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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
The last party is about to begin
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....
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.
Like most films based off an anime, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie is best watched if you've seen a few episodes of the series itself first. It's not that it really matter in terms of story, but all the main characters are already established in the show, so they don't bother doing so in the film.
Cowboy Bebop was a solid 7/10 anime. I felt that it was good, but very overrated, so I wasn't really expecting to love this movie. Thankfully this film is better than every episode of the series in my opinion. The animation here is better like almost every other animated film compared to the anime itself. The action in this is also way more entertaining than the series as well.
Highly recommended for anyone who even mildly enjoyed the series, one of the best anime films I've ever seen.
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.
Great character design.
Refreshing music choice in fights/action scenes.
This was a great anime to watch!
While reviewing the Cowboy Bebop movie, I cant shake off the legacy of the series and take this film on its own terms. In 26 episodes, the show mastered action, comedy, drama, showcases introspection, somber moments, laugh-out-loud moments and much more. Spread just under two hours, the movie plays mostly by the same rules - some characters are more under focus than others. The exposition style remains also the same, a style I felt suited the 20-minute format more. The action is top-class, probably some of the best - movie budget well utilized. Characters are adequently fleshed out, as I perhaps wished to get more backstory from the villain. And hopefully you know the regulars well before watching the movie.…
This final chapter in the celebrated anime saga exists in the same spirit as other film versions of TV shows, such as Firefly/Serenity: one last adventure, with higher stakes and production values. One thing this band of space cowboys benefits from, however, is the greater success of their show. Cowboy Bebop got its full run easily, thanks to its phenomenal characters, realistic near-future setting, and the best English dub in anime.
The film version sees our intrepid crew of bounty hunters take on an existential ex-solder with a plot to unleash a bioweapon on a Martian metropolis. It's a plot straight out of sci-fi, but the unique tone and setting give it the look and feel of a 1970s crime…
Not nearly as good as the series that came before but it’s still an exciting, well animated action adventure that is unfortunately somewhat lacking in the plot department.
I adore Cowboy Bebop so you'd think a high budget, feature length episode would be great, right? Not quite so. Rewatching the show I find a lot of its magic comes from its ability to calmly withold from the audience. It can exploit the short runtime to run experiments for episodes where the 'why' and 'how' of things never quite connect.
In feature length form, Cowboy Bebop uncomfortably sprawls out into a very conventional procedural narrative. Nice looking, certainly. Little glory moments for the show and each character, yeah. But like the timeline it has to inhabit, it's a hollow victory lap without real engagement.
A good movie and a pretty good representation of the television show.
Cowboy Bebop is one of the best, if not the best anime series. It combines action, drama, and great characters perfectly. After I finished the series, I was saddened to find that I was done. Then I heard about the movie. Maybe my issue was that I should have watched the movie before the show, or spread the movie and show a few years. Instead I watched it right after, and I am honestly pretty disappointed. It's not necessarily a bad movie, but instead a good movie with good characters and no progression. The movie does progress, however it never really leads up to anything big, and instead leaves you wanting more.....a lot more. The problem is not the film…
I can't really stress how pointless it is to watch this without seeing the television show. This movie takes place between two of the episodes so without a lot of the context most of it goes over your head. Plus the anime is well worth watching.
Cowboy Bebop is undoubtedly one of the best anime's in existence and while this movie in the end has nothing to really do with the overall storyline, even though the tv show never had one actual storyline, this movie was a nice addition overall.
From my old Netflix reviews:
Cowboy Bebop is definitely better than most dreck that passes for animated feature films these days, yet it still gets bogged down by its own trappings. This prevents it from being a truly great anime film that is accessible to everyone and not just fans of the show. Much like "Serenity", "Cowboy Bebop: The Movie" could care less whether or not you've seen the TV show and speeds off through a none-too-original plot involving a killer plague that threatens to destroy all life on Mars. The enigmatic villain that seems unbeatable and the troubled girl from his past are merely passable characters to offset the real thrust of Bebop: the main characters of Spike, Fay,…
I am a huge fan of the anime TV series so no surprise I loved the movie too
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