Well, I can say this was as fitting an ending to the series as there likely could be. The hot blood was boiling in a spectacular, explosive duel between these steel-hearted scions and that was that. While it’s kind of… inconclusive (?) for Vash to prove the superiority of his philosophy over Knives’ by maiming him like this (as opposed to killing him, I suppose) I’ll admit that his “gotcha!” surprise with the Punisher was one hell of a moment. I never really warmed to Wolfwood like so many of you lunatics did, but it’s good to know he contributed to the effort like this. And, more importantly, the usage of that firearm crucifix is one of the only plot threads that really gets tied up here. 26 episodes in and our parting images are of Vash returning home with a wounded Knives on his shoulder. Will he take him to some jail? Will he settle down and live a normal life now? Will he and Meryl finally express their feelings?
We’ll never know, because the show’s over, now! Good night. Go home!
I think it’s best to liken TRIGUN to some toe-tapping rock song that moves you for the three or four minutes of play time, but proves pretty shallow and contradictory when you actually review the lyrics. On the whole, my suspicion is that this show continues to be so highly regarded because a lot of viewers probably discovered it when they were 14 and their perception's forever tinted in rose hues.
- Was the gunmanship cool? Mmhm.
- Was this morality play moving in the broad strokes? Yeah.
- Was Vash a sympathetic hero? Very much so.
- Was his relationship with Merly, Missy and Wolfwood engaging? Sure.
- Did that relationship advance in a meaningful way? Nah.
- Did this universe feel cohesive? Not really.
- Did the supposedly-scary Gung Ho Guns look ridiculous? Oh yeah.
- Did the story feel like it was made up as the show went along? Pretty much.
- Could this have been better as a tight eight episode OVA? More or less.
TRIGUN really feels like it was cooked up a young creator. It's got youthful enthusiasm and it's got heart, but it doesn't have the maturity to reinforce its rough edges. It really feels like something that could probably benefit from a Brotherhood-style re-do.
All that being said, here's to...
LOVE AND PEACE!!!
Watch this episode, “Under the Sky So Blue,” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here .