Cowboy Bebop - The Perfect Sessions,Complete Series Boxed Set
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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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The basic continous story is the adventures, and sometimes misadventures, of (eventually) four space-travelling bounty hunters and a genious K9 in pusuit of bounty heads, which occassionally delve into one of the four characters' dark, but interesting pasts.
As for the actual DVD, it is not bad, especially for the price. The three-disk set comes complete with Japanese and English audio and English subtitles. Sadly, there are no bonus features, but some can be found on the DVD to the Cowboy Bebop movie which uses the same cast and crew. There is occassionally a pixelation problem in a few mere episodes, due to the fact that these are bootlegs, but it in no way distracts from the episode, unless you are actively looking for problems rather than watching the show. The judgement that the quality compares to a VHS is pretty much accurate, but like I said, it does not distract unless you want it to. The only real annoyance I found was in the transition of the menus, but it is no long-lasting or really important problem.
This low-priced set of the entire 26 episodes is such a great deal that anyone, even someone unfamiliar with the show, should not pass up this offer.
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.
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Great series. It was good they fit it on 3 DVDs, too.Read more