Life is but a dream...
Marc Ruby? | Warren, MI USA | 02/13/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You have to respect a director Shinichiro Watanabe for refusing to turn out a vanilla 'rogues in space' series. A bit like Joss Whedon, he lulls the viewer into a comfort zone and then gives the rug a firm yank. Suddenly wide-eyed we are replaying the episode trying to see how it was done. Sometimes the stories are poignant, sometimes they are tough, and sometimes they are hysterically funny, but they are never dull and repetitious.As you will see, all the characters have pasts that keep replaying. Both Faye and Jet get their opportunities on this DVD. Our lady of dubious ethics shares hers (her story, not her ethics) with Ein the data dog. Life, for Faye, is both longer, and shorter, than you might think. Then Jet finds himself back in the middle of a case he thought was closed. We discover that one reason he lost his arm is that he never lets go. Then, leaving the starving Bebop to find food, Ed suddenly turns into a master bounty hunter in a quest for a lunch where one side unexpectedly makes you small. The last episode is the one that completely sideswipes the viewer. Bits of Faye's history keep showing up COD. When an old Beta video tape shows up Jet and Spike go on a snipe hunt that produces an instant replay. Am I being evasive? Yes. You will appreciate why.There is simply nothing here to dislike. If the series never got any better it is already one of the best I have seen. Of course, I have a suspicion that Watanabe has a few more tricks up his sleeve before the series comes to an end."
A must see!
ffxrikku018 | USA | 11/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the best(possibly even the best) animes ever made! Every anime fanatic really should see this! I highly reccomend DVD 4! The funniest episode is Mushroom Samba!"
A set of episodes that shows why we like "Cowboy Bebop"!
arxane | Oklahoma City, OK United States | 07/29/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"At this point in the outstanding series known as "Cowboy Bebop", I'm sure the creators had decided that it was time to take the spotlight off Spike for a moment and let the viewers get to know the other three main characters Jet, Faye, and Ed (four if you count Ein). After the wonderful two-part "Jupiter Jazz", which dug a little deeper into Spike's past, it's now time for us to see exactly who the other crewmembers of the Bebop are and what secrets they possess.Of all the other crewmembers, Session 4 concentrates more on the beautiful yet independent Faye Valentine, using two episodes to show us that while she has good looks and a way of getting what she wants, she doesn't have any memories of her past. While "My Funny Valentine" reveals a little bit about Faye's past, "Speak Like A Child" truly conveys how emotional it can be to be severed from something you once owned and lost due to forces out of your control. The other two episodes focus on Jet Black and Edward. "Blackdog Serenade" shows a dark moment in Jet's past and a shocking revelation along the way. "Mushroom Samba", while not a flashback episode, shows us why many people have fallen in love with Edward with the episode's unique and often ridiculous yet undeniably hilarious story.Like before, "Cowboy Bebop" shows off its unique charm that only it can pull off. Character development is in abundance in Session 4, and yet it never gets boring or overdone; we care for the characters, we want them to succeed. And mixed in with blood-boiling action and over-the-top humor, the series has yet to fall from the grace it has built for itself.Everything technical about the series still remains as perfect as before. The animation is as slick as ever, and Yoko Kanno's excellent music refuses to offer any signs of getting old. To top it off, the dub remains one of the best in the industry, making the anime accessible to all who refuse to watch the Japanse track.All in all, Session 4 leaves its own mark on the stylish anime series and maintains the level of quality we've come to expect. There's not a single dull episode in the series thus far, and thanks to the wonderful story direction we cannot help but move on and see what new adventures await the crew of the Bebop. To anime fans and action fans in general, "Cowboy Bebop" is and remains a must-see."