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Mars. Days before Halloween 2071. Villains blow up a tanker truck on Highway One, releasing a deadly virus that kills hundreds. Fearing a bigger, even more devastating biochemical attack, an astronomical reward is offered for the arrest and capture of the person behind the destruction. On the space ship "Bebop," Spike Spiegel and his crew of bounty hunters (Jet Black, Faye Valentine, Ed and Ein) are bored and short of cash. But with the news of the reward everything changes....
Among the most detailed and demonstrably lived-in pieces of futurism ever concocted, up there with BLADE RUNNER and ALIENS for both impeccable function and designer violence, not to mention a perfect extension of the origin series' unique, tantalizing melancholy. I don't know anything about anime, but of what little I've seen this is a stealth masterwork.
Fact: Cowboy Bebop is the greatest show to have ever aired on television, animated or otherwise.
Fact: this movie is two hours of Cowboy Bebop.
Fact: this movie is two hours of the greatest show to have ever aired on television, animated or otherwise.
Fact: this was bloody fucking awesome and it makes me miss this beautiful show even more than I already did.
See you, space cowboy.
I'm a huge Bebop fan. It's my favorite anime, my favorite TV series, and one of my favorite things in general. It's perfect balance of character development, action, humor, emotion, and style with one of the best soundtracks to grace any medium really appeals to me. If you haven't seen Cowboy Bebop yet, it's an anime that appeals to folks who aren't into the genre at all. It's the anime for people who don't like anime, as was described by a video store employee who I conversed with while buying my first copy of the series on DVD years ago. So, such a popular series eventually spawned a limited theatrical release, simply titled: Cowboy Bebop: The Movie.
This movie was…
Still one of the best anime movies ever. It has everything from amazing characters to a beautiful score. And well, the plot is (like everything else in Cowboy Bebop) simply outstanding. Love the movie, love the anime. Definitely worth a watch.
P.S. Don't you dare watch the english dub version, the japanese version (with some subtitles) is so so-so-so so much better.
90/100 (Quality of a Dominos Pizza)
Cowboy Bebop is one of my favorite anime's and shows in general, so , it's about time I watched this. Was it good? Well, it's Bebop, of course it's good. I'd say if this was one of the 22 minute episodes, it would be one of my favorites out of the bunch. Yet, extended to two hours, sometimes the solid pacing in the show is lost. That being said, that's a nitpick, because all the episodes and this film are so great. The style, the characters, the soundtrack in every episode and this movie are just dazzling. I can see why this particular story had to be longer, it's a heck of a lot…
“Cowboy Bebop” is masterfully made anime about a group of oddball bounty hunters just trying to make their way in the universe. The anime was directed by Shinichirō Watanabe who also worked on this film. Which is why I was so surprised that this film was a gigantic letdown. The film has a number of “Cowboy Bebop” trappings such as Spike fighting, Ed acting bonkers, and Jet talking to one of his old cop buddies. But the film lacks elements crucial to the show's quality. A “Cowboy Bebop” episode has to have two out of three things at a minimum, humor, action, and/or philosophy. As I previously stated the film lacks all of these and suffers massively for it. This…
One of the best anime films ever made, if not the best, maybe after Akira. Beautiful, inspirational, action-packed, and has one of the most awesome fight scenes in anything ever. Oh yeah, and Spike could get it.
Beautiful animation and delightful worldbuilding cannot save a by-the-number plot. "The Movie" features one of those annoying anime villains who has to monologue everything to death for quasi-spiritual reasons. It was originally meant to be a sixty-minute OVA, and boy is it obvious they had to stretch it out to make it a feature.
Also, Faye gets captured (again) and is undressed at knifepoint. Was that really necessary?
This probably could have been a good two-parter in the series. Honestly, I would have preferred another story about the Titan Wars or the Red Dragon Syndicate.
"Of the days that I have lived, only those I spent with you seemed real."
Not many cowboys in this.
Cowboy Bebop is a great show, and I figured it was finally time to watch the movie. Lots of movies based off of shows feel the need to try to be bigger and better than their source material. Many even try to extend the story, or go back and act as a prequel. I like the decision to place Cowboy Bebop at some point in the middle of the show rather than a prequel or epilogue. It allows us to pick up on on all of the characters in their elements, rather than connecting to a bigger narrative.
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie simply plays just like an extended episode of the show. Given the length, the pacing is a little…
i'm not much of an anime fan, but this was quite rightly recommended as a sort of "in" for the genre. and i can see why, because it quite easily manages to surpass the stylistic influences and cliches of the genre and has much more going on in terms of plot and character development than i was expecting. but the real killer, as expected, is yoko kanno's soundtrack. by god that's a thing...
The series is one of the best things ever made. The movie was made after the very definitive conclusion of the series. However, the events happen prior to the conclusion of the series. So, really the movie plays much better as a feature length episode, and it works very well being watched between series episodes 22, and 23. There are engaging set pieces that really play on the made up city, and there are pensive character moments that add depth to the series. I'm not doing it justice, but if you are going to watch the series then you would not be disappointed with the movie. Just watch it after 22, and not after the conclusion of the show.
Cowboy Bepop is a show that based itself off the deconstruction and homage of all types of film tropes, and virtually every aspect of the show carries this concept. The show itself wasn't so much of a long running episodic series as it was a collection of 26 short movies starring a common cast of characters with overarching themes and character development, but not much of an ongoing plot. Cowboy Bepop is a show that touches on many different themes, but the main concept of it is that it serves as a love letter to the same movies it parodies and deconstructs. So it only makes sense that, eventually, there would be an actual Cowboy Bepop movie.
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Even Cowboy Bebop can't escape the 2000s animation trope of haphazardly blending CGI animation into the well toned aesthetic just for a superfluous high. Those money shots, especially the ending zoom out on the tower, are fucking atrocious and just wreck all sense of pacing, color, tone, feel, weight, perspective, depth (etc.).
What it really gets right are character beats and some of the best and not coincidentally most complex fight sequences in the series. Especially fond of using the extra running time to live in the environment and explore it. Series only had so much time to do that and rarely felt lived in so much as a tantalizing glimpse. Reminds me of an episode of another series Watanabe…
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