Gun X Sword Complete Box
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Van (pronounced "Vaughn"), the hero of the 2005 broadcast series Gun x Sword (pronounced "Gun-sword"), roams the wastes of the planet Endless Illusion, seeking The Claw, the one-armed man who murdered his bride on their wedding day. When he gets in trouble, Van summons Dann, a powerful Gundam-esque mecha, to clobber his foes. During his wanderings, he picks up several ill-assorted companions, including Wendy, a girl who's looking for her missing brother; Carmen, an "information broker" in a skimpy outfit; and Joshua, the eager younger brother of Ray--who's also out to kill The Claw. For the first several episodes, Van and his pals stumble from one short, often silly misadventure to another. Around episode 9, the story begins to gel. The Claw isn't some casual murderer but the cult leader known as "Our Comrade," who plans to use ancient technology to remake the entire planet's society according to his will. Gun x Sword is obviously trying to be a combination of Trigun and Cowboy Bebop, but Van commands neither the film noir charisma of Spike Spiegel nor the nutty charm of Vash the Stampede. Carmen is an obvious clone of Faye Valentine from Bebop and the mecha fights are shamelessly lifted from various Gundam series. The first eight episodes do almost nothing to advance the plot, and the later ones feel padded with repetitions, mawkish sentimentality, pointless subplots, fan service cleavage shots, and endless nattering. The Complete Collection comes with a disc of extras that includes Japanese commercials, 13 episodes of Gun x Sword San, a "super-deformed" spoof with CG hand puppets, and the footage from the series voice actor David Vincent (Van) recut to propose to his girlfriend. (Rated TV-14, but suitable for ages 16 and older: violence, violence against women, profanity, toilet and risqué humor, nudity, sexual situations, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon
(1. Tuxedo Blowing in the Wind, 2. Fury Stream, 3. Heroes One More Time, 4. And the Rain Kept Falling, 5. Twins Guard, 6. Light My Fire, 7. The Vengeance Within, 8. Bound by Blood, 9. Carmen Goes Home, 10. Thank You Ocean, 11. Where the Goodbyes Are, 12. The Days of No Return, 13. Dream in Progress, 14. Swift Brownie, 15. Neo Originals, 16. Electric Fireworks, 17. Follow the X Spot, 18. Prayers Are for Saudade, 19. Prayer's End, 20. Wonderful Universe, 21. Prayers for Heaven and Peace on Earth, 22. For Whose Sake? 23. A Song for Everyone, 24. End of a Dream, 25. Fool Comes by Armor, 26. Tuxedo Blowing in Tomorrow)
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As a result, the first disc is mostly silly monster (or more accurately bad boys with mech's) of the week that have to have their butts kicked! In fact so predictable, silly and boring had it become that I seriously considered quitting the series with disc one. However, I decided to check out the second disc and all of a sudden, it started to develop into a fairly good series. With a main villain who's quite a bit different from what you would expect, a bunch of very interesting subordinates and the hero (or more accurately anti-hero) developing his own set of fellow travelers. And from there on it improved considerably.
Now of course it does have a number of serious drawbacks. It's very disjointed and very little time is spent showing the back stories on their opponents. And it's never really explained in a believable manner where the various tech comes from or exactly who the main villains band of techies (cultists) come from. Plus the final showdown spread over the last disc has all the usual clichés of various heroes making one last stand, overwhelming enemy mech's (is there some sort of Mech's R Us on this semi-civilized western themed planet that we didn't know about?) and heroes who always show up just in the nick of time. That sort of thing. It just never fully develops into a believable world. However the action is pretty fast and furious and it does have a decent if somewhat silly ending.Read more ›
As for the box set itself, it comes in a wonderful cardboard box containing the DVD cases, which are made of plastic. These thick cases house every disc of the show, including a special features disc. Despite it's size in comparison to a single season, this box set will save you plenty of shelf space as compared to having all four of the indivudual seasons. Unfortunately, Gun X Sword is a measely 26 episodes long, however this is only a negative because the show is so incredibly good and manages to convey the entire story within this short period of time. While it will never get the attention and love a series like DBZ, Deathnote or Full Metal Alchemist will get, this anime is equal in quality, if not better than some of those. (Personally my favorite anime of all time.)
It's the entire series in one affordable package. Besides the quality animation and translation, I loved the extras. It includes the restored episode that was censored during broadcast and it has a bonus disc with extra materials (and includes the censored version of that episode.) I also appreciate that it has a reversible cover if you don't like the S.A.V.E logo.
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I think with the inclusion of the extras, it makes this set a great value, but I wish Funimation would do a better job of getting the correct information out on their releases.
The series itself is very good blending the Western/Mecha genres together. It has been compared to earlier animes like Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, Trigun and the main character Van does seem somewhat similar to Spike from Cowboy Bebop. It also has an odd main villain in the form of the Claw who preaches friendship and harmony and wants to "save" the world but has no qualms about tearing apart anyone that interferes with his plans. Maybe the story isn't that original, but it does a good job of being entertaining throughout.
The packaging is pretty basic , but still nice with all 5 DVD houses in a normal size DVD case with a glossy cardboard slip-cover. I actually prefer these type of releases because of the space (and money) that is saved compared to when anime series were released over 6-8 DVDs, though I do miss the artwork from the covers and artboxes a little. The video is 16:9 widescreen and the transfer looks solid from what I've watched so far.
Oh and just more bang for buck too:)
The animation is great, the characters range from quirky to compelling, the story is intriguing and the English dub is excellent making this series a must own for any anime fan!
Be warned this anime contains profanity, fan service and a very brief inexplicit sex scene so it may not be suitable for children! Fan service involves bouncing breasts, skimpy bikinis, revealing clothing, glimpses of panties, brief nudity and suggestive themes.
I purchased this set without prior knowledge of the show, and was pleasantly surprised.
It has a good mix of hand to hand fight scenes. If you are at all a fan of Cowboy Bebop, a lot of the fight scenes are very reminiscent of that particular style. The action is easy to follow, and doesn't leave you thinking they left some animation scenes out. It also has some of the elements of a Mecha series which are also done well. There is a good blend of Mecha fighting with personal stories and effective plot and character development. It felt a little like Big O at time to that respect.
Voice talents for the American dubs you'll recognize. Funimation has a lot of good American voice over actors if dubs are your preference. The script is a little cheesy at times, but if you are a fan of anime, you probably have just come to expect this. It isn't obnoxious or forced feeling.
Though this is a revenge story, I felt as though I cared about the characters plight even though the whole revenge theme does get a little overplayed at times. I cared about what happened to the characters, which is rare for a lot of series for me. The plot did seem a little forced at times, but on the whole I found it cohesive and thought out.
The only negative thing I might say is that the plot varies from serious tones that sometimes feel a little forced, to polar opposite lighthearted and not-so-serious at all tones. While a cohesive plot, I felt at times the tone was a little inconsistent.
Still, all that aside, this is definitely worth a look. I would recommend this to any sci-fi action anime fans out there as a "Cowboy Bebop inspired Revenge story with elements from Trigun, Scryed, and even a little Samurai Champloo at times.