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Mania Grade: B+

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  • Art Rating: C+
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: ADV Manga
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 176
  • ISBN: 978-1-4139-0341-6
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Gunslinger Girl

Gunslinger Girl Vol. #04

By Brian Henson     August 29, 2007
Release Date: June 30, 2007

Gunslinger Girl Vol.#04
© ADV Manga

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Yu Aida
Translated by:Javier Lopez
Adapted by:

What They Say
Though brainwashed to be cold-blooded killers, the child assassins of Section Two continue to grow beyond the range of their "conditioning." Triela struggles with tears that never come, while Henrietta must deal with her growing feelings for her handler Giuseppe. But there is still hope in Triela, who is slowly coming to terms with her defeat at the hands of Pinocchio... and remembering the girl she once was.

The Review
Finally after a long hiatus, fans of Gunslinger Girl can be happy the series is being released again at last. Volume 4 has us alternating between the daily life and times of the girls in Section Two and the continuing political unrest and criminal activity. We get a look at the average day of Claes who still has some lingering impressions from the dead handler and past she no longer remembers; brief interludes with Henrietta trying to deal with her feelings for Giuseppe; Rico going to the opera; and a look into the past of some of the handlers, Giuseppe and Hillshire. Triela leaves the largest impression this volume as she tries to work past her loss to Pinocchio and a look at what happened to Triela to bring her to Section Two.

With so many switches between character focus and pacing it almost seems hard to settle into this volume of Gunslinger Girl. After so long, it's nice to get a look in on most of the characters, but with looking at so many characters so quickly it feels to lack focus. After reaching the halfway point of this volume though, things begin to settle down and we go back to one of the larger plots of Gunslinger Girl as the focus shifts to Triela dealing with her issues after losing to Pinocchio in a previous encounter towards the end of the volume. Henrietta, Claes, and Rico get brief appearances in this volume, with the largest impression left by the parts featuring Triela. Depending on your favorite character that may swing your opinion on the volume.

The cover and art of Gunslinger Girl is gorgeous and detailed as always. However, the print quality on the inside of the volume was inconsistent. Some pages were very light with others at normal intensity. For a manga with such consistently impressive artwork, it's a shame to see the quality of the printing not live up to it.


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