Many thousands of animes, which are popular with viewers all over the world, are produced in Japan each year. Cowboy Bebop, a 26-episode neo-noir science fiction anime series, was aired in Japan from 1998 to 1999 under the session designation and has since become a cult classic.
To celebrate Cowboy Bebop’s 25th anniversary and the series’ enduring popularity, Crunchyroll has announced a limited-edition Blu-ray box set. The package will include the entire series, a metallic collector’s box, five art cards, and never-before-seen clips, among other bonuses.
Release Date And Bonus Content For The Cowboy Bebop 25th Anniversary
In honor of its 25th anniversary, a neo-noir anime classic returns. Finally, a unique Cowboy Bebop home video release has been made available to fans. In April of 2023, you can get the Cowboy Bebop 25th Anniversary Blu-ray box set. Crunchyroll has opened up pre-orders for the upcoming season.
The Bebop cast is only out for financial gain. All sorts of space outcasts band together to find and turn in wanted criminals in exchange for cash. It’s important to remember that behind Spike’s calm demeanor lies a violent history. Jet, the pilot, is a big, brawny guy who lives for the thrill of claiming a bounty.
Celebrating 25 years of this ICONIC anime! 🚀 What's your favorite moment from Cowboy Bebop?
— Crunchyroll (@Crunchyroll) January 17, 2023
To put it bluntly, Faye Valentine is a femme fatale who will destroy your heart and steal your money if you let her. A bright but odd hacker named Ed and a super-intelligent Welsh Corgi named Ein tag along. according to the Crunchyroll summary.
On April 4, 2023, Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series will be released on Blu-ray to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary. The series will feature both English and Japanese dialogue, with subtitles in English. The complete first 26 episodes are included in both the limited and normal editions. Listed below are some of the highlights of both versions:
- Audio Commentaries with Japanese & English voice actors, Director Shinichiro Watanabe, and Composer Yoko Kanno
- Cast and Crew Interviews including Cartoon Network Producer Sean Akins
- 20th Anniversary: Interview With Koichi Yamadera
- A 25-Year Retrospective
- Memo from Bebop: The Dub Sessions Remembered
- Dinner Aboard the Bebop
- Ein’s Summer Vacation
- “Tank!” Music Clips
- Textless Opening and Ending Songs
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Meanwhile, the Cowboy Bebop limited edition box set contains the following exclusives:
- Special Metallic Collector’s Box
- 5 art cards of the galaxy’s finest crew. Swap one with the cover for a slick custom look
- Never-before-seen 25th anniversary video
Is There Any Goodness to the Cowboy Bebop Manga?
The eleven chapters of the Cowboy Bebop manga were collected into three books. Most chapters feature everyone from the Bebop crew, therefore they must take place after episode 9, “Jamming with Edward,” when Edward officially joined the group.
In comparison to the main series, the quality of these stories isn’t quite as high; for example, one story combines elements from “Honky Tonk Woman” and “Ganymede Elegy” by having Jet use a tampered playing card he stole from a casino to solve a crime.
In another, Spike learns that the prisoner he’s trying to break out dresses as a woman and prefers to be called Marilyn, triggering an awful case of Gay Panic on Spike’s part. As a result, the manga feels older than the anime, while having dialogue that seems to accurately reflect the characters.
Cowboy Bebop, like a lot of manga from the ’90s and ’00s, has been out of print for a long time and is now prohibitively expensive to purchase. It’s probably not worth it for most people to try to track down the manga, given its quality and the difficulties.
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