Ranked #1858

Gun x Sword

Alternative Titles

English: Gun x Sword
Synonyms: Gun vs Sword
Japanese: ガン×ソード


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 4, 2005 to Dec 26, 2005
Premiered: Summer 2005
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Unknown
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.401 (scored by 19,280 users)
Ranked: #18582
Popularity: #1044
Members: 40,190
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Van, a lanky and apathetic swordsman, is on a journey to kill the murderer of his fiancé. The only characteristic he has to go by is that the murderer has a claw for an arm, hence the murderer being referred to as The Claw Man. During his travels, Van happens to pass through the city of Evergreen, which is defending itself from bandits who aim to rob the city of its treasury. It is in this city that Van meets Wendy Garret, a timid young girl who is looking for her kidnapped brother. When the city pleads for Van's assistance to defend it, he refuses, claiming it has nothing to do with him and thus leaves the city on its own to deal with the peril. Soon after, Van comes across the raiding bandits himself and they eventually tick off the swordsman to a degree where he takes action against them for his own personal vendetta. Surprisingly, Van learns that the bandits had ties with The Claw Man, and in kidnapping Wendy's brother for a reason they did not disclose. After the bandits are dealt with easily, Van and, much to his chagrin, Wendy continue the journey in search of The Claw Man. Little do they know, however, that The Claw Man is involved with something more atrocious than either could fathom.

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Hoshino, Takanori
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Garret, Wendy
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Kuwashima, Houko
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Lundgren, Ray
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Taniguchi, Gorou
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Director, Storyboard
Uragami, Yasuo
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Sound Director
Saitou, Hisashi
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Episode Director, Animation Director, Key Animation
Kamitsubo, Ryouki
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Episode Director

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Opening Theme

"GUNXSWORD" by Kotaro Nakagawa

Ending Theme

#1: "A Rising Tide" by Shuntaro Okino (eps 1-8,10,12-16,18-21,23,25)
#2: "Paradiso" by Hitomi (eps 9,11)
#3: "S.O.S" by Kikuko Inoue, Houko Kuwashima, Satsuki Yukino & Saeko Chiba (ep 17)
#4: "A Rising Tide (Accoustic Version)" by Shuntaro Okino (ep 22)
#5: "Calling You" by Shuntaro Okino (Ep 24)
#6: "GUNXSWORD (Starting Again)" by Kotaro Nakagawa and Ondekoza (ep 26)

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Jun 1, 2008
Gun X Sword... There isn't much about this show that hasn't been done before, but then again you can say that to almost every anime made. So what if the plot is rehashed from many other anime. Anime is just like test driving a new car, "It looks real nice, but how does it drive?" As a matter of fact, it drives REALLY nice.

Story (Mediocre)
As i said before this plot has been done at least a good dozen times (in anime AND movies). Hard boiled desperado out to seek revenge for what was lost. Along the way he makes friends and enemies. But happens read more
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Apr 1, 2015
In a nutshell this anime doesn't stand the test of time. If I watched this 10 years back I might have given it a better rating. 10 years down the road, it feels dated and unoriginal. The pacing isn't good. Although each episode strings the story together and moves the plot ahead, it feels slow and draggy. The characters aren't that likeable and doesn't grow on you either. The mood and setting somewhat similar to Trigun or Cowboy Bebop but unfortunately the enjoyment isn't up to par.
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May 25, 2013
*This is an archive from my Anime-Planet account*

Critic's Log - Earthdate: December 17, 2012. Review #26: Gun x Sword

Revenge is a double-edged sword. It often leads justice to either one's self or for others. It can also lead to ruin to one's self after the quest for revenge is complete. It is never a happy tale and the path to revenge may even lead to bloodshed. Revenge is a dish that should never be consumed. With that said, let's activate the review for Gun x Sword.

Equipped with a metal sash that straightens into a sword, the lanky swordsman Van is traveling through the hot desert, read more
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Feb 9, 2011
Again i find an anime that i don't like and noone made a review that gives it a similar rating or properly tells its faults. This is practically a review of the first 2 eps because i don't like this show enough to watch it. Making people watch a whole anime they don't enjoy before reviewing will cause all reviews to be 7+. My real actual average is 5.

Villains are clowns. Combat is well animated and pretty but its just watching the main guy win. Its way over the top. No chance he will lose. That is boring.

Characters and comedy either nice or read more
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