Trigun

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Trigun
Trigun manga.jpg
Trigun manga, volume 1 (English version)
トライガン
(Toraigan)
Genre Adventure, Weird Western, Space Western, Drama Action Comedy
Manga
Written by Yasuhiro Nightow
Published by Tokuma Shoten
English publisher Madman Entertainment
Dark Horse Comics
Chuang Yi
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Shōnen Captain
Original run 19961999
Volumes 3 (List of volumes)
Manga
Trigun Maximum
Written by Yasuhiro Nightow
Published by Shōnen Gahōsha
English publisher Madman Entertainment
Dark Horse Comics
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Young King OURs
Original run 19982008
Volumes 14 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Satoshi Nishimura
Produced by Masao Murayama
Shigeru Kitayama
Written by Yousuke Kuroda
Music by Tsuneo Imahori
Studio Madhouse
Licensed by
Network TV Tokyo
English network
Original run April 1, 1998September 30, 1998
Episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Anime film
Trigun: Badlands Rumble
Directed by Satoshi Nishimura
Written by Yasuko Kobayashi
Music by Tsuneo Imahori
Studio Madhouse
Licensed by
Released April 24, 2010
Runtime 90 minutes
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Trigun (トライガン Toraigan?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yasuhiro Nightow. The manga was serialized in Tokuma Shoten's Shōnen Captain in 1996 with a total of 3 collected volumes when the magazine was discontinued in in 1997. The series continued in Shōnen Gahosha's Young King Ours magazine, under the title Trigun Maximum (トライガンマキシマム Toraigan Makishimamu?), where it remained until finishing in 2008.

Both mangas were adapted into an animated television series in 1998. The Madhouse Studios production aired on TV Tokyo from April 1, 1998 to September 30, 1998, totaling 26 episodes. An animated feature film was released in April 2010.[1]

Plot[edit]

Trigun revolves around a man known as "Vash the Stampede" and two Bernardelli Insurance Society employees, Meryll and Milley, who follow him around in order to minimize the damages inevitably caused by his appearance. Most of the damage attributed to Vash is actually caused by bounty hunters in pursuit of the sixty billion double dollars bounty on Vash's head for the destruction of the city of July. However, he cannot remember the incident due to retrograde amnesia, being able to recall only fragments of the destroyed city and memories of his childhood past. Throughout his travels, Vash tries to save lives using non-lethal force. He is occasionally joined by a priest, Nicholas D. Wolfwood, who, like Vash, is a superb gunfighter with a mysterious past. As the series progresses, more about Vash's past and the history of human civilization on the planet Gunsmoke is revealed.

Characters[edit]

Vash the Stampede is a very kindhearted, expert marksman that tries to promote love and peace as he personally said in several episodes. He appears to be a very merry person that dislikes seriousness, but is actually very deep and serious as can be seen in the situations he finds himself in. He usually presents a smiling façade, which Wolfwood is prone to call a "false smile." Beneath this smile lies a lot of pain and the burdens that Vash has chosen to carry. Also known as The Humanoid Typhoon, he is a wandering gunman who had a 60 billion "double dollar" ($$) bounty on his head until the government reclassified him from a Human being to a "localized disaster".

Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson are two agents of the Bernardelli Insurance Company, sent to evaluate claims regarding the Humanoid Typhoon. Initially, they dismiss the idea that the real Vash is the legendary Humanoid Typhoon (partially due to the lack of an introduction), but the two eventually learn (much to Meryl's dismay) that this is indeed the person they are assigned to track.

Nicholas D. Wolfwood is a superb gunman, almost equal to Vash himself. Wolfwood is a priest, and carries with him an enormous cross as a symbol of his faith and a reminder of his sins; however, the cross contains a machine gun, a rack of automatic pistols and a rocket lancher. Wolfwood and Vash get into many conflicts over the morality of murder. According to Wolfwood's mentor "...we are sometimes driven to become the devil himself."

Millions Knives is the main antagonist, and Vash's brother. Like Vash, he is a sentient power plant created by humans, but unlike Vash, he is a cruel mass murderer that intends to wipe out the entire human race, considering them unfit for this world. Most of the situations Vash ends up in are, in one way or another, connected to Knives.

Rem Saverem is Vash's mentor and childhood friend, who taught him the value of life. It is mostly because of her that Vash is the hero he is. Vash constantly finds himself asking what Rem would do in his situation. When this happens, Vash enters a peaceful "dream world" where he asks her for help.

Gung-Ho Guns are group of superhuman assassins consisting of Monev the Gale, Dominique the Cyclops, E.G. Mine, Rai-Dei the Blade, Leonof the Puppet-Master, Gray the Ninelives, Hoppered the Gauntlet, Zazie the Beast, Midvalley the Hornfreak, Caine the Longshot (appears only in the anime version), Chapel (known as Chapel the Everegreen in the anime), and Elendira the Crimsonnail (appears only in the manga version). All members have extraordinary abilities and equipment. Their leader is Legato Bluesummers, a fanatical henchman of Knives who shares his nihilistic philosophy and possesses telepathic powers, who sends them out to attack Vash and cause him as much suffering as possible. He also is the owner of Vash's real left arm in the anime series. The group's lineup differs slightly between the anime and manga versions of Trigun, with some characters appearing in one but not the other.

The Eye of Michael is an additional organization led by Chapel that appears only in the manga. Eye of Michael members are all specially trained assassins with superhuman abilities. The members that are shown in the series are Nicholas D. Wolfwood, Livio the Double Fang, and Razlo the Trip of Death.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

After leaving college, Yasuhiro Nightow had gone to work selling apartments for the housing corporation Sekisui House, but struggled to keep up with his manga drawing hobby. Reassured by some successes, including a one-shot manga based on the popular video game franchise Samurai Spirits, he quit his job to draw full-time. With the help of a publisher friend, he submitted a Trigun story for the February 1996 issue of the Tokuma Shoten magazine Shōnen Captain, and began regular serialization two months later in April.

However, Shōnen Captain was canceled early in 1997, and when Nightow was approached by the magazine Young King Ours, published by Shōnen Gahōsha, they were interested in his beginning a new work. Nightow, though, was troubled by the idea of leaving Trigun incomplete, and requested to be allowed to finish the series.[2] The publishers were sympathetic, and the manga resumed in 1998 as Trigun Maximum (トライガンマキシマム Toraigan Makishimamu?). The story jumps forward two years with the start of Maximum, and takes on a slightly more serious tone, perhaps due to the switch from a shōnen to a seinen magazine. Despite this, Nightow has stated[3] that the new title was purely down to the change of publishers, and rather than being a sequel it should be seen as a continuation of the same series. The 14th tankōbon was published on February 27, 2008.

Shōnen Gahōsha later bought the rights to the original three volume manga series and reissued it as two enlarged volumes. In October 2003 the US publisher Dark Horse Comics released the expanded first volume translated into English, keeping the original right-to-left format rather than mirroring the pages. Trigun Maximum followed quickly, and the entire 14-volume run was released over a five-year period from May 2004 to April 2009. Translations into French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish have also been released.

A manga titled, Trigun: Multiple Bullets (トライガン マルチプルバレッツ Toraigan Maruchipuru Barettsu?) featuring short stories written by several manga artists such as Boichi, Masakazu Ishiguru, Satoshi Mizukami, Ark Performance, Yusuke Takeyama, Yuga Takauchi and Akira Sagami was released in by Shonen Gahosha in Japan on December 2011 and in North America on March 6, 2013.[4][5]

Anime[edit]

Madhouse produced an anime series based on the manga, also titled Trigun. Directed by Satoshi Nishimura, the series was broadcast on TV Tokyo from April 1 to September 30, 1998. It is currently licensed for DVD & Blu-ray[6] in the United States by Funimation Entertainment, who re-released it on DVD on October 27, 2010.[7]

The show initially failed to garner a large audience in Japan during its original showing in 1998, but gained a substantial fan base following its North American premiere on Cartoon Network in early 2003.

Nightow has stated that due to the finality of the anime's ending, it is unlikely any continuation will be made.[8]

Film[edit]

The October 2005 issue of NEO includes an interview with Masao Maruyama, Madhouse's founder and series planner. In the article he revealed that the studio has been working on a Trigun movie that would be released in "a couple of years". The November 2005 issue of Anime Insider also confirmed this news.

In May 2007, Nightow confirmed at the Anime Central Convention that the Trigun movie was in the early stages of pre-production with a near-final script, although he did not divulge any plot information.

In February 2008, more details about the Trigun movie emerged on the cover of volume 14 of the Trigun Maximum manga, announcing that the movie was scheduled for 2009.[9] In October 2009, however, the movie's official website announced a new Japanese premiere set for spring 2010.[1] The story of the movie, as depicted from the cover, was going to be about "Vash vs. Wolfwood", the two main characters of the manga.[9]

In July 2009, at The Anime Expo convention in Los Angeles, California, Yasuhiro Nightow and Satoshi Nishimura held a panel for the movie. Shigeru Kitayama and Noriyuki Jinguji also made appearances to promote the movie. During the convention a trailer was shown depicting characters of the movie.[10]

The film was animated by the same company that animated the television show, Madhouse.[9]

The film is titled Trigun: Badlands Rumble and opened in theaters in Japan on April 24, 2010. The film was shown to an American audience first at the Sakura-Con 2010 in Seattle, Washington on Friday, April 2, 2010 at 5:00 PM, and the director held a 15-minute Q&A session before the movie, explaining the reasons it was not dubbed, subbed, and why it was premiered first at the convention, also explaining the new characters. The movie was shown again on Saturday and Sunday according to the schedule.[11] At Anime Expo 2010, Funimation announced that they have licensed the film as they have with the TV series and will plan to release it into theaters. Funimation later had a showing of a subbed version of the movie later during the same Anime Expo.[12]

The film made its US television premiere on Saturday, December 29, 2013 on Adult Swim's Toonami block.[13]

Video game[edit]

A video game, called Trigun: The Planet Gunsmoke, based on the Trigun manga, was in development for the PlayStation 2 system. It was unveiled in 2002 in Sega's 2002 GameJam video. The unveiling consisted of a 20 second clip from the game. The clip showed multiple characters from the Trigun series. Since its unveiling, no word on development had come out by its developer Red Entertainment or publisher Sega. Sega has issued a "no comment" on the current status of the game's development. Gungrave, the first game released as Red Entertainment, is thought to have been based upon this Trigun game. As of 2011, no new comments from Sega have been made in relation to the video game, and it has likely been cancelled.

Reception[edit]

The first manga volume run of 35,000 sold out shortly after release.[14] The second volume concluded the original series early the next year, and went on to be the top earning manga release of 2004.[15] The anime ranked 38 on Wizard's Anime Magazine on their "Top 50 Anime released in North America".[16] Writing for The Los Angeles Times, Charles Solomon ranked the series the seventh best anime on his "Top 10".[17]

Theron Martin of Anime News Network gave the anime adaptation a B+ praising the writing stating, "The series never wallows in the clichés inherent to this format simply because the surprisingly high quality of its writing never allows that to happen." However he continued to criticize the visuals stating, "Character rendering regularly looks more like rough drafts than refined final products, with the artists often struggling just to stay on model."[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Trigun Movie Finally Dated, For Spring 2010". Animekon. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  2. ^ "When Young King Ours invited me to do some work for them, they were hoping for a new piece, but I was troubled by leaving Trigun unfinished. I told them I wouldn't feel like I had done my work unless I finished it, plus I was attached to it, and I asked them if they'd let me finish it." interview with Nightow in the September 2000 Manga no Mori newsletter, translated by sumire.
  3. ^ "Nightow stated that there is no difference in the story between the two titles, and the only reason for the change is because of the switch of publishing house." summary of discussion panel with Nightow at Anime Expo 2000, in Anaheim, California.
  4. ^ "Trigun: Multiple Bullets TPB" (in Japanese). Shonen Gahosha. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  5. ^ "Trigun: Multiple Bullets TPB". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  6. ^ "News: Funimation Gets Trigun TV Anime Series on BD/DVD". AnimeNewsNetwork. 
  7. ^ "Funimation Gets Trigun TV Anime". Anime News Network. 2010-02-14. 
  8. ^ "When asked as to whether or not Trigun could spawn a sequel, he said that it would be unlikely given the story brings itself to a natural close." from discussion panel at Anime Expo, as above.
  9. ^ a b c "Trigun Movie Coming In 2009". Animekon. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  10. ^ "Trigun Panel at The Anime Expo". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  11. ^ "Trigun Movie premiered at Sakura-Con 2010". Retrieved 2010-03-02. 
  12. ^ "Funi Adds Live Action Moyashimon Live Action, More". Anime News Network. 2010-07-02. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  13. ^ "Toonami Movie Month Concludes". Toonami's official Tumblr. 2013-12-18. Retrieved 2013-12-28. 
  14. ^ "Trigun Manga Sells Out in a Flash". ICv2. 2003-10-29. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  15. ^ "Manga Tops 2004 Graphic Novel Sales". Anime News Network. 2005-01-04. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  16. ^ "Wizard lists Top 50 Anime". Anime News Network. 2001-07-06. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  17. ^ Solomon, Charles (December 21, 2010). "Anime Top 10: ‘Evangelion,’ ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ lead 2010′s best". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  18. ^ Theron Martin (November 23, 2010). "Trigun DVD - The Complete Series". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 

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