|Great interview! Interesting questions and even more interesting answers. You know, I heard a lot of bad things about Trinity Blood before I started watching it, but I'm glad I've seen it. It's obvious that there's so much more going on behind the scenes, and that the anime only pulled certain arcs from a much deeper story. I've had a lot of fun with it trying to figure out the backgrounds and histories, while enjoying the visuals and music and dub.
I've been particularly impressed with their work on the latest 2 arcs being shown on TV. I think they did a really good job with it, and now I see why. People who appreciate and enjoy what they're working on put more effort into getting it right.
Thanks for letting us see some of what went into putting this series together.
(and now that the anime is basically done I can't wait for the release of the novels, and already have the first pre-ordered.)
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|Great interview! Interesting questions and even more interesting answers. You know, I heard a lot of bad things about Trinity Blood before I started watching it, but I'm glad I've seen it. It's obvious that there's so much more going on behind the scenes, and that the anime only pulled certain arcs from a much deeper story. I've had a lot of fun with it trying to figure out the backgrounds and histories, while enjoying the visuals and music and dub. |
I agree, this is a wonderful and thoughtful interview. I'm also happy that I watched Trinity Blood despite what a lot of people were writing about it online. Personally, once I saw the first episode, I knew I was going to have to watch the rest of it because of Abel Nightroad's character. I love his archetypical character and feel that it's a character type worth exploring again and again. Plus, when I saw him turn into a Crusnik and when he talked about what a Crusnik was, I was hooked. It just felt new and cool and mysterious to me. Then there were the opening and ending animation sequences that showed that he would later have wings in his Crusnik form, and I love wings (yes, that may seem superficial, but part of the appeal of anime is its looks, right?). Plus, the ending animation sequence also promised a Beauty and the Beast/Eros and Psyche type relationship (which is my favorite type of love story in literature/any kind of story), though, alas, in the anime such a relationship has not really come into being (here's to hoping that it does in the novels!).
I also have felt that the anime is just the tip of the iceberg that the original source material must be. Watching the anime is like getting a peek at the vastness of the fictional world that must surely exist in the novels. When I read the novels, I think that I'll be happy to have experienced the gorgeous and sweeping visuals, the music, the liveliness of the animation, and the mythos of Trinity Blood as they were presented in the anime version because I think it will add to my reading experience.
The dub for Trinity Blood has been awesome, too, especially Troy Baker's Abel Nightroad. I was so impressed with the scene at the end of episode 19 when he was talking with his sister, Seth, that I rewound it a couple of times to listen to it again. That was very spot-on, emotion-laden voicework. I even looked up who was doing Abel's voice in ANN's encyclopedia a while ago because I was enjoying the actor's voicework so much. I appreciate the picture that was included with the interview because Mr. Baker looks like even more of a cutie in that one than in the one on his encyclopedia profile. He could play Abel in a live-action Trinity Blood. Oh, and while I'm talking about the picture, Mike McFarland's Where the Wild Things Are shirt is totally awesome! I think part of the reason that this interview was so enjoyable was the sense of comradeship (comaraderie?) that these two people have with each other, especially when they were having fun talking about Abel's pillow and when they were "hmming" about the "Cain and Abel" giveaway. Both of their answers were so great, too. Based upon the interview, I should think that they are very detailed and intelligent and creative people. It's truly enjoyable to see that they fully embraced the story that they were working on.
What Troy Baker said about Abel having true humility and not having an alter-ego, like Superman (or even Batman)--I like that and agree with that. Abel, like Vash from Trigun, is trying to be who he really is, but the tragedy of his past brings him back to moments where he is deadly serious and sad. I think some people find this type of character strange because they don't appear consistent, but it's hard to appear consistent to the outside world as tragedy and sadness keep following you when all you want to do is be happy or silly or humble. Abel is a compelling character precisely because he displays so many layers of emotion and personality.
The other thing that Troy Baker said that I liked was that Trinity Blood is not a typcial vampire story. I think that's one of the reasons why I really enjoy Trinity Blood. The vampires--the Methuselah--are not your typical Dracula, horror type vampires. Instead of being the undead, they're presented as another race that is trying to coexist with human beings. I suppose that since I enjoy Beauty and the Beast type stories so much, I also enjoy stories that are about the differences between two people (or in this case, two peoples) and how they learn about each other and try to get along with each other as best they can, with mutual respect.
I'll wrap up by adding one more thing--thank you for including the voice clips! It was a little freaky when they were both playing at the same time, but once I stopped both of them, it was easy enough to play them separately. They are both really cool voice clips. Troy Baker's is cool because of the way he goes from humble Abel to Crusnik Abel (plus he mentions the sugar and milk tea, which is just so darn funny!). Mike McFarland's is cool because he screams Abel's name in a way that really contrasts with "soft Cain." And they are both cool because, since the recordings are raw, there's almost a more theatrical quality to their voices that made me suddenly want to see Trinity Blood: The Play.
P.S.--It's interesting that there were pictures of what I believe is Abel's final Crusnik form on pg. 1 and Cain's Crusnik form on pg. 2, both of which haven't yet been seen by most Americans, I think. I'm looking forward to seeing them on Adult Swim next week, though (since that's the last episode, so I assume they'll have those forms at some point in that episode).