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Watch & Learn: TRIGUN #11

The first anime I can recommend to Bill Cosby.

 I know the Cos would approve.
 I know the Cos would approve.

At last, we’ve found the anime I can recommend to Bill Cosby. There might not be much parenting-based humor or too many festive sweaters, but you can be damned sure there’s plenty of jello pudding. So much, in fact, that this is almost an exploitation film for the always-lurid pudding audience. Glad to see Vash and his pals actually listened to my suggestion last episode about scamming a bounty - - although he is still a bit of schmuck for not taking full advantage of it. 20 million double dollars might not be as much as his bounty, but it can still buy many, many things in this unnamed wild wasteland.  Just imagine how many jars of pudding it could buy. Milly would never be in want, not ever again.

Wolfwood gets the “most badass line of the week” award in this one for that terse-and-mean answer to the goons’ question.

“Where’s the girl? Have you seen her.”

“Yeah. She’s right here, hiding behind me.”

Ooooooooh… you can just hear the snake shaken its rattle over that one.

 This screencap is totally 70s.
 This screencap is totally 70s.

Alright, so I was able to buy the lovebirds faking their deaths on account of the rubber bullets. I don’t know if they would’ve gotten up and walked away as quickly, but I could believe they’d survive. However, I feel like there must have been a frame missing when Missy took care of the goons. If the guy came because he heard gunshots, doesn’t that mean she wasted them with her BFG? So she just greased them, right there? I don’t know, they weren’t bleeding, so it wasn't clear. It’d seem like a rational result but, considering how much of a dialog there’s been (and will continue to be, I presume) about the merits of lethal force, it’s a little odd that they’d just move along so quickly without addressing it.

Watch this episode, “Escape from Pain,” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.      

  

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of  HYBRID BASTARDS!  &  UNIMAGINABLE . Order them on Amazon   here  &   here .  Follow him on Twitter:  @tompinchuk

WarlordPayneon Dec. 8, 2010 at 11:46 p.m.
I don't think Milly's gun is lethal.  It shoots out a big metal "X" that incapacitates people, you can see them on the guys' chests when they're lying on the ground.
No_name_here staff on Dec. 9, 2010 at 12:24 a.m.
@WarlordPayne said:
" I don't think Milly's gun is lethal.  It shoots out a big metal "X" that incapacitates people, you can see them on the guys' chests when they're lying on the ground. "
Ahhhhhh..  I see that now.
rubberluffyon Dec. 9, 2010 at 12:36 a.m.
@Tom_Pinchuk said:
" @WarlordPayne said:
" I don't think Milly's gun is lethal.  It shoots out a big metal "X" that incapacitates people, you can see them on the guys' chests when they're lying on the ground. "
Ahhhhhh..  I see that now. "

Well, her nickname IS "Stungun Milly".  It does look pretty dangerous for "stungun" though.
FoxxFireArt moderator on Dec. 9, 2010 at 2:25 a.m.
The main cast in this episode had a weird bonding moments. Milly and Wolfwood had their own adventure, and Meryl got a bit of a look into Vash's ways.
Though, I felt that whole derringer to the head was overly melodramatic. It was a bit late in the game to try and paint Vash as being morally ambiguous.
 
The next episode is one of my favorites in the series.
 
@rubberluffy:
Milly is using a type of shotgun around that is intended to be nonlethal. The shells are designed to expand to dissipate the blow to a larger area. I've heard of them, but I have never seen them in use in anything other than manga and anime.
I think they might of been a Japanese design before the invention of beanbag rounds.
 
If they worked the way they appear they would be really painful, but I doubt ever lethal.
darfox8on Dec. 9, 2010 at 8:58 a.m.
Yeah, not to over hype the next episode but it's kinda where the shit hits the fan(in a good way).
 
I honestly never understood this episode completely(11). Outside of the interactions between Milly and Wolfwood I'd might say this was my least favorite in the whole series. Did the caravan actually go under? They don't have the ticket to get in the city, right? Maybe I need to re-watch it to remember.
No_name_here staff on Dec. 9, 2010 at 11:53 a.m.
@rubberluffy said:
" @Tom_Pinchuk said:
" @WarlordPayne said:
" I don't think Milly's gun is lethal.  It shoots out a big metal "X" that incapacitates people, you can see them on the guys' chests when they're lying on the ground. "
Ahhhhhh..  I see that now. "
Well, her nickname IS "Stungun Milly".  It does look pretty dangerous for "stungun" though. "
When do they call her that? That would've clarified so much.
No_name_here staff on Dec. 9, 2010 at 11:55 a.m.
@FoxxFireArt said: 
Though, I felt that howl derringer to the head was overly melodramatic. It was a bit late in the game to try and paint Vash as being morally ambiguous.
 
But he's always so unpredictable.
No_name_here staff on Dec. 9, 2010 at 11:56 a.m.
@darfox8 said:
" Yeah, not to over hype the next episode but it's kinda where the shit hits the fan(in a good way). 
In addition to a good way, I hope it does so literally.
ninjadude853on Dec. 9, 2010 at 2:39 p.m.
I'm scared of accidentally over hyping it, but the next episode is incredibly intense, one of my all time favorite episodes of anything.
 
It grabbed my attention about five minutes in and didn't let up until the credits rolled.

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