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Title:
  Trigun vol 3 - Wolfwood

UK Distributor:  MVM (DVD Only)

BBFC Certificate:  12

Suggested Retail Price (SRP):  17.99

Episodes:  8-10 (of 26)

Audio Options:  English 2.0, Japanese 2.0

Subtitles:  English

Reviewer:  Rich (Webmaster)

 

 Vash's already difficult life is about to get a whole lot more complicated.  If coping with the two insurance agents following him around wasn't enough, a new problem arises - the enigmatic priest Nicholas D Wolfwood.  Although Wolfwood appears to share the same values as Vash, he also shares his prodigious gun skills and unwanted ability to attract trouble.  Whether ancient sentry robots or crooked town officials, everything seems to get more dangerous when the two are together, and to make matters worse Vash still has the psychotic Brilliant Dynamites Neon and his Badd Ladd Gang to content with...

I have really enjoyed Trigun so far, and this volume was no exception.  Wolfwood really adds to an already intriguing cast, and it is interesting to note that things get darker and more dramatic once again.  The story in this volume really throws up a lot of new questions about Vash and his past, but crucially the characterisation is so good that you really want to find out the answers.  His interactions with Wolfwood are what really makes this volume work, the two play off each other superbly and this is where a lot of the comedy comes from, but there are still plenty of little hints and glimpses into their pasts thrown up throughout.  A song reminds Vash of a mystery woman, Wolfwood is revealed as an ace gunslinger... it's things like this that makes you really wish there were more than three episodes on this disc.

Comedy and drama are balanced superbly once more in this volume, whilst - thankfully - the ludicrous looking villains that marred some of the previous episodes are absent.  However, what is really noticeable is that the action has been turned up a notch.  Each episode is packed with huge amounts of gunplay and plenty of time is devoted to allowing Vash to show off his considerable skills whilst abiding by his ethical code.  Whether incapacitating rival gunman without killing them or fighting off deadly robots to rescue a child, this volume shows Vash at his best, and makes it ever more watchable.

As mentioned, it is a shame there are only three episodes on this disc, because you really want to know where it is going to go next.  Trigun continues to be one of my favourite series, it is packed with action, likeable characters and intrigue, and is one of the most entertaining series currently available in the UK.  This volume is probably the best so far, as it extends the cast but gives more insight into Vash, but it is a shame that insurance investigators Meryl and Milly remain as pretty much peripheral characters, hopefully we'll find out more about them next time.  If you haven't been buying Trigun then you should definitely give it a look, it has been really good so far and looks like it will get even better.

Extras:

Pretty standard stuff, some trailers and some - admittedly extensive - image galleries which cover both designs for the eclectic weapons used in the series and the characters themselves.  Not awful, but could have been better considering the low episode count of this volume.

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