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Trigun Maximum Volume 1: Hero Returns Paperback – June 8, 2004

4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
Book 1 of 14 in the Trigun Maximum Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Trigun Maximum (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books/Digital Manga Publishing; 1St Edition edition (May 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593071965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593071967
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #848,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
Although the wait was intense, it was well worth it. The book had many new and unique things about it, different from the ever popular anime. Many times it is hard to fully understand the action that is being illustrated, but in the end, you get the general idea of what has happend. The illustrations sometimes leave me wondering "This is awful", and again, some illustrations are wonderful. In the end, it really does not matter as long as the stroy gets told. And in the end, I found Trigun Maximum #1 to be a well spent $10.
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The "love-and-peace'n", irritating, moronic gunslinger is back, and nothing's going stand in his way for doing what he does best...expect for donuts and babes. (YAY!)
[1-VOL REVIEW]
Trigun Maximum isn't so much a new series, as it is a continuation of an already popular manga in the US. Yep, America loves it, and Japan wants to forget it(hey, facts are facts). From this point on, the things you knew from the anime series is completely different with this one; it parallels itself from that counterpart. I mean, come on, look at the black sides from Vash's hair in the book cover; IT'S DIFFERENT! With its new physique, expect some additions and differences onto this new adventure: new companions, new enemies, and from this manga ongoing, Nicholas D. Wolfwood doesn't die...hopefully.
The parallel thing doesn't start, yet. The first volume pretty much covers episodes 18-20 of the anime series, which is Vash leading a new life with a new identity as he lives with a young girl named Lina and her granny, but after being forced to bark like a dog in the nude by those sasafrassin' baddies and later got into a bullet blitz with Nick Wolf on his side, he realized he can't avoid what he is, so Vash the Stampede was reborn and left the caring ones behind to avoid harm. Enter the two stoogettes, Meryl and Millie, plus the conflict on the kidnapping and family vengence, and it's the whole celebro hoo-ha. There's only some key differences between this and the anime, i.e. Vash getting his new outfit during the feud chapter instead of the flying ship episode from the anime and this manga actually took place two years after the Fifth Moon instead of the five years in the anime, but other than those, I can only assume the true parallel act can happen in the second volume.
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Short review-

Dark Horse is doing an excellent job on their translations for Trigun. All honorifics are left in.

About the actual content- This volume's mostly filler, following the fifth moon incident. Wolfwood's huge cross is revealed to be a machine gun, and Vash is still a god with his revolver. The art is pretty sketchy, but I still love Nightow-san's syle.

Also, there's been some talk about Vash's 'new' look. Most Americans have seen the anime, in which he keeps his original look the entire time, before reading the original manga, in which Vash's look abruptly changes in Maximum. Vash's new coat is a little crazy looking, but/so it fits Vash's personality a bit more. What's more, does it really matter what Vash looks like? He's still Vash.

9.5/10
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Despite the serious griping I'm about to do, I still like Trigun and would recommend it. That being said, the Dark Horse publication of Trigun Maximum has some serious flaws. As some other reviews have mentioned, Nightow's style is very rough. This can be jarring coming from a clean-cut manga like Death Note, but I grew to like it. The art seems to be getting be getter as the volumes progress. However, while the art is getting better, it is really hard to tell what is going on in action scenes. This isn't so much Nightow's fault as it is Dark Horse's. They conveniently left the sound effects untranslated, and this makes some action scenes undecipherable. A lot of manga artists use the sound effects to tell the reader what is going on. Things like "Spin", "Run", "Dive", and "Fidget", as well as the normal "BANG BANG BOOM TMP TMP". Sound effects are part of the art in manga. The Japanese characters are huge and drawn with feeling. They tell part of the story. Leaving them untranslated is lazy and doesn't do the story and artist justice. This really, really bothers me. For that reason, I give this version of Trigun Maximum 3 stars.

Here is a random example from a later volume (no spoilers):

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The sound effect was important enough to fill a whole panel. What does it mean? What was Nightow trying to show? The only way to know for sure is to know Japanese, because Dark Horse certainly isn't going to help.
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I was to my disappointment that Trigun didn't continue after Volume 2. I kept on searching every retailer and only saw Trigun Maximum. I actually read the review for it and found that Trigun crosses over to Trigun Maximum.

Trigun Maximum takes place after the Angel Arm incident on Jeneora Rock. A few years have past, and we witness the return of Wolfwood, The Gung-Ho Guns, Knives, Legato, and most improtantly Vash The Stampede.

This book was so great I bought Volumes 2 and 3 right away. The action is easier to understand in the Maximum series. Keep up the good work Nightow!
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