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crsg's Cowboy Bebop Tv Review

Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop tv Review

In the semi-distant future, bounty hunters have become a major reality. Cowboy Bebop follows the crazy antics of two bounty hunters named Spike Spiegel and Jet Black. Throughout the anime they come across many odd faces of bounties and even some friends.

By the middle of the series, the Bebop - the ship Jet owns as an HQ for his team - is filled not only with Jet and Spike, but Faye Valentine, a beautifully dangerous bounty hunter, and Ed, a crazy 9-year-old tomboy master hacker. Throughout the 26 episodes and one movie (that takes place between episodes 24 and 25) the Bebop crew go through many bounties and crazy adventures just to scrounge around for some type of income to keep them alive.

Bebop is an anime for the people who love comedy mixed with great action and drama.

Story & Characters

Simply put, the show revolves around a team of bounty hunters, each with his or her own mixed concepts of freedom, violence, illegality, and of course love. The series rapidly takes on a very episodic format; although everything links together in the end, a number of episodes could quite easily stand on their own. It is however these key episodes which piece everything together that enables the series to really shine, ranging in tone from the gleefully comic to the heartbreakingly dramatic.

Each character also has their own side-story, so this means a few episodes focus almost entirely on one or two characters, while a few others are there simply to entertain - in which, incidentally, they do amazingly well in.

At worst, the plot is not-quite-original but certainly with enough detail and plot twists to keep you watching.

Rating: 9

Art

With so many varying backgrounds as the different characters of the Bebop crew travel around the planets, no scenery is ever totally the same. Each world they travel to, whether it be Earth, Mars or Venus, has its own life and atmosphere to it.

As if this was not detailed enough, colouring is still detailed and often vivid, never giving way to a dull moment.

Another spectacular aspect of the artwork is the character design. Unlike so many anime where male or female characters look different only through clothing and hairstyle, Cowboy Bebop characters and incredibly and stylistically different. Even skin tones of characters are different; the artists attempted and were very much successful at creating characters to represent a variety of different races, instead of all characters representing the Japanese. From the casual and laid-back Spike, to the strong yet overtly sexual Faye Valentine, each character has their own key part to play, which is represented in the animation colours and tones, separate for each.

Graphics overall are in a word superb, displaying both drawing and computer generated animation. Any of the obvious computer generated graphics are of very high quality, and are blended well into the drawing to make everything run smoothly.

Rating: 9

Sound

The soundtrack is certainly very distinctive, and for many is able to be enjoyed even without the picture. While the main theme of the music is jazz, and every piece has at least a jazz undertone to it, overall there is a good variety. While some songs are sung in Japanese, a lot are sung in other languages including French and English.

Summed up, the overall music of series is often said to be absolutely amazing. 'Swanky' is the word that springs to my mind when listening to it. There are fast paced piano pieces, slinky saxophone tracks, and quirky vocals.

Another feature well worth a comment are the voice actors. There have been so many instances where the dubbed version, though still the same story, holds no fascination among the non-speaking Japanese because of poor voice acting. No such thing holds true for Cowboy Bebop, however. Voice acting in the original Japanese version is definitely still worth a look, but voice acting in the dubbed-over English is phenomenal. Cowboy Bebop is not only watchable in English but also highly enjoyable, so much that many actually prefer the dub rather than sub versions.

Sound quality in general is never a problem; music comes out sharp and clear, yet never overpowers the characters in their dialogue. Furthermore, the theme of the music, whether sad or dreary, or wild and upbeat, is always atmospheric and in tune with the theme.

Rating: 10

Presentation

Completely unlike those shows which display continuous, often aggravating cliff-hangers, Cowboy Bebop lets nearly every episode end with a satisfying conclusion, leaving the audience with a feeling of either happiness or gloominess. The show somehow manages to touch all bases, with both humour and angst playing large roles. Angst, though also involved a-plenty, is not overdone. The drama of the series is really quite provoking, yet is followed with great care to ensure that any emotional pain or suffering felt by the characters is depicted as a very real thing. The drama also enfolds even the villains of the story, who are genuinely crafted to be, if not liked, then at least real people.

For so many reasons, Cowboy Bebop is truly an enjoyable watch. Perhaps the most impressive of these is that the series as a whole has the ability to keep the viewer utterly obsessed with the show, to the very end. Some episodes are slower paced than others, but are still never actually dull.

I know its rather unusual to have such a high rating for everything in an anime, but in this case I feel quite justified in doing so. And coming from me - a person who's not the biggest fan of the sci-fi anime genre - its a pretty huge achievement.

Rating: 9

Final Verdict

9.17 (very good)

Reviewed by crsg, Jun 09, 2005

Comments

  1. BGHughes Banned Member Jun 10, 2005

    i agree with your score :)

  2. Bonafide23 Jul 15, 2009

    yeah

  3. Sanisa Feb 24, 2010

    Thanks for the review! Nice ^__^

  4. UberDog Mar 23, 2015

    Sort of simple, but not a bad review however.

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