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Manga favorite Trigun hits the big screen

Yasuhiro Nightow's Trigun, published from 1995 to 1997—and later extended with Trigun Maximum from 1998-2008 and made into a television anime—returns to animated form with Trigun: Badlands Rumble. A film that does its best to stand alone in the mythology's history so newcomers can access it without needing much backstory, this space-western set in a steam punk world makes its way to Western New York with three showings (one dubbed and two subtitled) at the Screening Room in Amherst.

Along with Robin Hood-esque hero Vash the Stampede we are transported to Macca City just as the criminal mastermind Gasback comes to town in order to pull off the world's greatest heist. With a hint of vengeance and a desire to prove his professionalism and detail in the art of thievery, this mountain of a man is rumored to have his eye on the $5 billion double dollars insured statue of a former accomplice. Fitted with a $300 million double dollar ransom, bounty hunters from all over converge on the city in hopes to be the one to thwart Gasback and earn the reward.

Vash—himself a wanted man with a $$60 billion double dollar price on his head—enters the fray as quite the opposite of what we infer him to be in respect to the fear level held by the citizens of planet Gunsmoke. Along with an old friend in possession of a crucifix-shaped cannon, two insurance adjustors hoping to not let the statue out of their sight, and a mysterious woman named Amelia out for her own brand of retribution, Vash will show just how powerful he is despite the Clark Kent/bumbling klutz persona he utilizes.

Brought to the big screen by Eleven Arts, Inc and FUNimation, Trigun: Badlands Rumble should delight fans of the series and anime alike with its stylized aesthetic and action-packed plot. As my full review of the film attests, while my naivete to the subject matter may have hindered an ecstatic response, it did leave me entertained if also a little confused. I can assume those with a higher interest level will love it, though, and be a welcome return for characters they haven't seen in motion for over a decade.

Thursday, July 7th (WNY Premiere)
   8 PM  |  $7  |  Subtitled
Friday, July 8th
   7:30 PM  |  $7  |  Dubbed
Sunday, July 10th
   7:30 PM  |  $7  |  Subtitled

The Screening Room Cinema
Northtown Plaza Business Center
3131 Sheridan Drive
Amherst, New York 14226

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