Luna introduced me to the comedic anime, Trigun, after she heard how much I appreciate action, developed characters, and humor in anime like Full Metal Jacket, she had me watch a few episodes of Trigun, and I became addicted to the show amused by how despite Vash hated violence yet was known as a deadly gunslinger. The anime was adapted from the manga of the same name, written and illustrated by Yasuhiro Nightow.
Vash is also known as the Humanoid Typhoon due to the havoc he wrecks in his wake. Him and his brother Million Knives were born on a colony ship but were raised by Rem. Rem taught the boys that every being deserves to live leading to his pacifist nature. They are both plants in human form and Vash is ordered by Tem to take care of Knives before her death.
Meryl Stryfe is one of the agents of the Bernardelli Insurance Society, along with her co-worker Milly Thompson. They’re both sent to minimalize destruction caused by Vash. It’s hard for her to believe that Vash is the Humanoid Typhoon given his childish, free-spirited nature and ends up falling for him.
Milly Thompson is one of the agents of the Bernardelli Insurance Society, along with her co-worker Meryl Stryfe. She admires Meryl and comes across as being kind-hearted and optimistic. She tries to rub off on Meryl to get her to see the silver lining and develops romantic feelings for Wolfwood.
Nicholas D. Wolfwood was taken in by Chapel, yet he meets Vash while stranded in the desert. He is trying to raise money for the orphanage to prevent children from being raised by abusive guardians like he experienced growing up. He is a priest yet is more trigger happy then Vash and was introduced carrying a giant cross on his back that was his gun.
Millions Knives is Vash’s twin brother and the main antagonist of the series. Knives believes in the survival of the fittest and those too weak to defend themselves deserve to die. His last encounter with Vash lead to the destruction of the city July and shooting a hole in the moon. He wants to wipe humanity from the planet and Vash is the only one strong enough to stop him.
The series focuses on bounty hunters trying to collect on the sixty-billion double dollar bounty on Vash’s head for the destruction of the city of July. Vash becomes known as Vash the Stampede, and since he has amnesia. He fails to recall the incident. Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson are sent from Bernardelli Insurance Society, to minimize the damages he causes in each town.
Despite some of the episodes having the feeling of the villain of the week, with each town Vash travels to shows a different array of Vash’s characteristics. He is being hunted for crimes he can’t recall yet is willing to save each person he meets. There are a lot of characters introduced throughout the series, but they are all fully developed with flaws making them easy to relate to.
I would give the anime a nine out of ten rating for its humor, story, and character development. Sadly, there was only one season of the anime with an animated film following the manga.
Furthermore, the anime does a good job of following the manga in only twenty-six episodes. They slowly reveal Vash’s identity and his relationship with his brother Knives over time instead of trying to cram the entire story arch in one episode. Both Vash and Knives goals are lead by their teachings from Rem doing what they believe is right.