One of the most influential anime of all time is set to make a comeback, as Crunchyroll announced Trigun Stampede at Anime Expo.
Trigun Stampede is a reboot of the original anime and is set to premiere sometime in 2023 on Crunchyroll. The anime is produced by Studio Orange, well known for its work on the hit CG anime Beasters, which is exclusive to Netflix. The studio has also produced other titles like Black Bullet, Norn9, and Godzilla Singular Point. Anime Expo will be holding a Trigun Stampede panel on July 2 at 8:00 PM PT, which is where we’ll likely get more information.
The original Trigun anime premiered in 1998, and was based on the manga of the same name written by Yasuhiro Nightow. The anime hit at just the right time and helped fill the niche that other space westerns like Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star created. It was also a prime example of a quality English dub in the 90s, and one of the early roles of Johnny Yong Bosch, who’d go on to voice a wealth of prominent roles, including Ichigo from Bleach.
The anime ran for one season of 26 episodes, while the manga continued on for ten years and wracked up 14 volumes. An anime film named Trigun: Badlands Rumble was also released in 2010.
Trigun takes place on a fictional planet known as No Man’s Land, which is meant to evoke the Wild West. The series stars a legendary gunman named Vash the Stampede, who has an unbelievably large bounty on his head. Much of the series revolves around Vash’s various battles with bounty hunters trying to claim his prize, although the story evolves to become much more complex over time. Along the way, Vash is joined by a mysterious gun-toting priest named Wolfwood, and two employees of the Bernardelli Insurance Society named Meryl and Milly.
While Trigun remains Nightow’s most prominent work, the mangaka has gone on to create another acclaimed series with Blood Blockade Battlefront, and has also worked on the Gungrave video games.