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Funimation to Screen Cowboy Bebop Anime Film in U.S. Theaters on August 15-16

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Screenings to feature English dub, English subtitles on different days

Funimation's Funimation Films website is listing that it will screen the Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door anime film in the United States on August 15 (English subtitles) and August 16 (English dub).

Funimation describes the film:

Caught up in a world of dreams, lost in the cruelty of reality.

What should have been an easy bounty turns into biological war after a terrorist gets ahold of a deadly virus. Drawn in by the pretty price on the mastermind's head, Spike and the Bebop crew are ready to collect a much-needed reward. Unfortunately, the gang's about to find themselves in more trouble than money when the terrorist threatens to unleash the virus on Halloween—effectively killing everyone on Mars. With little time and leads that seem more dreamy than helpful, they'll have to use their own bag of tricks to stop a dangerous plot.

The film originally opened in Japan in 2001, and screened in the U.S. previously in 2002 and 2003. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the film on DVD several times between 2003-2005, and Image Entertainment re-released the film on DVD in 2010-2012. Image Entertainment released the film on Blu-ray Disc in 2011.

The Cowboy Bebop anime series is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Funimation will release a 20th anniversary collector's edition for the series. The company posted a video featuring Spike's voice actor Kouichi Yamadera on Thursday. Pre-orders for the 20th anniversary edition end on Friday.

New York Comic Con in October will host character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, and mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane as guests. The guests will appear at a 20th anniversary retrospective for the anime.

Thanks to Rukiia for the news tip.

Sources: Funimation Films via WTK

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