I suppose there’s a certain inevitability when you release a movie tie-in to an anime series that ended almost 12 years prior. Trigun: Badlands Rumble was probably doomed to mediocrity from the outset – I should have just expected that. There was no reason to make this movie. There weren’t so many loose ends from the series that there had to be a follow-up to tie them all together. After 12 years being off-air (and four years being out of print for the manga) you’d think the story has gone as far as it can go.
In case you didn’t know, Sonico is the mascot of Nitroplus, a company that makes visual novels and porn games (a.k.a. eroge). It must not take much to garner a following in Japan, because the explosion of Sonico’s popularity is inexplicable otherwise. Good Smile Company is making a Nendoroid of her, and in the figure world that’s the equivalent of getting your own HBO series.