Trigun Vol. #1 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Monday, February 18, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2000
For some reason this series is held in very high regards by the anime community, so I eventually gave in to the hype and decided to check it out. The cover has a nice shot of the main character Vash on it, and the back of the DVD has some good animation shots along with a good introduction to the series. The insert isn't any more than a list of the chapter stops for each episode, but oh well. It's unimportant.
As for the quality of the disc, it varies from scene to scene. Some of the scenes have excellent picture quality, with rich colors and sharp focus, while others have more muted colors that are just dull to look at (there's probably a more technical term for this I don't know). It isn't too distracting, but I did notice it throughout all four episodes. The audio on the other hand was fine, with a fairly good English dub (the version this review is based on) by the fine folks at ZRO Productions.
Speaking of the dub, kudos should go to the guy who plays Vash. At first, his voice sounded nothing like what I expected, but when you realize Vash is supposed to be a complete dork it fits perfectly. His English VA goes back and forth from whiny to dead serious without any visible strain. Great job.
"The $$60,000,000,000 Man" sets up the story quite well. On the unnamed alien world the series takes place on, there is a lone gunman so dangerous the government has placed a $$60 billion bounty on his head. In search of this deadly Vash the Stampede are Meryl and Millie, two girls from an insurance agency sick of having to dish out the dough for all the damages caused by Vash's escapades. However, the guy they find is such a dork,
and all the foes he fights seem to do more damage to themselves than he does, no one believes he is the legendary Vash the Stampede.
The first episode of the series is great, sporting a rather lavish animation budget for a TV series. There are some great action sequences and beautifully animated shots of things being blown to bits. The madcap humor of the series is quite prevalent as well, mostly stemming from how much of a dork Vash is. It's great, and gave me great hope for the
Unfortunately, the remaining three episodes on the disc are awful. They're so completely unmemorable that I can't even remember the plots. They're all very episodic, which I don't consider a bad thing if there is some semblance of a larger story hinted at. None of that here. If the series is 26 episodes of this, it is vastly overrated.
This disc is a great first episode hindered by the ones that follow. Episodes 2-4 have some funny moments and some of the guys sport some cool guns, but overall I wasn't that impressed. Definitely try before you buy.
KHL DVD 221, RCA 21" TV
Mania Grade: B-
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: 100
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2