Watch & Learn: TRIGUN #15

Topic started by No_name_here on Dec. 17, 2010. Last post by Rexic 3 years, 8 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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 All I'm thinking about is how those things would get caught on whatever door he walked through.
 All I'm thinking about is how those things would get caught on whatever door he walked through.

Has this show jumped the shark? I remember a lot of you lunatics accused both DEATH NOTE and GURREN LAGANN of doing that after they killed off certain charismatic major characters and I disagreed. I wasn’t so pleased with how ABENOBASHI turned out in the end, but I don’t think there was ever a discrete point where its train rolled off a cliff. TRIGUN, however? It’s mending only a little after the wreck that last episode was. This episode was only about half good, with the first half frustrating me the same way that… fiasco with the Nebraska family did.

Maybe it just came down to the costume. I feel like Legato’s psychic domination trick would’ve been cooler in a different circumstance - - a lot of it did probably come down to execution - - but it’s hard to take him seriously as this cool ultimate threat when one of his oversized shoulder pads look like an ornamental fan. I know the same criticism can be leveled at superhero’s tights and capes, but I think the different here is that while the main characters' costumes are colorful, they're at least still practical. Vash might sweat buckets if he really wore that much leather in the desert, but it still looks reasonable for battle. Put him next to this villain, though, and the dude’s a lot harder to take seriously.

Things did pick up in the second half, as I said. I did like Vash’s little barbs with the monocoled villainess...

“…during this conversation, I could’ve groped you at least five… no, let’s say four times.”

Now that’s finally the kind of flirty quip that befits a guy with a reputation for letcherary. It’s funny how this ends up being the straw that breaks the camel’s back of his “relationship” with Milly and Meryll. You figured they would’ve been irrevocably-offended a long time ago.   

Anyway, here's hoping this show picks up some more next episode.

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

   

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of  HYBRID BASTARDS!  &  UNIMAGINABLE . Order them on Amazon   here  &   here .  Follow him on Twitter:  @tompinchuk    

Post by darfox8 (25 posts) See mini bio Level 6
 Well if you dislike Legato's design you can throw another dart at McFarlane's face. Or maybe just popular designs from Japan . The big "torture device" on his shoulder always reminded me of all the chains and zippers the Final Fantasy characters have. Though I guess this one is more impractical than even those. I wonder if he uses his mind jack ability to make people look away when ever he comes across a wardrobe malfunction.
 
You got a brief glimpse at the Rogue gallery and while you obviously see them again they're never going to focus on an origin stories(they do in the manga). Just expect them to look cool and be sinister.

Hopefully you enjoy what’s left of the series, you definitely haven’t had the same arc I had when I first watched it. By this point I was glued to the TV.
Post by ninjadude853 (464 posts) See mini bio Level 12
Jumped the shark? I disagree. While the last episode was unquestionably stupid, I'd say that the second half of this series is the better half. It's much more story driven as opposed to the arguably stand alone episodes in the first half. Keep watching, you haven't seen Knives yet.
Post by rubberluffy (595 posts) See mini bio Level 16
Unfortunately, this is the episode where I started to lose interest during my recent second viewing.  There's plot coming up that, while very similar to the manga, has some alterations which I personally feel hurt it.  Of course, it is a different matter for non-manga readers though, as I think it is still passable how it is, just not for me.
 
Also, I've never liked Legato.
Post by AnimeAlex (29 posts) See mini bio Level 8
@ninjadude853 said:

" Jumped the shark? I disagree. While the last episode was unquestionably stupid, I'd say that the second half of this series is the better half. It's much more story driven as opposed to the arguably stand alone episodes in the first half. Keep watching, you haven't seen Knives yet. "

 Possible spoiler?
 
Post by FoxxFireArt (2,645 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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The design aesthetic of most of these characters screams mid 90s. Some seriously over the top design work that looks right out of a Final Fantasy game. It would be different if everyone was so dramatically dressed, but your average person in the street is dressed casually and much more practical.
 
The scene where Vash reveals he could of groped her several times was an episode saver for me. It was so off the wall you can't help but laugh.
 
There seems to be a theme revealed in this episode that stretches throughout other series. When we see villains who uses this psychic form of attack. Heroes in anime/manga always overcome it by using pain.
 
I think the first half of the series played the role of showing the audience the insane lengths that Vash will go to in order to prevent killing anyone. Though, very few of those people posed any serious threat to him. Now we are starting to see if he can continue with his ideal against serious threats to himself and many others. It's not just his life on the line anymore. It's everyone around him.
Sort of akin to Batman and the Joker. Think of all the innocent people that would be alive in Gotham if Batman had just killed the Joker the first chance he got or after his third killing spree. He's not like the regular thugs and punks Batman busts. The Joker will kill. You know for a fact he will, and he will keep doing it. Isn't the point of Batman that he wanted to prevent what happening to him to happen to anyone else? There is zero chance of rehabilitation. When you think about it, how many children have to grow up in Gotham without parents because the Joker was never stopped?
I get a tad too philosophical a lot in my comments, don't I?
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@darfox8 said:
"  Well if you dislike Legato's design you can throw another dart at McFarlane's face. Or maybe just popular designs from Japan . The big "torture device" on his shoulder always reminded me of all the chains and zippers the Final Fantasy characters have. Though I guess this one is more impractical than even those.   
It does make Squall's gun sword seem utilitarian by comparison.
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@ninjadude853 said:
Keep watching, you haven't seen Knives yet. 
Scott Pilgrim's underage girlfriend is in this?!?!?
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@rubberluffy said:
" Unfortunately, this is the episode where I started to lose interest during my recent second viewing. 
Uh-oh...
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@FoxxFireArt:  Looking it at it that way, I can see how this would get a lot more interesting next episode. Although... if I'm to expect more villains dressed like these guys, I don't know if you can say things get more "serious."
Post by Lurkero (415 posts) See mini bio Level 7
@Tom_Pinchuk said:
" @FoxxFireArt:  Looking it at it that way, I can see how this would get a lot more interesting next episode. Although... if I'm to expect more villains dressed like these guys, I don't know if you can say things get more "serious." "
I warned you of the 90's villains ahead of time. You should have prepared yourself.
Post by Rexic (99 posts) See mini bio Level 19
I was a little suprised when the leader (or whatever rank he was) was the voice of spike seigel.It was double interesting since Im watchin bebop and trigun for the furst time.And I personally found no problem with 14.Nothing was wrong with the episode,it featured milly and meryl more and there was giant people.nothing wrong with that.
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