the film cameras, which were phasing out even when the manga started, and the cyborg girls, who are well beyond today's technology. The nonexistent organizations, organizations and events (like a nuclear incident in Serbia) make it at least one of these options.
** The Padania (the northern 5 provinces of Italy) separatist movement has a RealLife analogue, the "Lega Nord" party, but it's much less of an active threat. As of now now, it's mostly working inside constitutional frameworks, but in their beginning they weren't that nice, at least in their declaration of intents.
** There's a battle at a nuclear plant, which plant which, in reality reality, got dismantled in 1987 after the Chernobyl disaster.



* UnequalPairing: Age issues aside, these girls are brainwashed to unconditionally love and obey their handler and are kept isolated from boys their own age, making any relationship [[QuestionableConsent morally ambiguous]]. It's noticable that those relationships in canon with a romantic touch (Petra/Sandro and possibly Triela/Hilshire) try to emphasize that the cyborg concerned is more free-thinking that her co-workers.

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* UnequalPairing: Age issues aside, these girls are brainwashed to unconditionally love and obey their handler and are kept isolated from boys their own age, making any relationship [[QuestionableConsent morally ambiguous]]. It's noticable noticeable that those relationships in canon with a romantic touch (Petra/Sandro and possibly Triela/Hilshire) try to emphasize that the cyborg concerned is more free-thinking that than her co-workers.



* WaifFu: Every girl has engaged in hand to hand combat; Triela in particular.

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* WaifFu: Every girl has engaged in hand to hand combat; combat, Triela in particular.



** Dante describes the cyborgs as 'demons' when giving a RousingSpeech in a deliberate attempt to invoke this trope.

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** Dante describes the cyborgs as 'demons' "demons" when giving a RousingSpeech in a deliberate an attempt to invoke [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this trope.



* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:Once Dante has been captured and the Turin plant secured, the Prime Minister sends in the Italian army to destroy the SWA. Subverted when instead of a BolivianArmyEnding all SWA personnel surrendered peacefully. Due to this, the Italian soldiers were reluctant to shoot them.]]

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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:Once Dante has been captured and the Turin plant secured, the Prime Minister sends in the Italian army to destroy the SWA. Subverted when when, instead of a BolivianArmyEnding BolivianArmyEnding, all SWA personnel surrendered surrender peacefully. Due to this, the Italian soldiers were reluctant to shoot them.]]



** Mario Bossi tells Roberta she reminds him of Triela, after she jumps out a window [[TrashLanding into the trash]] in order to DitchTheBodyguards.

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** Mario Bossi tells Roberta she reminds him of Triela, Triela after she jumps out a window [[TrashLanding into the trash]] in order to DitchTheBodyguards.
15th Oct '16 2:53:13 PM Willbyr
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* SchrodingersCat: [[spoiler:Angelica]] is heavily implied to have died in the first anime season, but is back in full action in ''Il Teatrino''. It is mentioned she was released from the hospital, indicating that she just fell asleep while watching the meteorite shower in the first season's last episode, which diminishes its emotional impact quite a bit. She ''does'' end up dying in volume 9 in far worse circumstances .

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* SchrodingersCat: [[spoiler:Angelica]] is heavily implied to have died in the first anime season, but is back in full action in ''Il Teatrino''. It is mentioned she was released from the hospital, indicating that she just fell asleep while watching the meteorite shower in the first season's last episode, which diminishes its emotional impact quite a bit. She ''does'' end up dying in volume 9 in far worse circumstances .circumstances.



* ShownTheirWork: The author's grasp on Western literature and art is surprising for a Japanese Manga; referenced throughout the story has included pieces of work including ''Horatius'', ''Tosca'', and the ''Rape of the Sabine Women''.

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* ShownTheirWork: ShownTheirWork:
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The author's grasp on Western literature and art is surprising for a Japanese Manga; referenced throughout the story has included pieces of work including ''Horatius'', ''Tosca'', and the ''Rape of the Sabine Women''.



* TheSiege: [[spoiler: The SWA barricades their headquarters when the government attempts to dissolve them. However the whole matter is resolved peacefully when the soldiers refuse to fire upon Claes.]]

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* TheSiege: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The SWA barricades their headquarters when the government attempts to dissolve them. However the whole matter is resolved peacefully when the soldiers refuse to fire upon Claes.]]
15th Oct '16 2:15:42 PM Blacksun388
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* ShownTheirWork: The author's grasp on Western literature and art is surprising for a Japanese mangaka; referenced throughout the story has included pieces of work including ''Horatius'', ''Tosca'', and the ''Rape of the Sabine Women''.

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* ShownTheirWork: The author's grasp on Western literature and art is surprising for a Japanese mangaka; Manga; referenced throughout the story has included pieces of work including ''Horatius'', ''Tosca'', and the ''Rape of the Sabine Women''.Women''.
** Also, as previously noted, the illustrators and story boarders went to great lengths to accurately capture the culture, architecture, and major landmarks of different regions of Italy and avoid NationalStereotypes about the features of the characters based on their countries of origin.
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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* KnightsTemplar: KnightTemplar:
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