The following review was written by guest contributor Sam.
Produced by Takayuki Yoshii and Ryôhei Tsunoda, this film is an alternate retelling of the popular anime series Cowboy Bebop. Some people may view anime as a childish form of art but this isn’t a Saturday morning cartoon, this puppy has an R rating. Steve Blum plays the voice of Spike Spiegel, an ex-mafia hitman-gone-bounty-hunter, in the year 2071.
We find Faye Valentine (Wendee Lee) is out looking for an early payday, doing some bounty hunter grunt work for herself and the crew of the Bebop. Faye’s chase turns into a deadly situation after a truck explodes, releasing a biological weapon into the air, and a massive bounty is put on the head of the mystery man who caused it. We later find that this weapon is in the hands of a dead man, supposedly killed in a war.
As animes go, this isn’t groundbreaking, but it is highly stylized, and whether you love or hate the artform, Cowboy Bebop is memorable without being silly.