Cowboy Bebop Collection Box 2 (of 2) (Mania.com)

By:Bryan Morton
Review Date: Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Release Date: Monday, November 21, 2005



What They Say
The crew of the Bebop unravels more mysteries in their quest for making a living. Faye and Jet learn that the past isn't always what you remember, and Ed and Ein strike out on their own in one of the funniest adventures yet.

The Review!
Cowboy Bebop's second UK outing comes to an end with the second 3-disc boxset. The discs contained in this set are the same as for the individual releases, so check the original reviews (linked at the end of this review) for full details on each disc.

The box itself is a sturdy chipboard container, with the front featuring an image of Spike lurking in an alleyway while Mad Pierrot approaches. The back features Spike again, this time with a look of rage on his face, with his fighter in the background. There’s also an information panel containing the set’s technical information. The spine is quite plain, with only the series logo on it.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review will contain spoilers)
This box covers episodes 15 through to 26 of the series, and manages to be even better than the first set, with the usual mix of comedy and serious episodes. For comedy value, check out Mushroom Samba, where Ed inadvertently feeds the rest of the crew magic mushrooms, while Cowboy Funk puts Spike up against fellow bounty-hunter Cowboy Andy in the race to capture the Teddy Bomber. While Andy is definitely not quite all there, he has more in common with Spike than either of them would like to admit.

As the series draws to a close, there are a number of more serious character pieces that work to draw the story of each Bebop crewmember to a sort of close, sometimes figuratively and sometimes literally. In Black Dog Serenade, Jet teams up with an old police colleague to track down an escaped syndicate assassin and has to face some secrets from the past in the process. In Speak Like a Child, and episode that has some amazingly touching moment, both Faye and Ed come to realised that they each need to follow their own paths In life, and that their futures don't lie with the Bebop. The series ends with another Spike / Vicious / Julia two-parter which sees the two former comrades finally deal with there issues.

This box contains:
Volume Four
Volume Five
Volume Six

In summary:
Bebop simply gets better and better as it goes along, and this box contains some truly outstanding and entertaining episodes, while bringing a real sense of closure to the series. The final three episodes in particular will leave anyone who has enjoyed the series up until now wondering why it had to end. A fitting end to what, for me, is one of the best series ever.

Features
Japanese Language 2.0,English Language 2.0,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Panasonic TX-W28R30P 28" widescreen TV; Pioneer DV-626D player; Acoustic Solutions DS-222 5.1 speaker system.



Mania Grade: A+
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B-
Packaging Rating: A-
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 15 & Up
Region: 2 - Europe
Released By: Beez
MSRP: £39.99
Running time: 325
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Cowboy Bebop