20 years after meddling into the bank heist of a notorious robber named Gasback, Vash the Stampede is heading towards Macca City. Rumors say that the legendary thief might appear there ...
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20 years after meddling into the bank heist of a notorious robber named Gasback, Vash the Stampede is heading towards Macca City. Rumors say that the legendary thief might appear there causing an enormous influx of bounty hunters in the area who want to collect the $300,000,000 prize for his head. Written by
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Trigun is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yasuhiro Nightow (Gungrave, Kekkai Sensen). The manga was serialized in 'Tokuma Shoten's Shounen Captain' in 1995, with three collected volumes when the magazine was discontinued in 1997. The series continued in 'Shounen Gahosha's Young King Ours' magazine, under the title 'Trigun Maximum', where it remained until finishing in 2008. Both manga were adapted into an anime television series in 1998. Madhouse animated the TV series, which aired on TV Tokyo between April 1, 1998 and September 30, 1998, totaling 26 episodes. An animated film called 'Trigun: Badlands Rumble' was released in April 2010.
Vash the Stampede, a gunfighter with a giant bounty on his head, always wearing his favorite red-colored trench coat, is back. Scary as it may sound, he is actually a very nice guy that values the life a lot. Twenty years ago, Vash saves Gasback, who is the world's number 1 wanted criminal. Almost. However, twenty years later he finds himself in a town, where, for reason, many bounty hunters are gathered. Among them, there is also a young lady, who wants to kill Gasback really badly. Why does Vash try to save Gasback's life?
Visually speaking, this is the best that Vash and his friends have ever looked onscreen. The animation is, of course, new, but what is interesting is that it is still similar to what it was back in 1998. The animator team paid attention to every detail starting with Vash's coat and ending with bar brawls. What is more, the action scenes are just marvelous. Sound wise, both English and Japanese dubs are equally good; you are free to watch this movie in whatever language you wish. There are also many not only guitar tunes, but also some gentle tunes, when the dramatic side of the movie is shown.
Character wise, the movie has some awesome characters. There are three main characters and three supporting characters (who are manly Vash's old friends). Gasback is the main antagonist of the movie. He has a 300 million bounty on his head for robberies, but he also follows his own code of conduct for a perfect robbery. Vash is the second protagonist of the movie. For those who still have not seen the original TV series, I am just going to say that he is a very nice guy that values the life of people a lot. The last main character of the movie is Amelia Ann McFly. She is an extremely beautiful young lady that can fight for her own hand. Not much is known about her, but she, for some reason, wants to kill Gasback. There are also three supporting characters, including: Stryfe Meryl, Thompson Milly and Wolfwood Nicholas D, whom you should know already.
All in all, Trigun, just like Gintama, knows how to balance different genres. It knows how to make the viewer laugh, it knows when to show drama, and it knows when to show action. Of course, it might be difficult for you to understand what this movie is about, so it is highly recommended to watch the original TV series first. However, if you are one of these 'picky about old animation viewers', you are free to skip the TV series; you will still understand the main idea of the movie. Enough with that. I give this movie a 9/10 for being extremely entertaining. A great thanks to the author for this wonderful 'goodbye' for all the fans of Trigun.
P.S. Also check Gungrave. It is a-m-a-z-i-n-g.
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