By: Kaitlyn L., Teen Blogger
Hello, my name is Kaitlyn (buddies, and maybe future fans?, call me Kat). I’m 17 years old and I live with my mom, dad and my two year old sister. I’m not scared to say that I have autism and ADHD. Because I know that you are as sane as me. But we are here to hear my point of view, which is that of a teen. Now, teenagers have different tastes in nearly everything, so it is simple for me to understand why you may need my help. Well then, I will gladly give you a hand. Oh, and forgive me if I sound too old or formal for a normal teen, that’s just me.
Today, I am going to review an anime called Trigun. It was made in 1998, the same year I was born. The reason why you should heed my advice is because I am both a huge fan and an expert. I have watched all 26 episodes, watched the movie twice, and I’m also reading the 12th manga book of a 14 book series. Now, I also haven’t mentioned the fan art that is on my iPad.
Some people would say I’m obsessed. I would say that I am passionate over Trigun. But I should start by explaining the plot of the anime (which is different from the manga, so for the sake of time I will discuss only the anime). The story takes place in the future, with humans living on a distant desert planet called Gunsmoke. It’s like a western, only it’s in the future and has no cows or horses. Now this sandy little place is crawling with all sorts of dangers, but the most dangerous gunslinger in the whole universe lives there: The Humanoid Typhoon. The reward on his head is $60,000,000,000. I did the math and that equals to a total of $30,000,000,000 in our world.
Now, I understand why you may be thinking this guy is scary and no wonder why everybody is so gung-ho about catching him. Now here’s the kicker: his name is Vash the Stampede, or Vash for short, and he’s a die-hard pacifist who refuses to kill ANYONE. Yet here it is: this goofy, tall, skinny, fair skinned, blue-eyed, spike-haired, blonde, flirt-of-a-man is in fact the legendary outlaw that everyone is after. In fact, they are so relentless in their greed that they destroy entire cities to catch Vash. Yet Vash is blamed for the damage. So a solution for one insurance company is this: send two workers, Meryl and Milly, to follow Vash around and report any damage. Of course they quickly find out what we already know: that Vash is really a sweetheart, instead of a psycho.
That’s only the tip of the iceberg though, the rest is up to you if you want to watch. Because I’m not saying any spoilers that might ruin the story. I will, however, say this: over the course of the series, which I began to watch near the end of June, I found myself getting extremely attached to the hero of anime due to the fact that he portrayed this sense of humanity that is unmatched by anyone I have ever known. His message of love and peace is something quite special that humanity, people like you and me, strongly desire. Yet Vash sees this not as an impossibility but as a possibility that we as a whole can improve and achieve love and peace by simply talking out our problems instead of fighting. I know it may sound corny to some of you, but I’m simply saying my advice. You don’t have to take it. But if you want to watch a good anime, then I would highly recommend Trigun. I think I wrote enough for today, so goodbye.