Trigun

Vash, a wall, and a HELL of a lot of bullets.

Rating: 4 Rampages

Synopsis: The last thing many a villain see.
On a barren, dusty planet baked by the rays of two suns, colonists eke out a miserable existence in small settlements reminiscent of the Wild West. It has been hundreds of years since the Ship brought them to this world; people know the old stories but no one remembers the lost technology that allows them to raise crops on this inhospitable land. In this lawless time stands a lone gunman. His name is Vash the Stampede. He is the Humanoid Typhoon, the man responsible for wiping out the entire city of July. The price on his head: $$60 billion (double dollars). Truly a man to be dreaded. Where he goes, destruction follows... At least, that's what everyone is told. In reality, Vash is simply a wacky gunslinger who never seems to fire his gun, and yet (through the actions of those around him, or some other comical mishap) still manages to inadvertently destroy whole towns, making him a one-man Dirty Pair in a red trenchcoat and sunglasses.
Because of the way Vash seems to attract trouble, an insurance company has set two agents to follow him around and make sure he causes as little damage as possible. The people for this job turn out to be two women whose characters more than succeed in matching Vash's: Meryl "Derringer" Streep and Millie "Stungun" Thompson stick to Vash like flies on garbage, much to the chagrin of the man himself. The former never fails to berate Vash at every opportunity while being polite to a fault, and the latter gives a whole new meaning to the word "airhead." While the two women would really like it if Vash would stop causing so much mass destruction (even if it isn't really his fault) and costing them so much money (not to mention all those Donuts), Vash, on the other hand, would really rather scope out the cute girls...

Review:
Here is another series that jumped out of nowhere and suprised the heck out of me. Having heard nothing about this series (short of the title being mentioned from time to time), I found that the City Hunter-esque antics of the main character and dramatic similarities with Rurouni Kenshin mix together to create something that grabs you up within the first few minutes and doesn't let go till you're sides are splitting with laughter and your eyes are dazzled by some fantastic gunfights. Picking up on Cowboy Bebop's retro future feel, Trigun mixes funky guns and technology with the wild west environment making for a fresh new experience that is a welcomed change to all the re-hashed stories of late. The three main characters play off each other every bit as well as the crew of the Bebop, and though the production quality isn't quite as good as that bounty-hunter-laden masterpiece, Trigun does a great job with what it does have. All of this together makes for a great show that any fan of Ryo Saeba should fall in love with, and anyone who likes action/comedy will not be disappointed. Highly recommended.

Availability:
Available subbed or dubbed from Pioneer.

The indomitable Vash, looking suave.