This year at AX brought many things, including some exciting guests, shows, and the first ever English subtitled screening of the new Trigun movie! It was introduced by Japanese producer Shigeru Kitayama and brought to AX by Funimation.
The story brings all of the well known characters from the Trigun anime to the big screen. As I sit here in my luckily obtained front row seat, I am blown away by scenes of Vash’s trademark shinanagens with the accompanying crew of Milly, Meryl and Nick Wolfwood in what is appropriately called a badlands rumble.
The story takes place somewhere in the middle of the original anime’s story. It introduces a new villain to the screen by the name of Gasback and a new female bounty hunter named Amelia as Vash’s love interest (whose humorously unique allergy creates terrific comic material).
Fans throughout the showing erupted in laughter, cheers and then sat in contemplative silence as the story carried them through Trigun’s familiar comedic tropes, over the top action scenes and brief moody dramatic moments.
The screen was filled with guns blazing, explosions erupting during action filled shootouts, chases ensued and rioteously funny comedic moments played on the stage of the badlands with abundance.
When it was all said and done it was not a complex movie, but it was to be expected. It was, however, a delightfully fun romp though the desert wasteland with some very entertaining old friends.
My only complaint was that the sound in the auditorium was piercingly loud. So much so that I had a headache at the end. However, in all fairness it was a headache not unlike one you have following an overly enjoyable night of drinking.