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- 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
Trigun Vol. #2
By Roman Martel
February 18, 2002
Release Date: May 23, 2000
Overall Rating: 4.5 (on a scale of 1-5)
English Acting: 4
Well let me get this out of the way right from the beginning. Vash Bandicoot, Vash Rendar, Bubblegum Vash. O.K. I feel much better now. It's just that everytime I hear the name Vash I want to say one of the above combinations. Well, as you can see, Vash is back. And yes it has a shiny foil cover. But after you get past the glitter of the keepcase... how does the show hold up? Keep reading to find out.
Pioneer keeps up the good work on this disc for the most part. The picture had some rainbow effects on the system I used. I only really noticed them because I heard others talking about the effect and where to look for it. Other than that the picture is really good. The sound is just as well done as it was on the last disc. This menu was even more fun than the last one. I'm very impressed on the menu work on this series... well done. Of course the foil card has returned in this volume as well so it's all pretty and shiny. But we still don't get region codes or what extras you get anywhere on the keepcase. The extras this time around were some stills from the show and some design sketches for the vehicles in the show. Overall a very good disc, and with the exception of the rainbows it's as good as the last one.
With the second disc of Trigun we get more of the same in all the artistic departments. And while I appreciated the consistency so far in this show, I'm still wondering about the plot and character development. Now there have been some hints in this disc that more is going on with Vash then we seem to know about, but this show is still missing an overall force to drive it.
This disc starts off with Vash arriving in a town that is desperate for money. Their plant has broken down. Now the plant not only employed people but it also made the area around the town livable. Unfortunately the technology to repair the plant is old and very complicated. The townsfolk know that they can't repair it and to hire a specialist would cost money that they don't have. But when Vash arrives, with his 60,000,000,000 double dollar reward... well the whole town becomes a huge nest of bounty hunters. Meryl and Millie end up in the town as well, only to find that Vash is about to meet one of the most dangerous enemies to date. We actually get to see Vash use his gun in this episode, but keep in mind when you watch it, how the gun is used. This episode develops Vash a bit more, but we still are unclear about his motives or direction (if he even has any). Well they could be "LOVE AND PEACE! LOVE AND PEACE! LOVE AND PEACE!"
The next episode remains in the town and involves a woman who is not only a plant specialist, but she's also in need of a bodyguard. It seems that someone is trying to kill her. Since she is sexy and promises to give Vash whatever he would like, our hero nearly falls over himself trying to help and protect her. Of course there is more going on her than meets the eye. This episode touches on Vash's past, but does so in such a way that you are left scratching your head. Just what is going on with this guy?!
The final episode involves a large desert train that Vash boards from the town. Once on board he meets a young stowaway who seems to be in trouble. Meryl and Millie (having not a double dollar to their name) barter their services as concession stand clerks to keep an eye on Vash (Meryl is now convinced that "Vash" is in fact the VASH they have been searching for. But still can't get over the complete goofiness of his character). Unfortunately, the train gets attacked by pirates who want to open the giant safe inside of it. When their efforts fail, they are left with one option: drive the train off a cliff and hope that he safe busts open. What about the people inside the train? Well, they will make a nice pretty red mess when they crash. Of course Vash can't allow this to happen, it has nothing to do with LOVE AND PEACE! But can he stop being goofy for just one moment, before the leader of the pirates kills everyone on board? This episode leaves you with a literal cliffhanger, so now I'm itching to see the next disc.
The animation has remained consistent in this disc. The overall feel and atmosphere still hold up, giving you that dusty "old west" feel as well as combining the futuristic look of the vehicle and weapon designs. The vehicles get lots of spotlighting in the last episode involving the desert train. Just check out the crazy "dune buggies" the pirates drive and the train itself looks to have alot of thought put into it. The character design is more of the same, you've got the villian with quite possibly the strangest head in the series so far in the first episode. The second episode features the sexy plant specialist and the masked killer out for her life. The final episode contains a very neon looking villain and his Kodama-esque minions (Don't look at me that's how LadyCat described them ;-)). Overall it's all great looking with lots of work involved in the design area.
The sound still continues to hold the standard. It works with the action perfectly and there are plenty of ambient sounds (especially inside the train) that add to the overall "realness" of the show. The creators have managed to have a fresh new idea with the visuals and keep the sound up to the same level. Not an easy feat.
The plot is still the weakest part of this show for me. Now don't get me wrong. The plot isn't horrible or even bad; it's just there. I do have to give them a bit more credit because things seem to be heading in a general direction now. There has been a past hinted at with Vash, and we do know that he seems to be obsessed with LOVE AND PEACE! But we are still not really drawn into his character yet. I want to know more and the mystery surrounding him is intriguing. Meryl and Millie, while great comic relief, are still very 2D. I like them a lot, and all, but I want the girls to get some more character development. But the biggest problem is the vagueness of the overall plot. The only reason I want to see the next disc is to resolve the cliff-hanger and maybe find out more about Vash. But without those elements this show is pretty much standard.
The English acting for the mains has stayed the same, very well done. They all seem to be having fun and enjoying the goofy antics of the characters. Some of the secondary characters are bland sounding or just way, way, way, over o the top. Luckily they aren't on screen for too long but they keep this dub away from 5 status.
I went out and got the 1st CD from Trigun. The music is a great combination of all types of music. Lots of electronic/ambient noise stuff on it. You've got your blues guitar and saxophone, the rockin' guitar opening, some "market music" style piano, you get just a bit of everything. And it's all in the show too! I still really love the music in this series and recommend the CD if you like all kinds of music.
This disc remains consistent with the previous offering. It's well made and has plenty of fun in it. You've got funny moments with our goofy cast and enough action to keep action fans interested. On top of that it ends in a cliff-hanger, so you just have to get the next disc to see how they all get out of this one. I'm enjoying the series and hope it can get a bit more cohesive in the next installment.
There was a scene in the first episode that can also be seen on the keepcase for this disc. Check out the bottom right corner on the back. You'll see Meryl looking completely insane and holding one of her little guns. She also has suction darts stuck to her face and hands (don't ask, just watch the episode). Anyway, when that moment happened I was laughing so hard, mostly because I have seen that same look on LadyCat's face! I turned and told her that she was shaping up to be just like Meryl.
She shot me.
Guess I need to keep my mouth shut eh? ;-)
***End LadyCat Moment***
Panasonic A110, Pioneer Elite Pro-107 (45 inch screen), Kenwood THX certified 4.1 receiver, Boston Acoustics (5 speakers and 2 subs)