Spike Spiegel and crew are back in a new DVD/Blu-Ray set. Being the first Blu-Ray release (with the exception of Cowboy Bebop movie), this set comes packed with commentary and other features such as Interviews and more. But is this latest release enough to satisfy those Bebop fans who skipped out on the previous DVD set releases?
Cowboy Bebop is an 1998 Seinen anime series, it is produced by Sunrise and licensed by Funimation. It is currently available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and streaming services.
Warning: This review contains spoilers for the entire series of Cowboy Bebop. If you have yet to see any or all of the 26 episodes, then this review could spoil the series for you. You have been warned folks.
Anyone who’s grown up between the mid-to-late 80s and mid-to-late 90s that still watches anime to this day has heard of Cowboy Bebop, at least by now. Regarded as one of, and often times the greatest anime series to have come out of the 90s; Cowboy Bebop featured some fantastic action and extremely heavy drama for an anime series around its time period, and is seen as a pioneer of anime as a whole.
THE GOOD: Cowboy Bebop doesn’t have very much (if anything at all) wrong with it. The drama & action was quite heavy for an anime series of it’s kind, especially considering it made its US debut on Adult Swim, which despite it’s premise wasn’t taking too many mature anime series at that time. The characters were involved with realistic situations such as loneliness, making ends meet, and plain old survival. Though only 26 episodes long, the entire series provided some of the greatest moments from anime of it’s time, and fans still beg Shinichirō Watanabe for more content within the universe over a decade later. While the series usually acts as an mostly unbridged episodic anime (for the most part), there is an overall continuation for at least Spike, Jet, and Faye, with Ed receiving her own story continuation around the series’ conclusion.
THE BAD: If you already have the previous Cowboy Bebop releases, then there isn’t much incentive to obtain the new Complete Series set. The special features don’t exactly tell you anything new most Bebop fans won’t have already known at this point. However, if you just want it for a collector’s sake, or simply because the series has finally hit Blu-Ray, then the HD is worth it alone if you can find a copy at a what you’d consider to be a good price over retail (which varies depending on where you look).
OVERALL THOUGHTS: While not particularly packed with anything new Cowboy Bebop fans won’t already know of in special features, Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series is a worthy buy if you can find the Blu-Ray version for a good price. Cited by many as one of the greatest anime series of all time, if you’ve never seen Cowboy Bebop and are looking to add this set to your collection or if you’re simply a collector of sets from your favorite anime series, then I suppose that too justifies the purchase. Otaku Dome gives Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series an 89 out of 100.