Hoo boy. Darfox8 mentioned that Todd McFarlane was a big influence on the creator of TRIGUN, and Lurkero said more 90s-looking villains were due - - and no episode so far has worn either notion as proudly on its sleeves as this one. Good lord, Monev the Gale looks like he stepped right out of Spawn’s rogues gallery! I’ve watched more than 150 episodes of anime for this column and never has me comics background felt as relevant as it has, now. The early 90s in superheroes have been singled out as the “extreme” era - - one with a distinct (and much-maligned) art style - - and this looked like one of those comics in motion. Hell, not even THE MAXX cartoon fit the bill as well as this did.
I don’t think the wires in my brain have ever been as crossed as they are now. This looks like a 90s comic and it looks like a manga. It has the mood of angsty 90s comic and it’s got the wacky tone of TRIGUN. It’s got so much of what’s been so reviled about early 90s comics and I still enjoyed it tremendously.
My mind really can’t adequately comprehend what I’ve just witnessed.
Um… so to focus on something, we’re finally seeing more sides of Vash. We’ve got his dark side, the one that probably earned him his vile reputation. If his eyes glowing evily and shadows shrouding his face didn’t clue you in, maybe you’re too naïve. We also got to see his ghost in that Rem girl (hopefully she isn’t a form of the same Rem I already know from DEATH NOTE.) So his policy against killing is part of a promise to her? If he breaks it, she’ll be doomed? Is that it?
I’m definitely seeing what ninjadude853 was saying about things getting heavy with this one. Woooo….
Watch this episode, “Diablo,” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.