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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. #6
By Roman Martel
February 18, 2002
Release Date: January 23, 2001
English Acting: 4
Ah, I love it when a series starts pulling off the gloves and getting really interesting. Trigun has been getting better and better with each disc. This disc is pulling the story along quickly now, especially with the flashback episode in which we get to see Vash as a child and of course his dream girl. But even as the plot thickens, the mystery maintains.
After my last review of Trigun I was gonna make sure I kept my eyes peeled for those pesky rainbows. Well, I didn't. So the picture looked great again. The sound's has always been top notch so no problem there. The menu is very cool and very functional. The keep case has all the info on it that you would look for. The disc includes concept art for all the flashback technology and characters. Solid 5's all the way across? You better believe it.
This disc is continuing the top-notch story and delivery. We are getting closer to a 5 in the plot area. But let's see what happens in this disc. The first episode is a total flashback. We get to see just where Vash comes from. Not only that but we get to meet his dream girl. And she isn't everything you suspected her to be. We are also introduced to Vash's twin of sorts, a young boy named Knives. We are given some reasons for Vash's current behavior, but more mystery is added.
The next episode finds Wolfwood returning into the plot. It seems that several months have passed since the infamous Augusta and fifth moon incident, and Vash the Stampede has vanished. Of course Wolfwood finds our hero attempting to hide in a small town. What exactly is Wolfwood attempting to do, and just what are Millie and Meryl up to?
The third disc follows Vash and Wolfwood when they get involved in a feud. Meryl and Millie are reassigned to follow Vash again, and catch up to him in the town. But can Vash's motto of love and peace do more than cause trouble? If you're wondering where Legato is in this disc, don't worry; the final episode shows that he has not been idle.
What can I say that I haven't said about the animation and sound on this show? It still remains very creative in the design area, even when the animation itself fluctuates. The flash back episode shows the great contrast between the world of Trigun that we know, with its dust and psuedo-western feel and the look and feel of the world Vash knew as a child. This past, known as "project seeds", also has some of the first green and blue we see for extended periods of time. The contrast heightens the dreamlike feel of the episode and draws you into the mystery that much more. Of course the sound is also keep up with the visuals and helping to create both worlds on this disc, the past and the present.
The first episode does a great job of adding dimension and realism to the character of Vash. With more to his past added to the story we come closer to understanding him. We also glimpse a character who may or may not be Legato. Knives is an enigma himself and draws you into the plot. The other two episodes show Vash after his latest transition. In true mythic fashion Vash has been reborn, but is he ready to face his past or are there more trials ahead? Wolfwood is also a bit of a mystery. His motives remain unclear and I'm still not sure if he's trying to help Vash or hinder him. Only Meryl and Millie remain very 2D. It's a shame too. In the first part of the show they were the vehicle by which we learn about Vash. But they have potential to be equally interesting characters. I hope are able to grow as the show progresses.
The acting is on par with this disc. I've said it a couple times already but I'll say it again, the English VA for Vash is doing an excellent job. This tough character is made from both his voice acting and the visual antics. This actor has done a great job of being both hyper and deadly. He even manages to carry off the fact that under all the goofy, spazzy fun, there is something else lurking. This actor has done a great job.
And of course the music has continued to work well with the show.
I'm liking this show more and more. I'm eagerly looking forward to the next disc and seeing just where Vash is headed. The mix of an intriguing character and a mysterious plot has brought this series from a fun romp to a story with some real bite to it. A very clever show. Let's see if they know how to end it J
Roman J. Martel
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