Much of the damage attributed to "Vash" is caused by the activities of bounty hunters who are after the 60,000,000,000$$ (sixty billion "double dollars") reward on Vash's head for the destruction of a city called July. Vash does not clearly remember the destruction of July, and only wants "love and peace", as he puts it; though he is a gunfighter of inhuman skill, he uses his weapons only to save lives wherever he can.
As the series progresses, more is gradually learned about Vash's mysterious history and the history of the human civilization on Gunsmoke, the desert planet the series is set on. The series is often humorous in tone, but at the same time it involves very serious character development and especially in later episodes it becomes quite emotionally intense. Vash is occasionally joined by a priest, Nicholas D. Wolfwood, who is almost as good a gunfighter as Vash himself, and later is targeted by a band of assassins known as the Gung-Ho Guns for reasons which are mysterious at first.
Trigun evolves into a very serious discussion of the nature of morality, posing questions such as: What is the nature of morality? Can we judge different moral codes? If a person is forced to betray their moral code, does that betrayal invalidate that moral code, and can the person still try to live up to that moral code? Can the person find redemption from their wrongs, and if so, how?
Having been an old Trigun fan (since they showed the anime in the old Adult Swim) this is such a great treat. I remember I once read the original Trigun manga but I don't remember it as well...
Moving on, Trigun Maximum is the best manga I've read in a long while. It's mostly good because we get to see the Vash/Knives fight work itself out and meet a good bunch of characters.
STORY: It mostly consists of Vash's vow to never kill another human being and having to go on about the world, spreading his "peace and love" routine while having enemies that randomly show
up (because after all he is Vash the Stampede) or enemies that are thrown his way because they want to please Knives. The story is great! We get so many great comedic moments that leave you laughing for a long while and yet the fights draw you in so hard, it's pretty hard to put the manga down. It doesn't get too dark until the end... and even then, it's not extremely heavy. It's just the final fights that are like "WHOA!"
ART: Is good enough for us who know of Trigun to begin with. Lovely fight scenes with so much detail it kinda makes your jaw drop.
CHARACTER: The character development is great. As usual, Vash is the tranquil aloof good guy but it's fun to see his interacting with everyone else. There isn't much of a movement in his character until the very end unlike with the other characters (i.e. Wolfwood with whom we get to see a great deal of his struggle of Vash's idealism and his background story and all that is great to read upon). All the characters we encounter have a great background and it's great to read who they are, what they have done and what winds up happening to them in their end.
ENJOYMENT: As previously mentioned: I have not enjoyed a series as much as I did this one. It took me a few weeks to finish the entire series but it annoyed me so much that I had to wait for the rest of the books. *laughs lightly* Seriously, once you get a book, you don't want to put the series down.
OVERALL: This series kept me glued. The ending was nice and sweet... Kind of like the beginning. I was glad that by the end of it all, all was somewhat right with the world, plants and human beings lived in harmony and a certain someone who was causing trouble saw the right way to see life and gave them another chance. I really recommend this part of the series to all who have watched the anime and read the original manga. There's so much more to this one that it'll stick in your mind much more than the original and you'll feel grateful to put a great ending into a series that you have probably lived with for over 10 years.
I was very careful with this criticism. Trigun was one of the first manga I read, and also one of the best.
Tells the story of Humanoid Typhoon Vash the Stampede. Vash is the most feared gunslinger in a desert land, with a reward of 60 billion double by his head, and held responsible for the complete destruction of the City of July. However Vash is a staunch pacifist who avoids aggression to the fullest and not admit killing under any circumstances.
Regardless of like violence or not, haunts him: the places visited by Vash are always devastated by their well-meaning interventions or people seeking the reward.
A couple of Bernadelli insurance company agents (Meryl Strife and Milly Thompson) follows him trying to minimize the damage caused by its passage.
Best of Trigun certainly is Vash. It is iconic, it is only one of the best players I've ever seen in manga. And even with a main character of these, the side not devalue, all with a style, a way, a way to mark you. Of course, especially Wolfwood. How many manga you see a priest with a machine gun / lance / Granadier cross-shaped ?.
The plot flows well, knowing balance the humor, action and tension. Action sequences are well crafted and very creative, append that at times you have to pay close attention not to "lose". You are surprised when the story takes more serious air, is a nice super environment and science fiction touches will give a more style fuck yeah cool yet.
As for anime, it's done well and has one of the best voice acting I've ever seen. But it has not even a tenth of the impact it has on the manga, is faced with "just one more". The best thing about anime is probably the ending (here follows: http://www.mp3.animaniaclub.com.br/download-mp3/947/).
"But then, Nomuro-sensei?"
Trigun has amazing and remarkable characters. The plot is unique, designed and fun to read. I recommend to western lovers, to those looking for action, and who wants to see a manga with a deep end.
Trigun is, without question, an anime classic. It has endearing characters, and intriguing storyline, and interesting world, and a wonderful ascetic. It is a show that I recommend to anyone as they start their journey into anime fandom, and it is an excellent example of what anime can be, even without today’s animation standards. Trigun Maximum, however, is one of the very few times that I enjoyed the adaption better than the original.
Trigun Maximum is a continuation of the original Trigun manga that was cut short. It follows the further adventures of Vash the Stampede, Nicholas D. Wolfwood, and the Bernadelli Insurance girls as they
travel across the planet Gunsmoke and attempt to stop Knives from destroying the human race, 2 years after the events of the end of the first Trigun manga. It expands the Trigun universe to some very interesting places, but at the same time offers ridiculousness on a scale that’s often unnecessary. As much as I enjoyed the amount of backstory certain characters got, I was often annoyed with plot devices or twists that just seemed lazy, rather than creative.
The disjointed narrative combined with the art often made the book hard to understand. I found myself questioning what was going on at pretty much every fight scene and most chapter changes (and often in the middle of a chapter, when the scene would change almost randomly). The art is often gorgeous, but I had some trouble telling characters apart and making out what was happening in the midst of the incredibly detailed fights.
Despite all of this, Trigun Maximum was an enjoyable series and an interesting expansion of the story. The manga is completely separate from the anime, so it is something that every Trigun fan would enjoy. I do, however, feel as though I would much rather see an animated adaption of Maximum, rather than read a story that obviously needs to be moving.
This is a manga review for both Trigun and Trigun Maximum.
It is not easy to depict action in the form of manga. Trigun is one of those works that fell victim to flashy art style that becomes overly convoluted and confusing for readers to follow.
Trigun started out as a light-hearted comedy where we follow Vash the Stampede and how having a mega bounty on his head attracts nothing but trouble. Beyond his happy go lucky exterior, we soon find out his dark past and his conviction of never to take one's life away.
Gradually, the mood shifts especially during Maximum where it becomes darker and
bloodier. Maximum also introduces to use a myriad of new characters that are, undoubtedly cool, yet most of them lack much substance.
It's not to say that there isn't any characterization among the cast of Trigun, Vash himself is very well characterized, his background and personality are clearly detailed over the course of the story. Then, we have the insurance girls Meryl and Milly, most badass priest Wolfwood, as well as Livio etc., are all great characters.
Personally, I am not a fan of what they did to Knives in the manga as compared to the anime. Knives is nothing more than a power hungry and one track minded bad guy here, which makes him a pretty generic villain.
As I mentioned earlier, the artwork can often become very messy and confusing during the action scenes, it felt like Yasuhiro opted for style over substance as the story goes on, as many of the characters having freaky-badass-multiple forms just to showcase their badassery. This reminds me of another mangaka Oh Great! which also favors style over substance in his works, but sadly Yasuhiro's art isn't as good as Oh Great!'s.
Enjoyment wise, I kinda liked the non-action parts (ironically), but for most part, I have no idea what's going on during the fights.
Trigun is truly decent as an anime, but as a manga, I must say it is a disappointment, due to how messy the art is, and the story was mostly ignored for the sake of stylish action.
Overall: 4/10 Hopefully we can somehow get the latter half of Maximum to be adapted into anime, as there are indeed some badass action going on.