Vash the Stampede, the Humanoid Typhoon, a man who is best known as being mankind’s first localized disaster area, is really just a quiet guy trying to get by in a very harsh world. Talkative, animated, and the kind of person people want to forget because he’s so annoying, but, in truth, is the most skilled gunfighter on a planet full of them. While running away from a bounty placed on his head, two agents from a well-known insurance agency track him down in order to minimize costs that their company has incurred as a result of his numerous interactions. Throughout their travels, Vash comes to remember more about his past and just why he has to do what he has to do, but is very reluctant to share it with his new companions. Finally, face-to-face with the fact that he has a fate to deal with, Vash reveals who he is, his relation to just how everyone ended up on the planet, and a bitter sibling rivalry that would give Cain and Abel a run for their money.
Observations and Differences
Having only ever seen the anime adaption of the manga, I was rather surprised to see that a good bit of the story was still intact from the transfer. I have often seen so many changes from one medium to the other that they’ve become drastically different stories, such as with Fullmetal Alchemist. There were some major differences in how Vash confronts his brother and the Gung-Ho Guns, but, aside from that, the only real difference I’ve been able to see is that a couple of stories and characters were added to the anime for the purpose of stretching it out to a full 26 episodes.
The storytelling elements of the manga are just as good as the anime, which again was a nice surprise for me. Some action sequences and interactions look better in an animated, moving dynamic than a panel-to-panel environment, but I could quite literally see just how well the show was adapted from the source material. I think that having seen the anime first has had a bit of a major impact on how I have perceived the manga, as I do not believe I would have been able to see much of the action sequences had I read the manga before watching the anime.
The omnibus did a good job of containing a large chunk of the story, but left off at a rather critical juncture for the characters, especially given that it was at a point when it became rather different than what I had known because of the anime. I now have to pick up the rest of the manga to figure out exactly what happened in what order, if for no other reason than to see what more differences there were in the adaption to the anime. As a seeker of knowledge and all things trivia, I must know and hope that Dark Horse Comics will provide yet another volume to this omnibus collection.