Features: Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1, Available Audio Tracks: English (Dubbed) (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Available subtitles: English, Full-Size Music Video, Character Introductions, Contains Episodes 1-5.
Cowboy Bebop is far from your typical Anime fair. Set in 2071, after the Earth has become a global slum and mankind has moved to various colonies around the solar system, the main plot focuses on Spike Spiegel and his right hand man Jet Black. A bounty hunter (or Cowboy as they're known in the future) and former member of the Chinese Mafia, Spike is one cool cat. He's a wise cracking, cigarette smoking, Jeet Kune Do master who knows his way around a gun, is a hot solo space ship pilot and has a shadowy, dangerous past. Jet Black is a former government spy who turned his back on institutionalized corruption to become the caretaker of the Bebop, Spike's ship. Together they ply the space ways in an endless search for big bounty pay offs, revealing small details about their pasts along the way.
Each Cowboy Bebop episode is a complete adventure and one might even say a mini movie. The programs feature impeccably written plots that never fail to engage the viewer and offer a level of depth that's seldom seen on small screen animated shows. In addition to the episodic nature of Cowboy Bebop there's also a series long story arc that slowly unfolds until the stunning conclusion in episode twenty-six.
Good writing and character design are the keys to Cowboy Bebop's success but there are two additional factors that cause the series to rise to genuine classic status. The first of these is the incredible sound design. Cowboy Bebop is filled with amazing and lovingly rendered sounds that create a unique aural backdrop. But the show isn't afraid of strategic silence either. Unlike many of its contemporaries, Cowboy Bebop exhibits a full spectrum of soundscapes ranging from quiet and contemplative to frenetic and electrifying. Each of these audio environments supports the story and acts in an almost expressionistic manner.
Second and even more importantly is the singularly stunning score by Yoko Kanno (Escaflowne, Macross Plus, Turn A Gundam). Yoko provides music for the series that ranges in style from traditional Delta Blues, through Kansas City Swing to Big Band Jazz and 60's Bebop style. Kanno displays an encyclopedic knowledge of the language of American music and composes it with a natural intuitiveness that one would expect to come only from those born state side. Kanno's score is responsible in large part for Cowboy Bebop's smooth cool feel.
on a collection of six DVDs, Cowboy Bebop is produced and distributed in America
by Bandai Entertainment. Disc one (Cowboy Bebop 1st Session) includes
five episodes: Asteroid Blues, Stray Dog Strut, Honky Tonk Woman, Gateway Shuffle
and Ballad of Fallen Angels. In these five shows we meet the crew of the Bebop,
encounter the series' main villain (a youthful albino godfather type known as
Vicious), discover how they came across their pet dog and are introduced to
Faye Valentine who will have a bigger role in the episodes to come.