Ready to hear about the craziest novel I’ve ever read? Great! This week’s In My Opinion Review is on Kafka on The Shore by Haruki Murakami.
Now for all you losers out there who frown upon anime, this review is not for you. For all of you who’ve never given it a chance and therefore laugh at anyone who actually appreciates it, get lost.
But for of you who understand a good story when it comes and can appreciate it in any art form it takes, stick around.
To sum up Trigun quickly is to sort of ruin the plot. You see, the structure of Trigun as a TV series is strange in that the first 14 episodes or so have nothing to do with the main story. They really just serve as characterization episodes and make you understand the duel sides to each person you meet. You could skip most of them and not miss much in the way of story line, but you’ll miss everything in the way of humor, action and character development.That said, the show does a great job at being certifiably badass. It was released in the late 1990’s and was written and illustrated by Yasuhiro Nightow.
Plot: The show follows the exploits of the man with the $$60,000,000,000 bounty on his head. Yes, that’s sixty billion double dollars. You see, the show is actually a Sci- Fi set in the future and not even on Earth. When the episodes start off, you definitely get a Sci-Fi feel, but there is also a heavy western element present. It takes about 15 episodes for you find out that the show doesn’t take place on Earth at all, but a second planet that humanity crash landed on when our Earth was too polluted to survive on.
Let me through some fun facts at you real quick:
If that doesn’t get your attention, I don’t know what will.
Characters: The characters are solid in this show, and I found myself really enjoying each one’s different personality. Each character contributed to the overall feel of the show quite well and managed to have their own things going simultaneously to the main character. The main character, Vash the Stampede, is a fantastic person who is incredibly hard to describe.
He is mostly comical with bouts of insane awesomeness. He carries the show perfectly and interacts with everyone around him in absolutely hilarious ways. Then you have Maryl and Milly, two female characters who are tasked with following Vash around to make sure he doesn’t blow up too much stuff. And of course, Nicholas D. Wolfwood. Freaking Wolfwood. He’s one bad mother-
Animation/Imagery: It’s pretty easy to tell that this is a dated show. From the first episode, though there is action and it is well animated, it had a pretty old feel to it. That feel gets heavier as the show progresses, and there are definitely some episodes that take less detail priority than others. Still, there are some episodes that are movie quality when it comes to animation. The lighting and the movement and ACTION in those episodes is phenomenal.
Verdict: I’ve seen this show mentioned LOTS of times as one of the classics, one of the first great animes, and one that still is worth watching. I would agree with that sentiment. I’ve heard people tell me over and over again that the show is worth it. The old animation, the many comical/novel episodes that don’t move the story along much, the dated feel. All of it takes a back seat once you’ve experienced the story as a whole. And I agree. This show was definitely worth the watch. The opener, the closer, the dialogue, the progress, the world. Beautiful. Two thumbs up. In my opinion.