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.
For any cowboy bebop fan, this is a gem which you do not wanna miss out! :)
It is not a typical special nor is it a recap. This is a somewhat insider episode which let every of the main cast speak for themselves therefore giving us another chance of better understanding these great characters with so much depth!
There is not much to say, only that not watching this if you are a cowboy bebop fan, then you will miss out something quite good ^^
And even for people who have watched the series long time ago will probably still love it because it really highlights their
personalities and also showing some great moments from the series itself ^^
Don´t waste your time reading my review, go watch it!
An absolute classic, love it or hate it, Cowboy bebop has spanned across a wide audience, making millions of fans all over the world, the show may seem American on its core, but it managed to pull interest from people with different cultures, is it the animation? no, maybe the story? probably both,; or even something else, either way, all of us who watched the origin series, can relate, this one, however, is special release, that never been aired outside of TV programmes, and only made it as a Bonus episode, showing off what a portion of the audience might have missed...
- Story (5.0/10):
no story backing up this animation per say, an all in one description would call this, a compilation of shots from scenes that never made it on Tokyo's TV programmes of the Cowboy series, due to excessive violence and suggestive content, all there is to it, is some philosophic commentary by the main cast, across all different the thirteen fist episodes.
- Art (8.0/10):
I've always admired this unique feel of the Cowboy Bebop animation, the colors and art style are just a rare type of eye candy, that seem to have extracted from modern animations, you don'"t get unbelievably beautiful characters with exaggerated eye sizes, or explicit body anatomy, no, it's all based on realistic human anatomy and faces, most of the characters are ugly, reflective, that's what we get in real life, it's a lot more suited to works that expand on our societies.
- Sound (5.0/10):
I'm giving this one a high score just because the nostalgia I'm getting is killing me right now, and as they sauy, nostalgia is a drug, the opening and ending songs, ugh, I'm getting back those days of my first experience with the main series, the soundtracks are just a killer in this one, but as for the voice acting, I watched the original in the english DUB, and that xwas one of thebest I've seen, I couldn't really take the most of this one, as I only stumbled accorss the SUBed version, but no more complains right?
- Character (8.0/10):
We get to see the Bebop crew all over again, not for long though, just snippets of what it seemed to be a great journey up ahead, the way how Fye sounds like a desperate young adult, that's very skeptical about her backstory, or Jet, the guy who's been stabbed many times in the past, both physicaly and emotionally, and then, we get our careless Ed, and his companion Ein, and finally, there is the cool badass dude, that acts and sound cool all the time without being so boring and predictibale, Spike, the crew does vary in personality, and as we 've seen on the priginal, they do fight moung thjemselves a lot, but something is strong keeping them all together, that strange nbond is a first for me.
- Enjoyment (7.0/10):
As much as I love this series, I couldn't feel the same way I did watch the original or the movie, this was very blunt for me, probably because I got used to the English voice acting when it comes to this one? I did enjoy the philosophic talk though, whilst it kept consistent with what was going at that point in the story, it meant something more, but some others were just terrible if taken out of context, like what Ed said about following strangers, probably that's why there were so many cuts from the series huh?
- Overall (7.0/10):
I would probably not be that excited to talk about this pick or bring it up on anime related conversations, Many people do not enjoy Cowboy Bebop for the classic it is, many of which are the youngsters, and I can understand where they are coming from, but still, this episode doesn't really add much to the experience as a whole, it's only for those hardcore fans, who would like to see more of the Bebop folks, no matter it was.