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Watch & Learn: TRIGUN #1

You picked it, I'm watching it and I'm going to learn from it.

 This cover conveys a much different tone than what's in the show.
 This cover conveys a much different tone than what's in the show.

This is another show that was recommended to me by an otaku in high school and, admittedly, it's also another show I was dismissive of. At the time, I just saw the gunplay in it that bordered on fetish and figured is the kind of show that a kid who obsessed over COUNTER STRIKE would get way too jacked up about. So I’m glad to be corrected, however many years later, by discovering that the show’s actually more than a little tongue-in-cheek. I was expecting a brooding drama that was too serious for its own good to even notice how comical this Vash guy could look. Thus, I'm surprised and… maybe even a little relieved to find an anime that has more in common with the a ROAD RUNNER cartoon than THE CROW.

Consider my mind opened once again, like a blooming violet…

Somebody commented about this perhaps having some overlap with COWBOY BEBOP and I’ll say there's definitely double-dipping déjà vu watching another space western about goofy-yet-badass bounty hunters. If I ever hear a single note from a sax during this, I’ll have to conclude that there must’ve been something seriously powerful in the zeitgeist in the late 90s anime community. I’m even getting the same “retro” vibe I got from COWBOY BEBOP in the characters designs, expcially the big berserker’s Goofy floppy ears. This seems to be from a time when animators felt freer to abstract figures.

I asked you Anime Vice lunatics to select the next show I should watch and you all came together to pick TRIGUN, with DARKER THAN BLACK coming in second.  Watch this episode, “The $6 Billion Man” below and come to your own conclusions, then be sure to come back next tomorrow to see the other series I’m going to be watching. It’s going to be a magical surprise.   

  

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of    HYBRID BASTARDS! &   UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon  here &  here.  Follow him on Twitter:  @tompinchuk

Destinyheroknighton Nov. 15, 2010 at 7:02 p.m.
Awesome!
Hope you like it
rubberluffyon Nov. 15, 2010 at 7:03 p.m.
I really like the Trigun anime.  A lot.  But the manga is just so much better.  The anime only covers volumes 1 and parts of 2 and has a Gecko Ending.  Trigun has 3 volumes (1995-1997), and Trigun Maximum (essentially Trigun Part 2) has 14 volumes (1998-2007).  So if anyone reading this really likes Trigun, but didn't know all this, get to reading that, damnit.
cowdrunkon Nov. 15, 2010 at 7:03 p.m.
 
I love this anime!   Watched it in high school years ago. 
 
PS  
if dark and serious are more your thing it mixes alot more of that in later on in the show      

@rubberluffy
said:

"I really like the Trigun anime.  A lot.  But the manga is just so much better.  The anime only covers volumes 1 and parts of 2 and has a Gecko Ending.  Trigun has 3 volumes (1995-1997), and Trigun Maximum (essentially Trigun Part 2) has 14 volumes (1998-2007).  So if anyone reading this really likes Trigun, but didn't know all this, get to reading that, damnit. "

this i did not know thanks for the info
EganTheVile1on Nov. 15, 2010 at 7:20 p.m.
Glad you gave this one a shot Tom, think you will enjoy the series as it goes on, even the more serious episodes!
gla55jAwon Nov. 15, 2010 at 7:47 p.m.
@Tom_Pinchuk
Hey Tom, I know you posted the sub of the first episode. Just wondering if that is what you're watching? I normally watch subs but Johnny Yong Bosch, I feel is the superior Vash.
forksinablenderon Nov. 15, 2010 at 7:48 p.m.

Oh, there's a saxophone... 
 
That's all I'm revealing. I think my tone's enough of a spoiler. 
 
One thing I suggest you keep in mind, Tom, when watching some anime series(from mostly the 90s, I guess) is some series are alternately --and usually simulatenously-- silly yet darkly serious. 
Sometimes the silliness is unintentional, of course.
gla55jAwon Nov. 15, 2010 at 7:49 p.m.
@cowdrunk said:
"  
I love this anime!   Watched it in high school years ago. 
 
PS  
if dark and serious are more your thing it mixes alot more of that in later on in the show      

@rubberluffy
said:

"I really like the Trigun anime.  A lot.  But the manga is just so much better.  The anime only covers volumes 1 and parts of 2 and has a Gecko Ending.  Trigun has 3 volumes (1995-1997), and Trigun Maximum (essentially Trigun Part 2) has 14 volumes (1998-2007).  So if anyone reading this really likes Trigun, but didn't know all this, get to reading that, damnit. "

this i did not know thanks for the info "
I knew the manga covered more, but I didn't know the anime only covered the first 2 volumes! I need to read Trigun now. Thanks!
FoxxFireArt moderator on Nov. 15, 2010 at 7:54 p.m.
Ugh, another ten plus year old series?
 
Not that these aren't good series, but the coverage takes up all the oxygen on the front page. All while new series get no attention. The other Whiskey Media sites are getting news and reviews of the latest products with the rest of the coverage. I would just like to see some balance.
 
It's rather surprising how little information there is on Trigun on Anime Vice. The episode pages are horribly unfilled.
vergiliuson Nov. 15, 2010 at 8:05 p.m.
Here's hoping the magical surprise is something totally out of left field, and barring that, something that's outside of the genre/demographic neighborhood we've been hanging out in.
sotyfan16on Nov. 15, 2010 at 9 p.m.

I only recently watched the first ep of this as it was free on iTunes. You can see my thoughts here. I'll be sticking to the dub for this as well because I like Johnny Yong Bosch. Even though Darker than Black came in second (I liked the show but have yet to watch season 2) I'd like to see you, Tom, cover an actual comedy series or something.

Count_Zeroon Nov. 15, 2010 at 9:46 p.m.
@FoxxFireArt said:
"It's rather surprising how little information there is on Trigun on Anime Vice. The episode pages are horribly unfilled. "
Hmm... perhaps we could do with additional bounties.
EganTheVile1on Nov. 15, 2010 at 10:19 p.m.
Added two new wiki pages based on rewatching this episode  
Loose Ruth and Descartes :)
rubberluffyon Nov. 15, 2010 at 11:12 p.m.
A little bit of trivia (which is something I love):  The creator of Trigun, Yasuhiro Nightow, also worked on the character designs and story for the Playstation 2 game Gungrave which spawned a sequel and an anime series.
gla55jAwon Nov. 16, 2010 at midnight
@rubberluffy said:
" A little bit of trivia (which is something I love):  The creator of Trigun, Yasuhiro Nightow, also worked on the character designs and story for the Playstation 2 game Gungrave which spawned a sequel and an anime series. "
That's awesome. I had no idea and Gungrave is one of my favorite anime series.
blaakmawfon Nov. 16, 2010 at 5:16 a.m.
I thought it was cool.
GrandMarshalon Nov. 16, 2010 at 9:13 a.m.
Here we go again, this series has one of the biggest plot 180degree turns of any anime
MannyMARon Nov. 16, 2010 at 9:16 a.m.
This is a great show through and through. Vash the Stampede is a very fun character with a lot of depth to him as well.  Enjoy the show.
Kuma_From_Argentinaon Nov. 16, 2010 at 9:45 a.m.
Vash is the man!
VashTSon Nov. 16, 2010 at 10:40 a.m.
@Kuma_From_Argentina said:
" Vash is the man! "
Thanks bro, you're pretty cool too!
sotyfan16on Nov. 16, 2010 at 3:03 p.m.

Oh just a little tidbit for you Trigun dub fans. You can get episode 1 on iTunes for free right now. That means if you don't have the boxset and don't want to wait for the video to buffer online just to watch in bad quality that you have a legal and quality alternative.

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