COMIC A7 Review - Wild Arms: Twilight Venom

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    Wild Arms: Twilight Venom
    Sony Computer Entertainment/SPE Visual Works, 1999-2000
    ADV Films, 2003
    Directed by Itsuro Kawasaki (L/R, Arc the Lad).
    Rated 15+ for graphic violence, mature situations and strong language.

    by areaseven -

    Based on the popular PlayStation role-playing game, Wild Arms exploits the tales of Cheyenne Rainstorm, a deadly gunslinger trapped in the body of a 10-year old boy. Together with bandit Kiel Aronakus, card-throwing dame Loretta Oratorio, vampire girl Mirabelle Graceland and a weird creature named Jerusha, Cheyenne embarks on a long journey to find out about his lost past and figure out who placed him in his current body.

    Story: C+
    Wild Arms captures some of the elements of the RPG, but the overall story is too cliché and predictable. I'm definitely not going to follow this series after episode 1.

    Animation: B
    One of Bee Train's (.hack://SIGN, NOIR) earlier works, Wild Arms won't be remembered for its animation style, that's for sure. Nothing really exciting to see unless you're a fan of the RPG.

    Soundtrack: B
    Kou Otani (Gundam Wing, Outlaw Star) uses a decent orchestral score with some spaghetti western overtones. Not as good as Trigun's soundtrack, though.

    Sub vs. Dub
    Wild Arms: Twilight Venon features Mayumi Asano (Boogiepop Phantom, Gascogne in Vandread) as Cheyenne, Junpei Morita as Kiel, Fumiko Osaka as Loretta, Seiko Fujieda as Mirabelle, and Rirako Aikawa (Nahato in El-Hazard, Asagi in Brigadoon) as Jiruja.

    ADV's version, produced by Bang! Zoom! Entertainment (Chobits, Vandread), is very bland. Featured voices include Ian Hawk (a.k.a. Brianne Siddall) (Tsukasa in .hack://SIGN, Kenichi in Metropolis) as Cheyenne, James Lyon (a.k.a. Jamieson Price) (Rabat in Vandread, "Big Ear" in The Big-O) as Kiel, Wendee Lee (Faye in Cowboy Bebop, Kagero in Ninja Scroll) as Loretta, Julie Maddalena (Dita in Vandread, Sarah in Love Hina) as Mirabelle, and Sue Beth Arden as Jerusha.

    The Bottom Line
    Wild Arms feels like the Wild Wild West of anime. If you want a Western anime, pick up Trigun instead.

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