Ranked #140

Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku no Tobira

Alternative Titles

English: Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door
Synonyms: Cowboy Bebop Movie
Japanese: カウボーイビバップ天国の扉

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 1, 2001
Producers: Sunrise, Bandai Visual
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Bones
Source: Original
Duration: 1 hr. 54 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)

Statistics

Score: 8.411 (scored by 77,547 users)
Ranked: #1402
Popularity: #334
Members: 116,426
Favorites: 459
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Synopsis

As the Cowboy Bebop crew travels the stars, they learn of the largest bounty yet, a huge 300 million Woolongs. Apparently, someone is wielding a hugely powerful chemical weapon, and of course the authorities are at a loss to stop it. The war to take down the most dangerous criminal yet forces the crew to face a true madman, with bare hope to succeed.

(Source: ANN)

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Characters & Voice Actors

Spiegel, Spike
Spiegel, Spike
Main
Yamadera, Kouichi
Japanese
Yamadera, Kouichi
Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV, Edward
Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV, Edward
Main
Tada, Aoi
Japanese
Tada, Aoi
Valentine, Faye
Valentine, Faye
Main
Hayashibara, Megumi
Japanese
Hayashibara, Megumi
Black, Jet
Black, Jet
Main
Ishizuka, Unshou
Japanese
Ishizuka, Unshou

Staff

Minami, Masahiko
Minami, Masahiko
Producer
Ueda, Masuo
Ueda, Masuo
Producer
Maseba, Yutaka
Maseba, Yutaka
Producer
Watanabe, Shinichiro
Watanabe, Shinichiro
Director, Storyboard

Opening Theme

"Ask DNA" by The Seatbelts featuring Raju Ramayya

Ending Theme

"Gotta Knock a Little Harder" by The Seatbelts featuring Mai Yamane



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TheLlama
Nov 10, 2008
Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door is a great addition to the Cowboy Bebop series, but no more. It is by no means a sequel, and after watching it, I found that it's best watched in the middle of the series, and not neccesarily at the end. If it's got a specific place or not, that I don't know, but that's not very important at any rate, and if you've watched the entire series, it shouldn't be hard to mentally place it inside the series anyway.

This time, a terrorist possesses a weapon capable of killing countless people, and there's a bounty of 300 million read more
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Venneh
Jun 24, 2008
Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door was released in Japan on September 1st, 2001. Shinichiro Watanabe stayed on as director, and it was produced this time by not only Sunrise, but also Bandai Visual (famous for their work on the .hack series and Dennou Coil), and Bones (famous for their work on Fullmetal Alchemist and Ouran High School Host Club). It was released Stateside by Bandai on August 11th, 2002.

It's just a few days before Halloween on Ganymede, a major national holiday, and a terrorist has blown up a tanker filled with a biochemical weapon. The government posts a 300 million Wulong read more
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Gunsmoke
Oct 29, 2015
I am going to be briefer with this review than most, because I believe that many of the elements that I would normally review have already been covered in my review of the main series. This movie fits into the series, and could be a normal episode.

Plot: 8/10

The writers did a good job overall with the movie. We have a target for our heroes to capture, which they do for the same reason that they always do: money. It plays out like a normal episode, but there is more material, the plot becomes much more complex and convoluted than a normal episode. Although its more read more
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jet2r0cks
Aug 31, 2007
It was a good follow up (in-between, actually) to the series. I suggest that if you’re planning to watch Cowboy Bebop – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, you should watch after you get to the episode when Ed is introduced. You just need to get to know all 4 major characters to understand the movie.

I didn’t like it as much as the series, mostly because the series kept me interested by introducing new plot lines in each episode. Having to focus on one specific plot for 120 minutes was a bit exhausting. It has a nice plot – throughout the movie you’ll get why “Knockin’ on read more
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