I just watched “Gunslinger Girl” season 1. Read this reviewers comment before proceeding.
I had some concerns over the highly controversial material and whether I'd be able to accept it and enjoy the show for what it was. Upon getting it, I quickly found out that the show was not one to enjoy in the word's most literal sense. Gunslinger Girl is an abrasive and cruel show, its jarring sensibilities constantly at odds with the story. It was also beautiful in the way only a truly twisted show can be, and, as such, definitely worth the money spent.
I must say I really liked this show. Although many talk about how controversial it is I think “Elfin Lied” has more potential to turn people off. Perhaps it’s the less fantastical nature of “Gunslinger Girl” that bothers the reviewers.
First off this is a drama not action adventure. Despite it’s mostly slow pace I found the characters and there interaction fascinating and more than enough to keep me engaged. Reviewers say that the plot isn’t coherent but I think they miss the point that it is a character study and that the plot is nothing more than a backdrop to showcase the character interactions and I believe intentionally left vague and disjointed so as not to distract from this.
This show can grab you on both an intellectual (character study) and emotional (character) level. I’m not prone to bursts of emotion but can say without shame that I broke into tears when the girls are out watching a meteor shower and start singing the “Ode to Joy.”
These reviews can better describe what’s going on than I can. If you read the first one also read the second as the reviewer softens his take on the series as he gets further into it. Note there are 3 disks to the season. DVD 1 DVD 2