It's been a veritable eternity since I last watched an episode of Gunslinger Girl - Il Teatrino, meaning that I've probably forgotten most of what has happened so far. No, wait, I remember.... Not much.
Okay, I'm kidding somewhat, and to be honest episode six of the series worked really rather well for me, blending a kidnapping plot which is part of Pinocchio and company's plan to blow up a bridge with a falling out between Henrietta and Rico and the usual opportunity to bring up the moral question of whether it's right to use these girls in the fashion they are used here. In short then, it's pretty much a classic blend of what you'd expect from Gunslinger Girl, albeit in not such a polished manner as we all remember from the original series.
While the overall plot was perhaps convoluted somewhat by making one of the terrorists an antique repairer who Henrietta and Jose visit to get her kaleidoscope fixed (a plot point which was seemingly only there to give an emotional 'bad guys have feelings too' moment to the episode, something which has happened rather a lot in Il Teatrino), the overall balance felt just about right to me, between the girls internal dilemmas with their work and each other to the view of them from the outside world and climaxing in the always slightly uncomfortable action scenes where we see the girls in action at their best as ruthless killers. Overall then, it was far better paced and planned than some of the episodes that preceded it, leaving a pretty enjoyable experience.