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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.
favorite anime movie. see you space cowboy.
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie is a beautiful, living and breathtakingly beautiful Japanese animated film. The beautiful orchestrated jazz music that plays throughout the film, helps heighten the tension during the masterful animated action sequences. Many will compare this film to Akira, and in my opinion it deserves that honor.
If you like the tv series, you will love this feature length movie. A great mix of jazz, action, and beautifully rendered and directed animation. This just takes the format of the series, and gives it room to breath with the extended time table. You get everything you get from the series, Edward, Ein, Kaye, Spike and Jet being cowboys and bad asses.
I'm not a huge fan of anime, but I really got hooked on Cowboy Bebop. You definitely don't have to be into anime to enjoy this series or movie.
Ultimately, this is just a chase movie. Nothing special about the plot itself, other than how it resurrects (in some cases literally) one of the greatest animated and sci-fi shows ever.
Great character design.
Refreshing music choice in fights/action scenes.
This was a great anime to watch!
What a mess.
Cowboy Bebop's strengths come from being a television series. Episodes are confined to 20 minutes that manage to go through their story and character arcs without any pacing issues. Being episodic also allows the series to be funny, romantic, to dramatic, psychedelic, to philosophical depending on the episode.
The movie suffers from just being a average Cowbow Bebop episode, stretched to two hours of agony. Jet is wise and talks to some ISSP members, Spike keeps his past at a distance, Faye is reckless and talks about gambling, Ed balances a computer on her head. They're all caricatures here of what they were in the series. The movie adds absolutely no insight into any of them. Nothing…
Anime that doesn't suck.
The film is pretty much just a really good episode of Cowoy Bebop. This series lends itself to a cinematic experience much more than other anime because of the episodic nature of the series.
the increased budget is put to good use as well. And as usual it's always fun to revisit the characters.
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…
As far as animes go, Cowboy Bebop is one of the best, and the movie lives up to the quality of the show for sure. The film looks gorgeous, and has some of most well composed individual shots and smoothest animation sequences I've seen in a cartoon. The story is good as well, with all the action, emotion, and jokery from the show present in full force. The fact that it takes place in the middle of an established series kind of takes a little of the suspense out of things, since you already know all the main characters are going to come out of it in one piece, but the film manages to keep you guessing in other ways to keep the interest there.
Not as good as the series but like it quite a bit.
Best animated action film and one of the best animated films.
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