Cowboy Bebop is a franchise near and dear to our hearts here at Anime Ltd. Since our announcement a few months ago that we intend to release a set commemorating its 20th Anniversary, we've been getting bombarded with questions about when you can expect details on it - for which to be clear, we're delighted so many of you have been eagerly anticipating news on it! Well the wait is over as today we can finally reveal to you all the info you need to know about our Cowboy Bebop Ultimate Edition Blu-ray release.
So sit back, relax, grab a drink and read on below for all the juicy details. (Oh, and on the off chance you're not familiar with Cowboy Bebop we'll give you a quick introduction to it as well.)
Director: Shinichiro Watanabe (Terror in Resonance, Space Dandy, Kids on the Slope, Macross Plus)
Music: Yoko Kanno (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Terror in Resonance, Wolf's Rain, Space Dandy)
TV Series Synopsis: Join the always-cool Spike Spiegal, investigative genius Jet Black, the alluring Faye Valentine, the amazing (but weird) Ed and the super-smart Welsh Corgi named Ein as they try to make a buck in the year 2071. How do they do it? They're bounty hunters!
While focussed on their constant struggle to capture bounties and pay the bills - perhaps the crew of the Bebop should be more concerned by what may catch up with them. Ghosts from the past, psychedelic mushrooms and justice-obsessed cowboys - Spike, Jet, Faye, Ed and even Ein have their work cut out trying to make ends meet!
Check out a trailer for the series below:
When it comes to Cowboy Bebop and the possibility of being able to bring out any kind of Ultimate Edition style release, we've always said that if was something we could do we would want to be able to include the movie, Knockin' on Heaven's Door, or the soundtrack to the TV series in some form. We're delighted to say that both will be included in this package! Here's all the juicy details for you -
First of all, it's worth noting that only 1000 units of this set are produced. This is a one-time print run, so if/when it's sold out, that's it. There won't be any more.
Inside this set you will get the following:
--- The entire Cowboy Bebop TV Series (26 episodes) over four Blu-ray discs with English and original Japanese (with English subtitles) audio options. On-disc extras for the series being:
--- Courtesy of our friends at Manga Entertainment UK, the feature film Cowboy Bebop The Movie (aka Knockin' on Heaven's Door) on Blu-ray with both English and original Japanese (with English subtitles) audio options. On-disc extras for this being:
~ Behind the Scenes Featurettes
~ Storyboard Comparisons: these show in a picture in picture style format how the finished animation looked compared to the original storyboard. This is shown for four particular scenes:
~ Conceptual Art Galleries: these give you the opportunity to look through a variety of art relating to the film itself. There are 5 galleries in total focusing on:
~ and there is a also an original U.S. Theatrical trailer for the film.
--- For the first-time ever in the United Kingdom, three full Cowboy Bebop TV Series Soundtrack CDs "Cowboy Bebop" (which we refer to as Soundtrack 1 in this release), "Cowboy Bebop NO DISC" and Cowboy Bebop BLUE". Track listing of each below for you:
"Cowboy Bebop" (Soundtrack 1) Track listing:
Total Duration: approx 53 minutes
"Cowboy Bebop NO DISC" Track Listing
Total Duration: approx 50 minutes
"Cowboy Bebop BLUE" Track Listing:
Total duration: approx 71 minutes
--- Our Cowboy Bebop Ultimate 120-page Art Book featuring art from the franchise that is divided across three sections: Line Art, Rough Sketches and Artworks. (Dimensions of book are 30.5cm x 30.5cm - the same size as a vinyl record, obviously thickness differing because of the page count. You can see how this will look below.
--- and is if that wasn't enough, all of this is packaged inside an individually numbered Cowboy Bebop themed vinyl flight case! In keeping with the theme of this being a vinyl flight case, the fact the book is sized with that in mind too, we've also taken this into account when it comes to how the TV series, Movie and CD soundtracks are being stored.
As you've seen pictured above, there will be two vinyl sized jackets inside the flight case. The first will house all four Blu-ray discs that comprise the TV series, with the jacket design being one tailored to the fact the TV series is stored inside. The second jacket being designed and themed around the three soundtrack CDs and the Blu-ray of Cowboy Bebop The Movie specifically. You can see these designs below.
This Ultimate Edition set will be available to order exclusively through Zavvi.com and our AllTheAnime.com online store. Pre-orders on both sites will be commence today (Wednesday 7th November 2018).
You can find the listings for both our AllTheAnime online store and Zavvi below.
The product itself will be shipping in DECEMBER 2018, so it will be available in time for Christmas! (Please FAQ section at end of this blog post for more information.)
UPDATE: 11TH DECEMBER 2018
We regret to inform everyone this product is now expected to ship from 31st December 2018. We sincerely apologise for the delay.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Each store only has a select allocation of units so once it appears as out fo stock on either store it means the allocation for that respective store has been sold. It's unlikely there will be any additional units after that.
And now one of the most important questions: HOW MUCH IS IT? This Cowboy Bebop Ultimate Edition release will have an SRP (Suggested Retail Price) of £299.99.
But, until Friday 7th December 2018 at our AllTheAnime.com online store you can pre-order it for £224.99 (valid while stock lasts).
This section is pretty self explanatory. Here we will address all sorts of questions you may have, or perhaps answer some you never even considered. (Some of the questions may likely answer things that have already been noted, but we're all prone to skimming through web pages, so we like to touch on things a few times to be sure.)
How much is this set?
As noted in the section above, the SRP for this is £299.99. Though until 7th December 2018 you can order at our AllTheAnime.com online store for £224.99
What's the release date of this?
In short, it will be in time for Christmas. We can't give an exact shipping date at this time, but we can least tell you at time of writing we intend for this to be shipping by the week before Christmas at the latest. (Obviously this will be updated once we can confirm for sure.)
UPDATE: 11th December 2018 - We regret to inform everyone this product is now expected to ship from 31st December 2018. We sincerely apologise for the delay.
Where can I order this?
This will be only be available online exclusively through Zavvi.com and AllTheAnime.com. Where possible, we (AllTheAnime) intend to make this available to purchase at events we exhibit at.
Why I can't I buy this from any other retailer?
For this particular release, it's an exclusive to product to Zavvi.com and AllTheAnime.com.
What are the dimensions of the vinyl flight case?
Approximately 33cm x 35cm x 21cm. (So it can fit standard 12" vinyl packaging, for reference.)
How is the product packaged shipping?
Due to the unique size of the overall product, it will be shipped in a box with packaging inside to protect it. (Obviously the box it will be too large to fit through a letter box.) Inside the vinyl flight case itself, the two vinyl style gatefolds will each be shrink wrapped. Additionally to ensure the gatefold packaging and the artbook are not moving around inside the box there will be a blank card fitment to fill the remaining space. Then there will be a layer of bubble wrap underneath the lid of the flight case itself top ensure there's no vertical movement inside.
Why is only Blu-ray included in this?
It's a very unique product, and for this we wanted to present the series in the best visual quality possible. This is why Blu-ray it's only included on Blu-ray. However, the entire series is available to purchase separately on DVD.
What's the aspect ratio of the episodes/movie on the Blu-ray discs?
The TV series was created at a time before widescreen was the norm, so all the episodes are presented in pillarboxed format. Meaning it retains it's original 4:3 ratio with black bars present either side of the image.
The movie however was a theatrical film and was created in widescreen (16:9). That is retained on the Blu-ray that is included in this set, courtesy of Manga Entertainment UK.
How come you're able to include The Movie in this set when a different company distributed it?
It's not the first-time we've collaborated with our friends at Manga Entertainment UK on a project. When it came to this project specifically, we made no secret that we always intended to accommodate the movie in some way, shape or form in our Ultimate Edition of Cowboy Bebop. Luckily the stars aligned and we have been able to include their Cowboy Bebop The Movie Blu-ray disc in this release!
Why no soundtrack on vinyl?
Being able to include the soundtrack on vinyl is something we've love to have done, but in our eyes for this to truly be an Ultimate Edition we wanted to be able to include the TV Series soundtrack in full rather than only part of it was of prime importance to us. Though vinyl was not possible, when the opportunity to include three full soundtrack CDs presented itself, we jumped at the chance to make this happen! Plus we feel being able to include three full soundtrack CDs helps add to the overall experience and completist nature of this set. We hope you agree too!
What Blu-ray disc masters are you using?
For the TV series, we are utilising our own Blu-ray master, which has been included in a past release of ours.
For Cowboy Bebop The Movie, we are utilising the same disc master Manga Entertainment UK have used for their own Blu-ray release. (A disc master that first utilised by Umbrella Entertainment in Australia, for those curious.)
All the discs are coded to Region B, for playback in UK & Ireland.
How are the discs stored inside the flight case?
They be contained inside vinyl gatefold/jacket style packaging. The TV series will be inside one jacket, the soundtrack CDs and Movie Blu-ray discs being in the other.
How many units are there? How long will this be available for?
In total, 1000 units of this set are being produced. In terms of availability, that ultimately (no pun intended) comes down to how many units are sold. We have no way of being able to forecast that. We would suggest pre-ordering to avoid any potential disappointment on missing out.
Will the CD soundtracks be available separately?
In short, no. We only have clearance to include them as part of this Ultimate Edition set of ours.
If this set sells out at either AllTheAnime.com or Zavvi.com, will there be any more?
It's highlight unlikely. The reason being that both stores only have a set allocation of units. So should it appear as out of stock on either site, we don't expect there to be any more units available.
And with all of that being said, I think that about wraps up this post detailing our upcoming Cowboy Bebop 20th Anniversary Ultimate Edition set! We hope you're excited for this. Let us know what you think - and if you have any question about something we may have missed, shoot them our way and if needed we'll add them to the FAQ section too!
By Helen McCarthy.
Many years ago, as editor of Anime UK magazine, I started Ah Oishi!!, a regular A5 recipe card series inside the back cover. Absurdly easy recipes were presented in five or six steps through manga and anime characters, illustrated in full colour. It was one of our most successful features: make it simple enough and everyone can unleash their inner chef.
Japanese Cooking with Manga: Easy Recipes Your Friends Will Love! takes a different approach to the same end. It’s only connected with manga in the sense that manga is the Japanese term for all comics. Three friends – one Japanese, one Italian, one Spanish, all living and working in Barcelona for around 15 years – created Gourmand Gohan, a team with a mission to self-publish recipe-driven graphic pamphlets showing how to cook Japanese food. Starting out in 2014 with 32-page zines in Spanish, the trio progressed through local food markets, a blog, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr accounts to this attractive English-language paperback from Tuttle.
The authenticity of the recipes is attested to by Maiko-san, the chef of the trio, who was born in Penguin Village, just like Arale-chan in Akira Toriyama’s manga Dr. Slump. This level of wide-eyed winsomeness persists throughout the book, part of its mission to convince us that Japanese cooking is FUN!!! And EASY!!! Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
In Britain and America, time-travel is often the pretext for a big story, and doubly so in animation. After all, T-Rexes or Terminators aren’t more expensive to animate than present-day Japan. And yet, anime often goes for the small time-travel tale. Think of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, a story with no cosmic disasters or flying cars, just a girl hopping around a few hours or days. Or take a series like Steins;Gate – it gets “big” eventually, but much of it takes place in one unglamorous room in Akihabara, where oddball characters do silly experiments with microwaved bananas.
Fireworks is another “small” film, though its final scenes have playful suggestions of a realm where scale is meaningless; as tiny as a droplet, as vast as a galaxy. For a large part, though, it’s another film about oddballs mucking around. These oddballs are middle-school kids, in a town by the sea called Moshimo (a Japanese name that can be read as “What if?”) At first, we mostly see a band of boys; they race to school on bikes and skateboards, ogle girls shamelessly, and argue about such matters as whether fireworks look flat or round when you see them from the side. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
The Shower is a 48-minute Korean animated film screening this coming Saturday (3rd November) as part of the London Korean Film Festival. The venue is the Phoenix Cinema at noon, and tickets are available here. It depicts an encounter between two young children, a boy and girl teetering on adolescence in a country setting that brims with potential. Yet the film will draw very different responses from different audiences.
Readers of this blog will be reminded strongly of classic anime; most obviously Ghibli films like My Neihgbour Totoro, but also Sunao Katabuchi’s Mai Mai Miracle and even the work of Makoto Shinkai. Korean viewers, meanwhile, will mostly sit down to the film knowing very well where the tale leads. For The Shower is based on a celebrated 1959 short story by Hwang sun-woon (1915-2000), which has long been a set book in South Korean schools. For a British equivalent, you might compare it to an adaptation of A Christmas Carol, in that everyone knows the basic journey; it’s only the details that change. Continue Reading
The doors have closed, the stalls have been packed away and another MCM London Comic Con is in the books. First of all a big thank you to everyone who visited out stalls and exhibition spaces and/or attended any panels and signing sessions; we hope you had a wonderful time.
Over the weekend we held two All The Anime panels; one on Friday and the other earlier today (Sunday 28th October.) We're just going to do a quick roundup of what we announced for you -
First of all, a few titles that chances are if you attended the recent Scotland Loves Anime Film Festival you may have heard about through the grapevine:
Cyber City Odeo 808 - You read this right you old school fans out there! We're releasing this classic 3-part OVA that never made the jump from VHS here in the UK as a remastered Blu-ray that will include the original English dub and original English soundtrack versions of the film (aka, the old Manga UK dub.)
Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade - It's a film we know a lot of you love, and we're delighted to bring this classic film to Blu-ray. You may not know, but this was written by Mamoru Oshii (director of Ghost in the Shell, creator of Blood: The Last Vampire) and was directed by the same man who directed the hit film A Letter To Momo, though this earlier work of Hiroyuki Okiyura is very much not a family film and definitely one for fans of darker and grittier anime to keep an eye on.
Calamity of a Zombie Girl - A horror film from the world famous studio Gonzo (Full Metal Panic, Afro Samurai) that had its UK premiere at the Scotland Loves Anime Film Festival earlier this month will be coming to home video from us in the future! If you're someone that enjoys a good bit of action, violence that also happens to feature zombies too, this is one for you!
Worth noting that there's no set time frame on when you'll hear more about the titles above at this point in time, but please know as soon as we have news to share on any of these we'll be sure to make it known. Hopefully you won't have to wait too long.
We're also happy to the confirm the now currently airing season, "Alicization", plus the recent spin-off season, "Gun Gale Online", of the Sword Art Online franchise will be receiving home video releases from us the future!
Again, we're unable to confirm any specifics at this time, but suffice to say it'll likely be a while before there is any news we can share on these; especially as season 3 has only just started airing. But at least you know that they will be coming in the future.
Persona5 The Day Breakers - Following our announcement back in May that we'll be bringing the recent Persona5 series to home video in the future, a number of you expressed interest as to whether that would extend to The Daybreakers special episode that originally launched in conjunction of the Japanese release of the Persona5 game. We're happy to confirm that this will also be getting a UK release, but we're unable to confirm any specifics at this time on how and/or when that may be.
Magic Knight Rayearth - Some of you old school fans out there may remember this anime, as part of the franchise (under the name "Rayearth" - which was a condensed version of the original TV series) saw a UK release a long, long time ago. But we're going to be bringing the complete 1994 TV series (49 episodes) of Magic Knight Rayearth to home video in the near future!
Again (and I appreciate I may sound like a broken record at this point), no specific details to share at this time, but once we can we'll make it known.
Bartender - Chances are many of you reading won't be aware of this series at all, but it's very a much a passion project and something we're delighted to be giving it's first English language home video release! That's right, no other English speaking territory has released this series before. As we talked about at MCM, we love being able to bring some unique or different anime to the UK and Bartender is no different! And this series about a bartender helping to solve people's problems through conversation and alcohol is one we're sure a lot of you are going to enjoy! We'll be sure to bring you more information about this as soon as we can.
Welcome To The Ballroom - From Production I.G, the studio that brought you Ghost in the Shell and many others, and directed by Yoshimi Itazu (Pigtails) comes a show that focuses on a hopeless student who is about as average as anything getting pulled into the world of ballroom dancing. It’s a show that’ll strut its stuff and move in ways Strictly would be proud of, so be sure to keep an eye for details on our release in the coming months!
Megalo Box - If you listened to the recent season of episodes of our All The Anime Podcast, you'll know we loved watching Megalo Box as it was airing earlier this year and we're delighted to say that we'll be bringing it to home video in the future! The series that celebrates a milestone anniversary for the Ashita no Joe franchise is one that brings a unique art style combined with great storytelling and some stunning action to boot, or to 'box' I should say given it's about boxing! Definitely one to keep on your radar for when we have details that we can share.
And that's what we announced over the MCM weekend! We hope you're excited for these and you can expect updates on a variety of other titles in our pipeline soon as well.