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Mireille Bouqet has become a reputable assassin working in France. However, all changes after she meets Kirika, a mysterious young girl who knows nothing about her past but possesses killing skills that dwarf hers. Further intrigue unfolds as both characters explore their shadowy past and come to a head with a clandestine organization that seeks to control destiny itself.
Fantastic soundtracks, lots of action involving girls and guns (duh) are qualities Noir and Gunslinger Girl both share. I'd also like to point out excellent and believeable characters make both series must sees
There are reasons one would like both of these shows beyond the "girls with guns" similarity. Both have realistic-looking animation and an overall serious feel to them. They also have a large focus upon character relationships. Noir, however, has much more depth to it as far as storyline (probablyy because it is a longer series), more conflict, emotion, and identity in the characters, and just felt more realistic overall. In addition, Noir had better action and an amazing soundtrack. Nonetheless, if you liked one, you'd probably like the other.
On the surface Noir and Gunslinger Girl are somewhat similar. Both are about female assassins.
The parallels between Noir and Gunslinger Girl are pretty heavy, but GG definitely focuses more on moral issues than actual kicking ass. I do definitely think if you liked one, you'd like the other for a ton of different reasons.
These two animes make an obvious pair, of course, because in both the main characters are well-trained strangely human killing-machines. So if you liked Gunslinger girls themes and the beautiful not-so-rushed-up way to show things that lets the characters live and breath I'd warmly recommend Noir to you.
Though these series have a completely different setting there are some similarities between them. Both series have young girls who are exceptionally good hitmen. The feel of these series are also a little different from each other, but I'd say give it a try.
Female assassins, it's a pretty familiar theme in a few animes. But in these two we are not looking at an action flick, these contain a serious plot worth watching.
Girl assassins with guns... if that was the only similarity between "Gunslinger girl" and "Noir", I wouldn't be making this recommendation, but it isn't. Both of these anime have a dark atmosphere to them and an overall serious tone (expect pure drama without comedy) and both of them have an intriguing story with which to back up all the shooting action. On the whole I would grade Noir somewhat higher, but they're similar enough (and Gunslinger girl is good enough) for me to be able to make this recommendation.
Where to start? Dark complicated plots, action sequences composed of rains of hot led, wonders about one's own meaning of existance and place in the world/society about which typical teenagers are only beginning to question are only few similarities between the series. Great animation and wounderful soundtrack are few more elements parallels to which can be drawn between the series.
Girls with guns, what more can one say other than these two series have alot in simmilar. Both mystic and sad, actionfilled and have alot of character depth.
If chicks with guns is your thing, then you have come to the right place! Both Noir and Gunslinger Girl have a group (or duo) of strong, young women who are assassins; it doesn't get much more "girl power" than this!
The girls/women have pasts that slowly unravel as the series go forward, and to a certain extent, explain their need to do what they do.
Both are great series.
Girls with guns, assasination training, and no memories - these are the basics that define both Noir and Gunslinger Girl. But the similarities don't stop there; both series are largely story driven, while also having intense action scenes. Noir focuses more on the girls and their mysterious past, while Gunslinger Girl focuses more on the girls future and loss of humanity, but both have a similar atmosphere overall.
While both Noir and Gunslinger Girl fall quite accurately into the "Girls with Guns" or "Assassin" genres, both are focused less on the action (common staple of both genres, for obvious reasons) and more on stories and characters. Not to say they don't have their share of action, just that it's not the focus. The stories are very different ones, but both keep to a more serious and realistic standard than much of their genre. Both stories are also based in Europe.
Both these anime's have girls who are assassins. Throughout their jobs they both meet different people and aquire strange connections to other people which causes a awkward type of feel for the anime's, killing people and meeting people that you get close to in the process.
Noir and Gunslinger Girl do not have much in common in terms of story of characters, still they're both set in Europe (which isn't all that common in anime nowadays). Both series will also please fans of the girls-with-guns genre, as both series tells the story of female assassins who basically needs to kill to make a living.
In both series, there are such things as: Assassins, excellent music, Europe, deep character development, tinges of sadness, (light) moral dilemas, and so much more. These anime generally take their plot seriously; making for an excellent watch. If you liked one, the other is sure to please!
They are spiritual successors, part of the same arc from the director, and in similar veins of theme and character building
For Kouta and Yuka, finding the bloody naked young girl on the beach would change their lives forever, for better or for worse. Unable to speak or function as a normal human being, she is named Nyu by the duo, and taken into their home in an effort to save her. But what neither teenager knows is that this innocent young girl is actually a killing machine -- an experiment gone terribly wrong -- and it is only a matter of time before the murderer in her awakens again...
IMHO, GG is the closest parallel to EL. Both stories are centered on children deprived of everything and doomed to die early and kill until they die. Both demonstrate that, even under these conditions, it is still possible to remain human and find love and happiness. They show how little is actually needed for it. Both share the atmosphere of sad beauty and bright fatalism. Even in death there is life, and even in such desperate life can be a purpose.
GG is much more calm and light than EL, which is entirely torn apart by painful emotions. GG tells of a silent acceptance of one's destiny, whereas EL depicts a revolt against it.
If you liked Gunslinger Girl, you would like Elfen Lied because both animes have a bit of violence in them. However, most of the story involves the development and relationships between people. Also, both series have the same kind of contrast in them: Gunslinger Girl has little sweet girls who are killing people, whereas in Elfen Lied, Nyuu's sweet and innocent personality contrasts with Lucy's violent personality.
Both of these movies have a darker theme and slowly introde you to girls who have had a very tramatic childhood. Although, one lies in fantasy (Elfen Lied) and the other in a more sci-fi world. In both cases you find yourself feeling sorry for a girl who is a cold blooded (and very good at it) killer.
Both Gunslinger Girl and Elfen Lied are about re-conditioned girls and their lives, a body count that keeps rising, and misplaced love.
Both Gunslinger Girl and Elfen Lied share quite a few similarities when it comes to the basic story. What separates the two is the tone that they take. While Gunslinger Girl is a straightforward realistic future approach to the girls with guns genre, Elfen Lied is a more whimsical, and slightly ecchi take on a common horror theme. What really brings these two stories together is the glimpse of innocence that prevails even through a storm of blood and destruction. The love that forms between seeming strangers in both series is shown to be a fragile thing which is sometimes stronger than the hate that the heroines must inevitably fight against.
Gunslinger Girl and Elfen Lied have similar main characters; they are killing machines that seem heartless at first, but soon show they're much more human than people would think. Elfen Lied has much more gore though, and has a more comedic aspect, sometimes it's even ecchi.
Gunslinger Girl and Elfen Lied are both about adorable little girls who are merciless killers. Ethical question are brought up about killing and love and what is right. The fights in both are well animated and drenched in blood. If you like this, watch the other.
Both anime's are surrounded around young girls who kill. Frankly that should be enough, but if not... They both have had circumstances that caused them at a young age to be used and through that they develop a connection to someone close to them, thus creating a series of events that usually ends in chaotic killing.
I watched Gunslinger Girl after having seen Elfen Lied and I would be surprised if anyone who likes one of them won't love the other as well. They both have beautiful animation with a realistic style, evocative music, and good action elements. However, what really connects them for me is the tone. Both stories revolve around mistreated children now enmeshed in violence and both stories evoke not only a sorrow, but also a true tenderness in their characters and tone. The stories and pacing are very different, but if you find yourself moved by either EF or GG, definitely watch the other as well.
Both anime represent the dark past of children who have suffered trauma in their childhood, and therefore make difficult choices, become killed, revenge is the life, struggle to forget his pain. We can connect these two wonderful animes the spirit that connects the main characters.
They both have people - girls actually - who are treated as weapons when they actually have feelings as well, the only difference between the two really is the greater violence factor of Elfen Lied and having more intense sad stuff.
Aside from both anime are based on adolescent female killers/assassins, each one delves deep into their psychological aspects. Both series show haunting memories, current fears, wishes and deep desires. Gunslinger Girl does put more of an emphasis pyschology from the onset with the opening subtitle "The girl has a mechanical body. However, she is still an adolescent child."
In the not-so-distant future, mankind is at war with itself. The lives of Chise and Shuu are torn apart when Chise is chosen to become the ultimate weapon to fight for Japan against their enemies. Death, sadness, and the hardships of love accompany Sai Kano in its grim look at war and its consequences.
Saikano and Gunslinger Girl are both pretty sad stories about cybernetically enhanced little girls used as weapons.
2 sides of the same story. In Gunslinger Girl they accepted that they were adapted to killing machines, while in SaiKano Chise has trouble with it. It's a great chance to see how the same story can go two different ways.
This series is something truly "different" and unique in the anime world. It doesn't feature a plot as such, but the story revolves about the characters and their fate. All of the characters have a certain depth to them. You're happy when they're happy, you're sad when they are. This is achieved through brilliant dialogues and atmosphere. Of course, the perfect animation, music to die for and great action scenes complement that experience. There is a great deal of philosophy involved, and you're involved too. This anime doesn't give simple answers to lifes questions like many try to; It lets you, the viewer, think of the moral and human dilemmas that take place in this anime without hindering the overall enjoymen factor of the series. A masterpiece!
Saikano and Gunslinger Girl both deal with the feelings of little girls turned into deadly weapons and show the way they handle their fate and conceal a rather normal life. They also show the intensive training or fighting the girls have to go through.
Saikano and Gunslinger Girl are both about little girls who have had their body's altered to become great weapons. If you like great violence and cute girls watch these series.
Saikano and Gunslinger Girl are heart wrenching tales of girls whose bodies are tampered with so that they may become weapons. The main characters are young females who are denied a chance to be children and put through poignant ordeals. The focus of this anime is on the human element and the inherent tragedy that makes them such an excruciating viewing experience is tampered with a sober approach of a believable cast. Not for the weak of heart, Saikano and GG may be manipulative in the way they force the viewer to sympathize but they do so in a most competent fashion.
Both have young girls enhanced as weapons against their will and used as tools with shortened lifespans. GSG approaches this much more reasonably and explores ethical/moral dilemmas. Saikano uses this as a backdrop for a love story.
Both series manage to pull of beautiful, heartbreaking tenderness and cruelty without ever feeling false or gimmicky.
They are both sad storys about girls used for the military basicly. both were used to be assassins, both have a pretty dark story, but they grow on you both are very well done.
Both ruminate heavily on human augmentation and the question of human relationships and humanity itself in its' wake. It's qutie a natural fit. I'd almost consider Gunslinger Girl a serious look at the satirical themes of Saikano.
Brandon Heat and Harry MacDowel were best friends who lived by the law of the street, until one day they picked a fight with the wrong people and their life of freedom was suddenly taken away. With no one to turn to and nowhere to run, the choice to join Millenion, the city's most powerful syndicate, seemed like an offer they couldn't refuse. Now, amidst heartache, tragedy, and utmost betrayal, Brandon must take up the gun and help Harry climb the ranks of Millenion to succeed, in order to protect the people he loves, even if it means killing countless others in the process.
Yea yea, both have gun in their name, that's worth a rec no? But seriously... Gungrave and Gunslinger build up their characters very well. So besides the bloody gunslinger action, we also get treated to a story aimed at an adult audience.
Something about these two series makes them very similar. The story is actually kind of the same too. The morbidity underneith innocence. In any case the style and atmosphere will keep you wanting to watch more of either of these.
I know what you are thinking.. that I just recommended these two series for each other because they both have to do with people with guns. Well, you are wrong! Each of these stories is told in a very unique manner, both with the animation, music, and general storyline. This unique manner makes the watching experience very interesting, and sucks you in to the plight of the characters. Heavy character development and harsh violence also accompany both. Gungrave is definitely a lot more interesting as far as plot, but I still think if you enjoyed one, you'd enjoy the other.
Gungrave and Gunslinger Girls have some common themes in them one of them is disappear and the other is hope. In the series Gungrave the story is very dark straight from the beginning of the show. The main charades loss everything that they hold precious to them both and then regain it all just to lose it all in the end. While in Gunslinger Girls the story is that of tragic events that lead each one of the girls to the agency in which they work. Though the idea of hope is present in each show. In the case of Gungrave there is a young female that is said to help bring the company back to its true ideals and make things right. In the case of Gunslinger Girls the hope is that each girl is alive and has the opportunity to make their lives better. The voice acting for both is great as they breathe life in to the characters. The music for both is engaging and will make you want to listen to it even when the shows not on. The style for both can be bloody at some times and dark, you have to see past to see the future of the characters in both of the shows. If you like guns, Shakespearean drama, and sci-fi then both of these show's are for you.
I notice most people making a recommendation for these series are looking more at the violent aspect of the shows. But for me, Gunslinger Girl and Gungrave were a lot more than that.
The animation is beautiful, the narration is faultless and the characters are all well developed to the point you feel you know them and have grown with them. Don't go into either expecting a gunslinging battle, as the action is not the main focus.
An epic story line, with a very satisfying ending makes both of these absolute gems in the anime world.
Both anime tells the story of a corporation that makes an illegal work in Gungrave can see the work of the Mafia, while in Gunslinger Girl see a corporation funded by the Italian government, to do the dirty work. Both have lots of action anime, and weapons to the mix.
Both anime feature a lot of assasins(ations). If you like a dark background story and don't mind lots of killing happening there, check them out!
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.
Fate, covert action, trust, betrayal, determination and survival are all important elements of these shows. Though the storylines are different, the shows *feel* similar in many aspects. Pacing and character development are rich and though GSG is a shorter series, in both you experience a lot in short spans of time. Atmospheres are similar and comfortable. In both, the primary characters question themselves and their purposes and must face realizations about themselves that may not be pretty. Side characters are likable and its easy to fall into their worlds with quality development.
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.
If you are drawn the more drama side of Gunslinger Girl then I would recomend Monster, however I would not the otherway around, why? Because Monster is far superior. I watched Gunslinger Girl a few years ago and enjoyed it's more personal moments on human nature. Now that I am watching monster I can almost entierly forget Gunslinger Girl and Embrace The Monster!
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.
Both series are about female/male assasins and have that slightly more adult/mature theme to them, although Phantom plays out more like it was intended for an older audience
Phantom.When you see this anime make you sad and make you uneasy but I know the ending is painful and heartbreaking but still better than this anime.That is my opinion
As a young girl, Sawa is orphaned when both her parents are brutally murdered and is taken in by a police detective named Akai, who trains her to be a professional killer. He turns Sawa and Oburi, a young boy, into his puppets and makes them kill to fulfill his own sense of justice against child molesters and other harassing members of society.
The core stories for both animes are very similar, a young girl who was more or less pushed into the dangerous business of an assassin and has practically nowhere to run, no family, friends outside the business etc. Kite is more mature and "evil" though, it shows more clearly the dark side of human beings. Both animes are quite tragic.
Both stories deal with the loss of memory and innocence. Kite seems to take the darker road, with the young assassin girl given to a ward that doesn't care and just uses her. Both also have good action sequences.
Both shows are about girls being assassins. They are very good in both shows. In gunslinger girl the girls are part machine. The girls in both shows are brainwashed and controled by others. Kite is a more mature anime than Gunslinger girl.
Naive adolescent girls forced to become brutal assassins rather than experience normal health lives.
Gunslinger Girl looks at the gritty and often blurred morality of child soldiers given new life through robotic limbs and psychological conditioning.
Kite gibes us a window into the abusive life of a girl who's adoptive father trained her to kill and keeps her under his thumb through physical and mental abuse.
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.
Child violence, corruption of innocence, and a world that is new and full of hope in the eyes of the young girls that lead these series. If your a fan of sobbing, depression, or generally dark anime... either of these shows will suit your tastes. WARNING; Narutaru can be QUITE disturbing... don't say you were not warned.
Light and cute on the outside.. Dark and twisted on the inside. I don't know if I need to say any more. Both are really dark, but you'll just have to wait and see why.
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
In the future, a devastating event known as Second Impact has destroyed Tokyo as we know it, giving rise to Tokyo III - a city under siege by mysterious lifeforms known only as Angels. Mankind's only line of defense are the Evangelions, a set man-made machines piloted by a trio of fourteen year-old teenagers, Rei, Shinji, and Asuka. The fate of Japan and the entire world now lie with these three children, though they might not have the power to save the most important thing of all: each other.
In Gunslinger Girl and Neon Genesis Evangelion the main characters are adolescent children fighting for some shady semi-government organizations. In both series it leads to all kind of mental problems and weird relationships. Also some plot elements and themes appear in both series. If you liked this title you most probably like the other.
P.S. In both series the organizations are very twisted and do almost anything to achieve their goal. In my opinion the gals from Gunslinger Girl, for some reason, seem like a combination of the Eva pilots and Eva Units.
Though at first these two anime might seem dissimilar, they share something together; both focus on the psychological ramifications of have young children in roles where they can't act like children. In Evangelion, 14-year-olds pilot biological mecha; while in Gunslinger Girl, there are female assassins. The reactions of the children can be heartwarming or tragic. Each series explores not just the action element of the story; instead, they center on the characters.
I don't like Gunslinger Girl because I felt it tried to be Evangelion but failed. Its animation is okay but its characters are not sympathetic enough when emotional points arise.
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.