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Trigun Vol. 1: The $$60,000,000,000 Man (1999)

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Studio: Pioneer Entertainment
Genre: Anime, Action Anime
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

In the distant future...on a desert planet...there is a legendary gunman. His name is Vash the Stampede. A gunslinger so dangerous, a $60,000,000,000 reward has been placed on his head! Vash, also known as the Humanoid Typhoon, has been credited with the destruction of several towns, but miraculously, there is no record of him ever taking a life. However, only two things ever happen to those who catch up to Vash - they either crawl away wounded (mostly from self-inflicted damage), or they stagger away in disbelief that such a dork could possibly be the man they are looking for!

Contains episodes 1-4:

  • The $$60,000,000,000 Man
  • Truth of Mistake
  • Peace Maker
  • Love & Peace

GreenCine Member Reviews

A Great Sci-Fi Anime by Calafragious July 18, 2004 - 8:52 AM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
This review relates to the entire series. Beginning like a mixed-up cross between spaghetti-western melodrama and sci-fi parody, 'Trigun' rises, in its later episodes, to a level of sustained brilliance that we rarely see in TV anime. For people who like this genre, this is an essential show.

Considering the complexity of the character designs, the animation by Mad House is quite good, though the genius of it is how often they fool us into not noticing how little is actually moving on the screen. The character designs are first rate. The creative team made a great commitment to this work. The script writing and direction are a fine example of how to take a good story from the manga and turn it into something all its own, that really works in the TV medium. The show's ending is unusual for this genre, and very satisfying.

I actually preferred the English Dub on this show, to the Japanese voice acting. The DVD menus, by Nightjar, are a real treat and like the show, they get better on the later disks.

Some caveats: many characters, the villains in particular, wear parodically ridiculous costumes and are much given to maniacal laughter. Science fiction is always suseptible to adolescent traumas: the world must be saved or destroyed; characters face the triumphal excitement and nihilistic despair typical of 17-year-olds. 'Steppenwolf' this isn't. In 'Trigun', however, these sci-fi devices and tropes are used with subtlety to tell a story more reminiscent of a novel than a TV show.

Anime series often start out weak, and this is true of "Trigun." The first half dozen episodes are good, but nothing special. The real treasures of 'Trigun' come in the later episodes. Parental notice: A fair amount of gun battle shoot-up violence ensues in nearly every episode, but relatively little actual gore. Sex is implied in the dialogue more than shown on the screen. Despite the weirdness of its features, this great show will grow on you.

Let it grow on you by AShields May 7, 2004 - 2:44 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Trigun is a series that changes tone right around the halfway mark. I have to admit, I didn't care for it much when I started watching. Not that it was bad, it just seemed to be yet another cliched anime series filled with cliched characters - the gentle and bumbling yet misunderstood hero and the obsessed antagonists who, no matter what they see, will only consider the hero to be a bad person. Similar to just about every episode of a sitcom - a simple misunderstanding leads to hilarity. You know the formula. Yet this series handles the misunderstandings with a deft and original touch. Instead of the mind-less repetition of contrived situations leading to humorous exchanges between the otherwise similar main characters, the story and characters evolve. The overall tone of the series changes and grows more serious. I wish I could be more descriptive but it would ruin some of the major plot points. You'll have to see it for yourself.

These first four episodes serve to introduce the characters and the setting (an amusing mix of old west towns/scenery with modern technology). Vash the Stampede is a wanted man ... and how! The bounty on his head is $$60,000,000,000.00 (that's a sixty billion double-dollar bounty). He is dubbed "The Human Typhoon" and it is rumored that he can destroy whole towns in one fell swoop. Considering the substantial damage left in his wake, two insurance adjusters are sent to track him down and to double-check if these claims are valid. Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson are not prepared for what they find. The man people claim to be this horrible "human typhoon" appears to be a goofy and harmless guy who happens to love donuts. Before their very eyes, all manner of bounty hunters try to capture or kill Vash. He comedically dodges bullets (and other wacky weapons) and is able to get away while saving innocent bystanders from the indiscriminant violence of his pursuers. The high damage bills appear to be caused more by the people chasing him than by the man himself. Yet there's more to this Vash than meets the eye...

My advice? Rent this volume, but wait until you get at least through volume 3 before you form a judgement of the series. Trust me, it gets much better. Like the best of the genre, it's the characters that draw you in. Just give them some time and you'll be rewarded.

OMG!!11!1!1! Teh rox, it so much!!1@! by CarpeNoctem May 6, 2004 - 6:26 PM PDT
0 out of 7 members found this review helpful
Trigun. A great anime if there ever was one. One of the originals that got me into the anime scene, along with cowboy bebop. Ok with the plugs out of the way let me give you a run down of the story. Now, there is considerable confusion as to who the main character actually is. Most people think its Vash, a likable idiot hero type of character with a torn past.
They are wrong.
The real main chacter is Kuroneko-sama (which means "Lord Black Cat") who appears in every episode. Really the story of trigun is about kuroneko-sama and his adventures on a desert planet. Throughout the series we follow kuroneko-sama as he explores the desert planet and gives insighful talks about such things as, the meaning of life, what is fate and luck, how donuts sybolize the universe, and the number 42. AND OMG! He does it so well, it will change the way you look at life forever! I remember in this one episode he said, "myuh!". AND I WAS TOTALLY BLOWN AWAY! I MEAN OMG!11!!@!@ (screw the spoiler warning) I don't think I'll ever be te same after learning that. This is deep stuff here people.
I love you kuroneko-sama!!!!!!!

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