Trigun: The Complete Boxed Set
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The wild gun-crazy action of Trigun gets collected in a new eight-volume DVD boxed set featuring 26 episodes of brand-new art from Takahiro Yoshimatsu, the character designer of Trigun.
Who and what is Vash the Stampede, a.k.a. "The Humanoid Typhoon"? To bounty hunters, he's an outlaw with 60,000,000,000 Double Dollars on his head. To Meryl Stryfe and Millie Thompson of the Bernardelli Insurance Society, he's a walking disaster area who's cost the company a fortune. To otaku, he's one of the most popular characters in anime. Based on Yasuhiro Nightow's manga, this comic adventure takes place in the distant future on a desert planet that looks like the American Old West. Vash wanders from town to town, unsuccessfully pursuing peace, doughnuts, and "the mayfly known as love." Meryl and Millie follow him, trying to minimize the destruction, but Vash's only real friend is the gun-totin' preacher Nicholas Wolfwood. Despite their grudging affection, Wolfwood articulates the other characters' thoughts when he tells Vash, "When you're around, things always seem to get worse!"
Anime heroes tend to be either cold-blooded warriors who kill for honor (the Gundam Wing pilots) or unlikely nerds who grow into the role of warrior when it's thrust upon them (Shinji Ikari in Evangelion). Sometimes comic and kooky, sometimes gentle and earnest, Vash reveres life and agonizes over the bloodshed he inadvertently causes. He'd rather eat than demonstrate his amazing marksmanship: he doesn't fire a shot until the fifth episode, although one of his arms is actually a gun. Voice actor Johnny Yong Bosh articulates both Vash's suffering and adolescent exuberance whenever he sees a pretty girl with exceptional panache. The runaway popularity of Trigun seems to have surprised the filmmakers. Although no plans have been announced for additional animation, a new manga series has appeared, Trigun Maximum. It seems unlikely that the artists would prematurely end the adventures of a figure with so much potential--and so many fans. --Charles Solomon
- Contains entire 26-episode series
- Brand new art from character designer Takahiro Yoshimatsu
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First off, Trigun has some really great characters. They all have different motivations, values, and backgrounds. Vash the Stampede is very much motivated by a strong sense of internal morality. Merry is driven by her sense of duty. Millie is a loyal and caring individual. These characters are developed really well and it's interesting to see how they react to different situations.
The plot follows Vash the Stampede through his various trials and tribulations. It starts very light hearted, as the main plot isn't revealed too early on, but does get more serious and sad when you get further into the main plot line. It keeps it very interesting with some of the hardships that Vash faces.
It has an interesting soundtrack. Most of the soundtrack is in a Western or jazz style. It definitely improves the feel of the show and provides great effect.
Now, the animation definitely dates it. You can tell that it's an older one, but the art still looks good. If you're not a fan of older animation, you might take issue with this.
Overall, I think it's a classic that improves any collection. You can definitely rewatch it and still enjoy it. The combination of great plot, awesome soundtrack, and intriguing characters culminated in a great anime experience. I'd definitely recommend it.
Makes your really question the sense of good and evil as he tries to help someone you ultimately put another at a disadvantage. Story touches on the concepts of Life and Death, Good and evil as the Vash trys to deal with problems threw out the series. One quote comes to mind "To save a butterfly you must kill the spider, however you realize sooner or later you have become a spider".
Its a excellent value, over 15 years old yet still has a near cult following. I would highly recommend this series to any anime collector.
On the quality side, I would up getting a disc from Vampire Knight mixed in with the complete series. Since I didn't buy it used, and the shrink wrap had the "made in Mexico" ink on the side, I assume it is just the fault of the manufacturer.
This is a fantastic buy, but I'm not sure if the error is human or machine. If it's machine, make sure you prepare yourself to potentially return this to Amazon before you get the complete series. And don't buy it as a gift unless you know the person receiving it wouldn't be mad you removed the shrink wrap.