Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku no Tobira

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

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Synonyms: Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door
Japanese: カウボーイビバップ 天国の扉
English: Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
German: Cowboy Bebop: Der Film
Spanish: Cowboy Bebop: La Película
French: Cowboy Bebop: Le Film
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 1, 2001
Producers: Sunrise, Bandai Visual
Studios: Bones
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, SpaceSpace
Duration: 1 hr. 55 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.381 (scored by 216921216,921 users)
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Ranked: #2002
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #618
Members: 381,057
Favorites: 1,602

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Another day, another bounty—such is the life of the often unlucky crew of the Bebop. However, this routine is interrupted when Faye, who is chasing a fairly worthless target on Mars, witnesses an oil tanker suddenly explode, causing mass hysteria. As casualties mount due to a strange disease spreading through the smoke from the blast, a whopping three hundred million woolong price is placed on the head of the supposed perpetrator.

With lives at stake and a solution to their money problems in sight, the Bebop crew springs into action. Spike, Jet, Faye, and Edward, followed closely by Ein, split up to pursue different leads across Alba City. Through their individual investigations, they discover a cover-up scheme involving a pharmaceutical company, revealing a plot that reaches much further than the ragtag team of bounty hunters could have realized.

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Opening Theme

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"Ask DNA" by The Seatbelts featuring Raju Ramayya

Ending Theme

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


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.

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Nov 22, 2007
Mixed Feelings
I'm never that comfortable with films of series. Mostly, that's because all too often a film of a series consists of some kind of edited-all-to-hell clip show that tries and totally fails to boil down the story of a long series to a relatively much shorter film. Knockin' on Heaven's Door isn't that, which is very much in its favour. Rather, it's basically like a two-hour "lost episode" that belongs somewhere in the middle of the series - without spoiling anything, by the end of the series, there's characters missing who are still present in this film.

Another point in the film's favour ...
Jan 24, 2024
They thought they could just buy the rights to clone characters and we'll swallow the media like animals who neither care nor know what they are eating. Anyone who watched the series for its storytelling could tell this is the extracted commercial version of the series sold out to Mr.risk-free-corporate so a marketing team armed with all the audience reports money can buy could pimp it out to a mass of horny "fans" who couldn't give a buck what sucked them off behind the dumpster as long as it ended in "bebop".

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