Trigun Vol. #2 (of 8) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2000
Release Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2000
What They Say
A city is dying, but when they decide Vash's bounty is the cure, will they find it comes with too high a price? The reckless pursuit of rewards or revenge sometimes leads away from the true goals of life - love and peace. It's time for Vash to show what he can do when his past comes back to haunt him.
For love and peace, Pioneer has released the second volume of the fan favorite TV series Trigun. How's the second outing? Pretty good overall.
The audio for both language tracks is of consistent Pioneer quality. English and Japanese language tracks are clear and undistorted. There's a fair use of the front soundstage with some directionality from the left and right, but not a lot. The menus make great use of the music and sound right off from the start.
The video unfortunately is pretty similar to the first disc. Overall it's good, there's only a few hints of pixellation throughout, nothing major. The rainbows though are all over the place. Not just isolated to things like Vash's hair or face, but it's in most of the animation at one point or another. Not everyone notices these of course (my wife didn't see it) but those who do notice it should be seeing a lot of it on this disc. The majority of the second episode seemed better, but the first and third episodes were pretty full of it. Your mileage may vary on how it affects your viewing.
Much like the first release, the packaging for this volume of Trigun is slick. The chromium card in the front looks great and is definitely stylish and adds some serious shiny factor on the shelf. Never mind that it's a cool image too! The back is pretty minimal on whta the shows about, but contains some pictures and some info. The only thing I didn't care for is that the episode numbers start from one, when it should be 5 through 8. That'll add some confusion for those picking it up off the shelf.
And much like the first release, Trigun has some very sweet menus. The main screen menu is very slick looking and sounding. The submenus all work very well and are wonderfully designed. Hopefully this level of consistency will hold up throughout the entire series.
There's also a handful of extras available via the set top players on the disc. There's a section of mechanical designs which feature prominently into these episodes as well as 25 images in a gallery for these episodes. I'm still hoping for a creditless opening and ending as well as a section that contains all the original opening sequences.
When the first disc came out, I found the episodes to be fairly entertaining. Though the covers and the menus are definitely marketing this as an action series, which it may very well become as it progresses, these early episodes are mostly episodic comedies with splashes of darker portents here and there.
These episodes keep up this style, though the episodes are now moving beyond their earlier episodic natures. All three focus on the events that start in the fifth episode with an entire town trying to claim Vash's huge reward. Of course, this doesn't go over well with him, though he manages to make out okay in the end. There's a few bits of his past revealed which give a hint of where things may go in the future.
The animation is pretty consistent for these episodes. A lot of effort seems to have gone into the design of the vehicles, though some are underplayed during a brief chase sequence with some badland thugs. The villains who show up halfway through the episodes have some rather unique and interesting outfits. Their end destination so far is pretty vague and the last episode ends in a bit of a cliffhanger, so there's definitely reason to pick up the next disc for that alone.
Trigun so far has been a pretty enjoyable show, but not a huge all powerful show that a lot of people have said it is. Of course, we're barely a third of the way into the series so there's plenty of room ahead. If you enjoyed the first volume, there's more here as well as some emerging subplots. Other than the rainbows in the video, this is a solid release.
English Language,Japanese Language,English Subtitles,Mechanical Designs,Image Gallery
Toshiba CF36H50 36" TV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster S-Video cable and Sony speakers.
Mania Grade: A-
Audio Rating: A-
Video Rating: B
Packaging Rating: A
Menus Rating: A+
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
Running time: 75
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2