(A late) Animated Saturday: Cowboy Bebop – The Movie


Before I begin the review I would like to apologize for the delay of this review, I couldn’t get to the computer on Saturday :(. So without further ado here is the review.

For this animated review I decided to do an anime like we used to do every Saturday until we broadened it up to animated shows/movies in general, to pay homage to anime I bring you Cowboy Bebop – The Movie

Cowboy Bebop is set in 2071 in the capital city of Mars which has managed to sustain life to the standard of a city on Earth, the story centers around a group of bounty hunters which are sometimes called Cowboys who travel around on the galaxy on their ship called Bebop catching criminals for the bounty on their heads. Unfortunately during the chase of a hacker with a bounty on his head for 5 million woolong a mysterious man blows up a chemical truck that releases a deadly virus killing those are infected, in desperation the government of Mars issue a massive bounty of 300 million woolong to whoever captures the man responsible for the attack which attracts the attention of the bebop crew. However throughout the movie all isn’t as it seems as there is a deeper conspiracy involved and a master plot that will cause the death of millions if the mysterious man isn’t stopped.

The characters themselves all have their own unique traits. There is the cool and slick Spike, the serious and somewhat philosophical Jet, the lady killer Faye, the child hacker Ed and Ein the dog (who is a dog). All these personalities seem to come together to create banter between the crew during their between bounties.

Most animes usually have a distinct gimmick that separates them from the rest, in this case it’s the soundtrack. Before I mentioned the soundtrack of Afro Samurai with the Hip Hop stylings of RZA and the Wu Tang clan. But for Cowboy Bebop the soundtrack is provided by ‘The Seatbelts’, I don’t have much knowledge on this band but from the soundtrack that they have provided I can say that they are good at providing a smooth sound with some up tempo styling. And I like it. 

FUN FACT: the movie title shares the name with a Bob Dylan song, which then later resorted in a name change upon US release to avoid lawsuits.

Before you start thinking this film sounds quite promising, well it is with the exception of a really shit ending. Not to spoil anything I will say that a child could’ve written it, in fact as a child I would’ve committed this sin to finish writing a story in a hurry. Plus the ending gives me a thought that I can’t get out of my head, no matter how hard I try.

So if you want a great film with a not so great end, Cowboy Bebop – The movie is for you.