Genre: Action / Comedy / Western
1998. Yasuhiro Naitou (creator). Satoshi Nishimura (director). MADHOUSE. Some of the screenshots courtesy of Bishounen.net
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The legendary Vash the Stampede is a gunfighter so ruthless that he has a $60 Billion bounty on his head and entire towns evacuate at the rumor of his arrival. Fortunately, the real Vash the Stampede is more heroic - even if he does act like a complete idiot. Couple it with two insurance representatives trying to locate and stop him, and you've got a terrific gun slinging comedy!
Contains all 8 DVDs (26 episodes) in a foil enhanced boxed set.
Funny, yet moving. >>> by Vash
Blonde hair, guy in a red coat, carries a large silver gun. He is Vash the Stampede, the man with the $$60 Billion reward on his head. The humanoid Typhoon: Wherever he goes, danger is always by his side. And in whatever predicament he's in, he always gets out alive and in one piece. But there is something more behind the scary disposition of this man. He·likes·To·Eat·Donuts! And play with children on his spare time!
The story begins where the Bernardelli Insurance Society sent out two of their female operatives named Milly Thompson and Merryl Stryfe in search for the legendary gunman. This is part of their Damage Control Program, in an effort to prevent further property damage generated be the alleged. With only rumors to guide them in their quest, they set forth blindly and stumbled upon various people who seemed to be like Vash the Stampede. But who would have ever thought that the actual person is a wacky-goofy-looking-hopeless-romantic-crazy-man who has a large appetite for donuts!?! And he was right underneath their noses the whole time!
As the story unfolds, the two learned more and more about Vash. How he lives, how he fights, and what he is fighting for. Later on, a wandering priest will join their misadventures by the name of Nicholas D. Wolfwood. A kind-hearted man who fosters abandoned children and carries a large cross on his back (which happens to be a VERY big gun by the way). But little do they know that he is part of the Gung-Ho-Guns, who hunt down Vash (not because of the bounty on his head) and serves a certain master -- a man who goes by the name of Knives.
As the plot thickens, you will learn why Vash has a $$60 Billion reward on his head, his connection with Knives, and why the series is called TRIGUN.
Funny, yet moving. These are ample words, which I can use to describe this anime. At first glance, the story and plot seemed simple. But then, as you go deeper into understanding the series, you will be moved by Vash's character, and be in awe. The story focused mainly on Vash but still left room for the development of the supporting characters. The plot doesn't have that big of a twist but it sure packed a lot of surprises for the viewer. The first few parts were full of laughter and is enjoyable to watch while the other half is full of drama and more action. Unlike any other action-packed anime, this one doesn't contain much violence and blood. Even though the setting is somewhat Western, the character design is interesting -- especially that of Vash and the supporting characters like Legato Bluesummers. The animation isn't that detailed and fluid as compared to other shows but at least it doesn't seem like it's on a tight budget. However, the ending of the story hints that it could still have a continuation because it didn't give a sense of closure. Nevertheless, if that ever happens, I would surely be one of the first to have a copy of it!
Trigun is an interesting thing to watch and I would say that it is one of the best anime in my collection (duh! As if I have a huge library of them). Kidding aside, it is one of the good shows that I have watched so far and can be compared to the ranks of RK and Escaflowne. Out of 10, 1 being the lowest, I would give it a 9!
Individual Rating: Art/Animation 8; Story 9; Characters 9; Sounds 8