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A Quick Tip by RabidChihuahua

  • Jul 15, 2013

It's been ten years since I saw Trigun, and even after all this time, I still can't fathom why so many people vehemently call this a classic in the anime genre, when it really has about as much artistic integrity as the Pokémon anime titles.

While the tones, forms of mature content, and art styles don't clash quite as hard with titles like Elfen Lied and High School of the Dead, it's still a salad bowl of elements that simply don't go together.  This anime tries to be serious and silly in great quantities throughout the whole series, and this was a huge annoyance to me.

Vash the Stampede is among the most annoying anime characters of all time.  He's a bunch of different personalities rolled into one, and his transitions from one personality to another at the drop of a hat are totally obnoxious.

It's like the creators of this anime couldn't decide to pick a certain tone and style to Trigun, so they just mashed everything together, which is among the absolute worst decisions you can make when creating anything in the artistic medium.

Quite frankly, I should get to work either drawing Batman beating the shit out of Vash or of The Punisher mowing Vash down with an M4 carbine loaded with armor-piercing bullets.

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July 20, 2013
Trigun is fiction by numbers, as is 90% of all anime (or Anglophone cinema) produced throughout the past fifteen-odd years.
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Debuting over Japanese television under the title Toraigan in 1998, the half-hour animé series Trigun was, like so many others in the sci-fi genre, essentially an outer-space Western. The hero of the piece was, technically speaking, the villain: Vash the Stampede, the most notorious outlaw on the planet Gunsmoke. With a reward of 60 billion dollars on his head, the blond, blue-eyed Vash would have been well-advised to keep himself scarce, but he insisted upon poking about and trying to rescue the weak and helpless from worse outlaws than himself. And besides, despite his gunslinging prowess, Vash never killed anybody (a rarity in a Western, to say nothing of an animé series). In America, Trigun premiered March 31, 2003, on cable's Cartoon Network. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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