Rating: 10 out of 10
Episode Count: 26
Genre: Space, Sci-fi Western, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Format: English Dubbed
Vash the Stampede is a wanted man with a habit of turning entire towns into rubble. The price on his head is a fortune, and his path of destruction reaches across the arid wastelands of a desert planet. Unfortunately, most encounters with the spiky-haired gunslinger don't end well for the bounty hunters who catch up with him; someone almost always gets hurt - and it's never Vash.
Oddly enough, for such an infamous fugitive, there's no proof that he's ever taken a life. In fact, he's a pacifist with a doughnut obsession who's more doofus than desperado. There's a whole lot more to him than his reputation lets on - Vash the Stampede definitely ain't your typical outlaw.
I’m not all that well acquainted with the obscure genre referred to as Sci-fi Westerns, but I’ve always kind of wondered just how those two opposing forces could meld together to create a cohesive, well rounded story. Apparently they can be though, and if Trigun is any indication of what the genres can do when married together, consider me a fan!
The contradictory, yet complementary, juxtaposition of sci-fi’s futuristic technology and the western’s gritty survival-of-the-fittest settings were a match made in oddball heaven. Oh what a holy matrimony it is to see two such opposing forces brought together for the greater good of entertainment!
If left to my own devices, Trigun is never a series I would have begun watching on my own. Up until about two years ago, when I first became acquainted with what one might call vintage or classic anime, I would have written it off as too old! Not only would I have considered the animation out-of-date, but I’d have been skeptical as to whether its dub was even worth giving a shot based on its age. Heads-up, the dub is fabulous!
In short, I was a snob! I’m not afraid to admit it. After pouring almost two years of my life into slowly but surely forcing myself to watch many classic anime that I used to turn my nose up at, I’ve seen the error of my ways. I’m proud to say I’ve graduated Vintage Anime Rehab and have made a full recovery! I now view classic series in a whole new light, and revere them with the respect and admiration they deserve!
Trigun is one of the series that was the turning point for me when it came to appreciating the classics. With so much to offer, I’d really only be scratching the surface to say Trigun had:
· A rough and tumble nature
· Smooth, fluid fight scenes
· Versatile, vintage soundtrack
· Precision animation
· Light hearted humor
· Well plotted pace progression
· Colorful characters
· And a steadfast story
Trigun’s many shining attributes just go to show, age really doesn’t matter. A great series is a great series! Whether you’re watching it for the first time, or the one hundredth time, a week after it started airing, or a decade after it ended syndication, good entertainment never goes out of style. Granted, the way I see it, Trigun was ahead of its time in many respects. From the recklessly bright hues it used in its style of animation, to its characters sweet and sour relationships, Trigun helped to set up both the Eastern and Western world for the anime revolution that was on the horizon.
With a profound maturity beyond its years, Trigun continues to bring insight to anime fans to this day. Through its lovingly crafted values that stem from its authors Catholic roots, I found Trigun’s depth to be almost fathomless. While many, if not most, action shows don’t hesitate to kill villain, hero, and bystander alike, Trigun more or less forces us to question what gives anyone the right to kill another. With such profound reasoning, is it any wonder why Trigun has withstood the test of time and continued to be called a Cult Classic?!
Alarmingly alluring, from first scene to last bow, Trigun was a joy to watch in every respect. Cheerful in moments, somber in others, it reached that perfect place between goofy and gritty. When I think of the multitude of people potentially missing out on this gem, because of preconceived notions, well, honestly, I could just cry thinking about it. If there’s one thing a series like Trigun should teach us, it’s this: Entertainment Has No Expiration Date.