Peace and beauty...but the darkness is gathering....
Mark M. Dlugos | Morgantown, WV | 06/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This volume contains two outstanding 'serious' episodes: "Rev Saverem" and "Goodbye for Now." Suprisingly, "Rev Saverem" does not pick up where the previous episode left off. Instead, it flashes back to Vash's childhood (130 years before). Here, we get the first real glimpses of Rev, Vash's surrogate mother, and Knives, his brother (?). The writing is outstanding here. A totally serious and dramatic episode. We see how Rev's kindness and love instilled a gentle spirit and reverence for life in Vash. We also see how Knives fed off other's mistrust and used it to justify his own evil. Alternately poignant and unsettling, this episode provides more clues as to the nature of Vash and Knives. In true "Trigun" fashion, however, we learn enough to confirm that Vash and Knives definitely aren't human, but we're given no explanation as to what they are."Goodbye for Now" picks up two years after episode 16. Vash has abandoned his identity as the Humanoid Typhoon and is lkiving in peace and anonymity. Of course, since he is Vash the Stampede, the peace can't last. The appearance of Nicholas V. Wolfwood foreshadows a situation that only Vash can handle. And so it goes. Vash is forced to again take up his burden and head out with Wolfwood in search of Knives. Plotwise, this episode offers few surprises, but, by this time, "Trigun" is really hitting its stride. The writing balances the series' usual mix of comedy and emotion. The reactions of Vash's adoptive family to his departure are poignant and sad. If you're reading this review, you've probably seen some of the earlier episodes of "Trigun." If not, and you're an anime fan, what are you waiting for?"