On a barren distant planet, colonists scratch out a living
in a Wild West cyberpunk environment. Through this inhospitable
and lawless land Vash the Stampede, the Humanoid Typhoon,
strides bringing destruction in his wake. With a price of
$60 billion double dollars on his head for the destruction
of July City Vash, with his two female companions - Meryl
Stryfe and Milly Thompson - agents from an insurance company
must fight to survive...
Trigun (1998) certainly has its dark moments, it has
just as many comedic moments and a generally feel good mood
running through the series. Keep an eye out for the weird
black cat that appears in every episode. Its difficult to
know who the audience for the series might be, it is at turns
violent, dark and thoughtful and downright silly. Somehow,
the mix seems to work to produce some very entertaining anime.
four contains episodes eleven to thirteen. Escape from
Pain is a stand alone episode. Very much a Romeo and
Juliet type story, with Vash trying to help a couple of
young lovers escape from a local hood. In Diablo, Vash
is framed for a murder by a mysterious stranger. Whilst in
prison Vash is attacked by what he describes as "The
Enemy". Vash The Stampede continues the story
from Diablo and is narrated by the two insurance company
agents. It's a kind of retrospective of Vash's initial meeting
with Meryl and Milly.
The disc has a running time of one hour fourteen minutes and
comes with a number of extras. The Trigun trailer seems
a little redundant but I guess it gives you a flavour of the
show. MacFarlane Toys provides a silent slideshow of the creation
of the Vash action figure - there's no real explanation of
the process, but you get images from the initial concept drawing
to the final finished product, and very nice it looks too.
Under "Villain Design" there are another twenty-five
pages of concept design, and lastly there is a selection of
trailers of other shows available. So, it's not overwhelming
but better than nothing.
sound is crisp and clear, but only comes in English or Japanese
stereo plus subtitles. Still it does a good job with the heavy
metal guitar, rock your socks, intro. unfortunately it does
little to improve the truly awful closing credits song. The
picture is nice and sharp with no noticeable artefacts or
you're a Trigun fan, or a fan of anime generally, then
the stories are well worth watching, it's just a shame that
the disc only contains three episodes, making collecting them
all an expensive endeavour.