“Stop! You’re hurting him!”
And hey? She’s the spitting image of Rem? I definitely didn’t notice that before, if it’s even been there the whole time. Seems to be a lot of doppelgangers running around in these shows - - Rei being Shinji’s Mom, Hohenheim and Father being duplicates, et cetera. Actually, identity confusion of the Freudian Oedipal complex variety seems hella popular in Japan judging by these shows. EVANGELION, FLCL, even GURREN LAGANN to an extent, all had underage male protagonists suffering serious sexual tension with mother/big sister surrogates. I’m sure somebody, somewhere, has written a riveting thesis paper on the subject.
Speaking of the psychological undercurrents of this show, I wonder if Rem would’ve kept telling Vash to adhere to this code of theirs if she’d actually survived in the ship crash. It seems like something he was too young to properly grasp at the time and his understanding of its applications have been frozen ever since. I’m honestly not somebody who rages at the notion of a hero choosing not to kill, but the fact that Vash goes into anxious hysterics before, during and after his decisions speaks to this part of his psyche not being fully developed. That makes for even worse maladjustment considering he's supposed to more than a hundred years old.
Speaking of normal development and all that, I’m getting the sense that Vash and Meryl’s potential relationship is going to be one of those old tragically unrealized romances - - and I’d say it’s more her fault. It’s the classic case of a gal playing hard-to-get and actually turning the guy away. If she’s really so out-of-sorts about him, slapping the guy when he finally show some (if maybe a little inappropriate) affection is a little counterintuitive. And, for all they, he's walking away to his death, now, and the more appropriate opportunity is never going to arise.
Watch this episode, “Live Through,” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.