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  • 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
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop Vol. #3

By Chris Beveridge     July 04, 2000
Release Date: July 04, 2000

Cowboy Bebop Vol. #3
© Bandai Entertainment

What They Say
Jazz Agers, flower children, lost generation beatniks, rockers, punks, nerds, hackers, lovers, generation X – whatever the designation, there have always been outlaws in our society who live in pursuit of autonomy. At times they are revered for their roles as pioneers, challenging the unknown; other times people consider them lawless desperadoes and a dangerous presence. Yet really, it is only their exuberant music and an autonomy founded to express opinions different from those of others that set them apart from the rest of society.

The year 2071 AD. That future is now. Driven out of their terrestrial Eden, humanity chose the stars as the final frontier. With the section-by section collapse of the former nations a mixed jumble of races and peoples came. They spread to the stars, taking with them the now confused concepts of freedom, violence, illegality and love, where new rules and a new generation of outlaws came into being. People referred to them as Cowboy Bebop's…

Profile: ED
Full Name: Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky 4th
It is known that she was born on the Earth and is claiming to be 13 years old now. In the Net world, where she probably spends more time than the real world, she is famous as “Radical Edward” which was named after her unpredictable and fearless hacking technique.

According to very few people knowing her actual existence, she still lives on the abandoned Earth, living like a Bohemian, but in fact no one has seeeee…

The Review!
Session 3 brings the Cowboy Bebop series to its midway point in both discs and content. The episode count drops down by one on this and the rest of the discs to four episodes, which I find to be much more manageable in one sitting. I start nodding off after number four sometimes.
As with the previous discs, the audio is top notch on here. The English track got a bit more oomph added to its mix in previous ones and it shows through here as well. This doesn't mean the Japanese track is poor by any means, but this disc will please both crowds quite well.

The video on this disc continues the anime reference level achieved previously. Colors are solid with no visible bleeding, pixellation is at an absolute minimum and the black levels were perfect. We didn't notice any breakup during the varied dark black sequences or find anything that looked over saturated. The colors are extremely vibrant in many areas and just dead on elsewhere. This is one of those discs that you just give to people and say hey, here's something that'll knock your socks off.

The menu scheme is again identical to the previous volumes, which some people love and some people find too slow. Access times are a tad sluggish from one menu to the next, but nowhere near as bad as some other past releases from other studios. Selections are accessed accurately and since there's not a lot of depth to the levels, things are laid out in a pretty straightforward way.

Everybody's favorite makes the cover of this installment, Ed! The stand out style has definitely caught the attention of the casual fans, and we've gotten lots of email agreeing with the out of the ordinary style used. The curiosity factor was definitely peaked for many people. The back cover does a cute piece on Ed's history and ends most appropriately. The insert provides the same cover artwork while the interior portion lists each of the episodes with their chapter marks. The disc continues the 45 imitation with the golden yellow circle instead of the read of the previous two releases.

Unlike the last batch of episodes, I really got into these. Toys in the Attic was a fun little "Alien" style episode, with Ed's wacky behavior making it really enjoyable.

Jupiter Jazz, in two parts, was the best set of episodes since the much lauded #5. The dark nature, the return of Vicious, bits of the Titan war. It had some really great moments to it, and as with all the other episodes, the animation was top notch.

Bohemian Rhapsody was a fun episode, something that was needed after the darkness of the middle two. Bits of the Gate Corporation was revealed and the history behind the creation of the gates. Watching the interaction between Ed and the rest of the crew (including poor Ein) was hilarious, especially when she really got into the chess game.

There's also some really great extras on this disc. There's a bunch of video interviews with varying members of the staff. Yoko Kanno fans will be really excited to see her talk briefly about the music (and her comments on the Cowboy Bebop staff being lazy). Fans of voice actress Megumi Hayashibara will be really excited to see her provide some insights into Faye. The actors for both Spike and Jet talk as well as a few other people. A really solid set of interviews all told.

Session 3 holds up really well compared to the early volumes, with the storylines really hitting their stride and the pacing is wonderful. It's really one of those shows where you just sit back and really enjoy every bit of it as it comes across your screen.

Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Yoko Kanno Interview,Voice Actor Interviews,Keiko Nobumoto Interview

Review Equipment
Toshiba CF36H50 36" TV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster S-Video cable and Sony speakers.


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