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Monday, November 3, 2014

Trigun Gush

The Trigun Giveaway is now Closed

This month I'm starting my writerly dissection of Trigun. So, if it's not your thing, feel free to ignore my blog for the next month and a half. If you're a writer, go write. November is National Novel Writing Month. But if you like Trigun, and I know some of you do, or if you still want to see a story dissected in a writerly fashion, prepare to be blown away. I was when I wrote these dissection posts. But I'm going to be honest, if you haven't watched Trigun, you're probably going to be lost. Unlike my other dissections, I'm getting in deep. I didn't really write these for a general audience. I wrote it for Trigun fans, and maybe writers who are familiar with the show.

Today, I'm just gushing, doing an intro, and giving you a rundown of how this is gonna happen, and talking about the giveaway. If you haven't seen Trigun and want to in order to follow along, you can find it on Netflix, or up for free on websites or on youtube. It's only about 26 episodes long. If swearing is a problem for you, I recommend watching the subtitled version.



Me and Trigun go way back. I mean way back, long before it was ever shown on Adult Swim. My brother's friend is half Japanese, and he had us borrow the first six episodes. Back then, I didn't know how much Trigun  would impact me. And when I found the whole series on DVD in the mall, when I was 14,  I freaked and had to buy the next DVD. The show kind of spread like a wildfire from there, like this crazy addictive wildfire, so that me and my brothers and my closest friends were all in love with Vash and Wolfwood and the Insurance girls. Back then, you couldn't stream shows off the internet. Youtube didn't exist. I don't even know if Limewire or Kazaa existed. And Trigun still wouldn't make to Adult Swim  for a couple more years. So we had to buy the DVDs, which had only three episodes on each for $30!

Luckily, I had a huge allowance stored up. We bought the whole series in less than two weeks. One night my brother drove me to the mall minutes before it closed, and we literally ran through the mall to get the next DVD before the Entertainment store pulled down its gate. The whole series cost us $240.

It was worth it.


Since then, whenever I think about what kind of stories I want to tell as a writer, one show that comes to my mind repeatedly is Trigun. In fact some of the relationship dynamics and pieces of some of my characters are directly inspired by Trigun, though its subtle. While I somewhat drifted away from anime for about eight to ten years, I still rewatched Trigun.

My goal as a writer this year was to branch out to new kinds of shows and books, but when my brother quoted Trigun one day and my feels for the show grew too strong, and I had to rewatch it.

And predictably, my writerly brain just had to dissect the thing to figure out how it worked and why I love it so much. So it should come as no surprise to my followers that I'm doing a series of posts pulling apart and glorifying the show--donuts, guns, plants, and all.

I've got about a dozen posts on it, with a few writing tips in them.

I've got full character analyses of Vash, Wolfwood, Meryl, Milly, and Knives. (Don't skimp out on Knives', his is crazy!)

Then I've got some short-er posts of aspect that I liked about the show and some writerly thoughts and tips.

I'll be publishing the posts on Mondays and Fridays.

The Giveaway

Every time you like or share or reblog or retweet any of my Trigun dissection posts on my Tumblr, Facebook, or Twitter outlets, you will be entered to win a Trigun decal. You can pick out of the ones below. Obviously you can stick them on things other than iphones and mini ipads, like laptops, car windows (you can get them in white), whatever. This is an international giveaway. You must be a follower to win.

If you win and don't want the prize (you just wanted to like and share my posts), just let me know, and I'll select another winner.

So watch for my Trigun post of Friday.



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