Trigun Stampede

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Trigun Stampede
Directed By Kenji Muto
Produced By Yoshihiro Watanabe
Written By
Music By Tatsuya Kato
Studio Orange
Original Manga By Yasuhiro Nightow
Licensed By
Distributed By
Japanese Network TV Tokyo[1]
US Network Crunchyroll (streaming)[1]
Network
Japanese Premiere January 7th, 2023[1]
US Premiere January 7th, 2023[1]
Premiere
Episodes 12
Released
Budget
Runtime
Box Office

Trigun Stampede is the latest anime adaptation of Trigun, released in 2023 via Crunchyroll. The first season, consisting of twelve episodes twenty-five minutes long, is complete as of March 26, and a second season is currently in production, referred to by Orange as "Final Phase".[2][3][4]

Overview

From Crunchyroll:

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.

Stampede heavily references both the manga and the earlier anime adaptation in broad plot developments, but expands upon and alters many details to create a "retelling" of Vash's story. Though the previously published material is not needed to understand the plot, numerous references to those works exist throughout Stampede for an informed viewer's enjoyment.

Tonally and thematically, Stampede most resembles the manga, particularly Trigun Maximum, quickly moving from comedic and quirky to dark, disturbing and violent, though not without comedy or hope. While still greatly inspired by the aesthetics of the American West, Stampede also uses more science fiction elements and aesthetics than previous versions.

The largest change is in the story's reshuffled timeline. Where the manga opened in the aftermath of the "Lost July" incident, and the anime also depicted the incident as already in the past, Stampede's main plot begins with the city of July still standing and follows Vash as he journeys to confront his brother, Millions Knives, accompanied by news reporters Meryl Stryfe and Roberto de Niro. Along the way, he encounters several other major characters, including Nicholas D. Wolfwood. Because they appear earlier than before in their lives and in the show's narrative, the characters are all designed to be young or incomplete versions of the ones viewers already know.[5]

Vash develops his conviction over the course of the series, going from uncertain in himself and fearful of his brother to determined to see Knives's plans fail, as their origins and previous confrontations are slowly revealed.

Episodes

Main article: List of Trigun Stampede episodes
  1. NOMAN'S LAND
  2. 逃げる男
    The Running Man
  3. 光よ、闇を照らせ
    Bright Light, Shine through the Darkness
  4. HUNGRY!
  5. 祝福の子供
    Child of Blessing
  6. ワンス・アポン・ア・タイム・イン・ホープランド
    Once Upon a Time in Hopeland
  7. WOLFWOOD
  8. Our Home.
  9. Millions Knives
  10. 人間
    Humanity
  11. 新世界へ
    To A New World
  12. HIGH NOON AT JULY

Production

Created by Studio Orange, Stampede uses the same style as their previous works Land of the Lustrous/Houseki no Kuni and Beastars: a hybrid of 3D models animated with 2D principles, warping the models in relation to the camera to resemble traditional anime stylisation.[5] This is a challenging and time-consuming process, requiring two years spent creating custom software for the characters' faces alone, and five years total in production (compared to the studio's usual three years).[5]

Staff

Cast

Soundtrack

The music for Trigun Stampede was composed by Tatsuya Kato.

Theme Songs

All episodes use the same opening and closing theme songs, with the exception of Episodes 1 and 0. [6]

Opening

"TOMBI" by Kvi Baba Episodes 2-11

Closing

"TOMBI" by Kvi Baba Episode 1
"星のクズ α" by Salyu × haruka nakamura Episodes 2-11
"聖者の行進" by Salyu × haruka nakamura Episode 0

Releases

See subpage Home Media Releases

Gallery

See subpage Gallery

Note

  • Because of streaming, this series is the first Trigun series to be simulcast - episodes are able to premiere in Japan and the US on the same date.

Links

References