Cowboy Bebop Vol. #5 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Thursday, February 07, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, September 05, 2000
Well, the 5th session for Cowboy Bebop is out, and these discs just make me look forward to the next ones more and more; it will be a pity when they end. As you've probably already read the main review of this disc, I'll get straight to what I thought of the episodes.
Wild Horses: I think that of all the episodes on this disc, this is my least favorite. Not that it is a bad episode, but I think it pales in comparison to the other episodes on the disc. Overall, the episode isn't too bad. I liked how the story focus split between what was going on with Spike, and the chasing of the pirates by Jet and Faye. I thought they did a good job of merging the two story threads into one at the end. I guess the problem I had with the episode was that they really didn't expand much on either story thread, especially concerning Spike's mechanic and the history they briefly mentioned. It seemed to me that the two story threads would have been fine as complete episodes by themselves, assuming they were fleshed out a bit more.
The next episode, Pierrot La Fou, was simply a fantastic episode in my opinion. The animation was great, and the story line was unique and well executed. I really don't want to go too much into the story, as there is the possibility of spoiling what went on. Basically, the episode is fairly action packed, with a cool story, nice fight scenes, and a funky cool bad guy design.
The third episode, Boogie Woogie Feng Shui, is a solid episode. This particular episode focuses on Jet for the most part, and how he acts around the daughter of an old acquaintance. It's interesting to watch how Jet acts around her, especially when he makes Spike and Faye smoke outside. The story line is pretty good, with Jet and the girl searching for a mysterious Sun Stone, to help them figure out why the girl's father was killed. Once again, I won't spoil what goes on in the episode, as I enjoy a show much more when the story is played out fresh for me. Like I said before, this episode is pretty solid, with some interesting character insights into Jet.
The last episode on the disc, Cowboy Funk, has to be one of my favorite Cowboy Bebop episodes of all time. The basic story revolves around Spike, and a rival bounty hunter, Andy (who you simply have to see to believe). At first they are both going after the same criminal, the 'Teddy Bomber', but they end up ignoring him and going at each other's throats. This is the kind of episode that got me hooked onto Bebop in the first place; great animation with a well written, unique, funny story. It's stories like this that make Bebop remind me of the old City Hunter television show (which is an all time classic in my opinion). The competition between Andy and Spike is nothing short of hilarious, and how they ignore the Teddy Bomber to pursue their own interests against each other just adds to it. This is definitely, in my opinion, one of the top 5 Bebop episodes. In addition, it is my understanding that the Cowboy Bebop movie will take place between this episode, and the following episode (which is on the next disc), so I'm curious to see if the movie has anything to do with the events or characters (more of Andy, PLEASE!!!!!) from this episode.
As an extra, the disc contains the opening credits, without the actual credits on the screen. This is a nice extra to have; it's good to see Bandai continuing to give the fans nice things like this.
Sony 36" Wega Television, Mitsubishi M-VR600 Receiver, Raite AVPhile 715 DVD Player, Bose Acoustimass 7 Home Theater Speakers, Connections: S-Video and RCA connections for Audio.
Mania Grade: A
Audio Rating: A
Video Rating: A
Packaging Rating: A-
Menus Rating: A
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Bandai Entertainment
Running time: 100
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Cowboy Bebop