Gunslinger Girl Omnibus 1 Paperback – Feb 1 2011
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“Gunslinger Girl is one of those manga series that makes you think about what you've read once you put the book down. Unlike so many manga on the market, Gunslinger Girl has some real substance.” ―IGN.COM
“Gunslinger Girl is a surprisingly dark but fascinating story with as much psychological drama as action. I strongly recommend it.” ―MANIA.COM
About the Author
Yu Aida, best known as the writer and artist of Gunslinger Girl, resides in Tokyo, Japan.
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For those who can appreciate a dose of the macabre, Gunslinger Girl provides a chilling experience. Would the titular Girls have been better off had they been passed over by the Agency? Can anything justify the atrocities committed by their handlers? The answers to these questions can only be provided by the reader, and will likely change over time.
Seven Seas' omnibus edition contains the first three books of the manga with a new, revised translation and superior quality artwork. The previous ADV edition, published in 2003, used scans of the Japanese manga for its pages. Seven Seas' edition uses the original digital images from the Japanese publisher, and the improvement in quality is extremely noticeable. Jose's hair is now properly shaded in dark blacks and subtle greys, rather than a homogeneous dark shading. Action lines are crisp and clear. The size has been slightly reduced from the ADV version, but the page ratio has remained the same, allowing the style to be maintained perfectly.
Finally, the new translation is also an improvement from ADV's version. Certain lines have been changed to give them more clarity and meaning, sacrificing a small amount of ambiguity in favor of providing more depth to the characters. For example, Henrietta's explanation for her rampage in the first chapter is changed from its original "I couldn't let you get hurt, [Jose]." The new translation provides the more revealing "I can't stand it when people are mean to you, Signore Jose." The new translation fits more with Henrietta's character, replacing a generic, obvious statement that made little sense. Similar oddities from the original have been replaced and returned, the linguistics of which would require much more time to explain than is necessary. Suffice to say that the translation is more coherent and in keeping with the storyline.
Ultimately, this version of Gunslinger Girl is a bargain price for a brooding tale that any adult manga fan would enjoy. I highly recommend the Seven Seas omnibus for its improvements in quality, clarity and delivery.
This book also has a different setup than a lot of other books. There is no central, overarching plot that the book is focused on (apart from the general themes of terrorism, the SWA, and the girls themselves). This doesn't make it any less of an interesting read though. To me, this setup made the book feel more like real life (life doesn't always have a clear central quest/journey). The real story is with the girls though--what happened to them before the SWA, what they're currently going through, their mentalities, their lives in general.
Overall, it's a very interesting and well-written/drawn book, and the characters are deep and complicated. As soon as I finished the book, I flipped back to the beginning and read it again. This is one my favorites. I'd definitely recommend it (though not to children or to the faint of heart--it's quite gritty and violent, and has some complicated and mature themes).
I never understood why people give summaries in reviews, you go down and read 30 synopsis' of people who either liked or disliked the book and retell it as they saw it.
I loved it. I loved the show. The books are great to have, I bought the Omnibuses as well as the individual volumes. Because I loved it, you can't trust anything I say.
So I will just tell you about the product I received. The books are tiny, 7x5 inch, like a little soft cover novel. They read from right to left and are printed on what feels like thick newspaper. Some people may overlook that in the details and think they are getting a full size comic like graphic novel.
The ones I received were new condition and the pages were crisp with no yellowing or fading.
Compared to the individual volumes I have by ADV this Seven Seas Omnibus seems to be of much better quality. While the ADV volumes are dark and much of the detail is lost to poor contrast, this omnibus seems to lighten the drawings to show all the detail.
The translation is also different from that of the ADV individuals. Whether it is better or worse I do not know, I am still learning Japanese.
I do not believe the Omnibuses add or remove any scenes from the story. Although Seven Seas is claiming that in their re-release of the individual volumes you will be getting bonus content.
All in all of course I would recommend the omnibus, both of them, and the individual volumes, several copies of each just in case you lose one.