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...
This is the second volume of Gun X Sword (silent "X")
and contains episodes five to eight.
Episode five: Twin's Guards - Van and Wendy come across
a strange and apparently deserted town. Soon they discover
that the town is populated by two identical sisters (L and
R, get it) who are in constant conflict. Carmen 99 turns up
to provide one of the sisters with a bodyguard, Ray Lundgren,
a man who also is searching for the Claw. Van takes the position
of bodyguard for the other sister, in exchange for information.
Episode six: Light my Fire, and were looking at what
could be at best seen as a pastiche of some gangster movies
and at worst as a bit of fluffy filler. Wendy and Van are
held up in a restaurant which is so close to the scene from
Pulp Fiction that I'm surprised that they weren't done
for copyright. You also get a gangster, called Tony Montana,
who looks like Don Corleone. To be honest the rest of the
episode is pretty much the two idiotic thieves trying to steal
Van's armour Dann. Funny at the beginning but it soon starts
to get wearing.
Episode seven: The Vengeance Within, and Van and Wendy
find their pursuit of the Claw interrupted when the captain
of their boat robs them and abandons them on an island owned
by Joe. Although Wendy accepts their hosts generosity at face
value Van is not so sure. Things are not what they seem, but
can Van and Wendy discover the secret of the honey trap before
it is too late?
Episode eight: Bound by Blood - Having escaped Joe
(well they had to, it was only episode seven) Van and Wendy
travel into the mountains where they meet Joshua, brother
of Ray Lundgren, who is studying the Dragon Armour which is
attacking the local villages. Van joins forces with Ray to
take on the armour after which Joshua joins the group.
The extras are not bad on the disc; though the prize has to
go to a the featurette that has a very strange and surreal
Wendy and Kameo as glove puppets generally being inappropriate
- believe me its better than it sounds. As well as that slice
of madness you also get the version of the Japanese trailers,
which is kind of interesting to watch once. Rounding off is
the trailers, art gallery, an O.S.T (original soundtrack)
CD Commercial and a Drama CD Commercial - which made no sense
to me, but it looks like an interactive CD.
Audio arrives in English and Japanese 5.1 and Japanese stereo
with subtitles and signs only. As usual from this studio the
English dub does the show some real justice. So, a good if
not great show, but well worth a look.