Genre: Comedy, action, drama, western-sci-fi
Studio: Madhouse Studios
Director: Satoshi Nishimura
Running Time: 24 minutes per episode
Number of Episodes: 26
Aired: 01 April 1998 – 30 September 1998
Vash the Stampede is a gunman on the run with a 60 billion double dollar bounty on his head which has made it difficult for him to go anywhere without being chased and shot at. Every town he ever visits ends up being destroyed because of his pursuers, but miraculously no one ever gets killed. Meryl and Milly are two insurance agents that have been sent to find Vash the Stampede and keep him under surveillance so no more damage is caused. Meryl, who leads the pair, refuses to believe that the man they have met can possibly be the legendary gunman. This spikey haired, gangly, young man is extremely friendly, a pacifist, hates blood and suicide, absolutely loves doughnuts, and is a dork and a crybaby (far from a notorious outlaw). But there is more to Vash and his past than meets the eye.
Trigun is an anime series that I first watched years ago and the VHS copies that I had were in terrible condition, although at the time it seemed like the greatest thing ever. So I’ve recently acquired the wonderful DVD version of the series and decided that I would re-watch this classic.
Trigun is quite bizarre in that the first half of the series is pretty much solid comedy, with the ‘badass’ protagonist Vash the Stampede getting himself into all sorts of impossible situations and managing to somehow come out on top. However, the moment Legato arrives on the scene, the series suddenly becomes all drama-like and serious and while comedic moments still exist, they become few and far between as Vash has to fight off the myriad of foes that come out of the woodwork to challenge him as well as facing off against Legato and the mysterious Knives. The series comprises of some of the typical plot elements that this genre shares, hero on a journey, mysterious past, gaining allies along the way and then facing off against a team of specialist villains with unique skills all of which serve a sinister master only seen towards the end of the show, much like Gun X Sword. It’s a genre that I’m very fond of though and thus I enjoyed Trigun very much. Great protagonists, awesome villains, combined with a space-western theme make for a superb series and one that I highly recommend to all anime fans whether you’re a veteran that missed it years ago or a newbie looking for something interesting to watch.
Trigun the movie (animated) has been confirmed for 2009. I’m quite curious as to why they decided to do a movie, over a decade later.