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On second thoughts... 
16th-May-2011 11:32 pm
With Lodoss War and Escaflowne I was able to dive straight in to the Twenty/Thirty Days posts. With Gunslinger Girl I don't have that degree of familiarity so I've been doing a quick rewatch first.

I am quickly coming to the realisation that although I could do a Twenty Days series on Gunslinger Girl, I don't particularly want to.

On looking at it again Gunslinger Girl is a good series, but not a particularly enjoyable one.

Among other things Gunslinger Girl provides a necessary deconstruction of the superficially feminist aspects of the Girls with Guns trope.

Having the girls be conditioned and brainwashed assassins puts the power with their handlers. This is a useful reminder that it is the freedom of the character, rather than the gear, that makes for empowerment. 

It is also an open question as to the extent to which the girls are being used by the agency to manipulate the handlers.

The early episodes are largely character studies of each girl, and how the fratello works. Many of these episodes are fascinating, and well worth a look.

But beyond that there's really not a lot to enjoy about this show, and certainly not enough to make doing 20 posts on it something that I'm looking forward to.

Certainly at 9 (of 13) episodes in I'm thinking "no, just no" and I doubt that the remaining episodes will change my mind.

I haven't decided which show I will do next yet.
17th-May-2011 07:10 am (UTC)
I haven't decided which show I will do next yet.

Sailor Moon!

17th-May-2011 07:16 am (UTC)
Reaches into mallet space, retrieves troll hammer....

17th-May-2011 11:34 am (UTC)
On a more serious note, how about Kanon, or Clannad?
17th-May-2011 12:04 pm (UTC)
Both look disturbingly like harem animes, although the popularity of Clannad according to TV Tropes does make me wonder if there's more to it.
17th-May-2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
There is a great deal more to both of them than just another harem anime.

And for my money, Kanon is better than Clannad.

Clannad didn't make me cry, for a start.
18th-May-2011 12:01 pm (UTC)
I know Clannad is available locally so I may check it out, not sure about Kanon.
17th-May-2011 10:29 am (UTC)
Somewhat less flippantly, I'm aware that a number of people swear by the quality of the storytelling in Sailor Moon.

In particular that the story arcs are a LOT darker than the general appearance of the show would indicate.

However I've never seen a full season and have no interest in doing so.
17th-May-2011 11:33 am (UTC)
Oh, they ain't kidding.

The final episode(s) of Season 1 involve the entire team of Senshi (Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter,) knowingly dying, one by one so that Moon can get to the final fight with the Big Bad.

And if I remember correctly, she then dies in the process of defeating them, also.

Start of season two, and they are all alive again. But not All Better™, as they clearly remember these events, and are having to deal with the consequences of that.

Fluffy little kid's show, riiiight...
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