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Trigun Stampede

Dec 24, 2023

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

10/10 story
9.8/10 animation
9.6/10 sound
9.7/10 characters
9.6/10 overall

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