So a while back sccsav did a group viewing of Trigun: Badlands Rumble it was a good movie that added a lot more fluff to the series without wrecking it or being a cynical attempt to get more money out of the fandom. I quite liked it in general as it was nostalgic enough without ruining the characters with an unnecessary update tho make them cool for the new generation. It was and exercise in Remembering Love. To keep things short if you liked Trigun then you will more than likely enjoy the movie. Watching it again was rather magical in a sense since it had been so long and it had seemed to me that time had moved on and that Trigun was one of those series that would sooner or later be entirely forgotten or relegated to a footnote in the Cartoon Network chapter in the the History of Anime in the West.
I am going to go on a nostalgic tangent for a bit and this is not a review by any stretch of the term. Back in ye olde days when anime DVDs were pricey (at roughly 30 USD for a DVD of 3-5 eps) and fans had to huddle by the glow of their TVs to get new anime. There were no subs so it was all dubs, and by my reckoning many of you young whipper snappers would have called such times the Dark Ages. It wasn’t all bad though even if Gundam Wing was the gateway Gundam for many simply because it was the first mainstream migrant on broadcast TV. Trigun was part of the space age western genre that included Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star. Going off of print ads of the day one might mistake Trigun for being a gritty Western that John Wayne or Clint Eastwood would have starred in.
The truth was however that the titular hero was a gun totting hippie who was all about LOVE AND PEACE. Certainly not the kind of guy who would have a $$60 Billion bounty on his head, though as the show progressed you see why he is worthy of his fighting reputation. Badlands Rumble takes place before the series got GRIMDARK and in that sense I liked that it was merely more fluff that fit within the series rather than being a poorly done sequel or a retconn prelude. I kind of wish that some older series get their own Badlands Rumble type movie. It would work well with series that ended well and would not be yet another clip show with 5 minutes of EXTRA FOOTAGE.
Within Badlands Rumble you do get a new side character who fits in nicely with the old cast and by my reckoning was pretty damn ace since her voice was smexy, and she was not a useless damsel that needed the titular hero to rescue her. It was a nice adventure that would have probably made up an entire arc had it aired with the rest of the series. In short it fits in seamlessly and makes me wish there was a similar movie for some of my favorite older series, like Fruits Basket, Kanazuki no Miko, Escaflowne, G Gundam, etc. Badlands Rumble wasn’t the first movie to do this but it is the only one that comes to mind to attempt it well past the 10 Years After mark. In that regard it is special and while many veterans in sccsav are up for a trip down memory lane I hope some new comers also pick it up and if it catches their fancy to go back to the old TV eps. If nothing else there was at least no equivalent to Greedo Shooting First.
It is a way to continually Remember Love and Badlands Rumble certainly delivers on that regard, maybe if it starts some sort of revival maybe some old favorites might also see the light of day again. Zeus knows I have waited long and will wait longer yet for another installment of G Gundam. I wonder if I am alone or in the minority when it comes to wanting new installments of old series usually the fandom these days moves on to the next big thing with few series actually withstanding the tests of time and the failings of human memory. After watching this movie I felt like returning to watch some old DVDs that had been tucked away in storage, anyone else feel the same?