Cowboy Bebop - The Perfect Sessions,Complete Series Boxed Set
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(Nov 20, 2001)
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Meet Spike and Jet, a drifter and a retired cyborg cop. They've formed a partnership in a bounty hunting enterprise that specializes in adventure and cash. Using an old converted fishing ship called the Bebop, with the help of the intelligent data dog, Ein, the mysterious and vexing femme fatale, Faye Valentine, and Ed, the genius hacker -- Spike and Jet scour the galaxy to clean up space, one bounty at a time.
* Considered one of the best anime of all time in both Japan AND the United States. * Cowboy Bebop is now available as a special DVD collection box set that contains all six DVD's from Cowboy Bebop packaged with the Cowboy Bebop Original Soundtrack CD in a collectors box.
Each of the snazzy 25-minute installments from the most popular Japanese animated TV series of 1998 is a satisfying adventure tale about a futuristic hipster bounty hunter. This is an elegant action-comedy anime, with smoothly integrated CGI space-flight elements, gorgeous graphics, blues harmonica and sax riffs on the soundtrack, and a no-sweat post-Tarantino attitude. Despite occasional eruptions of gun-fu Asian-action violence, and some intimations of heavy-duty drug use (in the first of 26 episodes, one especially noxious narcotic is administered as an aerosol spray straight onto the user's eyeballs), the tone is surprisingly convivial. None of the generic tough elements are grim or mean-spirited. Lanky antihero Spike Spiegel is a planet-hopping freelance hunter with an ex-cop sidekick named Jet, a loopy fellow hunter named Faye, a teenage computer hack, and a genetically enhanced Welsh corgi assistant in tow. The emphasis is on clever twists of plot in an episodic short-story format with as many wisecracks as punches being thrown. --David ChuteSee all Editorial Reviews
- Original CD soundtrack included
- Interviews with cast and creators
- Session O music video
- Character biography/gallery
- See individual DVDs for complete details
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Unfortunately, this turned out to be a pirated copy probably from China. The video is rather dark and the sound is just bad. However the packaging is really nice.
I have no idea if it's still available, but save you shekels and get something better.
My first 15 episodes were sent to me via internet by a friend who thought might like them by the time I got through "Jupiter Jazz Part II" I was so completely hooked that I set out to buy the perfect sessions along with the movie and the sound tracks, and that's where I'll start the gushing.
The music for this anime is a treat all by itself, it runs the gamut of Jazz, Blues, Rock, Country and even a bit of techno pop, it complements the animation so well that just hearing a song can instantly remind you of that exact moment in the series.
The style of animation is so perfectly suited to the story line and characters that I honestly couldn't see it any other way, neo-jazz anime at it's best.
That leaves us with the story line and from the other reviews here I don't think I need to say much, but I will say that they will almost always leave you wanting to see the next episode.
From comedy to drama and plenty of action the pace changes just enough to keep the stories from becoming stale and rarely if ever will an episode be predictable.
In short this is a fantastic anime endeavor and should be a part of everyones movie collection.
This means that you will not receive the OST disc, only the episodes and there are no commentaries / art galleries / character designs and the few "extra's" that are present are simply noise to us Gaijin, Ne?
These three disc sets are also MPEG 2 files, meaning that you can get them to play on your computer without a DVD reader/driver and although the discs [not the case] claims a letterbox format is available; I have yet to find out how to view anything but full screen.
All in all, still a good deal [sorta] compared to the seventy bucks or so that the REAL Perfect Session disc set [issued by Pioneer and still to be found in most larger anime/game stores] will cost you PROVIDED that all you seek is the episodes, which are well transfered and adequately dubbed on this three disc JP import; it's quite obviously NOT a boot.
Should you desire [english] commentaries, art galleries, character designs, etc. [like found on the very excellent movie disc - hint hint] then you should read the descriptions [3 does not equal 7] or e-mail the seller to make sure you are getting the real seven disc item.
The three disc sets are somehow related to Manga DVD, Inc. but you have to look REAL close to find their logo on the case and their usual plethora of previews is absent.
Either way, enjoy this exceptionally well made and wonderfully scored anime series.
As far as a value goes, the set is a very solid one. After shipping, the total was $27.50. That's about $1 per episode - much better than most complete anime series (outlaw star, for instance, came to about $95 for the 3 2-disc sets.)
The episodes are arranged in a very easy to view format - you can just watch the whole thing in one sitting, or you can select episode beginnings from the main menu. The chapter breaks are placed exactly where they should be.
The sound is dolby stereo. It won't knock your socks off, but it is acceptable for a television release like CB.
My only issue with quality is the video - on my HDTV, it is very easy to see digital artifacts on very high-action scenes - such as the ship flying through hyperspace - quite pixellated. But it's to be expected, since they've basically crammed 9 episodes onto each disc. On a regular television, the effect will probably be diminished somewhat.
In the end, I'm glad I purchased this set instead of getting the slightly higher quality US discs - for 27 bucks I got the whole series - while one of the US "session" discs will run you about the same price. It really shows you how companies like Bandai and ADV (producers of the execrable Robotech sets) are out to screw the US consumer - dribbling out incomplete and overpriced releases instead of giving us a good deal on the whole thing. I would have purchased a licensed set if it had been $40 or $50 for a complete series box - comparable to American television season sets. If other companies can fill the gap while avoiding prosecution, so be it.