Gunslinger Girl Volume 6 Paperback – Dec 11 2007
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In this book, a final conclusion is put into nearly every dynamic imaginable, bringing the series to a close without giving the reader a feeling of "what about...". The only thing that is slightly dissapointing in my opinion is how segregated the final chapters are: while it does give better understanding to the reader as to what all the characters are feeling, the whole thing could have been slightly more homogenous considering how all the characters were close during their time at the Social Welfare Agency.
No matter what the reader's opinion is, I'm sure that fans of this series all over will appreciate the character' swan song right up to the finale.
Thank you for everything Gunslinger Girl, you will be remembered.
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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
While action is never far away in Gunslinger Girl, since Volume 2 this series has taken a more quiet and less bloody route in its storytelling. This is a good thing. Here we get a focus on the forces that plot against the Agency and all sides of the conflict seem to get an even break in terms of motivation. It's very hard to see it in terms of bad guys and good guys (or gals). Since both sides are willing to do atrocious things to better their causes. Buy it for the action, the intrigue, and the poignant relationships. Highly recommended!
After buying so many of these books for her, I'm thinking about reading the series now as well. I highly recommend! Came on time and it perfect shape.
Aside from that, there aren't any addition background pages, nor any character sketch pages, etc. It's just chapter 15, which means it's roughly half the pages of the early Seven Seas tomes.