Here’s my audio review of it on Soundcloud.
Looking around at Crunchyroll I found and rediscovered this show. I remembered watching this on Adult Swim late at night and what I didn’t know is that is was part 2 of a show in 4 parts. They also made a movie by Miyazaki that I’ve never seen, yet, that is. As well as a show dedicated to the girl in the gang Fujiko Mine which is on the FunimationNow app.
This show is basically Lupin the 3rd, the grandson of this famous thief, and his gang doing heists around the world instead of just Japan. Also, this Interpol Agent Zenagata that tries to capture them though when he tries to catch Lupin the 3rd it’s like Wiley Coyote trying to catch the roadrunner. They were only able to dub 79 episodes though I might want to watch the rest subbed just to see if the Japanese voices were any good.
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I’m a little late for this since I wanted to watch the dubbed version of this show on FunimationNow. Kind of grew up with the dub of Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, and even Dragon Ball GT. Even though Dragonball GT was non-canon, as in made up without the creator’s guidelines. I’ll also go over the 3 shows briefly just to kinda give you a feel for the series.
Dragon Ball is mostly our main hero Goku and his friends as they find the Dragon Balls. Goku was based on a Chinese folklore tale “Journey to the West” about a monkey and his adventures. The Dragon Balls have some kind of magic to them and if you find all of them and recite this saying to awaken the dragon, he will give you a wish. Although he can’t give you the same wish twice, and after the wish is received, the Dragon Balls all separate and lose their power for a year. This show seems more grounded compared to the other shows and movies we have now of the Dragon Ball series.
Dragon Ball Z introduces more powerful enemies and space for the most part. Also, there’s a lot of scenes where people “power up”. Where they basically squat a bit and go “Ahhh!” almost like they’re constipated a bit. That would be funny if they were like that when they were constipated though. There is character development through the show too despite all the bad talk I give it.
Dragon Ball GT the creator didn’t even make and hated it, something about they destroyed his work. Also at the end of the show, the narration says Goku was a “Savior” even though he was based on Chinese folklore. I’m also not going to talk about the movies since it feels like some of them are just there for the sake of it all.
Dragon Ball Super so far introduces this cat god that kind of looks like Anubis, called Beerus. Making Goku train harder than ever before, though I’m still trying to binge it when I can and hope to watch it all. I heard there’s a multiverse later in the series and that just opens up more possibilities, even some paths that Goku would have taken maybe. Anyway, most of the dubbed version is on FunimationNow and on Adult Swim if you can stay up that late. I can really feel the effort into this show so far and it’s nice to hear some of the original cast again.
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I remember watching this when Adult Swim first came out back in 2001 and I think the first episode of this series I saw was episode 5 “Ballad of Fallen Angels”. Watching this I was a little lost until I saw the whole show start to finish. People today have reviewed this in America since it came out in 1998 and surprised at how American it was. Also, it’s still on Adult Swim being rerun and rerun since that’s how good it is.
The director Shinichiro Watanabe also did Samurai Champloo, Space Dandy, and Boys on the Slope, which I haven”t seen yet. Though I did see Samurai Champloo and Space Dandy and they were amazing and I will get to those shows soon. Even heard Cowboy Bebop in Japan wasn’t much of a bit hit, but here though it WAS a bit hit probably because it’s so appealing to the western audiences.
The story is about the near future where people are in barely in space and crime has gotten so bad that bounty hunters do most of the work. There’s also a lot of homages to the western audience as well and can get cerebral too at times. It also has a lot of character building as well, like our main hero Spike Spiegel taking Bruce Lee’s philosophy of the water to heart.
Half of the show is creating this world and the characters that will soon meet up together as well. Like the fighter Spike, the ex-cop Jet, the dog Eine which is super intelligent, the con artist lady Fay, and the kid hacker Edward. At the end, I was kind of sad just because these shows were so good back then but if Cowboy Bebop did go on it would probably get too boring or take forever. Almost like One Piece, not that I hate One Piece it’s just like it’s afraid to end, also hope it won’t end up being the exact opposite of what it’s about like some shows that go on almost forever. You can also see my One Piece review for that but it’s kinda short.
Anyway, this anime is a legend and a must watch regardless of how old it is. The voice cast for the English dub I think did so good they do other voices as well. It’s on Funimation Now and Crunchyroll and you can get it on DVD and Blu-ray as well.