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Pumpkin Scissors (パンプキン·シザーズ Panpukin Shizāzu?) is a 2006 Japanese anime television series based on a manga series by Ryoutarou Iwanaga of the same name. The series was produced by Gonzo and AIC, directed by Katsuhito Akiyama.[1] The opening theme is "Aoki Flamme" (蒼き炎(フランム)?) by Yōko Takahashi, and the ending themes is "Mercury GO" (マーキュリー★GO?) by Kana Ueda and Yukai na Nakama-tachi except for episode 18, where it is "Pumpkin Ondo" (パンプキン音頭?) by Kana Ueda. It was broadcast in 24 episodes on Tokyo MX between October 2, 2006 and March 17, 2007. It is licensed by Funimation.[2]

The show began airing in English on Animax Asia from May 21, 2010 to June 23, 2010.

Episode list

# Title Original airdate English airdate
01 The Invisible 9
"Fukashi no 9ban" (不可視の9番)
October 2, 2006 May 21, 2010
The Pumpkin Scissors unit gets unexpected help to deal with a dangerous renegade squad.
02 War Relief Unit
"Sensai fukkou butai" (戦災復興部隊)
October 9, 2006 May 24, 2010
Randel becomes officially a member of the team, and Alice confronts a Viscount accused of abusing his people.
03 For That Is a Precious Thing
"So wa toutokimono narite" (其は貴きものなりて)
October 16, 2006 May 25, 2010
Alice must convince a group of villagers to work in the reconstruction of a tunnel, but they have their own reasons to not trust the government.
04 The Cracked Portrait
"Hibiwareta shouzou" (ヒビ割れた肖像)
October 23, 2006 May 26, 2010
Martis starts to become suspicious of Randel, and decides to investigate his past.
05 Shallow-Minded Men
"Asahaka na otoko-tachi" (あさはかな者達(おとこたち))
October 30, 2006 May 27, 2010
While Randel is still hospitalized, Martis and Oreldo team up to dig further about him.
06 A Fruitful Time
"Houjou na jikan" (豊饒(ほうじょう)な時間)
November 6, 2006 May 28, 2010
Randel discovers an abandoned baby and Alice decides to search for his mother.
07 The One Who Leads And The One Who Follows
"Odoru mono odorasareru mono" (踊る者踊らされる者)
November 13, 2006 May 31, 2010
While Alice takes the day off to meet her fiancé, the rest of the team is sent in a search for missing supplies.
08 Burn in the Snowfields
"Setsugen ni moete" (雪原に燃えて)
November 20, 2006 June 1, 2010
Alice and her team race against time to make an important delivery in a snowy and hostile wilderness.
09 The Woman in the Morning Mist
"Asagiri no onna" (朝霧の女)
November 27, 2006 June 2, 2010
Oreldo helps a beautiful and hopeless woman to come to terms with her past.
10 Pumpkins and Scissors
"Kabocha to hasami" (カボチャとハサミ)
December 4, 2006 June 3, 2010
Stecchin reveals to Randel how the Section III was created, and the reason for its bizarre name.
11 The Quiet Quickening
"Shizuka naru Taidou" (静かなる胎動)
December 11, 2006 June 4, 2010
Alice is kidnapped by a group who wants her help to expose an important manuscript revealing the military's darkest secrets.
12 Unseen Pain
"Miezaru itami" (見えざる痛み)
December 18, 2006 June 7, 2010
Alice's captors release her after she agrees to cooperate, but their lives are threatened by those who want to silence them.
13 Rough Yet Delicious
"Soya ni shite bimi" (粗野にして美味)
December 25, 2006 June 8, 2010
Martis has a subtle encounter with a princess from a foreign land.
14 The Flame Still Burns
"Honoo, imada kiezu" (焔、いまだ消えず)
January 6, 2007 June 9, 2010
While removing homeless people from the sewers, Section III must deal with drug dealers operating there.
15 Decisions Run Astray
"Meisou suru sentaku" (迷走する選択)
January 13, 2007 June 10, 2010
Alice's unit continues to fight the drug dealers, and end up meeting a dangerous enemy armed with a flamethrower.
16 The One Who Slashes
"Kirisakishi mono" (斬り裂きし者)
January 20, 2007 June 11, 2010
To take down the drug dealers once and for all, Alice storms their building with her special weapon.
17 The Darkness That Cannot Be Saved
"Nao sukuwarenu yami tachi" (なお救われぬ闇たち)
January 27, 2007 June 14, 2010
Alice is in a pinch against the Claymore unit while Randel has a showdown with Hans.
18 A Small Military Power
"Chiisa na senryoku" (小さな戦力)
February 3, 2007 June 15, 2010
Randel is still depressed since the last mission and Stecchin decides to find a way to cheer him up.
19 A Sweet Trap
"Amai Wana" (甘い罠)
February 10, 2007 June 16, 2010
While the rest of Section III is distributing food to the homeless, Alice attends a ball with her sisters in a mansion nearby.
20 Enter the Performers
"Enja nyuujou" (演者入場)
February 17, 2007 June 17, 2010
The ball is invaded by a furious crowd and the Section III ends up in a delicate situation.
21 The Puppet and the Idol
"Deku to Guuzou" (木偶と偶像)
February 24, 2007 June 18, 2010
Alice challenges the Marquis to a duel, who sends his two bodyguards against her and Randel instead.
22 Lonely Scales
"Kodoku na Tenbin" (孤独な天秤)
March 3, 2007 June 21, 2010
Randel looks for a reason to fight again and Alice must deal with the enraged mob while fighting her opponent.
23 And Then, An Alluring Trap
"Soshite Amai Wana" (そして甘い罠)
March 10, 2007 June 22, 2010
Everybody in the mansion watches Alice's duel, while the Military prepares itself to raid the place.
24 The Military, the Commoners and the Nobility
"Gunjin, Heimin, Kizoku" (軍人·平民·貴族)
March 17, 2007 June 23, 2010
Time is running out for the Pumpkin Scissors to find a peaceful solution before the Section I starts to attack the mansion.

References

  1. Nakamura, Minako; Kusakabe, Chizuko; Kameda, Yoshimichi; Ouchi, Aya; Urushido, Sachiko; Studio Tulip. "Pumpkin Scissors". Newtype USA. 6 (11) pp. 54–55. November 2007. ISSN 1541-4817.
  2. Funimation Official Site

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