Posts Tagged ‘Trigun’

Vegeta, the fashion icon

Posted: July 10, 2011 in random articles
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Badwick, Trigun

Badwick, a one-episode wonder in Trigun

This post has been awhile in the making, ever since I watched Trigun. Episode 14, to be exact. It chronicles the events of an elder couple who are trying to save their land from being taken by bandits. Eventually, their only son ends up securing their deed at the city hall, making it impossible for the bandits to take the land from them. This guy’s name is Badwick.

When I saw this guy, I immediately took a screen shot, because the outfit looked strangely familiar. Of course, I knew from exactly where.

Vegeta

Vegeta, Dragon Ball Z

Vegeta. The similarities are striking. Both of them are wearing a blue-ish shirt with a white vest that has gold, sectioned straps. Badwick’s shirt is more gray, but could be taken as an old dusty blue, which is what I saw when watching it.

Dragon Ball Z was released as an anime first, spanning many seasons, and ending in 1996. Trigun was released in 1998. From this timeline, it’s obvious Vegeta is clearly the trend-setter here.

Vegeta's pink shirt

Vegeta rocking the pink shirt

But of course, if you’ve seen Dragon Ball Z, you’d know that Vegeta has always been a trend-setter. Who remembers the pink shirt? Hot right? It’s totally over nine thousand!

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spoilers abound. you have been warned.

Here are a collection of AMVs that I stumbled upon in my college years that have been saved in my YouTube favorites. The first is about Dominic and Anemone from Eureka 7, an anime I watched with my room mate quite often during Saturday night anime on Cartoon Network. These two are one of my favorite couples of all time, especially since the torturous life that Anemone was forced to live.

If the video doesn’t show up, watch it here: http://youtu.be/Upjczoc6eXI

This second one is an incredibly well done splicing of two animes: Cowboy Bebop and Trigun. The former is about a gang of bounty hunters, and the latter is about someone with a giant price tag on his head. The combination of the two is absolute genious.

If the video doesn’t show up, watch it here: http://youtu.be/A9e_WIoJJnI

This one I loved in college, as I spent most of my time in my first year watching Naruto and Bleach instead of having a social life. I grew out of that, trust me. And I really, really liked Sakura and Sasuke together (and I still do). I truly believe Sakura would sing this song to Sasuke if she could.

If the video doesn’t show up, watch it here: http://youtu.be/waHWQ15-FDA

And finally, this one isn’t phenomenal, but it is the first video I ever favorited on YouTube (4 years ago). This video comes from my days of watching DNAngel, my first box set I purchased, and my recent purchase of Clay Aiken’s first album. Don’t judge. 😛

If the video doesn’t load, watch it here: http://youtu.be/xI0tvsh2eQQ

Anime Review: Trigun

Posted: May 7, 2011 in reviews
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no spoilers here.

Vash the Stampede

Vash the Stampede

This is a pure anime classic. Honestly, I have no idea what took me so long to actually look this one up and watch it. It has a brilliant mix of action, heartfelt scenes, tear jerking deaths, and extremely lovable characters. With only 4 regular cast members (one of which doesn’t even start appearing until episode 11, and then takes another few episode hiatus), the rest are introduced and gone within 1-2 episodes, including the villains. They don’t necessarily die, they just aren’t shown or involved in the story line anymore.

Trigun is about Vash the Stampede, an ace gun man with a vow to never take the life of another person, however evil he or she might be. In most cases, he comes across as a total carefree, klutzy dimwit. But, when someone’s life is on the line or he has certain things to come to grips with, he completely changes face.

Vash is called the human typhoon, because he’s known as the man who completely obliterated the city named July and leaves destruction in his wake whenever he appears. Though he has no memory of July, he knows he’s responsible. He spends most of the anime hunting down the main antagonist, Knives, and his lackeys, Legato and the Gung-Ho-Guns. Knives has made it his personal ambition to wipe humans off the face of… whatever planet they’re on.

The anime also follows two insurance representatives, Meryl and Milly, who’ve been given the task of tracking down Vash and making sure his resultant damage is minimal. Meryl is a logical thinker and a diligent go-getter. Milly is the quint-essential air head, but underneath she’s extremely intelligent. The pair make a remarkable counter cast to Vash and Nicholas D. Wolfwood.

Wolfwood is by far my favorite characters in the series. He’s a priest and orphanage owner with a mysterious back story and an awesome gun. He wields a cross that’s taller than he is and extremely heavy. The triggers are in the center, the bottom is something of a machine gun, the top is a rocket launcher, and the cross bar can be unfolded, containing a rack of several hand guns. Unlike Vash, he’s okay with killing under a certain moral code.

The chemistry (not romantic!) between Vash and Wolfwood is insane! In a good way. They are both extraordinary gun men with a will to protect the innocent. In episode 10, Wolfwood and Vash sign each other up for a shoot out contest, and I laughed so hard I could have died. Their differences in moral code make for some seriously heated scenes, but eventually they both change each other. If you become a Wolfwood fan, tissues are necessary for episode 24, which reveals his past and his changes.

In general though, depending on how much you connect yourself with the main characters, you may need those tissues from episodes 15 and on. That’s when the main plot of the story reveals itself and the characters are really put through their paces. If you don’t love Vash after the humiliating and crazy things he does to protect even the most evil of human life, then you have no soul. Some of you might be okay with that, and if that’s true, well, then, alright.  But for everyone else, Vash is the glue that binds all of the awesomeness of Trigun together, making a series worth watching.

5/5

Blonde Puppy Brigade

Posted: May 1, 2011 in random articles
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Tamaki Suou

Tamaki Suou

spoilers abound. you have been warned.

For those of you who don’t know, Ouran Highschool Host Club is my favorite anime to date. The president of the Host Club is Tamaki Suou. He’s a second year highschool student at the elite Ouran Academy, a school for the children of extremely wealthy families. From the time Haruhi Fujioka, a commoner who gets into Ouran on scholarship, gets mixed up with the Host Club, Tamaki becomes obsessed with learning about and doing things the commoner way.

Tamaki is the illegitimate son of Ouran’s chairman to a French woman whom he fell in love with. His father’s family, especially his grandmother, is not fond of Tamaki’s mother and pays her off to have Tamaki live in Japan with his father. As his father has no heir at this point, it was the only choice they had. Part of the deal includes that she never see her son again. Tamaki’s mother is frequently ill, and he agrees with the terms so that his mother can have a comfortable life for herself. Despite his past, Tamaki is an extremely positive and cheerful young man, is genuinely caring and enthusiastic, and has insane piano skills.

Vash

Vash the Stampede

I am almost half way through Trigun, and will probably have it finished here in the next few days. It is quickly becoming one of my top 5 favorite anime, especially after the introduction of Nicholas D. Wolfwood and the shoot out contest episode. Because I don’t know Vash’s full story at this point, this will be short.

Vash the Stampede is an ace gunman and vigilante for peace and love. Though he has exceptional shooting and dodging abilities, he never shoots to kill. Snuffing out even one human life would mean the end of the world to him. Most often, he appears to be a klutzy goof ball with an infatuation for beautiful women. Most people don’t believe that he’s the renowned gunman with a 60 billion doubledollar (their currency) bounty on his head. But when it gets down to business, he can be super serious.

He seems to have a fair bit of a tragic past, and I’m still waiting for it to reveal itself.

Vash's puppy face

Vash's puppy face

Now, the whole point of this post is to compare these two. When I was watching episdoe 6, Lost July, of Trigun, I witnessed a scene that made me double take. This chick hired Vash as a body guard, and she says, “come, Spot!” to order him to follow her. Subsequently, he makes a puppy face, barks, and proceeds to follow. Immediately, I thought of Tamaki Suou from Ouran who is know in the Host Club for his infamous puppy face that allows him to get his way. Specifically, he uses it to get the Host Club to get in the same boat about saving the Newspaper Club from being dismantled. As soon as the rest of the Host Club relent, he lets out a loud bark.

This got me thinking about how similar these two characters are. For the most part, both characters appear silly and ridiculous and are often chastised for not being or taking things seriously.

Tamaki's puppy face

Tamaki's puppy face

In reality, both of them are extremely talented, Vash with guns and Tamaki with the piano, and can be very down to earth and serious.They use their talents in these serious situations for the benefit of others and learned their respective talents for selfless reasons. Tamaki initially started playing the piano to keep his ill mother company, while Vash learns to became a gunman to protect others.

Despite their tragic pasts, both characters continually look forward. Even though neither of them are my favorite in their respective anime (for obvious reasons, Kyoya wins out in Ouran, while Wolfwood wins in Trigun), their personalities make them very lovable characters whom I hold a great deal of respect for.