Girls with guns

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For the album by Tommy Shaw, see Girls with Guns (album).

Girls with guns is a subgenre of action films and animation—often Asian films and anime—that portray a strong female protagonist who makes use of firearms to defend against or attack a group of antagonists.[citation needed] The genre typically involves gun-play, stunts and martial arts action.[citation needed]

Anime and manga

The "girls-with-guns" genre has also permeated the anime space. Some examples include Bubblegum Crisis,[1][2] Gall Force,[2][3] Dirty Pair,[2][3] Gunsmith Cats,[3] Angel Heart,[4] Gunslinger Girl,[3] Noir, Madlax,[5] and El Cazador.[6] More recent examples of "girls with guns" anime are Masamune Shirow's and Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell and its television adaptation Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Yasuomi Umetsu's works Kite, Mezzo Forte, Mezzo DSA, and Kite: Liberator.[7]

Video games


See also


  1. " - Reviews - Bubblegum Crisis 2032 by Shouryu". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-09-06. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Bruce Carlson & Steve Pearl. "The Anime Primer". rec.arts.anime gestalt. Archived from the original on 2007-09-05. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "How Many Girls with Guns Anime are There?". AnimeNation. 2003-10-23. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  4. "Angel Heart on". Retrieved 2009-05-17. 
  5. Wong, A. (March 2005). "Inside Bee Train". Newtype USA: 8–15. 
  6. "January 3–10 News". Anime News Service. 2007-01-06. Retrieved 2007-01-19. Following Noir and Madlax, this El Cazador will be the third installment in a series of what Director Koichi Mashimo has referred to as his girls-with-guns genre trilogy. 
  7. "Justin Sevakis's Review on Kite Liberator". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2010-01-15.