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TOHO and Studio Orange Unleash Trigun Stampede Trailer at Anime Expo

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Trigun Stampede

Vash is back and he’s got a new look! The popular 90s anime, Trigun, is getting a fresh new anime from both TOHO and Studio Orange. Over the weekend, the first trailer for Trigun Stampede made its grand debut at the Trigun panel at Anime Expo! This information comes from Animenewsnetwork.

Trigun Stampede is directed by Kenji Mutou, who has worked with Studio Orange in previous shows such as a storyboard artist for Beastars and an episode director for Land of the Lustrous. Kouiji Tajima is credited with the roles of concept designer and character concept. The CGI anime will star Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Inosuke Hashibira in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)) as Vash, Junya Ikeda (Jō Kido in Digimon Adventure Tri) as Knives Tomoyo Kurosawa (Phos in Land of the Lustrous) as Young Vash, Yumiri Hanamori (Ai Hayasaka in Kaguya-Sama: Love is War) as Young Knives, and Maaya Sakamoto (Merlin from The Seven Deadly Sins) as Rem.

Yashuhiro Nightow, the creator behind the original Trigun manga, appeared as a guest at the panel. Taima also appeared with him as a guest along with Orange producers Kiyotaka Waki (Godzilla Singular Point) and Yoshihiro Watanabe (Beastars). TOHO producer Katsuhiro Takei (Your Name) also joined as a guest at the panel.

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Trigun started out as a manga that debuted in 1995, the series would continue for 97 chapters total and ending its run in 2009. In 1998, an anime adaptation by Studio Madhouse premiered on TV Tokyo and ran for 26 episodes. The story follows Vash the Stampede, a shockingly pacifist gunman who is on the run from bounty hunters. Wherever he goes, destruction follows him, but not from his own gun but from the very bounty hunters after the 60 billion “double dollar” reward for his head. But Vash has no memory of the incident that lead to his wanted poster due to a bad case of amnesia. The destruction that follows Vash is what earns him his nickname, “Stampede”.

The show was considered a hit and was licensed by Pioneer Entertainment (later renamed Geneon USA) for U.S. distribution in 1999. The show has gained a large audience in America, broadcasting on Adult Swim in 2003 and releasing a popular DVD box set. In 2010, Vash jumped to the silver screen with Trigun: Badlands Rumble premiered in Japanese theaters. The film was licensed and released in the US by Funimation, who had also signed a deal with Geneon for a DVD and Blu-Ray release of the series. The series can now be found on the Crunchyroll streaming service after Sony had purchased both companies.

What sets Trigun Stampede apart from its predecessor is that, at least according to the trailer, Stampede will focus more on Vash’s mysterious past as well as the relationship with his twin brother Knives. The series will also lean more into the sci-fi elements of the original story. With a new look, a new world, and a new direction, Trigun Stampede will bring Vash to a new generation of fans with a fresh coat of paint. Crunchyroll will be simulcasting the anime upon its premiere in 2023!

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