MADLAX or: Death, the quest for glory!
- If there is one thing I learned when I watched Cartoon Networks Gundam
Wing line, is to never have your heros brag about peace, and have them
blow people up a second later. Real diplomatic.
Yeah. Death sucks.
So, I popped in a little something our good friend Erica recommended.
Animation? Good. Music? Good. Story? Confusing, but interesting.
Characters? Well, I have issues.
Take our title character Madlax. An agent who is dispatched in the
first episode to handle some pretty tough situations. I say tough, as
in facing a whole platoon of soldiers with tanks, and helicopters.
Sounds pretty tough doesn't it? Well, no. It's not tough. In fact, I
don't know why I even bothered to worry in the first place. Cause you
see, our Madlax has something that my friends and I like to call
For instance. We have Madlax changing into a dress in the middle of
the jungle. Ok. Now she reminds me of Ada Wong from Resident Evil
(Especially from RE4). She than decides to ambush a platoon consisting
of about 12 soldiers, 3 jeeps, 1 tank, and a heavily armed helicopter.
Once I heard the first shot, I said to myself "$20 bucks says that she
doesn't break a sweat." Easy money. I bought the Episode III soundtrack
with that $20. Not only does Madlax not break a single sweat, she kills
roughly the whole platoon with a pistol, falling down from a tree, with
her eyes closed. When there is only the commander left, he practically
shoots her a dozen times before she fires a single shot that ends his
life. She than rescues a guy, who later dies, and goes home and has
pasta. Our hero ladies and gentleman.
Another issue that bothers the heck out of me is her take on Death.
For assassins, it's a job. But the writers do a unique thing with
Madlax. Take this Episode 2 for instance. A very important guy actually
hires Madlax to kill him while he gives his speech. She than decides to
have a conversation with him about why he's doing this, which ends in a
touchy moment where she reaches out to him, and they have some sort of
"Friendly" pose together. I didn't have to bet with myself to know what
happens later during his speech. Let's just say that Death is the real
So that's the Madlax character for ya. A pretty woman killing a lot of
men, both good, and bad with no problem (both physically, and mentally)
what so ever. Maybe that's why Erica put it in the shop, since yuri is
not yet noticeable in this volume. I can only guess what challenges (If
you want to call them that) Madlax will have to face in the upcoming
episodes, since there seems to be some worthy adversaries out there.
Still, death is death. And death sucks. Guess I haven't gotten out of
my Trigun (Love and Peace!) phase yet.
As for the other characters? To be honest, the whole situation plays
out like that film Snatch. One character is at one part of the world,
while the other is at another part of the world. Take our young They
don't meet, but sort of share the same thoughts.
Too harsh? Sorry. I just believe a character with some sort of weakness
is more interesting than a character who is practically an unbeatable
god. Madlax may have feeling, but she still kills. I know she might
finally be able to get herself in a situation that she might not
handle, but it's not in Vol. 1. There is no danger for her character
what so ever. This is gona be a hard series for me to continue
P.S. Thanks Erica for the link to the Box set!