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Cowboy Bebop Movie comes to the States

CowboyNeal posted more than 11 years ago | from the spike-jet-faye-ed-and-ein dept.

Anime 263

birdman666 writes "According to the movie site the movie of the popular anime Cowboy Bebop has finally been set to release in the states in a handful of cities including LA, NY, SF, Seattle and others on April 4. It features all the same voice actors as the Cartoon Network series and is big news for all those Bebop fans out there. As a note the Japanese title of the film was 'Cowboy Bebop: Knockin On Heaven's Door', but has been changed simply to 'Cowboy Bebop: The Movie' for the states." We had a note about the American premiere last summer, but now it's finally open for general admission.

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263 comments

Heh (5, Funny)

Entropy248 (588290) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456551)

I thought that said CowboyNeil movie and I got all excited... I love p0rn so much!

FP (-1, Offtopic)

angst911 (414454) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456554)

wahoo... my first fisrt!

wow.... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456555)

so this is what fp feels like!

As in... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456563)


fucked post? Yes. The rather shitty taste of failure embellishes the moment well.

Re:wow.... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456854)

You got bitched, you post-hungry FP whore! Except you are never gonna get it, just like that stupid song!

blah blah (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456558)

crap crap crap crap on a crap cracker

STINKY PETE!

1st? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456559)

pr0n!!

anime rocks (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456564)

first post :)

Anime rocks.

Hell all good anime comes to our theaters hollywood just has to murder it first :/

Hmmm. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456565)

I'm glad it is finally getting here. It is a great series, and the movie is damn good. Too bad I already got the movie on fan-sub as a gift, otherwise i'd get it when it came out on dvd...

Re:Hmmm. (1)

carpe_noctem (457178) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456777)

Too bad I already got the movie on fan-sub as a gift, otherwise i'd get it when it came out on dvd

Ahh, what better present than pirated movies. It's the gift that keeps on giving (or should that be taking)...

Title Changes (4, Interesting)

svvampy (576225) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456566)

Why do the yanks always seem to want to change the titles of foreign movies?

Mad Max is soooo much better than road weanie and what was the deal with the "Sorceror's Stone"?

Although I had heard it said that the Americans don't understand/acknowledge philosophy so that is why the change was necessary

Re:Title Changes (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456607)

Someone should change your post rating to (Score:-1 Uneducated).

Re:Title Changes (1)

Tailhook (98486) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456609)

Eh... this isn't a "yank" movie is it? Are you certain yanks are responsible for the change?

Re:Title Changes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456639)

Well it might interest you but what you heard is true. Americans include a lot of people, such as Canadians, Mexicans, and South Americans (they're all Americans per se) though I hear Canadians are more open minded than the citizens of our good ole US of A (I haven't verified this yet since I've not been to Canada yet) but I do know most people in the USA are VERY closed minded and could not understand another culture without a LOT of effort (but quite a few think "its cool and they serve some weird foods").

On the upside, I know that quite a few slashdotters are here in the USA (though I'm not sure what that means per se).

Well either way... I can't wait till they actually SHOW Samurai Deeper Kyo... since the corporate bastards (aka the ruling class of our dear USA) licensed it the moment it finished its run in Japan (I still think the last 7 episodes opened up a can of worms that was finished far too quickly for my satisfaction).

Anyone for Initial D?!?

-Anon.at.coward.com

Re:Title Changes (2, Interesting)

Student_Tech (66719) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456648)

Remember the bit about what Cartoon Network had to deal with for Cowboy Bebop (it was either that or Outlaw Star) when they missed a Star of David on a slot machine in one episode, they had parents threating to sue. (/. article mentioning that editing here [slashdot.org] ). I think it is the general, oh its a cartoon its good/ok for kids idea.
But yeah, if "Knocking on Heaven's Gate" had been something different it might have been left alone.

Re:Title Changes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456689)

Haha, if THAT is true, then some idiot here at the good ole MPAA offices didn't WATCH any episodes of Elven Bride...

Hehe that is a "cartoon" and it "probably" would be good for the kids...

IMAGINE:

"mommie... I didn't know my lvl 3 fighter could do THAT to a harpy girl!!"

"oh my GOD john... our kid is watching PORN!! oh my god... lawsuit... oh my god... MPAA... oh my god... its on adult swim!! I must be a moron to think it was for 10 year olds... but I'll sue anyways!"

Can you imagine that? if you can't then please remmeber a $2,000,000.00 USD lawsuit for a spilled cup of mac donalds coffee and a $3,400,000.00 USD lawsuit for some moron finding a peanut in his M&M's peanuts and breaking his tooth... if those can happen, why not some idiot sueing over an adult swim flick.

I wonder why they didn't nail Futurama yet.

-Anon.at.coward.com

Re:Title Changes (3, Interesting)

Chemical (49694) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456653)

From what I understand the change was due to legal issues regarding the "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" subtitle. Aparently Bob Dylan didn't like one of his song names being used in an anime title. And of course he owns that phrase, so no one else may use it without his express written consent (implied oral consent isn't good enough).

Of course this is second hand info. Don't know if it's really true.

Re:Title Changes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456722)

Titles CAN NOT be copywrited!!!!

Re:Title Changes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456787)

Wouldn't that be way out of context? It is a cartoon, not a song, and only an idiot would associate the two seriously.

Re:Title Changes (3, Interesting)

Microlith (54737) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456654)

They changed it out of fear of being sued by whomever owns the copyright to the song "Knocking on Heaven's Door"

Sorry if I can't say who does, as while I can think of the song I can't think of the artist.

(Hell the original title was which comes across as just "Heaven's Door" but the "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" was an official subtitle).

Re:Title Changes (1, Informative)

Microlith (54737) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456692)

Hey Malda!

Are you just being an ass now and having the /. engine strip out all non-english text?

I wrote "tengoku no tobira" using mozilla in the previous post. It should have come out as standard HTML entities, but lo-and-behold, they're GONE?

The following should be a line of kanji: that reads "otanjoubi ha rainen"

If that's gone, then taco needs to fix /.

Re:Title Changes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456655)

Simple minds need simple words. Futhermore, big bullies have simple minds, preferring action over other means. Take Bush for example, a perfect example of a Yank.

Re:Title Changes (5, Informative)

GrimSean (545405) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456706)

Why do the yanks always seem to want to change the titles of foreign movies?

Mad Max is soooo much better than road weanie and what was the deal with the "Sorceror's Stone"?

I believe that they went with Cowboy Bebop: The Movie rather than Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door so as to avoid any legal issues with Bob Dylan due to his famous song Knockin' on Heaven's Door.

As to the Sorceror's Stone, that was done because the American publisher felt that it sounded more "Magic-like" than Philosopher's Stone.

Re:Title Changes (-1, Flamebait)

sydlexic (563791) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456863)

As to the Sorceror's Stone, that was done because the American publisher felt that it sounded more "Magic-like" than Philosopher's Stone.

Stupid Americans. Worst Democracy Ever.

Re:Title Changes (4, Informative)

Anonvmous Coward (589068) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456719)

"Why do the yanks always seem to want to change the titles of foreign movies? "

Uh, we didn't have a say in it. Why don't you talk to the Japanese Movie Studio that's prepping it for release?

I mean seriously, did you think we took a vote on it or something? Maybe an American Idol style voting system? It's somebody's perception of us 'yanks', not our preference.

Re:Title Changes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456744)

Philosophy is terrorism. Let those evil Muslims do stuff in the name of their god or whatever. We just drop bombs.

Re:Title Changes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456759)

I can't speak for the other nonsense, but I'm pretty sure Philosopher's Stone was changed to Sorcerer's Stone to appease fundamentalists. The Philisopher's Stone (as far as I understand) is an artifact often mentioned in various occultic writings (I believe it enhances magic powers or something), and as such would likely draw a lot of criticism from the fundamentalists that populate some areas of the US. Sorcerer's Stone, while still unacceptable to some, was at least seen as something made up for kids, rather than having been drawn from classical occultic writings.

Re:Title Changes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456769)

The Pope Must Diet!

Re:Title Changes Hey youngster @ Weiner.com (4, Insightful)

puto (533470) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456912)

Well having spent a good part of my live in my homeland the(US) and a good part on the road in other countries I can answer you in this way.

Mad Max was called Mad MAx here. I even saw in the US as Mad Max. The second movie was called Mad Max 2, the Road Warrior. And Road Warrior sounds a Helluva lot better than Mad Max 2.

And Gibson was born in New York, pop shipped the whole family back to Aussie Land cause that was where mom was from and to avoid his sons possible conscription into the service into Vietnam.

And we do acknowledge philossopy. But alchemy? Hmmm.

Movie name changes are made all over the world. They do it so that wherever they are showing the flick can get a general idea of what the original title is about. Somethings cannot be transalates.

Knocking on Heavens door is one of the most famous songs in the US, and in English, so I would venture they did it to avoid confusion. And it is actually quite a beautiful tune.

So you know what? Cool your jets, wherever your are from. People are people. Including this yank with one grampaw from Madrid and the other Cajun French(which is better than regular Frog any ol' day") we is all just people.

Puto

The only thing better than anime (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456587)

Is a crazy 70 year old Japanese professor [purdue.edu] that only wears Anime T-shirts.

Re:The only thing better than anime (1)

Intocabile (532593) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456927)

That guy rules, if only my EE profs were as cool.

butterflys (3, Funny)

OwlofCreamCheese (645015) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456588)

I see the butterflys....

Mods are dumb (1)

D+iz+a+n+k+Meister (609493) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456681)

The parent is hardly off topic if you have any clue as to what the story is about(Cowboy Bebop Movie).

It's like me saying, "I like these old school games. Back in the day this was all people needed."

Weak moderation, very weak. Would you rather he spoil the movie??

OI! MOD PARENT UP! (1)

CrocOS (635608) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456696)

If you had seen the movie, you would understand that this is _VERY_ on-topic... Besides, it's better then posting a scummy spoiler!

-Trav

Observation (5, Funny)

Copperhead (187748) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456592)

I went to the premire in New York last summer, and I was looking forward to having a good time with all the other cool American Anime fans.

Who invited all the geeks?

Great news if you live in 5% of America... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456593)

This sucks. While I'm an ENORMOUS Cowboy Bebop fan, I can't say I'm happy about this. I've been anxiously awaiting the movie for months on end, but it's only going to be available in major cities that gets to see anything they want, I.E NY and Cali. While that's great news if you live in California or New York, it sucks if you live anywhere else. Now I realize it's not practical to put a movie like Cowboy Bebop on the national market in every theatre. I doubt there would be a big turnout in Butt*uck, S. Dakota for it, but what about other major cities, like Atlanta or Charlotte?

I wouldn't be upset normally, but I have a feeling that this theatrical release is big enough to warrant putting the DVD out 6 months after the release.

Re:Great news if you live in 5% of America... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456790)

WTF?! Whatta you know bout us anyways?!! Us Buttfuckians think anime kicks ass!! Cowboy Bebop has that half nekkid chick!! She soooo hot!!

Re:Great news if you live in 5% of America... (2, Insightful)

Golias (176380) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456874)

but what about other major cities, like Atlanta or Charlotte? I'm sorry to have to break it too you, but if you don't live in one of the cities this is being released in, you don't live in a major city. You live in fly-over land. It takes more than having an NBA franchise (for a brief while, in Charlotte's case) to be a major city.

I've lived in the Minneapolis area almost my entire life, and while I love it here, if there's one thing I can't stand it's the huge inferiority complex that some Twin City people seem to have about wanting to be considered an important city. Yes, we have an orchestra that's almost as good as Philly's. Yes, the U of M is has a great medical program. Sure, we have four major league sports teams (for now). Yea, we have the tallest tower between Chicago and California. Blah blah blah. We are not all that important. Half the kids in NYC schools probably can't find us on a map. Foreign visitors think we are a suburb of Los Angelis or something. Get over it already.

There's nothing wrong with simply being from a nice city with only a few million people in it. Are you listening, Denver?

As to anybody else whining about the very limited release of the Cowboy Bebop movie. Hey, small movies always start with a limited release. If you live in any city big enough to have an "arthouse" movie theater or two, it will probably come to you within a couple months. Chill.

Please. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456597)

If you have poofy blue hair and shiny boots and make inappropriate comments all the time, do me in the rump. Preferably with some kanji characters. And could they be blinking different colors really fast? Thanks.

An honest question (1, Interesting)

dj_whitebread (171775) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456599)

I know this is going to get marked flamebait, but I have to ask...

What is it that people see in anime? I am actually curious. I have watched several different things, and I have thouroughly enjoyed many, but I have never understood the obsession.

So, what are the qualities that anime fans think raise it up as a great thing?

Re:An honest question (2, Insightful)

DiracFeynman (655294) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456621)

Like with everything else, 90% of anime is horrible.

Re:An honest question (2, Insightful)

Thomas M Hughes (463951) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456627)

So, what are the qualities that anime fans think raise it up as a great thing?
Nothing at all. It is just another of many mediums from which you can tell a story, just like a novel, the theatre, or live action films. Each has their own benefits and weaknesses.

The strength of anime is that it allows the creative force complete control over the visual environment, without concern for if its possible to do in terms of special effects or in terms of real life freedom. Thus, the storyteller gets the ultimate freedom to express his or her ideas. That is what makes Anime unique in contrast to other mediums.

But, its important to remember that it is still a medium, just like other mediums. As such it has its limitations.

Re:An honest question (1)

JohnFluxx (413620) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456724)

Personally I like it because the _story_ in general is a hell of a lot better than hollywood crap.

I go and watch hollywood films once a week at the cinema, and love the action etc. But sometimes you need to watch something with a bit more bite.
For that there is anime.

Of course, you get the occasional good holywood film, and the 'bad' anime. (good and bad defined in as above)

Re:An honest question (1)

Golias (176380) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456898)

The strength of anime is that it allows the creative force complete control over the visual environment, without concern for if its possible to do in terms of special effects or in terms of real life freedom. Thus, the storyteller gets the ultimate freedom to express his or her ideas. That is what makes Anime unique in contrast to other mediums.

Actually, that's not completely true. If you watch the credits of any good anime, it's pretty easy to see that it actually takes a much bigger crew to do a cartoon well than to shoot with film. You don't even save much on cast, because you still need to hire voice actors.

What makes anime a (slightly) more "free" medium is that it is quite a bit cheaper, which allows producers to take bigger chances on rolling with a creative person's vision. The idea that a single Manga artist ever really has complete control of their vision during the production of something like Cowboy Bebop is a bit of a myth, though. Compromises were made, even if you were never told about them in a DVD commentary track the way you are with a lot of Hollywood films these days.

Re:An honest question (4, Insightful)

2nd Post! (213333) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456635)

Entertainment?

The same thing you see in every other media.

Anime is just a medium, like TV or commercials or infomercials or live action movies or print or comic.

Each medium has their own history and culture, so it would stand to reason that anime too has its own subculture. It is this subculture that most fans are attracted to, the expectations built up from watching previous anime is carried over when watching new anime.

Same as any other genre: American music, Marvel comics, Car commercials.

And of course, anime itself can be divided into smaller genres, just like American Music, Marvel Comics, or Car commercials.

An honest question that deserves an honest reply (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456642)

I for one simply see anime as another medium of creative expression. Many people who don't "get anime" (not you obviously) see it as nothing but a cartoon. That's just ignorant. That's like seeing Saving Private Ryan as "just another shoot-'em-up action movie".

I think one reason anime has such dedicated fans are two-fold.

1. Animation can show things real life cannot either due to technological, financial or time constraints. For example, Cowboy Bebop. If you've seen the series, imagine trying to translate that into a show or movie. You know how much money that would cost? I'd guess upwards of $20 million an episode on average (CG ain't cheap, especially when every second has some).

2. The culture in anime is unique. It's the same reason Star Wars has a cult following. Because anime is it's own little isolated universe. There are things otaku (anime fans to the nth degree) can say/do that another otaku will understand, but a casual observer would say "What the Hell is that?"

I personally think those are huge factors in the fandom of anime, the unique culture it presents and the fact anything they can think up can be done.

Re:An honest question that deserves an honest repl (2, Insightful)

Golias (176380) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456931)

Actually that was two reasons, not one two-part reason, but whatever.

1. Animation can show things real life cannot either due to technological, financial or time constraints. For example, Cowboy Bebop. If you've seen the series, imagine trying to translate that into a show or movie. You know how much money that would cost? I'd guess upwards of $20 million an episode on average (CG ain't cheap, especially when every second has some).

As was just proven this year with Firefly, a live-action TV show that reminded some people more than a little bit of Cowboy Bebop. At $2 Million an episode, it was simply too expensive to stay on the air with as limited of a following as it had. It was cancelled just as it was getting really good.

In addition to the cost savings and subculture appeal, there's one more reason for anime being loved so much by some people in the US. Only the most appealing stuff ever gets exported. Then, once they went through the trouble of translating and exporting it, they carefully market it to the right audience (Cartoon Network's "Adult Swim" vs. after-school syndication).

Re:An honest question (5, Interesting)

Uller-RM (65231) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456666)

Oh, it's not all anime. A great deal of it sucks ass (ex: DBZ, Hamtaro, Pokemon, etc.) -- and if you think that's true in the US, you should see all the loads of total crap that's released in Japan and never makes it here because the sheer stench of it tips off the customs officials.

What makes good anime? Consistent, three-dimensional -- as in deep, not as in their look -- characters with back stories and patterns that viewers can relate and get attached to. A consistent art style. (Seizure robots do not apply.) Compelling writing, with humor where appropriate -- whether that's slapstick humor or the more darker variety. Believable lines, and convincing voice actors. In other words, the exact same things that make good film.

Cowboy Bebop is considered one of the heights of anime, for all of the above. Other good examples of anime (IMO) would be Trigun, Rah'Xephon, Shinseiki (Neon Genesis) Evangelion, and the recent Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. If you're the type that likes relationship dramas, Love Hina is pretty well known and liked. There's shows that run the line between relationships and action, like Martian Successor Nadesico. There's also the full-length movie variety of anime, of which the most famous are Akira and Ghost in the Shell.

*shrug* There's good and bad anime, just like there's good and bad films and good and bad TV -- favorites will vary with a person's taste, but there are consistent things you can critique on.

Re:An honest question (1)

Kirsha (201264) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456676)

In one phrase:

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder"

Re:An honest question (1)

a8f11t18 (614700) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456686)

I like it because it's a great storytelling medium. As you cannot rely too much on motion as in live action, you have
to compensate for that by putting more work into making
more interesting characters and story. Also, as the world
is truly yours to shape in whatever form you wish in
animation, it's often completely "out of this world".. that
has its appeal, considering such entertainment is supposed
to be escapist fantasies.

Other factors.. the japanese culture is cool.. it's familiar in some ways because of the influence from the west, but yet it's also very distinguished like an unique mixture of old and new. Some like the language too.

Oh, one more thing.. for many it also holds "art potential", whether we're talking simple or advanced animation design.. or as I like to say.. I could take professional grade camera equipment and film a scene just the way michael mann or whatever did.. but i cannot even draw a minute's worth of simple cartoons that DON'T look like complete sh**.

Re:An honest question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456702)

anime is hard to be obsessed by, that's for sure (because so much of it is, well, crap really)

that said, cowboy bebop, akira and ghost in the shell are all mega ace

check 'em out. good stuff.

Re:An honest question (1)

Anonvmous Coward (589068) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456703)

"What is it that people see in anime? "

In this case, it's that Cowboy Bebop is a damn good show. It's earned its rep without relying too heavily on being anime.

As for the attraction to it, I honestly can't say for sure. I do know that it's very imaginative visually and very dramatic, unlike American cartoons which are usually too cutesy.

To be fair, though, there's lots of anime that sucks. On the flip side, though, at least there's the visual interest to it. Ghost in a Shell was BORING but it had some damn cool things to look at.

I guess you could say it's thee sci-fi version of Britney Spheres.

Re:An honest question (1)

Bodhidharma (22913) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456773)

To be fair, though, there's lots of anime that sucks. On the flip side, though, at least there's the visual interest to it. Ghost in a Shell was BORING but it had some damn cool things to look at.
I agree there's a whole spectrum of quality in the genre. However, I think calling Ghost in the Shell boring is unfair. Admittedly it was slower paced than a lot of anime. It did explore some interesting ideas and had pretty well developed characters. The action scenes, though spaced apart, were good.

Maybe it's a matter of taste. I thought X was appropriately named because it was anime "porn". There was a ton of action but it didn't really make much sense.

Just so I don't get modded down for going too far off topic, Cowboy Bebop rules! :)

Re:An honest question (1)

Syncdata (596941) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456708)

Anime, on the whole has one major plus for me, which is not seen in American Cartooning. A concentration on what makes cartoons visually interesting, as opposed to attempting to make a cartoon similar to live action.
Why bother animating an entire scene poorly all around, when you can have aspects in a scene the eye is naturally drawn to animated well?
Putting out a cartoon takes a lot of time, and rather than spending your resources equally across the entire length of your show, why not concentrate them where they can be put to the best use? Animation has come a long way, but lip synching is still terrible, so why not spend less time on the close up, and spend more on the wide shot action scene? This is what anime does well, which US cartoons do not.
If you want to see what I mean, check out Cowboy bebob episode 1 [animecentral.net] , and witness one of the greatest hand to hand fighting moments in any cartoon

One more thing I forgot to add... (1)

Syncdata (596941) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456766)

Cowboy bebop also has the most rediculously awesome opening title sequence of anything commited to celluloid, ever. IMHO of course.

Re:An honest question (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456762)

Two words: tentacle porn!

Re:An honest question (5, Interesting)

Joe Tie. (567096) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456935)

So, what are the qualities that anime fans think raise it up as a great thing?

Japan in general seems to have a greater tolerance for creativity and continuity in sci-fi than most of the English speaking public. It's nice being able to watch a series I like with no fears that it'll be canceled for a zaney reality show because too many of the viewers missed having the big red reset button pushed after each episode. I also like animated sci-fi in general more than live action, if the latter is going to resort to nose putty aliens. For some reason an animated alien dosn't jar my suspension of disbelief as much as a cheap forehead alien of the night.

That said, I also should say that I don't like the idea of generalising to such a high degree. I own quite a few anime series, but I don't consider myself an "anime fan" any more than I consider myself a "American TV fan". Both catagories are so broad as to make any statement like that pretty much meaningless. I'm a fan of science fiction stories which have interesting characters and a progressive storyline, and I really don't much care what video medium or country delivers them to me.

The DVD? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456601)

I've watched the download for ages now and would buy the movie in an instant, if available in my Region.

whoopdee fucking doo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456605)

I didn't enjoy this movie that much. Some movies I can see over and over, but this fell into the 1 timer category for me.

Dupe (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456613)

This is a Duplicate Story [slashdot.org]

It's not a dupe... (0, Redundant)

CrocOS (635608) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456651)

It's a clone! I'm sure that at least one word is different! Isn't it???

=)
-Trav

Re:Dupe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456786)

Mod parent up, these dupes need to stop!

Bah Humbug - Seen it. (0, Offtopic)

CrocOS (635608) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456614)

Of course the truely dedicated fans have got the DVD from Japan and just watched it with subtitles (or learnt Japanese) .. and the slightly less dedicated fans have got a DiVX rip of said DVD =)

Ouch - I shouldn't have said that - now the MPAA are gonna get medievil on my ass!

Legal, Medievil, what's the difference? =)
-Trav

Re:Bah Humbug - Seen it. (1)

Microlith (54737) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456713)

The Japanese DVD didn't have subtitles!

If your disc did, it wasn't Japanese! Or legit!

Re:Bah Humbug - Seen it. (1)

CrocOS (635608) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456747)

I never said if I actually had a DVD, or that I ever needed subtitles =)

But seriously, I just saw the fan-subbed DiVX =)
-Trav

Well... I can count to 10 in Japanese... =)

ouch (4, Informative)

lingqi (577227) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456619)

that title is just... AWFUL.

btw if you translate the japanese title directly i think it's "heaven's door" - I thought the "knocking no heaven's door" would be a good english interpretation (yes I watched the japanese one)... probably have to do with copyrighted song titles? though AFAIK you can't copyright song titles at all.

ack. that is just whack.

btw, no nudity as far as I remembered (though there was points where Faye was pretty close), so I don't think much will be cut. Violence was not extreme either as well, IIRC;

btw, anybody (who saw it in japanese) knows who sang the opening song? it was in english, but I can't figure it out.

Re:ouch (5, Informative)

Microlith (54737) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456672)

There will be nothing cut. You mistake them for Miramax and Disney, whom seem content to edit stuff to death until they think it's marketable.

The crew behind the US release of this movie is the same as the one behind Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (well, it's changed a bit) and they left that whole.

Also the song:

"Ask DNA"
Words by: Tim Jensen
Sung by: Raju Ramayya
Music by: Yoko Kanno
Performed by: Raju Ramayya and Seatbelts

Re:ouch (2, Funny)

minusthink (218231) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456726)

faye is ALWAYS close to nude.

I want 'em in my theater! (1)

strredwolf (532) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456657)

Give us Lupin the IIIrd and Cowboy Bebop! YEAH! I'll gladly usher those days!

Cowboy Bebop!? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456669)

Cowboy Bebop!? Who in the fuck is CowBoy Bebop!? I want Betty Boop!!!

$$$$$exyGal is, in fact, ekrout (-1, Offtopic)

Luke727 (547923) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456678)

For details and evidence, go here [slashdot.org] . Please post your comments in my journal area to let me know what you think.

Nice analysis. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456869)

Good sleuthing. Mods are stupid.

If you can't wait until April 4th... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456682)

...you can always commit the criminal act of copyright infringement and download the fansubbed version of the movie [sharereactor.com] ahead of time. (You will need the emule p2p app [sf.net] to download it.)

I know I did! I'm a filthy little pirate who's seen it thrice, and will see it once again at the theater, and again when it's finally on DVD.

Re:If you can't wait until April 4th... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456799)

You linked to the 1CD version of the movie, which really blows, as it's not even a full CD in size. If you're going to bother downloading and watching the bootleg copy, at least snag the 2CD version [sharereactor.com] .

Re:If you can't wait until April 4th... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456826)

A 1CD divx encode is more than enough to preview a movie -- especially if your broadband provider has low download caps like mine does.

Re:If you can't wait until April 4th... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456850)

it's a shame that emule only runs under windows. I wasn't able to get it working with wine for whatever reason. any linux ports besides that POS mldonkey?

Cowboy Bebob? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456684)

Is that supposed to be some kind of stereotypical American name?
Hell, we should make a cartoon that makes fun of tradional Japanese heroes! Call it something like Samurai... Samurai Jack!

Oh wait! Crap!

Fuck em (-1, Troll)

flacco (324089) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456690)

Fuck "cowboy bebop" and all this fucking peurile cartoon bullshit. Why the fuck does this meaningless shit even show up here?

Re:Fuck em (0, Flamebait)

Microlith (54737) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456698)

Because it pisses people like you off.

We like annoying anal-retentive assholes like you who can't get past something simply because it's animated.

So enjoy your pissed-off life and shut up.

Computer Aided Translation (5, Funny)

xfs (473411) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456695)



"We had a note about the American premiere last summer, but now it's finally open for general admission"

Using the Taco->English translation on babelfish, it comes out as:

"HAHA BASTARDS, CANT TELL ME ITS A REPOST NOW"


voices (1)

gid13 (620803) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456714)

thank heaven (since we're knocking on it's door anyway) that the original voices are used... i watched most of the series with subtitles, and then a dubbed episode... beyond the fact that the people who dub voices almost invariably suck more ass than a prisoner named bubba, there's the horribly disconcerting sense that you no longer know the characters... btw for anyone that has watched the series but not the movie (is there anyone?), check it out... it's good

The Movie (5, Funny)

absurdhero (614828) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456720)

I think they changed it to "Cowboy Bebop: The Movie" to make sure that us American's can be sure that it is, in fact, a movie. Who knows, it could be terrorist propaganda or some mix between country music and old school bebop. How should we know?

I've already watched Cowboy Bebop:KoHD (1)

josh crawley (537561) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456742)

I got a fansubbed version of it on a CD Xvid compressed fullscreen. I'll say this.... If it comes out in theaters here, I'm watching it, and I'll buy the DVD.

In terms of quality, the animation is beautiful. The storyline, I believe, is the movie between EP 24 and 25 of the Cowboy Bebop series. This explains some weird 'sayings' in the alang=ja,slang=en of the American dvd.

ARE YOU LIVING IN
THE REAL WORLD?

Re:I've already watched Cowboy Bebop:KoHD (1)

Microlith (54737) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456765)

Between 23 and 24.

And what do you mean This explains some weird 'sayings' in the alang=ja,slang=en of the American dvd.

Re:I've already watched Cowboy Bebop:KoHD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456836)

alang = audio language
slang = subtitle language
so Japanese audio, english subtitles.

Re:I've already watched Cowboy Bebop:KoHD (1)

josh crawley (537561) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456903)

Sorry.. Alang and slang is mplayer dvd audio and subtitling commandline options. I was doing commandline options to mencoder and comments/commandline crossed ;-)

Alang = Audio Language. Audio to Japanese
Slang = Subtitle language. Subtitling to English

Re:I've already watched Cowboy Bebop:KoHD (0, Flamebait)

Microlith (54737) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456941)

You can tolerate using mplayer for dvds? A brave man you are. And tolerant.

And what were you referring to about an american dvd? The coming one (that'll be released N months from now)?

Weird coincidence (1)

Astroboy! (126236) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456751)

I just finished watching episode 15 of the series, I pop open slashdot before hitting the sack, and here's news I can use!

Can't wait for Spike-san to 'hit it' on the big screen.

As long as they start off the flick with 'Tank', I'll be happy.

sigs? we don't need no steenking sigs here

WHAT? No TANK? (2, Informative)

CrocOS (635608) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456803)

Sorry dude - From a post [slashdot.org] last time this was mentioned:

"Ask DNA"
Words by: Tim Jensen
Sung by: Raju Ramayya
Music by: Yoko Kanno
Performed by: Raju Ramayya and Seatbelts

Like I said... Sorry =)
-Trav

Re:Weird coincidence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456824)

alas, they don't start of the movie with "Tank!". All the music is new, again composed by Yoko Kanno and performed by the Seatbelts.

trailer is avalible (1)

cyrax777 (633996) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456781)

http://www.sonypictures.com/cthe/cowboybebop/ and yeah I have the fansub but ill still get the dvd once it comes out. No brainer crappy dvd rip vs real dvd with proffesinal translation and a excellent dub cast.

Timeline?? (1)

Danse (1026) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456802)

So this movie is supposed to take place somewhere between the middle and the end of the series or what?

Re:Timeline?? (4, Informative)

Microlith (54737) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456812)

Between episodes 23 and 24.

Read through more posts, the answer has already been mentioned a few times.

Re:Timeline?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5456827)

I found it easiest to watch the first half of the series, watch the movie, then watch the second half of the series.

Of course by then I was a day late for work.... =)

Stupid Question (1)

calc (1463) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456807)

Why do people like fansubs over dubs, at least for the people who don't know japanese, don't they lose a large part of the dialog due to not understanding the person's inflection/tone. Perhaps that isn't a big issue? I've watched many of both type and end up liking dubs due to that reason.

Re:Stupid Question (1)

CrocOS (635608) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456842)

Not soo stupid if you don't know the answer:

Because until this movie is released and can be ripped, only the fansubbed version is available.

And as a personal reason, I prefer the voices on the original cast - the dubbed voices don't sound right, well at least if it is the same crowd that dub'd the series on DVD vs. the orig. cast.

-Trav

Re:Stupid Question (1)

calc (1463) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456866)

I know this movie isn't available in dub form yet. But what point is hearing the original voices if you don't understand the language and that something has different meaning depending on its tone. Perhaps this is just a issue for the English language?

Re:Stupid Question (1)

Intocabile (532593) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456915)

If you've watched enough anime you pick up on the culture/language/emotion. I'm at a point where I could care less about reading subtitles. I dream to be fluent but that'd take more time then I have as an engineering student.

Re:Stupid Question (1)

Microlith (54737) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456878)

It does bother me that you say "until this movie is released and can be ripped."

You do realize that the only way to compensate them for their work is to buy it, right?

Ok someone's got to say it... (0, Offtopic)

Turbyne (563535) | more than 11 years ago | (#5456945)

Ok someone's got to say it...

Faye Valetine is the HOTTEST [anime] chick EVER!!!
and now you can see her [shorts/boobs/ass] on the BIG SCREEN!
Whoohoo!!!

I feel better now.
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