This Tuesday, Funimation announced that 2010’s Trigun: Badlands Rumble will be seeing a release here in the West, which is fantastic news for any anime fan. Even better is the news that it’s not that far off — some locations will be seeing it as soon as July 7th. So what’s the catch then, you ask? Well, it seems Vash and Co. will only be with us for a very brief time.
Funimation has now released a partial schedule for the showings, which you can find here. For those of us Beyond the Wall — err, I mean, north of the border — we only have June 22 to catch it, and that’s it. (Canadian listings are here.)
Scheduling aside, this news perhaps begs the most important question: will we be getting a sub, or a dub? Funimation has stated that they will be playing both, with the English dub in some theatres and Japanese with subtitles in others. By the looks of things, most theatres will be giving preference to the sub, though some of the larger venues will be offering both for the discerning viewer. As far as the English voice cast is concerned, only Vash’s voice actor will be returning from the original series, but the film still boasts a talented and recognizable entourage.
The film follows Trigun’s main character, Vash the Stampede, some twenty years after a thief named Gasback pulls off a massive heist. After helping Gasback and his cronies to escape, Vash is himself a wanted man with a juicy eleven-digit bounty on his head and some secrets of his own. Whether you’re a devoted fan of Trigun or not, catching the movie may be worth it if only for its scifi-western fun. The only alternative, I’ve heard, has something to do with ranch hands and extraterrestrials, and where’s the fun in that?