Huh… I guess this world wasn’t “window dressing” after all. To the show's credit, the new West of TRIGUN actually being a settlement of extraterrestrial human refuges is a sensible explanation that’s quick, simple and doesn’t actually require much gobblygook. You’ve got enough facts here to fill the rest in on your own.
You know, I’ve been bringing up the similarities to superheroes I see in every episode of this and, would you believe, this one actually reminds me of a discussion on the history of DC comics I went to recently. Among many other things, the talk brought up how many superheroes’ mythology were made up by the cartoonists as they went along and I can’t help but feel like I’m seeing something similar, here. Granted, they have dropped hints about Rem quite a few times so far, but I can just picture the mangaka sitting down at his drawing board right before this part and saying, “Hey, wait a sec... what if they came from outer space?”
There's something romantic about that, isn't there? It's a gutsy kind of storytelling, even if my suppositions aren’t totally correct. It's like punk rock. You’ve got a story driven forward by spit and fire. The logic doesn’t always make sense, the connections rarely join neatly… but you do feel like you’re riding on something that's alive.
The cadence of this episode reminded me a lot of the more Kubrick-style flashbacks in EVANGELION. Hell, it’s got a lot of 2001 in it. Vash and Knives’ angelic nature is touched upon, but not explained, as is their subsequent Cain and Abel-style separation. There's a lot to be inferred.
Also, this might not be the first anime I’ve watched where a young kid’s crushing heavily on his slightly-older-but-still-illegally-out-of-the-age-range minder, but it’s the first one I’ve seen that isn’t by Gainax. There's some sense of... progress in that, I feel.
Watch this episode, “Rem Savarem”,” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.