Watch & Learn: TRIGUN #9

Topic started by No_name_here on Dec. 2, 2010. Last post by sotyfan16 3 years, 7 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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 Do you figure he's hiding a machine gun in there?
 Do you figure he's hiding a machine gun in there?

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.      

  

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of  HYBRID BASTARDS!  &  UNIMAGINABLE . Order them on Amazon   here  &   here .  Follow him on Twitter:  @tompinchuk

Post by darfox8 (25 posts) See mini bio Level 6
This is the sidekick some of us spoke of previously.
 
This might be a minor spoiler but if Vash is like Batman then Wolfwood is like The Punisher... and they're on a road trip togther(a trip where they meet plenty of people worth "punishing" along the way). Honestly, this dynamic is played up more in the manga but it's still there in the anime.
Post by KingSolomon (66 posts) See mini bio Level 7

  Yeah the dynamic between these two characters really is amazing. For me this is when the anime gets good. Though I will admit that wolfwood is one of my alltime favorite Anime/Manga characters.

Post by ninjadude853 (464 posts) See mini bio Level 12
I love Wolfwood, he has an excellent character arc towards the end of the series (though I'll admit that it seemed to come from nowhere)
 
That mercy filled cross of his, heh, awesome.
Post by gla55jAw (109 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@KingSolomon said:
"

  Yeah the dynamic between these two characters really is amazing. For me this is when the anime gets good. Though I will admit that wolfwood is one of my alltime favorite Anime/Manga characters.

"
Wolfwood was always one of my favorites too.
Post by Kapwan (9 posts) See mini bio Level 5
Wolfwood was definitely my favorite character from Trigun.  I'm enjoying seeing Tom's recaps of the show.  It's always interesting to see a show you've watched numerous times with a fresh pair of eyes.  Where this show ended is nowhere near what I predicted when I saw the first few episodes.
Post by rubberluffy (568 posts) See mini bio Level 16
Wolfwood and Vash are opposites, both in how people perceive them and how they act.  People assume Vash is a terrible monster who kills without remorse, but he is actually a pacifist, and people assume Wolfwood is a pacifist since he is a priest, but he would seemingly have no problems killing someone.
Post by AnimeAlex (29 posts) See mini bio Level 8
Wolfwood is definitely a great character. I'm sure you'll like him more and more.
Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@darfox8 said:
" This is the sidekick some of us spoke of previously.  This might be a minor spoiler but if Vash is like Batman then Wolfwood is like The Punisher... and they're on a road trip togther(a trip where they meet plenty of people worth "punishing" along the way). Honestly, this dynamic is played up more in the manga but it's still there in the anime. "
All along... TRIGUN was a buddy cop movie.
Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@KingSolomon said:
For me this is when the anime gets good. 
It wasn't good up until this point?
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@kapwan said:
" Wolfwood was definitely my favorite character from Trigun.  I'm enjoying seeing Tom's recaps of the show.  It's always interesting to see a show you've watched numerous times with a fresh pair of eyes.  Where this show ended is nowhere near what I predicted when I saw the first few episodes. "
Relive the past through me!
Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@rubberluffy said:
" Wolfwood and Vash are opposites, both in how people perceive them and how they act.  People assume Vash is a terrible monster who kills without remorse, but he is actually a pacifist, and people assume Wolfwood is a pacifist since he is a priest, but he would seemingly have no problems killing someone. "
They're reflections in a dark mirror!
Post by Lurkero (399 posts) See mini bio Level 7
Ah yes, rubber bullets, mutants, and aliens. The hero's best friend when it comes to killing. It wasn't really until this point that Vash REALLY showed off his marksmanship. Of course he'll do even greater things later.
Post by KingSolomon (66 posts) See mini bio Level 7
@Tom_Pinchuk said:
" @KingSolomon said:
For me this is when the anime gets good. 
It wasn't good up until this point? "

Well to be honest I have always felt that this series has a slow start, thought the older i get the more i feel its nessary. It makes it more worthwhile once ya get into the meat of the story.
Post by Kou_Leifoh (613 posts) See mini bio Level 10
When I saw Wolfwood in the trailer for the Trigun movie, I was disappointed. Mainly because I was hoping for the movie to be a sequel to the anime series, but it looks like it's going to be just a regular, longer, version of the an episode of the anime; which is something I don't get very excited about for most animes.
Post by sotyfan16 (1,341 posts) See mini bio Level 20

This was a fun ep. I noticed that the first sign for the city was 'May City' and then you see one that says 'Mei City'. Wolfwood seems like an interesting character and I'm thinking Vash's left arm is cybernetic.

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