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Trigun Maximum Volume 1: Hero Returns: Hero Returns v. 1 [Paperback]

Yasuhiro Nightow
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8 Jun 2004 Trigun Maximum (Book 1)
As an anime series, Trigun gained a multitude of fans across the otaku landscape before gaining a huge mainstream manga audience. Now, Trigun goes beyond the storyline laid out in the anime and the first two volumes of the manga into brand new territory! Our hero Vash the Stampede disappeared for two years after blasting a crater onto the moon orbiting the desert planet he saved from annihilation. But, with good and bad people alike trying to track him down he won't stay lost for long! Count on more crazy gunslinger action, new dastardly villains... and a new outfit to boot!

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books/Digital Manga Publishing (8 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593071965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593071967
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 13.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Vash-anaki!!" 14 Aug 2004
Hehe. More from the great and wonderful Yasuhiro Nightow.
Trigun Maximum 1 takes place two years after Vash encountered Knives, and blew a crater in the moon with his Angel Arm. Vash has vanished since then, and now appears to have returned... as a leader of a band of unscrupulous bandits! ... But who is this man Ericks who appears to have some connection to the girl who they are after?
That's the plot of sorts. As with the original two manga books, Trigun Volume one and two, this has the same fast paced and tense action, as well as wonderful humour, loveable heroes, and truely evil villains that make this japanese comic such a wonderful read.
The action can get a bit confusing at times, as Nightow's drawings are very complex, but the storyline is wonderfully written and set forth, as well as full of mystery at just the right places. The only logical reason for not buying this is that you haven't read the original two Trigun Volumes first. Anybody that hasn't read from book one WILL be confused beyond belief. It has to be read as a storyline.
On that note hwoever, buy, enjoy the read, <3 the Vash-kun. Ohhhh yeah. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars just as specified 4 April 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The graphic novel was just as specified and continued to follow the theme of a ever growing and perplexing world.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vash is Back! 29 Jun 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Although the wait was intense, it was well worth it. The book had many new and unique things about it, different from the ever popular anime. Many times it is hard to fully understand the action that is being illustrated, but in the end, you get the general idea of what has happend. The illustrations sometimes leave me wondering "This is awful", and again, some illustrations are wonderful. In the end, it really does not matter as long as the stroy gets told. And in the end, I found Trigun Maximum #1 to be a well spent $10.
22 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Taking the wild west wackiness TO THE MAX...-IMUM 18 Jun 2004
By Del Keyes - Published on
The "love-and-peace'n", irritating, moronic gunslinger is back, and nothing's going stand in his way for doing what he does best...expect for donuts and babes. (YAY!)
Trigun Maximum isn't so much a new series, as it is a continuation of an already popular manga in the US. Yep, America loves it, and Japan wants to forget it(hey, facts are facts). From this point on, the things you knew from the anime series is completely different with this one; it parallels itself from that counterpart. I mean, come on, look at the black sides from Vash's hair in the book cover; IT'S DIFFERENT! With its new physique, expect some additions and differences onto this new adventure: new companions, new enemies, and from this manga ongoing, Nicholas D. Wolfwood doesn't die...hopefully.
The parallel thing doesn't start, yet. The first volume pretty much covers episodes 18-20 of the anime series, which is Vash leading a new life with a new identity as he lives with a young girl named Lina and her granny, but after being forced to bark like a dog in the nude by those sasafrassin' baddies and later got into a bullet blitz with Nick Wolf on his side, he realized he can't avoid what he is, so Vash the Stampede was reborn and left the caring ones behind to avoid harm. Enter the two stoogettes, Meryl and Millie, plus the conflict on the kidnapping and family vengence, and it's the whole celebro hoo-ha. There's only some key differences between this and the anime, i.e. Vash getting his new outfit during the feud chapter instead of the flying ship episode from the anime and this manga actually took place two years after the Fifth Moon instead of the five years in the anime, but other than those, I can only assume the true parallel act can happen in the second volume.
This is actually my first Trigun manga ever bought. I would like to buy the first two 300-page volumes, but I've seen the whole anime as it is, so why read the chapters originated for the ones I've already seen? That, and plus I don't want to pay five extra dollars more than the average TOKYOPOP manga for each volume(yea, I'm a cheapskate). Thankfully, Dark Horse made the TM series more accesible by making it cheaper, while keeping the same format and quality as the last two. In other words, the sound effects remains untranslated, and strangely, the honorifics are there as well. Not to be biased with the honorifics, if its there, it means that Digital Manga is doing great with the translations, but I don't recall ever seeing or reading a western medium where someone called the superior "sempai." It's just weird, that's all.
Some guy isn't kidding when he warn me about the art style of the manga, and I should've heed his words, cause that's the manga's biggest flaw. Trigun Maximum is VERY SKETCHY. I've read manga with sketchy designs before, but this is the creme de la crop. Characters are angled and not that detailed and polished, even some of their clothes are just scribbled in. And the panels within are so messy, even if they're big, I can't determined what's happening; like in one panel for example, and I was thinking, "What the-? Is someone playing paintball or are those gunshot wounds? WH-WHAT'S GOING ON?!!" That's the reaction I have with this design, and it made me lose track from fluently guiding through the whole story. Although the design does provide a positive message to future comic book artists: "Kids, you can draw as crappy as this, and you can still make a lot of money on your work."
Trigun Maximum is a great way to continue what's already a funny and stylized action series, and make it a little different by its looks. The messy art style alone prevents me from giving it a perfect grade, but it doesn't destroy what's good about this series, either. If you bought the other Trigun books, you probably have one in your hands right now, but if you haven't read the first two volumes, and have seen the entire anime series, Trigun Maximum is a perfect start to continue along this seemingly fun westerner. I Reckon'men'd this here book.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hurry up, Dark Horse 22 Sep 2004
By Linda L. Burgess - Published on
Short review-

Dark Horse is doing an excellent job on their translations for Trigun. All honorifics are left in.

About the actual content- This volume's mostly filler, following the fifth moon incident. Wolfwood's huge cross is revealed to be a machine gun, and Vash is still a god with his revolver. The art is pretty sketchy, but I still love Nightow-san's syle.

Also, there's been some talk about Vash's 'new' look. Most Americans have seen the anime, in which he keeps his original look the entire time, before reading the original manga, in which Vash's look abruptly changes in Maximum. Vash's new coat is a little crazy looking, but/so it fits Vash's personality a bit more. What's more, does it really matter what Vash looks like? He's still Vash.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trigun Is Back 11 Oct 2005
By Alucard - Published on
I was to my disappointment that Trigun didn't continue after Volume 2. I kept on searching every retailer and only saw Trigun Maximum. I actually read the review for it and found that Trigun crosses over to Trigun Maximum.

Trigun Maximum takes place after the Angel Arm incident on Jeneora Rock. A few years have past, and we witness the return of Wolfwood, The Gung-Ho Guns, Knives, Legato, and most improtantly Vash The Stampede.

This book was so great I bought Volumes 2 and 3 right away. The action is easier to understand in the Maximum series. Keep up the good work Nightow!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Story Good, Art Mediocre, Translation Terrible 25 Aug 2013
By KyleB - Published on
Despite the serious griping I'm about to do, I still like Trigun and would recommend it. That being said, the Dark Horse publication of Trigun Maximum has some serious flaws. As some other reviews have mentioned, Nightow's style is very rough. This can be jarring coming from a clean-cut manga like Death Note, but I grew to like it. The art seems to be getting be getter as the volumes progress. However, while the art is getting better, it is really hard to tell what is going on in action scenes. This isn't so much Nightow's fault as it is Dark Horse's. They conveniently left the sound effects untranslated, and this makes some action scenes undecipherable. A lot of manga artists use the sound effects to tell the reader what is going on. Things like "Spin", "Run", "Dive", and "Fidget", as well as the normal "BANG BANG BOOM TMP TMP". Sound effects are part of the art in manga. The Japanese characters are huge and drawn with feeling. They tell part of the story. Leaving them untranslated is lazy and doesn't do the story and artist justice. This really, really bothers me. For that reason, I give this version of Trigun Maximum 3 stars.

Here is a random example from a later volume (no spoilers):


The sound effect was important enough to fill a whole panel. What does it mean? What was Nightow trying to show? The only way to know for sure is to know Japanese, because Dark Horse certainly isn't going to help.
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