January 27, 2023

“After an outstanding series premiere, Trigun Stampede delivers another brilliant episode. It’s an highly entertaining ride with impressive visuals.”

After an outstanding series premiere, it’s time to dive deeper into the world of Trigun Stampede with the second episode!

ON THE RUN

This episode is called ‘The Running Man.’ I can definitely understand why. Indeed, it includes a lot of running for Vash The Stampede. The people of Jeneora Rock whom he helped last week are now turning against him. But they do have a valid reason. There is a $6 million bounty on Vash and they do need that money to feed their children. And they’re not the only ones Vash has to run away from. With a bounty like this one, he does attract attention. This episode definitely goes right into the action from the start. But, it’s not Vash fighting a lot of people, it’s him trying to run away from them.

VASH THE HERO

In fact, Vash is a hero. Like I said last week, this character is a bit crazy on the edges but he has a big heart. He just wants to help people. He does not want to kill. And even when he finally uses his gun, it’s to end the fight but not to kill anyone. This sequence is actually quite breathtaking. I have to applaud Orange Studio for making CG visuals as impressive as these!

The episode starts with him running but ends in a very different way. Vash sure knows how to make things work out. It’s really the opposite of his brother Millions Knives who is a murderer. Trigun Stampede is shaping up to be a brilliant character-driven story.

OPENING & END CREDITS

Last week, we got the opening credits sequence and theme used as the end credits. This time, they are used as they were designed – for the opening. And this episode has the perfect transition from the opening scene into the credits. Indeed, the song starts on the radio and then the credits roll.

The end credits are focused on Vash and Knives when they were kids. As often with anime, the end theme is more on the soothing side than the opening. It is undoubtedly a good ending song. The theme is ‘Hoshi no Kuzu α’ by Salyu and Haruka Nakamura.

Finally, since we are talking about music, I have to mention the score. Kato Tatsuya is composing the score. If that name sounds familiar, it is. In fact, he composed the score of Free!. Once again, he does a great job at creating a score that enhances the atmosphere of the series.

VERDICT

After an outstanding series premiere, Trigun Stampede delivers another brilliant episode. It’s an highly entertaining ride with impressive visuals.

Trigun Stampede is now streaming on Crunchyroll and Hulu.

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