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Based off of the manga by Ryoutarou Iwanaga, which is getting a very slow release from Del Rey in North America, Pumpkin Scissors is a twenty-four episode series that is mostly episodic. It's the kind of show that details the lives of the people living in this post-war nation and the things that are dealt with, though it does bring in some overall plot elements along the way. That series has only reached about twelve volumes worth in Japan, six of which were published at the time of the anime series being made, so we get about half of the show done up in animation for which isn't that bad but it means we don't get anything serious in terms of a real conclusion, especially as the manga is still ongoing. Pumpkin Scissors starts off with some striking similarities to Fullmetal Alchemist through its designs and layout but there are few similarities beyond that. The series revolves heavily around the military which means lots of uniforms, lots of soldiers grousing and plenty of civilians who are generally upset about things. The world that's presented in this series is one that's suffered from a long war which had finally ended three years ago. The ravages of that war are still afflicting everything however and the country has not recovered much at all. The poor are still poor, many towns are still disconnected from the central government and people simply don't trust the military. They have good reason for that since not only did the war go badly but a large number of soldiers turned into bandits when it was over and now roam the countryside. Read More Click Me!

Pumpkin Scissors Review

Working in public relations, community outreach programs are both my beloved and hated assignments. I love watching programs succeed when companies improve the community while using its new image to attract customers. But I hate the cynical community who believes the outreach programs are distractions from company scandals or attempts to greedily attract new customers. Pumpkin Scissors takes an animated look at public relations on a military scale as the protagonists engage in a community outreach program that garners the most cynicism: War relief. Pumpkin Scissors depicts a fictional European country three years after a great war that bears some resemblance to the actual Great War. Cities and civilians are struggle through postwar casualties, famine, and poverty. The anime begins with a solid concept that explores the process of war relief. Known as the Pumpkin Scissors, the skeleton crew of Section 3 aids refugees, eliminates the corruption of war profiteers, and restores faith in the military and government. Optimistic Pumpkin Scissors members are constantly showing how "war is hell" as they see first hand the aftermath of war as they attempt to restore the status quo. The job is thankless since the citizens are cynical towards military relief since it was the military that made them victims during the war in the first place. Corruption and violence do not help things much either. Read More Click Me!