Film Review: Trigun: Badlands Rumble
Reviewer: Olen Bjorgo
Vash the Stampede, the Humanoid Typhoon, the $$60 Billion Man, Needle-
Pictured: Not even the end yet.
Trigun: Badlands Rumble is a standalone film inspired by the anime and manga series
of the same name, and while the original anime had a shoestring budget, it appears
as though the budget for this film went the whole nine yards, and it shows. The animation
is smooth and clean, the movements are crisp, and the environment of Macca City is
like this weird post-
And does no one else notice the Franken-
background of this scene?!
The audio is very reminiscent of the show, with lots of western and traditional sounding Hispanic cues combined with heavy uses of guitar, both acoustic and electric, drums, and basically the same sounds you would hear in a spaghetti western, though it’s not simply limited to this general theme. As you might expect, action scenes are more upbeat, with a faster tempo with sort of a bohemian feel to it in the sense that it’ll focus more on the drums and percussion instruments. If nothing else, the soundtrack is worth watching the film for.
The story, however, is kind of meh. It’s predictable, and plays it safe; you get an idea of what’s coming next, and towards the end you know exactly how this will play out. And since this film takes place somewhere in the middle of either the show or manga (“middle” being used excessively generously since it has to take place after Vash meets Wolfwood but before the story ends), certain scenes or drama that might play out are met with a resounding “yeah, that’ll be fine.” Still, it isn’t all bad since you get to see one of the original actors reprise his role. Guess which one. Yeah, it’s not much of a guess.
Your choices, ladies and ‘gents.
Johnny Yong Bosch (Bleach, Eureka Seven) reprises his very first voice over role
ever as the strange but capable gunslinger Vash the Stampede, and, as you might expect,
has improved over the years, but still maintains as much energy and emotion as he
had the first time around. The insurance girls, Milly Thompson and Meryl Stryfe,
are played by Trina Nishimora (Bamboo Blade, School Rumble) and Luci Christian (Fullmetal
Alchemist, Azumanga Daioh) respectively, and although they play a somewhat minor
role in the film in comparison to the anime, the original English cast would be proud
with how they sound and act. The same can be said of Nicholas D. Wolfwood, played
by country singer and actor Brad Hawkins (Future Diary, D. Gray-
I mentioned earlier how the film looking too clean made me lose a bit of interest.
The reason is that while it is superior animation in comparison, and beautiful animation
at that, it doesn’t quite capture the same feel as the original series or even the
manga; this is taking place in an environment where buying a house made of wood means
you’re rolling in money, and technology powered by electricity is on a basic level.
Even if you discount the glitzy appearance of Macca City as the result of a massive
fortune stolen from numerous robberies, it still feels out of place. If you’re a
fan of Trigun but still haven’t seen this film, you won’t be too disappointed by
what you get. If you’re not a fan, you might be better off watching the series or
reading the original comics it was based on. It’s by no means a bad film, and it
Atmosphere & Experience: 6
Director: Satoshi Nishimura
Producer: Shigeru Kitayama
Release Date (U.S.): Jul 7, 2011
Release Date (E.U.): Oct 9, 2010
Release Date (JP): Apr 24, 2010
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