Gunslinger Girl Omnibus 2 Paperback – Apr 6 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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- the strong points are the many characters whose history gets uncovered piece by piece (only by chapter 70 of 100 do we learn what Jean and Jose are about; not in this book), be they the agents of the Society or the Padania terrorists, the italian scenery which serves as a background, and the story being told (the complete manga has 100 chapters, 18-32 are in this book)
- the story would work without cyborgs too, and nothing about it is farfetched
- it is not an ongoing series, but a finished tale; I especially liked the last 10 chapters dealing with the aftermath of the showdown
- it is hard to describe the drawing style, but I like the clear lines and scenes, which have a "realistic" look to them
- there is a lot of action, but it does not dominate - there are many chapters without any violence (e.g. "Tiny joy, tearless grief" or "Crepuscolo")
Despite the title, the girls are not the main characters of the story, their handlers are. Since the focus of the book shifts gradually from chapter to chapter this becomes apparent only later.
The chapters in this omnibus are:
18: Tiny joy, tearless grief: a day in the life of Claes
19: Mimi Machiavelli: Triela gets to babysit the dauhter of the ex-mafioso she rescued in the first omnibus
20: Tosca: a corrupt officer is executed during the opera, and we see the dark side of Jean
21: Shrewd snake, innocent dove: on the trail of army sympathizers with the Padanians
22: She is a flower: Triela gets trained in an army camp in the art of melee, and we see in a flashback how Hilshire and Rachelle saved her life at a snuff movie scene in Amsterdam, when he was still a cop
23: Ephemeral: Marcos former fiance is used by a terrorist to find him (and the Society's HQ), but stopped by Marco and Angelica
24: Caterina: the history of Franca, who is captured by section 1, and hours later freed by Franco and Pinocchio
25: Pinocchio (4): about the past of Pinocchio and the nameless ex-CIA killer who trained him
26: Pinocchio (5): Pinocchio returns to Cristiano, who is sold out by his peers to the Society, who storms his villa
27: Pinocchio (6): Trielas second duel with Pinocchio, Franca and Franco get away with Cristiano in their car and go over the cliffs into the ocean when Franca is shot by Angelica
28: Dum spiro, spero: about Rico and her handler Jean
29: Fantasma: a first hint of the guilt which drives Jean and Jose, back in their house on Sicily
30: Reincarnation: the introduction of Alessandro and Elisabeta (who is to become the cyborg Petrushka shortly)
31: The Bolshoi ballet academy: Elisabetas life at the academy, until her bone cancer is discovered
32: Glances: Alessandro starts to train Petrushka in his way of doing things
The manga is for readers of the genre who are looking for an interesting tale to read, which has little fantastic elements (for the genre - there are the cyborgs and the conditioning) and is more along the lines of a novel like "Without Remorse". There are no panty-shots, sex or martial arts (well, Trielas last fight with Pinocchio may count) in it, for those you have to look elsewhere.
Great character design, great style, great story. This manga have it all.