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Trigun Vol. 8: High Noon (1998)

Cast: Johnny Yong Bosch, Johnny Yong Bosch, Dorothy Melendrez, more...
Director: Satoshi Nishimura, Satoshi Nishimura
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Studio: Geneon
Genre: Anime, Action Anime
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

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

Contains episodes 23-26:

  • Paradise
  • Sin
  • Live Through
  • Under the Sky So Blue

GreenCine Member Reviews

Thought provoking ending to the series by hneline1 May 19, 2002 - 6:15 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
I like this series. It works on several levels -- as a solid comedy action adventure, as an intriguing story with excellent character development, as an exploration of human nature in a harsh environment, and then in this Volume we're emotionally slapped with issues of life and death. Yes, one of Vash's friends (Wolfwood, Meryl, or Milly) dies... and that hurt! Then Vash has to choose between killing Legato or letting him kill his remaining friends. What's at stake is Vash's ethic that no one has the right to choose life or death over another human being. What's agonizing is Vash's belief that there is always a way to handle situations without killing. We have seen throughout this series how hard Vash has fought to successfully live by both these beliefs. However, if Vash breaks these ethics for his friends, how can he reconcile himself and what he has stood for all his life?

I guess what's very well done in this series is a balance of adventure and philosophy, where the philosophy is embodied by very likeable characters who have to make very human choices in their lives. The situations are triggered by human nature and human technology, not by aliens or gods or demons or other fantastical forces. Ethical dilemmas include consequences of environmental management, genetic engineering, fear of people who are different. How Vash handles these issues, especially during his final encounter with Knives, is HIS answer... but we are definitely asked, what would we do if we were in a similar situation? Would we give the death penalty to someone? Is there some point where we would give up trying to get along?

Well, on a lighter note, I will say again that I really like the music (funky rock, beautiful spanish guitar, something vaguely gaelic, a haunting folk ballad, among others) and the art direction is solid. This Volume provides an excellent ending to the series.

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(Average 8.25)
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