With the recent news that Trigun is getting a CG remake, it’s the perfect time to dive into the original series. Here’s how and where to get started.
Trigun is a legendary anime series that captured the imaginations of Japanese and American audiences alike. Starting as a manga written and illustrated by Yasuhiro Nightow, the story has spawned a massive franchise consisting of multiple manga series, an anime and a movie.
The recent news that Trigun Stampede, a new adaption of the classic manga, will be landing in 2023 has got Trigun fans hyped up. So for newcomers looking to see what all the fuss is about or veteran fans aiming to revisit an old favorite, here is everything you need to know about the original Trigun anime and manga.
Trigun is set on the planet of No Man’s Land (called Gunsmoke in the anime), a rough and lawless place, and follows a legendary gunman named Vash the Stampede. Vash is nicknamed The Humanoid Typhoon because he accidentally destroyed a town with his supernatural powers. Because of this, he has a $60 billion bounty on his head — which many bounty hunters are keen to collect.
Despite all this, Vash acts like a pacifist and keeps a remarkably cool head. As he travels, he is followed by two Bernardelli Insurance Society employees who aim to reduce the damage Vash ends up causing. However, the farther he journeys, the more he learns about his forgotten past and the history of No Man’s Land.
The Trigun manga was launched in Monthly Shōnen Captain in 1995 and ran until 1997, when the magazine ceased production. The story was then compiled into two volumes, which were localized by Dark Horse comics and brought to America in 2003 and 2004.
In 1997, a continuation of the story called Trigun Maximum got started in Young King OURs magazine and was eventually collected into 14 volumes. Like the original Trigun, this was brought to America by Dark Horse comics between 2004 and 2009.
Dark Horse also localized Trigun: Multiple Bullets in 2013, a collection of short stories written by various manga creators. The publisher would also release bigger omnibus versions of the two manga series, with Trigun getting compiled into a single volume in 2013 and Trigun Maximum getting released as five volumes between 2012 and 2014. The Dark Horse version of the manga is still available via their digital storefront, allowing it to be easily read on tablets and other electronic devices.
Trigun officially moved into the anime realm in 1998. Animated by Madhouse, the series had an all-star production team. This included Satoshi Nishimura as the director, Birdie Wing: Golf Girls’ Story writer Yōsuke Kuroda handling the script, and Shigeru Kitayama acting as the show’s producer.
Pioneer Entertainment brought the Trigun anime to America, releasing it across eight DVDs between 2000 and 2001. The series would be broadcast on Adult Swim in 2003, which helped it develop a massive American fan base. In 2008, the series began streaming on Funimation before moving to Crunchyroll, where it remains as of this writing.
A film called Trigun: Badlands Rumble — animated by Madhouse just like the original series — was also released. The movie was shown on Toonami in 2013. Also like the mainline anime, it moved to Crunchyroll and is still available to enjoy today.
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