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Review: Trigun (1998) Anime | My Reviews 21 NOV 2013

trigun animeVash the Stampede. The Humanoid Typhoon. The man with a $$60 billion dollar bounty on his head. Just his name strikes fear in the hearts of innocents. Any town he sets foot in suffers untold catastrophe. But with that sort of money on his head, all sorts of lowlifes are out to get him.

The problem is, the sandy wastelands littered with small towns makes information interchange difficult. So no one is really a hundred percent sure just what Vash the Stampede looks like. Some say he is a blonde-haired giant. Others say he has short legs. Rumours have it that he wears a red coat, has earrings in his ears and carries a big gun. But no one knows for sure.

Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson are from the Bernadelli Insurance Group. They’ve been appointed as disaster investigators, charged with keeping an eye on Vash 24 hours a day. But first, they have to find out just who is the real Vash. And that is not going to be such a simple matter.

Just what makes this legendary gunman tick? What is he after? And why does he act like such a bumbling idiot most of the time!?!

Trigun is a superbly written space/cowboy comedy drama, much in the vein of Cowboy Bebop. The writing of the legendary gunman who seems more like an idiot to the untrained eye is brilliantly done and the series can’t help but grab you. The plot shifts seamlessly from the comedic to the dramatic, as an epic story of pain and disaster unfolds.

The main characters, namely Vash, Meryl, Milly and Wolfwood are well-rounded and well-designed. You can’t help but feel for these characters as the series progresses.

The animation is top notch, blending realistic scenes with super-deformed events perfectly. The humour is especially well portrayed, particularly in terms of character expressions.

The music soundtrack and voice acting are of high quality. The only annoying bit that I can think of is the end track. At least they could have changed it halfway during the series, couldn’t they?

Overall, Trigun is one of my favourite series. It is always capable of pulling a lot of laughs, but it packs in the drama as well, and before you know it, you have wasted away the day watching the entire series. A very enjoyable watch, the western feel to the show makes for a nice change of scenery. Many people compare Trigun to Cowboy Bebop, but I must be honest in that I place Trigun above it. Trigun tells a heartfelt story about a man who struggles to uphold his principles in a world where he shouldn’t be able to. And that is something I believe everyone should strive for.

Enjoy the show. (And watch out for that wide-eyed cat. It just never seems to go away)

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(Historical Note: This review was written way back in December 2003. Pleasingly, my writing has improved greatly since then.)

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trigun

Review: Trigun: Badlands Rumble Anime | My Reviews 06 OCT 2011

12 years on since the original anime run, and Yasuhiro Nightow’s popular creation Trigun finally makes its triumphant return to the spotlight, with Trigun: Badlands Rumble, a 2010 movie directed by Satoshi Nishimura and produced by Madhouse.

20 years ago, Vash the Stampede, the Humanoid Typhoon with a $$60 billion bounty on his head, interfered with one Gasback’s perfect bank robberies, leading to the escape of Gasback’s three mutinous henchmen, as well as the deranged giant of a man sporting a complex gun in place of one of his hands.

Fast forward to today and Gasback is back, wreaking havoc across the dusty planet and making some very wealthy people pretty scared, scared enough to put out the call for all bounty hunters to assemble in an attempt to take down Gasback before he strikes again, luring the lot of them in with the promise of a huge bounty that has now been placed on the thief’s head.

And Vash? Of course he just happens to be heading that way as well, happens to bump into a beautiful young female bounty hunter that seems to be taking this Gasback business for more personal that what she should be, and just happens to have a LITTLE bit more interest in this whole affair than what he lets on!

If you enjoyed the anime series then you will undoubtedly love this movie as Satoshi has gone to great lengths to produce something that feels that it has been plucked straight out of the original run, featuring exactly the same style of art, tone and storytelling we all know and love, and of course bringing in all of the fan favourites in terms of characters, to produce what in the end is a polished, enjoyable film that has a decent enough twist at the end in order to make sure it isn’t all a ho hum, we knew what was coming, affair.

Of course, that said, older viewers who didn’t enjoy the original series will certainly not enjoy it thanks to its remarkable similarity to the original run, and younger viewers with no exposure might find that the art style feels a little dated for a movie release. However, Trigun was a big hit in the West when it was eventually released there, and there is simply no reason that this polished film can’t incite a new generation of Trigun fanboys!

After all, where else can you expect to find a proper futuristic, gun-toting action slapstick comedy set in the classic Wild West (but out in Space) gunslinger period piece to enjoy?

Visually, Trigun is polished with great 90’s style action sequences that take up large quantities of the screen time, interspersed with some great usage of deformed animation when the need arises. The visual style matches the action slapstick-comedy tone well, and there is very little to complain about in terms of the art department. Similarly, the voice actors are well cast and match up with their various (and varied) characters well, complemented by a fantastic background music score.

Overall, this is an enjoyable film in a genre that really isn’t catered all that much for any more, a bit of a relic from the 90’s one could almost say. But that is also what makes it so refreshing, for a change not having to sit through a harem of scantily clad, overly cute characters who have to rely on fanservice in order to make it entertaining. It is a polished story that is humorous, action-packed and very entertaining, making it a definite must see for fans of the original series, and certainly worth picking up for any other anime fan who enjoys some dusty western action comedy time!

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trigun:_Badlands_Rumble

Screenshot Saturday: Trigun (Episode 10) Anime 29 MAY 2010

Screenshot Saturday time once again, and this time we dig out the history books, going all the way back to June 1998 to pick out on the classic action comedy sci-fi western, Trigun, featuring everyone’s favourite rogue gunman: Vash the Stampede!

Back to back, this has got to be the stupidest way to fight ever invented!

Episode 10, entitled “Quick Draw”, sees Vash and the fairly new character Nicholas D. Wolfwood find themselves drawn into a terrible quick draw event in order to free the current town they were passing through. And although Vash is pretty successful at stopping the various contestants from hurting one another thanks to some ingenious and sneaky action, there is no stopping the fact that soon Vash and Wolfwood will find themselves in the thick of things!

Point in case, one of Vash’s first deadly opponents is a man who appear to have the ability to shoot behind his back!

However, even when taken by surprise, Vash the Stampede’s legendary cat-like reflexes are enough to see him bound out the way and return fire, revealing his opponent’s deadly secret!

(Talk about a cheap shot!)

Oi, is a man's elbow meant to be able to bend back that way?

Vash demonstrating his cat-like reflexes and finesse

Now if that isn't cheating, then I don't know what is! :P

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trigun