It's okay for Anime to be cool. And in the case of Cowboy
Bebop, it doesn't get any cooler.
Cowboy Bebop has been wholeheartedly embraced by the US,
and it's not hard to see why. Its characters are deep, and well
written, the music is hip and addictive, and the storyline is
entertaining and action packed. In short, Cowboy Bebop takes you
for a hyperactive journey unlike any other Anime out there today.
It's impossible to nail down just one trait that makes this show
work, because it's the combination of them all that makes it as
likeable as it is. Lose the character development, and you have
just another average shoot-em-up action Anime. Take away the Yoko
Kanno's beautiful yet funky soundtrack, and you lose a lot of the
cool-factor that makes the show so hip. Dump the simple, yet
entertaining storyline, and, well you have a crappy show.
For those unfamiliar with the show, our team of four travels
around in the spaceship Bebop cruising for jobs. What jobs you
ask? Well, our extremist team of hot heads are bounty hunters, or
cowboys as they are called in the show. Needless to say, a lot of
action can come from jumping from planet to planet capturing
dangerous lowlifes for little to lousy cash.
For the feature length movie version, most of the same plot
points from the show were used, yet on a larger scale. This is
wonderful for fans, because action sequences have been extended,
and emotional scenes with the main characters have been fleshed
out to a greater degree. As a result, we get better fighting and
flying scenes, and more insight to what makes our favorite
characters tick. This is great stuff. Fans of the show can rest
assure that nothing pivotal has been changed or modified. This is
just a better, longer version of the show we have all grown to
The plot of Cowboy Bebop - The Movie is simple but
carried out well. It's 2017, and a mysterious man detonates a
tanker truck in the middle of the largest city on Mars. The
explosion sets loose a deadly virus that is unknown and virtually
invisible, and cannot be stopped. Our team of cowboys would most
likely do little to help out, but the largest bounty in history
has been offered to the capture of the man, or men, behind the
deadly virus. So it's up to our favorite bounty hunters, along
with the help of a very sexy new accomplice, to discover the
truth behind the virus, and stop the people behind it before it
destroys all human life on the planet.
This is a great movie, on a great DVD release. The story and look
of the movie is outstanding. The American music is a fantastic
fit for the plot and characters, and the climactic fighting
sequence is one of the most intense and well-animated scenes I've
ever seen. I found myself gritting my teeth during every fight
scene in the movie. They're that good. The video quality wasn't
as good as I was hoping, but it's on par with most Anime being
released today. But the audio was exceptional, and the special
features were a nice inclusion, especially for fans of the show.
If you love Anime, and you have yet to experience Cowboy Bebop,
this should be next on your list to see.
Cowboy Bebop is presented in roughly 1.85:1 anamorphic
widescreen. The picture is far from outstanding. There was
moderate dose of edge enhancement visible at all times, and the
picture looked very grainy. Also, a bit of pixelation could be
seen as well. It's not as bad as some of the Anime that has been
coming to DVD as of late, but it's not the best either. Colors
looked okay, but failed to pop off the screen. Thankfully the
animation is so well done, that you quickly ignore all the visual
quirks that plague this transfer.
Here we get both the original Japanese language track, and a
Dolby Digital 5.1 American dubbed track. For a dubbed track, the
American version was quite wonderful. The voice talent did a
fantastic job as always, and the sound effects were nicely
separated to fill the full surround spectrum. Subtle details like
the sound of footsteps coming from behind, to the in your face
ricochet of bullets whizzing past your face add up to one very
nice audio track. And don't forget Yoko Kanno's fabulous score
that really helps make Cowboy Bebop the unique show that
it is. Lower frequency bass was lacking, but other than that,
this was a great sounding DVD.
There are quite of few special features on this disc, however
only a few have any real meat to them. The most informative an
interesting of the bunch was the six featurettes that show
interviews of the writers and voice talent behind the movie. Each
six-minute featurette dives into one particular aspect of the
show. There's one for each main character, one about going from
the small screen to the big screen, and about the mass
international appeal of the show. All the featurettes were
displayed the same, with the actors and writers talking about
their experiences set to motion graphics. The featurettes are not
very exciting, but interesting to watch, especially if you're a
long-time fan of the show.
Also included are two music videos, which are really just the
original film clips from the movie, conceptual art galleries,
storyboard comparisons, in-depth character profiles, and a few
movie trailers. These features were worth a look, but not
substantial enough to make you feel satisfied. Your best bet is
to check out the featurettes.
Cowboy Bebop finally hit the big screen, and now it's
out on DVD. If you love the show, you'll really love the movie.
The story is great, the music is perfect, and the action is about
as believable as an Anime movie gets. Make no mistake though,
this is not a Hayao Miyazaki film, so the animation isn't as
breathtaking, and the storyline isn't as deep. This is just a
cool, hip, action movie that does what it's supposed to do, and
it does it well. If you're in the mood for a fast paced
futuristic adventure, this is definitely worth a look. Highly