Story/Plot:Armed with a metal sash that straightens into a sword, lanky swordsman Van is traveling through the desert, searching for the mysterious clawed man who killed his bride. Along the way he picks up a fellow traveler: Wendy, a young girl whose town he saves from bandits by summoning a mecha with his sword. Wendy is searching for her missing older brother, whose engraved gun she carries on her back. In their mutual quest they run afoul of more bandits and villains, a mysterious woman named Carmen99, and more mecha battles a la Wild West.
My Turn: When I first watched this anime, I said,”Oh look! It’s like Trigun or Gungrave.” But a couple of minutes later I was pretty confused. Watching this anime gave me a mixed reaction. It’s like a mech genre in a western style. To sum it up, it’s like Trigun with Cowboy Bebop(considering it has the same director as Code Geass). Though, I was pretty entertained and captivated with the story and to how Van (The main Character) will get his revenge on The Claw (The boss guy)and how will Wendy(the supporting character) will find and save his brother from his kidnapper. Yes! It is a mech anime. It’s not like Gundam where there is a big war between this faction and that faction or like Evangelion where this group defends the world from “Angels”(and if you have not seen any of those, then you don’t know what your missing) but this anime has a genre of its own. The series was aired in 2005 so its pretty old but having 26 episodes.
Guns x Sword doesn’t fall short on action though, and it has drama that will touch your heart. Animation is great!but considering it to be an anime in 2005 and watching it today, it quite outdated. There are a lot of characters in the story that will have a a couple of episodes about them just like any anime but they are very loveable specially those old guys who drinks a lot.
Score:Like I said, this anime gave me mixed reactions but having some awesome characters and a genre that is different from the others, it was very entertaining for me. I’ll give this anime a 7/10. Having great animation in its time and characters, I think it is a good score. I will recommend Guns x Sword to those who misses western type anime or even those who likes mechs.
Here is a U.S version of the trailer: