2071 A.D. Planet Mars. On the eve of Halloween, a tanker explodes on a freeway killing and injuring more than 500 people. The damage extends miles from the center of explosion. The use of biological or chemical weapon is heavily suspected. The reward is W300,000,000.00 (Mars currency) to find the perpetrator. Short of funds as usual, the crew of the ship Bebop is lured into the investigation by the staggering amount of money they could possibly receive for being able to accurately point the blame. They start a search on their own, and so begins the adventures of the young slacker, Spike Spiegel, and his cohort, the ex-cop, Jet Black, leading their gang of bounty hunters on the trail of an elusive nemesis.
I was a huge fan of the show. I believe at one point I even owned all 6 sessions before going through my typical DVD existential crisis and selling them all.
Oh well...I think I've bought most of'em back, but that's beside the point. The point is after Dragon*Con my cousin and fellow geeklanders got me extremely excited about Bebop again. I immediately Netflixed the movie(only thing not seen) and tore through it ASAP.
As expected the action, characters, and animation is a spot on perfect. The futuristic world created is gritty and beautiful with people from every race and cycle fulfilling their beautiful stereotypes. For example...an Indian Chief praying by a crackling fire with a NY sized Martian city behind him across the river. Beautiful.
The main bounty hunter, Spike is the ultimate bad A. No matter the situation, no matter the enemy, with a guns blazing and shells flying there is nothing Spike can't karate chop or jump kick through.
It's too late in the night to go deeper into the other characters or amazing concepts.
BUT, if you are wanting a taste of good anime, the Cowboy Bebop show was what got me started. I never expected the movie to be any less amazing.