20 years after meddling into the bank heist of a notorious robber named Gasback, Vash the Stampede is heading towards Macca City. Rumors say that the legendary thief might appear there causing an enormous influx of bounty hunters in the area who want to collect the $$300,000,000 prize for his head.
I remember when I watched Trigun that I wanted more out of the show when it ended, and not just because the conclusion of the show sucked. The show might have had it's flaws of a half baked morality message with a style over substance, ADD riddled fun-fest, but the other 90 percent of the show has great characters, more than wonderful art, interesting world building and a killer soundtrack that have produced one of the most fun to watch, funny, and endearing anime shows I've seen yet. So when I heard that a movie based off of said show was in the works, money naturally flew out of my wallet. However, I was expecting a lot more from Badlands Rumble, as it was made over 10 years after the series aired, and had high hopes of the non-canon feature fixing some of the flaws of the morality message, and I had hoped that the story had a specific purpose for being non-canon, rather than just more Trigun. Would this movie be Vash's untold story of when he killed someone? Would it be a feature explaining the true significance of Plants on the Planet Gunsmoke? Perhaps moral insight as to why there are so many outlaws? Sadly none of these are the case, and the film is just; you guessed it, the good and bad possibility that it's just more Trigun. Granted I don't mind the fact that it's more Trigun, it's got all the action, fun, and caters to the fans by including the same cast of characters, it's just that problems that the show had, but it also continues to have the same problems that the show had. So first; the positives. The movie definitely did a good job to catering to fans of the show such as myself, and the film slipped in the full cast of Vash, Wolfwood, Meryl and Milly, along with new faces of the sex-appeal stock character Amelia and the notorious-even-though-we've-only-seen-him-once-villain Gasback. Along with countless strange looking outlaws only in it to become the film's body count. So the film for sure hits the right notes in terms of including Trigun's steampunk-ish western vibe, cool looking characters, good natured humor, and it's high octane but weirdly safe level of violence, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed. I mean who doesn't want to see innocent little Vash steal everyone's bullets under tables or Wolfwood shooting grenades out of the air with that cross-machinegun he has, come on. And as soon as I was able to hear the staple Trigun theme guitar solo amid all the action, I felt a bit of a chill that gave me goosebumps and made me uncontrollably smile. But the main issue I have with the movie is while it's a lot of fun to watch, and like I said before, MORE Trigun for better or worse, the new characters don't really offer up much for substance nor are they very interesting in and of themselves. Which gets me thinking, because they never really explain why Amelia gets hives when a man (that goofy man being Vash) touches her. So if you're a fan of the show and you really enjoyed it, the movie is a fun must watch, but if you didn't like the show or are just looking for a fun movie to watch I'd pass it up. read more
Trigun Badlands Rumble is an okay movie but could've been better if the story was about Vash's journey to face Knives rather than the plot we got instead.
The mains story of Badlands Rumble is centered on a robber named Gasback which leads to bounty hunters to gun him down for the reward money, however the film's main characters aren't very dominant onscreen as it leans more towards Gasback & Amelia; a woman who has a grudge against Gasback. The main dilemma is Vash sparring Gasback's life leading his morality being put into question as the criminal managed to get away from judgment. While it brings an interesting study into Vash's lifestyle the movie tends to not completely focus on that subject.
While Vash still remains true to his pacifist convictions, he comes as a bit too naive & goofy in this film with showing very little of his serious side. Wolfwood, Meryl, & Milly also partake in the film but like Vash seem to play second string to Gasback & Amelia.
Action is just the right amount as it is supported by its updated animation as Mad House in 1999 (Trigun anime) is nothing compared to its current visuals. One of the aspects I enjoyed from the movie is the "Trigun World" as much detail is placed into the bounty hunters with very wacky & strange character designs but remains true to the spirit of Trigun.
Trigun Badlands Rumble does have the heart & soul of the Trigun series, but Vash himself has a minor role to the film & his perspective on morality doesn't come into play until the scenes played in the credits, proving that his way of life may indeed be correct. At the end of the day, Badlands Rumble seemed to be a film that expresses the zany yet cool style of Trigun with showing very little of its more complex philosophies. I personally preferred if the movie focus more on Vash's journey to confront Knives & The Gung-Ho Guns as it would've made a theatrical feature much more rewarding, thus showing a interesting tale of a gunman questioning the death penalty.read more
While it was fun to see Vash and the gang again I was really disappointed by this. My major problem was the story-line. It was predictable.
1 - Vash rolls into town, destruction (best part)
2 - Introduce the sex appeal (she's useless throughout the movie, but she can beat up a couple nameless thugs pretty good)
3 - Introduce the Bad Guy, he has a strange philosophy where destruction and robbery fuel his massive ego
4 - Re-introduce the old mains, who rally to save everyone
5 - Vash rolls in to save everyone at the last second, because only he can.
6 - Sun glances off Vash's super cool glasses and he wakes away into the desert without water
My problem with this story line is that it has been done over a million and a half times. There are no surprises in the entire movie (except for the part where Vash got shot, but we all knew he hadn't really died BECAUSE HE'S THE MAIN CHARACTER). I fail to see any creativity in this old re-used excuse to bring back fan-favourites.
Here is what I wanted:
1 - If you're going to introduce sex-appeal, then let there be sex. Otherwise, give them a use. Give them a personality. Give them something to make me feel like they are a real person and have something to contribute to the story. (Amelie was, admittedly the daughter of the bad guy, but whatever. That's not enough for me :/ )
2 - Everyone has flaws, except the characters I see in anime/movies/books. Fictional characters seem to have fallen into a cookie-cut staple where they are basic and boring. When was the last time you saw someone seriously fuck up, or kill the bad guy out of rage, or shoot a bullet that missed and ended up killing an innocent, or something I can't foresee.
3 - It seems to me that anime's choose to be realistic whenever it serves to aid the plot. Example, Vash never misses a shot, except when its the final bad guy of the movie. A weak example, but I feel if you're going to introduce realism to an anime, you need to keep it consistent throughout the entire thing. You can't use it as a plot device, because it cheats the entire story(side note: I hate plot devices, they are boring).
I wanted more from this. I LOVED the original Trigun series, (I especially loved looking for that blasted black cat who was always hiding somewhere in the background of every episode, one of my favorite flavor-pieces of any anime ever). But I found nothing new or interesting in this story. It was nice to see Vash again, but I would have preferred that his memory was preserved in memory rather than tarnished by something new, and dull.read more
I love the anime for Trigun, and I love the manga. Like LOTS of other people, I was beyond excited when I heard about a movie. It's one of my all time favorite Anime. I was only hoping for something as good as an average episode of Trigun though (so pretty amazing), but didn't even get a decent film.
The worst part was probably the story. It is very obvious, every little twist that is. And I don't just mean that Vash isn't dead. If that's a spoiler for you, you're just strangely not aware of the likelyhood of the main character of a large franchise dying before the movie is even close to over.
Following that, would be the original characters. Like in many films, they lack even the interest that you would feel for a character who was introduced for one episode or chapter of a manga.
Lastly was the music, which while fitting in some ways, was rarely used and not put to good use.
The pacing was also strange. Like many movie adapations, it forgoes most character interaction for extended scenes of nothing. Also, planet gunsmoke now has 3 moons, which I don't personally recall. It also has a very populated galaxy, which again I don't recall. There's like 20 planets on the zoom out, all within a planets distance of each other!
Of course, Vash was made out to be an idiot, rather than just somewhat strange.
While the animation was really good, it just lacked most anything that made Trigun good. And I did watch it subbed, unlike some reviews for it that rated it rather high. read more