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Gunslinger Girl Volume 6 [Paperback]

Yu Aida

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Book Description

Dec 11 2007 Gunslinger Girl (Book 6)
The Social Welfare Agency's cyborg program moves into the next phase with the introduction of Petrushka, the most capable assassin it has ever produced. Paired with her handler Alessandro, Petrushka will be called upon to foil a Padania bombing on her very first outing - if she doesn't get herself killed first.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: ADV Manga (Dec 11 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413903525
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413903522
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 13.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,334,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A SECOND GENERATION July 16 2008
By Sesho - Published on Amazon.com
The Social Welfare Agency believes that it has learned from its past mistakes and is ready to begin production of a second generation of cyborg assassins. There will be an initial run of 10 new girls with new design improvements. While the physical abilities of the new cyborgs will be less than that of the first, the new "conditioning" process will double their lifespan and make them easier to maintain. If this new system works, SWA has even started thinking about a way to make money by selling its cyborg girls to the highest bidder. The first candidate is Elizabeta Baranovskaya, a ballet dancer who is suffering from bone cancer in one of her legs. It's gotten so bad that the doctors say the only way to save her life is to amputate it! But nobody realizes that Elizabeta's dream of being a great ballerina is stronger than her will to live. If she loses her leg, in her eyes at least, her life is over. End of story. Meanwhile, Giuseppe and Jean take their fratello, Henrietta and Rico, on a rare vacation where they hope to get away from their job. Unfortunately, it ends up dragging up old memories as Jean is reminded of dead parents, dead sisters, and a fiance killed by Padania. He's not really a happy fellow.

Gunslinger Girl really stands out in the writing and characterization departments. That's not to say that Aida can't handle the action sequences as well. In fact, while there is only one short battle in this volume, it is handled exquisitely and cinematically by. The way the panels are laid out is something he couldn't do in earlier volumes. It's really cool to see someone mature not just artistically but as a writer too. The new girl, Petrushka, joins a cast that the reader was already very sympathetic to, but in a surprise move, her backstory is front and center. In the past, Aida has glanced over the lives of the girls before they became part of the SWA. Up to this point, it was merely a footnote, so it was a clever twist for Aida to use the newest member to begin some character exploration. Alessandro, Petrushka's handler, comes across as a bit of a jerk, but maybe he's insensitive simply because of the nature of his job. It's pretty creepy that the handler can actually tell the doctors of the SWA exactly what they want their girl to look like. I mean, the hubris of these guys to play God like they do. Unfortunately, if you like this series, it is currently in publishing limbo. This volume was published in December 2007 and there's been no word when ADV will put out the next book. After losing most of their new anime titles, I'm beginning to wonder if ADV will even be in business this time next year
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE DRAMA CONTINUES WITH INTENSITY Dec 18 2008
By Alan C. Stephens - Published on Amazon.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars Action light.... July 3 2013
By Michael Valdivielso - Published on Amazon.com
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This volume is more drama than action. We learn more about Giuseppe and Jean, and their dead sister.
But the book mainly focuses on Petrushka the first of a new generation of cyborgs. Not as strong as the first girls, the second generation, will live longer, but cheaper to make, easier to maintain, and their conditioning will be changed to make them more flexible. The Agency feels is an improvement and a Russian girl is the first of the new cyborgs. Yu Aida changes his style a tad in this volume. The story is on the girl, showing us before her change, allowing us to see her background story and allowing us to have some emotional reaction to the events that change her life, forever. Also, she looks older than the other girls, which makes sense as the Agency wishes to start using the technology on adults. Her handler, Alessandro is somewhat of a jerk, a reaction you may find in other reviews, but is interesting in his own right - being of a different background as the other handlers. While many of the handlers are ex military or police he use to be in operations against the Padania. He feels the other handlers have too many...morals?
It does make for some new interesting characters while the old ones, just as amazing, are also kept in the story. There is also some debate about souls and fate, but they don't pound that in with page after page of lectures or anything like that. They keep a lot of the exchange between characters real, which is always refreshing, and allow the reader to decide on their own about such things as souls, fate, and salvation. Is it cruel to save this girls only to make them into killers? To help a girl to walk again so she can run into battle? To extend a life just to take others? And why does that remind me a tad of Red Garden? Enjoy!
5.0 out of 5 stars Manga to die for March 15 2013
By M. S. McIntyre - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the best drawn and well written Manga I have ever read. It is definitely not the fan service fare of panty shots and girls beating up on guys for something that was not their fault. This is young girls turned cyborg in order to serve as assassins and tools for the government with deadly weapons!
5.0 out of 5 stars Intresting new book June 3 2011
By James Prather - Published on Amazon.com
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This book of the series is actually fairly interesting, Etta, and Rico both go to Gussie and jean's villa, see the beach etc. and we are introduced to a new second gen cyborg, who I think will turn out to be a very interesting character.

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