Trigun Vol. #2 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Monday, February 18, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2000
I won't pretend I was impressed by the first disc of this series. The only reason I even bothered to pick up volume two was on the hope that it contained more episodes with the same level of quality as the first episode. If it didn't, then this would have the dubious honor of being the first anime series I stopped buying in the middle of.
Before I go into the content, I have to complain about the packaging. The image on the front is a great one of Vash (stolen from the show's opening, I believe). The back has some nice shots of animation and the episodes listed, but they're numbered incorrectly as episodes 1, 2, and 3. When I went to the store to look for it, I initially passed it up as the first disc of some sequel or OVA series. And since Vol. 2 isn't anywhere on the package, the only way to know is to open the box up and see. Shame on you, Pioneer. How do you expect to move discs if no one knows which episodes are on them?
Anyway, on to the show. Score three for Trigun. This disc renewed my faith for the series, and now I'm happy to say I'll probably be sticking with it to it's completion. I also like how this disc brings up what looks like a continuing story throughout the series. In this disc we learn that Vash can't remember his past, so if nothing else I can look forward to having that revealed by the end of the series. I also like how the three episodes on this disc flow into one another, giving it a more coherent feel than the first disc.
"Hard Puncher" involves an entire time chasing after Vash in order to collect the huge bounty on his head. They need it to fix their plant, whatever that is. All I could really understand was that the town needed it to survive, but that's all you really need to know. Of course, Vash's incredible luck (or is it skill) saves his hide long enough for him to figure a way out of the situation, but not before the town brings in the big guns. Speaking of which, we finally get to see Vash fire that curious pistol of his.
"Lost July" revolves around a hottie that comes to the same town as the last episode to fix their plant. However, someone is after her life, and she hires Vash to be her bodyguard. Or is there more to it than that? I won't spoil the ending for you, but by the end of the episode I really found myself wanting to know who the heck Vash was.
But my favorite episode on the disc is the last one, "B.D.N." The title refers to the episode's central baddie, Brilliant Dynamite Neon (one of those delightfully absurd names found only in anime). This guy has personality, folks, and he's my favorite villain in the series thus far. Anyway, Vash and the "Insurance Girls" (Meryl and Millie) are riding a giant sand steamer home when it is hijacked by B.D.N. and his crew. Things steadily worsen until the episodes cliffhanger ending, which made me immediately want to buy the next disc to see what happens.
Trigun's hit it's stride now, with consistent funny, entertaining, and well-written episodes that leave you wanting more. Now, if only you could find the stupid thing. Pioneer (and anyone else who doesn't, for that matter) should really look into putting volume numbers on their cases.
KHL DVD 221, RCA 21" TV
Mania Grade: A+
Audio Rating: A+
Video Rating: B
Packaging Rating: C-
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