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.
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.
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!