And so another loose end of my anime journey gets tied up, another link comes full circle. Once upon a time, in the halcyon days of 2004, I volunteered at the Wizard World Chicago comics convention and got assigned to manage lines. That meant I was “the man” who had to ruin attendees’ days by telling them the line to see their favorite celebrity was capped. One time, while I was managing the line for some actress on BUFFY, I got into some small talk with one of her friends who was waiting for here - - this was a middle-aged woman who didn’t know anything about comics or manga. Not a thing.
She was also Jewish and I only knew that because she expressed some discomfort when this kid walked past us. He was dressed in a loose suit and he was lugging an enormous cardboard crucifix on his back. She asked me what his deal was. Was he an evangelist? Was he dressed as a character? I couldn’t say. I didn't know.
That was my introduction to Wolfwood. Six years later, I suppose we’ve just gotten a proper introduction.
He’s a good foil for Vash. Maybe “foil” isn’t the right word, since these two dudes are way too similar (certainly more similar than Spike and that cowboy dude.) Then again, he does get the humanoid typhoon to admit (in his portable confessional) that, despite his smiles, he’s crying on the inside - - so is he getting some reactions out of him.
Seems like they’ve opted for the CLONE WARS “third option” to address Vash’s aversion to killing. That is, they’ve introduced killer robots he can shred through with joyous abandon without fear about the moral ramifications. Righteous - - I love to see metal smashing and wires sparking.
Watch this episode, “Murder Machine,” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.