So in Trigun, we've been following this ongoing feud between Vash and Knives, which turns out to be a war over the whole human race. I feel like the only reason the human race has lasted this long on Gunsmoke is because Vash blasted Knives in July City, and Knives had to spend years regenerating from it. Knives' plan for the destruction of the human race was kind of put on hold; he's also upset with Vash about everything and wants to torment him, after all, that was what he was taught to do as a child from the SEEDS crew. They abused and tormented him, which is also partly why he wants to obliterate the whole human race.
I love that the human race is completely oblivious that these two beings, Vash and Knives, are in a fight that will determine the humans' whole fate. In most epic stories, the humans know they're in the war for their lives, and they're all counting on the hero. In Trigun, they're ignorant. It kind of makes Vash even more of a hero, that he wants to save these people who are so out of the loop of what's going on in the world that they think Vash himself is the bane of their existence.
What kind of person does it take to fight a battle for the very people who hate you? Is there anyone more compassionate than Vash?
So I love the last battle between Vash and Knives. It takes place in the middle of nowhere. There is no audience. It's quiet. There isn't even much dialogue. There is no music playing. All this symbolically encapsulates what kind of war this has been. A quiet one.
And in the end, the human race will never know that Vash saved them from total destruction. He will still be hated because of his reputation. It takes a real kind of hero to do that.
I also love that it's just a battle between Vash and Knives because it emphasizes that the battles has really been fought just by these two people--it's a war of their belief systems. (More on that later).
For Writers: Try experimenting by tipping the whole stereotypical "epic" on its head somehow. Vash and Knvies' battle is epic, because they're powerful, it will determine the whole human race, and it's been going on for over a century. But their fight is so quiet and simplistic, it's almost a contradiction. It's kind of refreshing from the usual epic battles.
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