Synonyms: Trigun the Movie
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 2, 2010
Duration: 1 hr. 30 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 8.251 (scored by 15878 users)
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Popular Tagsaction comedy
Jan 1, 2011
...and if I asked if you heard the name "Valentinez Alkalinella Xifax Sicidabohertz Gombigobilla Blue Stradivari Talentrent Pierre Andri Charton-Haymoss Ivanovici Baldeus George Doitzel Kaiser III", and you answered with a smile that it's from the same anime, I can personally guarantee that this movie may even become a personal favorite.
So your probably wondering where I'm getting at by asking you these questions. Simple. If you haven't heard of Trigun in this day and age and you call yourself an anime fan, I suggest you stop what you're doing and go buy this anime classic quicksmart as the movie is tribute to this once great series.
Trigun, like many other classics I can mention, was pretty much entry level for anyone new to anime back in the day. When people use to ask why I watch "cartoons", I just had to sit them in front of a TV with this series playing and they were pretty much hooked line and sinker.(unless they were girls. period.)
Now before I start I'm going to be honest and admit that this review is going to be biased. Yes I'm a big fan of Trigun and yes Vash & Wolfwood happens to be 2 of my favorite anime characters of all time, but that's not what I'm going to be biased about. Let's just say that my favoritism stems from nostalgia.
When I had first watched the TV series, I was in my first year of college and the anime club of 6 people I belonged to were still watching anime via VHS.
"Ah yes....those were the days when hitting rewind actually meant you wait a few minutes"
So when I heard that Trigun had its movie premiere in early 2010, I was pretty much waiting in anticipation for it to hit our shores, and was also disappointed that the wait was going to be a while due to the producers not coming to my backwater country.
But as the saying goes: "all good things come to those who wait", and boy was it good!
Trigun: Badlands Rumble was created for fans of the TV series. There was never a dull moment while watching the film and if anything, it had made me fall in love with the series all over again.
Without giving too much of a spoiler, Badlands Rumble is about Vash's encounter with a bank robber named Gasback prior to the TV series. Due to Vash's "love and peace" nature, he lets Gasback go after foiling his botched robbery knowing full well that the man may become a threat to society later on.
Fast-forward 20 years later and the location is Makka City which most of the events take place for the movie. We are shown Gasback, now as a legendary bank robber with a very high bounty to his name(still paling in comparison to Vash's) and a horde of bounty hunters after his head in that city.
Now I'm not 100% sure if the film is in the same timeline as the TV series or an alternate(since Wolfwood makes an appearance) and if it is, where in the series it would have most likely taken place, but one thing I can say is that the movie had retained that 'certain feel' which most fans had come to love about Trigun.
The original cast of Vash, Wolfwood, Meryl and Milly was a welcome sight after 10 long years, and seeing their antics and personalities in a cinematic film was a treat for any fan of the series.
We are also provided with 2 new characters who play pivotal roles in the film. The first being Gasback(a cheap knock-off of Brilliant Dynamite Neon from episode 7 of the TV series) and the other named Amelia: a female bounty hunter with a dark past which slowly unveils through the course of the movie(and whose character design is equivalent to a female version of Ruth the bounty hunter in episode 1)
Now after rattling on about the glory days that is Trigun, you'll probably be thinking that animation is old school as well, but let me stop you there. If there's one thing age has helped with this movie, it would have to be its art and animation. Whilst Badlands Rumble had captured the essence of the original series, you'll find that Madhouse Studio had really put a lot of effort to this movie giving you eye-candy that is both rich in texture and detail, and at best could even give series made in 2010 a run for their money.
From story to character design, art and animation, soundtrack and even original voice actors, I found Badlands Rumble to be very well balanced and even accommodating for those new to the franchise. The pacing never felt "off", and everything had been executed so well that you could have even viewed this as a standalone.
In conclusion I found Trigun:Badlands Rumble to have the right elements to which the original series was well known for - a space western comedy packed with action and stunning gunplay that pays homage to the fans who loved the TV series whilst also a great introduction for those new to it. read more
Apr 6, 2010
I strongly believe that everyone could enjoy watching this movie. The reasons that make the Trigun series good is also what makes this movie good. If you like Trigun, you will like this movie. IF you havent seen the original story, it probably wont spoil anything (but then again maybe it will...) , but it will probably leave you asking a few questions... So just go watch the awesomeness that the series is first, if you have time. You will be able to appreciate this movie the most after having watched the series. I am very likely to watch it many more times, as soon as i can :D.
What you should expect from this movies is all of the same awesomeness that the original story provided. The artwork was virtually identical to the original series, and the humor was excellent (basing this fact only on what i could see was funny, I'm 100% sure there was a lot of vocal humor i missed as well). I do not think that it added anything to the original story.
This story takes place somewhere after Wolfwood appears and as the director indicated : "It is an event that Could have taken place somewhere within the story of the series". It didn't seem to add anything to the original story, so it could be considered similar to a filler episode, but were talking about Vash the Stampede here, could there really be such a thing as a filler episode when Vash is involved? :3 Plus it was wicked awesome to watch.
It is worthy to note, that when the director was telling us some background about the movie (though a translator), he told us that the reason that this movie even exists is because of the American fan-base, which was so extremely vocal about wanting more Tri-gun. (FEEL VERY PROUD TODAY ALL YOU TRIGUN FANS!!!) This was also the reason we were able to watch this movie even before it was shown in Japanese theaters. read more
Jan 3, 2011
It's in the style of the first half of the series, Vash wandering around getting into trouble and helping people out. He runs into our cool heroine of the movie, Amelia, and she's quite likable. Of course, Meryl, Millie, and Wolfwood are in the house as well.
The story here is not black and white with good guys and bad guys, it's interesting in that the villains of this movie aren't all that evil, and overall the movie has a more laid-back feel than you might expect.
One cool aspect is how they incorporate Vash's past and how old he is, by tying in a flashback from 20 years prior into the current events. We have some nice fun dialogue, great slapstick humor, a crazy bar brawl, lots of action, and a bit of drama to give it some weight. The animation is the most flawless aspect of the movie, the art is detailed and it's lushly done. There's a lot of great detail, and all the wacky background characters have a lot of care put into them.
Overall, though the plot takes a couple clever turns, overall the movie is just a nicely done, very straightforward light action romp, done well. I enjoyed the ending especially, which had a nice way of commenting on Vash's ideals. And of course, this movie is even better for letting us hang out with those classic Trigun characters for another hour and a half. Check it out! read more
Nov 9, 2011
With only the addition of two new characters, with witch the movie did an awesome job of defining and explaining in the allotted time. The characters are true to their original selfs. Meaning Vash is still the Doughnut indulging playboy he always was, and Milly is the sweet, optimistic air-head we all remember.
Trigun: Badlands Rumble had absolutely no problem fitting what it needed to in the time allotted without feeling the least bit rush. Witch is usually the only problems I have with movie of this caliber.
Do I even to comment on this?? The movie retain the same type and feel of humor that is in the originalTrigun.
Okay so the BGM this time was ALOT better. It kept the original feel and added another level to the movie with out being that noticeable.
- When I first heard that Dorothy Elias-Fahn was no longer was voicing Meryl in the movie I was furious. The only reason this really didn't bother me though is because Luci Christian was her replacement and I thought she did great job with the role.
They kept the same 90's pre-computer animation look-style as the orginal Trigun but touched it up to make it look really nice. Even though it was computer assisted in animating it still retain its western era feel as the original.
I loved the movie....It was sick....What else is there to say?
Authors note: I usually don't give anime such high ratings, but I do praise when its deserved. Also, plz take a few seconds to wright a reply on anything I could improve in my reviews. Criticism is always welcome, negative or positive. Also Everyone has different experiences in life, therefore I don't expect everyone to have the same opinion. Other than that I would love to hear what all you guys have to say and any anime suggestions for future reviews. thanks for reading!
Oct 17, 2010
heres the rundown.
- Awesome and refreshing to see polished Trigun art 12 years after the series.High quality animation deeply rich in detail, movement, and beautifully packed environments. The sound effects were flawless and the music, although not heard frequently, is great.
-The story sits comfortably as a filler in the series which to me was initially a downside since the plot did not involve the main characters' own backstories from the episodes, but solely their humour and personalities. (several times we were howling laughter, especially in a long bar fight scene)
Its a crazy action packed futuristic western robbery with a crushingly sweet emotional side plot, to which the producer pointed out that "this is a movie for beer and laughter, and having a blast!" and hell yeah, I felt the audience were gonna run a hole in the screen from how much they laughed, cheered ,and clapped, and I was no stranger.
Personally, I think anyone can watch this and leave satisfied, but the Trigun fans will know why the characters, especially Vash, act as how they do and will be more merciful to the very few cheesy plot turns towards the end of the film.
Because im sick of drowning in this modern cinema shitstorm, Watching this or any anime in theater was on my bucket list, and Id hate myself if i didnt give it a 10/10.I highly recommend watching it. read more
Dec 19, 2012
Trigun: Badlands Rumble barely there plot starts twenty years in the past where a gang of thieves led by the huge man Gasback who enjoys showing off and the big robberies. Things go smoothly for them as they get the money. That is until Gasback's men turn on him shooting him in the eye. Things look bad for the gang leader until Vash stumbles in clumsily and saves Gasback's life. Does Gasback thank him as his former comrades make off with all the money and the bank is surrounded by the police no he doesn't. Instead he hits a button and launches a whole bunch of missiles laying waste to the town and the bank. Twenty years later Gasback has formed another gang and is looking for revenge on his former comrades. One former comrade runs Macca City where Gasback is headed with his men and his body guard Wolfwood. Vash is also headed on a steamer where he runs into the beautiful Amelia who is after the 300 million double dollar reward for Gasback. They hang out in the city until Gasback attacks and things get out of hand from there.
The plot isn't very good. The problem with it is it doesn't follow any continuum whether it be the manga or anime so it will be confusing for a fan of the manga or anime series like me let alone a new comer. If you haven't seen or read the anime and manga and try to check out this film you will be completely lost. The writers don't bother to introduce or give any background to Vash, Wolfwood, Meryl or Milly who are from the Manga and Anime series. The writer and directors just assume that a newcomer will be able to follow or care about these characters, and even with my love for the anime series and manga I barely cared about the plot or the characters. I love Vash he's a great character and he was again the best character in the film, but even he was a letdown. The story just didn't carry the depth, humor or emotional impact that one episode of the anime series did.
What can I give praise to is the animation down by the great anime company Madhouse. The same company that has done great anime series and films like Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Gungrave, Wicked City, Record of Lodoss War, Ninja Scroll, three Batman films and more. The detail in this film is amazing from the facial expressions to the vehicles Madhouse did an outstanding job bringing this film to life and honestly it was the best thing about Trigun: Badlands Rumble.
Going into this film I wasn't expecting much, but I was hoping for a good anime film. Sadly that isn't what I got. Trigun: Badlands Rumble fails to entertain newcomers or fans of the series and manga with a weak plot, lack of character depth or emotional connection, good music. The only thing that the film has going for it is the excellent animation done by Madhouse, so sadly I can't recommend this film to a newcomer to anime or a fan of Vash. Instead if you are interested in Vash I would recommend you read the two manga series or better yet check out the anime series which I consider the best of all of them.
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May 30, 2012
20 years after meddling into the bank heist of a notorious robber named Gasback, Vash the Stampede is heading towards Macca City. The 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 (which is chump change compared to the bounty on you-know-who) for his head. There is also a female bounty hunter named Amelia, who seems to know of the past life of Vash and Gasback. That and apparently, she have an allergic reaction to males and from what I know, can fight while drunk.
As you may noticed or not, all of your favorite characters from the series are back from Vash the Stampede to Meryl Strife to Milly Thompson to Nicholas D. Wolfwood………wait a minute? Didn’t Wolfwood die in the series run? Does the series take place between episodes like what Cowboy Bebop kind of did? Or is it just a bit of nit-picking? It could be as far as I know and of course if you watch the English dub of this, there is a few voice actor changes from the series (with the exception of Johnny Yong Bosch returning to his role as Vash), mostly due to the fact FUNimation took over distribution of the movie as well as the series after Pioneer/Geneon went under.
As for the animation, it is very fresh and crisp compared to the series, not that the series’ animation wasn’t bad, it was decent but then again this is animation for a 90-minute feature-length movie, not a 26-episode anime series. The music on the other hand is very score-based and I do kind of miss the theme song a little bit and they did play some resemblance of that and mostly, I didn’t pay much attention to the score at all.
FINAL VERDICT: Despite what very little and I mean, little nit-picks I gotten in the movie, I really enjoyed this movie, possibly a bit more than the series since the movie didn’t do a rough mood shift like it was in the series. There were some dramatic moments in there but not in the enormous amount of tear-jerking and depressing elements, just only a few. It is still a fun movie for many fans of the series to enjoy.
Feb 17, 2013
This is coming from someone who loves the original series (Nostalgia), and is very interested in reading the manga (I own it).
I must say though, this is probably one of the best extra's you could get after watching the series. But I would not call this an amazing film. It's an amazing special for fans.
Lets talk about the story. It's a simple story, and I'm all for cliche stories, but it's all in how you execute it. Was it entertaining, were the fight scenes breathtaking, were the comedy bits funny, was it emotional, ect. ect.
For me, the execution of this story was not as good as the anime at all. I do not think it has the same feeling as the original series does. I'm actually amazed it's the same director and screenwriter.
In the series (Excluding the first 8 or so episodes), you get the feeling Vash has a reason for (or try) saving lives. There's this emotion that he's conveying that whenever he had to get down to the nitty gritty and shoot someone, there was this terrible sadness in his actions, like he's trying to make up for the mistakes he and his brother have made.
In this series, I did not get that impression at all, even at the end. And that makes me sad that they couldn't fully use the emotions that Vash always keeps inside.
I also get the feeling that most of this film was just action with no emotion behind it. I'm okay with that, but the action was not very stylish of breathtaking in my opinion. As action pictures come, I was surprisingly bored.
The sound is quite good. No seiyuu felt out of place or out of character.
The music was surprisingly disappointing compared to the original series, almost 40 minutes in was when I realized there even was a score in Badlands Rumble. The re-arranged "H.T. Theme" at the end was great though. They should have made more rearranged tracks for this film, such as "Never could have been worse" or "Scattered Rain".
The SFX were great as well.
The art and animation in this series is excellent, especially when compared to the original series. There's a lot of detail, and smooth movement.
Now the character here can be tricky. Most characters are introduced like they are people you have met before, like people who watched the original series.
As for the new characters:
Gasback just wants to be the best robber there is, the flashier the better.
His minions in the past Cain, Dorino, and Michio are running from him after stealing his money 20 years ago.
Amelia is the new comer that has a dark past (anymore would be a spoiler).
Vash is Vash, he's the funny Vash with no problems like the first few episodes in the series. His reasons behind saving people is just "It's better to live". but the way he conveys this is not serious at all like in the series, and that bothered me.
I enjoyed this series to an extent. Not a very outstanding film, but this is an excellent extra for the manga and series, I would highly recommend watching and reading the original before watching this. Or maybe vise versa would be better, because the TV series and manga are much better, you'll be able to know more about the mysteries of how these characters know each other. Mainly Vash, Wolfwood, Meryl, and Milly.
Trigun: Badlands Rumble disappointed me compared to the series. But it is an extremely good special for after watching the series and reading the manga, or vise versa if you are interested in the adventures of Vash the Stampede.
I mean, you couldn't ask for a better special than this, it's definitely better than getting nothing! read more
Jun 27, 2012
Apr 15, 2011
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
May 11, 2013
Oct 31, 2011
The story was extremely difficult for me to follow until a cousin told me that he understood it was about Gasback who takes over the city to let people contemplate that it was Vash. Everyone here except for my cousin was having a hard time following the plot unlike me, who has seen the entire series couldn't understand it either, but I know it is about a bank robber named Gasback who ihas taken hostage innocent criminals and are threating them, until an outlaw known as Vash the Stampede pops out of nowhere and starts screaming helplessly at Gasback for crushing his donuts and proceeds by begging him for a replacement. This changes Gasback, therefore no one is hurt.
Fast foward twenty years later and we see the Insurance girls riding on the bulls (or something) into town. Later, we meet a bounty hunter named Amelia, another one of those women with a tragic past.
The plot was pretty much between interesting and uninteresting with the more intense action to appeal to those who LOVE action (including myself) but was quite disappointed to see that the plot didn't seem to pull off thus I couldn't understand what was going on. To tell you the truth, I nearly turned it off, which results to dropping it on my list, but proceeded to see what was going on to see if I could take a liking.
Now the art and animation I could highly praise has gotten some room for improvement. The animation is 100% beautiful with nothing off and seemed to fit the layout and the landscape just like a 3-D or a CGI-movie would do. It would be pretty intriguing if this film would be re-released into theaters which have an accessible 3-D feature so that we can all enjoy the movie better.
The music was pretty fitting for its desert-like scenes, but usually, I never really pay attention to music, thus giving it a 5 out of 10... sorry. Although, I did notice that most of the voices were replaced, but the new actors here seemed to do a decent job matching the voices of the old ones thus fitting the characters' personalities. Warning, Johnny Yong Bosh sounds almost completely different in this film, which is probably because it has been around a decade since he last voiced Vash in the T.V. series.
As for the characters, I'd have to say they are pretty reminiscent for the ones for the T.V. series; Vash's wilful yet somewhat stubborn pacifism, Milly's sweetness, Wolfwood's likeable coolness. The only character that needed work was Meryl because Meryl didn't seem like a tsundere towards Vash in fact, the characters don't even seem to know each other very much. And, I heard that this film takes place between episodes 11 (Escape from Pain) and 12 (Diablo). Aren't Wolfwood and Vash supposed to be companions now and Meryl is trying to impress Vash's stubborn way of not even trying to love her back? The new characters I guess needed some work too, and didn't seem to interest me very much. Amelia was an O.K. character and Gasback, to me, wasn't a very impressing villian.
All I can say is that the movie was very difficult to follow and regardless of the characters' personalities being almost the same as in the show, they don't seem to know each other. I don't really believe that this took place between episodes 11 and 12, I believe it might've taken place before episode 1 [well, that's just me ^_^].
Not to mention, the movie reminded me a lot of the Bebop movie because in both, you have a character who's involved in the action and are later shot off into what it appears to be a near death experience. Thus, they both have a male protagonist with a female sidekick (except the womanizing yet cute-as-a-button, Vash had a crush on this one.)
Another disappointment is that Trigun is supposed to be something of a teen show yet, for me, it doesn't seem to pull off much as a 'teen' movie and instead, more of like an 'adult' movie. I should've not let the kids watch this, I should've instead bothered to show them the television series instead (which I think is more appropriate for the kids at the party.)
Very disappointing movie, also for my friend too, he expected a LOT more. I would suggest you to watch the show or read the manga (I haven't read Maximum yet) but you won't regret it. The movie I guess is alright if you're a fan of Trigun or even an anime fan, but I wouldn't bother if I would you. read more
Jan 3, 2011