Jason Thompson: Truth in advertising is the text on the cover of Trigun: DEEP SPACE PLANET FUTURE GUN ACTION!! Since it's first appearance in 1996 in Monthly Shônen Captain (from which it shortly moved to the seinen magazine Young King Ours), Yasuhiro Nightow's sci-fi Western Trigun has been a superhit among manga and anime fans, and maybe even some American comic readers, around the world. It's been adapted into two anime, the second one 12 years after the first one, a true test of endurance. I've seen that red longcoat and blonde spiky hair at every anime convention I've been to since 1998. (It does stand out across the room.) All this, even though it's less as half as long as Dragon Ball, Naruto and One Piece. Apparently it's not the length that matters.