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Product Details

  • Actors: David Vincent, Jennifer Sekiguchi, Michelle Ruff
  • Directors: Liam O'Brien
  • Format: Widescreen, Color, Box set, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0043988J4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,924 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Japanese TV commercials

Japanese trailers 01 - 03

Episode 17 (TV version)

David Vincent’s proposal video

Textless opening & closing song


Editorial Reviews

Product Description

There’s a claw-fisted, fiancé-murdering, older-brother-corrupting, genocidal maniac terrorizing the planet of endless illusion, and only Van, a tight-lipped loner in a jet black tuxedo, can bring the scoundrel to justice. Armed with his shape-shifting sword, a mechanized suit of armor sent from the heavens, and a fierce hunger for condiments, Van hunts the villain who murdered his one true love with dogged determination. Riding shotgun on his quest is Wendy Garret, a pretty young spitfire who’ll do anything to reunite with her long lost brother. Together, they seek vengeance in a lawless, futuristic frontier, draining bottles of ketchup and righting wrongs wherever heroes are needed. With any luck, they’ll find the men they seek before the sun sets on civilization once and for all.

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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)

Customer Reviews

Great writing, great characters.
Todd Sullivan
The video is 16:9 widescreen and the transfer looks solid from what I've watched so far.
Anime Fanatic
A time honored tale of revenge told with a nice blend of humor, drama and action.
Ash

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anime Fanatic on December 9, 2010
Format: DVD
Just got the Funimation release of Gun Sword today and was pleasantly surprised to find that this is really a 5-DVD set. The 26 episodes of the series are on the first 4 DVDs and then there is a 5th "Extra Features" DVD in the back of the case with what I believe were all the extras included with the original Geneon releases including...YES! the 13 Gun Sword San episodes.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By NC on November 26, 2010
Format: DVD
Fantastic series. My personal favorite. It is great news that Funimation picked this one up and is going to republish it again. Sadly usually when this happens, they tend to cut out some of the extras from the original release. Hopefully included in this will be the goofy Gun Sword-san episodes. But I would really doubt that judging from the price. Still, great show, great characters, and it'll keep you watching old episodes again and again. Watch both dubs if you can. This is probably the only series I've seen where I wished I could combine both dubs. The voice actor who plays Van in English is exceptional. So are a few other characters. But then theres some in Japanese which are great too. Enjoy!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David on January 25, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is budget box set you've been waiting for if you want an inexpensive way to get the sword wielding anime that doesn't suck. S.A.V.E. is the way to go if want inexpensive anime. Anyways this is a great anime if you want fun action, chicks, story, and gun fights that are just fun to watch.
Story-8.5
Animation-10
Value-10
Oh and just more bang for buck too:)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ash on April 29, 2014
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When a man on a quest to avenge his murdered fiance meets a spunky teenage girl whose older brother was kidnapped by a man fitting the description of the person he has been pursuing the two forms an unlikely partnership. In spite of the fact that all they have to go on is that the man they seek has a clawed hand it’s more than enough to keep them on his trail. A time honored tale of revenge told with a nice blend of humor, drama and action.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Todd Sullivan on September 29, 2013
Format: DVD
One of the best animes I've ever seen. Absolutely fantastic. Great writing, great characters. Almost can't be better. Actually made me tear up several times. I've watched the entire season several times, and haven't gotten tired of it yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joleene Naylor on February 16, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Love this anime! It reminds me of Cowboy Beebop - it's got a hint of darkness, great characters and lots of laughs.

however, the case this set comes in sucks. Part of the hinge has broken and the center things the dvds click onto are chipping away, while the first center ring has broken off part of the disc. I don't know if mine is defective, or if this is a problem with other sets, but if so I recommend putting these in a different case. However, the discs themselves are excellent quality, the show looks great and I am still pleased.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Red Corsair on May 17, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This series is very comical and sometimes over the top. The primary characters sport great chemestry and the animation is more than decent for a series. -Jult Warfell
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By Air Man on September 19, 2014
Format: DVD
I didn't buy this collection (own the original Geneon dvd's) but I love this anime and I wanted to review it anyway, I'm really glad it's getting a re-release. You could call Gun Sword a mecha-anime and you'd be partially right, but first and foremost it's a revenge story. One sentence summary: Van suffered a terrible loss at the hands of a murderer known as the "The Claw", a young girl named Wendy has lost her brother Michael to marauders and wants to see him home safe, their paths intersect when it seems The Claw now has Michael is his possession. Many other characters and subplots come into play (and some of them are very bizarre, even by anime standards) but the main focus is Van's revenge. I really liked the narrative and Van in particular, he's doesn't fit into any kind of anime stereotype (some of the other characters do, but this often seems intentional.) He's lanky, lethargic, and generally apathetic, only bursting into fits of extreme anger upon mention of the man who took everything from him.
The English dub for this show is way better than I expected, especially considering the relatively small fan base in the US. David Vincent is a damn good voice actor, it's criminal he hasn't been in more anime. One scene in which Van has an emotional breakdown just sounded so believable, that must have been one hell of a recording session! Another thing that tends to make of break my final opinion of an anime is the ending (looking at you Wolf's Rain) and Gun Sword's is very satisfying (also hilarious.)
If I had to criticize the show, I'd say that a few characters probably could've been written out to the betterment of the show (Ray's brother Joshua was pretty pointless, the main character even attempts to ditch him several times).
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