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.