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Way back in the mid-2000’s, a young Pancake Ray was working their first job out of college at a local Giant Chain Bookstore and discovered that no one else working the store cared if they spent their breaks sitting on the floor in front of our rather impressive two and a half bays of manga we had and just… read them right there. Much manga was read, and among the titles read were both Trigun and what was available at that time of Trigun Maximum.
I remember very little from that initial read aside from 1) confusing fight scenes, and 2) enough deviation from the anime (which I had recently watched) that I didn’t really have a place for at that time. The anime had wormed itself into a very special place in my heart, so between the differences and just not being in a good place spiritually to handle some of its more religious themes, I wasn’t really sure what to do with it. It probably didn’t help that, back then, the manga was nowhere near finished.
I still read every volume we had, because gods, I read anything that looked even remotely interesting on the manga shelves at that time.
Now, an older and (debatably) wiser Ray is going to be reading these along with the rest of the Trigun Book Club Denizens. But first, I want to start of with a quote from the notes in The New Oxford Annotated Bible (3rd Ed.) in their prelude to I Kings, which is what I’m currently studying:
There is, on the other hand, no neat correlation between sin and judgment in Kings, largely because of the compassionate character of the Judge who accepts the repentant sinner, who does not desire final judgment to fall upon his creatures, and who is always ready to find cause why such judgment should be delayed or mitigated.
It just seemed like something to keep in mind when thinking about the character of Vash… but YMMV.
Stream-of consciousness thoughts for Trigun Vol. 1, Chapters 1-3 below. (More detailed thoughts will be their own posts.)
Trigun Volume 1 Covers
- Ok, first off… I love the alternate covers Nightow did. The stark contrast between the serious cleanliness of the covers and the crazy tongue-in-cheek alternate version really sets the tone.
- LOL, “Deep Space Planet Future Gun Action!!” Yep, that’s it. That’s all it is.
- How have I never seen Meryl as Luke Skywalker before??
Chapter 1: The $$60,000,000,000 Man
- This poster says “Appearance: Unclear,” but it also has a picture of him. I’m not sure what to make of that.
- Vash’s face is so goofy. It’s like if his world isn’t ACTIVELY ON FIRE, he doesn’t know how to be serious. I do like the belts. When watching S1 of Stampede, I missed the belts. I hope S2 has more belts. S
omething something fetish gear.
- I love that there’s actually a tally of all this on a wall somewhere. SEVENTY FREAKING TWO MURDER CASES.
- Kid: “Mom, I want a gun.” Mom: “You already have a gun at home.” The Gun At Home: *only shoots toy darts when you, a child no older than 8, are living in the Space Wild Wild West and think you need real bullets*
- I love how quickly Vash goes from “OMG FOOD” face to SERIOUS EATING FACE.
- And it’s immediately followed by this CLOSE-UP ASS SHOT. WHYYYYYY???
- I don’t know who this cloaked guy who’s cocking his shotgun by shaking it vertically is, but I love his stupid hair.
- Yeah, you don’t get to kill the protagonist THAT fast….
- WW isn’t even here yet and Nightow’s already filling panels with man-tiddies…
- LOL, he counted ALL the bullets in that page that was… just… it was just bullet fire. Somehow he counted them all. For every gun. And now everyone else has to leave stripped down to their boxers.
- I love that someone, somewhere decided they needed to have a pinball machine all the way out here in nowheresville.
- Ah there are the girls. Milly looks so worried about the catcalls, but Meryl? Meryl looks bored.
Chapter 2: Looney Tunes
- Ok, first off, this chapter title just makes me think of ep 12 of Stampede when So-and-So starfishes his way out a window before floundering in the air for a second of hangtime and then falling.
- Exposition! Huzzah!
- Population decline slowing = humans adapting to the new environment. Resilient little buggers…. I know someone who probably HATES that statistic.
- So, basically… before July, Vash was small beans.
Or going by another name.
- Aaaand straight into his goofy poses. This man is made of rubber, I swear.
- LOL, why is he talking in French?! I guess a guy’s gotta have his hobbies….
- But Meryl… I’m with Milly here. Is it really that dangerous??
- Ah, yes. The ol’ “they’ll understand me better if I just speak louder” trick.
A favorite of Americans traveling in non-English-speaking countries when said American hasn’t bothered to learn even the tiniest bit of the local language.
- Current favorite Vash Chaos Pose:
- LOL, “MY DEEPEST APOLOGIES FOR INTERRUPTING THIS CONFUSION.” This feels like such a Japanese thing to say. It’s like, “I know you’re all engaged in frantic chaos right now, and because you’re engaged in it, it must be very important to you, so I, the intruder, must offer my sincere regret for interrupting it.”
- I wonder how this version of Milly will merge with a Milly who was crazy enough to volunteer for the position of Meryl’s partner in Stampede.
- This Vash is definitely not so keen on being caught, even in the face of suffering women and children.
- But here he is, protecting the very people who had guns in his face a second ago.
Chapter 3: Hard Puncher
- Current favorite Vash Serious Pose:
- Ok, I have thoughts here.
- Sooooo many shonen speed lines….
- Current favorite Vash Action Pose (That intense side eye is *chef’s kiss*.)
- Man, poor Gosef. But Vash standing over his prone form looks badass.
- LOL, the Insurance Girls finally have everyone’s attention, and.. they look like they don’t want it anymore.
- Hahahahaha, there goes the bounty. Can’t put a bounty on a natural disaster. The federal government has officially labeled him “not human.” *pats Vash*
- Actually, he looks kinda happy about this. I guess not having a bounty on your head anymore might do that.
- He can still have the head-pats.
- The difference in his expression when greeting Meryl versus greeting Milly….
- For as terrible as Mr. Nebraska himself is, I always appreciated how much he seems to genuinely care about his son in his own weird way.
- Gods, I’m glad every other version got rid of his gun legs, though. That’s… a Thing, and I don’t like this Thing.
- And just like that, Vash goes from “concerned about these girls constantly being around him” to “mildly intimidated by them.” Beautiful.
(Thanks to @trigun-manga-overhaul for their translations and making this series accessible!)