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Watch & Learn: TRIGUN #24

Tremble before the evil jazzman!

 Not only will he set your soul on fire with the sax... he'll crush your skull.
 Not only will he set your soul on fire with the sax... he'll crush your skull.

Midvalley the Hornfreak? An evil jazzman with a weaponized saxophone? I have to believe that TRIGUN was plotted with tongue firmly planted in cheek - - or, at least, hope - - because if it wasn’t, the show somehow just got cornier than I ever thought it could be. I’m all for mixing humor and drama, the serious with the ridiculous, but there’s got to be some consistency of tone. And when the tone of the episode is morose, with soul-searching conflicts about killing and the threat of innocent supporting characters getting gang raped, a bad guy exclaiming, “Oh no! You took B-Sharp away from me!” stands out like, well... like a flat note.

And hey… let’s rewind a little. Wasn’t the bald evil priest guy gunned down by Wolfwood in the previous episode? Didn't he already die? The wheels are really falling off this runaway train.

My earlier question about leadership got answered, at least, with it now being abundantly clear that Legato serves Knives and not the other way around. I hate to keep ragging, but I haven’t liked Legato since the first episode that hinted at him. His voice actor honestly speaks with the breathy, sort-of monotonic voice Trey Parker uses for every “overly serious bad guy” in SOUTH PARK - - except this guy, of course, is playing it straight.

The psychic domination power is still a pretty cool gimmick and the kids seeming to know things they shouldn’t know about Vash's predicament was a good fake-out. Though, honestly,  it probably wouldn’t be that far out of the realm of possibility for some smartass kids to be that precocious and rudely forward about a man's inner turmoil.

Hey... only two episodes left? That’s not much time for Vash and Meryl’s understated flirtation play to be fulfilled.  

  

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

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metalsnakezeroon Jan. 9, 2011 at 2:05 p.m.
I think this was moment when I realize that Trigun was more than just a dude who can shoot very well. I wasn't sure where things would go after what has happen in this episode but it was only one path Vash has to take after this.
FoxxFireArt moderator on Jan. 9, 2011 at 4:05 p.m.
You know, I don't think it could be humanly possible for you to of put in any more music puns than you did in that first paragraph. "Mixing", "Consistent Tone", "Flat Note"
 
What I liked about this episode is that it served to draw the line in the sand for Vash on his principles. It's one thing for him to go to such insane lengths to keep from killing when it's just his life on the line. It's a whole other matter when it's someone else who's in peril.
 
It sort of reminds me of that scene in the movie Dark Knight. The Joker testing Batman's ideals with the hostages on the boat. Though, the movie copped out when it had the people on the boat making the decision in place of Batman.
I will say that they had some really great moral twist when the big hulking prisoner was more ethical that most of the people on the civilian ferry. I loved the scene of that guy talking the key out of the hand of the chief guard and tossing it right out the window without any hesitation.
 
This series was fun. I'll give it that. It just lacked the deep and solid drama of series such as Evangelion and Death Note. It lacks the same narrative strength.

" Hey... only two episodes left? That’s not much time for Vash and Meryl’s understated flirtation play to be fulfilled. "

Be prepared for disappointing.
No_name_here staff on Jan. 9, 2011 at 9:38 p.m.
@metalsnakezero said:
" I think this was moment when I realize that Trigun was more than just a dude who can shoot very well. I wasn't sure where things would go after what has happen in this episode but it was only one path Vash has to take after this. "
There is kind of a sense of creeping inevitability at this point...
No_name_here staff on Jan. 9, 2011 at 9:46 p.m.
@FoxxFireArt said:
" You know, I don't think it could be humanly possible for you to of put in any more music puns than you did in that first paragraph. "Mixing", "Consistent Tone", "Flat Note"
They like to call me "Big Pun..." 
 
What I liked about this episode is that it served to draw the line in the sand for Vash on his principles. It's one thing for him to go to such insane lengths to keep from killing when it's just his life on the line. It's a whole other matter when it's someone else who's in peril.
Maybe. But it's executed clumsily. He already decides to shoot Legato and does shoot him, then he goes back on the decision and still has a dilemma about it.
 
This series was fun. I'll give it that. It just lacked the deep and solid drama of series such as Evangelion and Death Note. It lacks the same narrative strength.
Yeah. I'll agree. It's maybe only 10 good episodes out of 26.

" Hey... only two episodes left? That’s not much time for Vash and Meryl’s understated flirtation play to be fulfilled. "

Be prepared for disappointing. 
Ahhhhhhh... balls.
Count_Zeroon Jan. 9, 2011 at 10:57 p.m.
I think the end of Trigun is one of those situations where the manga continued after the end of the series, and rather then having to include a filler, they decided to just end things where they were. I could be horrifically misremembering, though.
rubberluffyon Jan. 10, 2011 at 12:56 a.m.
@Count_Zero said:

" I think the end of Trigun is one of those situations where the manga continued after the end of the series, and rather then having to include a filler, they decided to just end things where they were. I could be horrifically misremembering, though. "

It went like this:  Trigun ran from 1995 to 97, with 3 volumes, the magazine it was in was shut down, the anime was made in 98, and Trigun Maximum (which continued from volume 3) was started in the same year in a new magazine, and ran until 2007, with 14 volumes.   The anime has a  Gecko Ending.
No_name_here staff on Jan. 10, 2011 at 10:46 a.m.
@Count_Zero said:
" I think the end of Trigun is one of those situations where the manga continued after the end of the series, and rather then having to include a filler, they decided to just end things where they were. I could be horrifically misremembering, though. "
I can definitely see that. It's got the kind of lack-of-focus that comes when the source material isn't totally concrete.
darfox8on Jan. 10, 2011 at 4:18 p.m.
 Bummer you haven't liked this series as much as some of us. When I first watched this series on adult swim I didn't take it very seriously(I did find it entertaining, though) but eventually it had it's claws in me and I was at the edge of my seat. 
 
I've always seen the silly villains as a Japanese thing. That doesn't make it good or anything but it's never bothered me. Kinda how Metal Gear bosses are completely bonkers.
zaldaron Jan. 10, 2011 at 6:08 p.m.
For me the seriousness was a good counter foil to the drama.  I mean no the show is not as good as eva or lain but i mean come on that's like comparing Beethoven to Mozart....both are classics but one has slightly more emotion and broke the rules more than the other.
No_name_here staff on Jan. 11, 2011 at 9:08 a.m.
@darfox8 said:
"  Bummer you haven't liked this series as much as some of us. When I first watched this series on adult swim I didn't take it very seriously(I did find it entertaining, though) but eventually it had it's claws in me and I was at the edge of my seat.   
I'm not totally writing the series. Not at all. I'll my share my assessment-in-sum for the final episode.
I've always seen the silly villains as a Japanese thing. That doesn't make it good or anything but it's never bothered me. Kinda how Metal Gear bosses are completely bonkers. "
Heh... funny thing is that I'd say it's an American thing too. The villains in this show have a LOT in common with early 90s superhero comics.
No_name_here staff on Jan. 11, 2011 at 9:11 a.m.
@zaldar said:
" For me the seriousness was a good counter foil to the drama.  I mean no the show is not as good as eva or lain but i mean come on that's like comparing Beethoven to Mozart....both are classics but one has slightly more emotion and broke the rules more than the other. "
Hmmm... you know, I'm not as well-versed in the fineries of classical music as I'd like to be. Could you elaborate on this for me?

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