Trigun Vol. #7 (of 8) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Monday, July 03, 2006
Release Date: Monday, June 19, 2006
What They Say
Vash leaps into the heart of the storm and leads Wolfwood to the spaceship that failed to crash. Unfortunately, the Gung-ho Guns have also invaded paradise with two purposes - destroy a sanctuary for humans and to inflict as much pain on Vash as possible. Wolfwood chooses to side with Vash but questions his ability to win - will Wolfwood walk the path of destruction again?
20. Flying Ship
21. Out Of Time
Trigun continues in bad-ass style, with plenty more death and destruction on the cards.
I listened to the English language track for my main review, and noticed no dropouts, distortions or other technical problems with the disc; it's a pretty standard stereo mix. The dub is really good, accurate to the literal translation but sounding very natural and never stifled. All the key performers, in particular the actors for Vash and Wolfwood, put in great performances
I spot-checked the Japanese track, having heard it all the way through before, and noticed no issues in the areas I checked.
Video is the main area where this series takes a bit of a knock. It looks a little washed out at times, though that is in part due to the animation style and colours used. I noticed no compression artefacts or aliasing during regular playback, which is good. Unfortunately, this transfer suffers heavily in the form of cross colouration and rainbowing, along black lines and in character's hair in particular. It's a little unfortunate and can be a bit distracting at times, though it's not terrible and didn't ruin my enjoyment of the show.
Subtitles are in a yellow font which is easily readable, and I noticed no spelling or grammatical errors in them. As this is an older series (in terms of its original DVD release), the ending song is hard-subbed.
No packaging was included as this was a check disc.
The menus are simple but functional, and essentially the same as the last disc, so I'm not going to try and find something better to say. It starts with a brief introduction sequence continuing to the main opening menu, which has a central image of Vash again with a flame burning behind him. The show's logo is at the top, with episode choices and the set-up and extras menus at the bottom. A piece of background music plays over the main menu, and sound effects of bullets being fired are used on menu transitions. The sub-menus are static and silent with a bit of character artwork beside the selections. Access times are fast, as you'd expect with a set of simplistic menus.
Extras on this disc are minimal, but that's to be expected. First up is the Japanese home video cover art for the series' domestic release, followed by the Trigun trailer again.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the heat well and firmly turned up in the last volume of the series, this volume continues at a similar pace with the sinister nature of everything that happens looming over everyone. We have more death and destruction, and with one volume left to go we're likely to see that quota ramped right on up before the series concludes. While I can see why the change in pace would be jarring and annoying for some, personally I find it quite exhilarating and it reinvigorated my interest in the series after the halfway point. This is just how I like a series such as Trigun to go, building towards a big (and hopefully meaningful) end.
Vash loses Meryl and Millie yet again to go on his latest crusade, this time up to the ship in space (with SEEDS on the side), only Wolfwood follows him. He soon sees some familiar faces, including a man called Brad (who is less than welcoming) and a girl called Jessica (who is the complete opposite). But the rest of the people there are somewhat scared by Wolfwood since he's not familiar to them, and they don't seem to think it bodes well. And sure enough, bad things loom. Vash goes and gets a new arm from the residing doctor who he knows from before, but while he does several people start dying and everyone blames Wolfwood. But one of the Gung-Ho Guns, Leonof, is on board, and he's not alone.
This episode laid more foundations for the death and destruction to come, and I liked how it only continued to increase the tension and drama, especially with regards Vash and his torn feelings between wanting to sort things out with Knives and the Gung-Ho Guns and wanting to protect the people he's come to care about over the years. This is obviously something he has to reluctantly get over as quickly as possible, since they end up bringing the fight to him. There's a lot of foreboding in this episode as well, about how there's more to come from them, and sure enough, that's exactly what happens.
In the second episode, Wolfwood continues to fight Leonof's puppets but comes face to face with Grey the Nine Lives, another Gung-Ho Gun. Vash is failing in his attempts at fending off the hordes of puppets just because there are so many of them, but Brad is on hand to come and help. The Doctor tells them that the other Gung-Ho Gun is down six floors below, so Vash stupidly makes himself a shortcut by shooting a hole in the floor. When Vash arrives he comes face to face with Hoopa the Goblet, who kills some of his old friends in front of his eyes. As Vash and Wolfwood battle the Guns, they fail in their efforts to protect the plant and the ship crashes to the ground, but despite thinking they've finished off their enemies, there are more puppets in their midst...
Once again I found the intensity of this episode pretty high, with a feeling of impending doom looming over everything that was taking place. I've really liked the introduction of the heavy-hitting Gung-Ho Guns, as I've found them pretty interesting even for canon-fodder type characters that you know are mostly going to get finished off. There's more emotional trauma on offer here as well, and you have to wonder how much more of this Vash will be able to take in such quick succession. I found myself really caring for what happened to the characters even though they've only appeared in the past couple of episodes, which made the ending even harder to take.
And in the final episode, with Millie and Meryl finally reunited with Vash and Wolfwood, they find themselves locked outside a town because the inhabitants are too scared to let them in. They end up in an orphanage where trouble is brewing, and while everyone looks for answers they uncover an unlikely culprit, which leads Wolfwood to show his true colours.
After the two episodes that came before, this last one was far more tranquil in a way, and it's probably what's needed to rest the characters before the final four episodes on the next volume, although a sinister air remained. I liked some of the more character-based moments here, and also thought the quite brutal ending was good to show Vash the harsh realities of the situation he's in. Sure, he won't listen and will also try and take the high road all the time, that's his inherent way, but it also reminds us of exactly the dire situation everyone's in, and it sets things up nicely for the last volume.
With the series in its final stretch, things heat up considerably in this disc with a lot of death, anguish and destruction. The characters are starting to get put through the wringer emotionally, and there's sure to be more carnage to come. I'm hopeful things will wrap up conclusively with plenty of heartache in the next volume, as that's where the series has been going, and from this disc it seems very promising. Trigun is an easy to recommend series for a lot of fans with its fun characters, nice action and an easy-viewing feel.
Japanese Language (2.0),English Language (2.0),English Subtitles,Trigun Trailer,Japanese Cover Art
Philips 28" Pure Flat Widescreen TV, Philips DVP5100 free DVD player, JVC gold-plated RGB SCART cable, standard stereo sound.
Mania Grade: B+
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B-
Packaging Rating: N/A
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: C-
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Region: 2 - Europe
Released By: MVM Entertainment
Running time: 75
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2