Trigun Vol. #2 (Mania.com)

By:Marc Yu
Review Date: Monday, February 18, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2000



The Review!
Audio
The audio is the best Dolby Digital 2.0 I've heard. It's very crisp and clean. Having listened to both audio tracks, I will say the only bad part of the audio is Meryl's English voice actress. This DVD receives a B+ audio rating because I'll only consider Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS worthy of any "A" type rating. In order to do that, they would have to re-master the audio, something I've never seen done with a TV series.

Video

Wish the Eva DVD transfer was this half this clean. I've been told I'm horrible at rating video because I can't catch pixelation or banding. Still, I consider the video quality to be on par with Battle Athletes TV, the best I have ever seen. Pioneer does an excellent job with their video transfers, but considering they have the original digital masters, that is to be expected.

Packaging

What can we say? Chrome rules. That extra full DVD front package chrome insert beats any other type of packaging out there for a single case. I like it better than the 3-D holograph Gundam Wing insert, although I would respect anyone who would say the reverse.

Menu:

Menu was okay. I really liked the animated graphic overlay on the main menu screen. Besides that, nothing outstanding, though. No really good extras - the only extra worth mentioning is the character image gallery. That female chief engineer wasn't bad - she was just drawn that way. Extras like the drop dead funny mini-mangas that the Nazca DVDs have or music videos/author commentaries would have pushed this to an "A". Plus, the awful Pioneer listings that have remained virtually unchanged for the past 2 years is so very lame - it killed the "+" for this rating.

Content

Excellent characterizations. Meryl's realization of Vash the Stampede's actual identity was truly priceless. That and the oh-so-subtle observation by Vash about Millie's intelligence was excellent. The plot is that of a pure American Western, something that Rurouni Kenshin was accused of. In fact, it's a Rurouni Kenshin remake right up to the non-lethal swordplay/gunplay oath after coming from a bloody past.



Review Equipment
Toshiba 32" direct view TV, NEC MT-600 LCD front projector, and Sony VPL-CS1 LCD front projector on a 15' screen. APEX-600AD all region and Toshiba 5109 progressive scan DVD players. Kenwood Dolby Digital 5.1 A/V receiver. Mitsubishi tower front channel speakers. Cambridge Soundworks Center Channel Plus with CSW Dipole Surround Sound speakers.



Mania Grade: A+
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: A+
Packaging Rating: A+
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: N/A
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