2071 A.D. Planet Mars. On the eve Halloween, a tanker explodes killing and injuring more than 500 people on a freeway in the crater of Alba City. The damage extends beyond one kilometer from the center of explosion. The use of biological or chemical weapon is heavily suspected. The reward is W300,000,000.00 (Mars currency) to find out the perpetrator. Short of funds as usual, the crew of the Bebop is lured into the investigation by the staggering amount of money they could possibly receive for being able to accurately point the blame. They start a search on their own, and so begins the adventures of the young slacker, Spike Spiegel, and his cohort, the ex-cop, Jet Black, leading their gang of bounty hunters on the trail of an elusive nemesis.
Question: What does life on Mars in Alba City in the year 2071 resemble? Answer: Nothing so much as life on Earth in New York City in the year 2003 — New York, that is, if it also happened to have an Eiffel Tower and some trolley lines. That is the impression left by this Attracted by the English-dubbed Japanese anime film. This feature-length adventure is derived from a television cartoon series about a team of disparate futuristic bounty hunters. prospect of a huge reward for finding the villain responsible for a freeway tanker truck explosion and spill that results in more than 500 deaths in the area, the four heroes of the Bebop crew set out to solve the bioterroristic mystery. Take away the wit of its setting and the liveliness of its varied music, and "Cowboy Bebop" can take its place among animated films unexceptional in their depiction of humans and among a long line of movies about small bands of mercenary heroes who save a world or city or town as filmgoers know it. — Lawrence Van Gelder
2003-04-04 | Lawrence Van Gelder | Read the New York Times Review of Cowboy Bebop: The Movie