At last, the greatest secret of TRIGUN has been revealed!
Vash does, indeed, have a ton of product in his hair. There’s no telling how much, for sure, but I can say (from having had some anime hair of my own at one point) that he’d have to absolutely blast it with aquanet to get those golden locks up to be that high and solid.
It figured that the superhero parallels would just keep continuing until Vash had his own evil twin. I don’t know if Knives or Legato will ultimately be the “big bad” of the series - - or even if they'll be at odds or in a alliance - - but I’m enjoying how the kill-or-don’t-kill issue’s coming to a head. It gives this a kind of broadstrokes melodrama that makes the whole thing more akin to an opera or, (given those guitar licks that accompany every bumper) a rock opera.
Even as Vash tries to escape this violence and live a normal life, his past, his enemies or his violent nature will seek him out wherever he goes. There is a powerful kind of tragedy in this little unrealized love affair with that Lena girl. A normal life can be so close as to just be on his lips, but he simply can’t have it. I wonder if she'll be back to get a love triangle going with Meryl?
On the negative side, the porker with the cannon arm, Mohawk and eye patch has continued this show’s tradition of awfully-designed villains. His look was a specific kind of bad that seemed like he was taken off the case of some cheap, mistranslated, possibly-pirated NES game. And, man, I don’t know… the dub cast seemed less enthusiastic on this one. I’ve enjoyed their work up until this point but, for some reason, they seemed like they were intentionally keeping a lot of lines monotonic or, at best, without the kind of enthusiastic delivery you’d expect.
Watch this episode, “Goodbye For Now,” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.