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Procrastinate with new, old anime

Hannah Hacker, 4Play Editor
September 16, 2013
Filed under 4Play

Now that studies have resumed for a couple of weeks, many students are seeking ways to procrastinate on classes. If they haven’t already fallen into that deep well, I may have just the thing to start the deadly plunge.  It’s called “Trigun”.

“Trigun” is an anime from 1998, directed by Satoshi Nishimura.  This anime takes place in the future on a desert planet after the deterioration of Earth, which gives “Trigun” a “Cowboy Bebop”-has-love-child-with-“Firefly” feel.

The story revolves around Vash the Stampede, or The Human Typhoon.  He’s a peaceful, gun-slinging oxymoron who evokes chaos in the wake of his epic red coat.

Because of his destructive nature and freakish luck, he is pursued by Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson, two representatives of the Bernardelli Insurance Company, who try to prevent him from annihilating all of the towns he visits.

Vash is also hunted by the law, outlaws, the greedy and the desperate for the $60 billion bounty on his spikey blonde head.  Not only that, but certain evil parties attempt to foil Vash’s angelic code-of-ethics.

He is later joined by Nicholas D. Wolfwood, a fellow gun slinger and priest with shady motives and an equally shady past.

The show is only one season and 26 episodes long, but is extremely complex despite its brevity.  In fact, “Trigun” has unparalleled character development, a gripping plot and fantastic 90s-style animation.  “Trigun” also delves into complex moral themes like religion, the value of life and the consequences of revenge.  These subjects set it apart from many other anime, which have simple storylines, one-dimensional characters and corny dogmas for prepubescent children.

Yet, “Trigun” does not start out as a serious adult anime.  The very first episode is extremely goofy when Vash evades bullets, bazookas and grenades, all while somehow avoiding to kill one single person or be killed, and consuming dozens of donuts on the run.

The show can be seen as comedic for the first twelve to fourteen episodes, but it gradually converts to a grim outline with only splashes of clowning to alleviate the solemnity.  However, this evolution was well written by the creators and comes across as very natural.

If truth be told, there isn’t much to say about “Trigun” that wasn’t well done by the creators.  There are only two negatives that can be conjured.  The first is the complexity of the storyline can sometimes confuse the viewer, but these muddles quickly clear as more backstory of certain characters is revealed.  The second is the anime is just 26 episodes.

For people who have never watched an anime before, “Trigun” is a good place to start.  It’s short and stays away from childish credos.  “Trigun” is also good for veteran anime viewers as a break from an anime that may have many arcs.

So now I suggest setting droll textbooks aside, logging onto Netflix and staying up to all hours of the morning watching “Trigun.”  The entertainment is worth the academic sacrifice.