Trigun Vol. 4 - Gung-Ho Guns
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Which is the real face of Vash? The clown, the saint, or the killer? Vash reveals more of his character and more of his secrets as he takes on a contract to kill, and then faces a man whose sole purpose in life is to destroy Vash! When a man is programmed to kill, can he deny his destiny? Volume 4 (Contains episodes 11-13)
In "Escape from Pain," Vash and his friends bid an appropriately offbeat farewell to the gun-and-cross toting preacher Nicholas D. Wolfwood, as the two antiheroes help a young couple escape to freedom. Vash's past comes back to haunt him in the linked episodes "Diablo" and "Vash the Stampede," when Legato Bluesummers and the gargantuan Monev the Gale try to murder him. Vash escapes with his usual élan, but refuses to kill his would-be assassin. The ace marksman's behavior puzzles investigators Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson. They discover further hints about who Vash is (or was) when they see him without a shirt: his upper body is a mass of hideous scars. And the viewer has seen the intriguing Rem, the long-haired girl who appears only in Vash's memories. Meryl tries to decipher this charismatic and frustrating character in a report to the Bernardelli Insurance Society, which triggers a series of flashbacks from previous episodes. The outrageous man with the long blond crewcut is clearly the outlaw known as "The Humanoid Typhoon," but what does that mean? Director Satoshi Nishimura and writer Yosuke Kuroda aren't ready to tip their hands yet, and Vash remains the enigma he's always been.
Rated for ages 13 and up for violence and mild profanity. --Charles Solomon
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The next episode, "Diablo", is a complete departure from the earlier part of the series. Here the plot begins as a man tells Vash that he is going to die. This man is not interested in the massive reward or even revenge. I will not reveal any of his motives here however. This episode shows the serious side of the series and also the dilemmas of some of its main characters. This is the first time you may feel more emotionally drawn into Trigun and if you have been already, get ready for quite a trip.
The final episode, "Vash the Stampede", is mostly just a recap episode (explaining the four stars). As boring as it may be it does help string all the parts of the series thus far together and may get you to think in some ways you haven't before. There is also a bit of plot revealed as we determine a bit more of Vash's character so overall it is worth it to watch this episode.
Mostly I have to say that I am almost as impressed with this DVD as I am with the others. The final episode leaves a bit to be desired but overall even that episode can be helpful. The first two episodes only scratch the surface of the overall effectiveness of Trigun and hopefully will leave you obsessively saving money to get the next DVD. In all reality, Trigun is a discovery of many different things about what one should and shouldn't do. This DVD really illustrates that point very well. I hope you find this to be well worth your money. This series is truly one of the greatest out there and even with the recap episode this DVD beats the vast majority of other movies in existence.
Escape From Pain- Vash and Wolfwood again team up in an attempt to help a young couple elope. In a more serious tone than he normally has, Vash sets off after the couple in what seems like an attempt to take them back to where they came from. The ending includes the parting of ways from Wolfwood, the enigmatic priest.
Diablo- The past again comes back to haunt Vash as a huge man searches for Vash to kill him, destroying part of a town in the process, something that sets off Vash into his most serious and deadly visage that we ever see. Vash truly does seem to turn into "Diablo" as he tries to protect himself and avenge the town. This is also the first introduction of Legato Bluesummers, possibly the most intelligent and malicious character Vash ever faces in the entire series. Legato is the bain of Vash's existance and continues to be through the rest of the series in his subversive, manipulative way.
Vash the Stampede- Faced with the choice between killing and peace Vash chooses the latter again, though not without a struggle. In a truly heart breaking scene, Vash cries out to the lost Rem, the woman who only appears in Vash's memories, to help him chose which way to go. Milly and Meryl and faced with the enigma that is Vash. One minute he's a likable, sweet natured goof ball, the other he has the eyes of the devil. As they contemplate their adventures with him, they try to come to terms with who he is. The episode ends with them walking in on him and seeing the mass of scars his upper body is as he refuses to kill his enemies and has taken the punishment for that. This episode starts the more serious tone that the rest of the series takes.
Again, Vash is endearing if an enigma. He seems to be haunted terribly by his past, yet has a kind heart and sweet spirit in spite of that.
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The first episode fits in more with the "Wolfwood" DVD.Read more