I so wanted to see this in the theater when it came through the Detroit area, but never managed to make it out to Royal Oak to the one single friggin’ art house that was showing it. When I saw the DVD at the local Best Buy I snatched it up with all the speed and desperate grace of a crack junkie who’s not had a fix in almost two weeks. I loved the TV series. CB is probably my all-time favorite anime series.
For those of you who are uninitiated, Cowboy Bebop is an anime series that follows the exploits of a crew of space-faring bounty hunters in a future where mankind has colonized the solar system and Earth is little more than a garbage dump. Each of the characters has a past that they’ve never fully gotten away from and the series moves between silly comedy and serious drama with a fluid grace few stories are able to achieve. Even folks who aren’t big anime fans tend to like this series and the English dub, if you’re the sort that doesn’t like subtitles, is probably one of the best dubs you could hope for.
Cowboy Bebop: Knocking on Heaven’s Door takes place somewhere along the time line of the TV series for reasons that are obvious to anyone who has seen the entire series. It has the crew of the Bebop coming up against a bio-terrorist with an unusual motive on Mars during a Halloween festival. The story is good, the pacing fast and the animation simply stunning at times. If you’re already a fan then you’ll love this movie. If you haven’t already seen the TV series you could still probably get into the movie without too much trouble though the behavior of characters like Ed might seem a bit difficult to fathom. OK, even if you’ve seen the series the behavior of Ed is difficult to fathom. She’s just cool. At any rate this is a worthwhile flick that is a must-buy for any fans of the original series.