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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Menus Rating: A-
  • Extras Rating: B+
  • 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. #7

By Chris Beveridge     March 27, 2001
Release Date: March 27, 2001


Trigun Vol. #7
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.


What They Say
In the wake of the storm the tears sorrow flowed
Vash leaps into the heart of the storm and leads Wolfwood to the space ship that failed to crash. Unfortunately, the Gung-ho Guns have also invaded paradise with two purposes - destroy a sanctuary for humans, and to inflict as much pain to Vash as possible. Wolfwood chooses to side with Vash, but questions his ability to win - will Wolfwood walk the path of destruction again?!

The Review!
Just as my luck would have it, the moment the series takes itself seriously and offers up more interesting bits of information, it gets close to the end. Three episodes full of Wolfwood fun are pretty much what made this disc a highlight.

Audio:
For our primary review, we continued to listen to this series in its original language of Japanese. The fairly spartan soundtrack for this show, including the music, continues to sound pretty solid here. Dialogue is crisp and clear throughout and the sound effects from the gunfights sound very good. There's not a lot of directionality, but the few instances of it across the front soundstage were placed quite well. The music, though minimal, is a real treat at times. Listening to the next episode previews with the minimal music and the almost somber sounding Vash works perfectly.

Video:
Ah, if only more of this series looked this good. The first two episodes, barring the reused opening/ending from other episodes, look great. Solid colors, sometimes with a lush feel. No line noise, no rainbows and only a few jaggies here and there. The third episode lost a few points for some fairly noticeable jaggies, especially along characters faces and a few minor rainbows that permeated the edges. The first two episodes really wowed us though and looked great, especially as the show itself continued to draw us in.

Packaging:
As with several of the past covers, this is a dark looking Vash fully decked out and guns ready. If you managed to get a chromium card version of the cover, it's going to look even slicker. Great looking cover. The reverse side is a bit lighter with the road trip feel of the cast and a few extra pictures. A brief summary is also joined with the episode listings, listing their actual number and episode title.

Menus:
As with just about every volume of this series, the menus continue to simply rock. They're laid out in the form of a book, with each selection quickly taking you to the next page as the others flip by. Very much in style with the show again and both great looking and functional. The access times are quite good and everything is laid out in a pretty straightforward and logical way.

Extras:
Beyond the conceptual artwork, the selling point in the extras for me is the gallery of Japanese VHS covers. Some were used for the DVD release here, but checking out the ones that weren't makes it worthwhile - and will certainly fuel debate about which ones should and should not have been used. Great inclusion, one I hope to see more of.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
How can this show be bad with Wolfwood in it? The answer is that it can't. Wolfwood shows up again and happens into Vash's path once more. While staying in one of the outpost towns, Vash heads off on a secret errand only to have Wolfwood find and catch up to him while Millie and Meryl are unaware. Where does Vash sneak off to? None other than one of the Project Seeds ships that failed to properly crash. It's still hung in mid-air and hidden in a particularly cloudy/stormy area.

This is the ship that Vash considers his home away from home, the place that he's visited repeatedly over the years since coming to the planet. Those onboard the ship, which contain both living and those still in stasis, have isolated themselves from the world below and don't get involved. They do seem to be better off than those below, but their isolation has likely led to most of them becoming soft and disconnected from the majority of humanity that resides on the planet.

Vash's arrival is to procure a bit of an upgrade for himself, but he ends up with a lot more than he bargained for with Wolfwood tagging along. Those who come across them tend to dislike both, but Wolfwood much more so as he's truly an outsider. Some of the people are more aggressive about his being there than others, but the looks and muttering ends up really setting Wolfwood off.

As the episodes progress, things go as they always do for Vash. Bad and then worse. While Vash reflects on the past, Legato makes his move with three of the Gung-Ho Guns making their way aboard the ship and start a wave of destruction and brutal murders. The quick and bloody nature of it catches many off guard, Wolfwood and Vash included.

The resulting encounter lasts almost an entire episode with a variety of repercussions and changes in the characters. These two episodes, combined with the solid if somewhat fillerish third episode, really bring this series into itself with characters that are quite comfortable to watch yet going through a lot of internal turmoil. You can also see the trouble in the women as they try to decide whether to reach out to Vash or not to offer comfort or support.

The series really meandered early on, a bit too much for my tastes, but the second half has definitely redeemed itself. The continuing revelations of characters backgrounds and the overall storyline has definitely been interesting, but I only hope that it pulls off the ending as well as it has done the second half setup.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Conceptual Artwork,Japanese VHS covers

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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