The American frontier was a period in history that captured something most people still yearn for—the idea of freedom, making your own rules, and a sense of adventure. Although a lot of time has passed since that time, our society today is still finding new ways to recreate those feelings, whether in reality or experienced through other mediums and mediums.
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Enter anime westerns. Although a curious mix of genres, Japanese manga and anime with the Wild West certainly has an exciting appeal and captures a little of the essence of that freedom. The idea of Cowboys and Ronin jumbled together against a rugged, desolate expanse just seems to tick all the right boxes. Whether faithfully recreating the Wild West or portraying a rag-tag group in a chaotic space, these anime and their respective characters have captured the hearts of many viewers, remaining iconic despite their years .
6 dandy from space
atmospheric and pleasant feeling of space dandy continues to delight fans today. released in 2014, space dandy Adventure and well, portrayed a whimsical alien hunter with a greaser aesthetic traveling across the universe in search of some fun female action. The show is hilarious and has an equally awesome soundtrack to go along with it.
Essentially the anime’s answer to Johnny Bravo (at least in certain ways), Dandy is a cocky, unremarkable figure who is incredibly selfish and self-serving. Despite this, he is equally charming and healthy in his own way – displaying a soft heart of gold to help people in need. Though perhaps above all, Dandy is admired for his determination to do things his own way, even if it means things need to go over the edge.
5 Rushuna Tendo from Grenadier
Although only for 12 episodes, grenadier Distributed the quintessential anime westerns back in the mid-2000s, albeit with a lot of fan service. Rushuna Tendo herself is a strong gun slinger who specializes in disarming her potential attackers. Side-kicked Yajiro, accompanied by a hired sword, travels to confront both the mysterious and sinister Jester.
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Rushuna eventually becomes a Senshi or ‘enlightened person’ after becoming extremely proficient with a gun. Although the show is achy and features several tours of the hot springs, Rushuna Tendo herself is still very bad at the many firefights that occur during the series.
4 Space Captain Harlock from Gun Frontier
Once a regular sea captain, Space Captain Harlock trades his ship with Tochiro Oyama, a Japanese man, for guns, which eventually builds the space battleship Arcadia. Like most other silent and self-sufficient people of Western genres, Harlock is no different and stands firm in the face of adversity and corruption. Apart from this, he handles his liquor very well.
Loyal to his friends and a true man of respect, Harlock embodies all the qualities of a traditional masculine hero. While some might find the character one-dimensional and stale, Harlock is perfect for those who want that quintessential American-West character. Although the anime is a must watch, most fans would say that the manga is better.
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There can be no harsher western than this gun x sword, It is also in the title of the anime. The show follows the story of the protagonist Van, who wanders the planet called ‘The Endless Illusion’ to avenge his murdered wife. Along with several other characters along the way, Van travels around the world to track down his wife’s killer. Featuring a gun that can be shaped into a blade, shield and melee hook, the Van is quite a gun wielder in a stern firepower.
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Sharing similarities with another anime hero (soon to be mentioned), Van is partially trapped in the past and still hurt by his loss. Although his character is relatable to viewers, Van is still most remembered for his unique objects and the self-discovery he made on his healing journey.
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In anime, bounty hunters and cowboys are synonymous with each other, and Vash is no exception. After living for more than a century under multiple aliases, Vash has seen more than other characters could even dream. With an exceedingly high bounty on his head, the man blazes through desolate frontier cities on the abandoned post-apocalyptic world of Gunsmoke. However, in reality, Vash is a prominent pacifist and the poor man has been blamed for a great deal of destruction because things only get worse when people have the wrong idea about him or want to cash in on some lucrative prize.
Vash is followed by 2 insurance agents who attempt to minimize his influence on the public, but as things escalate and the legendary killers are dispatched after the trio, Vash must make decisions that challenge his moral code. and push it to the breaking point. tripleA must-see for anyone interested in anime cowboys or space westerns.
Cowboy Bebop. to 1 Spike Spiegel
Perhaps the most famous bounty hunter in anime history, Spike’s story and character have attracted many fans and cemented him as one of the greatest anime characters of all time. The show itself is great as it has a stellar soundtrack, creative ways of storytelling and an amazing last stand just to name a few. Irrespective of its age, the show has something for every viewer.
As an unconventional cowboy, Spike is a decent pilot with moves and an intricate fighting style that pays homage to Bruce Lee. His character arc that focuses on his past and his inability to fully sync with the present creates interesting nuances and developments that are equally captivating as they are tragic.
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