Man, I didn’t even watch that many episodes of RANMA ½ and this is really starting to remind me of that show. I guess I had this pegged totally wrong before I watched it. I figured Vash was going to be this cold-blooded badass and he’s turning out to be a total fop. The clothes might look all cool and modern, but this almost plays like some parody of romantic fairy tales with him as a demented spoof of prince charming. Seriously, the episode ends with him totally missing the advances of this chick he’s so smitten with, and then walking into the sunset, fretting all insecurely like a high school freshman. It’s a fun angle, sure, but still totally different from what I expected.
I’ll be curious to see how long this running gag about nobody believing he’s actually Vash is going to run. It’s almost some joke out of a Samuel Beckett play.
Not much of the world or its mythos has been established so far. Basically, it's a "future west" where "double dollars" are currency. To make yet another association, I’m actually kind of reminded of ASTRO BOY. First, the bad guy in this episode and some of the townspeople have had the kind of basic-shape caricature faces that Tezuka was wont to draw. Secondly, the plot of this one is just so simple - - the heroes just happening upon a water smuggling operation through a secret door in some mansion - - that it seems like a case the Mighty Atom would’ve taken care of on a quaint Saturday morning. In that respect, this show seems like an odd bridge between that old school kind of anime and the sleek kind I’ve been used to.
I might be start to crush on Meryl. I’ve never seen such a spunky insurance agent. Maybe it’s just the pixie cut?
Watch this episode, “Truth of Mistake,” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.