I haven't watched the series, but it sounds intriguing, and perhaps good for an atheist audience. Here are some of the comments:
'I think the show is a good presentation of moral dilemmas. Rewatching the show several years later, I think I agree with Knives' idea of saving the butterfly more. Vash is a very good guy with a pure heart, but his idealism is almost childlike. I think Wolfwood said it best, “We're nothing like God. Not only do we have limited powers, we sometimes are driven to become the Devil himself.”'(link)
"Trigun taught me a lot about what life is worth. It taught me that it is NEVER okay to take life, but that doesn't mean it isn't necessary some times. We must accept that by taking life, or having life taken for our benefit, sullies our "soul" and we should aspire to die with as clean of a "soul" as possible.
As an American, I under stand and accept that my "soul" is pretty much toxic." (link)
I thought I was the only person who watched Trigun for morals. I am shocked. I loved the whole thing about you cannot save all the butterflies because then the spiders would die.
I recommend everyone watch Peace Maker if you're new to Trigun, it pretty much tells you what you're in for. (link)
What do you think? The link is: http://www.reddit.com/r/atheism/comments/krkf4/where_do_you_get_you...
Honestly, my morals were formed from watching anime, especially Rurouni Kenshin and Trigun. Trigun has ethical/philosophical messages at the end of each episode (if I remember correctly) during the preview for the next one, and they are very good! I'm sure someone has transcribed them somewhere, because they are that good. It's a beautiful anime.
The ethical dilemmas presented in anime are a great resource for kids, and I'm so glad I had the chance to experience it when I did. I feel like this is what separates anime from Western cartoons and is what made me the person I am today. Honestly, I will try to pass my love for these influential anime on to the next generation.
Thanks for posting this. It's fascinating to see that others have learned morality like I did!
Oh, and Peace Maker is the most recent anime I've re-watched, and it is nowhere near Trigun's level. I was actually a little disappointed with it, so I'm not sure why that person recommended it as an introduction to Trigun.