A Parent's Guide to Anime
Parental Guidance Advised
Reviewed by Alyssa Vandersma:
Trigun is an excellent comedy series!! The hero, Vash the Stampede, is an outlaw with a bounty of $$60 Billion on his head. However, he has a strong principle of NOT taking a human life, so all of the damage and casualties that follow in his wake are caused by the people after the reward. Vash is being followed by two insurance agents, Meryl Stripe and Millie Thompson, who are there to try and stop all the damage that is driving up insurance rates.
Basically, Vash is a sharp-shooting, bullet dodging......buffoon. :O) Most of the comic relief comes from him.
Reviewed by Lauren Mistral:
Deep Space Planet Future Gun Action!!!
Vash the Stampede is both the most wanted and misunderstood man on the planet! He's feared as the Humanoid Typhoon and wanted for $$60,000,000,000. But the strange thing is that Vash is really a gentle, donut-scarfing young man who refuses to kill anyone. Two insurance agents, Milly Thompson and Meryl Stryfe are assigned to follow him in order to "control damages". The group is rounded out by a charismatic traveling priest, Nicholas D. Wolfwood. Their story is told in a 26-episode TV series based on the manga by Yasuhiro Nightow.
Parent's Guide Rating:
yellow (parental guidance advised)
There is A LOT of gun fighting, but very little blood. I viewed the dubbed version, which contained the same amount of foul language as a mild PG-13 movie. Not bad. One character, Nicolas D. Wolfwood, is a preacher. The way he views his religion might be offensive to more traditional people, but I think he's hilarious with some of the things he says and does relating to it. ("Man! Why is this cross so HEAVY?" "It's full 'o Mercy!!") - A. V.
Additional content warning:
Although Trigun starts off as a light comedy, it begins to take a serious turn in episode twelve (volume four of the U.S. release) until it becomes a dark drama. Shooting and other violence abounds, occasionally graphic. There are a few disturbing themes such as genocide, and not all of the characters make it through alive. There are very few suggestive scenes, but one implied sex scene near the end. One character's religious values may be offensive. One of the main villians, Legato uses his mental powers to kill and worse.
However, the series does teach good moral values, nothing that'll really corrupt the kids, since Vash and co. are inherently idealistic. The character interaction is wonderful and drives the show. There are few clichés.
All in all, Trigun is a great series but heavily recommended for 14+, especially for the last few volumes. Love & Peace! - L. M.