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Dated 8 April 2019: Anime characters sure love hugging the P90

Henrietta
It's because its blocky shape makes it easier to embrace than other guns.

I guess this is a follow up to my recent post, "In praise of the oldest star in Gunslinger Girl." There, I linked to a couple pictures of anime characters hugging their FN P90 submachine guns (Iriya from Iriya no Sora, UFO no Natsu, and LLENN from Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online). Naturally, Henrietta also does this in the first episode of Gunslinger Girl, as depicted above, after going aggro with it against some chumps who totally had it coming, probably.

FN P90
Rounds in the translucent magazine make a 90-degree turn before entering the chamber.

I believe Henrietta's P90 is the most modern firearm to appear in Gunslinger Girl. It was only about 10 years old when the manga began in 2002, and is quite a contrast to Triela's 19th-century shotgun. Its distinctive appearance probably also accounts for its popularity in various anime, Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online being a notable example. I can't rule out the possibility that some LLENN fan bought herself an FN PS90, cut down the barrel after getting an NFA tax stamp, and painted it pink for questionable cosplay purposes.

Clarence and LLENN
This was a pretty good deal for both parties.

Incidentally, I was somewhat surprised a minor character in SAO GGO carried an AR57, which is basically an AR-15 upper designed to accept P90 magazines on top and eject out what is usually the magazine well of the lower receiver. But I'm most impressed that Kirito never showed up in GGO for some bullshit ammo exchange contrivance, since Kirito's FN Five-seveN is pretty much the only other firearm that shares ammo with LLENN's dear P-chan. Kirito's total absence definitely improved Gun Gale Online as an anime.

Dated 11 March 2019: In praise of the oldest star in Gunslinger Girl

Triela
I'm impressed Triela didn't get any blood on her.

I've written a fair amount about Gunslinger Girl, but haven't mentioned much about the firearms themselves. The first gun to appear in the show (outside of the OP) is Triela's shotgun, a Winchester Model 1897 Trench Gun with its big ass 17-inch M1917 bayonet fixed. I believe this is also the oldest firearm to appear in the anime. As its name suggests, this is literally a 19th-century design which Winchester started selling in 1897 (although it remained in production until 1957). In contrast, the primary weapon of the show's ostensible lead, Henrietta, is an ever popular FN P90, which was barely more than 10 years old when the manga began publication in 2002. Triela's M1897 is also the only shotgun in the first cours, but I don't remember it featuring in particularly many scenes. The old Winchester gets a lot more attention in the sequel, Gunslinger Girl -Il Teatrino-. (And occasionally appears in fanart.)

M1897 action
The action can git ya if you're careless while racking the slide back.

Prices of the World War I-era M1897 Trench Guns have risen quite a bit as of late, probably at least partially because of The Great War's centennial and maybe because of the shotgun's inclusion in popular media such as Gunslinger Girl itself and the Battlefield video games. For example, a "very fine" Model 1897 sold for $8625 in December 2018. I am somewhat amused that Gunslinger Girl features a firearm from the 19th century when basically every other gun in the series is from the Cold War or newer. I have to assume the original mangaka, Aida Yu, just really liked it. That's totally understandable, at least.

Dated 25 November 2003: Chrno Crusade

Chrno Crusade title screen
Chrno Cruade title screen

The first episode of Chrno Crusade has aired, and it's a beauty. The Chrno Crusade anime is a GONZO production inspired by the manga. The first episode really highlights all great stylistic elements for which GONZO Digimation is famous:  great-looking characters, frenetic and exciting action sequences, and animation with computer assisted muscle behind it.

No, it's not spelled Chrono, it is Chrno, or at least it was until ADV licensed it.

Chrno Crusade setting
The setting of Chrno Crusade.

The first episode of Chrno Crusade quickly establishes that, like the manga, the anime is going to be fun and filled with hijinks intercut with kicking ass for the Lord. It appears that the Chrno Crusade anime will also combine serious moments with comedic elements. It doesn't look like we'll have to worry about the show taking itself too seriously—which shouldn't have been much of a concern to begin with, if you think about it. I mean, c'mon, it's about NUNS WITH GUNS. Speaking of which, I want to see Sister Rosette twirling a short-barreled ring-lever Winchester. That would fucking own.

Sister Rosette
Sister Rosette

Episode One's story follows the manga, with a few appropriate adaptations. It's pretty much a given that the anime will not develop all of the manga's plotlines, seeing as how the anime appears to be slated for only 13 episodes.

Chrno
Chrno

As for the first episode, I'm rather surprised at how rich and colorful it looks. There are a lot of dark scenes, but back in the sunlight, the nuns' habits are vibrant with deep blues, and the skies and scenery are also well saturated. I was impressed with the fast action sequences that highlight Sister Rosette's agility and improvisational talents. If you want to compare it to other GONZO productions, the fight sequences and rapid zooms (you'll see what I mean) evoke the best qualities of the VanDread mecha fights (sans sterile CGI), rather than the uneven and often plodding punishment-absorbing themes found in Hellsing.

Sister Rosette's large pendant
A close-up of something important to the show.

Somewhat appropriately, Chrno Crusade incorporates cross-shaped explosions. However, they aren't obtrusive, and are much more understated than the ones in Evangelion

Sister Rosette
Sister Rosette doing the Lord's work

It's also quite obvious that Sister Rosette is teeming with mischief. She is certainly a spirited character, and reminds me quite a bit of Asuka in the earlier episodes (before her life went to Hell again) and a more cheerful Grenda from Puchi Puri Yuushi. Her voice is rather like a happy Naru from Love Hina or Ranpha from Galaxy Angel. She's also practically still a kid, albeit a talented one, and probably (like I said) prone to hijinks.

Chrno
Chrno

The first episode of Chrno Crusade did not disappoint, and I am eagerly awaiting more. REPENT! REPENT!

Sister Rosette
Sister Rosette will proselytize your sorry ass