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 


The List of Difficult Terms that Appear in this Anime (=115 terms)
1 公社 
2 斬殺Military terms
3 狙撃Military terms
4 座学 
5 義体 
6 飲んだくれ 
7 生理 
8 必中Military terms
9 大尉Military terms
10 無為 
11 尾行Military terms
12 下見 
13 公安 
14 お伽噺 
15 暗殺Military terms
16 相部屋 
17 盗聴Military terms
18 陽動Military terms
19 引率 
20 本命 
21 殺し屋Military terms
22 救命 
23 実践Military terms
24 手榴弾Military terms
25 猟犬 
26 大目に見る 
27 善行 
28 手柄 
29 献身 
30 負傷 
31 依存症 
32 絶品 
33 銃口Military terms
34 匿名 
35 代議員 
36 偽装 
37 一目惚れ 
38 穏便 
39 発砲Military terms
40 下心 
41 免責 
42 出頭 
43 買収 
44 持ちつ持たれつ 
45 足を洗う 
46 退役Military terms
47 教養 
48 竿 
49 境遇 
50 暴発Military terms
51 暗黙Military terms
52 回送 
53 正当防衛Military terms
54 間合い 
55 根回し 
56 お見舞い 
57 腹直筋 
58 鎮静剤 
59 血税 
60 潜伏先Military terms
61 お膝元 
62 対岸 
63 中州 
64 彫刻 
65 見納め 
66 彫刻 
67 返り討ち 
68 無賃乗車 
69 脱税 
70 帳簿 
71 徴兵Military terms
72 本望 
73 初心 
74 解任 
75 瀕死 
76 伝道師 
77 でっち上げ 
78 海兵隊Military terms
79 暗部Military terms
80 自業自得 
81 火薬Military terms
82 大円満 
83 外伝 
84 性分 
85 告発 
86 腹を割るIdioms
87 同僚 
88 冷淡 
89 手際 
90 コネ 
91 気負う 
92 出航 
93 内務省 
94 触らぬ神に祟りなしIdioms
95 目星 
96 木偶の坊 
98 身代わり 
99 家政婦 
100 忠誠心 
101 陰謀 
102 思春期 
103 慕う 
104 茶番 
105 脅迫 
106 無邪気 
107 子息 
108 誘拐Military terms
110 収監 
111 緯度 
112 針葉樹 
113 匿名 
114 甘党 
115 流星群 



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