A talented Trigun fan revived Nicholas D. Wolfwood and his giant gun, the Punisher.
Uploaded to Reddit, the Wolfwood cosplay recreates the takeover’s design from the Stampede reboot. In particular, it showcases the reworked design of his cruciform weapon, which features a skull-like trigger and glowing green energy throughout.
This isn’t the first time Stampede’s version of Wolfwood has inspired Trigun fans to show off their skin-making skills. For example, cosplayer Insignifaca posted pictures of them taking the Eye of Michael member, and it also featured the Punisher. Insignifaca’s offensive stances also help showcase the shooter’s relaxed yet intimidating nature.
Furthermore, the main character of Vash the Stampede has inspired many impressive cosplays; Blueberry Costart shared their interpretation of the Humanoid Storm with a stunning outfit that showcased a detailed rendition of his long red coat, spiky blond hair, and prosthetic arms. The cosplayer explained that making robotic limbs was their first attempt at “making full-body armor”. Similarly, Electraknite takes inspiration from the dark version of Vash from episode 12 of Stampede, and the outfit features a hairstyle reminiscent of the blonde look in the original Trigun anime.
The reboot series premiered its first season as part of the winter 2023 animated series. The show stars Austin Tindle (That Time I Was Reincarnated as a Slime) as the villain. Million Knives and David Matranga (Attack on Titan) as Wolfwood with Ben Bryant (Vampire Dead Instantly) as Roberto de Niro and Sarah Roach (ours). The Last Crusade or Rise of a New World) as Meryl Strife. More importantly, Stampede sees Johnny Yong Bosch return as Vash, one of the veteran voice actor’s first roles in the voiceover field.
Produced by Studio Orange and made by a different creative team from the first Trigun anime, the reboot changes the characters in the story; most notably, Stampede has a more tragic and gentle version of Vash, and at the same time more aggressive and cruel towards his twin, Knives (aka Nai). Their differences make their relationship much more dynamic and complex, making their interactions deeper traumas for Vash.
The renewed interest in Trigun has resulted in a number of companies capitalizing on the franchise’s popularity to make money. Kotobukiya has released a new collectible statue of Vash, while Dark Horse Comics has revealed a special hardcover reissue of the Trigun manga.
Both Stampede and the original 1990s anime are available to stream on Crunchyroll.