Posted by psgels on 11 March 2008 with categories: Gunslinger Girl - Il Teatrino


Ah, of course. Triela and Hirsher were the only ones who still weren’t fleshed out enough, and this episode takes care of that. Now all that’s left is for the three final episodes to conclude the story, now that the cast is fully developed. It’s interesting how Triela gets to be the final character that gets her background, even though the entire Pinocchio-arc is centred on her. Usually anime would give characters like her some extra development, when compared to the others, but the creators for Gunslinger Girl made sure that each of the characters received an equal amount of development and background. I’m not sure about others, but I always like it when a series does this. It just shows that the show doesn’t just revolve around its main characters. Call it a personal preference.

In any case, it turns out that Hirsher is a false name. His real name is Heartman, and he apparently worked at a detective agency, and this episode among others tells the story of how he met Triela, and ended up along with her as a Fratello. It turns out that Triela was a victim of human trade, and who knows what kinds of experiments were performed on her. Hirsher and a female colleague of his tried to rescue her, and they just barely were able to save her life.

At the same time, the episode shows how Triela meets the daughter of one of the people that Triela saved one day. it seems that he needs Triela and Hirsher’s help once more. In any case, this daughter (Mimi) and Triela form an interesting couple. They both like to collect teddy-bears, and yet Mimi is a normal girl, who has a boyfriend and likes to play soccer. She really succeeds into lifting Triela’s mood a bit, because she’s still feeling down from Pinocchio.

I also like how the captain of the regular soldiers was able to teach Triela a bit about what went wrong in her fight against Pinocchio, and how she isn’t as invincible as she believed she was.

In any case, the creators have done a wonderful job so far. Let’s hope they won’t screw up for the ending.

8 Responses

  1. fugue says:

    actually, Triela wasn’t “experimentent” on per se. she was involved in child porn and snuff films, right? anyway, i’ve only read the manga – not sure if they changed the circumstances in this anime adaptation.

    thanks for blogging about this overlooked series!

  2. L.A says:

    I feel that the realtionship between Triella and Hirsher is almost like an adolescence and a father of busy salary man

  3. chami says:

    Hillshire (Hartmann) was a part of Europol. If you recall the first season, he was let go from Europol because he let a mob boss (Mario Bossi) go in exchange for information on where the children were. This resulted in Triela’s rescue.

    Decent job in staying with the manga, but that’s just like complimenting a child for using tracing paper to copy a beautiful portrait exactly.

  4. totoum says:

    From the first season:mimi’s dad (mario bossi) was actualy running the organisation that she was rescued from,kind of ironic that she helps him and his daughter once she’s turned into a cyborg.

    “that’s just like complimenting a child for using tracing paper to copy a beautiful portrait exactly.”

    true,but just like i know quite a few children who can’t trace,i know a few animes that can’t follow the manga properly :)

  5. Solaris says:

    Don’t worry Psgels, it’s impossible to screw up a story like that of Gunslinger’s if they just continue to copy from the manga.

    There’s nothing more to screw up that they didn’t care to screw before :P

    Just don’t hope to find out what it will be after Pinocchio arc unless they make a third serie. And given the wonderful work they did, i feel that way rather pessimistic :(

  6. psgels psgels says:

    Solaris: Actually, a third season would be quite interesting. But yeah, seeing the overall reaction to this series the chance for one is indeed very low.

  7. totoum says:

    a 3rd season would interest me because as much as simply copying the manga works for il teatrino,the same can’t be said about a potential 3rd season imo…the main reason being that psgel pinpointed what i think is the reason why the pino arc is so great ” the creators for Gunslinger Girl made sure that each of the characters received an equal amount of development and background” and vol 6-8 are really centered around one fratelo:petra and sandro (not yet introduced so far in il teatrino) so you’d have to probably adapt it quite a bit so that the other girls continue to be developed.
    I’m secretly hoping that the 2 dvd only episodes are from vol 9 which is brillant,but that’s probably not going to be the case.

  8. ggultra2764 says:

    ANIME AND MANGA SPOILERS

    The anime did tone down on the severity of Triela’s condition from the manga. In the manga, Triela was left nearly nude, had the tips of her fingernails cut, and had a leg hacked off as a result of the snuff film the Mafia put her through. The anime had her covered up in a sheet, so you couldn’t really see the severity of her condition.

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    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 11:49 PM)
    @Emma I think Deen makes some really good looking anime. People tend to give them crap for some of their mid-2000 stuff and justifiably, but their recent stuff and early stuff is really quite visually arresting.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 11:43 PM)
    Now granted,deens adaptation of sankarea had some pretty neat visuals behind it.
  • ninjarealist
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 11:14 PM)
    Granted that none of those manga had the type of mass appeal that Sankarea has, but they’re some pof the best manga I’ve read within their specific genre (sentimental ecchi comedies/romances). I love his art style too. It just works so well for sappy romantic stuff. Inu Neko Jump will always be one of my favorite manga.
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    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 11:12 PM)
    On the subject of Sankarea, I’m about as big of a Hattori Mitsuru fanboy as anyone could be and I have to say that Sankarea is my least favorite manga of his. His strengths and weaknesses just don’t lend themselves very well to that type of horror/drama plot. Umisho, Inu Neko Jump, and Otogi no Machi no Rena even were all better manga.
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    Wasn’t awful now by any means but I’d rather stop with it before any good memories of it get ruined =<
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    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 05:48 PM)
    Although as a whole sankarea never really geled together for me, series of genre clashing and a master of none, there were little pockets of interest and the art was good and moments did feel like something more. Some of the fanservice, comedy also felt misplaced.

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