My favorite is the scene in which the "bad guy" ties her up as she struggles in high heels, thigh-high stockings and he cuts open her shirt (which somehow manages to still cover her breasts...wink-wink). The film is obviously not for the kiddies. It's rated R, but despite a couple of bloody killings, didn't particularly show me much reason to be rated as such. There was no swearing, no nudity and the violence was minimal, at best/worst. In fact, that was one of my main disappointments with the film-- there wasn't as much action as I would have liked. It also dragged a little around the one hour mark, with a little too much exposition and "moments of sitting around and talking" amongst characters, incorporated a strange soundtrack which worked at times but stood out at others, and featured one annoying brat of a character, who just seemed to talk gibberish and get on my nerves (the computer expert teen chick).
Having said all that, the story was interesting, the characters were somewhat developed and believable, and the film's final half hour went "all out" with plane chases, gorgeous scenery and one all-out ass-kicking fight mano-a-mano. More of those would have been cool though. I prefer these types of animated flicks to SPIRITED AWAY and the lot because those fantasy/wonder flicks seem to incorporate too much spiritual mumbo-jumbo, of which I am not a fan. Like I said earlier, this type of movie works even without the animation, and frequently reminded me of others like BLADE RUNNER and TWELVE MONKEYS. Basically, if you enjoy your science-fiction mixed in with great-looking babes, a cool-ass lead, some decent action and an engaging story-line, give COWBOY BEBOP a shot and enjoy the sumptuous images, as well as the wicked directing choices (including angles of all kind, slow-motion, etc...), which are most pronounced in the film's slick opening robbery sequence and the awesome railway confrontation. Color me impressed
We also get 4 storyboard comparisons, which in a film like this, can be really cool and as suspected...were! They all looked almost exactly like the final scenes! We also get in-depth character profiles, which normally would be sort of boring, but being as I knew nothing of these folks before seeing the film (it's based on a popular TV series, after all), were quite informative and helpful. Slap in a cool menu, some conceptual art galleries (I don't care about stuff like that, but you might), a couple of music videos ("Ask DNA" and "Gotta Knock a Little Harder") and theatrical trailers for this film, METROPOLIS and a bunch of other Sony/Columbia non-anime titles (I SPY??) and you've got yourself a good time, even after the film is done.