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It seems like youtube has suddenly triggered a huge wave of “copyright-free world”. Recently I found a website that is linked to various youtube-like sites where you can see all kinds of Japanese animation, soap operas & movies of both old and new (and the good part is that those sites allow uploading the film without cutting them into small parts). My recent hit on the list was “Trigun” (broadcasted nearly 10 years ago), a SF-western mixed story laid in a wasteland planet. It features a gentle, affectionate maudlin who actually is a legendary gunman, Vash the Stampede, the most wanted man on planet rumored to have destroyed one of the big seven cities alone in the past.

This is the cut I specially like in the opening animation.

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Now I have to confess here that I have a tremendous weakness for characters possessing a wide “gap” between their current superficial and their severe past. One thing I was surprised though is that Vash is unique in a way that he is extremely tender-hearted who never kills people and just cries over everything he feels emotional about. He is also a man who willingly gives away his pride rather than to see someone get hurt. So while he is obviously a very skilled gunman, it stays a mystery for a while why this man is rumored to be so “deadly” and also why he wears such a vivid red long coat and a pointed hairstyle. I come to feel quite pitiful for him in the latter part of the series because you can see that he really loves to be with people but stays alone to carry out his ultimate purpose of his journey (I won’t say what the purpose is).
I personally like Wolfwood D. Nicholas, who calls himself a “priest” and always carries a huge cross covered with a cloth and bundled with many belts, but my eyes popped out when Wolfwood snatched off the belt and a big cross-shaped canon revealed itself with many guns contained inside.  It must be quite impractical to carry such a big weapon during the long journey over desert and wasteland, but still, well – it’s cool. He has a Kansai accent for no reason (at least no one explained in the animation), and becomes a good partner of Vash and they journey together for some time. They fight everytime their opinions differ (Vash the idealist and Wolfwood the realist) but it is easy to tell that they are ultimately trusting each other. 28.png

I love every bit of this schene, though it makes me sad... the guitar tune is so beautiful. I want to draw more Wolfwood if I can.

I have been reading some very good Trigun fan fictions recently, and I might buy some comic books to know more about this story (but some fan fictions are so good that sometimes you’re not entirely satisfied with the actual original mangas as you expected to be...). I’m not sure why Trigun didn’t pop out any movies like “Cowboy-Bebop” did – by twining some of Vash’s past with new original characters, I think it would make a fairly good story. (I'll write about "Cowboy-Bebop" later.)
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