COWBOY BEBOP SESSION 1 (2000)
ANIME COMPANY: ADV FILMS / JVC
DVD reviewed by Dennis A. Amith
DIRECTED BY: Shinichiro Watanabe
PRODUCED BY: A.D. Vision, Inc.
DURATION: 100 minutes

 
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Anime Synopsis:

Each of these two snazzy 20-minute installments is a self-contained and satisfying adventure tale about a futuristic hipster bounty hunter, from the most popular Japanese animated TV series of 1998. This is 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 (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 cop with a cyborg sidekick and a genetically enhanced Welsh Corgi assistant, and as many wisecracks as punches get thrown. The emphasis is on clever twists of plot in an episodic short-story format. --David Chute


DVD EXTRAS:

Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
 Color, Animated
Contains Episodes 1-5
Bilingual: English & Japanese!
Extra Footage
Full-Size Music Video
Character Introductions

KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): None that I know of


DVD REVIEW:

This is the anime that many friends and fans have told me to watch.  I wanted to pass because I don't like following what everyone watches.  

Years later I finally decide to check out the first DVD for the Cowboy Bebop series and what do you know, it's really awesome!

From the music and great color/video to the really fun plot, this drama really draws you in.   Especially the fact that many fans will tell you that you have to watch the whole thing because the ending is shocking.  Which leads me to believe that this series will get serious very soon.

Anyway, this anime is awesome and AD Vision does a great job by giving fans an awesome anime on DVD.  Btw, ADV actually added some extras...it's a miracle! 

THE ANIME:  A
THE DVD EXTRAS:  B-
THE DVD OVERALL:  B+

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