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Gunslinger Girl  
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From ADV:
Henrietta barely survived a brutal attack that killed her family. 'Rescued' by the Social Welfare Agency, her injuries were repaired with robotic components and she was brainwashed. Lost with the memory of her family's deaths was almost every trace of her own humanity. Now, she is an extraordinarily lethal cyborg assassin, obediently working with her handler Giuseppe to carry out her deadly tasks. Despite her conditioning and programming, Henrietta still has the heart of a young girl. She has not completely forgotten how to love, yet the very emotion is contrary to her training and programming. Can the Gunslinger Girl survive? Can she find peace in a struggle against her very nature?


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Associated Names
Школа убийц (rus)
Gunslinger Girl.

Groups Scanlating
Cyborg Central
Entropy Periodical
Quality Mistranslations

Latest Release(s)
v.13 c.81 by Quality Mistranslations (1847d ago)
v.13 c.80 by Quality Mistranslations (1899d ago)
v.13 c.79 by Quality Mistranslations (1901d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
15 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol. 1: Chapter 1 (Season 1, Episode 1)
Ends at Vol. 6: Chapter 29 (OVA 2)

User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (382 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.26 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 16th 2015, 8:13am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Comic Dengeki Daioh (Media Works)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
ADV Manga (6 Volumes - Defunct)
Seven Seas (7 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #672 increased(+78)
Monthly Pos #989 decreased(-2)
3 Month Pos #1118 increased(+80)
6 Month Pos #1273 increased(+156)

List Stats
On 1166 reading lists
On 1360 wish lists
On 484 completed lists
On 98 unfinished lists
On 388 custom lists

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indonesian volume release 1518 days, 16 hours, 3 minutes ago
Retailer: Gunslinger Girl Manga Ending at 15 Volumes 1970 days, 13 hours, 50 minutes ago

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by Uthred
May 25th, 2011, 5:08pm
It starts of good, but there's no real progression. Every chapter is the same "Girl kills someone, reflects on depressing life, ooh adults are complicated, meh". Any emotional impact is robbed by the continuous pathos.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by ohsnaptheresa
May 6th, 2011, 12:05am
I CRIED. I ACTUALLY CRIED. Wow, my shock is immeasurable. I didn't shed a tear, I broke down and cried. This manga is amazing. I'm speechless. Maybe when I'm done composing myself, I'll be able to write a better review, but as of now, three words: READ. THIS. MANGA.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by deathcoy
March 16th, 2011, 6:53am
Its a definitely nice manga. Some may see it as depressing others may feel that its heartwarming etc, i'd say its a mix of all the comments mentioned here. But the bottomline remains: Every character on Gunslinger Girls is literally a broken soul.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Dafat-MKII
February 28th, 2011, 3:34pm
Such a bittersweet story.
A tale filled with tragedy and hope. Yu-sensei is masterful with manipulating the emotions of his readers. One cannot be helped but be fascinated by the daily struggle that all the cyborgs face, the question of whether their emotions are truly their own.

The way Yu-sensei can portray them to be so normal, so much like an ordinary little girl, that one truly wonders whether they could really have been 'conditioned'. Their seeming innocence is captivating, as they regard the slaughter of others as merely part of life.

One wonders, when the cyborg protects its handler, is it because of their conditioning, or maybe, could genuine feelings really be there.
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emma with guns   
Rating: N/A
by miss hu
March 26th, 2010, 10:12am
when this starts, the characters resemble "emma" and "blood alone". understated crushes are not my thing, but i liked it more with the addition of pinocchio and petruschka. the story itself was never poorly fashioned. enjoy.

... Last updated on March 26th, 2010, 4:01pm
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Bitterly Intriguing   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by no1lives4ever
January 16th, 2010, 11:39am
As perhaps mentioned before, I don't find Gunslinger Girl as depressing. Yes there is a lot of sadness, but the true story comes from their struggle. Despite the fact that they know life is short for them, their outlook on life is intriguingly positive. Yu Aida does a great job on the storyline while complementing the series with a more modest and less-superficial work of artistry. The series is a great example of the exploration of human emotions and how others can influence how we live. The consequences of revenge and the interesting picture of human mortality.

I've read the series several times over and can't help but say I enjoy it even more with each new read. Sadly, though, ADV seems to be slacking a bit in that only 6 out of the 12 volumes have been translated into English, I hope they pick it up again for the readers' sake. Besides, coming from a die hard fan, it would just be cruel to leave them hanging.

... Last updated on January 16th, 2010, 11:42am
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Leon meets Ender's Game   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by OppKnox
June 27th, 2009, 2:32pm
Although a character study first and foremost, Gunslinger Girl delivers on multiple levels. The thrills are exciting, and the plot is credible and intriguing. I suppose I don’t find the series overwhelmingly depressing or tragic because the girls’ feelings are not entirely unrequited, and their lives, though limited, are free of the responsibility and history that plague their handlers. Of course, the reader is forced to question whether such freedom is a blessing or a curse and the degree to which personality, memory, and emotions are subject to cognitive manipulation. Even so, the tone is contemplative and sympathetic rather than archly cynical. The characters are conflicted or lost but never truly cruel or naïve. For example, Jean’s apparent indifference occasionally resembles consideration, and Henrietta’s paradoxical innocence is punctuated by a chilling self-awareness. The manga’s emphasis on the supposedly fraternal bond between the handler and his cyborg is conspicuously absent from other reviews, but Gunslinger Girl is, in many respects, a study of love in its multiple filial, platonic, and romantic incarnations.

... Last updated on June 30th, 2009, 5:02pm
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Rating: 9.3 / 10.0
by Crenshinibon
January 28th, 2009, 10:37pm
Tragic, moving, and fascinating. If you're reading this as an action manga, you've entirely missed the point. It's a story about human interaction, the ethics of experimentation for the sake of order, and ultimately questioning the meaning of emotions if their source is composed of falsehoods. Set against a background of politics and terrorism, it succeeds in conveying its mood through the art of juxtaposition, and pulls it off brilliantly. The struggle of the girls trying to be innocent, or perhaps believing that they are in the face of murder, is probably the most interesting point of the series.

Aside from the conceptual values, the storytelling is consistent and well-paced. The art is nothing particular special or unique, but it's perfectly aesthetically pleasing in a mainstream sort of way.

I have to say that chobits is really a god-awful recommendation here, it isn't about the relationship between man and technology at all, and it certainly isn't written in nearly as trivial a fashion. Look at this series if you either enjoy slice of life or slightly philosophical series like Eden. But again, if you're looking for action alone, you might want to start somewhere else.
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Gunslinger girl...   
Rating: N/A
by Windora
January 25th, 2009, 6:24am
one of my favorite series. It was not fascinating at first to me, yet after reading eat again and again, I was drawn into reading it. It is simply a masterpiece. The emotions of people are shown extremely realistically, which fascinated me. Not a recommendation to people who detest tragedic stories, though
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Good but be evere   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sandsoftime
February 16th, 2008, 8:15am
If you are one easily depressed and have your own suicidal thoughts it's not for you The story itself is breathtaking the drownings are gorges at list and it's not only sadness here but also joy but in general the story just ... has no hope in it. I will continue reading because it's to great to stop but I am absolutely sure the ending will be the werst.
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