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Yuka Nanri ...
 Henrietta (13 episodes, 2003-2004)
Hidenobu Kiuchi ...
 Jose (13 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 Henrietta (13 episodes, 2003-2004)
John Burgmeier ...
 Jose (13 episodes, 2003-2004)
Mitsuru Miyamoto ...
 Jean (10 episodes, 2003-2004)
Hiroshi Shimozaki ...
 Giorgio / ... (10 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 Jean (10 episodes, 2003-2004)
Kanako Mitsuhashi ...
 Rico (9 episodes, 2003-2004)
Eri Sendai ...
 Triela (9 episodes, 2003-2004)
Luci Christian ...
 Rico (9 episodes, 2003-2004)
Caitlin Glass ...
 Triela (9 episodes, 2003-2004)
Ami Koshimizu ...
 Claes (8 episodes, 2003-2004)
Makoto Tomita ...
 Terrorist / ... (8 episodes, 2003-2004)
Alesa Watson ...
 Claes (8 episodes, 2003-2004)
Hiroshi Yanaka ...
 Section 2 Director Lorenzo (7 episodes, 2003-2004)
Masami Iwasaki ...
 Alfonso (7 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 Alfonso / ... (7 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 Lorenzo (7 episodes, 2003-2004)
Masashi Ebara ...
 Hirscher (6 episodes, 2003-2004)
Norihiro Inoue ...
 Marco (6 episodes, 2003-2004)
Rie Nakagawa ...
 Ferro (6 episodes, 2003-2004)
Takeshi Maeda ...
 Amadeo / ... (6 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 Hilshire (6 episodes, 2003-2004)
Jim Foronda ...
 Marco (6 episodes, 2003-2004)
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The Social Welfare agency, a government sponsored corporation is in the business for saving orphaned or abandoned children who are terminally ill or injured beyond the point of saving. Using cybernetic implants, the Agency uses a process called 'conditioning' to turn orphaned children into emotionless killing machines with hardly any memories, no human comfort and worst of all, no free will. The girls who make up the assassination unit within the Social Welfare agency are Henrietta, Triela, Claes, Rico and Angelica, all whom have shady backgrounds which led to their involvement with the agency. Each girl is skilled in martial arts, weapons and tactics, demolitions, foreign languages, espionage and counter-terrorism, skills that are necessary when dealing with terrorism, illegal arms deals or even crime organizations who have a serious stranglehold on the country of Europe. But while these girls are the perfect weapons against these types of everyday problems, they must constantly do ... Written by Keno Reeves (spywatcher459)

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The girl has a mechanical body. However, she is still an adolescent child.


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Absolutely Fantastic! A must see.
14 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To the outside world, the Social Welfare Agency is a benevolent organization dedicated to helping children with life threatening injuries and severe disabilities. However a darker secret lies behind the compound walls. The young girls the Agency claims to save are in fact fitted with artificial body parts, chemically brain washed, and trained in the art of killing. They are the girls of Section Two. An elite squad of deadly assassins charged with doing the Italian Governments dirty work.

Each girl is paired up with a Handler – a male agent who is responsible for training and caring for his partner. The two together are called a fratello. The "conditioning" the girls are put through emotionally bonds them to their handler, making them fiercely loyal. The relationship within each fratello is different. Jose is very kind to Henrietta, treating her like a little sister. Hilshire and Triela seem to have a dysfunctional father daughter thing going on, while Jean treats Rico as nothing more then a tool to be used up and discarded.

Even though they kill without remorse, they still have all of the emotional ups and downs of normal adolescent girls and it's these internal conflicts that make this anime so fascinating. You truly feel for these girls as they struggle to hold on to their humanity under very inhumane circumstances.

If nonstop action is what you are looking for, then this is probably not for you. Yes there is plenty gunplay and copious amounts of blood and gore, but that is not the main focus of the series. What it concentrates on is the relationships between the girls and their handlers and each other.

I'll admit that at first I found the subject matter of this series disturbing; children being turned into ruthless killers in the name of Italian national security. However, the longer I watched, the deeper I was drawn in. It becomes a story of how the girls survive a situation that would break most adults. It becomes a story of their inner strength and perseverance.

Whether or not you are an anime fan, (I am not) you definitely should give this one a watch. I highly recommend it.


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