Cowboy Bebop – The Perfect Sessions

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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 Jap… More >>

Cowboy Bebop – The Perfect Sessions

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  1. Cowboy bebop is one of the best anime series i have ever seen. the cool laid back atmosphere of bebop, comedy, and crazy action scenes make cowboy bebop a great anime. one thing to learn from this series is that you can never truly forget your past
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. Ok, I’m going to keep this review brief and straight to the point. I’ve seen about the first 6 episodes so far and I’ve come to the conclusion that their is no plot. Maybe there is and I’m too impatient to wait for it, but seriously, who makes you wait through 6 episodes without a hint of a plot? You could seriously pop in any episode out of order and you’d understand everything going on. Sure it has great CG effects and nice animation. The fight scenes are ok, but come on, without a plot I feel naked. If you want a shoot’em up show go ahead. If you like something meaningful, try Neon Genesis Evangelion.
    Late
    Rating: 3 / 5

  3. As a middle aged man, I have been watching films and television since a very young age. I’ve seen all the great movies, and I have seen all the animes supposed to be great. Although some animes may be good, not one can compare to modern, or old, films. Watching Bebop, I thought there was nothing special, midly exciting at times, but I’ve seen many shows that surpass it. Any one who’s saying “What does he know?” right about now, might like to now I’ve written many reviews for respectable magizines here in America, so I think I have a valid opinion
    Rating: 2 / 5

  4. Unfortunately, I have neither Cartoon Network nor a decent (non-bootleg) version of this to go on, but I will rate on the merits of the episodes alone.

    I really wanted to like Cowboy Bebop, being the most popular anime series in both Japan and the United States. I’ve been looking for a great anime series that has as deep an impact as Neon Genesis Evangelion, but I’ve yet to find it. I’m not an anime fan, per se, but a fan of great storytelling. Anime is just a style of animation. Great stories transcend all styles in books, film, traditional animation, CG and yes, anime.

    Cowboy Bebop is not a great story.

    It’s not a bad show, but I can’t use any words nicer than ‘okay’. The voice acting is great, the English dub even better than the original Japanese at times (sometimes I couldn’t tell the Japanese Spike and Jet apart, they sounded so similar). The music is great, the animation always looks splendid, with beautiful CG blended in nicely, and of note are several shots that look like hand-held camera in some action scenes. But I can’t get past the story that the show doesn’t seem to want to tell.

    For major complaints, the character of Ed is appalling. Her presence is pointless and completely irritating. The show would’ve been so much better with a better fourth character that wasn’t always making stupid noises or singing every line of dialogue, or even no fourth character at all. The dynamic of just Spike, Jet and Faye was fine.

    Another complaint is that the show completely loses its credibility at least once in the show. While I never complain about hearing sound in space when in reality, you can’t hear anything in a vacuum, a laughable occurance in one episode where Spike takes a DEEP BREATH and hurls himself into space! If you need a lesson in physics, if you tried that, the vacuum would suck the air out from your nostrils, the muscles in your lips wouldn’t be able to stay shut from the pressure, it’d even get sucked out of your pores.

    Back to the story, though. The most interesting parts of the show is when they focus on character development, which is few and far between. After it was all over, I wanted to know more about these people (except Ed, of course). Why did Spike throw everything away? Why is Viscious the way he is? If Julia was looking for Spike, why didn’t she go with him in the first place? What else happened in the three years since Faye rose from her coma? When and why did Jet team up with Spike? You find yourself asking these questions and more and you’ll never find an answer outside of fan-fiction.

    Most episodes, unfortunately, need absolutely no exposition and wrap themselves up neatly (or slightly untidy) by the episode’s end. You can take several of the stories out between the first and last two episodes and you wouldn’t know that you missed anything. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of them are pretty good, but they’re often too interchangeable and too generic to be distinguishable from other shows. Bebop simply fails to take advantage of being a series. A great show is able to have both long-term story arcs as well as an individual story to each episode. It’s a delicate balance that I feel the writers of the show never even tried to maintain.

    The tone of the show is also very inconsistent. It can be dark, deep, funny or silly. Most of the time it’s just silly. If the show focused more on being more serious, I would’ve liked it a lot more. The show can be all of it, but again, it lacks balance. Masters like Joss Whedon know how to do this right without making funny or silly moments off-putting.

    The show is definitely worth watching, but maybe not worth owning. By the end of the show, I was left wondering what the point of it all was. When I think of Cowboy Bebop, I think of a show that could’ve been so much better than it was.

    If you haven’t done so already, if you want a great anime show with a great story, watch both the Neon Genesis Evangelion series and movies. Just be prepared for an ending you may not like, and even if you like the ending like I do, it’s still not the ending you may have wanted. If you want a great sci-fi/fantasy show about a group of space vagabonds, watch Firefly.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  5. I don’t understand why so many people love this series. I tried watching it, but it’s just so boring. I started doing something else while I was watching it because I couldn’t stand to just sit there. I wish I liked it so I could see what people are talking about, but I can’t make myself like something. I really don’t like the music and I don’t like how the graphics are so gloomy and dark. Sorry to those who love this. I hope this review doesn’t insult you, but I just didn’t like it.
    Rating: 1 / 5

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