Japanese Titles: トライガン Toraigan
Written and Illustrated by Yasuhiro Nightow
Produced by Funimation
Rated: Not Rated
Runtime: 650 minutes
Episodes: 26

GENRE: Anime, Wester, Post Apocalypse, Science Fiction

TEASER: Vash the Stampede, the 60 billion double dollar man finds trouble wherever he goes. With two meddlesome but lovable insurance girls and a gunslinging priest, this is sure to be the adventure of a lifetime.

SUMMARY: Vash the Stampede, the infamous outlaw with a 60 billion double dollar bounty on his head is known for turning entire towns into rubble. Milly and Meryl and representatives from the Bernardelli Insurance Society sent to find Vash the Stampede and stop the destruction he is known to cause. Along the way, they meet Nicholas D. Wolfwood, a gunslinging priest with a lot of secrets. Vash can hardly keep the bounty hunters off his back and he has a feeling they are being lead to him by his evil twin, Knives.

CRITIQUE: This series is extremely well written. The dialogue is witty and fun. The characters are loveable, even some of the villans. Most of the episodes are self contained. However, there is an overarching theme throughout the series of the morality of taking a life. Vash is unyielding in his stance that you should never take a life no matter what. His twin brother Knives feels the exact opposite. Where Vash is the moral absolute, Knives is the immoral absolute. he doesn’t care who he hurts because he hates humans so much.

I’m not going to lie. I am a little obsessed with this series. I can’t count how many time I’ve watched it. Like many other fans, I first saw Trigun on the Cartoon Network. I’ve been a fan ever since. This is the type of series that will create a lifelong fan.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Yasuhiro Nightow is a mangaka (manga artist) and game creator. He has been a manga artist for approximately eleven years. Before that he studied social sciences and media studies. He is also responsible for creating the characters and story for Gungrave, a shooter video game.





BOOKTALKING IDEAS: What do you think happens after Vassh defeats Knives? Where do they go next? how can they possibly resolve their different stances on the morality of taking a life?

WHY INCLUDED: Trigun is one of my top favorite anime series. It’s a classic that will appeal to boys and girls.