The feature film version of the hit anime series Cowboy Bebop opens in limited theatrical release today. The well-reviewed, futuristic noir thriller with touches of the classical western was helmed by series director Shinichiro Watanabe and features voice work by regular players.
Like the series, which airs in ‘s Adult Swim block, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie follows the adventures of a rag-tag band of intergalactic bounty hunters, or "cowboys," who operate out of a spacecraft dubbed “Bebop.” An atypical action hero, ringleader Spike Spiegel is long and lean with the looks of an ’80s pop idol and the moves of Bruce Lee. His right hand man, Jet Black, is a muscle-bound brute with a heart of gold and a titanium arm. Vixen Faye Valentine may look like an angel, but she could give John Wayne a run for his money in the firefight and fisticuffs department. Rounding out the team is Ed, an adolescent computer whiz perpetually in a world of her own.
The film is playing at Edwards University Town Center 6 in Irvine and will have a one-week run at the Nuart Theatre at 11272 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles. Check your local listings for theaters near you. Read more about Cowboy Bebop: The Movie in the April issue of Animation Magazine, available by subscription and at Barnes & Noble booksellers.