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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

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While on the hunt for an underage hacker, Faye is the sole witness to identifying a man who causes a tanker explosion that leaves people up to three miles away in comas. The bounty that ensues is the largest the galaxy has EVER seen, 300,000,000 wulongs. It's up to Spike and the gang to solve the mystery of this strange disease, and to stop the assailant at large, for failure would result in all life on Mars being eliminated on Halloween night.

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Cowboy Bebop TV 1998 TBD
Cowboy Bebop Session XX: Mish-Mash Blues TV Special 1998 TBD
Cowboy Bebop: Ein's Summer Vacation DVD Special 2012 TBD

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Cowboy Bebop: Shooting Star 1998 TBD
Cowboy Bebop 1999 TBD
Name Role
Toshihiro KAWAMOTO Character Design
Shinichiro WATANABE Director
Yoshiyuki TAKEI Director
Yoko KANNO Music
Masahiko MINAMI Producer
Masuo UEDA Producer
Minoru TAKANASHI Producer

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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie VivisQueen 7/10 Feb 19, 2008

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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie Aranneas 9/10 Aug 31, 2012
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie FullmetalCowboy24 9.5/10 Mar 21, 2012
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Trigun: Badlands Rumble

Trigun: Badlands Rumble
  • Movie (1 ep x 90 min)
  • 2010

Finding himself yet again in the wrong place at the wrong time, Vash the Stampede is caught in the middle of a bank robbery by the notorious robber Gasback. However, when things take a turn for the worst and the robber's comrades turn on him, Vash saves Gasback's life and both Gasback and his traitorous partners escape. Twenty years later, Gasback is rumored to be planning something big. Bounty hunters from all over the world are gathering in Macca City, the predicted target, to try their luck at his $$300 million bounty. But what business does Vash have in Macca City, and who is the mysterious girl that he keeps following around?

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Did you like seeing everyone back together again?

Do you like seeing everyone in action, as if it is a missing 2 or 3 part episdode?

Do you just enjoy some updated animation, for two series that never jumped the shark?

then if you have seen one of these, and not the other (and you like the respective series) you should check both out. 


Just like both Animes, the ending of the series leaves you asking, what happened to my beloved favorite characters? Will i see them again? Its Movies like these that bring out the best in characters and answer your questions. From Spike's past and history to Vash's bounty and adventures. These Movies are a must to see if you watched the episodes in enjoyement and demanded more!


Both movies take place somewhere near the end of where both series end.  Though in Cowboy Bebops case I believe that it takes place somewhere between the last couple of episodes and Trigun takes place sometime after the anime series ended.  Both movies do a fairly good job of keeping the same feel with both the story and the characters leaving not much changed from what the series had.  So if you liked one then why not give the other one a look as well.


Just like the series Trigun and Cowboy Bebop are pretty complimentary, the same can also be said of their feature films, Badlands Rumble and Knockin On Heavens Door. Both are action films that feel a little like an extended version of either series standalone episodes - introducing a new villain and a new female protagonist for the purpose of the movie, boasting better animation then the TV series and a retooled soundtrack.

Both films also take place during the events of the series, which avoids the issues inherent in making a film after the show's finales.

At the end of the day if you want to watch another sci-fi western action film and spend more time with beloved late nineties anime characters... either film does just that.


Both of these movies take 2 equally awesome series and add even more awesomeness. Packed with action, guns, and great drama you'll be glad the gang is back together again! Check em out.


Both are space western adventures packed with action, and they both feel like an extended episode from the shows that spawned them.Both have really good animation, some welcome new additions to the cast and an OST that suits the films perfectly.

If you liked either one of these movies -- as well as the original TV series -- do yourself a favour and check out the other one.

And as noted above, both take place sometime during each show's run, so you do not have to have finished either show to watch them.

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Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell
  • Movie (1 ep x 83 min)
  • 1995

A mysterious new hacker known only as the Puppet Master threatens to create chaos, erasing and rewriting the memories of his victims: humans who have cast away their physical body to become cyborgs. Is he an evil genius, or could he signal the beginning of a new age in the relationship between man and machine?

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The incredibly slick production of Ghost and Bebop makes them very enjoyable to watch, and they share the fast paced scifi style that will keep you gripped. Though it's certainly an advantage to watch the Bebop series as well, Heaven's Door does work as a stand alone, so don't worry about that.

The Cowboy Bebop movie and Ghost in the Shell have a lot in common: high production values, sci-fi settings, great action scenes, well-developed characters, similar moral themes, and a great plot. If you liked one you will definitely like the other.


I gave up smoking, but after I saw these movies I couldn't help but light up and enjoy the benefits of my health. The two stories are on similar ground: Ghost in the Shell and Cowboy Bebop Movie are both set in the future, have a good cop/cowboy and bad guy/hacker theme, and have constant psychological hoo-hah about the human mind and the levels that relationships are built on. Nonetheless, the animation in both is bliss; with fight scene after fight scene, smoke after smoke, and plenty of sharp wit, these two are a must see.


The characters in Cowboy Bebop (the movie) and Ghost in Shell are relatively similar in the same good guy/bad guy fashion.  Also the thematic concepts involved add to each of the plots and move the shows along set in the future.

Black Lagoon

Black Lagoon

Rokuro Okajima is a small-time salaryman who is carrying documents for his company, when the ship he's traveling on is attacked by pirates. Kidnapped, he discovers to his dismay that his employers' main concern is to ensure the documents don't get into the wrong hands, even if it means sending the carrier to the bottom of the sea. Now, with his former life ruined and his kidnappers seeming comparatively friendly, "Rock" decides to join their merry band of mercenaries, and sets out with a new career to the shadier corners of the South China Sea.

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Aside from obvious similarities in plot (semi-disfunctional ragtag band of hired guns blasting their way to paydirt, etc.), the mood and "vision" that both pieces take are, while not identical, certainly congruent to one another. Excellent treatment of gunplay and a general feeling of moral ambiguity is ubiquitous in both series. Bebop's pacing is slower than Black Lagoon and often steps away from raw action to more noire-ish presentation, but also offers more depth and character development in the process. Fans of John Woo would likely appreciate both series as well, as both draw heavily at one point or another from his bloodsoaked masterpieces from the 80's.


Even though I believe that Black Lagoon was somehow more interesting to me than Coboy bebop series; the Bebop movie is just genius... It is a great story with very interesting plot and script that keeps you excited for the whole duration of the movie.

Anyone that hasn't seen these Series or this Movie, I strongly recconment it :)

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“Vash, the Stampede” - worth 60 billion dollars to the one who can turn him in. Bounty hunters everywhere are on the lookout for this legendary gunman, not to mention insurance agents Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson, who are tasked with preventing any potential damage that this Vash can cause. But with 60 billion on his head, Vash is not an easy man to find.

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Cowboy Beebop. The classic case of bounty hunter versus the hunted--and a good one at that. Trigun is kinda like that too, except--well, Vash is actually the hunted. If you liked this movie, I suggest checking out the comical western story of the $$60,000,000,000 man named Vash the Stampede.

Trigun rocks. Watch it.


Both anime contain addicting plot, good characters, extreme action and likable music. The depth of the characters as well as the plot is the main factor for this shows to be so popular. If you are an anime fan I’m sure that you heard about this anime at least one. I’m completely sure that if you liked one you will like the other.

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Appleseed Movie

Appleseed Movie
  • Movie (1 ep x 105 min)
  • 2004

In a world where mankind is at the brink of destruction, one lone scientist has concocted the means to save it: bioroids. These artificial humans coexist with humans in the city of Olympus, under the watchful eye of the supercomputer Gaia -- to stabilize society. The military strongly opposes their use, however, and the elite soldier Deunan may hold the key to saving both the human race and the lives of the bioroids. Teamed up with an old friend, Briareos, Deunan must race against the clock to discover the secret of the Appleseed before countless lives are tragically lost...

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Cowboy Bebop the Movie and Appleseed are two movies that come from well established franchises. In the case of Appleseed this is the third remake of the story while in the case of Cowboy Bebop it is its own separate adventure. They are both set in a future where anything is possible. What they also share in common is terrorism. In the case of Appleseed it is against the further production of non-humans. Cowboy Bebop it is a biochemical attack on mankind in personal retaliation. The characters in both are unique and carry great depth in their actions and thoughts. The story for both is intriguing and worth diving into. The action for both is good as well with gun play and sometimes hand to hand. If you like robots, future political problems and interesting characters then both of these are worth your time.

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