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Post by Guest on Sun 15 May 2016 - 21:55

Full Name: Fernando Bianchi
Occupation: Doctor/Psychiatrist

Doctor Fernando Bianchi fulfils the role of family doctor for the cyborg assassins of the Social welfare Agency. Although he likely possesses the specialised knowledge of cybernetic medicine like his colleagues Dr. Zilani, Dr. Bergonzi, and the others in the Technological Development Department, Bianchi's focus is more on the general well-being and mental health of his patients.

Unlike Doctor Bergonzi, who has little need for bedside manner, Bianchi tries to be friendly, approachable and addresses his concerns in plain english. He will at times ask questions to determine the integrity of the girl's short- and long-term memories, but does so in a subtle way so not to disturb or unsettle them during their sessions.

Bianchi's office, like several other rooms at the Agency, has a large two-way mirror, allowing permitted Handlers to watch their girl's responses or behaviour during typical examinations. However, he appears to have say over whether they can watch or not, as evident when he told Jose that he "made an exception when I agreed to let you observe this session." He also requested that Marco attend Angelica's assessment, after the Handler had lost interest in his cyborg (Chapter 10 : Page 19). This is generally a privileged exception, as Bianchi highly values patient-doctor confidentiality, despite that his patients are brainwashed youths.

Henrietta often confides in Bianchi about her feelings for Jose, while Angelica, struggling with her chronic memory loss due to her prototypical condition, tries hard to fool him into believing that she is fine, with little success. She appears to forget his name between visits, and discreetly tries to read his ID Card in a vain hope to memorise it, which he is aware of. 

He shows much concern for Angelica's health and her Handler Marco's general disinterest in her, but ultimately appears to believe that the case is a lost cause.

Jose appears to confine in Bianchi about his cyborg, Henrietta, as much as she does about him (Chapter 21 : Pages 12-14), expressing how tiring it can be to treat her with kindness and shower her with gifts all the time. Both Bianchi and Jose appear to talk often and get along reasonably well with each other.

Doctor Bianchi show disdain for Dr. Belisario and does not approve of his "manipulation of human nature" during his work (Chapter 59 : Page 9). He also asks if Belisario is "someone who felt the hardships of the Cold Winter" to which he replies "Yes. I am despairing at humans...at the same time, I have something like faith", a response which Bianchi looks displeased about (Chapter 59 : Page 10).

Doctor Bianchi also has a liking for dogs, especially Corgis. He has a painting of a Corgi in his office (chapter 10 : Page 7), a photograph of a woman on his desk with a Corgi (Chapter 10 : Page 8), and a dog bobble head on his desk (Chapter 10 : Page 10).

On the desk in his office there are two framed photographs. One is of a woman lying on what looks like the beach with a Corgi beside her. The other is of a man, possibly Bianchi himself, with three children in front of him.

In (Chapter 10 : Pages 11-12) Bianchi thinks to himself: "It Doesn`t matter how much I counsel them...I`ll probably never override their conditioning". This may be something that he is personally aiming to achieve with the cyborgs, possibly against the Agency's wishes.


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Post by Guest on Mon 16 May 2016 - 5:21

I wonder what "the Cold Winter" Bianchi mentioned was? 

My sister though that it might have something to do with the Cold War.

 In the Manga (Chapter 59 : Page 10), Bianchi did look clearly unhappy when he mentioned it and was displeased with Dr. Belisario's answer. I have tried to analyse the small picture in the second frame but couldn't really tell except for the fact that they looked like medical students.  I know that there were unethical human experimentations during the Cold War, which would kind of make sense, as the Dr. Belisario doesn't seem to have any trouble running tests on the cybernetic children.

 "The Cold Winter" is definitely something that Bianchi either lived through (witnessed) or had some sort of connection to as he was way more emotional about it than he has every been before.

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Post by Alfisti on Mon 16 May 2016 - 5:31

Hmm, well presuming the series is set around the early 2000's, and that Bianchi was a student in the photo, it could be possible. Neither seem like particularly elderly men though, so I suspect it would be long ends of their timelines if that were the case.

I've always assumed it was either a period of particularly lean times for Italy's academics (lack of funding etc... perhaps prior to its - in universe - resurgence into the bio-medical field), or a period where they came under particular scrutiny or pressure.

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Post by Guest on Mon 16 May 2016 - 18:18

I wonder what happened to Bianchi's family. I get the feeling they are not still alive, due to the way he acts around the cyborg girls, especially Angelica. Maybe, if they were killed, it's the reason he works for the Social Wellfare Agency.

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Post by Guest on Mon 16 May 2016 - 18:24

I get a feeling that Doctor Bianchi is one of those people who have a far more interesting past than we know. :ded:There is so much about the storyline and Gunslinger Girl universe that was never fully explored in the manga, which is probably why it is still such a fantastic series.

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Post by Thescarredman on Mon 16 May 2016 - 19:53

Alfisti wrote: I've always assumed it was either a period of particularly lean times for Italy's academics (lack of funding etc... perhaps prior to its - in universe - resurgence into the bio-medical field), or a period where they came under particular scrutiny or pressure.
Bianchi has a conversation with Zelani where he talks about the 'terrible winter' they all went through, saying they were lucky to find any sort of work afterward. I often wondered if there was any connection with Belisario having been charged with (maybe even set up for it) being a Padan agent.
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Post by Guest on Tue 17 May 2016 - 4:48

In which chapter does Bianchi talk to Zelani?

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Post by Alfisti on Tue 17 May 2016 - 5:30

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Alfisti wrote: I've always assumed it was either a period of particularly lean times for Italy's academics (lack of funding etc... perhaps prior to its - in universe - resurgence into the bio-medical field), or a period where they came under particular scrutiny or pressure.
Bianchi has a conversation with Zelani where he talks about the 'terrible winter' they all went through, saying they were lucky to find any sort of work afterward. I often wondered if there was any connection with Belisario having been charged with (maybe even set up for it) being a Padan agent.
Huh. I... do not remember that. Where was that conversation?

Ashesofanotherlife wrote:I wonder what happened to Bianchi's family. I get the feeling they are not still alive, due to the way he acts around the cyborg girls, especially Angelica. Maybe, if they were killed, it's the reason he works for the Social Wellfare Agency...

I get a feeling that Doctor Bianchi is one of those people who have a far more interesting past than we know. :ded:There is so much about the storyline and Gunslinger Girl universe that was never fully explored in the manga, which is probably why it is still such a fantastic series.
It does leave a lot to the imagination, which is in no way a bad thing... not to mention leaving plenty of room for debate. Very Happy

Well, Bianchi is supposed to be a child psychologist, so it makes sense he would relate to the girls better/treat them more gently than some others in the Agency might. I must admit I had always pictured him as a family man (I'm sure there's a least one frame where he's shown with a picture of some kids on his desk... though it's been that long since I last read the manga I could well be mistaken), which I think would make for an interesting work/life balance for him. Not to mention it would also make him something of an oddball, few of the others there seem to have any kids or (current/living) spouses.

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Post by Thescarredman on Tue 17 May 2016 - 18:57

Well, it looks like I have a convenient excuse to reread the manga. Smile
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Post by tremec6speed on Tue 17 May 2016 - 21:30

I've never thought of Doctor Bianchi. I wonder what his motivation for joining was. Scientific curiosity? Or something deeper.
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Post by San and Flo on Tue 17 May 2016 - 22:50

Great. Now I also have a reason to marathon the manga again.

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Post by Alfisti on Wed 18 May 2016 - 5:13

tremec6speed wrote:I've never thought of Doctor Bianchi. I wonder what his motivation for joining was. Scientific curiosity? Or something deeper.
Scientific curiosity potentially, an opportunity to continue research he could not elsewhere...

...who knows, if most of the staff came from the same place, and went though the same "cold winter", he may just have been in need of a pay check.

That said, whatever his reasons for joining, I wonder also if his reasons for staying are any different?

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Post by Thescarredman on Wed 18 May 2016 - 15:42

That said, whatever his reasons for joining, I wonder also if his reasons for staying are any different?

Well said, Alf. I think more than a few of the canon characters have trouble remembering exactly how they got here.

Not Jean, of course.

Or the cyborgs.
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Post by San and Flo on Wed 18 May 2016 - 17:04

Well, it's stated in one of the early chapters that the members of Section 2 were the former screw-ups, randomly-recruited, or intentionally joined.

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Post by tremec6speed on Wed 18 May 2016 - 18:04

True San an Flo, many of the members come from varied places and motivations which I dare say enriched the story as a whole.
Good point Alfisti, about why does he (and others remain?)
I guess there are always the 'acceptable' reasons such as being included in a state of the art en devour, the pay, the desire to stop terrorism, etc, yet I cannot help but entertain the thought that somewhere inside, these technicians and fratello harbor feelings of pity and maybe even regret at their complacency in going along and using these children/young adults. Jose I suppose became the poster boy for that sentiment, with the author using him and the whole Elsa/Lauro situation to declare what many agents felt, yet kept to themselves. Jose dared to express it, yet by comparison, my fav. character Lauro would only occasionally look back at his charge with but a look that might be interpreted as a passing sensation of something approaching regret, yet never willing to say anything except regurgitate the company line as to what the cyborgs are worth and their role in this whole sad affair.
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Although now that I think about it, (and not to go off course from the subject here) but in a way, Jose came to his defense, I believe saying something to the effect about how difficult it is to deal with that fervent, unwavering loyalty and affection, yet adding however, that respect was none the less the least that should be given, if I'm not mistaken.
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Post by Alfisti on Thu 19 May 2016 - 6:16

I suspect quite a few of the adult characters harbour feelings of pity, or at least some level of guilt (expressed, buried, or otherwise... look at how the medical staff came running to Claes' aid), toward the girls. By the same token however, I'm equally sure, that at least a few in the medical wing see them simply as science experiments... though I'm also quite sure Bianchi is not one of those.

Jose I think is an interesting case as, while he may have had reasons to join (though, ultimately, I believe he was mostly following his big brother) by the end he seemed more trapped than staying of his own free will, in which case his reasons were less changed than it was that he had run out of them. Hilshire, on the other hand, is perhaps the opposite: trapped at the start, but found a reason to stay.

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Post by Guest on Fri 20 May 2016 - 2:56

I wonder how old Dr. Bianchi is? In the manga he looks about 30-35, the same as in Gunslinger Girl IL Treatrino. However, in the first season of Gunslinger Girl he appears older, perhaps in his middle to late 40s. Since the manga came first, I suppose that would be more accurate is judging. 

Alfisti wrote:Scientific curiosity potentially, an opportunity to continue research he could not elsewhere...

...who knows, if most of the staff came from the same place, and went though the same "cold winter", he may just have been in need of a pay check.

That said, whatever his reasons for joining, I wonder also if his reasons for staying are any different?

That is very well said Alfisti! 

Even if he had nothing to do with the Cold War, and joined out of necessity for money why is he staying? I don't believe that he "agrees" with the use of children as weapons and he did mention once that he hoped to override the cyborgs' conditioning (Chapter 10 : Pages 11-12).

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Post by Alfisti on Fri 20 May 2016 - 6:02

I always mentally put Bianchi in his late thirties or youthful forties... not that I really have any form of science to back that up though. =P

Ashesofanotherlife wrote:Even if he had nothing to do with the Cold War, and joined out of necessity for money why is he staying? I don't believe that he "agrees" with the use of children as weapons and he did mention once that he hoped to override the cyborgs' conditioning (Chapter 10 : Pages 11-12).
Agreed: I don't think he, uhh, agrees, with the use of children as weapons. Who knows, perhaps he feels some level of responsibility toward the girls, or that they are better off with him there than without... or perhaps he feels he can do the most good by staying. It's worth remembering that the SWA's purpose isn't just fighting terrorists with brainwashed killers. The cyborgs are the cutting edge, yes, the guinea pigs as it were, but they are only half its remit, and the techniques and technologies developed by the cyborg programme find their way into mainstream medicine. Look at how much better the SWA developed prosthesis makes the life of Rossana's son. Perhaps, like those handlers who may not entirely agree with the cyborg programme, but keep on to fight the Padania more effectively, he sees that goal as worth the sacrifice.

Speaking of reasons for joining, and as an aside for those with OCs just joining us: OC Motivations thread if you're interested.

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Thescarredman wrote:Bianchi has a conversation with Zelani where he talks about the 'terrible winter' they all went through, saying they were lucky to find any sort of work afterward. I often wondered if there was any connection with Belisario having been charged with (maybe even set up for it) being a Padan agent.

Did you ever find out which chapter this was in?
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This was around chapters 30-50.

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Post by Thescarredman on Mon 23 May 2016 - 12:58

Ashesofanotherlife wrote:

Thescarredman wrote:Bianchi has a conversation with Zelani where he talks about the 'terrible winter' they all went through, saying they were lucky to find any sort of work afterward. I often wondered if there was any connection with Belisario having been charged with (maybe even set up for it) being a Padan agent.

Did you ever find out which chapter this was in?
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Haven't, sorry. I think it happened some time after Petra and Sandro joined up, but I don't recall the rest of the conversation or how the subject came up between them.

Rereading the manga, albeit slowly. If it wasn't a product of my imagination, I'll find it.
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