Season 1 Episode 16

Fifth Moon

Aired Weekdays 1:30 AM Apr 24, 2003 on Cartoon Network
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After Vash's encounter with Dominique. Vash receives a challenge from Legato to fight in Augusta city. Vash arrives and clears out the town, only to face two new Gung-Ho Guns: the spiky shooter E.G. Mine and the sword-wielding samurai Rai-Dai the Blade. Vash is forced against his will to reveal the third of his weapons, the devastating Angel Arm.moreless

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  • a brilliant episode with more secrets revealed about the mysterious Vash the Stampede.

    “Fifth Moon” sees Vash the Stampede go up against two more of the Gung Ho guns in this exciting episode. We see how Vash got all those dollars on his head, when his destroys another city with his mysterious powers. This is another great episode and it sees the return of Wolfwood the Preacher. We also see hints that Meryl likes Vash. At the end of the episode we see characters from other episodes hear what Vash has done- which is nice cause we see where and what they are doing now. Overall a brilliant episode with more secrets revealed about the mysterious Vash the Stampede.moreless
  • Vash's final weapon is revealed with dire consequences.

    It starts out with E. G. Mine begging Legato to let him go after Vash. Legato agrees but later says to Midvalley that he's sending someone else with him. Vash is in a saloon and a man walks up to him and with a message from Legato, tells him to go to Augusta, and then he kills himself. Vash agrees and word spreads quickly that Vash is going there. Wolfwood overhears this and starts after him. Vash quickly evacuates the city and then finds something that startles him; the corpses of Domonique the Cyclops and Monev the Gale, hanging from a wall. Then E. G. Mine challenges him and in one burst of fire Vash disbales him. He is about to knock him out when Bai Dei the Blade steps in with a shockwave. Bai Dei and E. G. Mine argue for a minute and then Bai Dei reveals that E. G. has outlived his purpose, then kills him. Vash and Bai Dei have a long fight in which Vash has several chances to win but doesn't because they would require killing. Bai Dei capitalizes on one of these chances and has Vash cornered and hit. Suddenly an image of Legato appears in Vash's head telling him it's time. Vash tries to stop it but unfortunately activated his angel arm, which he manages to shoot upward at the last second. The power of the blast destroys the city and punches a giant hole in the moon. Afterwards we see Wolfwood sitting in the rubble near Bai Dei. When Bai Dei wakes up he tries to enlist Wolfwood to help him hunt Vash, but Wolfwood mearly apologizes and then kills him. Then we flash back to more rumors and they have gotten even worse. A very revealing and exciting episode, the series seems to get better as it goes.moreless
Steve Bulen

Steve Bulen

Midvalley the Hornfreak

Guest Star

Tomohiro Nishimura

Tomohiro Nishimura

Midvalley the Hornfreak

Guest Star

Kirk Thornton

Kirk Thornton

Rai Dei the Blade

Guest Star

Bill Timoney

Bill Timoney


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The reason for the episode's title is explained during the montage and also at the beginning of episode 18.

    • Towards the end of this episode, during the rumor montage, we see several characters and locations from previous episodes, including: the town of Mistake, Frank Marlin, Bostalk's group, Kaite, B.D. Neon and the Bad Lads, Moore and Julius, Badwick's parents, and Elizabeth.

    • E.G. Mine introduces himself as the fifth Gung-Ho Gun.
      Rai-Dei the Blade introduces himself as the ninth Gung-Ho Gun.

    • Kuroneko Sighting
      When Vash is clearing out Augusta, he fires in the air. Kuroneko lands on his head and jumps off.
      Also, Kuroneko's face appears on a liquor bottle.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Rai-Dei: I hold no personal grudge against you, but I wish to engage you in a Shi-Ai. (reaching inside robe)
      Vash: Shi-Ai?
      (Rai-Dei holds out a card that reads Shi-Ai in Japanese kanji.)
      (Camera focuses on Vash, who stares back, for a few seconds)
      Vash: I can't read that!
      (Rai-Dei drops the card and it blows away)
      Rai-Dei: If you cannot read Japanese then I will give you an abbreviated explanation. It's a fight to the death.

    • Vash: (announcing and holding pistol in air) My name is Vash The Stampede! Forgive the lack of warning, but it's time for my daily massacre! If you don't believe I am the real thing, take a long look at me and start freaking out!! Observe my red coat, my lovely blond locks, and if you're still having doubts, check out my 100% accurate gunmanship!

    • E.G. Mine: Do you like my decorations? In this game, losers don't get to go home; they go to Hell.

  • NOTES (4)

    • English Cast
      Steve Areno, Naomi Jones, Bob Marx, Elliot Reynolds, Heather Ashton, Steve Kramer, Syd Fontana, Lia Sargent, Tom Charles, Dorothy Melendrez, Johnny Yong Bosch, Dan Martin, Bill Timoney

    • Original Japanese airdate: July 22, 1998.

    • Manga Corollary: Trigun Volume 2, Chapter 4 and 8; Trigun Maximum Volume 2, Chapter 2 and 3.
      In the manga, Monev is crucified out in the desert. In the anime, both Monev and Dominique are pinned to the wall. In Chapter 4, only E.G. Mine confronts Vash, and is taken care of by Legato soon afterwards.
      The episode title is from Chapter 8, where Knives appears and forces the Angel Arm out of Vash.
      Rai-Dei the Blade's fight with Vash is covered in Trigun Maximum Volume 2, Chapters 2-3. He is Gung-Ho Gun number 9 in the manga.

    • Rai-Dei sounds suspiciously like Saitoh from 'Rurouni Kenshin.'