Trigun: The Ballad of Vash the Stampede - Complete Series (Anime Classics)
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- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : Japanese, English
- Product Dimensions : 19.05 x 13.72 x 1.4 cm; 181.44 Grams
- Item model number : 26515077
- Media Format : NTSC
- Run time : 10 hours and 50 minutes
- Release date : March 12 2013
- Actors : Johnny Yong Bosch, Lia Sargent, Dorothy Fahn
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Funimation
- ASIN : B00AUJH32E
- Number of discs : 4
- Best Sellers Rank: #880 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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Vash the Stampede is a wanted man with a habit of turning entire towns into rubble. The price on his head is a fortune, and his path of destruction reaches across the arid wastelands of a desert planet. Unfortunately, most encounters with the spiky-haired gunslinger don't end well for the bounty hunters who catch up with him; someone almost always gets hurt - and it's never Vash. Oddly enough, for such an infamous fugitive, there's no proof that he's ever taken a life. In fact, he's a pacifist with a doughnut obsession who's more doofus than desperado. There's a whole lot more to him than his reputation lets on - Vash the Stampede definitely ain't your typical outlaw.
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“…it is a must-have for any anime collector.” - AnimeNewsNetwork.com
“Trigun is deserving of its massive popularity within the world of anime” - DVDTalk.com
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If like sci fi, adventure, mystery, Then will like this anime/story as it does include unknown beings beside humans, as part of this story included in the main plot.(As will have to watch anime to find out more) As i feel this anime is overlooked because people just see it as normal western cowboy anime, when it's completely not all that, and there is much more to the story and the characters... So if you are interested in this kind of thing with sci fi/space etc/mystery beings with story lore beside westeren cowboy setting, you will like this! As there is story with plot.
The story takes place, on planet gunsmoke, which is explained later in the story, on how the people/survivors from earth ended up on this planet. As note 3 moons and two suns you will see in the background in starting early episode gives a clue/hinting earth people are not on earth. etc As the story progress we learn vash tragic past. Also note he acts like goof ball/silly but that is his fake facecade and he really smart, so by watching the anime, you will find out one more reasons why he is like this.
Also to note, I like how anime slowly sets up story/mystery/characters developments between each characters, as each episode progress.
Though i do wish it did not end so soon, and there was more! check out the new movie to, release 2010 if do decide to to get into trigun anime!
Highly recommended this anime.
Vash is by far the best non-violent fighter I've ever seen. The laughs keep coming thanks to his seeming incompetence but he keeps on saving the day. He is the perfect comedy hero. I'm not going to write much here... just buy it now while you can. You will want to watch this again and again!
This series is in my top 5 for certain and trust me, my top 5 are separated by VERY small margins.
Why are you still reading this? Buy it already!
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And so it goes on episode after episode, with him outwitting or outfighting the evil-doers but one has to ask what happens when he moves on? Naturally the villains will return and continue their reign of terror. Apparently that doesn't occur to the writers, so off we go and find more nasty folks waiting at the next town.
This idiotic idealism leads to conflict in Vash and we are tortured in some episodes as the entire twenty minutes is taken up with his internal struggle. There is far too much of this and it is DEADLY BORING!
The story plays out the same way too. It starts off very lighthearted and comedic, but once you get to episode 12, oh boy does the story and tone take a sharp turn! It gets surprisingly deep, thought-provoking and intense in the latter episodes.
It's a very entertaining and highly memorable ride, especially in its 2nd half. One of my top 10 favourite Anime series.
This show comes in 8 DVD's that are held in a case that is about twice as thick as a normal DVD case.
I don't know why but the DVD's are hard to get out of the case. The plastic is very stiff and I felt like I was going to break the DVD's when I was trying to click the DVD's out.
For some strange reason they didn't order any of the DVD's so there is no way of knowing what order they go in without putting them in the player.
The DVD's do come with extras mostly consisting of Designs of characters, weapons, villains, etc...
It’s a real shame that this series isn’t on Blu-ray but you will still enjoy the show in the standard edition.
For less than £25 it's absolutely worth it.
What to say about Trigun? Well I guess there are three points to make.
The first is to assess Trigun from a technical view. In this respect it is mixed. The quality of the animation veers wildly from the exceptional to the downright awful. The shoestring budget often shows. On the plus side though in the most important moments the artwork, which details the characters facial expressions, is excellent and apposite, giving you a full appreciation of both the humour and the not infrequent inner turmoil. The voice acting fares much better, being solid through out, with only the occasional extra bringing down the quality. (Dub, or sub? Each is good in it's own way but, heresy though it maybe to some, I prefer the dub in Trigun) The score is fascinating, ensuing lush orchestration in favour of a much sparser sound design, which includes not just the guitar heavy opening theme, but some sequences which appear to be cleverly constructed industrial noise (however it was done the theme for Bluesummers is both striking and really creepy).
As a fun watch Trigun is even more difficult to assess, as its range is broad and it has a tendency to flip in a moment from full on slapstick comedy, through heroic action, to creepy horror, all the while musing on quite serious moral dilemmas. However, it seldom loses its innate interested and likeability. Maybe because the moral dilemmas posed are not preached to the audience and are not put to us in simple choices between absolute good or evil (though make no mistake some of the events portrayed are seriously nasty). Added to which the action sequences and the plot are often strange enough to keep you wandering what will happen next right up till the end.
Where the show stands up tall though is the characters and principally Vash the Stampede, our principal protagonist. Vash is complex, funny, likeable and occasionally scary as all hell. His story keeps you intrigued all the way through the 26 episode run. There are maybe four episodes where Vash is not the main focus of the show and they fall fairly flat by comparison to the rest of the material. It's not that the other characters are written or acted poorly, it's just that they, like the plot and the world itself, are defined by their relationship to Vash. The only character who you feel could bear watching without Vash is Nicholas D. Wolfwood, so it's just as well the show spends so much time exploring his somewhat antagonistic view, almost as much as it does relaying the central plot. In the end though it is his relationship with and reaction to Vash which becomes the focus of his character's arc. All the others are shown in various states of enmity or friendship to our hero and as such becomes rather cyphers to his story. They're well written and well played but never really achieve a life of their own. (Though the bitter-sweet, conclusion to Wolfwood's arc is one of the best written and played moments in thw whole of anime.)
This is why along with the problematic finale, which fails to properly explore the ramifications of Vash's ultimate moral choice (though if it is as it appears to be, it's a serious cop out), that the show doesn't quite manage greatness.
Trigun is a hell of a lot of fun, it has some moments which are hilarious and as many which are strikingly horrific and memorable. Even if it fails to reach its true potential for the reasons I've outlined above, it's still a wonderful ride while you're watching it.