Cowboy Bebop - Session 5
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Director Shinichiro Watanabe uses an impressive array of computer effects to depict a battle in hyperspace in "Boogie-Woogie Feng-Shui," as Jet helps the daughter of an old friend solve a mystery involving gangsters and mysticism. When pirates hit the Bebop with a computer virus in "Wild Horses," Spike demonstrates his skill as a pilot, flying the Swordfish by the seat of his pants. In "Cowboy Funk," Spike almost captures the Teddy Bomber, a fanatic who hides explosives in stuffed animals, but he's interrupted by Andy, a wealthy heir who plays at bounty hunter in cowboy regalia. The near-farcical rivalry that develops between Andy and Spike feels closer in tone to the misadventures of Vash the Stampede in "Trigun" than the gritty hero of "Pierrot Le Fou."
Unrated: suitable for ages 13 and up for violence, profanity, and smoking. --Charles Solomon
- Deleted Footage
- Interviews with the cast and creators
Top Customer Reviews
But it doesn't come out the worse for wear mixing two wildly different genres, and the fifth DVD shows this off. Even after 21 episodes this show is more than fun to watch. Basically, if you're wondering whether to pick up this or something new, don't worry: This has more of the same fun of the series.
Cowboy Bebop's basic structure allows each episode to be a full-fledged story all its own, with the main characters-- Spike, Jett, Faye, and Edward-- serving to connect them all. While there is a consistency to the entire series outside of the characters-- mainly concerning each character's exploration of his/her identity-- this is a more episodic anime series than something such as Evangelion, and yet far less formulaic than Dragon Ball Z and its brethren. I cannot stress how incredibly good the writing is here-- each episode is a self-contained story full of integrity: sometimes dramatic, sometimes sad, sometimes funny, but always effective each time without sacrificing any of the show's core values.
Each DVD disc in this series is a bargain-- five episodes per disc for Volumes One and Two, and four episodes per disc thereafter. Extras are limited, but the video quality is outstanding, and both Japanese/English tracks are provided, with English subtitles. The English voice acting is very impressive-- dialogue is still intelligent following the translation, lip synching is dead-on, and the voice actors are almost as endearing as the characters they portray.Read more ›
With eighteen episodes so far completed and all of them considered classics, it should be no surprise to see that the show's creators had probably run out of ideas near the end. Whereas previous episodes were unique and innovative, two episodes in Episodes 19-22 feel more formulaic than anything else. Episode 19, "Wild Horses", tries to intrigue us by telling us about Spike's prized starship but fails to build up enough attraction in its story. Episode 21, "Boogie-Woogie Fen-Shui", is considered the worst "Cowboy Bebop" of all, and with good reason, thanks to its well-meant but shoddily executed story. These two episodes sadly remind us that even great shows like "Cowboy Bebop" can fall from grace every now and then.
Thankfully, right after falling from grace, "Cowboy Bebop" gets back on its feet with the other two episodes of Session 5. "Pierrot Le Fou" and "Cowboy Funk", in fact, are perhaps the two episodes that showcase the series varying appeals. While "Pierrot Le Fou" has a dark, sinister atmosphere and gloomy premise, "Cowboy Funk" shows off a gullible and lighthearted story that alone almost makes up for the two less stellar episodes. While all four episodes work the magic of the "Cowboy Bebop" series, only episodes 20 and 22 work the magic right.Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
It came in as advertised, in quality condition and on time, so I'm happy.Published 21 months ago by Daniel Milicevic
This volume has ED in it. I love CBB, and there's not much I can say about it. The disk came in practically new and no scratches. It works great on my DVD and blue-ray player. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dee H.
I'm a big fan of Bebop to begin with so my review is very biased. It's a great series, great music, great characters. Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by Ryan Dombrowski
You offer a video with spanish league but only have english and japanesse option. I am very upset with this situationPublished on March 9, 2013 by Carlos Mauricio Calderon Vargas
I watched this entire series a few times and still like it today. A great rebuttal to people who have a bad impression of anime in general.Published on December 13, 2012 by DB9
In 2071, man has colonized many of the planets in our solar system. People from all walks of life roam free. Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by KevinB
Love this series and it does not disappoint. I prefer this original release since the remix's print may have better sound, but the look is different. Read morePublished on July 4, 2011 by luvmytoys2
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