Manga: Trigun

Just got back from Dreamworld with a friend a few hours ago. WOOHOOHOO. That was fun.

Because it’s 11/11, happy pocky day everyone ~

11/11 is also Remembrance Day (a.k.a. Poppy Day), which is a memorial day observed by member states in the Commonwealth since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. Please spare a moment to appreciate the sacrifice of these individuals.

Today ‘s manga: Trigun 「トライガン」

Trigun volume 1 cover

Trigun volume 1 cover

Trigun is a Shounen action, adventure, comedy, drama series written and illustrated by Nightow Yasuhiro. The manga was serialised in 1996 with a total of 20 chapters which was collected into 3 volumes. The series later continued in another magazine under the title of Trigun Maximum which finished in 2008. Both Trigun and Trigun Maximum was adapted into a 26-episode anime series that aired in 1998. An animated feature film was also released in 2010 titled Trigun: Badlands Rumble.

I’ll only be focusing on first 3 volumes of the manga series in this post. Also because I never actually got to finishing Trigun Maximum even though I’ve watched the anime and feature film /COUGHS

Gunman-on-the-run, Vash the Stampede is dubbed the “Humanoid Typhoon” and categorised as a walking natural disaster due to the calamities he leaves in every town he visits. Wanted with a 60 billion double dollar bounty on his head, he has trouble going anywhere without being chased and shot at. In order to minimise damages inevitably caused by Vash’s appearance, Meryl and Milly are two insurance agents that have been sent to keep the “Humanoid Typhoon” under surveillance. Along the way, they meet a number of friends, foes, pick up a starving priest, and find out more about the man, Vash the Stampede.

WARNING: Mild violence. Relatively heavy themes related to humanity somewhat (if you’re one to think about stuff like that).

Trigun will always be considered a ‘classic’ to me.

I don’t actually remember when I read Trigun, that was too long ago. But what I do remember is how Trigun was probably one of the first few mangas that actually made me start actually thinking about the effect of recurring themes throughout a series, just like a novel. The struggles, whether physical or psychological the main characters go through are one of the reasons why I like this series so much.

The struggle is real.

Unfortunately, if you’re not the kind of person who thinks very deeply about stuff like this and read just for the action, you might find this manga a little lacklustre to your tastes. The plot is actually pretty generic and full of cliches. Even the characters are cliche to a certain extent. It’s just the way the story unfolds and how the characters fit into it that makes a difference.

Trigun starts out as a pretty light-hearted series with a number of gags and ‘stupidity’, (most of the time) courtesy of the resident ‘idiot’ Vash. It doesn’t last that long however. Along the course of the 20 chapter series, there is an obvious change in mood in the later parts where some history and backstory is revealed.

Trigun chp 13 cover

Trigun chp 13 cover

This manga is OLD… it’s almost 20 years old. And the art style really reflects that. Nightow-sensei has a pretty messy, style that does get a pretty confusing at times with all the explosions and gunfire. I like how it fits though and it’s really distinctive. Even the character designs are pretty cool. Sometimes unnecessary and weird, but it does somehow fit this crazy, contrasting mishmash of a sci-fi, futuristic, wild wild west, space adventure.

I think Trigun’s the kind of manga that I’d love to recommend to everyone, but unfortunately, not everyone would appreciate it for what it is. There’s so much more I want to mention about this manga, but I’m having a pretty horrible blogger’s block and can’t seem to get the right words out.

It’s also actually past my deadline now. I’m going to edit the time on this post back by 5 mins. Please forgive me. HAHA.

Hopefully when I write about Trigun Maximum or the anime/feature film someday it’ll be a lot better.

Vash the Stampede

Live the Vash way with “LOVE AND PEACE!!

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