Studio/Creator: Artland/Yu Aida
Distributor: FUNimation, streams online on Hulu, Youtube, and FUNimation’s website
Suggested Age: 16+
My Rating: 7/10
Summary: This is a continuation of the anime Gunslinger Girl. This time, the SWA battles a terrorist movement known as the Padania Movement, who has also hired a male cyborg named Pinocchio.
Review: When I heard this was done by a different studio, I have to admit I was concerned. However, Artland did impress me greatly with Mushi-shi, so I thought it might not be too bad. One thing I should point out is that Artland is a much smaller studio than Madhouse (who did the first version) The difference in studio does matter. There are lots of still images in the first opening, and it’s kind of boring to watch. The character designs, while not bad, are a little off. (I liked Angelica better with black hair instead of purple hair) This show is much more plot-driven than the first season. Because of this, you should watch the first version before watching this, as it assumes you already have watched it and are familiar with the characters. Once again, the same flaw appears in both: 13 episodes is clearly not enough time to get the story going. Instead of being too slow in the previous installment, now it’s too fast. But the plot keeps moving very good throughout, and I liked the pacing. This isn’t as good as the first, but it’s not terrible either.
Sub/Dub: Both versions are pretty good. I should point out that a few of the voices in the sub version are different from the ones in the first season.
Music/Score: The opening song isn’t quite as good as the first version’s opening, but I thought it was ok. I actually got a nice surprise. In episode 8, one of my all-time favorite songs, “Scarborough Fair”, is played at the end. (It’s also a plot point.)
Violence: 8/10–Same as before. Triele and Pinocchio are also quite handy with knives as well as guns.
Language: 2/10–also similar
Related Media: Based on the manga created by Yu Aida. See my previous review of the first version for more info.