Saturday, February 8, 2014

FROM THE ASHES: Segment # 9

Cause & Effect...The Movie

   Home again, home again. And we're back for another adventure full of Vash and his antics. The film, once again produced by Madhouse Studios, is directed by Satoshi Nishimura, with Trigun creator Yasushiro Nightow on story. Just like the series, Tsuneo Imahori is once again the composer, bringing his take on the sounds of this technological western. The film released in 2010, well after the end of the series, but chronologically takes place somewhere between the first third and second third of the series. The story brings back a lively foe: Gasback, leader of The Badlands Gang in the series. One major difference between the series and the film however, is the updated animation clarity and quality. The movements of characters are decent in the series, but a lot more consistently fluid in the feature film. The color palette of the film even seems more bright and lively; considering the film's focus on one adventure rather than the darker themes of the series. 

   Now what I meant by calling this " cause and effect: the movie", because it's pretty darn accurate. Just like in the series, Vash's ideals of the value of each life plays a part. The films focus this time around, however, is the consequences of saving a life rather than taking it. With every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Basically, even good can bring about bad. Now I don't really want to get into the story details too much, because I'd prefer people actually seek this one out. While the plot here is nowhere near as dark as the overall series, it still has a strong focus. Vash's nature makes him want to save each life, because he truly believes in every life's purpose, as well as he simply does not agree with taking lives. Often in the series, the remnant effects shown focus on the negative aspects of taking a life, while here, Vash has to deal with the opposite. His journey of owning up to the choices he makes often stretch over many years. However, Vash is definitely no fool, and always learns from every event. Other focal points of the film are aesthetics and pride. The beauty of a job well done and completed without a hitch, can be considered aesthetically pleasing. Of course when the Humanoid Typhoon is out to I even need to say the rest? As for pride; I don't think there was a single humble character in this story save for Vash. Everyone has their quota, and they all want to meet it. However it becomes apparent at one point, that selfish desire can blind one to the negative consequences of one's actions. There is a lot of good stuff in this film. It looks and sounds great, its got clear and clever themes, and is all around well made. Once again I love the English dub, but only a few of the original cast return to their roles, which is kind of a bummer. Still, it's worth checking out. As for the film, it's definitely light hearted and fun; indeed a rumble. Nonetheless, it offers a taste of what the series was like. Hope you enjoy!

From The Ashes, V.~

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