7 Post-Apocalyptic Anime To Watch If You Love Trigun

Trigun is an anime series by Yasuhiro Nightow. Revolving around bounty hunters, the show also has a western feel. The comedic relief provided made the original Trigun, released in 1998, a popular choice for fans and critics. Now, well over two decades after its original airing, Trigun is getting a reboot. The reboot, which will be released in 2023, has excited the fans. They can’t wait for the new reboot to come.

But it is still a year away. In the meantime, here’s a list of other anime to watch if you like Trigun.

A still from Trigun
Trigun is getting a reboot

Gun Grave

A still from Gun Grave
Gun Grave

The plot revolves around two friends, Harry and Brandon. The duo is forced to join a crime syndicate when their underworld activities put them in over their heads. Over time, they reach the pinnacle of the underworld. But the friends find out that friendships are not forever, more so in the underworld. As the series progresses, the character recounts how the two came to be kingpins of the criminal underworld, and how their friendship came to this. Add monsters and power-mad-controlling freaks, and we have something good on our hands.

Gun Grave shares some similarities to Trigun, apart from being created by Yasuhiro Nightow. The main characters remind you of Vash and his sidekick, Nicholas Wolfman.

Space Dandy

Space Dandy
Space Dandy

The thirteen-episode anime revolves around aliens and a crazy bounty hunter. Dandy, the crazy bounty hunter, is obsessed with finding exotic alien species before anyone does. And this obsession leads him into certain unwanted situations. Dandy is supported by a friendly robot named QT and an alien with the nickname Meow. But even they barely manage to keep our slack protagonist from veering off his path. It has a lot of farce and an iconic and memorable protagonist, much like Trigun. Anyone who’s into science fiction, comedy, robots (or hot females) would like Space Dandy.

Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X)

A Still from Rorouni Kenshin
Rurouni Kenshin

This historical anime series which focuses on the life of Samurais is without a doubt one of the most well-known anime of all time. The story revolves around Samurais living in Japan during the Edo and Meiji periods. In the Meiji period, when swords were banned from the streets of Japan, the protagonist, Kenshin Himura, owns one. This rebellious act, and a dreadful history, led to his ostracization by society. But our protagonist has strong faith in his ideal of ‘fight but not kill’, a philosophy that makes people look up to him.

This anime is a perfect portrayal of how people lived in Old Japan. Not to mention there are various parallels between Trigun and Rurouni Kenshin. Both protagonists use the same weapons – guns and swords, and live by the same code – ‘fight but not kill’. They’re both well known for their insane strength. Anyone who has liked Trigun, won’t be left complaining after watching this one.

Cowboy Bebop

A still from Cowboy Bebop
Cowboy Bebop

Set in the far-off future, Cowboy Bebop focuses on the life of bounty hunters, who live in space. The protagonist, Spike Spiegel, attempts to locate someone. The characters that inhabit the Bebop are his only comrades, as he’s a loner. But each contributes to the story, and the sum total is something great. That is why Cowboy Bebop is one of the most famous anime series out there and had a (now canceled) live-action series.

The anime series boasts of action sequences, drama, and some comedic relief along the way keeping the audience more than engaged.

Also Read: Cowboy Bebop: Here’s What The Fans Are “Missing Out” on Cancelled Season 2

Gun X Sword

A still from Gun X Sword
Gun X Sword

This Western-genre-bending anime packs a punch. A widower, Van, seeks revenge by making the man responsible for his wife’s death pay. As the story progresses, he comes across people who share his hatred for the clawed killer. After saving a town, Van becomes a popular figure. Fame and love follow him. Naturally, this show has action, comedy, and drama. The presence of robots just adds to the occasion.

Set in the same world as Trigun, Gun X Sword, nails the western stylistics. Van is also similar to Vash from Trigun in nature. Gun X Sword is a safe bet for anyone who is looking to watch something like Trigun.

Attack on Titan

A poster of Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan

Set in a post-apocalyptic world where humanity is confined within walls, Attack on Titan, is one of the most loved anime series out there. The plot revolves around Eren Yeager, who has the conviction to kill all the titans, taking revenge for his mother’s death. But life isn’t that easy. Nor is it that straightforward. The same holds true for Attack on Titan itself. The anime which initially seemed to revolve around humans fighting titans has over the years, changed its course. The themes of xenophobia and the class divide are tackled very well by the series. Part 3 of Attack on Titan Season 4 is still to come, and the series has the fans on the hooks.

Set in the post-apocalyptic world, both Trigun and Attack on Titan, have a massive fan following, and both have remarkable main characters, who have a separate fanbase of their own.

Outlaw Star

A still from Outlaw Star
Outlaw Star

Featuring bounty hunters, Gene Starwind and Jim Hawking, Outlaw Star is another great series. The comedic bounty hunters spend their days performing all sorts of odd jobs on their planet of Sentinel III. But their life changes when a mysterious woman named Hilda recruits the two as bodyguards.

In their life on Sentinel III, the Outlaw Star, the galaxy’s most advanced spacecraft, is the only thing going their way. They often find themselves at the heart of every trouble, be it being wanted by the cops, pirates, or being targeted by a mysterious assassin.

Just like Trigun, this show revolves around the life of bounty hunters.

Also Read: 5 Ways Japanese Anime Is Lightyears Ahead Of Western Animation

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