Cowboy Bebop Vol. #6 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Thursday, February 07, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, November 07, 2000
NOOOOOOOO! It's over! One of the greatest anime series to come along in ages is over! Let's have a moment of silent reflection.
Okay, enough of that. Seriously, since the series does have to end, I can't think of a much better way for it to end than this. This disc was well worth the wait, and Bandai did everything right. Audio and Video are without fault. The package is a great cast shot that only suffers from the lack of Ein. The menus work great (I especially like how they stole the interrupting files straight from "Brain Scratch"). This is just about the perfect disc, and will be treasured in my collection.
The final four episodes in the series are great. I'll admit "Brain Scratch" isn't my favorite (it got a little too weird for me), but still, I like what happens to the characters in it. In fact, all of the characters in the series bow out nicely, with each one's fate satisfactorily hinted at.
Which is why I won't be doing my normal episode by episode summary. It would spoil too much, and finding out what happens for yourself is half the fun of any show. Just know that the episodes steadily build in quality, cumulating with the awe-inspiring finale, "The Real Folk Blues".
My only complaint is that I thought "The Real Folk Blues" could have dished up a little more dirt on Spike's past, but given everything it does do right I'm willing to forgive it. These two episodes are masterpieces, the best in the series (with the possible exception of "Ballad of Fallen Angels"). The pacing is perfect. The animation is gorgeous. And the story manages to pull so many emotional cords in the space of fifty minutes that it's almost unbelievable.
Okay, I will spoil one little part, but you could probably have guessed it was coming. When Spike storms the Red Dragon's headquarters with "The Real Folk Blues" blaring in the background, it has got to be one of the best scenes in the entire series. Praise should go the everyone involved, and especially to Kanno-sama for her excellent score.
In fact, that sums up how I feel about the entire series. Praise should go to everyone involved. The writers wrote excellent stories for almost every episode, and the one or two that didn't thrill me are still good work. The animators and artist must have spent countless hours getting the show to look just right, and it shows. Once again, Yoko Kanno's score manages to totally capture the spirit of the series and really defines some scenes. Both casts of VA did an excellent job, and special commendation to the English cast for putting out the BEST DUB ever.
I'm sorry to see the show go, but you can bet all six discs will get copious amounts of playtime in my DVD player (like they haven't already). They'll be the perfect way to help tide fans over until the movie is released (Why does that seem so far away?).
So highly recommended I don't know where to start.
SEE YOU, SPACE COWBOY...
KHL DVD 221; RCA 21" TV
Mania Grade: A+
Audio Rating: A+
Video Rating: A+
Packaging Rating: A+
Menus Rating: A
Extras Rating: B+
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