Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 1, 1998 to Sep 30, 1998
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.351 (scored by 91885 users)
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action adventure comedy drama sci-fi
SynopsisVash the Stampede is a wanted man with a habit of turning entire frontier 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.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Trigun
Side story: Trigun: Badlands Rumble
Characters & Voice Actors
26 episodes of a revolutionary anime that mixed comedy and drama flawlessly. This anime found great popularity in the U.S. and for good reason. Like Wings of Honneamise, it very thoughtfully combined religious themes and pacifism in a morality tale.
The first half of the series introduces the characters, and may turn some people off by its silliness, but it makes sense throughout the second half. If the entire thing was completely serious, Vash's character development wouldn't have the same effect.
The music is very subtle and gets the job done. It's not overly noticeable, and compliments the scenes quite well. I heard one of the members of the band Black Mages composed the music. The music is very recognizable and memorable for how simple it is.
The characters are extremely well developed and human. Vash the stampede is one of the most multi-dimensional characters created in anime. You may be constantly asking yourself questions about him. So is he a womanizer or a gentleman? Is he a killer or a pacifist? A goofball or a serious, stern person? All of it is very well developed and lets you know that Vash doesn't have just one side to him. His friend Wolfwood is also very multi-dimensional and developed.
The animation and drawings in Trigun are not so great. They are in fact very mediocre, which is a shame. Many of the lines are drawn poorly, unevenly and the movement is often very choppy and of a low frame-rate (some of the episodes don't suffer from this, however). The lower quality animation is probably a budget issue, so it's a little easier to forgive. It must be extremely difficult to craft such a great series under so much pressure.
However, it's definitely one of the greatest moral dramatic comedies I've ever seen. The last few episodes left an impression on me; the show has a very clear and valuable message that has staying power. If you are up for a nice 26 episode series to laugh and cry with, give Trigun a whirl. read more
Trigun is another one of my "must see in your anime career" shows. The easiest way to explain why I believe this can be summed up by one name: Vash. Vash the Stampede is arguably one of the coolest, toughest, and funniest characters ever created. He's everyone's favorite superhero (even though he demolishes everything he gets close to). Vash brings forth something that I think everyone has a little in themselves, compassion. If Vash had a middle name, it would be Compassion.
As if Vash wasn't enough for this show, they thought it might be a good idea to throw in a fantastic music score too. Tsuneo Imahori really hit the nail on the head with his work here. Great opening, great ending, and great background music throughout the show. I like some tracks so much that I often listen to them while exercising.
Wolfwood, Meril, and Milly are great supporting characters. The constant bickering between them will trigger plenty of laughter. Not a ton of detail goes into their pasts, but enough is presented to satisfy the viewer.
Animation is from the late 90's, so it's nothing crazy. It's great for the time period though.
Overall, one of my favorite anime shows. Worth a watch no matter what type of series interests you. read more
If you liked the humor and action in Cowboy Bebop, You will surely like Trigun - Lots of guns, shooting and great jokes.
Both these animes have great music, lovable main characters that are infailable gunmen. Both of these animes have some of the best gun martial arts, and gun fights in Anime.
Both very similar but this is set in space! You won't regret watching this.
Trigun and Cowboy Bebop are both similar in the sense that they both have a western kind of feel to them, except one takes place in space and one takes place in an actual desert setting. Both animes have a very cool, laid back main character, but they are both different in their own rights, too, in that Trigun's main guy is very emotional and a pacifist with the insane luck and the main character of Cowboy Bebop is a bounty hunter, with amazing luck and skill, but they both have very horrible pasts and very different outlooks on life. Each episode of the anime revolves around a different bounty hunter story or a different story about helping people in a different town and every now and then they throw in some real parts about the storyline, hinting at both the past and the lives of the other characters, but it's mostly about the main character and their views on life, their pasts and they both have guns, insane main male characters and awesome fighting action scenes with a lot of humor sprinkled in.
Even from the first episode, the music and mood of Cowboy Bebop struck me as being similar to Trigun, and both are awesome anime that leave you satisfied and thinking.
Both are set in the future and are about bounty hunters.
Both Cowboy Bebop and Trigun have similar ideas in their storylines. You only have to watch both animes to see how many similarities there are.
The same atmosphere and very similar plot. Even characters are very similar- Vash and Knives are like Spike and Vicious.
I can think of around 20 similarities between Cowboy and Trigun - general mood, main character, plot development ect. All you have to do is watch both to understand that.
They are both similar Anime, but the way they are presented is different. in my opinion trigun is better though, because of the mood of the story. the soundtrack is pretty good but not as good as cowboy bebops
Both main characters Spike (Cowboy Bebop) and Vash the Stampeed (Trigun) are outlaws of sorts. Both appearing to be brash, selfish, and sometimes thoughtless as a mask hiding their inner hearts. Vash and Spike have also suffered great loss and are trying to make sense of it while dealing justice in their own way across the galaxies.
Both of these animes have their own aspect of hilariousness, though Trigun incorporates more humor than Cowboy Bebop. They're pretty similar in their coloring/art style and give off the same Sci-Fi Cowboy vibe.
Cowboy Bebop have similar art styles. The drawing gives each a similar feeling, however, while they may look alike, their characters have a bit of a different feel. Both main characers [Spike & Vash] have dark pasts that are slowly revealed throughout each series, but Vash's story is the center of the plot for Trigun. Trigun and Cowboy Bebop also each have humorous and serious elements to each episode. Again creating similar atmospheres for the viewer.
Both anime is a masterpiece of a genre. In both anime society is like in Wild West, but with advanced technology. Both main characters is skillful gunman. There is great action scenes and the comedy in these anime is outstanding. So if you liked Cowboy Bebop, you might like Trigun.
Similar setting and mood. although I did watch trigun afterwards and couldnt stop thinking about cowboy bebop.
Both Anime have the same feel to the main characters who both have troubled and mysterious pasts. Combine this with good music and great actions scenes and you have two great shows.
Bounty Hunters, Bounty Hunters, Bounty Hunters! in the future of course.
I just started watching Trigun, but when watching the opening for episode 2 comboy bebop popped into my mind. The art style is IMO very alike and i thinks that's a good thing. So if you liked the more well how do i put this i think rough is the proper word for it, yeah rough art, in Trigun you wil love Comboy bebop. And Vice Versa.
(plot is also kinda similar.)
Firstly, the overall mood of both anime is quite similar.
Both are space cowboy themed anime, though the 'space' bit is a lot more emphasized in Cowboy Bebop).
Both have protagonists who are haunted by their past.
Both have main antagonists who usually work from behind the scenes and aren't introduced until halfway through the series.
Also, both follow a mostly episodic pattern, with subplots that are introduced and resolved within one episode.
They both have this intriguing and enigmatic main characters (Vash the Stampede and Spike), When it comes to gunmanship they are second to none, they both have this one girl that has always been like a backbone so to say. They have this crazy crew members and there is something about their eyes too. All in all they are both amazing!!!!
I think both Bebop and Trigun have the same feel with that sensational feel of comedy-drama especially as you dig deeper into these series. You see, I have a crush on Vash while at the moment, I am in love with Spike; so both of these series will have you developing a strong passion for each protagonist.
Despite that they're not really that similar in taste. For example: Vash is a whiny and soft-hearted dude while Spike is a bad-ass and cocky guy, you will both fall for them anyway since they have about the same persona of each guy with a mysterious past and are looking for the girl they once loved.
They both have very strong lead male characters who are lighthearted and comedic yet managed to pull off amazing stunts. Both have a outer space like western feel.
Both anime have a kind of Western space theme, and both have male main characters who are exceptionally strong, mysterious, and funny. Each have interesting and thought-provoking storylines as well.
Two classic series, just classic.
Both of these series has great humor and action as well as an interesting main character.
Additionally, there's that Western theme mixed in with light and dark elements. These two series effectively pull off the comedy and gives a well rounded definition of what it is. Of course, there's some bonus gunslinger action in both series.
Both series' main character also contains a dark past.
Both series contain that jazz-theme that is quite catchy.
Both series has drama.
Both series has similar animation style.
Both series has similar structure.
Both series contain sci-fi western elements
Need I say more?
Both shows have a sci-fi theme in them. They also have a "Wild West" feeling, though this is more obvious in Trigun. Both shows involve bounty hunters: in Cowboy Bebop, the Spike himself is a bounty hunter, while in Trigun, Vash is HUNTED by bounty hunters.
Trigun and Cowboy Bebop are two very unique anime. They are of a similar art style, very westernised. They were both made in the same year as one another, (1998). Both anime share similar main characters, focusing on their personalities and their past and future. Set in western-like worlds with "cowboy/bounty hunter" themes these anime excel at developing their plots and characters through their endeavours.
Both are a mix of comedy and drama, and both happen in the future and focus on the main characters past.
Both Trigun and Cowboy Bebop have a old west bounty hunting gun slinging theme.
Likeable male leads
Same sort of style
They have the same basic shoot em up wasteland atmosphere, and very likeable main characters.
Both of these are fast-paced, stylish action series. However, what really brings these two anime together is the emphasis on story compared to other generic action anime. Both of the main characters have a great backstory revealed as the story goes on, with very unique personalities.
Both are set in the future.
Both main characters are badass future-coyboys.
Both contain good and similar music: country blues/ rock
Both are based around either being chased by bounty hunters or being bounty hunters.
As well as being awesome, each anime has it's funny moments.
Full of humor and action. Serious when it should be. Good character backstories.
same feel really. Both are Vintage classics that you should definitely watch. Both have a very lovable MC , amazing mix of action, comedy, romance.
Although one anime (Trigun) has a Wild West Cowboy feel, and another (Rurouni Kenshin) has Samurai, they both have a simalar story to tell. Both have a main character who dosen't kill no matter the situation, and both main charaters are skilled badasses. If you enjoyed Trigun then you'll probably enjoy Kenshin just the same, and vicea versa.
Both feature a similar main character who is strong, but does not seem strong.
Godly Swordsman/Gunman wanders around in bright-colored clothes determined not to kill anyone and uses his amazing skills to save people leaving everyone around in awe.
The main character in both animes seems like he is totally oblivious and clumsy, but he's really a major badass. That's about the only similarity, besides the fact that they both rock =)
Both protagonists have a dark past, are immensely skilled fighters, and are being hunted for some reason. Both also appear unthreatening and vulnerable until forced to defend themselves and other, are clumsy outside of combat, and serve as their own comic relief.
Both shows feature a highly-skilled warrior with a troubled past, wandering throughout the world on a mission of peace. Yet, despite their efforts, trouble follows them around, constantly challenging their main principle to not take a life.
Of course, this is all done in a hilarious manner, but while in Kenshin the last 20 or so episodes are just funny filler, Trigun turns more serious the closer it gets to the end.
Both protagonists have a troubling past that haunts them and both tries to bring peace to the land without killing. They are both very skilled in combat and both characters can be goofy at times. The only difference is that one has a Western, cowboy setting and the other has a Japanese, samurai setting
both the protagonists have a troubled past that made them swear never to kill again. they also share several other traits plot and character wise
They both involve a mass murderer that somehow suddenly wants peace and vows never to kill anyone and both are awesome
both main heros dont kill they repent for their past killings
Both have seemingly innocent protagonists that despite how clumsy and carefree they seem, they are actually skilled god-like fighters who want nothing more than to save lives and preserve the peace.
While completely different in setting, Rurouni Kenshin and Trigun share a main character who is trying to escape a violent past through a life of pacifism. They are helped along the way by an often pugnacious female and a really cool second male lead. Trigun is thematically like Kenshin, but has action more akin to Cowboy Bebop.
If you like Tirgun you will LOVE Rurouni Kenshin....it's basically Trigun with Swords....the main character also acts like a dumbs like cash did...but he's actually the best swordsman just like cash was the best gunman....soooo cool
These two anime are SO much alike and I think a list will best describe the similarities:
*Both have main characters, who are masters at killing, but are instead pacifists.
*The main struggle of each is that the MC is trying to escape his past, but each must ultimately confront.
*Both are action heavy, but have a very goofy side.
*MC have scars!!!!
PACIFISTS UNITE!!!! Well I think Kenshin may have been a source of inspiration for Vash to be honest but the series takes a different approach with being set in a reaslitic setting but that doesn't stop it from being awesome. Kenshin will definitely be a favorite among shonen heroes for he's repenting the mistakes he has caused in war & quite honestly may even give Kamina lessons in motivation speaking. The anime sadly is incomplete and needs an accurate reboot but the show is still recommendable (mainly season 2). The manga needs to be read by vol 17/18 or so to finish the last arc and be sure to watch the older ovas trust and betrayal.
Goofy protagonists that can mow down anyone in their way without taking a life, but struggle with their pacifistic ideals as their series continue and their enemies become more dangerous and ruthless.
Both of the main characters make the vow to not kill.
Opening Theme"H.T." by Tsuneo Imahori
Ending Theme"Kaze wa Mirai ni Fuku (The Wind Blows to the Future)" by AKIMA & NEOS
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