Learn Japanese with Anime: “Gunslinger Girl” (Intermediate Level)


Webmaster Review

70% Excellent

A well-made story for each complete character. The characters are not cute, but the inside is well drawn. Although the world view is not shown, it falls into the category of personal preference in an exquisite setting. The drawing is fine and the line drawing is fine, and the action scene is also at the same level and the movement evaluation is high. The background faithfully reproduces the European stage, which is also highly evaluated.

  • Story/Worldview 85 %
  • Character 70 %
  • Animation/Background 85 %
  • Songs/Sound 60 %
  • Originality/Enjoyment 50 %
  • User Ratings (0 Votes) 0 %


1. Information

Title (Eng)Gunslinger Girl
Title (Jpn)ガンスリンガー・ガール
Aired Year2003



2. Synopsis

Set in Italy, Gunslinger Girl follows the exploits of the Social Welfare Agency (often referred to as simply “the Agency”), ostensibly a charitable institution sponsored by the Italian government. While the Agency professes to aid the rehabilitation of the physically injured, it is actually a military organization specializing in counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism. It is composed of two independent branches: Public Safety, its surveillance and intelligence-gathering division, and Special Ops, the anti-terrorist division. Special Ops is itself divided into Sections 1 and 2, the latter of which employs young girls who have experienced traumatic and near-death experiences fitted with cybernetic implants as agents. The implants, which consist of synthesized muscles and carbon fiber frames, result in heightened strength and reflexes as well as high resilience to damage and pain. Each girl is paired with an adult male trainer, or “handler”, and together they are referred to as a fratello — Italian for “brother”. The handler is responsible for the training, welfare and field performance of his charge, and is free to use whatever methods he considers suitable. While these methods vary according to the handler, a common part of each girl’s regimen is brainwashing called “conditioning”, which produces a deadly assassin with unquestioning loyalty to her handler but, if used excessively, also limits her life span. Each fratello exhibits a unique dynamic. Most of the handlers have police or military backgrounds and were recruited directly into Section 2. Most also chose their own cyborgs from a list of candidates, though some appear to have been assigned a cyborg. The Social Welfare Agency primarily concerns itself with dealing with the Padania Republic Faction (PRF or RF), an organization seeking an independent Northern Italy through acts of terrorism and bribery.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunslinger_Girl


3. Intermediate can Learn Japanese with This Anime

The character speaking, words and terms are English rather than anime. I don’t think that the world setting is Europe, but the conversation is composed of very real Japanese. Because of the work set in the back organization, words and terminology are difficult, and there are many terms in the back society, so only Japanese language experts can learn Japanese with this anime.


Difficult Terms Occurrence Rate 8.9 terms/episode= 115 / 13
Difficulty Level12th grade= Middle School
Total Difficulty Score106.8 points= 8.9 * 12
Comprehensive JudgmentNormalin 70 to 129.9 points
Recommended Japanese LearnerIntermediate 



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