Cowboy Bebop Vol. #3 -

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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 Jared Wietbrock     February 07, 2002
Release Date: July 04, 2000

The Review!
Unfortunately, for the 3rd disc the episode count has gone down by one, but that's no reason to cheat yourself out of seeing this one. The audio and video continue to be top notch, and the extras are some of the best yet. Although most of the interviews so far have seemed a little short, the interviews with Yoko Kanno and the Japanese cast more than make up for it.

As for the actual episodes themselves, they're good, but not as good as the first five. The first one, "Toys in the Attic," is actually a pretty clever mini-horror film. Nothing that will make you jump out of your seat or anything, but the tension's definitely there. Adding to the tension is the almost complete lack of music, which could be called a flaw if you're a Yoko Kanno fan like me. Also, the ending has everyone near death, but the next episode they're all magically healthy without any explanation. Still, it's a good little episode.

I must admit I've been looking forward to the next two episodes ever since I finished the first disc. "Jupiter Jazz" Parts I and II feature the return of Vicious, who continues to be one of the most intriguing villains I've ever seen. Although he admittedly doesn't do all that much, we do get some insight into his past. And if Vicious is in it, then you know there's going to be more info on Spike's past, but you'll still be left with more questions than answers. As an added bonus, we get some slight insight into what makes Faye tick. Two great episodes.

The final episode on the disc, "Bohemian Rhapsody," may not be as good as the two that proceeded it, but it has its merits. Ed fans will get to see more of her, which is a plus, but not something I'd want to see all the time (she's just too weird). Unfortunately, the whole episode seems like it wasn't quite thought all the way through, and the ending is a bit weak.

Although I've still yet to see anything that surpasses "Ballad of Fallen Angels," Cowboy Bebop continues to be a well written, entertaining anime I can't get enough of. If you've seen the first two discs, don't stop now.

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