Trigun – Badlands Rumble – English premiere at AX (First Impressions)


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.

Author: Jeremy

Jeremy was first introduced to anime with heavily edited versions of Mazinger Z (aka Tranzor Z in the US), GoLion (aka Voltron) and Macross (aka Robotech) while growing up in the 1980's. Since then his tastes have evolved into a fairly eclectic mix of anime with a soft-spot for underdog shonen stories, psychological/cyber-punk stories and select love comedies. Jeremy was also the head organizer of Anime Souffle anime club in Los Angeles. It was at an Anime Souffle meeting where he met Michael Huang and eventually was invited to join as a guest co-host for Scattered Cells Podcast episode #6 in February of 2007. Afterwards he became an official part of the Anime Diet crew.

6 thoughts on “Trigun – Badlands Rumble – English premiere at AX (First Impressions)

  1. Ahem… I went to Sakura Con and saw the movie almost three months ago. As for the review you are pretty right on; that movie is just plain fun.

    1. @warpshadow – Thanks for the heads up. I was aware that there was already a world premiere without English subtitles. I however, had not realized it took place at Sakura Con in Seattle. Hence my mistake in wording. So you are in fact correct. The article has been edited to clarify the difference.

  2. Agreed with poster above, please get your facts straight. First English screening in the US would be correct.

  3. The true fact of the matter is that I am very jealous of you, Sir Jeremy. I don’t suppose you got a cam in there by any chance? 😛 I want to see this so bad!

    1. @Ehrgheiz Thanks for reading my article and your kind comment. I believe it should be coming to theaters soon. Especially now that they have a subtitle track.

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