Synopsis:- Vash the Stampede is a wanted gunman with $$60,000,000,000 on his head (apparently causing the annihilation of an entire city, though there were no casualties). Naturally, trouble always follows him around wherever he goes. Despite being an ace gunman, he often opts to escape dire situations without having to pull the trigger. Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson, of the Bernardelli Insurance Society, have been assigned the task of following Vash around to account and register the vast amount of property damage he seems to trigger. Naturally they get caught up in his hilarious misadventrues, and soon get to realise that Vash isn’t as merciless as the rumours say he is.
A hunter of love tracking the mayfly of peace, Vash is a fantastic, warm-hearted character, with a lot more to him than meets the eye.
My opinion:- After watching this series twice, I must say this is a fantastic one to choose (based on the manga with the same name). It has a light-hearted storyline for a lot of the series, as well as great characters that are easy to like or hate, which makes it a great starter series for anyone that wants to get into anime. It also has a classic quality that will make even the most experienced veteran happy to watch it over and over again.
The series boasts an array of character stereotypes, from Vash, the bumbling, peace-loving fool, to Nicholas D. Wolfwood, the calm, suave character equipped with sunglasses, a bent cigarette, and swanky black suit.
While the first half of this series is light-hearted, with Vash getting in and out of various scrapes, it takes a sudden serious turn at episode 12, where it actually goes a lot deeper into the story and brings up more and more characters.
Although the story suddenly gets more complicated and abundant in characters, it’s still able to neatly compress and package the tense ending in a way that no one needs to ask questions, and can sit back and fully appreciate its glory.
However, some could argue that the sudden impact of the serious story is enough to throw viewers off, but it’s a series that should definitely be watched through and through.
Rating:- 9/10 – the series is a must for anime newbies, and a nostalgic watch for the experienced otaku.