Trigun Vol. #4 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Monday, February 18, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2000
We're halfway through the series. While episodes previous have mostly been the wild and crazy antics of Vash and his friends, the episodes on this disc are actually fairly serious in nature.
In Escape from Pain, Wolfwood and Milly help out a young dancing girl and her boyfriend get away from the caravan that the boy's father runs. Meanwhile, Vash is asked to "handle the situation" by said father, which leads to one of the most heart-stopping conflicts in the series so far.
In Diablo, we meet Legato Bluesummers, who looks to be as evil as Vash can be goofy. We finally see the darker side of Vash as . . .Transfer Interrupted Due to Spoiler! which is probably THE most pulse-pounding scene in the series.
The third episode is a disappointment. Appropriately titled Vash the Stampede, this particular ep is more or less a review of what's happened. (Which makes sense; this IS the halfway point.) However, it continues straight off of the second ep and does have a bit more on why Vash wears the trenchcoat all the time (and a few hints at his past, too).
Audio continues to be top-notch; dubbing's well done and the sounds are crisp and clear. After dabbling through the Japanese soundtrack, I can say that it sounds good, too, although I can't comment on the quality of the voice acting. ^_^;
Video...well, as has been noted in reviews of previous discs (not MINE, this is my first one), there's a fair amount of rainbowing on it, but there are quite a few people out there who don't see it anyway. Other than that, it's good and I didn't see any other types of compression artifacts. Mileage may vary; on our computer system the rainbows didn't show up.
The box itself comes with the usual engraved card, although they misspelled the name of the volume ("Gun Ho Guns" instead of "Gung..."). Cool pic of Vash and Legato, though, so I'm not gonna be too picky. :P. And we've got Vash in the SD corner of the box. (We appear to be missing an SD Milly. Damn. :P)
The menu is done in the same way as all the other menus in the series so far, except this time they've managed to jazz it up further (don't ask how!). It is now bar-none the best-looking menu I've ever seen, with great music, animation, and design. (Maybe I should check out the Sol Bianca DVD sometime.)
Which leaves us with the extras, which are, frankly, disappointing this time around. I didn't mind the Villain Designs all that much, but I preferred the Weapon Designs from the last disc (a matter of choice, I guess). I really saw no point in including the McFarlane Toys Vash the Stampede Action Figure Design Model. (Once again, it's a matter of choice.) Lack of creditless opening/ending is a sigh; I hope they put it on one of the next discs.
Overall, this is bar-none the best Trigun disc ever--the first two episodes more than make up for the review ep (and any other ep, for that matter), you can see and hear everything easily, and you can access them easily with stylish menus to boot. Do you really need more? (Well, there's always the creditless . . .Transfer interrupted!
Sony KV29X1-B Trinitron Color TV, Toshiba DVD player (unknown model, chipped for codefree), JBL 5.1 Surround Speakers (also unknown model ^_^;). Dell Dimension XPS/350 w/RealMagic Hollywood Plus decoder, TBS Montego and Sennheiser HD470 headphones.
Mania Grade: A+
Audio Rating: A+
Video Rating: B+/B
Packaging Rating: A
Menus Rating: A+
Extras Rating: C-
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