TRIGUN: BADLANDS RUMBLE Blasts Into North American Theaters in Summer 2011
Eleven Arts and FUNimation Entertainment are bringing the feature length followup film to the popular TRIGUN anime series, TRIGUN: BADLANDS RUMBLE (トライガン The Movie 公式サイト, 2010), to the big screen in theaters across North America in Summer 2011.
Eleven Arts is the company that has brought you such celebrated Japanese films as MEMORIES OF TOMORROW starring Ken Watanabe and Yoji Yamada’s LOVE AND HONOR. FUNimation Entertainment is known for releasing quality anime titles to the American market, and they have handled such popular titles as DRAGON BALL and FULL METAL ALCHEMIST. This past January, Eleven Arts and FUNimation partnered for the North American theatrical release of EVANGELION: 2.0 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE (Evangelion Shin Gekijoban: Ha, 2009).
TRIGUN: BADLANDS RUMBLE will open in June, 2011 in Canada and July, 2011 in the US. The film will be shown both in Japanese (with English subtitles) and English dubbed versions.
TRIGUN is a popular sci-fi action anime series with the original storyline created by Yasuhiro Naito. The series takes place on a remote planet in the near future, and it portrays the life and actions of a wanted man named Vash, an extreme pacifist by nature who is bizarrely nicknamed the “human typhoon”.
Yasuhiro Naito’s work was adapted into an animated TV series in 1998, and gained massive support despite being aired at midnight. Fighting scenes filled with action and meticulous designing captivated audiences worldwide. Production for TRIGUN was done by Madhouse, the studio which also worked on the NARUTO animated films, the DEATH NOTE TV series, and the Japanese Academy Prize-winning SUMMER WARS (Samaa Woozu, 2009).
The animated film TRIGUN: BADLANDS RUMBLE debuted on April 24th 2010 in Japan, and became a long running box office hit. The film was third on the Pia satisfaction ranking of movies released on April 24th 2010 and has screened worldwide. The story and designs have been renovated for this animated film so that not only longtime fans, but people who haven’t read the original manga or seen the animated TV series could enjoy the work.
About the Original Trigun Comic
Trigun was serialized from 1995 to 2007 in the magazines Shonen Captain and Young King Ours, and also published as a complete 14 issue set. It was given the Seiun award, the oldest sci-fi related award in Japan. The manga has been translated into English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish, making it widely read around the world. All 35,000 copies of the English translated version distributed in 2003 sold out immediately, and in 2004 Trigun achieved the #1 position as the best selling graphic novel.
About the TV Series
Animated by Madhouse, the 26 episode series was broadcast on TV Tokyo in 1998 and on Cartoon Network in 2003. Now available on DVD by FUNimation, the complete series box set has a high rating of 4.5 (out of 5) on Amazon.com based on 224 reviews as of April 5th 2011.
About the Voice Casts
Veteran Japanese voice actor Masaya Onozaka, who has starred in such famous anime series as POKEMON, BLEACH, and YU-GI-OH, provided the dubbing for the main character Vash. Others include Susumu Hayami (BLEACH, MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM), Hiromi Tsuru (DRAGON BALL, GHOST SWEEPER MIKAMI), Satsuki Yukino (INUYASHA, GINTAMA), and Maaya Sakamoto (MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM, EVANGELION: 2.0 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE).
The English voice cast includes Luci Christian (SCHOOL RUMBLE, ONE PIECE), Johnny Yong Bosch (MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS, BLEACH), Trina Nishimura (ONE PIECE, EVANGELION: 2.0 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE), Brad Hawkins (VR TROOPERS, D. GRAY-MAN), Colleen Clinkenbeard (ONE PIECE, CASSHERN SINS), and John Swasey (SUMMER WARS, EVANGELION: 2.0 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE).
About Eleven Arts, Inc.
Based in Los Angeles, Eleven Arts, Inc. is a motion picture production and distribution company that brings Japanese and Asian movies to worldwide audiences as well as bringing movies from all over the world into Asia.
About FUNimation Entertainment
FUNimation Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is the leading company for home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For more information about FUNimation Entertainment and its brands, visit funimation.com.