If I’ve concluded that Goku is anime’s Superman and L is anime’s Batman, then I’m not totally positive who Vash corresponds to, but he’s definitely of the same ilk as all the superheroes I grew up with. Why? He doesn’t wear a mask. He doesn’t have a cape. He does have an outlandish, brightly-colored costume, but what’s more important is that, unlike nine out of ten heroes in adventure fiction, he goes to absurd lengths to avoid killing the bad guys. TRIGUN’s hinted at this, so far, and some of you lunatics may have clued me in early on, as well, but this is the first episode that’s been explicit about this part of Vash’s philosophy.
And I think it’s actually pretty cool. Not necessarily because I want this show to be a forum to debate the merits of capital punishment and justifiable force (though I’m sure there will be plenty of that) but more so because it’s different. I hate cookie cutter “leading men” and if Vash adamantly refuses to kill bad guys, it leads to complication, it leads to ridicule and it leads to setbacks. In short, it leads to an interesting story.
I presume Kaite’s going to become Vash’s sidekick in this slowly-accumulating cast of characters. I’m sure he rubs some viewers the wrong way, but I appreciate how they’re letting him act like a teen in his situation would actually act. In other words, he’s a little twerp. Seems like we’ve got the set-up for a good buddy comedy, although this time, the kid’s the cynic and the older guy’s the naïve idealist.
Neon escapes to bedevil Vash another day. Following Darfox8’s wrestling comparison, that means that the feud with this heel has just started and they’re going to keep cutting promos on eachother until it culminates in a Coal Miner’s Glove match at the next pay-per-view.
Watch this episode, “And Between the Wasteland and Sky,” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.