Cowboy Bebop Vol. #2 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Thursday, February 07, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, June 06, 2000
The second DVD volume of the amazing Cowboy Bebop picks up right where the first one left off. Once again fans are treated to five full episodes on this disc. The transfer is absolutely gorgeous, showcasing the brilliant animation and vibrant colors. The sound is equally amazing, with both tracks getting excellent treatment. And the stylized cover is awesome, showing off sexy femme fatale Faye Valentine.
The first episode on the disc, "Sympathy for the Devil," keeps the dark feel of episodes one and five. Spike and Jet run up against a mysterious child prodigy named Wen, but things aren't what they seem. A dying man hands Spike a strange jewel, and now he must figure out what the heck he's supposed to do with it.
Session #7 is "Heavy Metal Queen," and as the name implies there's plenty of heavy metal music playing throughout the episode. Spike meets up with a trucker chick named V.T. and they appear to be friends, until she finds out Spike is a bounty hunter. Yet later they find they must work together in order to come out of a dangerous space wreck alive. Faye has some great lines in this one, although V.T.'s butch design bothered me at first (I couldn't tell if she was supposed to be male or female).
Next up is "Waltz for Venus." The crew of the Bebop heads to Venus, where the plants used in the terraforming cause horrible allergic reactions in some. One of these unfortunate few is the younger sister of Rocko, a small time thief who Spike takes in as a protege. The episode follows Rocko's attempts to cure his sister, and has one of the most genuinely sad and depressing endings I've ever seen.
In Session #9, we're finally introduced to the final regular member of the Bebop crew. Her name is Edward Wong Hau Pepalu Tevruski IV, and she (that's right, she) is great. A genius child hacker, the Bebop crew runs into her while investigating a renegade satellite that has carved enormous rock drawings into the former South American desert. This episode also tells just what's been going on with Earth and why no one seems to live there anymore. Oh, and the assault on the satellite has some absolutely gorgeous animation.
Surpassing all the other episodes on this disc is Session #10, "Ganymede Elegy." Jet returns to his home on Ganymede and looks up an old flame, who unfortunately happens to be involved with some questionable people. This episode gives us more insight into Jet's past and character (though we still don't know how he lost his arm). It ends with a stunning water chase through the canals of Ganymede, during which they play wonderful yet haunting music.
On a whole, these episodes aren't quite as good as those found on the first DVD, but are keepers none the less. Fans of the first disc will definitely enjoy these, and there are enough different styles and genres that there's something for everyone. I can't wait to see what happens next. Very highly recommended.
SEE YOU, SPACE COWBOY!
KHL DVD 221; RCA 21" television.
Mania Grade: A
Audio Rating: A+
Video Rating: A+
Packaging Rating: A+
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Bandai Entertainment
Running time: 125
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Cowboy Bebop