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Cowboy Bebop - Session 5

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Product Description

Follow the adventures of Spike, Faye, Jet, Ed, and Ein as they continue their endless search for cash. Along the way, tragedy and triumph await as they navigate their way through the dangers of space and corridors of memory. The hottest anime show only gets hotter as it draws towards its end. DVD Extras include animated interactive menus and extra footage. Contains episodes 19-22.

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The second episode on this disc, "Pierrot Le Fou", epitomizes the mixture of sardonic humor and noir adventure that has made Cowboy Bebopso popular in Japan and the U.S. Spike fights a deadly duel with the title character, the product of a botched ISSP (Inter Solar System Police) attempt to create a perfect assassin. Their showdown takes place in a saccharine but sinister amusement park, a device used in many live action and animated films, but rarely so effectively.

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


Special Features

  • Deleted Footage
  • Interviews with the cast and creators

Product Details

  • Actors: Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara, Steve Blum, Beau Billingslea
  • Directors: Hirokazu Yamada, Ikuro Sato, Kunihiro Mori, Tetsuya Watanabe, Yoshiyuki Takei
  • Writers: Akihiko Inari, Dai Sato, Hajime Yatate
  • Format: Animated, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Bandai
  • DVD Release Date: September 5, 2000
  • Run Time: 24 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004U5SG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,247 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cowboy Bebop - Session 5" on IMDb

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By Skye Knighton on November 26, 2000
Format: DVD
Cowboy Bebop is, by far, one of the best TV series to come from Japan. Just don't take it too seriously, it is, after all, the '70s and the Wild West mixed into one (someone beat me to that punch already, damn!) One just needs to watch the Low-Rider/Horseback care chase to see that.
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.
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Cowboy Bebop is, in this reviewer's opinion, the finest series that anime currently has to offer. The animation is top-notch, the writing is consistently excellent, the English voice work is amazingly good, and the soundtrack (provided by Yoko Kanno) is absolutely brilliant throughout the entire series. It's a pity that the series had such a short run-- what's available in these six DVD volumes constitutes the entire twenty-six episode series. Nevertheless, this is one series every anime fan must have, and a series I would also recommend to fans of TV shows such as Miami Vice.
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.
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By A Customer on September 14, 2000
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By Far the Best Anime EVER!!!! And I do not say this lightly. The animation quality is just above average, but the charactors and the stories are truly unpredictable and enjoyable. The series flows in the way that real Jazz Music does, cool and free. It is true that Cowboy Bebop does not break any new ground in the animation, character development, or the plot, but it does break new ground in the feel, or the "Style" of animation. If you like Jazz, "Sit Back and Enjoy the Vibe.....", but if you don't, stay away from this one.
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It was inevitable: after an exceptional run of superb episodes that entertained us to no end, Session 5 provides us with a couple of episodes that sadly do not live up to the excellence that "Cowboy Bebop" had built. And yet despite these couple of episodes' lower-than-expected quality, they aren't completely terrible, and Session 5 does give us a couple of other episodes that do live up to the expected standard.
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.
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Cowboy bebop is a great show. This may be one of the best volumes in the series. That episode of Spike fighting that assassin guy with all sorts of energy powers is great. I got this volume new so the case it came in is just fine.
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I am not a huge Anime fan, but I am a huge fan of the Anime I am. And I love Cowboy Bebop. I needed this one to complete the set. So I was excited to receive this product. It was refurbished well and very well packaged for shipping. My only complaint would be that the case was a cheap, rental, replacement case. But, I expect it was the best that could be done.
So, Thanks for a fine product!
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