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Trigun: Badlands Rumble Film's Teaser Trailer Posted (Updated)

posted on by Egan Loo
Film based on Yasuhiro Nightow's manga to open on April 24; staff, cast return

The official website for the Trigun: Badlands Rumble film has begun streaming a 37-second teaser trailer on Saturday.

Like the television anime series that came before it, the anime studio Madhouse is basing the film on Yasuhiro Nightow's popular Trigun manga. Director Satoshi Nishimura, character designer Takahiro Yoshimatsu, mechanical designer Noriyuki Jinguji, and musical composer Tsuneo Imahori return to the franchise after having worked on the television series. Nightow and Nishimura conceived of the story concepts which Yasuko Kobayashi (Claymore, Shakugan no Shana, Witchblade anime) turned into a shooting script. Masaya Onosaka, Shō Hayami, Hiromi Tsuru, and Satsuki Yukino are reprising their roles of Vash the Stampede, Nicolas D. Wolfwood, Meryl Stryfe, and Milly Thompson, respectively.

The story is set in Makka, a town surrounded by quicksand. With rumors spreading that the legendary robber Gasback has his sights set on the town, the mayor Kepler has brought together bounty hunters to protect the town. These bounty hunters have been following Gasback from town to town in hopes of bagging the prize. Meryl and Milly, two characters previously seen in Yasuhiro Nightow's manga and the later television anime series, have come to town to assess the situation as insurance agents, but are shocked by this turn of events. Moreover, Vash the Stampede is also in town, along with the female bounty hunter Ameria and the fan-favorite character Wolfwood.

Dark Horse Comics has been publishing the Trigun manga in North America. Pioneer Entertainment (later known as Geneon Entertainment) sold the television anime version on DVD until it ceased in-house distribution of its own titles in September 2007.

The film will open in Japan on April 24.

Image © Yasuhiro Nightow/Shounen Gahousha, Trigun Production Committee

Update: More background information added.

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