Highlights: Vash as a walking contradiction, which makes him a complex character. Vash has 4 characters arcs (character “growths”) in only 26 episodes. Most characters are lacking in one of three area: proactivity, competence, and likeability. Vash lacks in proactivity. He learns to become proactive. He also moves from dependence to independence. Why it’s significant that he lets go of Rem and her beliefs at the end.
Highlights: Vash has two more character arcs. Vash’s ignorance of his own nature, and how he comes to terms with it. His desire to identify with humans. While Vash forgives just about everyone, he has a difficult time forgiving himself and Knives.
Highlights: Wolfwood as another walking contradiction. How Wolfwood’s belief system parallels Knives’. The complexity of his final moments and his character growth. How Wolfwood defeats Chapel by showing mercy.
Highlights: Never underestimate the epicness of the final showdown ever again. How the very fact it takes place in the middle of nowhere, without an audience, without humankind even knowing about it, makes Vash even more of a hero.
Highlights: Meryl fills an important role in the series by standing in as the “every person.” The way she changes over the series ultimately embodies how people’s perspectives of Vash change. Her tightly wound personality provides more opportunities for Vash to be humorous.
Highlights: Another great character contradiction. Milly has the most firm identity out of the characters. Each of Trigun’s main characters bring their own kind of humor to the show, and then play off each other.
Highlights: Knives’ belief system comes from Joey. Vash’s comes from Rem. Knives’ views trickle down to Wolfwood. Knives’ perception of Plants and humans. Trigun is really battle between two belief systems, and that’s where the themes come from.
Highlights: How everything Knives does to Vash is meant to attack and bring down Vash’s belief system, particularly with the Gung-ho-guns. I explain how Knives technically won with his plan, but Vash’s character development allowed Vash to veto it. Mercy and compassion (and love and peace) beat out Knives’ belief system. Here’s how.