OK OK OK… early guesses. Vash was actually an evil bastard some time back and he did many terrible things. At some point, he lost all his memories and every shred of his personality, but still retained his remarkable skills. That’s why there’s this awful reputation and these big bounty numbers attached to the “Human Tornado” and that’s why he’s this peace-loving holy fool who still possess all these absurd combat skills.
Am I on to something here?
The random appearances of the freighter and its enormous light bulb have got me thinking - - this show’s going to have “window dressing," isn't it? What do I mean by that? Well, by my reckoning, there are some fantasy and sci-fi shows that have fully-developed worlds. You know, they’ve got filled-out histories and cultures and customs and all of that. It all makes fits in a grand latticework. Then, there are stories where the world is just there to look good and be lightly evocative of a greater universe. EVANGELION was fully-developed; COWBOY BEBOP had window dressing. Some people were asking me to comment on the latter’s world when I was watching it. I thought that was a little pointless since it was really just a general space opera setting that was probably just made up by the creators as they went along. This isn't a bad thing. Not at all. But I'm not going to act like TRIGUN has this elaborate mythology when the only nailed-down part so far is the double-dollars currency.
Anyway, enough comparative textual commentary. This episode was a pretty cool mix of LOONY TOONS-style lapstick and some close-to-moving pathos. I’m getting such a kick out of how much of a Pollyanna Vash is when it comes to the ladies. He’s so smooth and so hopeless at the same time.
Watch this episode, “Lost July,” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.