This is another show that was recommended to me by an otaku in high school and, admittedly, it's also another show I was dismissive of. At the time, I just saw the gunplay in it that bordered on fetish and figured is the kind of show that a kid who obsessed over COUNTER STRIKE would get way too jacked up about. So I’m glad to be corrected, however many years later, by discovering that the show’s actually more than a little tongue-in-cheek. I was expecting a brooding drama that was too serious for its own good to even notice how comical this Vash guy could look. Thus, I'm surprised and… maybe even a little relieved to find an anime that has more in common with the a ROAD RUNNER cartoon than THE CROW.
Consider my mind opened once again, like a blooming violet…
Somebody commented about this perhaps having some overlap with COWBOY BEBOP and I’ll say there's definitely double-dipping déjà vu watching another space western about goofy-yet-badass bounty hunters. If I ever hear a single note from a sax during this, I’ll have to conclude that there must’ve been something seriously powerful in the zeitgeist in the late 90s anime community. I’m even getting the same “retro” vibe I got from COWBOY BEBOP in the characters designs, expcially the big berserker’s Goofy floppy ears. This seems to be from a time when animators felt freer to abstract figures.
I asked you Anime Vice lunatics to select the next show I should watch and you all came together to pick TRIGUN, with DARKER THAN BLACK coming in second. Watch this episode, “The $6 Billion Man” below and come to your own conclusions, then be sure to come back next tomorrow to see the other series I’m going to be watching. It’s going to be a magical surprise.