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  • Audio Rating: A
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Menus Rating: A
  • Extras Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
  • MSRP: 89.98
  • Running time: 350
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Trigun

Trigun Limited Collector's Edition Set 1

By Jarred Pine     November 22, 2005
Release Date: November 22, 2005

Trigun Limited Collector's Edition Set 1
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.

What They Say
On a desert planet scorched by twin suns, bounty hunters scour the planet looking for Vash who has a $$60,000,000,000 bounty placed on his head! Vash has been credited with the destruction of several towns, but miraculously, there is no record of him ever taking a life. However, only two things ever happen to those who catch up to Vash - they either crawl away wounded (mostly from self-inflicted damage), or they stagger away in disbelief that such a dork could possibly be the man they are looking for!


Limited Edition Metal Case and individual think pak feature the new art by the creator YASUHIRO NIGHTOW!

5.1 surround sound was created for the DVD

Video includes the original Japanese opening (each opening is different!)

Includes Episodes 1-14 on 3 discs

The Review!
For this viewing, I listened to the show in its original Japanese language with the new 5.1 Dolby Digital track. The new surround sound track is quite impressive, as is evident right off the bat with the opening song. The rear speakers help bolster the overall sound with some great directionality in music, voices, sound effects, and gunshots. It’s interesting to do a comparison with the original 2.0 track and hear the improvements made. The sound is very clear and free of distortion. I did give the English dub a test drive and from what I could tell there were no drop-offs in quality, although the dub voices seemed to be cranked up in volume a bit more.

Presented in it’s original 4:3 aspect ratio, the transfer looks quite solid here. Originally airing in 1998, this is pre-digital animation that looks very sharp with some instances of jagged lines or crawling edges. Best news, for those who own the original Geneon releases, is that the rainbow effect seems to be gone for the most part. The ED animation does feature some rainbows and I did notice just a little bit in the recap episode (#13). Overall though it is a big improvement.

Enclosed in a tin case, the first 14 episodes of Trigun are packaged in 3 thinpak cases that fit quite snuggly in the tin. The tin is quite the collector’s item, featuring great Nightow artwork and some raised elements (like Vash’s guns and the logo) that give the cover nice depth. The back of the case only features the logo with some bullet hole graphics.

The covers are reversible and feature more great Nightow illustrations. The reverse sides feature mugshots of the prominent characters of the show, 1 per each side. The backs of the standard covers feature only episode and extras listings. Overall, it’s a very clean and nice looking package that Trigun fans should enjoy.

NOTE: Not included in this review copy, there is also a bullet necklace enclosed in a jewelry bag.

Opening with a gun blast, the new menus by Nightjar feature a set of wanted posters that have each of the menu items. After selecting a sub menu, the picture slides and scrolls to the selected sub menu. The colors stay true to the show and the Western feel, with lots of yellows and browns in a dim light that is flickering like candlelight. I also love the donuts that show up in the DVD credit screen. One of the key guitar music pieces from the show plays while the menu is up, also in 5.1 sound.

The extras are spread across each disc, featuring character galleries, toy design sketches, weapon designs, mecha designs, and Japanese TV spots. There is also a textless opening (only 1) as well as the original English opening. An interesting little bit is that Geneon put 9 different trailers, 3 per volume, on this release that should give buyers a good look at their current library.

Contents (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Set on a desolate planet, Trigun mixes a Spaghetti Western setting--with its cowboy attitude, ghost towns, taverns, and gun duels--with sci-fi, almost steampunk, sensibilities to create an action title that features one of the more unsuspecting heroes in all of anime. With a bounty of $$60,000,000,000 (read sixty-billion double dollars) on his head, the legendary Vash the Stampede has just about every bounty hunter, desperate citizen, and two insurance agents on his tail looking to claim this mighty reward. The mere mentioning of his name can drive a town into a frenzy, either sending its inhabitants running for hills or their guns, as he is known as the Humanoid Typhoon for destroying entire cities, but miraculously not a single person has ever been recorded as a death.

The two Bernardelli Insurance agents, Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson, are sent to find Vash in order to make sure that he will stop his path of destruction in order to save the parent company a few double dollars on insurance claims. When they come upon a gunfight outside of town, confusion arises as to who the real Vash the Stampede is--the mohawk giant, a mustachioed sharpshooter, or a bumbling idiot with blonde spiky hair in a big red coat. I don’t think it’s too hard to figure out which one is the true Vash. Unconvinced about catching the real Vash, Meryl and Milly continue on their journey from town to town looking for the wanted devil, each time bumping into this blonde idiot savant that just seems to be in the wrong place at the right time.

The first of three discs in this new set introduces us to Vash, Meryl, and Milly, as we watch them move from town to town getting into tight situations or helping out those in need. The mood is definitely much more on the lighthearted side with good doses of slapstick and silly humor thrown in that is sure to garner quite a few chuckles. After watching numerous anime titles since my first viewing of Trigun, I can say that I’ve found few characters as infectious as Vash. His goofy smile, happy-go-lucky attitude, and exaggerated emotions and facial expressions are quite a riot. No matter how big of a hole Vash finds himself in, he gets himself and, more importantly, everyone else out of it alive and well with that big “Love & Peace!” grin on his face. Is it pure luck? I don’t think so. It is quite easy to tell that Vash is someone with a lot of skill who is trying to not draw any attention to himself, or the name, in order to not start a panic.

Almost matching Vash’s shining persona on the screen are Meryl and Milly. Meryl plays the role of the cynic, very intelligent insurance agent and balances Milly’s airhead personality. Together their interactions are often amusing (I love their donut offerings in the beginning episodes) and they become even more hilarious when you mix in Vash’s antics and poor womanizing skills. Meryl can absolutely not believe that this blonde idiot is truly Vash, until he manages to save some injured people from the vicious Nebraska Family (with no deaths mind you) in front of all the townsfolk and Meryl herself. It’s clear that only Vash the Stampede can put on a display of those skills.

As the show progresses into the second volume, with Vash’s identity now known to Meryl and Milly, the show slowly begins to reveal it’s dark lining that is Vash’s past. A woman tries to get revenge on Vash for allegedly killing her parents in the destruction of the town named July, events of which Vash has no recollection of at all. In episode nine, there is the introduction of the great gun slinging, cross bearing (literally) priest, Nicholas D. Wolfwood, who is essentially Vash’s reflection. Both carry a dark past and are seeking redemption in one way or another, and the two of them see this in each other and are able to connect almost instantly despite their initial bickering. Wolfwood is another great character in this series that is not just inserted for pure action stimulation with his killer arsenal, but allows the story to slowly reveal the darker undercurrent as well as help bring out some of the pain that is inside Vash and Wolfwood himself. The more serious moments or lines of introspection during these few episodes help balance out the silly comedy, with neither one impeding the success of the other.

The show begins its turning point in episode twelve with the introduction of Legato Bluesummers, a creepy, eerily outfitted man who has come to deliver the message that Vash will die very soon. Even the music changes a bit here as things get much more psychologically dark. The past has begun to catch up with Vash, and he is terrified of what will happen to the people when a monster killer named Monev the Gale comes walking into town, hell-bent on killing Vash and anyone who stands in his way. As is stated by Meryl, Vash changes in this episode from the happy-go-lucky guy he was previously.

I would be doing this review an injustice if I didn’t mention the great background music and seiyuu work done here. The music is a mix of Western influence folk rock, that are mostly guitar driven pieces, and some other more eerie electronic pieces for the darker moments in the show. The OP song is rocker, one which always gets played at volume 11 on my system. The great guitar sounds just perfectly enhance each scene and fits with the overall mood. This was also my first time watching Trigun in its original language, and I came away quite impressed by the chemistry displayed by Meryl and Milly’s seiyuu, as well as the dual personalities of Vash.

In Summary:
Having only seen Trigun once in what has been a few years now, I was very interested to see if watching it a second time at this point in my life would be as entertaining of an experience as I remembered. To be honest, it was even better. The Spaghetti Western setting with sci-fi sensibilities, guns ablaze action, and silly humor, is all balanced well in creating a fun viewing experience. I truly enjoy each and every character, which makes those darker moments of introspection and redemption that much sweeter.

For those who haven’t experience Trigun, there’s no better time than now. This is a well put together package that should please any anime collector. For those fans looking to upgrade, Geneon definitely made sure it was worth the money. A better encode gets rid of the rainbows, the 5.1 sound is stellar, and the Nightow illustrated package looks superb. It is great seeing a title like Trigun getting this updated treatment, as it is a newer classic that definitely should not be forgotten.

Japanese 2.0 Language,Japanese 5.1 Language,English 5.1 Language,English Subtitles,Art Gallery, Character Designs, Mechanical Designs, Weapon Designs, Textless Opening, TV Spots,Inludes Exclusive Bullet Necklace (Trigun logo engraved)

* "Embossed metal case"includes 3 discs in an individual reversible thin pak.

Review Equipment
Toshiba 34HF85 34" 16:9 TheaterWide FST Pure Flat HDTV


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