I don't like anime
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I really don't like anime. It's true. Growing up in the '80s and seeing the reruns of '70s imports (like Speed Racer), not to mention the whole Pokémon thing that hit while I was in high school, I know some people out there like those things but I find them repulsive and annoying. Silly caricatures with gigantic eyes and frame rates of about 2 per minute, almost like watching a slide show with really bad narration.Then a friend pressured me to watch Cowboy Bebop on Cartoon Network. He knew my reservations about Japanese cartoons, but pushed me into it anyway (it was a Saturday night, I wasn't doing anything anyway...) and I haven't stopped thanking him.This series is good. Not good, great. This is the program that anyone who says "cartoons are for kids" should watch. The first thing that I noticed was that the episodes were each standalone. Most of the popular animations of today are very series-oriented, if you miss one the next one probably won't make sense, and the whole thing feels soap-opera-ish. But not Bebop. Oh, it's true that there's an ongoing storyline, but you don't have to be familiar with it to enjoy any given episode. In fact, it might be good to watch them out of sequence once and then in order, you'll get everything on two different levels.Then there's the music. It is easily the best music in a cartoon, possibly the best in a television series. Just like I don't like anime, I don't like jazz. Or so I thought, but many thanks to Yoko Kanno for proving me wrong on that count. It's original, it's catchy, and even though I didn't much care for a lot of it initially, it now has so much emotion attached to it that I have added it to my regular listening. I definitely can't say that about any other television series ever.Oh, the characters. Where can I even begin? They have complexity and depth, worthy of some of the best movies to ever come out of Hollywood. They each have their own backgrounds, their own motives, they have personality. After twenty-six episodes, it's hard not to develop an attachment to at least one of them. You don't have to take my word on this; I've seen many others who agree with me on this. Besides, you could watch it and decide for yourself.As far as I'm concerned, this is essential viewing. Not everyone might agree with me, but I have a feeling that there are many out there who would absolutely love this show if they saw just one episode. It turned me on to anime, and I'm pretty hard to sway in opinion. If you're into anime, this is a must. If you can bring yourself to realize cartoons as something other than Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse, this is probably for you, too. It's for adults of all ages, and appeals for so many reasons.By the way, the dubbed version may be better. Nothing against the original cast, and it's not a personal aversion to subtitles (I usually prefer subbed to dubbed), but the English cast are incredible. I've never seen that kind of attention or acting in translation. And, because of the nature of the show, I think it just feels better.A message from the converted."
E. Kim | South Korea | 03/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Just a side note:
This item is a limited edition. When it hit the shelves, you could buy it for about $120. It came with 6 dvds, a special box, a soundtrack, and all of them were numbered. Since they were limited, Bandai stopped making them a long time ago. Unfortunately, if you're a fan of the series and don't own the Perfect Session box set, you're stuck with buying them individually if you want a NTSC region 1 version that has good quality video. You will find two different price range sets in the "New and Used" section. The first range from about $200-$300, this is someone or some store that has an actual Perfect session box set and since it's now a rarity, has raised the price. The other is a 3-disc "bootleg" and the price usually ranges $30-$60. The video quality is horrible and unless you just want a copy of the series and don't mind the poor quality, I really wouldn't reccomend it. I know the price tag is very appealing, but if your looking for a quality copy, you're going to have to buy a Bandai version, either by spinging the money for the Perfect session or by purchasing them individually."
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L'Etranger | Mission Viejo, CA United States | 11/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I give the series a five and that should be painfully obvious. It's pretty much one of the best sci-fi animated series out there harking back to times of BubbleGum Crisis and Gundam 0083 when those were the best thing around. The point of this review is to state something a little less obvious and that is to BEWARE OF PIRATED/BOOTLEGGED copies of this series that Amazon sellers want to fence over the internet. You might as well rip them yourself for free and not bother buying their shoddy product. Unsuspecting buyers need to note one of the main descriptions the seller gives you: "Import" and when the CD count in the set is less than the one advertised. Basically, you should return this crap and give the sellers bad points for failing to state these are Chinese pirated copies of the lowest technical quality. It's no use reporting this to Amazon, so again, buyers beware."