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Gun x Sword

Gun x Sword

Alternative Titles

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

Information

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

Statistics

Score: 7.411 (scored by 17910 users)
Ranked: #18442
Popularity: #921
Members: 36,634
Favorites: 218
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

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Synopsis

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.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Related Anime

Side story: Gun x Sword-san

Characters & Voice Actors

Van
Van
Main
Hoshino, Takanori
Japanese
Hoshino, Takanori
Vincent, David
English
Vincent, David
...
Garret, Wendy
Garret, Wendy
Main
Kuwashima, Houko
Japanese
Kuwashima, Houko
Sheh, Stephanie
English
Sheh, Stephanie
...
Carmen 99
Carmen 99
Supporting
Ruff, Michelle
English
Ruff, Michelle
Inoue, Kikuko
Japanese
Inoue, Kikuko
...
Pricilla
Pricilla
Supporting
Chiba, Saeko
Japanese
Chiba, Saeko
Savage, Carrie
English
Savage, Carrie
...

Staff

Taniguchi, Goro
Director, Storyboard
Uragami, Yasuo
Sound Director
Kujou, Rion
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Saitou, Hisashi
Episode Director, Animation Director, Key Animation



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Jun 1, 2008
Ranivus
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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Jul 16, 2010
alchemistnarutoZ
An usual plot gains a certain amount of specialness.

Story - 5/10
The usual stuff. There isn't anything new here. I don't even know what to comment about it. The main character, Van, is in a quest searching for a man with a claw, who killed his bride. As soon as he get to this claw man, he will kill him. Van is driven by vengeance. And at each episode, there is a mini story involving a mecha fight to save the town where Van is, and to get information about the one he seeks. And i can't forget, at the first episode, a girl named Wendy read more
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May 25, 2013
FullmetalCowboy
*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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Apr 21, 2012
BatCountry9000
I have to be honest here: I kinda expected Gun X Sword to be a little different than what it really was. I thought it was going to be a purely-western anime, and that the main character, who is dressed like the typical main character in a western movie, would wield a weapon that functions as both a gun and a sword (this show is called "Gun X Sword", after all). Well, I got the 'dressed like the typical main character in a western movie' part right, but that's about it.

The story is nothing new. The main character's wife was killed, and now he's searching read more
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Recommendations

Both anime have the same western feeling and the main characters are both searching for the man that killed the women they loved. Plus they have other similarities.
Gun Sword has a VERY similar feel to Cowboy Bebop and the characters design and animation are also very alike, particularly Van/Spike and Carmen99/Faye. Both are fabulous space westerns that you should watch.
Code Geass and Gun X Sword were made by the same director, Goro Taniguchi, and some of the same staff members too. Both series involve giant mecha combat, although Code Geass starts off as more realistic in this respect. Revenge is an important theme in both stories, plus they also share a number of ideas and their characters have a few similar characteristics. Gun X Sword benefits from being self-contained and more focused.
These series were made a few years apart, but had some of the same people doing writing and character design, and it shows. While the main plots of these two shows are very different, both are sci-fi series with mecha or mecha-like robots. If you like robot sword fights, you might like both: in particular, Melan's fighting style bears some similarity to the style Van uses when riding Dann. The major similarity, though, is in the central relationships. Both shows are about the friendship between a young teenage orphan and an older, stronger male protector whom she has a crush on. Melan's personality is very different from Van's, but Van protects Wendy in much the same way that Melan protects Marin. Gun X Sword resolves the main characters' relationship in a different way than Brigadoon, but fans who liked the central pairing in one might like the other.
Main characters are alike. They both have some great power that only a few people posses, and they fight against own kind. The whole anime gives off a same fealing while watching.
Although these shows are far from perfect, that doesn't mean they aren't enjoyable. Both Gun x Sword and Black Cat have main characters who have a dark past. Also both series have a great cast of characters.

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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