Funimation announced today they would be partnering with Eleven Arts to release the new Trigun movie in theaters across North America this summer. The movie is set during the original TV series, and has Vash going after a thief named Gashback, whose bank heist Vash had interfered with 20 years ago. According to ANN, some theaters will show the dubbed version of the film while others will show the subtitled version.
It was also revealed today that much of the main cast won’t be returning for the dub. The only returning cast member for the four main characters is Johnny Yong Bosch as Vash. Taking over the role of Meryl Strife is Luci Christian(Full Metal Panic, Corpse Princess), replacing Dorothy Elias-Fahn. The new voice of Milly Thompson will be Trina Nishimura(Tower of Druaga, Evangelion 2.22), replacing Lia Sargent. Finally, Wolfwood will be voiced by Brad Hawkins( D. Gray-Man, Blassreiter), replacing Jeff Nimoy.
(Source: ANN, AoD forums)
There are a few series that older anime fans hold up as being classics. Truly great examples of anime from the good ol’ days before everything started sucking and moé took over. Since I’m technically a younger fan (even though I’m 20 years old, which is older than most of today’s anime fandom from what I can tell) I never had the chance to see these series when they first showed up, and these days some of them are out of print and expensive or hard to find. Well FUNimation recently re-released Trigun, a series that gets included in the previously mentioned classics. So I took the opportunity to finally check it out.
Trigun tells the story of Vash the Stampede, a lone gunslinger with an insanely high bounty on his head who leaves a trail of destruction in his wake. Meryl Strife and Milly Thompson, two employees of an insurance company, seek out Vash in an attempt to prevent him from causing any more damage. When they find him, they learn that Vash isn’t the man they thought he was and end up joining him on his journey.
Trigun starts out enjoyable enough as a kind of silly western. There are gunslingers, damsels in distress, corrupt sheriffs, and every thing else you would expect from a western. Everything is handled in a goofy manner, with Vash solving most problems through dumb luck and goofing around as opposed to shooting everything in sight and the series doesn’t take itself too seriously. Vash himself is an interesting character, having the ability to kill anything and everything around him, but choosing instead to solve problems through non-violent means. This is respectable in the beginning when the only thing Vash has to deal with are normal thugs with big guns who are barely a threat most of the time. Once it gets to the point where he has to deal with people who sometimes have strange powers and are entirely willing to kill innocent people to get to Vash, his pacifist ways make him seem more idiotic than honourable.