Vash the Stampede is the man with a $$60,000,000 bounty on his head. The reason: he’s a merciless villain who lays waste to all those that oppose him and flattens entire cities for fun, garnering him the title “The Humanoid Typhoon.” He leaves a trail of death and destruction wherever he goes, and anyone can count themselves dead if they so much as make eye contact—or so the rumors say. In actuality, Vash is a huge softie who claims to have never taken a life and avoids violence at all costs.
With his crazy doughnut obsession and buffoonish attitude in tow, Vash traverses the wasteland of the planet Gunsmoke, all the while followed by two insurance agents, Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson, who attempt to minimize his impact on the public. But soon, their misadventures evolve into life-or-death situations as a group of legendary assassins are summoned to bring about suffering to the trio. Vash’s agonizing past will be unraveled and his morality and principles pushed to the breaking point. – My Anime List
Based on 18 review scores:
Even if action series aren’t your cup of tea, I highly recommend Trigun because it has so much else to offer. Great characters, a strong story, and excellent use of humor and drama make Trigun a must-see.
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This is truly a fantastic anime that has most definitely earned its title as a classic. If you haven’t watched it yet, I really recommend it. You won’t find another anime quite like it, one that mixes the old west, immortality, and assassins so perfectly. The only thing that you may not enjoy about Trigun is the old art. The age of Trigun definitely shows; there are a few episodes with awkward derp faces or disproportionate limbs, and the background are always a bit lackluster, but the plot is so damn good that it’s hard to give a shit about the little things like that.
Trigun is a great anime and it still looks good despite its age, although the characters do sometimes go offmodel. The music is nice and the English dub is very good. The story is worth your time and it’s very deep and meaningful and has a good message, but this is not for kids, as it has stronger language, blood and violence. But it is definitely a classic anime that deserves to be on your shelf. Experience the space western for yourself, it’ll stick with you after it’s over.
Indeed, more details could be written about this legendary anime’s colorful cast of characters, thought-provoking plot, solid animation, and western folk blues inspired guitar work. However, any further elaboration would detract from the experience. Trigun is one of the few anime series that is able to express the full rainbow of human emotion, within a complete 26 episode compilation. Any small complaints that could be made against the series are completely overshadowed by it’s attractively wacky attitude. The quality of Trigun’s story, voice-acting, and animation ensures entertainment throughout it’s ~13 hour runtime investment, without ever seeming like a daunting task. When Trigun starts taking itself seriously, even the most mature viewers will find it’s juggling of moral themes outright engrossing. For these reasons, and many others left unexplained, I recommend Trigun for any curious and mature viewer, especially newcomers.
The Anime Review
There’s a certain “kitchen sink” approach to Trigun that makes it overpacked and sometimes even repetitive. Yet there’s an awful lot to like here, especially for action fans who like both comedy and pathos over the course of ten hours. With a surprising number of memorable moments and personalities, Trigun has held its own for a long time on the strength of its overall package. It’s not quite top tier, but it comes darn close.
Trigun is an old classic that deserves a place on your shelf even today. Because if it survived for so many years without losing its charms than it will no doubt stay relevant for many more years to come. This old locomotive can still offer a smooth ride in style, and does not fall behind all the newer trains around.
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It’s pretty easy to see why this anime has remained loved and recommended by many an anime fan over 15 years since its original release. It’s funny, heartfelt, filled with great action, fantastic characters, a well written story, some decent animation, an incredible soundtrack and opening, and a great English dub.
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Trigun is one of those series on the cusp of being considered a classic. Though it uses many typical storytelling elements and does not impress artistically, its style, the quality of its writing, and its philosophical focus decidedly set it apart from other series of its ilk and it certainly has enduring name and character recognition in its favor. This anime rendition of Yasuhiro Nightow’s original manga never does adequately explain what Vash and Knives actually are (yeah, I know what Knives said to Vash in the final episode, but what does that actually mean?) and the whole thing does conclude with an ending that certainly leaves a wealth of further possibilities open, but neither of those should hinder viewers from enjoying a title which is always action-packed, sometimes goofy, and occasionally deeply sincere.
Theirs a quote that says, “You never know how much you love something/one till it’s/they’re gone” and how I feel it relates to my feelings towards Trigun is that I never realized how much I love Trigun until the end approached and before I would’ve given it a B- or even go as low as a C+ (that’s not actually too bad) but no I won’t give it that score. Trigun has an amazing concept, and though a flaw also a good quality is it’s drama, comedy and action, great characters who are well-developed and have good relationships with each other, fantastic OST and opening. Overall I rate Trigun with a B+, probably the best anime I’ve seen this year… so far. I agree with Arkada when he said Trigun is an anime you must watch before you die, I highly recommend this anime to everyone.
This show should be on television again and should continue!!!!!
The Forgotten Lair
Though I would not recommend this for young children, I believe that rational adults people can only come out better people after seeing it.
My Anime List
Overall, one of my favorite anime shows. Worth a watch no matter what type of series interests you.
Rough around the edges, but both fun and surprisingly thought-provoking.
The animation is lacking, the plot was strong until the end episodes. Flaws kept appearing and were becoming more clear as the anime series went. Yet why is the rating so high? it is because Trigun is a classic anime, it has stood the test of time and people still watch it as their first anime’s. Heck when people have watched cowboy bebop, they watch trigun as well, because its a space western!. I have no doubt that if the animation quality was brought up to the same standard as it is today, and that the anime was stretched longer to accomodate the length of the manga, then the plot would of been perfect. Then the anime would of gotten a 10/10, however I still believe trigun is a must watch for all anime fans.