Trigun is a Japanese manga by Yasuhiro Nightow from 1995 initially collected in three tankōbon volumes by Tokuma Shoten, published between 1996 and 1999. In 1997, Shonen Captain, the magazine in which Trigun was serialized, was closed, making the manga incomplete. In 1998 Trigun Maximum was published, a continuation of the first series, starting in January 1998 and ending on March 30, 2007. In 1998 it was made into an anime television series created by the Madhouse studio, consisting of 26 episodes and broadcast at home by the Tokyo TV network. An anime film, Trigun: Badlands Rumble was produced. In 2022, a new anime adaptation titled Trigun Stampede was announced for a 2023 premiere.
While we’re waiting for the new anime, you might want to catch up on the original manga, and that is why we have decided to tell you how to read the chapters that have already come out by giving you a detailed reading order for the Trigun manga.
How many Trigun chapters and volumes are there?
The structure of the Trigun manga is not overly complex, and it’s not even such a big work. The series consists of two manga series – Trigun (which ran from 1995 to 1997), and Trigun Maximum (which ran from 1997 to 2007). The original Trigun manga had just 20 chapters, which were initially published in three volumes, but were later republished in two volumes. The Trigun Maximum manga had a total of 97 chapters, which were published in 14 volumes. This means that there are 117 chapters in total and 16 or 17 volumes, depending on which edition of the Trigun manga you get your hands on.
In what order should you read Trigun?
Reading Trigun is quite easy. You should start with the original Trigun manga series and its 20 chapters, after which you will simply continue with Trigun Maximum until you finish the series. As we have said, Trigun is a manga that does not have an overly complex structure and is very easy to read and follow.
Trigun reading order
The volumes published so far include the following:
|1||Trigun 1||00-07||April 25, 1996||4-19-830127-1|
|2||Trigun 2||08-13||October 30, 1996||4-19-830144-1|
|3||Trigun 3||14-20||January 20, 1999||4-19-830185-9|
|1||Trigun 1||00-12||October 15, 2003||1-59307-052-7|
|2||Trigun 2||13-20 (+ 2 Extra)||January 7, 2004||1-59307-053-5|
|1||Hero Returns||01-06||May 23, 1998||4-7859-1842-X|
|2||Death Blue||07-13||December 18, 1998||4-7859-1888-8|
|3||His Life As A…||14-20||October 27, 1999||4-7859-1948-5|
|4||Bottom of the Dark||21-27||July 27, 200||4-7859-2012-2|
|5||Break Out||28-33||February 24, 2001||4-7859-2066-1|
|6||The Gunslinger||34-39||October 5, 2001||4-7859-2128-5|
|7||Happy Days||40-45||August 7, 2002||4-7859-2217-6|
|8||Silent Ruin||46-51||April 25, 2003||4-7859-2306-7|
|9||LR||52-57||October 24, 2003||4-7859-2369-5|
|10||Wolfwood||58-65||December 27, 2004||4-7859-2497-7|
|11||Zero Hour||66-71||December 27, 2004||4-7859-2498-5|
|12||The Gunslinger||72-80||July 2, 2006||4-7859-2665-1|
|13||Double Duel||81-89||November 9, 2007||4-7859-2884-0|
|14||Mind Games||90-97||February 27, 2008||4-7859-2923-5|
What is Trigun about?
The desert planet of Gunsmoke was settled by humans, mostly living in small, scattered settlements, similar to America’s Wild West. The settlements have formed around the remains of old technologies and factories that are still used but no longer understood. Vash the Stampede, also called Humanoid Typhoon, has a $60 billion (double dollar) bounty on its head. He is blamed for the destruction of the city of July. Wherever he appears, he causes unrest and chaos, but this is also due to the bounty on his head.
Because his pursuers and their defense usually do the damage. When the government classifies it as a natural disaster, two insurance agents, Millie Thompson and Meryl Stryfe, are sent to prevent further claims. When they finally find him, however, Vash turns out to be a clumsy but tough guy. While he’s an insanely good shooter, he firmly claims he’s never killed a human and intends to continue to do so. Despite his disagreeing with it, Vash is now joined by the two women, who want to prevent further damage.
Her journey is repeatedly interrupted by bounty hunters sent to hunt Vash, or by criminal gangs who, despite Vash’s best efforts, wreak havoc again. They then meet Nicolas D. Wolfwood, an itinerant priest who is also a good marksman and possesses a large arsenal of weapons in the form of a giant cross. Even if they don’t always travel together, they always meet and Wolfwood becomes Vash’s comrade-in-arms on several occasions. He now becomes the primary prey of the Gung-Ho Guns, a group of assassins led by Legato Bluesummers.
During these fights, Vash’s weapon arm, which was used to destroy July, is used against his will. Another city was destroyed. The Gung-Ho Guns were unleashed by Knives on Vash, an old rival of Vash. Their past together is related to the colonization of the planet, which is now being revealed. Twins Vash and Knives grew up on a spaceship that was part of a fleet of ships tasked with bringing settlers from Earth to a new habitat. The two grew up amazingly quickly, which scared some of those around them. However, a young woman named Rem raised the two and raised them as humanistic, peace-loving individuals.
However, Knives refused and eventually kills the crew and crashes the fleet on the desert planet. He wants to wipe out all people who are lower beings to him. Rem, who is loved by Vash, is able to prevent all the people in the fleet from dying before she dies so that the planet can still be settled. After the crash, Vash seeks revenge but doesn’t want to betray Rem’s pacifist upbringing. The attacks of the gung-ho guns always draw in the people around Vash, especially Meryl and Millie, and Wolfwood.
Vash would rather travel on alone, but the two women don’t want to leave him alone either. At the showdown, Wolfwood turns out to be part of the Gung-Ho Guns, but he doesn’t want to betray Vash and dies in the process. After defeating the others, Legato confronts Vash. He takes Meryl and Millie hostage, forcing Vash to shoot him. This outcome of events, planned by Knives, is intended to cause Vash the greatest possible torment since he broke his promise to Rem and killed a human being. Finally, the siblings meet and a fight ensues, in which the respective weapons arms are also used. Vash is able to use his weapon’s effect to negate Knives’ attack and defeat him but does not kill him.