The land of Endless Illusion is a lawless place where heaven
and hell collide, spewing forth degenerates of every type.
The land is full of Coleridge dreams, whilst the urban areas
are morally corrupt and violent. Through this land roams a
wanderer with a past. Van is looking of The Claw Man, the
man who killed his wife. His lonely existence is changed when
he meets Wendy, a young girl who has lost both her parents
and her brother. Together they travel Endless Illusion in
search of answers...
Volume Three of Gun Sword contains episodes
nine through twelve. The show remains entertaining with a
nice balance within each show of fights and plot progression.
Episode nine, Carmen Goes Home, and finally a show
which concentrates on Carmen 99 as the quest takes them to
her home town of Trinolia. Carmen visits Hayeta, her best
friend, whose father had taken her in after Carmen's parents
had died. The mysterious woman, who was briefly glimpsed at
the beginning of the episode, turns out to be working for
the Claw. It seems that Carmen's old friend is not so innocent
as she first appeared, growing plants which are toxic enough
to kill the whole village.
Carmen's confrontation with Hayeta in the secret garden is
quite poignant as Hayeta accuses Carmen of running away from
the town instead of facing their mutual problems. The girls
finally confront the reality that they hate, as much as love,
Episode ten: Thank You Ocean. Van and Wendy move onto
a seaside town, which makes its living in selling junk recovered
from its sunken foundations. While Van and Wendy are waiting
for their train to arrive a freight train is attacked and
destroyed blocking all train traffic. Their problem is solved
when they run into Vivian who offers them transport out of
town, and a lot of cash, if they will work as protection while
she raises treasure from the ocean floor.
This was a deliberately comedic episode which helped balance
the rather personal and intense previous story. The show has
some nice underwater action scenes.
Episode eleven: Where the Goodbyes Are. What should
have been a much anticipated meeting, between Wendy and her
brother, does not go exactly as Wendy imagined when her brother
declares that he has no intention of returning home as he
has no desire to take on the responsibility of always looking
after her. Of course, this is a turning point for Wendy, after
all she had only joined Van in order to rescue her brother.
Now that is no longer a consideration will Wendy continue
to travel with Van?
Episode twelve: The Days of No Return. The tensions
within the group are reaching fever pitch - for many of them
the reasons which they had stayed together no longer existed.
Although the show concentrates on realigning the broken alliance,
there is also a lot of information about what the battle suits
are and where they come from.
Extras are not too shabby for an anime disc especially the
Gun Sword-San, which gives you two more very funny
pieces taking the mickey out of the show. Throw in the second
CD commercial, an art gallery and some trailers and that's
your lot. Audio is also a little above average with a choice
of English or Japanese DTS or Japanese Dolby Digital.