Anime Review: Trigun Movie: Badlands Rumble

(Originally formatted and published in Livejournal on 1/15/11)

Anime Review:
Trigun Movie: Badlands Rumble

What this is about: I made the promise that I would review every new subtitled anime show (excluding blatant yaoi and/or porn) released during the Spring, Summer and Fall 2010 seasons, so now I am going back to review a handful of shows that I missed over the past few months for one reason or another. This time around, it’s the Trigun Movie: Badlands Rumble, released on April 24th, 2010.

tl;dr review: Vash confronts notorious thief Gasback, who has a grudge to settle; One last hurrah for Trigun fans.

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Episode Summary: The word is out that the notorious thief Gasback is heading to Macca City for a big score, and every bounty hunter on the planet is gathering to capture him. Twenty years ago his “big score” was thwarted when Vash the Stampede interfered, and now he has a score to settle with the town’s mayor, who has double-crossed him in the old heist. Milly and Meryl have arrived to protect their insurance company’s contract…and much to their consternation Vash has appeared in Macca City as well. But who is that strange female bounty hunter he’s tagging along with, and what is her connection to Gasback?

My Thoughts: While I am not a fan of the Trigun series, I have watched many of the episodes of the anime series on late-night TV and I am familiar with the characters and the basic premise (even if I can’t recall the major plot points or the big climax). And this movie holds very true to the light-hearted, comedic spirit of the original anime series: A fun space-cowboy romp with the endless battle between cops and robbers. First off, what I like about the movie is the detail of the background, the setting, the incidental characters and the secondary characters (and I’ve always been a fan of Meryl). Very impressive. Where this movie FAILS, however, is in the exact same place that the anime series fails as well: with Vash the Stampede himself. Could they have created a more annoying, irritating, brash character if they tried? He drags down every scene he’s in with that shit-eating smirk of his. But, of course, Trigun would not be Trigun without Vash, so by that very definition the show gets a thumbs-down from me.

Movie Final Grade: C+ – If you’re a fan of Trigun already, then you’re going to love this show and I would certainly recommend it. But for people like me who find Vash to be an insufferable asshole, then the fatal flaw of his mere existence ruins an otherwise interesting space-western comedy.

Final reviews for a handful of Spring, Summer and Fall 2010 shows that I haven’t covered yet: Gundam 00 Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer, Ring ni Kakero 1: Shadow-hen, and after that Part One of the Winter 2010 Summary Preview

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