Anime DVD Review: Cowboy Bebop Remix Volume 2

The Cowboy Bebop Remix Volume 2 DVD includes five episodes of Cowboy Bebop: “Sympathy for the Devil,” “Heavy Metal Queen,” “Waltz for Venus,” “Jamming With Edward,” and “Ganymede Elegy.” This “remix” version of the Volume 2 DVD includes new Dolby Digital 5.1 audio mixes of the episodes and it also includes bonus features that were not included on the original release of Volume 2. The audio options on this disc are English Stereo, Japanese Stereo, English Dolby Digital 5.1, and Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1. You can also choose to watch the disc with or without subtitles.

Cowboy Bebop Remix Volume 2
English Publisher: Bandai
Format: DVD
Release Date: October 25, 2005

The final member of the Bebop’s motley crew is introduced in the episode, “Jamming With Edward”; this would be Edward, a genius tomboy computer hacker that they originally hire to help track down a bounty. The title of this episode is actually based on an album recorded with three members of The Rolling Stones. Another music reference is used as an episode title; “Sympathy for the Devil” is the name of a song recorded by The Rolling Stones.

Other interesting characters are also introduced during the episodes included on this disc: a young harmonica prodigy who is actually 80 years old, a woman named VT whose late husband was a bounty hunter, Roco Bonnaro and his blind sister Stella, and Jet’s ex-girlfriend Alisa. In addition to meeting these characters, the viewer is also given more information on some of the characters’ back stories. As viewers start learning more about these characters, it provides enough to make viewers want to come back and watch more of the series to find out what will happen next.

Just like with Cowboy Bebop Remix Volume 1, the DVD menus are animated. Even though I do have some issues with the navigation on these DVD menus, the overall look and layout of the menus look better than the menus on the original pressing of the Volume 2 DVD.

There aren’t nearly as many bonus features on this disc as there were on the Cowboy Bebop Remix Volume 1 DVD. There’s commentary included for “Ganymede Elegy,” which is provided by anime voice actor Wendee Lee and ADR producer Yutaka Maseba. There are also trailers for three other properties that Bandai was promoting at the time this DVD was released and DVD credits. After having more bonus features on the previous disc, this release feels a little more “bare bones.” I wish Bandai had gone to the effort to interview other members of the Cowboy Bebop English dub cast to include on the other Cowboy Bebop Remix DVDs.

If you don’t already have Cowboy Bebop in your home video collection and want to add it, you can either buy the six individually released Cowboy Bebop Remix DVDs, or you can purchase the Cowboy Bebop Remix DVD Collection that takes the six individual discs and collects them into one box set.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of Cowboy Bebop Remix Volume 2 that my husband and I purchased.

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One comment

  1. jacoblindaman · November 17, 2012

    I hope you like watching the rest of this series and if you want more there is a movie. This is arguably one of the greatest animes of all time.

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