Trigun Vol. #6 (of 8) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2001
Release Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2001



What They Say
A glimpse into the past reveals the history of the world, and perhaps its future. August is gone, and with it went the man in red. Wolfwood returns to aid in his resurrection, but can Vash rediscover his purpose? Revenge does not satisfy hate, but can love of life really defeat death? Only Vash has a chance to find the answer!

The Review!
As the final three "teen" episodes come to a conclusion, the series dips into the past and prepares for the future. The final arc is nearly upon us with only seven episodes left after this. The big finale is near!

Audio:
For our primary review, we listened to the Japanese track. Throughout it and the sections of the English track we spot checked, there were no noticeable problems such as dropouts or distortion. Dialogue was well balanced and the few minor spots of directionality were well done.

Video:
Much like the improved looking volume #5, this volume looks much better than earlier discs in the series. Colors are solid, blacks are don't break up and there's practically no rainbows in the show itself, just during the ending sequence. Line noise is about all that you'll see in a few scattered areas along with a few jagged lines here and there. Watching this volume and going back to an earlier one is like night and day. The animation is about the same here but takes a few twists with regards to the story and manages to show off a few different areas such as green rolling hills and pleasant countryside.

Packaging:
Yet another great looking cover with the slightly smirking Vash against the destroyed wall. The images of both the guns and the Plant behind him provides quite the good contrast in images. The back has a few nice animation shots and some interesting line art pictures. Wolfwood gets on the back as well as a cute picture of Meryl in the bottom right corner. The insert is another version of the front cover but with chapter marks listed.

Menus:
Honestly, every volume of this series I wonder how they're going to top the previous volume, and every volume I'm blown away. The old film style used here just looks great in addition to having very easy to use and quick loading menus. How about a collection of all eight main menus for an extra on the last volume guys?

Extras:
The two extras included this time around is the conceptual art section which has some great looking pieces, but also a Japanese DVD Art section, which I believe shows all seven covers to the region 2 release. While I can easily figure out why some of these weren't used here, I must admit the style of them is fantastic. This is yet another of those great yet simple extras that I and I'm sure many others really love.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The overall pace to the series takes an abrupt turn with the first episode here. Clearing up a lot of mysteries yet opening a huge can of other questions, we see the Project Seeds ships in space as they finally come into view of Eden, the planet they intend to colonize. We meet the meager crew of five that are piloting the massive fleet of cryogenic ships and terraforming equipment who have gained two visitors the year prior. The two boys, who've apparently grown at an astonishing rate, are Vash and Knives.

The entire episode is devoted to the days prior to the orbital insertion of the ships. We learn much of the personalities of both Vash and Knives as they learn from the humans on board the ship. Each looks at things differently but with somewhat similar end goals. The contrast is very apparent, but there are some subtleties to it.

And after the events of the previous disc, it's no surprise that on the planet itself Vash has forced himself into retirement under a new name. In yet another rinkydink little frontier town, someone has assumed the name of Vash and is terrorizing everyone, though the real Vash is there as well. The usual fun eventually ensues after Wolfwood makes his case with Vash. Yep, Wolfwood is back espousing his rather amusing religious beliefs.

The general feel of the series picks up again in the final episode as we catch up with Meryl and Millie while at their desk jobs trying to adjust after five months on the road with Vash. When the ladies are informed that Vash is still alive and get themselves reassigned to the case, the change in personalities is striking as they head off to the frontier again to catch up with him.

Things are finally starting to move along again while a lot of questions about the Seeds project are being answered. A bit of insight came about in regards to Vash's past (including why he keeps that hairstyle!) that are really interesting but they tend to have more questions asked than really answered. But things are at a point now where it's all going to roll fast to a conclusion. Good stuff that's slowly getting better and better.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Conceptual Artwork,Japanese DVD Art

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.



Mania Grade: A-
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B+
Menus Rating: A
Extras Rating: B
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
MSRP: 29.99
Running time: 75
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Trigun