Trigun

TrigunType: TV Series
Episode Count: 26
Genre: Action / Sci-Fi
Vintage: 1998

Version reviewed: Japanese Subtitled
Date of Review: 31 Aug 2008

Grade: B

Another fine entry in the “Space Western” subgenre.

Plot Summary
Vash The Stampede – also known as The Humanoid Typhoon – is on the run. He has a $$60,000,000 bounty on his head for the destruction of an entire city. Insurance agents Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson are sent out to find this man called Vash to account for all of the damage that lies in his wake and insure those who it affects. Little do they know that they will be pulled into something bigger than they could have imagined.

The Review
Trigun is another series that starts out fast and furious before it settles down into a more dramatic story arc. As the series starts, we are thrown head-first into the story with little explanation of what is going on. We meet Bernardelli Insurace agents Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson who are in search of Vash The Stampede. They do not know who they are looking for, and only have a vague description of him to go on. As they try to find him, they notice that at every crime scene that they believe they have found Vash in, a tall man in a long red coat seems to show up as well. He has the most uncanny of luck, and no matter how bad things get, the tall man in the red coat seems to escape unscathed while everything else around him is all but destroyed. Milly eventually concludes that this man must be Vash The Stampede, but Meryl is not convinced, as a notorious criminal such as Vash could never be as clumsy and reliant on dumb luck as the man in the red coat is.

So begins the tale that is Trigun, a fun action-oriented series that has the feel of a western, but is definitely in the realm of science fiction. Its western influence is much more grounded than other series which also blend the two genres in different degrees, such as Cowboy Bebop or Outlaw Star. Trigun is much more lighthearted, though as the main story about Vash The Stampede begins to unfold, more dramatic elements are introduced.

The main cast is fairly small, concentrating mostly on Vash, Meryl, and Milly. Vash is the peace (and donut) loving fighter who has the most uncanny of luck, Meryl is determined yet extremely polite, and Milly is a very tall seemingly bubble-headed simple woman who is more astute than her behavior would suggest. Along the way, supporting characters important to the story are introduced and fulfill their roles appropriately.

Trigun balances the fun and the dramatic pretty well, so anyone looking for a good space western will find one here.

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