Between the Panels: Salvation According to Trigun

At first glance, the uncanny merging of Christianity with Trigun’s western/sci-fi antics seems as unlikely as Vash and Wolfwood’s apprehensive friendship. But the implausible combination ultimately works as irony—one that reflects the protagonist Vash’s many apparent contradictions: pacifist/gun-slinger, wanted criminal/savior, demon/angel. Try justifying those personas within a single person, and you have the enigma that… Read More Between the Panels: Salvation According to Trigun

Between the Panels: Disciples of e(L) – (Ch. 40)

When it comes to Christian allusions, Death Note pulls no punches. Whether it’s an artistic replication of The Fall of Man by Michelangelo, Light’s literal taking of the forbidden fruit, or the Gregorian choirs, crucifixes, and god-complexes, there’s a bit of Christian influence sprinkled across every chapter (and episode) of the series. Perhaps the most… Read More Between the Panels: Disciples of e(L) – (Ch. 40)

Between the Panels: Armin Arlert will never be Erwin Smith (Ch. 74)

A whopping 74 chapters later, and Armin gets the credit he deserves. Finally. I can’t be the only one frustrated by this tiny tactician’s utter lack of recognition. When he’s not being replaced by the more statistically popular Levi Ackerman in official franchise artwork, Armin’s either bent on putting himself down or enduring out-lash from… Read More Between the Panels: Armin Arlert will never be Erwin Smith (Ch. 74)