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  • Audio Rating: N/A
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  • Menus Rating: N/A
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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. #7

By Roman Martel     February 18, 2002
Release Date: March 27, 2001



The Review!
Overall Rating: 4.5
(on a scale of 1-5)

-Technical Ratings-

Sound: 5

Picture: 5

Menu: 5

Presentation: 4

Goodies: 5

Overall: 4.8

-Content Ratings-

Animation: 4

Sound: 4

Plot: 4

English Acting: 4

Music: 5

Entertainment: 4

Overall: 4.2

-Intro-

Trigun is rolling along to its conclusion. This series is doing a great job of balancing the comedy and action in these episodes. Things are going along the pre-ordained path, but I'm pretty sure that we have a few more twists in store. I'm definitely looking forward to the next disc, but let's take a look at this one first.


-Technical Review-

Trigun's discs have all been pretty good. There was the rainbow problem that many people were complaining about. I haven't really noticed them lately on my set, but part of the problem is that I've been absorbed by the action and antics on the screen. From what I have been able to pay attention to, the picture and the sound are both top quality. The menus... wow I can't say enough good things about these menus. Each disc has been different in the menu department and each one is full of music, motion and general showmanship. The keepcase has all the information you need on it, including region codes, number of channels of sound and rating. It is missing a listing of extras on the disc. For the extras you get the Japanese VHS covers and more concept art for the villains including the Gung-ho Guns. Just a warning: if you don't want to know who all the guns are... don't look at this section before you watch the disc. It is a bit of a spoiler. Technically, this disc is just as good as the previous volumes of Trigun.

-Content Review-

I've been enjoying Trigun more and more. I must say that this disc keeps up with the previous discs in most departments. I'm definitely interested in seeing just how this series will resolve itself. But it is making me a bit antsy about who will be left standing after all the shooting is over.

In the first episode Vash and Wolfwood find themselves on a floating ship from the SEEDS experiment. The occupants of the ship are not used to outsiders and quickly turn against Wolfwood and Vash. But Vash seems to have been here before and has left different impressions on different people. Unfortunately for our heroes the Gung Ho Guns have followed them and start wrecking havoc on the ship. This leads into the second episode. It pits Vash, Wolfwood, and a man named Bret against 3 Gung-ho guns. The villains' targets are the huge power generators keeping the ship floating above the world. Can our heroes keep the ship from crashing and hurting more innocent people? In the next episode Wolfy and Needle-noggin reunite with Millie and Meryl. They find a small group of children living in exile from a nearby city. Of course trouble follows the group like it normally does. As all hell breaks lose, Vash comes face to face with another plight, will he sacrifice the life of a child or Meryl ... or is there another alternative? The tension builds in this disc of Trigun.

This series has always been extremely strong in the design department. I love the character design for the Gung-ho guns and various supporting cast (gotta love weird heads). On top of that, you get the excellent design for the floating SEEDS ship. It was a fairly impressive set that would be hard to pull of visually. I do think more could have been done with the interior of the ship if the budget had been a bit larger, but the outside shots are very impressive. And of course we got more unique weapon design. The sound for these weapons and set is also very good. The Gung-ho guns each have unique ways of dealing with Vash and his companions and the sound effects work deliciously with them.

While the plot was twisting on itself in the previous disc, this one is pretty straightforward. We are coming to the exciting conclusion of the series and we know that Vash must face Knives as well as Legato. Of course we know that the remaining Gung-ho Guns have to try and stop him. This is where this disc falls, it's mid-quest time for our band. So from the plot arena this is just what I expected. I'm hoping that the next few discs throw some twists on the classic story. This series has been filled with surprises already so I'm pretty sure I won't be disappointed.

I am enjoying the English dub very much. The actor for Vash is amazing. But I've said that before. I'll just say that he captures the naked emotions that seem to overwhelm Vash very well. Millie and Meryl do a good job providing the comic relief. However, Wolfwood is still sounding uncertain in his role. There were quite a few moments when he pulled me out of the show. I have the feeling that his character is key to the plot and that I should be able to read more into his acting. Unfortunately that isn't happening. But all in all most of the actors do a great job.

Trigun is one of my favorite soundtracks, and I really love how the director chose to use key moments of instrumental sound and music. The mix works so well with the visuals and directing style. It was a great job using the music as an element of the series.

I was entertained with this disc of Trigun. My minor gripe was that the series is going down the similar path of most "Journey of the Hero" tales. I'm hoping for some twists near the end that will push this series up a level. It has all the elements in place for that to happen. But this show is great at keeping me interested in Vash and his companions and the upcoming struggle that is just around the corner. This series is playing out very nicely.

Roman J. Martel
Tell me what you think! E-mail me at...
roman@animeondvd.com



Review Equipment
General Electric Performance Plus (25 Inch), Sony Playstation 2

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