It has been a quarter of a century since Spike Spiegel took his first step onto the Swordfish. Celebrating this milestone, the visionary director Shinichiro Watanabe will grace the anniversary screening of Cowboy Bebop: The Movie on September 23, hosted at Tokyo’s Shinjuku Piccadilly theater. Joining him will be Kōichi Yamadera (Spike), Megumi Hayashibara (Faye Valentine), and Aoi Tada (Ed), reuniting the cherished cast after a decade for this special Cowboy Bebop-themed event.
Guiding the proceedings will be Cowboy Bebop scriptwriter Dai Sato, who will adeptly moderate the event. Enthusiastic fans have the chance to contribute by submitting their inquiries in advance through the Sunrise World website. To secure a spot, interested attendees can partake in a lottery via Ticket Pia until the stroke of midnight on September 4. Following this, general ticket sales will commence on September 8, each ticket priced at 3500 yen.
A parallel endeavor, the Watch Party project for the TV series, is currently underway. Devotees can cast their votes for their preferred episodes on the Sunrise World website up until August 31, while also submitting questions for the upcoming screening. The episodes are categorized into action, comedy, and drama, with the top two selections poised to stream on Sunrise’s official YouTube channel in the near future.
Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (also known as Cowboy Bebop: The Movie) made its debut on September 1, 2001, in Japan. Its introduction to the United States was marked by its screening at AnimeCon in 2002, followed by a subsequent home video release in 2003. The movie received a Blu-ray release in Japan in 2008, followed by a US release in 2011. In commemoration of its 20th anniversary, Funimation Films hosted a two-night screening in 2018.
Funimation aptly encapsulates the film’s essence:
Ensnared in a realm of reveries, entangled in the harsh clutches of reality. What was initially a simple bounty hunt escalates into a biological battleground, as a terrorist gains control of a lethal virus. Enticed by the alluring reward on the mastermind’s head, Spike and the Bebop crew brace themselves for the pursuit. Yet, peril eclipses prosperity when the terrorist threatens to unleash the virus on Halloween, a potential catastrophe for all of Mars. With time slipping through their fingers and clues as elusive as dreams, they must delve into their own reservoir of cunning to thwart this perilous scheme.
Marking the 25th anniversary of the beloved 1998 anime, the show’s creative team is commemorating the occasion in grand style. This encompasses a fresh key visual crafted by character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto (depicted above), an exhibition at Tokyo’s Seibushibuyaten Movidakan department store on October 27, and various collaborative ventures. The pipeline includes upcoming fashion items from F-LAGSTUF-F and ZOZOTOWN brands, new figures by Good Smile Company, and an upcoming compendium of production materials.