I’ve watched around 200 episodes of anime since this column started and this episode of TRIGUN was, without question, the worst I’ve seen so far. The only one that comes to mind as being nearly as awful was that pilot for BLASSREITER . Convoluted plotting? Hideous character designs for the villains? A family feud too dull to even bother trying to understand? It all added up to a serious urge to reach for the remote and press “stop."
Keeping an open mind is something I strive for in every one of these posts. It’s called “Watch & Learn” after all. It’s not about reviews or ranting so much as it’s about me charting my gradually-expanding understanding. Inevitably, episodic television is going to have to use plots that are well-worn, but you play along because not every one can (or should) reinvent the wheel. Still, I’m not going to mince words when an episode feels like the worst combination of banal syndicated TV and awkwardly-random anime. I’ve enjoyed TRIGUN a lot about until this point and I’m willing to think of this as a hiccup. GURREN LAGANN had a hell of a hiccup with that early episode that was so bad it got somebody fired. But I’m hoping this show doesn’t have to hold its breath for long to get over it, if you catch my meaning.
I honestly didn’t care enough to try keeping track of the bandit’s name or what the deal with his family and the evil boss was. The extent of my enjoyment for this was limited me thinking it was funny how the bandit clearly stole his vest from Vegeta .
Watch this episode, “Little Arcadia,” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.