Cowboy Bebop Session 0 -

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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A+
  • Packaging Rating: C+
  • Menus Rating: F
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 2 - Japan
  • Released By: Bandai Visual
  • MSRP: ¥2500
  • Running time: 27
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop Session 0

Release Date: August 25, 1998

Cowboy Bebop Session 0
© Bandai Visual

What They Say

The Review!
Cowboy Bebop is a high-octane science fiction series released by Bandai/Sunrise. It features spectacular animation with a heavy dose of CG (computer graphics), compelling characters and situations, and just loads of fun. So what exactly is this "Session #0" disc? I've found a lot of individuals out on the Internet seeking more information, so I figured a review would be the perfect solution.

In short, this disc was released as a teaser for the upcoming release of the series to DVD starting late December 1998. It contains interviews with the staff and cast, character info, a story digest of the episodes not broadcast on television (the last half of Cowboy Bebop is to be released on video only), the complete beginning/closing title sequences without the interference of credits or other text (a nice plus) and a couple of full length music videos featuring the theme track "Tank!" accompanied by the jaw-dropping animation found throughout the series. You also get a separate CD containing the theme music "Tank!" by Yoko Kanno, performed by the Seatbelts -- something that apparently only purchasers of the DVD edition get, hence the "PLUS". The DVD's packaging consists of a cardboard slip-sleeve with the DVD jewel box (pictured here in this review), an additional cardboard sleeve with the bonus CD, and a promotional flyer for the series "Brain Power'd". Sadly, there is no DVD release info offered for that series. The cardboard slip-sleeve itself isn't like the large rectangular type found on the early domestic Pioneer titles, it's just slightly larger than the jewel box and the two discs slide right into it. I have high hopes that the jewel boxes won't plague the later releases in this series, since Blue Submarine #6 came in a really nice Amaray keepcase with lots of neat stuff inside (another Bandai/Emotion release).

Video and audio encoding is top notch. The audio is stereo Dolby Digital, and the music sounds clear and clean. It's a little too jazzy for my tastes, but the sound quality is there nonetheless. There isn't a menu on the disc at all; I've noticed that many of the newer titles coming out of Japan are skipping the menus altogether. You can still jump about the disc with the remote though, it has eight index points.

At 2500 yen, the disc is inexpensive and well worth looking into if you have an interest in Cowboy Bebop. I'd give this one a Movie Rating of B simply because I'm a fan of the show, and as a completionist this is a must have. It really doesn't contain a "movie" per se, however, so I dropped it down a notch. I can't wait until the rest of the series comes out!

Japanese Language,Bonus Audio CD,Music Videos

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