Due to the violence portrayed in the Cowboy Bebop world and violence in Japanese schools, the series was briefly cancelled and an extra session was created as a final episode to the first thirteen episodes aired. Called "Session XX: Mish-Mash Blues," a compilation of clips from previous episodes, it aired on June 26, 1998 on TV Tokyo. The episode was never released on DVD. In it, the characters provide a philosophical commentary and end with the words: This Is Not The End. You Will See The Real "Cowboy Bebop" Someday!
I'm surprised that there are no reviews here for Cowboy Bebop XX: Mish Mash Blues.
Here's how we start: The story consists of 13 episodes that aired before this episode came out. Because of the violence portrayed in Japan, it was decided that there will be an extra special that never appeared on DVD.
The story will have the members of the Bebop that you've come to know narrate on how Bebop goes. They take turns narrating the episode about themselves and everything. The story is what enthused me, the Bebop talking to you instead of themselves, although there are some breaking the wall moments in the pre-series Cowboy Bebop.
The music is very obsessive. This time, it's not just jazz, it has pop, hip-hop and rap. The music while the narrative goes on is what interested me to write this quick review about this great extra episode that happened during the series.
I really enjoyed this special. The music, the characters, the sound everything. The only thing I got shook up with is that there is no Steven Blum or any other actors in the special. It only has the Japanese people voicing the characters.
I think this episode might be good for kids to watch despite Knockin' on Heaven's Door and the original series. Since there's no language or suggestive dialogue, I think it might be O.K. for teenagers to understand. Not to mention, the series has a lot of funny commercials throughout.
A common misconception of this episode is that it's just a recap of the 13 or so episodes that came before it. However, that is far from the truth, as it is in fact a compilation of the various messages that Cowboy Bebop was trying to convey up to this point in the form of 24 "life lessons".
This was made with the belief that the anime would end at that point, so it does it best to try to make sure the creators left something meaningful behind. The 24 parts/lessons are insightful and interesting, and are well accompanied by the clips from the previous episodes. I'm positive that at least one of the lessons can speak to you personally.
The music was amazing, which goes without saying, really. The ending song was amazing and is really well used.
All in all, this episode is definitely worth a watch. read more
There's not much to say about an episode where the characters just... talk about themselves in the series. I only watched this just to round out all the episodes. If you're expecting some kind of OVA... don't. This is really just a clipshow/review episode for a very specific audience (i.e. The original Japanese fans that didn't get any Cowboy Bebop due to the hiatus) and as such shouldn't really be considered an actual episode. A shame they didn't bother to dub this, it would have been great to hear the english cast in this.
After watching this special I was simply speech-less.
I was like "How did the producers of Cowboy Bebop manage to cool down before the cancellation of the main anime and make such an unique special episode?" I think this was the special that surprised me the most among all specials I have watched. This because, in my opinion, the producers couldn't have handled the (almost) cancellation of the main anime better. They just thought "Is our anime being cancelled? You know what? We'll just make an episode here starting with "Hey guys, Nothing lasts forever. All things must come to an end. This is the so called way of nature. It's rather sudden, but today is the last epsiode" in which we'll recap lots of cool stuff from the main anime and THROW it to the FACE of the bastards that got our anime cancelled. How about that?".
And it was simply awesome.
As for the story, there's nothing to add to what I've already said: it's kind of a recap of the main anime's first 13 episodes. But (and here is where it becomes unique) they don't focus on the story at all; they basically repeat all the advice and life lessons you can take from the main anime and even give you some more, putting them in a really cool way and connecting them to lots of situations from the main anime.
As for the characters, there's nothing new either. Same old Spike, Jet, Faye, Ed, and poor Ein.
The same goes for the art. Just like in the main anime, the art is a bit outdated, but still nice and captivating. Well, if we consider the fact that this show was aired in 1998, the art is quite great.
When it comes to the soundtrack, it certainly doesn't disapoint, but I was expecting a little bit more.
If there is one thing that's unique about Cowboy Bebop is the soundtrack. So, when I started watching this special I was hoping for that chilling jazz music that makes you relax to come up any time, but it never trully did. Yes, the soundtrack is good and there are some nice tracks, and even some jazz, but it simply isn't the same as the main anime...
But then, just as I was thinking that they couldn't bring it when it comes to the soundtrack, they simply throw one of the best tracks in the whole series as the ending theme, just after the message "This is not the end. You will see the real "Cowboy Bebop" someday!".
And, as we now know, that really happened.
Ok, now about the enjoyment. Sadly, I only watched this special after finishing the whole main anime, instead of watching it after episode 13, as I should. I think that everybody should watch it after the 13th episode because it only mentions events that happened before this episode, and because you will understand it better if you do so.
Anyway, I really enjoyed this special. It really made me feel that if Cowboy Bebop was to end uncomplete on episode 13, this special would make it feel complete to me. And that is definitely remarkable.
A really enjoyable special, much more unique that any other I have watched so far.