is a feature length film (originally
released in Japan's cinemas in 2010) which works as both a standalone
new viewers and as a new segment of the story that began in the anime
produced in 1998 (which coincidentally was a year that also resulted in
classic anime series, Cowboy Bebop
and Outlaw Star). Based on the popular
manga series created by Yashuhiro Nightow, Trigun follows the story of
outlaw with a 60 billion ($$ double dollar $$) bounty on his head.
Surprisingly, Vash isn't really all that bad of a guy though. Vash
most of his time on earth simply trying to make the world a better
created using an original story by the manga
creator Yashuhiro Nightow (the first time a new story has been told in
anime form for Trigun fans) and it
introduces two central new characters by the names of Gasback and
is by all appearances a genuine thug-type character who wreaks havoc
people, robbing them, and continuing to behave in criminal ways. The
the film shows a somewhat surprised Gasback being double-crossed by
who want more for themselves and have decided Gasback isn't necessarily
their own equation. Vash steps in, and saves the outlaw Gasback from a
death. Twenty years later and Gasback is still a wanted man and word
a huge bounty for capturing him. This leads many bounty hunters to a
it is rumored Gasback might be. Amelia is a tough, smart, and young
bounty hunter who joins in the ranks of the rest because has a score to
with Gasback. Amelia is the greatest character addition to Trigun:
Badlands Rumble as a kick-ass, intelligent, and charming
character who viewers will want to see in more potential Trigun
adventures in the future.
been a long time since the Trigun world was last
visited -- twelve long years (to be very precise).
The anime stands as one of the most
successful and highly regarded creations of the past several decades of
form and in North America audiences have been particularly responsive
creation and its lead hero: the lovable, honest, and always true to
Vash (commonly referred to by those who don't know him as "Vash the
In the anime series he had one particularly famous line: "Love
and Peace!" It is that mantra which Vash maintains and
explores throughout the story and it became the essence of the entire
show. Trigun: Badlands Rumble brings this
essential message to new viewers (as well as to returning fans), and
film itself never actually delivers another instance of our hero
famous dialogue the story clearly reflects Vash's stance on life in
demonstrated from the very start of the film, with
a moment where a dice seemingly rolls by itself and eventually lands at
destination, Vash rolls the dice and sees where it lands. He takes a
one that is based on the notion that people are inherently capable of
things and that even in a seemingly bad situation things can turn out
best in the end. Is Vash always correct in having that mindset? It
course. Yet his personality and values reflect someone who most could
state with a level of certainty is worth befriending. Vash values
chances, and bringing peace and love
to others in a way that makes him
one of the most completely compelling and memorable characters in anime
history. Some might think of the character as a hippie thrust into the
a science fiction western and those viewers wouldn't be all that far
the truth. Vash is easily a complex character. Trigun
has truly reflected some of the more introspective elements
found in well-crafted anime series even while remaining action-packed
exciting for most audiences. Most of these elements of philosophical
come back to the character of Vash. Remember to say it with me: LOVE
It can all be found there in seemingly simplistic terms but the complex
emotions and thoughts audiences have as a response makes Trigun
(and the film, Badlands
Rumble) an important classic well worth revisiting.
original cast and crew responsible for the
creation of the series has largely returned for this film and it shows
frame of the production. Badlands Rumble
has the same character designer, composer, voice-actors (for the most part at least - the English
voice-actor for Wolfwood has sadly not returned for the film), and last
certainly not least) the same director - Satoshi Nishimura. Trigun
has always been the creation of
Nightow (the manga artist) but Nishimura is the artist responsible for
the series and film essential to anime fans all these years later.
an eccentric, visually inventive, and playful film-maker who knows how
to make Trigun both hilariously over the top at
times and sensitive with surprisingly heartfelt human emotions at
a joyfully unique
experience from beginning to end largely because of the stellar work
underrated and fascinating filmmaker who brings his genius techniques
to the Trigun
film brings back all of the major supporting characters: Milly,
Meryl, and Wolfwood have excellent supporting character roles. The only
downside is perhaps that the extent to which these characters are
that can seem somewhat brief compared to Vash and the newcomers Gasback
Amelia (who help to bring the film its important thematic center). The
characters remain as remembered in the best of ways though and it's
often a joy
to simply be able to revisit these wonderful and downright lovable
Badlands Rumble is
understandably one of the most
anticipated anime releases of the year. Despite the long break between
conclusion of the series and the theatrical production, fans have
remarkably spirited in their appreciation of this sci-fi western. Fans
walk away feeling disappointed: Badlands Rumble is on par with Cowboy
Bebop: The Movie as one of the best anime films ever produced
conclusion of a much loved anime series. Trigun is officially
in a big way that shouldn't be missed. Roll the dice and experience the
of an anime masterpiece.
arrives on Blu-ray from
Funimation Entertainment with a high quality AVC encode in 1080p High
Definition. The transfer is framed at a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. The first
viewers will notice is that the film has a decidedly different look in
to the series (which was created in 4:3 full frame) because the wider
brings new possibilities to the Trigun
world. The larger canvas for the animators to work within brings some
sequences to fruition in a way that remains faithful to the television
animation while bringing a sleek production quality to the film that is
modernized and in some ways more filmic in approach. The image is
sharp, saturation is excellent for colors, and the entire film has a
look that is quite appealing.
two audio options, English or Japanese, and either dub option is a
choice. Trigun has one of the best
English language dubs ever but the
original language option remains stellar as well. Both selections
Dolby TrueHD and fans will notice a huge improvement in the sound-field
the 5.1 surround sound that Trigun:
Badlands Rumble receives. Clarity is excellent, the score sounds
and the sound effects are well emphasized and placed in either language
sound mix. Fans that prefer the original language dub have the choice
optional English subtitles as well.
Blu-ray release should be considered a top contender in North America
having some of the best and most worthwhile extras featured on any
The extras clock in around 137 minutes
(which technically means the supplemental department includes more
than the film itself). Every bonus feature on this release is worth
Every bonus feature is presented in standard definition (SD).
the main supplement is a series of fascinating interviews with
the behind the scenes crew and the Japanese voice-actors. Each
available for viewing on its own (there didn't appear to be a 'play
on the disc).
(11:08) offers viewers a glimpse
at the creative mind that began the entire Trigun
saga by crafting the beloved manga series. Nightow offered the primary
concept behind the feature film and he casually discusses his
helping Satoshi Nishimura bring Trigun
fans a new anime production after all these years. Nightow seems quite
at times while also remaining a clearly appreciative artist who is glad
work has found such a wide audience.
(8:59) is the voice actor for
Vash. Onosaka seems down to earth and quite charming in the interview.
clearly is a fan of the series and someone who is proud of his
contribution to Trigun. Onosaka spends a decent
of the interview discussing a lack of awareness regarding when the
was going to be made and he emphasized that the majority of the cast
and crew felt
left in the dark regarding the film for a long time before production
began. This was a breezily fun interview.
(8:31) is the voice actor who
portrays Milly. It was very interesting to hear how dramatically
sounds in the interview compared to the high-pitched character she is
on portraying in the film. Yukino seems quite humble about her
Trigun and she explains how she felt nervous before recording the dub
re-watched the entire series to prepare herself.
(11:06) is the director of both
the film and series. Nishimura might be the most grateful out of
the unexpected experience of revisiting Trigun.
It is obvious that Nishimura feels his contribution to Trigun
was significant, while he also remains humble in expressing
his extreme appreciation towards the series fans for supporting his
work and for wanting to revisit the Trigun anime. Nishimura explains
made the film primarily for the viewers who have been fans since the
(or for a long time) and who are invested in the characters. The
emotion Nishumura displays is moving and any fan should consider this
(10:00) is the voice actor who
portrays Wolfwood. Hayami is quite the character! Unsurprising,
the type of character he portrays so well. He clearly loves the
and wanted to revisit the role. Hayami manages to seem suave cool
through the entirety
of the interview.
(6:43) is the voice actor who
portrayed the new character in the film, Amelia. Sakamoto seems a bit
the interview but expresses her gratitude for being able to join such
interesting cast and crew. She expresses her thoughts regarding the
found in the story in an incredibly intelligent way. Sakamoto seems to
understand what is at the core of Trigun
despite her own admission that she had only seen the first three
to recording for her character in the film (hopefully she has finished
it all since then). Maaya Sakamoto is
one of my favorite vocalist musicians (a frequent collaborator with
to boot) and it was not at all surprising to find that she can do
voice acting work as well.
(7:26) discusses the animation
side of the production as the character designer and animation
director. It was
especially fascinating to hear his thoughts on the look of the film in
to retaining the feel of the series while also utilizing computers in a
that the team couldn't have managed back when the show was created.
is humorous, an incredibly smart and laid-back dude with interesting
to share with fans.
(3:12) is the voice actor for Meryl.
Tsuru offers the shortest interview and because of that it might not
complete as some of the other interviews but she shares interesting
Trigun and her involvement and is clearly both intelligent and
(7:06) is the voice actor who
portrayed the new character Gasback. Isobe seems quite introspective
the interview, extremely mellow, and demonstrates a kindness and
might be unexpected for some viewers.
Premiere at Cinema Sunshine
(8:47) is a somewhat brief but
entertaining interview session with members of the cast and crew
premiere of the Trigun film.
(3:51) is a silly, amusing, and interesting look at some of
the Japanese voice actors doing dub work in the studio as a
Mildly Amusing Story by Something
(:28) is accurately described by
the title of the feature and it's such a brief bonus that it would be
not to spoil the moment for fans.
Footage from Anime Expo 2009
(1:38) is a short montage of footage taken from the anime
convention, and it features fans dressed in cosplay (including the
kitty) or also doing sketches that are Trigun
related, and just generally having a good time with other fans.
Event at Kawasaki Cinecitta
(3:32) is footage taken from the Kawasaki Cinecitta event
but unlike the more elaborate extra (discussed below) this is a drawing
prizes given out to audience members.
(38:16) is the best bonus feature on the entire release. It
is the entire event that was held at Kawasaki Cinecitta following a
of Trigun: Badlands Rumble. There are
many guest speakers who contributed and offer insights not found in
interviews featured on this release. The event included almost the
Japanese language voice cast and director Satoshi
Nishimura, character designer/animation director Takahiro Yoshimatsu,
and the manga creator Yasuhiro Nightow.
To just state that this is an interesting and entertaining bonus
would be to make an understatement. There were many times when the
me swell up in emotion, laugh, and become genuinely excited that I am a
Trigun fan. There are so many
interesting questions asked and so many thoughtful answers given. The
crew seems honored to be there with such enthusiastic fans. I felt
honored as a
fan to witness so much talent together, with great enthusiasm, and with
gratitude. Director Satoshi Nishimura was an especially interesting
it was clear that he felt deeply moved by the positive reception to his
Some of the most entertaining moments in this Q&A session are found
fan asks about who should be cast in a potential live-action Trigun
responses given are hilarious and the insight that Nishimura would be
interested in making a live action film himself is quite interesting
Fans might be even more pleased with a response given by both the
manga artist in regards to adapting Trigun:
Maximum into an anime series (basically, they seemed interested in
that but haven't secured the funding for that kind of project to date).
are tons of great insights in this bonus feature and it is sure to
(1:37) is a brief promo clip for the film that premiered
(2:23) is another short video addition advertising the
(:37) is a commercial for Trigun: Badlands Rumble that
aired on television in Japan.
(1:39) is the original theatrical trailer used in Japan for
promotion of Trigun: Badlands Rumble.
(:49) are some additional brief television commercials
promoting the film.
FUNimation Trailers are also included on this release for other
and recent releases.
Badlands Rumble is
easily one of the best anime
films to ever be created following the conclusion of a beloved anime
joins Cowboy Bebop: The Movie as a
unique follow-up; one that should delight fans with its entertaining,
action-packed, introspective, and comical tale of love and peace. The
contains stellar PQ/AQ, and a huge assortment of extras that could
nostalgic fans of Trigun a positive
emotional response! The Blu-ray packaging contains a genuinely
slipcover (at least for the first printing) and reversible cover art.
would make a great addition to the collection of every Trigun
fan. Highly Recommended.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.