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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. #5
By Roman Martel
February 18, 2002
Release Date: November 21, 2000
English Acting: 4
Now we've kicked into high gear with Trigun. Vash gets into the thick of the danger now, especially since his old pal Legato is in town and is bent on ... just what the hell is Legato bent on? More mystery abounds as this episode of Trigun answers some questions and just adds to the mystery of Vash and of the relationship between the man in red and the man in white.
If you are expecting me to tell you if I saw the rainbows in this disc, well think again! I didn't see them this time around, I was too busy being entertained by this disc. But just because I didn't notice them doesn't mean that they weren't there. But since they didn't distract me from the show (if they exist), I gave the visual a 5. Cool, a perfect score for Trigun! The sound was great, the menus were the best ones yet. I love the wanted posters with the choices on them. I love the style and the functionality of these puppies. The presentation is top notch with all the info you need on it, and it's got the cat on it also, so you don't really need anything else. For goodies, you get opening and endings without the credits. Good stuff all the way around. Now wait till I get to the content!
With the last disc giving us an introduction to the serious side of Vash and the world of Trigun. I for one was ready for that to come around. I was enjoying the fun ride, but I was ready for some serious plot, and boy, did we get it in spades with the last disc. Well, the darkness continues and so does the plot in this disc. Let's check out what we got going on this time around.
We get a lesson in family with the first episode "Little Arcadia". The episode actually focuses more on Meryl and Millie, AKA the Insurance girls, more than Vash. The girls get involved with an old couple who will stop at nothing to protect their green acre among the desert. But the bad guys want the deed (how old-fashioned cowboy is that). Unfortunately one of the bad guys is their own son! Can the insurance girls help the son have a change of heart before anyone gets hurt? This episode shows that you should never get Millie mad at you!
The next episode is called "Demon's Eye" for a couple of good reasons. Vash not only encounters another of Legato's Gung-ho-guns, but we also get to see just what kind of power Legato wields. It's a scary thing indeed. Vash begins to see just how dangerous this whole journey is gonna get, and he's not sure if he wants Millie and Meryl to be part of it. We also get to meet the coolest cowgirl so far, keep an eye out for this girl (no pun intended... well not really... o.k. only a little).
The last episode "Fifth Moon" is the real dark gem of this disc. Vash is pursued by two of Legato's guns and this is one battle that is going to show just how far everyone is willing to go. Look for the return of Wolfwood, but also look out for Vash . . . the humanoid typhoon is about to strike, whether he likes it or not.
The animation remains in its same state; you get a mix of very good and pretty good animation. The production design is what stands out in this show. More enemies with weird heads is also what stands out. Trigun's look stands out as much as Bebop's and that is a good thing. The sound has also kept up with the unique look of the show. Individual sounds for all the different weapons in the show, not to mention all the vehicles as well. Lots of imagination went into the look and feel of Trigun.
The plot is doing a good job of keep up the excitement and entertainment value, now that it's kicked into high gear. Vash is keeping his spazzy, serious, slightly bent but with a heart of gold attitude through out the whole show, but the dark edge is making the whole thing that much more interesting. The real interesting twist comes in the last episode and it's definitely making me want to know more about Vash and his history with Legato. And so far I care more about Vash than I did for any of Bebop crew (well except maybe Ein ;-) The Insurance Girls are also getting more depth to their characters, we get to see Millie lose her temper and see what's truly important to her, mainly her best friend and her family. Meryl also shows us that she isn't all business, and even though she complains about Vash's wacky antics she's got a soft sport for old broom head. I'm itchin' to see the next disc (it's a good thing they both came out at the same time . . . even if I had to wait an extra long time for this disc).
The acting remains good. I really enjoy the English voice actors for Vash and Millie; they have captured their characters completely and really make you like them. Even Meryl's actress does a great job on this disc. The supporting cast has done a good job as well. I especially enjoyed the icy cool job done by Dominique the Cyclops, and of course Legato is classic anime villain. Good job!
The music for Trigun has always been a strong point. It ranges all over the board, but uses lots of guitar in all its forms. The music runs the full range and works wonderfully with the show. I love this soundtrack and even own the CD's.
Well, I want more Trigun and I'm gonna watch some more. So if you will excuse me, I got another disc to watch. But I'll be back with a full report as soon as I finish it. J
Roman J. Martel
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