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 a desert wasteland, a world scorched by two suns, a man named Vash the Stampede wanders from town to town. He is an outlaw, with $$60,000,000,000 on his head. He is so dangerous he has been nicknamed “The Humanoid Typhoon”. Yet whenever someone encounters him, they see a tall skinny guy with upside down broomstick hair and a penchant for running around screaming like an idiot while getting shot at. Two women of the Bernardelli Insurance Society track him to prevent him from causing further damage: Meryl Stryfe and Millie Thompson. As the three meet up by fate or by coincidence, they are thrown into a series of unforgettable adventures.