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Cowboy Bebop: Session 4 (1998)

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Studio: Bandai
Genre: Anime, Science Fiction Anime
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

Named after the Rodgers and Hart evergreen "My Funny Valentine," made into the hard bop classic by Miles Davis, this sentimental episode focuses on Faye Valentine's search for her elusive past. Largely told in flashback, Faye tells her life story -- or what she remembers of it -- to the data dog, Ein. Having been revived from cryogenic sleep, Faye had no memories of her past coupled with a massive hospital debt. As she tells the story of her involvement with her lawyer, she is faced with a current bounty head who is a womanizing con man. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Style and attitude and cool cats by hneline1 April 4, 2002 - 11:25 AM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This is indeed a moody anime with dark jazz and stylized scenes. It reminded me of film noir and certain tv detective shows from the 60's (mission impossible? batman?) with a dark edge. I can see why people are impressed with the art and music and freshness of the style, because this anime very gracefully and intelligently intertwines those elements better than any other anime I've seen so far. That being said, I have to admit that I didn't get it and I'm not sure if I like it. The Cowboy Bebop team are bounty hunters in a near future where Earth looks like a pile of abandoned ruins and human frailties like greed, loneliness, addictions to drugs and gambling just utilize more advanced technology... to those with access. The characters are not easily likeable and their motivations are not easily understandable. I have a feeling that this series might grow on me... but when you watch it, be sure you're in a mood to visit the darkside of humanity.

Moody Anime by TAubuchon March 6, 2002 - 5:31 PM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Cowboy Bebop is a must see series. What it lacks in mech, it makes up for in style and attitude. This is a beautiful drawn series that embraces stills and heavy lines. The soundtrack echoes the dark, slow mood and often you feel like your in a 1940's detective story instead of 2071. It has a good story line and complex characters.

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