Henrietta is a young girl who works for a "welfare group" that does the government's dirty work. Cybernetically-enhanced and specially-trained, she is one of a group of elite hit-girls, remorseless killers with no memories of their past. Jose, her partner, has taken care of her since she was brought into the organization following the murder of her family, and struggles between his affection for her, and his opposing duty to his employer. But, time is running out.. for with each bullet they fire, Henrietta and the other girls lose a little more of their humanity.
Dr Kenzo Tenma is a genius surgeon working in post-Cold War Germany who has a bright future ahead of him. He is admired by his colleagues, loved by his patients, and due to marry his boss' daughter, the beautiful Eva Heinemann. One day, when two patients in desperate need of emergency surgery are wheeled into his hospital, Tenma faces a terrible choice of saving the orphaned boy who came first or the mayor of Düsseldorf, whose recovery would raise the hospital's profile and boost his own career. Against the demands of his superior, Tenma does what he believes is right and saves the child. However, his decision not only damages his prospects, but unleashes a chain of events so horrific that it might have come from the depths of his worst nightmares. Laden with guilt, Tenma begins a journey across Germany in search of a formidable young man who will challenge his morals, his love for life, and his very sanity.
Gunslinger Girl and Monster definitelly appeal the same people. Compared to other anime they both have a slower pacing and more story. But most importantly: they show us how the characters think. Mental fragility or the lack of moral aspects are two topics that several characters emphasise.
Monster and Gunslinger Girl are very intelligent anime that explore serious issues such as the impact of conditioning on children who are driven to commit murder, the role of education and that of personal choice in the shaping of one's personality. Both are quite realistic and tragic in the compelling manner they reveal a highly believable cast to the audience. In Monster and in Gunslinger Girl, the human element is what is at stake even as definition of what is human is questioned.
These two series share the subject (in both anime we have very young people, for whom killing is everyday life and although brutal murders are showed, the emphasis is put on the psychological site), very alike graphics, ascetic music and the place - they both happen in Europe.
A young woman quietly falls to the earth, escorted by a solitary crow. This sort of dream, as many other before have dreamed, comes just before being reborn as a Haibane, a charcoal-winged angel. On the outskirts of the walled-in city lies Old Home, a haven for Haibane to study, live, and learn, while waiting for their chance to ascend to the heavens and escape the confines of their new world. Rakka is the newest inhabitant of Old Home who wants nothing more than to remember her past and discover the secrets of her kind. Together with Reki, Kuu and plenty of other new friends, Rakka will laugh, explore, and search for the meaning of their existence in the process.
Both shows are character driven developing them through, often touching, scenes that show more than they tell. They both deal with the human condition and our relationships with others. They also share a strong sense of location and mood, lingering on small details around the action as well as the plot.
Haibane Renmei and Gunslinger Girl are both beautifully drawn, mood-heavy slice-of-life shows about young girls (mostly) learning to live life in unusual circumstances, cope with their insecurities and find purpose in what they do. Both strongly character driven shows, Gunslinger Girl and Haibane follow ensemble casts of complex, quirky and sometimes tragic characters with haunted pasts. Both stories revolve around these character's relationships w/ others and their association with mysterious powers/organizations that are integral to their lives, but out of their control.
This is a recommendation for those who loved Gunslinger Girl for the way it presented its setting, and the power the atmosphere had on the show. Haibane Renmei is also one of those rare gems that makes full use of the power of atmosphere and subtle hints, rather than carrying the story by action. If that is what you're looking for, do-not-miss-out on this gorgeous show.
A young man awakens in an abandoned warehouse with no memory of his past. As he leaves the room and ventures further into the warehouse he is attacked by a girl in a mask; she tells him that in order to live he must come at her with all his might. After a fight for his life, he manages to overpower the girl, learning that he is to be trained as a Phantom - an assassin for the Inferno organization. He is also given a new name: Zwei. For three months, Zwei is trained by the girl in the arts of assassination until he has just one final test: to kill a living human being.
Both shows have the main character being a girl who is an assassin and a guy character who assists them. The girls are controled by other in both shows. In gun slinger girl the girls work for the government while in Phantom they work for a criminal organization.
Take the amount of development for the setting in GG, the dark troubling mood, and add a non-stop action-packed story, and you have Requiem for the Phantom. It's a must for any dark action fan.
Both have to do with young people being put in situations where they are forced to kill. In Phantom they do it to survive in the underworld whereas Gunslinger Girl they work for the government taking out the mafia and other groups. Phantom is much darker in tone but both deal with the people involved in the killing and their thoughts on what they are doing.
While visiting her grandparents on a remote island, Shiina Tamai, our young protagonist, inadvertently finds a strange star shaped creature, which she names Hoshimaru. This creature, while seemingly harmless and unusual, holds many secrets. As Shiina and her new friend Akira soon find out, their creatures are much more than they seem to be...and against their will, they are thrown into a dangerous and hostile situation of trying to save the world from others who would use their dragonets to enslave it.
Children who are given means of destruction is a common enough topic but few titles handle it with such skill as Gunslinger Girl and Shadow Star Narutaru. These anime manage to balance vicious violence with disarming innocence, a combination that takes a supernatural turn in SSN while GG's approach includes enhanced technology. Both are psychologically believable and do not water down issues, making them highly interesting if very dark shows
Ouri is an orphan who was raised by Keisei, a man he considers to be his older brother. One night, Ouri finds a strange wounded girl in the temple of the orphanage. Cold and covered in scars, Ouri initially thinks that she is dead – that is, until a mysterious talking cat tells him that she is a Shikabane – a corpse. After secretly watching Keisei heal the girl without explanation, Ouri decides it's time to leave the nest. However, he has picked a poor time, and he soon realizes that he's tangled in a strange, supernatural web. Why does Ouri continually meet this girl as she hunts monsters? What does Keisei have to do with it all and what exactly is her mission?
While Shikabane Hime tends to focus more on supernatural elements, both shows are very much about the relationships in them. With Gunslinger Girl it's the relationship between the doll and the handler, and with Shikabane Hime it's a very similar relationship between the Shikibane and the contract monk. These relationships are very similar and are the driving points of the show.
Both series are similar in some aspects, such as using girls as assassins and partnering them with "handlers", and the relationships between the girls and their partners is one of the reasons both series feel so similar. Although the assassins in Gunslinger Girl focus on human targets, while Shikabane Hime focuses on supernatural ones.
Both series share a few common aspects. There are female assassins with handlers who help them in the field, sometimes by fighting alongside them. Shikabane Hime and Gunslinger Girl focus a good bit on the relationships these handlers have with their partners. Behind the pairs, there is an organization that keeps some form of control over everything they do. Gunslinger Girl is a bit slower paced than Shikabane Hime, which has a bit more action and is also more violent. Perfect if you wanted a bit more action in Gunslinger Girl.