Spaghetti western is back!
12 years after the release of the TV-series, Trigun-Fans are presented with an all new movie! At this point I have to send out a digital middle finger to the German publisher Carlsen Comics, who dropped the manga after so much as 4 volumes(!!!) Am I lucky that I am able to understand the English language. DC’s 3-in-1 omnibus version looks pretty cool :3 I’ve got the complete set here and now that I don’t have anything to read anymore, why not watch something: Trigun –Badlands Rumble!
In a town surrounded by quicksand, an outlaw from Vash the Stampede’s past has resurfaced after twenty years. His name is Gasback – and he’s looking to cause a little trouble. It seems Gasback has a serious beef with the town’s mayor, who’s paying dozens of bounty hunters to protect his turf. One of those hired guns is a beautiful woman with a vendetta against Gasback. Will she get a shot at revenge? Maybe, if she can get through Gasback’s bodyguard, Wolfwood. And what’s Vash got to do with this mess? Nothing much – except for the fact that he personally set off the entire chain of events two decades ago!
Some basic information:
Studio Madhouse. The End.
No I’m just kidding. But there’s not that much more to add to that, is there?
Cool thing about the German release of the Blu-Ray is, that there is not only the German and Japanese Dub with German subtitles, but curiously enough there is also the English dub AND English subtitles. As Japanese Dub with English subtitles is my favourite combination anyways, this is actually really refreshing.
Also…German subs are freaking yucky-yellow while the English ones are wonderfully white <3
Nice thing about the Japanese dub: Yes, they’ve got the same seiyuus as for the tv-series 12 years ago.
The character-cast consists of the usual suspects: Vash, Wolfwood, Meryl and Milly are aaall there and the cameos of Kuroneko are a must anyways. Nothing’s left out.
The original characters developed solely for the story of the movie are also amazingly well done and far from filler material to get the story going. Gasback and Amelia are full-fledged, well-written main characters.
I especially liked Amelia because she’s not one of those clichéd “female chars need to be cute and with their heads in the clouds and completely useless and they absolutely need to be a damsel in distress”-types of girls. She looks older than she actually is, knows how to use a gun and is able to take care of herself without one, too. No wonder that Vash is following her around – which gets him beat up quite a lot. Background story, motivation, character development – Amelia has it all (Plus she’s voiced by Sakamoto Maaya).
Story-wise I don’t have anything to complain either:
Just take a little bit of sci-fi elements and throw them into a pot with western genre, stir the whole thing and add some seasoning consisting of chaos and insanity and a spoon full of crazy designs and comedy.
I don’t know if I already mentioned it somewhere but I’m not a big fan of CGI. But it fits the Trigun universe quite well. Wild car chases, brawls in a bar, Badlands Rumble has everything you could wish for in a western – and above all in Trigun. The movie does have its sad and thoughtful moments but it is more easy-going than the apocalyptic drama side of the manga. The production team paid attention to creating a movie that’s enjoyable for both hardcore Trigun fans and people who are completely new to the franchise. Imo they did a great job with that.
Because Trigun – Badlands Rumble is entertainment through and through. Doesn’t matter which scene, there’s always so much to see and discover. Not only are the environments unbelievably detailed, the whole town is bursting with life. Every single person walking the streets is so thoroughly designed, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them turn into a main character.
Maybe you’ve already guessed it but I’ve written this review on the same day I’ve watched the movie so I’m really enthusiastic about it. I would always write down the things I found annoying or badly executed, but there’s really no such thing with this movie. I’m completely happy.
The only thing that’s always worth criticizing is the price-tag. German anime stuff always costs an arm and a leg. But this time you actually get a lot of content. A 90-minute movie with 3 different dubs, 2 different subs, 1920x1080p resolution and bonus material:
Reversible cover is always nice + a booklet with pictures, character bios, a list of the cast and additional information concerning the production of the movie + a cool poster + a DVD with 125 minutes of bonus video material. Extensive interviews with the seiyuus and the creators (Nightow included), a making-of and video footage of various premieres.
This blu-ray release made me happy :3
On a side note: Thanks again to Kazé for sending this to me as a review copy <3