Trigun Stampede

TV (12 eps)
3.947 out of 5 from 2,357 votes
Rank #1,263

Vash the Stampede’s a joyful gunslinging pacifist, so why does he have a $$6 million bounty on his head? That’s what’s puzzling rookie reporter Meryl Stryfe and her jaded veteran partner when looking into the vigilante only to find someone who hates blood. But their investigation turns out to uncover something heinous—his evil twin brother, Millions Knives.

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TL;DR PLEASE WATCH TRIGUN STAMPEDE. I am saying it as a longtime fan of Trigun, who has loved the 1998 anime for many years and it is still one of my favorites. I am specifically writing this review for people like me who at least have some knowledge of Trigun's source material or the original 1998 anime. I was admittedly among those who was concerned about the decision to make it CGI, and I griped about how it seemed like Milly Thompson had been 'replaced'. I understand all of those feelings. I understand reluctance to start this anime, or give it a fair watch. Nostalgia is a powerful thing that can cloud perception.  But when I finally sat down to watch it and really took in what they did here, I felt my mind was blown. Nearly everything I had 'gripes' with felt justified upon watching the finale, there was a reason for it all. There honestly isn't an anime out there that is quite like Trigun Stampede and it deserves to be experienced. Before Watching Trigun Stampede, I suggest you read the following and take it to heart: 1. It is not the same as the 1998 anime, and it ISN'T trying to be. Read that again. IT ISN'T THE SAME, AND IT'S NOT TRYING TO BE. Trigun Stampede is built from the same bones, but it's a VERY different show and you need to approach it as such.  2. The 1998 anime was based off of material in a manga that only had 4 volumes of material at the time it aired, a manga which would go on to have 16 volumes total. Trigun Stampede is drawing from material that didn't even exist at the time the 1998 anime aired. 3. Watch every single episode before you make a verdict on this show, all the way to the end of its final credits rolling. I insist upon this. 4. This show is best experienced in theater-like conditions. I highly recommend blowing it up on a large screen and watching it in chunks, if not marathoning. Bring out the snacks too. Like I said before, there isn't really another anime out there quite like Trigun Stampede. It has more in common with western comic book adaptations. Like all the Spidermans and Supermans out there. This isn't a direct adaptation, it's a continuity reboot. They ripped apart the story and built it back together from the ground up while also fleshing out existing lore and adding additional lore. Trigun's world has never been more built out. I found myself very fascinated with all the things I can glean from background details or offhanded comments characters make. For me personally too, as a longtime fan, it's amazing to see what elements of the show does still have in common with its predecessor despite being so different. References and easter eggs are everywhere if you care to look. I can't think of another anime that has had this kind of treatment except maybe Ghost in the Shell. While CGI anime wasn't and still isn't really my style, Trigun Stampede looks amazing. The finale in particular was a complete showstopper. The music throughout was amazing as well and brought out a great atmosphere. Trigun Stampede is not perfect. It has some issues to iron out regarding its pacing, which is probably its biggest flaw. The plot moves at a breakneck pace trying to establish a lot of background and worldbuilding info in its 12 episodes over focusing on the characters themselves. Even one extra breather episode would have done it a world of good. I also have some specific concerns regarding plot points and characterization, but it remains to be seen if they will be addressed, so I will withold judgement for that right now. It's clear that the story isn't over yet. Trigun Stampede mainly is here so far to set up the dominoes, we have to wait and see if they will fall into place.  If you want Trigun the space western episodic comedy that also turns into a gutwrenching examination of morality, I admit that this isn't that story. If you go in expecting that story, you will be disappointed and are better off going back to watch the 1998 anime. However if you're interested in Trigun, the story of Vash the Stampede, the planet he lives on, and the people who get caught up in his whirlwind, then give this a chance, and look forward to what's to come. Trigun Stampede for all of its flaws, was made with love and care by people who also clearly love Trigun and their vision for the tale deserves to be allowed to be told in full.


This version is poorly written. There's not much to complain about the audiovisual section, some of the designs may look childish and the movement slows down a bit, but it does the job. Also the opening is a bit catchy ngl. The map that comes out in the middle of each chapter is totally irrelevant. Let's get to the important stuff: With an interesting first third, which promises us to have a plot right from the beginning. The problem comes in the second third, where the excess of flashbacks (lasting half a chapter) overshadows the present of the series. Making the characters be defined only by their past and not by how they are now. We are given very little time to take in their importance before being left aside to advance what little plot remains. The first time antagonists their arcs end very abruptly. Rollo's death is still funny to me (that headshot, Chuckles). Roberto: No one knows how he got there other than to infodump us when his assistant asks him. His demise carries no weight because he had been saved before for convenience. Especially against the guy with the bombs. The assistant: She has so weak presence that nobody remembers her name. The crazy loli: She's suddenly introduced without any forethought and calls the previous duo hypocrites, claiming why they call her a monster if she's just a kid. (Ah right, as if she didn't try to kill them in the first place for being only human and having unjustified hatred for them. I don't think the hatred is hereditary or is it??) Vash: Why does he care so much about not killing anyone? If he barely deeply interacts with anyone he actually respects, and he also carries an absurd guilt that is NOT his own but that of his evil sibling. He's too bland and lacks charisma. Knives: His hatred is totally unjustified, his perception of humans is clearly biased. Justifying his actions for the sake of his brother. Nothing that happens in chapter 11 is really believable, let's remember that he is manipulating him at will. (Lousy example of an older brother). Nicholas: He is apparently immortal, there is no tension for him to die. His arc of dealing with his past comes to nothing. While I appreciate the attempt to tell a different story, the execution leaves much to be desired, is chaotic in its narrative and has several flaws difficult to ignore.


Audience Bias vs True Artistic Achievement The only thing that keeps this from being considered a true classic and one of the best anime ever made, is audience bias for the original. If this was the first trigun adaptation ever made, this may have been regarded as an instant modern classic and one of the best anime of all time. but since it wasnt... it isnt. Feeling bad for and also laughing at everyone who hasn’t watched this because “it’s cg” or “it’s a remake”. Just forget that berserk 2017 ever existed. As someone who watched the original Trigun years and years ago… stampede is 100% worth your time. It’s the best-looking CG anime ever made, and one of the best best candidates for anime of the year. it adds a ton of depth to the characters that the original series never does, turning some from one-off bit characters to fully fledged elements of its world. It actually follows the manga closer, while re-imagining character designs to bring them closer to their full potential. It’s far more heartfelt and emotional than the OG series was, with a ton more heart and passion put into the overarching story. Also a ton more artistic passion. They throw in a lot of 2D animation too, for flashbacks. The soundtrack is also outstanding, very creative and different from the original but definitely having its own distinct identity, every character having their own theme. Episode 6 and the final episode, were probably the best looking anime episodes I've seen all year, period. And the best emotionally speaking. While the OG put more focus on episodic battles and its own filler, this series from start to finish focuses down hard on the main conflict between Vash and Knives, deeply fleshing out both characters into being very human. Whereas Knives was a mere abstract concept of evil in the original, this anime paints him as much more intimidating and terrible, and at the same time, much more sympathetic and emotional. It fully revamps Wolfwood's story into an even more tragic figure who's also even more badass and unique than his original counterpart. All the characters are better here than their original forms. If anyone skipped over this because they thought it was going to tarnish a classic, please re-consider, and go into it with an open mind. Yes, there are changes, but they will all converge into something that surpasses the original if you just give it a chance. It’s one of the most impressive and ambitious projects to come out of Japan in a year. Full of beautiful fight choreography, and artistic visual flourishes that nothing else this year has had, with the most unique visual identity. It’s Studio Orange’s masterpiece. 9.6/10

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