ANIME TOP TEN (LIST #2) - #3: Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' On Heaven's Door (2001)

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Director(s): Shinichiro Watanabe
Screenplay: Keiko Nobumoto
Music: Yoko Kanno
 
A great companion piece to the television series, this movie captures the flavor of Cowboy Bebop in a one-off that feels like a single episode type story but is on a grander scale that suits a movie. It has high production quality, to begin with. The art and animation are stunning. Everything is very detailed and the flow of animation is stunning, especially during the fight scenes, which are brilliantly coreographed. The music is yet another great accomplishment of Yoko Kanno and The Seatbelts, with each piece reflecting the atmosphere of the setting and situations given. The city (cities?) the movie takes place in are intricately drawn and have an active personality, as though it were a real place. There is a grittiness and activity that helps the city seem so real. The movie adds in slightly more insight into Spike's personality and I personally couldn't  help sitting at the edge of my seat, rooting for him. Fans of the series shouldn't miss it.