Top 10 Action Anime

Everybody was kung-fu fighting; sometimes strikin’ with lightnin’; in fact demons are a lil’ bit frightenin’, ah yeah, but they gunned them down with expert timin’! I should stick to writing articles…

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Everybody was kung-fu fighting; sometimes strikin’ with lightnin’; in fact demons are a lil’ bit frightenin’, ah yeah, but they gunned them down with expert timin’! I should stick to writing articles…

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The One Liner Challenge

The One Liner Challenge is a blog challenge set up by The Awkward Book Blogger, which actually is a little bit different. Instead of answering questions about yourselves, as a blogger, you try to make one-liners, either funny or as a summary of at least five books, manga, anime or games. I’m not huge on these blog games, but considering the types of articles we write here at GeekOut South-West, I thought it was a rather good idea. So for once, I’m taking part in a blogger challenge – and this is going to be a lot of fun.

The One Liner Challenge is a blog challenge set up by The Awkward Book Blogger, which actually is a little bit different. Instead of answering questions about yourselves, as a blogger, you try to make one-liners, either funny or as a summary of at least five books, manga, anime or games. I’m not huge on these blog games, but considering the types of articles we write here at GeekOut South-West, I thought it was a rather good idea. So for once, I’m taking part in a blogger challenge – and this is going to be a lot of fun.

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Top 10 Ranged Weapon Wielders

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Rangers, Marksmen, Snipers, Pistol Wagglers, Rocket People and so many more! A Ranged Weapon Wielder is a dangerous, often hard to predict fighter who can take you out before you see them. This is a list of our Top 10 Ranged Weapon Wielders; There is a bit of a range here and we feel we can extend this list in the not too distant future, into separate categories, such as Bows & Crossbows. As ever though, this is our general Ranged Weapon Wielder list! Continue reading “Top 10 Ranged Weapon Wielders”

Top 10 Background Characters

Do you ever feel like your life is meek and bland compared to those over-zealous do-gooders of the world? Don’t worry, you’re not alone, as in every world there are characters who just so happen to be in the background.

Do you ever feel like your life is meek and bland compared to those over-zealous do-gooders of the world? Don’t worry, you’re not alone, as in every world there are characters who just so happen to be in the background. What do we mean by this, exactly?

If you look at the best stories, they need solid supporting characters. These characters aren’t even the supporting cast. These are characters that are simply just there. They won’t make you go “I enjoyed this title because of that background character”, but they’re often memorable in their own, unique ways. Join us as we check out our Top 10 Background Characters.

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Top 10 Family Feuds

As storytelling goes there’s rarely more bitter rivals, or more hated nemeses than a parent or sibling. Join us as we take a look at games, films, television, literature and more to find the Top 10 Family Feuds.

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Blood is thicker than water, but to be honest there’s no circumstance in which being thicker is better… except in sandwiches, and we all know that blood doesn’t keep us from conflict. In fact fighting in a family is often more brutal than a standard grudge match, there’s always history, and the feelings get hurt long before the bruises show.

So far as storytelling goes there’s rarely more bitter rivals, or more hated nemeses than a parent or sibling. Join us as we take a look at games, films, television, literature and more to find the Top 10 Family Feuds.

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Trigun

Trigun is a splendid anime which is described as a “Space Western”. The series revolved around Vash the Stampede, who is… basically a walking accident waiting to happen. The problems that he causes are practically never his fault, although he does often seem to be around when problems do occur!

Characters

Trigun holds a dear part of my heart for ransom as the characters are simply charming and enjoyable. They work seamlessly with one another and have great back stories which makes the characters complete. Hold this with their fashion sense and we have an anime that’s both outlandish and believable. Somehow.

The main protagonist, Vash the Stampede, is a very recognisable character. With his big red button-up coat and his blonde spiky hair, Vash is very recognisable within the anime and manga fandoms. He also carries around his weapon of choice, an oversized silver revolver.

Vash, the Humanoid Typhoon

In the start of the anime series, Vash is found by two ladies in insurance from the Bernardelli Insurance Society. The $$60,000,000,000 bounty that is on the head of Vash at the beginning of the anime is deemed to be void, much to the excitement of Vash. The Bernardelli Insurance Society deem Vash to be a natural disaster, so instead of the bounty, he is followed by the two ladies: Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson.

Meryl Stryfe, looking rather excited about this review
Milly Thompson, yes that massive gun is a “Stun-Gun”.

Artwork

As ever, I see that the art of this show is fantastic. One thing that is to be noted, is this is a relatively old series, especially compared to some of the anime I’ve spoken about previously. This is an anime that was first released around 1998, which as I’ve recently been told “Shows”.

I honestly feel that the series art direction is mostly just influenced by the fact it is a “Space Western” in style. Think of it as a sci-fi western and all is good! There are other anime from around the same time with a “brighter style” (Just look at Pokemon, which first aired in 1997, can you believe!?)

Personally, I just feel the art style doesn’t need to be overly colourful, when the characters are colourful enough!

Music

As might be becoming a common trend for me, perhaps I just don’t notice it as well as I should, I cannot recall the music in this series as being anything that truly took me by surprise as to being an important part of the series. Bar being atmospheric as in all anime and in all story telling, the music wasn’t quite special enough for me to remember from any episode.

However:

What a theme! (Warning, 240p! Sorry for all of the quality seekers!)

Overall

A series I cannot recommend enough. It’s an easy to get into anime that requires no real introduction. They introduce all elements of the story with a rapid progression and as the series goes on, it gets better and better. It starts very comedic but slowly becomes more and more heart wrenching. Well worth at least two or three episodes, even if you do not intend to finish the whole series.

I think this is an anime that can help to change your view on the subject, as it’s one that, to me, is quite different. I have heard of people comparing Trigun to Gungrave in a variety of ways, but I don’t see the direct correlation. I kind of get why they say it, especially when you consider the “feel” of the show as well as the art direction, but other than that, the two series are heavily different. That might be an anime for another day to review.

4.5/5 Stars

This is as close to anime perfection as you can get. It blends humour, awesome visual style and a great underlying story. Also, Trigun the manga did rather well, especially in 2004, where it was the top earning manga (mostly due to a higher mark-up than its competitors).