More Space Doughnut Eating Action! A Review of “Trigun: Badlands Rumble”

Who loves doughnuts?! I love doughnuts! You love doughnuts! Everyone loves doughnuts! Nobody loves doughnuts quite as much as Vash the Stampede from the manga/anime Trigun though.

I mentioned in a recent post that I had been watching Trigun. I love that show and the manga that it is based on. Somebody once told me that anime and manga are little kid things. Well, I would like you to sit a little kid down to watch this show or read the manga and expect them to understand it. Also, if you are reading the manga it gets really dark. It has some odd Christian references that are really well hidden and you would probably not catch them on your first read through or watch though of the series. When you realize what they are it can leave you feeling that you have misunderstood the entire series. Nightow Yasuhiro did a really good job on the series. It is easily one of my favorite manga and anime series. Recently I went out and bought the movie Trigun: Badlands Rumble to add to my collection of Trigun things. I was not disappointed in the slightest. I will assume that since the English dub of the anime came out way back in 2003 that you all have had ample time to see the entire series. As such, there will probably be a few spoilers for the series and I do not apologize for them. It is just hard to review a series that is as short as this one is without them. However, if you insist on being spoiler free, I will put the spoilers in red. So, if you do not want spoilers, do not read the part in red.

Trigun: Badlands Rumble was first released in Japan on 24 April 2010 and the first time that dubbed version was shown in English was on 30 July 2011. However, it took it over 2 years to make its premiere on telly. Adult Swim showed it recently as part of their last Toonami of the 2013 year on December 28. I have seen it in both English and Japanese and, strangely enough, I actually prefer the English dub. I know! I feel kind of bad saying that, but it is true. I mean I worked my butt off learning Japanese and I can watch it without subtitles in Japanese, but I just really love the English version of Trigun. I think part of that is because it is a Western series of sorts. Johnny Yong Bosch has nothing to do with it…okay, maybe it does a little. I just adore him so! I have since he was in Power Rangers. He is the only reason I will watch Bleach in English. That is not the point though. The point is that the English dub is amazing. English dubs have been getting better in the past couple of years and a lot of them are not half bad. Truth is, I first saw Trigun in English on Adult Swim. I loved it and went to watch it in Japanese so that I could watch it in the original language. I continued to watch it in English of course and it just grew on me so much that I came to love it more than the Japanese. Badlands Rumble is the same for Trigun English ImageTrigun Japanese Imageme except that I first saw it in Japanese. Even though I saw it first in Japanese, I love it in English. However, I like the Japanese promo images a lot better. The Japanese is on the left and the English is on the right. Both images I found on Pinterest as well as a few other promo images. The English one just looks so busy. It is still really cool, but there is just so much going on in that picture. The Japanese one reminds me more of Vash’s character than the English one does.

So, what about the movie itself? I have read so many reviews on this movie that range from people loving it to people hating it. Some people view it as a “filler” without even being in the anime series itself. This raises the question as to where it goes in terms of the timeline of the anime if you insist on putting it in order. Well, since Wolfwood is still alive in the movie and it is at a time that he considers Vash a good friend it would logically have to fall at some point between the episodes “QUICK DRAW” and “PARADISE” or 10 and 23. However, since Milly and Meryl have been sent off separately from Vash by Bernardelli in the movie I am going to hedge my bets and say that it probably takes place at some point between the episodes “HANG FIRE” and “ALTERNATIVE” or 19 and 22 because it is during that time that they are reassigned to follow Vash after having been taken off the case. I have a hard time believing it to be a “filler” since it is not in the series itself and is a separate movie. It is the fact that it is a movie separate from the series that has some people hating it as much as they do. Personally, I think it works well with the series. There is nothing in it that contradicts what is in the episodes and we do not really know all of Vash’s adventures to begin with. He is such a mysterious character that I do not really see any danger in putting it in the series. I mean Nightow Yasuhiro did put it in a book of extra stories. It is not like it is just some random entity made up completely on the spot for a movie. He was involved in it. Also, the animation is the same quality as the series. There is not just some big break in quality there. One is not better than the other. Of course, when you think that the Trigun anime first aired in Japan back in 1998 it really is amazing animation quality from that time. The manga series started in 1996. For when it came out, it really is amazing compared to some of the other series that came from that time. The style has held its own in that sense. Also, the series is set so far in the future that it really holds up.

Without getting into too many spoilers, what did I actually think of the movie? I loved it. There are some series that the movies that go with them just do not fit. Trigun and Trigun: Badlands Rumble is not it. It is amazing. Also, if you are looking for a series that is good regardless of if you have seen the series or not, this is a good one. There are a few things you might not get, but overall it can stand alone. I would recommend it to people who love Westerns, people that love anime, and defiantly people that love Trigun.

Until next time everyone!