Gun X Sword: The Complete Series
by Ruben R. Rosario
Now available in a S.A.V.E. edition from Funimation Entertainment.
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Gun X Sword falls into that same vein of anime that made a huge hit in the late 90’s and early 2000’s in the US, the sci-fi western. The series follows Van, a tuxedoed drifter that is on a quest for revenge after his bride was murdered on their wedding day by a man with a claw for a right hand. After going through a town called Evergreen, he meets a young girl named Wendy, who’s also on a quest to find her brother that has left Evergreen to mysteriously travel with The Claw. Along the way they meet a rag tag group of heroes, an information hunter with a yo-yo and plenty of other people that make for an interesting journey. Once they finally meet up with The Claw, their quest finds new meaning and find out the real origins of the giant robot that Van pilots, Dann of Thursday. The series was originally picked up by Geneon Entertainment and has been rereleased by Funimation.
One of the great things behind this show and what make all of the other sci-fi western shows so good is their amalgamation of the two genres to make something very fun and unique. While the themes of revenge and betrayal were handled better in Cowboy Bebop and Trigun much more efficiently, Gun X Sword is definitely a good tale. The character designs by Takahiro Kimura are really great, distinctive and a pleasure to look at. The animation handled by AIC is fantastic and stay pretty consistent throughout the entire series. My only real problem with the series is with Hideyuki Kurata’s scripts for Gun X Sword. Certain plot developments and character developments happen at very odd times, that make for poor pacing. There’s always something good happening and the story keeps moving forward, but there are just mere moments where Gun X Sword just slightly missteps.
With this rerelease containing three audio tracks, in English 5.1, Japanese 5.1 and a Japanese DTS track, the Gun X Sword-San episodes and other extras that were in the original release, it’s definitely worth every penny. While I had a problem with the pacing, seeing all of the fantastic action and well done comedy made me enjoy Gun X Sword very much. Whether its giant mecha that tickle your fancy or a great adventure, Gun X Sword delivers a well told tale that’s fun, action packed and looks great, all the way through. Recommended.
Ruben R. Rosario is a graduate from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Audio for Visual Media. He works as a freelance location sound mixer, boom operator, sound designer, and writer in his native Chicago. He’s an avid collector of films, comics, and anime.
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