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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....
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.
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.
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…
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.
While you can…
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…
What can serve as a great introduction to the Bebop characters and world or as a capstone to the anime viewer's experience, the Cowboy Bebop film experience is as captivating and enchanting as the show it's based on.
Fueled by Yoko Konno's exceptional jazz and rock score and the gorgeous hand-drawn animation of the era, Bebop wastes no time in acquainting newcomers and veterans with its fantastic sci-fi world, engaging characters and mysterious plot separate from the overarching story of the anime.
The film starts of spectacularly as the movie is in general very good at getting you to know the things you need to in a very brisk manner.
That gives the rest of the runtime the opportunity to…
This is what "cool" looks like. Equal parts noir, action, sci fi, and western. Cowboy Bebop creates and defines its own genre to perfection, and that genre has yet to be replicated in modern cinema or modern anime.
He was just all alone. He couldn't enjoy a game with anyone else. Like living in a dream... That's the kind of man he was...
The most incredible thing about Cowboy Bebop is that they can make up any kind of story that has no direct relation to none of the main characters, and still manage to make it deeply personal.
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