A little over a week ago, I learned that Bandai Entertainment has finally re-released the whole of Cowboy Bebop as a box set for $49.98 ($39.99 from Amazon). Cowboy Bebop, if you don’t know, is consistently ranked as one of the best anime of all time (and ranked the best by a poll of industry insiders). It’s directed by Shinichirō Watanabe, and as with his more recent Samurai Champloo, Cowboy Bebop is a cultural mashup (champloo comes from the Japanese word chanpurÅ«, which means “to mix” or “to hash”). Bebop blends Westerns, film noir, Hong Kong martial arts and tosses it all into the late Twenty-First Century. It’s about a group of bounty hunters (cowboys) who team up to hunt down bounties throughout the solar system and how their backstories break into their present. Oh, it’s set to a lot of excellent music, mostly jazz and blues with some rock added in for good mesure. Much of the music is written by Yoko Kano, whom I’ve praised here before and performed by The Seatbelts. It’s well worth watching, if you haven’t seen it