Cowboy Bebop

Title:Cowboy Bebop
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Notables: Animation - SUNRISE
MOMOI Haruko
Music - KANNO Yoko
OOKI Tamio
R1 License - Bandai (Defunct)
WATANABE Shinichiro
Jet and Spike are a couple of bounty hunters just trying to make ends meet, they both have pasts to run from. Can they, and their ship the Bebop, run fast enough. Just how Vicious will it get.

(1998-99, 26 episodes, 22 min. each)

Also see - Cowboy Bebop - the Movie
Episode Details 
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 96, 97, 98, 99
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Watch 7 7 7 7 8 8 Dreamer [series:175#2279]
Well rounded story. Once I got over the animation style, I got into the storyline and the characters. The dialogues were intelligent and witty at times and the characters were believable. The character development was very in depth and interesting, especially concerning Spike & Jet.... considering that they 'are' the lead characters.

The one thing that held it back from scoring any higher for me was Spikes character design. At first, I just couldn't get over his 70'ish style/look until waaaay into the series. The ending of the plot was by far one of the best I've seen in any anime. It was well executed and tied everything up nice and neat. Great series with a near "Buy" rating.

Last updated Sunday, February 17 2008. Created Sunday, February 17 2008.
Buy 9 10 9 10 10 10 Ggultra2764 [series:175#1552]
One of the all-time anime greats, Cowboy Bebop was a series that went well beyond what to offer up for a 1990s TV anime series in terms of both presentation and storytelling quality. Focused on the exploits of the members of a group of bounty hunters aboard the Bebop spaceship, the series mixes around episodic and ongoing storylines to tell its different tales involving Spike, Jet, Faye, Ein and Ed as they hunt down criminal targets and come to confront tragic elements of their pasts.

The storytelling approach to Bebop was unique for its time (and still holds up to this day) as many titles in the 1990s either offered an ongoing plot line or focused on episodic developments with its cast. Here in Bebop though, the storytelling focus is more fragmented as episodes are either devoted to exploring the Bebop crew going after a bounty that are mostly self-contained or dealing with issues related to their past that offer more ongoing development as the series progresses, particularly with Spike and Faye's stories. Each episode helps to explore more to the world of the series or flesh out another major element to one of the Bebop crew's developments. They also have varying moods and themes explored throughout the show's run, offering a mix of film noir, westerns, sci-fi, horror, comedy, action, mind screw and drama throughout the show's run. The show is heavily influenced through Western pop culture, and it shows with its homages and parodies to popular Western media franchises and figures like Batman, Gunsmoke, Alien and Bruce Lee.

Bebop depicts a realistic approach to its sci-fi world, preferring to apply a mix of scientific advances like astral gates and spaceships with settings that closely resemble those found within the modern era unlike the futuristic settings that titles like Akira or Outlaw Star would portray. Planets and moons colonized by humanity look more like modern era cities, each having their own varying issues with criminals, poverty and corruption. In addition, ships like the Bebop and Spike's Swordfish ship are regarded as relics of a past era by those having more modern spaceships via the standards of their time period.

Visually, Cowboy Bebop is easily among one of the 1990s most impressive looking titles. It offers vast settings that have a good deal of detail and take place in a variety of settings that include space, cities, mountains and sewers. Many characters are drawn with lifelike and realistic details, not sporting the typical “big eyed” anime look you would expect of many titles with characters sporting a variety of looks and some being attractive without going overboard with the looks, like Faye and Spike. Animation is consistently fluid throughout the series and applied in a variety of ways throughout Bebop's run that include physical fights, gun fights, spaceship fights, realistic physics applied to floating in space and evading incoming obstacles like gunfire or wreckage. CG animation is employed for some of the show's more elaborate animated sequences like computer screens and space wreckage, but these bits are rendered so well that they fit seamlessly in with the show's regular animation.

The soundtrack to Bebop is just as excellent, taking on the same Western influences that the show's storytelling elements employ as it milks use of Western genres like jazz, blues, country and hard rock to flow along with its presentation. Composed by famous anime composer Yoko Kanno, Bebop is easily among one of anime's best soundtracks that you can listen to, whether watching the series or enjoying just the music itself.

With its high-quality presentation and storytelling that are heavily Western influenced, Cowboy Bebop is easily among the very best offerings that the medium of anime has to offer with its excellent storytelling, visuals, soundtrack and characterization for a TV anime that is easily accessible to both newcomer and veteran alike.

Last updated Monday, September 21 2015. Created Sunday, January 06 2008.
Buy 10 10 10 10 10 10 sister m [series:175#2468]
This is my favourite anime series ever. Perhaps because it was the first serious anime I'd ever seen. It's all about people and their past and present. That's why it's so interesting. Jet and spike are two men trying to make some money with bounty hunting with very different reasons to do so. They don't take life so seriously, but food they do. So you gotta catch a big one to make it through the galaxy and that's where Ein and Faye come along and make the journey more complex,anoying and interesting. This series is more than it looks,not just a western but more of a love story. That's why it's good for those who aren't really into the girl-robot-from-the-space-falls-in-love-with-a-regular-japanese-high-school-boy. It's more targeted for the film noir fans who have a sense for irony.

Last updated Saturday, February 17 2007. Created Saturday, February 17 2007.
Buy Violet D [series:175#1393]
Cowboy Bebop was one of the first anime I started watching three years ago. I was flipping the channels one morning and ended up on channel 38. I thought what is this and started watching it. I thought I really like this animation and it isn't a kids cartoon. After that I started getting interested in all anime. Cowboy Bebop was the start to a wonderful world of animation and imagination. I didn't care for the ending but it ended the only way it could.I love watching all the anime and you might want to get the movie. I have that too.

Last updated Monday, April 25 2005. Created Monday, April 25 2005.
Watch 10 9 10 10 10 10 Demon [series:175#1857]
It's a show I rarely miss what so ever and I have seen most of the series because of its story, the gunplay, and the characters are wll rounded.

Last updated Tuesday, March 01 2005. Created Tuesday, March 01 2005.
Buy 10 10 10 10 10 10 Rei [series:175#1829]
Cowboy Bebop has to be one of my favorite animes ever created. From Spike's connections to the syndicate to Faye's memory loss, it has some touching and thoughtful stories. In addition, it also has a wonderfully balanced cast, terriffic action sequences and awesome fight scenes that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Suspenseful, heartwarming and hilarious -- Bebop stands elite in the anime section.

Last updated Tuesday, February 01 2005. Created Tuesday, February 01 2005.
Buy 10 10 10 10 9 9 Urmelis [series:175#1717]
It is quite interesting and sometimes really funny. There is just one thing that I didn't like- all this spaceships and modern stuff really could be removed, but still it is a fabulous anime and it is a real must for all anime lovers out there.

Last updated Wednesday, December 22 2004. Created Wednesday, December 22 2004.
Buy 10 10 10 9 10 9 manganime [series:175#1633]
What can I say? It's amazing in almost everyway.
I have to say it has the best ending I've ever seen, that's why although i would like a sequel I wouldn't like it at the same time, coz it left off so perfectly. I never get bored of watching that episode, Real Folk Blues part 2 is just awesome.
The only thing I think is better than this great series is my personal favourite DBZ.
Not all the episodes are great like Wild Horses, gateway Shuffle.
But the fact that everybody loves it is a bit of a thorn in the spine, I wish some of that popualarity went to DBZ, but then again when things get TOO popular they tend to cheapen.
All in all, second best thing that can be found on t.v.

Last updated Thursday, October 14 2004. Created Thursday, October 14 2004.
Buy 10 10 10 10 10 10 Aya [series:175#1626]
One word, MASTERPIECE, or is that 2 words? Nevermind, Over all this anime is one of the greatest in the world. With sci-fi and western mixed together its a PERFECTION. Though at the end of the very last episode that very last minute has a flaw...why won't you watch it and see how beautiful this is from beginning through the end and see this jaw-dropping anime.

Last updated Sunday, October 10 2004. Created Sunday, October 10 2004.
Buy 9 9 8 10 9 9 Iceman_Aragorn [series:175#1517]
As said below again and again, this is one of the best animes ever.
This, along with Trigun or Chobits, is probably one of the best animes to start someone who has never watched anime on.
The main word I can use to describe this anime is "Style". From the animation, to the fight scenes, to the characters, to the music, to the entire structure of the anime: style.
Something I can say about few animes indeed: I never once have skipped the intro. The song is just too good. The artistic animation of the intro is none-too-bad either.
Each episode features a musically-inspired name, and usually incorporates that style of music in the episode at some point. Also, to the more musically inclined, or artistic-types in general, I get the sense that the style of music is even reflected in the plot of the episode itself.
Some episodes are slower, with a jazzy or classy (read: classical) feel to them, while some episodes seem to be on an adrenaline rush with a faster hard rock or heavy metal feel.
Anyone else feel like this might be true?

Last updated Thursday, July 29 2004. Created Thursday, July 29 2004.
Buy 9 10 9 10 10 8 DarknessoftheSea [series:175#1432]
Cowboy Bebop is one the better series around. Good animation, deep and enjoyable characters, and an above par story make this one worth having around.

Last updated Monday, June 14 2004. Created Monday, June 14 2004.
Buy 9 10 10 10 9 8 Anonymous #1390 [series:175#1390]
There's really no other way to put it, this series is good, really good. The characters are totally unique and develop throughout the series. The animation is excellent, and its got enough action to keep you on your toes. The story line was very good when all the pieces came to gether; I was really wondering about he rose and the flashbacks all the time. THE most compelling characteristic part of this series is THE MUSIC. This is what made this anime series. Excellent composition and selection. It really adds to the experience.

Last updated Tuesday, May 11 2004. Created Tuesday, May 11 2004.
Buy 10 10 10 10 9 9 DillonSOB [series:175#1352]
I am an avid Anime fan (by no means an expert though) and Watanabe’s Cowboy Bebop is the BEST series I’ve have the pleasure of viewing. I originally watched it from low-res mpg downloads but eventually got a hand of the Perfect Sessions Box Set (which actually had legible and coherent subtitles) that made viewing much more enjoyable. I will make references to important plot points and ending themes in this review, so only read on if you don’t mind a few “spoilers.”
Very rarely can an action/sci-fi plotline encompass genuine, creative, and dramatic narratives of philosophy, romance, and other cerebral concepts, not to mention layered, imaginative characters you actually care about. The incredibly witty and appropriate dialogues (thanks to writer Inari’s genius) are precious. In addition, the characters (especially the leads) are so appealing because of their believable fallibility, mortality, and dreams. Yes, it’s true that Gumby-goofy Ed can be artificial and annoying at times (and maybe out of place in an adult-themed anime), but I’m sure we’ve met real children crazier than she. This is not so damaging, since the series oscillates between earnest, dramatic plotlines and lighthearted, satirical ones (blithe “Toys in the Attic” and “Mushroom Samba” are hilarious). Ed can fit well in many motifs, because she is an integral part of the Bebop crew, comforting the others with her innocent, benevolent nature. Despite all her antics, the leads are never upset with Ed, nor do they take her skills/company for granted. This is noteworthy because a major character theme in Bebop is the hesitation to embrace the value of companionship. In contrast, the other leads spend a lot of time complaining and criticizing each other (as all families/coworkers tend to do, but possibly as an indication of their fears and insecurities).
I am so fed up with American Hollywood portrayals of purely good and evil characters; fortunately Bebop does not sink so low and insult the audience with moral simplicity. Maybe apart from “bad guy” Vicious, all the Bebop characters and bounties are ambiguous, conflicted people marginalized and alienated by a cold, materialistic world that moves to a different beat. They are left behind and forgotten, so they resist by the only means at their disposal: crime. Most characters are off their rocker to some degree or another, and one doesn’t expect an anime to sensibly combine a wildly eclectic mix of characters such as eco-terrorists, government assassins, drug dealers/addicts, mob affiliates, ex-law enforcement, hackers, mad bombers, space truckers, and a Lone Ranger wanna-be (it’s amusing that Spike hates Andy because everyone knows they are alike). But this series juggles its cast with style, and each bizarre figure adds something tangible and meaningful to the series and the Bebop crew’s development. Most of them were just down on their luck or desperate, so therefore turned extreme to try to break even in an unfriendly, uncompassionate society. Characters like Rocco, Lin/Shin, and Annie especially personify the losing battle to preserve decency and relationships in an increasingly uncaring culture that forces us to choose between love and survival. It’s not that I’m fond of characters like Asimov and the Red Dragons, but you find yourself empathizing or at least feeling pity for those unfortunate souls who generally wanted nothing more than a bit of happiness and peace. But as the old story goes, uninvited complications got in the way.
The key theme of solitude is apparent in the choice of minor characters, such as the Chessmaster, MPU, Teddy Bomber, Meifa’s father, Wen, Pierrot, and Londes. Due to their uniqueness or idiosyncrasies, they have become wandering aliens doomed to a life of solitude. They want nothing more than to reach out and connect with someone real to reaffirm their purpose. Occasionally they do achieve a shred of that satisfaction, but their pleasure is generally short-lived before misfortune beckons.
Even the Gateway transport system is a symbol of techno-social alienation. The invention has linked humans together across vast distances of space, yet people are as lost and detached as ever (hobo communes in space garbage, forgotten distant slums, hermits occupying desolate wastelands). As a clear criticism of globalization and capitalistic “progress,” space travel and the Gateways have driven people further apart, not united them as in some utopian sci-fi narratives like Star Trek. For those characters who are not alone, they are still cursed with ill-fated love or unfortunate circumstance. As cynicism and hope wage war in the Bebop universe, couples like Asimov and his girl, Rocco and his sister, Rhint and Alisa, Jet, Meifa, and her father, and of course Spike and Julia may achieve moments of tenderness and perfection – but their bliss usually ends in sorrow.
That seems to be the main difference between Vicious and the other characters; he is the only cold-hearted, vengeful figure concerned with worldly power and conquest. Like Faye, he doesn’t want to get close to anyone, and hates the human need for togetherness. Maybe that is why he is so vindictive against Spike and Julia; he probably felt love and friendship for them, before they discarded him and the Syndicate for the hope of a better life. Like many real sociopaths and criminals in history, Vicious desires to see others suffer as he has. That is why he made Julia choose between her love for Spike (and her own demise) or Spike’s death (and her survival). He seeks to proliferate his rage and angst across the stars, and craves the power to do so through the Syndicate. But even Vicious was capable of tenderness for his war comrade Gren (but then he betrayed him and the poor soul became a hermaphrodite from drug abuse in jail – that’s a new one!). In that excellent scene between hardened Vicious and naïve Gren in the Titan trench, you can almost see the emotional drain and weariness with fighting in Vicious’ distant expression (a tribute to Bebop’s artistic quality). Yet he is still capable of generosity and protection for Gren, even though life and honor are slowly losing their meaning/value for such a strong, proud, yet embittered individual. And he resents his own humanity and tenderness, eventually betraying Gren who may have been too close for comfort. After experiencing the horrors of war and the predatory attitude of the Syndicate, we can almost understand why Vicious has decided to make a power play and crush his rivals. He tempts death, yet hopes to find temporary release and meaning as a crime lord inflicting pain on others, since others cannot give him affirmation.
It is beautiful when the Bebop crew can allow themselves to share solace and strength with each other. However, it is usually shattered by the realities of their personas/situations, and the truth that they could never be together as “one big happy family.” Faye wants nothing more than to regain her memories back, and Jet and Spike help her down that path (along with some anonymous benefactor). Yet she is unable to show appreciation or respect for them, and is too fearful to confront her feelings, allow herself to trust others, and show a need for their companionship (she is an independent, incredulous woman and doesn’t want to be let down by another Whitney experience). Like the Prodigal’s son, she forsakes her friends to try her luck in the world, and always returns downtrodden and defeated (she finally remembers who she was and where she came from, but it was nothing good and only shadows remained). She tries to suppress her longing to be with someone who gives a damn about her. The fact that she was medically preserved and now lives in a foreign time period further contributes to her alienation and incongruity with the world. She can’t be herself because she barely knows who she is, and she can’t even feel comfortable as a regular feminine woman, except in the brief presence of people like Gren and Julia. When she views the tape of her young self, so vibrant, enthusiastic, and unjaded, it brings tears to her eyes because she is scared to embrace that aspect of her past. Like most other Bebop characters, Faye is often fearful to allow happiness and optimism to enter her life once again. However, she realizes that her past is her only encouragement (her younger self “cheers” for her), because her future in the cold world is filled with worries of debt, prison, and loss. Her desperation and cynical view of the world manifest in her penchant for gambling –a volatile, unfair vice for fools with grand dreams of rectifying their personal problems with quick wealth, but loss is the common result. In the final episode, Faye’s feelings finally shift, because she can’t bear to watch Spike throw his life away and leave her. She can’t understand, but resigns herself to the reality that Julia is his world and Fay can never have him.
Spike annoys Jet for leaving and returning to the ship at will, albeit for different reasons. He’s floating and wandering through an existence that is somewhere in between reality and a dream. He’s longing for Julia, who is his only proof that his life is real and worth living. He’s living only for her, but that decision entails a lot of sacrifice and risk. What if Julia betrayed him, what if she doesn’t love him anymore, what if he can never find her again?
But after her murder, Spike has no other objective but to settle the score with Vicious and “wake up” from his sad dream. He does not want to merely die (or he could have ended his life by his own hands long ago), but to see if he is truly alive (a cryptic explanation that I am still struggling to comprehend). All the people Spike has battled with no fear of death, and even the beckoning of Faye and Jet (verbal or subconscious), do not deter him from this mission. Exemplified by his visits to the Native American shaman and meditative demeanor, Spike has an undeniable blasé-Zen spiritual quality with a wounded soul (by analogy, Faye and her amnesia could represent the “mental”, and Jet and his arm injury the “visceral” components of Bebop). Spike is a man who lives on principles, unfazed by the chaos of the world, but still flawed and feeling when it comes to his past with Vicious and Julia. As Bebop’s main “protagonist,” we cannot ignore his habit of doing good and protecting the innocent from evil. Spike is usually on the right side of the issues, but we start to worry for him by the latter episodes. It is possible that he believes that he can be reunited with Julia again at the end of their dream, as long as he sets things right with the Syndicate. Vicious’ assassination of the Red Dragon elders is an example of his disruptive, chaotic presence upsetting the balance of the world. As is the theme for many fantasy/sci-fi stories, the protagonist must defeat the villain and restore order and peace to the world, sometimes at the cost of his/her own life. Spike must defeat Vicious to not only fulfill his karma and honor Julia, but also to restore equilibrium to the Bebop universe and conclusion to the story. Vicious and Spike even affirm that they can only be killed by each other, which implies their intertwined fate and dualistic, complimentary nature. They are the most obvious vehicles for the ever-present conflict between good and evil in the Bebop world.
One of the most priceless “loneliness” moments in the series takes place in the “Hard Luck Woman” session when Ed is reunited with her father (a geologist who can kick Spike’s ass in martial arts for some unexplained reason). Paternal and emotionally-fragile Jet prepares a bounty of boiled eggs (significant and symbolic because the Bebop crew is often “hungry” for sustenance, companionship, meaning, etc.) for the “family,” yet no one returns to enjoy the feast except Spike. The two original cowboys stuff their faces with egg after egg, even voraciously partaking of their partners’ portions. It’s a shocking and pitiful display of desolation, emotional longing, and disappointment. Jet is the foundation of Bebop, and although he can be tough on the job, he is too timid with Faye and Spike to keep them close or honest. As a common emotional defense, he gets angry with them and tries to convince himself that he doesn’t care whether they return, even though everyone is aware of his feelings. Like Faye, he unsuccessfully tries to convince himself that the others are no good for him and he doesn’t need them. Jet’s past was full of disappointments: the departure of his old lover Alisa and the betrayal of his trusted ISSP partner. He built his life around his police work and his woman, and they let him down. Everything meaningful in his world has come crashing down, and now he is adrift and sulking. Now he is in denial of his pain and his need for Spike/Faye, because he does not want to feel weak and forsaken ever again. Although Jet is can be the most menacing and heavy-handed of the crew, he is also quite gentile and graceful (depicted by his bonsai and culinary hobbies). I am sure we can visualize aspects of ourselves in each of the three lead characters, which is a quality that other great anime works with their distant, larger-than-life heroes may not be able to duplicate.
I am no artist so I cannot really comment on Bebop’s visuals, except that I appreciate the intriguing combination of dark neo-industrial tones, old time detective story décor, smoky underground jazz culture, and the mysterious romance and vastness of the Wild West and deep space. Bebop is full of stunningly hollow and desolate locales like an empty automated amusement park with spooky neon lighting, vast floating farms on Venus and isolated habitation domes on Mars, dingy and claustrophobic spacecraft, windswept deserts, vast and sterile Syndicate chambers, opaque bars filled with anonymous faces, and grungy slum alleys. The anachronistic and voluminous scenery further contribute to Bebop’s immersive quality; you feel adrift and forsaken in this fantasy dream world that feels so real. Characters are drawn with care and proportion, and exhibit such detailed body language to compliment and flesh out their personalities. This contributes to their realism despite the typical artistic exaggerations like Ed’s visage, Jet’s facial hair, and Spike’s thin frame/huge feet. Other cartoon exaggerations (Spike holding his breath and floating from spaceship to spaceship, Vicious and Spike surviving so many mortal injuries) can be forgiven, because Bebop’s key themes are not skin-deep.
The score and theme songs by the celebrated Yoko Kanno are stunning. Besides upbeat tunes like “Tank,” the cabaret jazz pieces and mellow world beats are beautiful and tragic, conveying melancholy, gloomy themes of lost people wandering a lonely solar system. The somber saxophone music totally compliments (without overpowering) the tender and tragic moments in sessions like “Asteroid Blues” (while Asimov and his girl are chased by Spike and trapped by the ISSP, and she decides to euthanase him) and “Jupiter Jazz Part 2” (when Spike comforts the dying Gren and jettisons him back to his old battlefield). In stark contrast, Julia’s murder is simply accompanied by the sound of silence perforated with numbingly harmonic raindrops and beating wings. Analyzing/comparing the lyrics of ending songs like “See you Space Cowboy,” “Adieu,” and “The Real Folk Blues” is an essay in itself.
“And now here I stand lost in a memory, I see your face and smile. Oh how I love you so, lost in those memories and now you've gone. I feel the pain, feeling like a fool, adieu.”
“What is right, what is wrong? It’s like both sides of a coin, how long must I live until I release?”
Such quotes describe the essence and passion of Bebop’s tragic romance.
By the time I watched the last session, I was so taken by the ending theme “Blue” that I could only sit back in awe and gaze hypnotically at the scrolling credits, trying to digest what I had just experienced. After the sudden death of Spike and my dismay that the Bebop series had to end, I was truly moved. Lines like “Wanna be free, gotta be free … Everything is clearer now: life is just a dream, you know, that’s never ending; I’m ascending,” mesh perfectly with the conclusion of Bebop. Spike’s star extinguishing at the end was tender and a heartfelt finishing touch to a tragic but satisfied existence (when he had no more need to live). I am still a bit puzzled about the final quote (watch the last session past the final credits) taking the place of the usual “See you space cowboy.” I suppose “You’re going to carry that weight,” could refer to Spike’s burden of seeing the world as past and present and/or his destiny to lose Julia and confront Vicious in order to conclude the story. After the “Jupiter Jazz” 2-part session, the closing quote was also very appropriate for the characters involved: “Who is your comrade?”
There are many Bebop essays out there for you to read about plot themes, potential romances, and explanations of vague events. This review is mostly just a fan’s personal insights about a highly influential piece of anime art that has touched me personally. Especially for someone who has experienced loss, loneliness, alienation, and also questioned the meaning/value of life (I’m sure some of you can relate), Bebop is especially provocative, impressive, and poignant. Similar to the ending of the motion picture “12 Monkeys,” Bebop is not simply a depressing, anti-Disney sob story. There is victory and release in death, and an affirmation of life and love. The closure also provides hope for the future of the surviving characters, as well as a valuable learning experience for cherishing each other and starting anew with what you have. For counter-culture characters who are accustomed to going against the grain in an unfeeling universe, they must find a way to simply get by and achieve meaning in their existence as Spike did (hopefully with less sorrow, anger, and sacrifice). Spike’s death exemplifies what and who are worth fighting, living, and dying for.
Bebop’s themes and messages are varied, relevant, sometimes subtle/unexpected, and cryptic yet attainable. Each character and session are distinctive and add nuance and flavor to a very vivid universe where humanity and feeling are at odds with technology and society. Nothing in the series is cheap, hurried, unnecessary, or compromised. Every aspect is meticulously, deliberately, and flawlessly done – which permits an amazing, convincing blend of the visceral, cerebral, and the surreal (similar to the Matrix in that regard). Unlike the painstakingly animated but emotionally limited “Final Fantasy” film, Bebop tantalizes all our senses as well as our sentiments and sensibilities. It’s beautiful for a TV anime, but doesn’t expect the audience to be satisfied with art alone. Clever social commentary, moral edification, relationship drama, and human psychology are all apparent without being overbearing, condescending, or corny. Bebop is not “dumbed down” for mass consumption, yet diverse viewers from children to the elderly can gain something unique and precious from watching. In conclusion, Bebop truly is a masterpiece that transcends the limits of animated film, and as promised, the work has become a new genre unto itself. As a result, I wish to speak for millions of fans around the world and convey our deepest admiration and gratitude.
A great site for more Bebop information: I know there are many Bebop fan sites/analyses out there, so please let me know if you recommend any.

Last updated Wednesday, February 09 2005. Created Wednesday, April 21 2004.
Buy 10 10 8 10 10 10 VampXIII [series:175#708]
Jet and Spike are a couple of bounty hunters just trying to make ends meet, they both have pasts to run from. Can they, and their ship the Bebop, run fast enough. Just how Vicious will it get. This series is a very oldish styled, as in the way everyone acts and the clothes ect... The end movie in my opinion though was very below par. Thogh overall the story and the sound track make up for what its lacking.

Last updated Thursday, January 22 2004. Created Thursday, January 22 2004.
Buy 10 10 10 10 10 10 Lothe [series:175#1137]
I almost find it difficult to review BeBop, simply because so much has already been said that it's nigh impossible not to repeat other reviews. I'll take that risk, though, and if I do, consider it my seconding their opinion.
First of all, let me lay this out: I think BeBop is a great series. It's one of my very favorites, and though I'll give impartiality my best shot, there's going to be a tint of that throughout.
When somebody says, "What's it about?", my first response is usually something like "Well, there's this motely crew of bountry hunters, and they go around trying to...catch bounties. But it's really interesting."
And therein lies the conundrum. BeBop doesn't seem to have an especially original premise. Yet it blends all the ideas it uses into a cohesive and compelling whole. The animation, done by Studio Sunrise, is top-notch throughout, and Watanabe Shinichiro's judicious but well-integrated use of computer graphics manages (for the most part) not to stand out against the traditional animation.
Then there's the music. Kanno Yoko, known for her work on Escaflowne among other series, scored BeBop, and what a score it is. The music is created brilliantly and fits the series like a glove; although the soundtrack as a whole features a jazzy sort of sound, it manages to cover a mind-boggling range of styles and never once becomes generic or uninteresting. The use of sound as a whole in this series is much more carefully thought-out than in many shows, having some sequences with only music and others where the soundtrack drops away entirely.
Now, the guts of the series...the story. The first impression most people (myself included) get with this series is that it's well-done and solid but somewhat uninspired in the plot department. The first few episodes are distinctly episodic and serve mostly to get us used to the characters.
But my advice is, stick it out til episode 5, "Ballad of Fallen Angels" (conveniantly, the first DVD volume has the first five episodes on it) and watch the story really kick into gear. The true plot behind this series is difficult to simply summarize, but when you have seen the whole thing you sit back and realize you have just witnessed something incredibly powerful. Watch the series again and see how elements of previous episodes suddenly fall into place, and how a great many of the episodes echo the larger themes of the story on a smaller scale.
The characters are engaging from the start, and as the series progresses and their personalities--and pasts--are explored, they become downright gripping. Cowboy BeBop also has the relatively rare gift of being able to combine humorous and serious episodes within the same series, and these two things can even occur withing the same episode. (For the best example, watch episode 8, "Waltz for Venus".) Sometimes this doesn't work out as well as the producers intended (episode 11, "Toys in the Attic"), but BeBop's bad days are on par with a lot of shows' good days, so it all works out.
The Japanese acting here is very solid, but I feel it's actually outperformed by the English dub (and as I tend towards subs, that's saying a lot). The English dub is nearly devoid of the poor casting and bad acting that characterized many "pre-BeBop" dubs; it challenges and even exceeds many shows originally recorded in English.
To put everything succinctly, there's really no reason not to give this series a shot. Although I've known a few people who aren't really BeBop fans, it does appeal to the vast majority of those who see it, and everyone ought to at least try it out. This is anime at its best in almost every way, and even though it can't please all of the people, all of the time, it should come pretty close.

Last updated Thursday, January 08 2004. Created Thursday, January 08 2004.
Buy 10 10 10 10 10 10 StoicDan [series:175#1118]
Cowboy Bebop is my all time favorite. Their music matches the anime style perfectly. Also, the character relationship is awesome. I just love how well the characters go together. Honestly, this anime could not be any better. Futhermore, near to the end when Faye tries to show her feelings to Spike, was very moving. She watches him go by to see if he is really "alive" or not. All she could do is watch. The theme of this anime, "Is this reality, or just a dream." Amazing. Julia, a woman that just can't be left alone. Spike would search heaven and hell for her. Vicious, Spike's old friend and present enemy. This anime had everything. Action, comedy, love, name it, it has it. This is my NUMBA ONE ANIME! It's a must buy.

Last updated Monday, December 29 2003. Created Monday, December 29 2003.
Buy 9 10 10 10 10 Tom [series:175#1086]
Buy this, you deserve it to own the best anime ever (well, if not the best it's definetly up there). After the first episode I knew this kicked a@@. I even watched Spike beat up Asimov in slow-mo, his nose actually flattens when he gets decked (cool!!!!)
This story is great, but I think saying that is an understatment. The only thing I have to say is that the ending is sad, but was very well done (as was everything else about this anime).

Last updated Monday, December 01 2003. Created Monday, December 01 2003.
Buy 9 10 10 10 7 7 Rogue_Noir [series:175#850]
Definitely see this if you're serious about anime. This show has everything: Action, Drama, Character Development, Philosophy, and some Romance. The only thing it's lacking is a well developed plot. Some episodes have little to do with the ending other than add some Character Development and they could have been replaced to a different time in the storyline without affecting the overall theme too much. But anyways, you really should check it out if you haven't already!

Last updated Saturday, July 03 2004. Created Wednesday, November 12 2003.
Buy 8 9 8 9 9 MasterYoshidino [series:175#598]
Well finally i got around to watching enough episodes on tv and on the net to get an idea of how to rate this. Very nice. Cool music and the characters really stand out and get defined as the eps progress. Buy this thing now, unless you think we all josh you then go to some place like blockbuster and rent it, then buy it.
Cowboy Bebop is so famous there was even a hentai spoof made of it by MMG called "Anime Fiction". Shows how famous and cool this anime is.

Last updated Thursday, October 30 2003. Created Thursday, October 30 2003.
Buy 0 Anonymous #984 [series:175#984]
Hello there, I am going to tell you what Cowboy Bebop is, and means to me. Cowboy Bebop to me is a PHENOMINON, and should be for any true Otaku Fan such as myself... and as you can "Probably" Tell this is my Favorite Anime Series EVER! This Show has made me Laugh alot, and even Cry. I bought it the Day they took it off Adult Swim, and I bought 2 others with it which are among my Favorites also. Now I will tell you the other Anime Series that are superb. Outlaw Star 9.8/10. Trigun 9.4 3/4/10. Lupin the 3rd 9.2 1/2/10. Big O 9.5 3/4/10... these are my other Favorites which are in Second, and now for the rest which are in 3rd-5th. FLCL 9.1 1/2/10. Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure 9.1/10. Pilot Candidate 8.2 3/4/10. G Gundam 8.4 1/2/10. Silent Mobius 8.1/10. Crest of the Stars (Banner of the Stars) 8.5 3/4/10. DBZ 8.1 1/2/10. Yu-Yu Hakusho 7.6/10. Rurouni Kenshin 8.7/10. Berserk 6.8/10. Tenchi 8.7 3/4/10. Inu-Yasha 9.2 3/4/10. Android Kikaider 9.4/10. Orphen 8.5/10. The Slayers 8.3 1/2/10. CYborg 009 8.1 3/4/10. Pokemon 8.9/10. Home Movies 8.3/10. Dragon Ball 7.8 3/4/10. Series Expreimental Lain 8.1 1/2/10. That conludes my Review. Bye.

Last updated Monday, September 22 2003. Created Monday, September 22 2003.
Buy dhrachth [series:175#962]
I don't know what I can say that others haven't already. Great show, loved it.
There were a couple weak episodes, but overall it was excellent. There's action, drama, comedy, even a little romance this one has got it all.

Last updated Wednesday, September 10 2003. Created Wednesday, September 10 2003.
Watch 9 9 9 9 9 9 SimeonTheConqueror [series:175#917]
Perhaps one of the best anime shows out there. The character designs are nothing short of brilliant and the storyline is well defined and has a nice touch to it. If you an anime lover, you'll absolutely adore this series. It's one of the best out there. It shows at 1:30 A.M. on Cartoonnetwork's Adult Swim.

Last updated Saturday, August 16 2003. Created Saturday, August 16 2003.
Buy 10 10 10 10 10 10 Chris Janus [series:175#913]
now its very rare for me to give out a perfect score but everyone has their favorites and this is it. Cowboy Bebop is the story of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine, Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky the 4th, and the data dog Ein. This is the story of their adventures as they search for bounties and most importantly food. i think the story is great because at the beginning of the show each character has a hidden past that slowly is revieled through story development. The character designs are amazing, series director Shinichi Watanabe spared no expense. The music is top notch, done by the famous Yoko Kanno, and is the best ive seen in an anime. It has the perfect blend of blues, funk, and some pop to fit the moment perfectly. this is a series that should not be missed by anyone who watches anime. People will be talkin about Cowboy Bebop for years to come.

Last updated Saturday, August 16 2003. Created Saturday, August 16 2003.
Buy 10 10 10 10 10 10 DarkEnder [series:175#885]
This is a must see for any anime fan out there. Its funny without being stupid and has enough action and story behind it to keep anyone happy. If not for this series trigun would be my #1 favorite. Spike is an awesome guy and with Jet, Faye and of course Ed as the supporting cast it makes for some great stories and eps. There are a couple of eps that I don't like but you know the saying "you can't please everyone all the time". There's always going to be a few eps within a series that just don't click for you. As a whole there's no reason not to run out and buy the series!

Last updated Wednesday, August 13 2003. Created Wednesday, August 13 2003.
Buy 10 10 10 10 10 10 Gai Daikoji [series:175#895]
This is probably one of the greatest animes that I have ever seen. Because it is just a well rounded series that knows what its doing. Shinichiro Wantanabe is brilliant for starting his fist anime series with this awesome tale of bounty hunters. The only person that can do this series more justice than Wantanabe himself is the musical godess Yoko Kanno who really brings the anime and the characters to life. I suggest everyone check out the music soundtracks and the extra compilations done by Yoko Kanno and the Seatbelts.
Awesome just all around awesome.

Last updated Wednesday, August 06 2003. Created Wednesday, August 06 2003.
Buy bekku [series:175#816]
very great story, with a plot that goes in a good direction. the story begins hillarious and ends off depressing, although no matter how sad the ending was i really enjoyed it. whoever thought up such a touching story as this has a great mind.
fav. character = edward. i mean, come on! typing with your feet is the best! and who else can confuse the audience as to whether she was male or female ^____^; i dunno, all her personally dedicated episodes were the best, especially the mushroom episode.

Last updated Sunday, June 29 2003. Created Sunday, June 29 2003.
Buy [series:175#802]
For anyone unfamiliar with the show, it's basically about bounty hunters set to an old time jazz music soundtrack with plenty of classy stories and dark morals along the way. This is one series you don't have to be an anime fan to appreciate, but you have to be willing to give it a fair chance.
A single episode of Cowboy Bebop packs more punch than several entire anime series I know of. If you're not a fan of the show by the end of episode one alone, you probably won't be. The characters are as real as any old time bounty hunter / detective movie, and every bit as interesting. The sci-fi space twist doesn't take away from the show in the slightest, it adds much.
With episode titles like Asteroid Blues, Honky Tonk Woman, Waltz for Venus, and Jupiter Jazz, the space, class, and jazz heavy style is quite apparent from the beginning. This isn't just some theme slapped on top of an anime, rather a critical part of the show.
Reviews & Fan Art

Last updated Tuesday, June 24 2003. Created Tuesday, June 24 2003.
Buy 10 10 10 10 10 10 He, The Hitokiri [series:175#666]
The best Tv series out there. It's about Spike. A bounty hunter and former member of a secret syndicate of assasins. it talks about most of their cases, but in the end mostly revolves around Spike's search for his lost love, Julia, and the conflicts between he and his rival, Vicious. Full of action, crime, sex, and some romance. the characters are drawn and played beautifully, the story is awesome, and the series is nice and moderately long. A great series all in all. Oh and that girll is a sexy bitch too ^_^.

Last updated Thursday, May 01 2003. Created Thursday, May 01 2003.
Buy 10 10 10 10 10 10 Anonymous #526 [series:175#526]
ok where do i start ok to the people that says COWBOY BEBOP is overhyped. what are ya talking about. It one of the best anime story and dont get me started about the music Yoko Kanno does a great job here the sound track is once of the best out there. if you can buy both

Last updated Wednesday, April 30 2003. Created Wednesday, April 30 2003.
Buy 10 10 8 10 8 8 Stretch [series:175#628]
In case anyone needs another indication of just how superb the opening theme song to this show is, Cartoon Network has recently been making a habit of dispensing with the theme songs of the Anime series it shows, and replacing them with a montage of exciting clips to get the attention of viewers. But they haven't touched "Tank!"
I first encountered CB back when Cartoon Network was showing two episodes back-to-back as part of their new "Adult Swim" lineup. Since everything else was pure comedy, I didn't know what to expect; what I got was my first taste of modern Anime. I wound up feeling so astonished that I didn't really know what to make of it. CB probably doesn't get as much praise from me as it deserves for the simple reason that I've seen each episode so many times that I'd rather watch something new than rewatch them yet again. As an example of the series at it's best, I would offer up the episode "Waltz for Venus". In it, Spike makes an unlikely new friend, Roco, who is attracted to him because of his awesome martial arts skill. The two wind up fighting for their lives together. Just when he needs it most, Roco manages to pull off a slick move that Spike has taught him--and something immediately happens (I can't tell you what in case you haven't already seen the episode). But I swear, the effect is damn near perfect drama! The final scene is hauntingly beautiful--no dialogue, just music and animation. (I'm pleased to learn that "Waltz for Venus" was included in a special DVD consisting of six of the best CB episodes)
I think even the episodes which I didn't initially feel were worth 25 minutes worth of VCR tape have tended to grow on me. The concept of the "Monkey Business" virus in "Gateway Shuffle" seemed absurd at first, but I now consider that episode to be among my favorites. Maybe that's because the female villain is the sort of charachter you just love to hate! On the other hand, there are still certain episodes I could do without--like "Boogie Woogie Feng Shui". Also, there's the episode in which a Space Shuttle has fallen into the hands of a space hotrod builder--somehow, the notion that this guy and his apprentice could keep a vehicle serviceable which currently takes NASA and literally billions of dollars seems ridiculous. Oh yeah, I just remembered what must be the most irritating scene of the entire series--the one where Spike and Jet go to see a geek who collects 20th century VCRs. Why did Spike behave not just insensitively, but like a total idiot?! He's not like that!
CB is frequently described as a near perfect anime series, which can mean only one thing--somebody has got to step forward and point out some flaws within it! It seems kind of silly to me that Earth has been devastated, mankind has migrated to other planets within the solar system, all within the next 70 years or so--yet we seem to have brought with us both the oldest and the sleaziest stuff we could lay our hands on! It's as if we realised that we could never survive in our new homes without our precious slums and red-light districts! In one episode I recognized what could only be an exact replica of the Hagia Sophia, (a gigantic mosque, over a thousand years old, in Istanbul) rebuilt on another planet. Maybe learning too much history and geography makes it harder to enjoy anime. At least "globalization" is clearly not going to turn out to be nearly as bad as some have predicted! More likely the makers of Cowboy Bebop needed an excuse to include interplanetary travel via spaceship, so they just duplicated parts of earth exactly on "other planets".
Perhaps if I'd been watching some of the relatively crappy anime which I am all too familiar with today before I was introduced to CB, I would have given it more enthusiastic praise. Then again, maybe the fact that I *have* rewatched it so many times is the most sincere praise I can give!
My favorite line:
"Somehow I don't think Charlie Parker would be quoting Goerthe" --Spike

Last updated Friday, February 20 2004. Created Thursday, April 10 2003.
Buy 8 10 9 10 9 6 Anonymous #572 [series:175#572]
This series is well thought out with an interesting plot, although the inconsistency of the storyline made the episodes kinda confusing.
The characters are very unique and with the exception of Ed all have a mysterious and complex personality that is eventually revealed. When they are revealed though it brings a sense of completeness that climaxes with Spike's confrontation with Vicious. The ending was great and it really suprised me.
As this was one of the first animes I watched, it paved the path for other great action dramas like Trigun and Outlaw Star, which I also rank highly in my favorites.

Last updated Thursday, March 06 2003. Created Thursday, March 06 2003.
Rent 9 9 9 6 9 7 AstroNerdBoy [series:175#436]
Ah, the much-hyped Cowboy Bebop. When I downloaded the first episode, it didn't do much for me so I quit watching. Then, when Cartoon Network picked up The Return of Lupin III and started Cowboy Bebop from scratch, I thought I'd give it another go and I'm glad I did as I understand why so many people drool over it, even if I'm not in their midst.

First, let me say that the series starts slow. I'm not talking about action as there's plenty of that. Even now, the first two episodes were...boring to me. Our two main characters of Spike and Jet are bounty hunters some time in the future (50 or more years from 2003 if I'm not mistaken). Earth is mostly a wasteland and the solar system has been colonized with Mars being the best planet. Travel between planets is done via hypergates for speed or the old slow route which can take weeks. Organized crime, fashioned after the yakuza, rules the solar system. There are police forces, but they are pretty powerless and rely on bounty hunters to bring in the worst of the worst.

The series is primarly episodic in nature which was somewhat of a weak point for me. The main theme of the series is dealing with ones past. All four main characters have a past they'd either rather forget or are ignorant of and want to discover. The character this theme primarily rotates around is Spike. He was a fairly important person in the Red Dragon organization before he left, something that is not allowed. However, this is only a loose thread and only comes into serious play at the middle and end of the series. Otherwise, each episode has almost nothing to do with the ones previous.

Episode three is where the series finally got interesting to me. With the introduction of Faye, Spike and Jet emerged from the 2-D world into a more 3-D world. She was the perfect counter for them. The later addition of the hacker-girl Ed was icing on the cake. Sadly, Ed wasn't used as much as I would have like to have seen as she's the first to leave our band of flawed heroes.

Some episodes were humorous, some were very interesting, but some are just outright boring and pointless. As a whole package though, Cowboy Bebop works because at heart it is a tradgedy and plays almost like Shakespear (if I'm not overstating things). I didn't realize this until Faye confronted Spike before he left for his confrontation with the villian Vicious in the final episode. The scene just screamed, "Tradgedy!" I'm not a fan of tragic stories and dislike stories like Romeo and Juliet as the RW is depressing enough. Still, one cannot deny that Romeo and Juliet is a powerful, good story. The same can be said of Cowboy Bebop.

Bottom line: well worth renting. See also Cowboy Bebop: The Movie.

Last updated Sunday, August 24 2003. Created Friday, February 28 2003.
Buy 10 9 9 10 8 9 AntitrustSpider [series:175#542]
A great anime that I stayed up past midnight to watch, and then ended up downloading it anyway. This is a great anime even though the story line is a little out of whack, but it's still great! Great animation and loads of action.

Last updated Sunday, February 16 2003. Created Sunday, February 16 2003.
Buy 9 9 10 10 8 10 AerosolWriter [series:175#525]
My kind of anime, with action, comedy, and just plain cool animation. Its a must see. The Greatest things about it were the characters. You also cant forget the cool scenes of shootouts, drug use, and drama, just seem to fit just well. Every episode had its own story, that was entertaining and never brought up the annoying and dreaded "TO BE CONTINUED" aspect.
The one thing I couldnt help but notice when I first saw the show was it resemblance to Lupin the 3rd (which actually just started to air on adult swim). Except for theyre being Ed, theres a samurai, lupin looked like spike except for the hair style, and instead of bounty hunters their thiefs.
The one thing about cowboy bebop that stood out was its art and animation. Which had some pretty neat sequences. And the music always seems to fit at the right time. If anyone thought this anime was bad, maybe it would be nice to be enlightened.

Last updated Tuesday, February 04 2003. Created Tuesday, February 04 2003.
Buy 10 10 10 10 10 10 William Harker [series:175#503]
I'm sure it's been said before, but the reason that this series is so great is due to its diversity. In every episode, you find humour, drama, violence (of course), and intricate plot development. The character development is superb, and with the courage to (gasp) kill off the main character at the end, this anime hits an all-time high. Congradulations to the makers, and to the reader, BUY IT!

Last updated Saturday, January 25 2003. Created Saturday, January 25 2003.
Buy 9 10 9 10 10 8 kakyuu_prince [series:175#404]
I think a lot of these other reviews have summed up my thoughts on Cwoboy Bebop but I'm going to do a review anyway. The animation is very good. You wouldn't expect that kind of quality usually in a TV series, but I guess there was enough money to do it here. It's very good and it STAYS that way. Gee, what a concept (I'm looking in your direction Fushigi Yugi...). The charcters were very well done. Spike was a really interesting guy and Jet was a grumpy old man with a nice heart but wouldn't admit it. Faye was really a great character, how many people thought that in the beginning she would just be around for fan service? I'm sure a lot. But she developed into her own strong character by the end. Ed was hilarious and lots of fun to watch. I wish there had been more times when Ed went after the bounty, like in Mushroom Samba which was one of the best episodes. Cowboy Bebop also has hands down, THE best dub ever. The only dub that has come close to rivaling Bebop is Trigun. The dub is superb, I prefered it over the japanese version even, it's that good. Hayashibara Megumi did do a fantastic job playing Faye but so did Wendee Lee. Ed's dub voice was good too, retaining Ed's insane humor. Cowboy Bebop's story was very good and the music was done by Kanno Yoko and therefore needs no futhur comment if you've ever heard Kanno Yoko's music before. I very highly reccomend Cowboy Bebop to anyone.

Last updated Saturday, October 19 2002. Created Saturday, October 19 2002.
Rent 10 10 8 9 5 0 Million Knives [series:175#266]
To put it bluntly, Cowboy Bebop is the most stylish Anime in the universe.
But to go into depth about this Anime a bit, then style is what this Anime is all about.
Cowboy Bebop is obviously a quite popular Anime, but that's only because of the awesome style and music that accompanies it (Jazz no less!).
But to be writing this Anime off as a "classic" or "the BEST ANIME" would be doing my review disgrace. To say the least, the 26 episodes in Cowboy Bebop are almost ENTIRELY episodic except for the last few (even Trigun had less episodic themes...for an Anime that turned serious after being a goofball comedy Anime..)
Also, while the characters are OKAY (and definitely flashy, sexy, cool, yadda yadda), the 26 episodes barely explain the PURPOSE of these characters and it's very hard to associate with these charcters since they seem to circle around the "Coolness" factor that surrounds them all the time. Maybe except for Ed (who's a GIRL by the way), who does her best impression of a Slayers or Dragonball style crude comedy in some of the episodes.
So if you are a lover of stylish Animes but don't give a crap about storylines, then you should go check it out in Cartoon Network or just go out there and buy some DVDs.
But if you want some PURPOSE in Anime characters or some really convincing STORYLINES, then try to avoid Cowboy Bebop. Your best bet would be to simply watch it on Cartoon Network... Cowboy Bebop is one of several unfortunate examples of overly hyped Animes... I'm not gonna name names, but you (the objective Anime fan)will get the idea...

Last updated Friday, January 18 2002. Created Friday, January 18 2002.
Rent 9 9 9 9 Chichi [series:175#149]
I doubt this series truly needs my opinion, but just to comment upon it anyway...
It's a wonderful, well rounded series that comes with all endorsements of plot and character design. I personally enjoyed it, and have generally seen the entire series excepting an episode here or there. The main reasons I would not buy this is because it plays on TV and that the plot itself does not appeal to me in a fashion it may to others.

Last updated Sunday, January 13 2002. Created Sunday, January 13 2002.
Buy 10 10 10 10 10 10 Atsumi_Yamaki [series:175#259]
Ok I shouldnt be reviewing it from the little I have seen(2 eps. from CN's Adult Swim) But from what i've senn this is a great anime (especially ED) But getting back to the point... I first thought this would be a STUPID anime But then I saw it (my sis who hates anime fell asleep on the couch) And I thought It was really good

Last updated Friday, January 11 2002. Created Friday, January 11 2002.
Buy 9 9 9 8 9 9 Cenit [series:175#45]
Little is to be said with all those people above me saying all those things. I think if anyone is reading this is pretty clear by now that Cowboy Bebop is a great Anime. The first episodes are but a collection of short histories when all our characters are joined up, and then the real thing began, between bountis, shootings and lots of money Spike gets every time near the track of his lost love, Julia, and the destiny of what his old gang is planning for him. All the episodes are worth seeing and buying, the way the characters are used is simply supreme, and every story and episode is a masterpiece of their own. The last chapters as ussual are the best one, the Real Folk Blues, a little bit tragic, but hey, that's life.

Last updated Tuesday, January 08 2002. Created Tuesday, January 08 2002.
Buy 9 9 9 10 10 Hagakure [series:175#240]
Cowboy Bebop is, simply put, a work of art. It has a sort of stylish glare to it, that, once the viewer has become accustomed to, they won't be able to get enough. Between well develouped character designs, a powerful storyline, and a stunning soundtrack.
Cowboy Bebop is a story of a group of bounty hunters who live in the far future. During this time, humanity has expanded across the galaxy to escape the disasturous meteor showers on Earth. But the backgrond aside, the story focuses on a few, rather charismatic bounty hunters; The main character, Spike Spiegel, who is a former gangster in a major crime syndicate, Jet Black, his partner, an ex-cop, Faye Valentine, a mysterious yet coy amnesia case, Ed , a genius hacker, and Ein, a dog with amazing mental qualities. Spike, who struggles with the other characters to make ends meet through hunting bounty heads, has a very dark past that catches up with him throughout the series. During this time, more and more of this deep duress is revealed.
Cowboy Bebop is very steady in its trikle of info leading to Spike's past. It leaves you with a different part in almost every episode, making just dying to see what happens next. The story is slightly episodic, for those with a prejudice towards such things. Yet it NEVER fails to deliver. There is a deep rooted style to Cowboy Bebop that keeps the story snappy, Spike's punchlines entertaining, and keeps the more emotional parts from getting sappy.
Yoko Kanno did a beautiful job with the jazzy Bebop soundtrack. Her theme song for the series, entitled "Tank!" really sets the scene for the series. Her ending song "The Real Folk Blues" will have you buying the soundtrack and tapping your foot to it uncontrollably.
It's just that good.
To sing the praises of Cowboy Bebop in a short and sweet way, I cannot stress the satifaction this series delivers. It will have you laughing, crying, and using Spike irresistable quotes. Quality?

Last updated Friday, November 23 2001. Created Friday, November 23 2001.
Rent 8 8 9 6 4 Midnighter [series:175#94]
Cowboy Bebop is one of the most hyped anime series in recent memory, but does it deserve the rep it has?
Well...not really.
Bebop is really hit-and-miss. When it's bad it's nearly unwatchable, but when it's good, it is truly spectacular. The first two DVD's are nothing remarkable, with the exception of episode 5 which shows how good the series can be, but with the 2 parter Jupiter Jazz, it begins to look up. Volumes 4, 5, & 6 are all very solid for the most part, and the final three episodes are some of the best anime ever. Period. It's unfortunate that Bebop takes so long to find itself, because if all of the episodes were as good as episodes 25 & 26, it would be the best series to date.
As it is, Bebop slogs through half a season in mediocrity with occasional moments of brilliance. Despite what you've probably heard, Bebop is NOT the say all of anime. Fortunately the characters save it, as they all have interesting pasts, personalities, and they are all likable. The entire cast all gets at least one episode to themselves, which is nice in that certain characters don't just fade into the background. Edward rises above 'Wesley Crusher' syndrome, Faye becomes more than just sex appeal, and Spike continues to develop from the 2-dimensional cocky badass to a real person with an actual personality
Unfortunately the individual episodes are all completely by the nubers and episodic, and status quo tends to return at the end of each until the last DVD. The stories are little more than vehicles for unlikely gunplay, and could have benefited from some real writing. As it is, it is an established order of
1.) Bebop crew is broke and have to hunt a criminal for bounty.
2.) Through forced and heavy handed 'writing,' Bebop crew engages in token implausable gunfight.
3.) Faye makes snide remark at the end, status quo returns.
The series follows this 123 step pattern for most of its run, breaking free only occasionally and torturing those who expect more.
The animation is superb, a nice mix of traditional cel animation and non-obtrusive CG effects. High frame rates and vibrant colors grab the viewer from episode one, and stays fairly consistant all the way thru. The music, an interesting, though highly over-rated mix of numerous musical styles is usually employed to great effect, adding to the situation and giving the scenes intensity without overshadowing them. Special note should be given to the dub, as the English voice cast is actually better than the origional Japanese, at least in my humble opinion. ( I suppose I'll get hate mail now from American Otaku who don't actually speak Japanes but remain self-righteous...)
Cowboy Bebop is a worthwhile rent, even though one has to sit through roughly half a season before it gets particularly watchable, while enduring tantalizing hints at just how good it can (and will) be. But after the final credits role, one realizes just how fond of the characters we've become, and don't be surprised if you have to wipe a tear from the corner of your eye. Bebop is well worth your time and money if you ignore the overwhelming hype and don't expect too much.

Last updated Sunday, December 09 2001. Created Monday, November 19 2001.
Buy 9 9 9 10 10 10 isabella [series:175#229]
this is also one of my favorite animes *__* what can i add that other reviewers before me haven't? lol
Kanno Yoko does a fabulous job with the music. Green Bird Kireiii!!!!
The overall series is great and many of the epsiodes (that don't fit with the main story or whatnot) are fun and entertaining. They also furthur character development.
I liked all the characters... i dunno why... infact all of them... spike... ed, faye, ein (okay, so the dog kinda got on my nerves ^^;; ), jet, julia, viscous... *shrug* i think they all had fabulous stories!! even the damned filler episode people who weren't even apart of the whole major concept (ie. asimov's girl... and i can't even remember her name... and that "guy" from jupiter jazz *sigh*).
Go Ed ^_____^ hehehe
anywayz... this is a fabulous anime. Watch it (rent the dvd and watch it in japanese ^______^*) then buy it if you're so inclined ^^
and yes... this series made me cry ;__;
ja, isabella ^^*

Last updated Tuesday, October 23 2001. Created Tuesday, October 23 2001.
Buy 9 9 10 10 10 Courtney [series:175#80]
Each time a see an episode of this series, I love it even more! COWBOY BEBOP is just one of those animes where everything about it seems to be of the highest quality production company can hope to aspire to. Though I rarely believe in a "perfect series" I find I have very little to complain about with COWBOY BEBOP aside from I wish it could go on forever.
COWBOY BEBOP is designed for people who are big on space operas and justice to the highest bidder (and occasionally a moral cause). The whole attitude of the series gives me the impression that the people who created COWBOY BEBOP are not only fans of blues and jazz (and the music is 100% PERFECT every single time!!!) but American 70s crime drama (just watch the opening if you doubt me!).
I like the plot because so much of it is independent from one anther. Thats not to say there is absolutely no continuity in the series, rather, COWBOY BEBOP is just a fan of telling stories like theyre memoirs and keeping a lot of its tales neither here nor there (half the time the only way to tell where you are in the series is whos part of the Bebop Crew at the time). I adore the character designs as theyre all complex (and sometimes perplexing) in their motivations. Since half the episodes of BEBOP are the back-stories of the characters, the viewers gradually become well aware why the characters are all as jaded and screwed up as they are. Sometimes its almost painful watching them interact because theyve all been burned so bad that simple things like trust and caring can be very challenging for them (save for Radical Edward who never ceases to entertain me with her sheer mania). Though all are emotionally unavailable, you can still find breaks in Bebop Crews personalities that make you appreciate the effort what was put in creating them (The usually collected and fluid Spike becomes rather irritable and irrational at the mention of his nemesis Viscous or lost-love Julia. Jet maintains the honor and chivalry of a truly decent guy despite his line of work and is often willing to forfeit a bounty if he feels the person deserves better. Faye, typically greedy and manipulative, is a rather vulnerable individual who probably needs a hug more than a swift kick to the ass. Even Edward, despite her mania, trusts and cares for her companions considerably.) Still, despite their empathic failings you get the impression they do care about each other, though theyll never admit it.
Im grateful that COWBOY BEBOP isnt one of those series where the writers were compelled to create romantic relationships amongst the crew simply for the sake of it not to mention it would be ridiculous considering the context of the series. Spike has the elusive Julia whom he'll try to understand and reunite with even if it kills him. Jet gives me the impression hes just a little too old and has lost too many women to really want to try anymore. Faye has bigger problems than finding love in her life while Edward is simply too young and scattered to have such worries as of yet.
I finally saw the last of BEBOP's episodes and I had a mixed reaction towards the ending. Without trying to ruin it, I was hoping that the series would end full circle with Jet and Spike on their own, pretending to everything is as it should be, refusing to admit they may actually miss having women, kids, and pets on the ship...not the case despite my hopes and expectations. Like always, BEBOP leaves you on a bitter-sweet note that makes you almost believe it was, in fact, a happy ending.
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Last updated Wednesday, December 26 2001. Created Wednesday, October 10 2001.
Buy 10 9 10 10 10 Barry [series:175#122]
This is an excellent series. All the reasons why you should immediately head down the the store and buy this have been listed in great detail above. So, I'll just summarize my review a bit:
It looks SWEET.
It sounds AWESOME. (Kanno is a goddess)
It's FUN.
It'll make you THINK.
It's got characters you'll LOVE and LOVE TO HATE.
It's even got a GOOD ENGLISH DUB. (update 10/31: After watching the dubbed version almost exclusively for weeks, I have come to the conclusion that, based on the very western feel of this show, it seems more natural for it to be spoken in English. Plus, the stellar acting job done by the English cast really makes me feel all tingly in my good spot. That is all.)
It's just a hair short of PERFECTION.
That's it. Go get it. Or, for those with thin wallets, I highly reccommend watching it (ever so slightly edited) on the Cartoon Network whenever it happens to be on.

Last updated Sunday, September 05 2004. Created Friday, September 21 2001.
Buy 9 9 9 10 9 10 Lickylick [series:175#133]
That is all I have to say after seeing this series. I started watching it with fairly high expectations. This far surpassed everything that I expected. This series was so good in so many ways, my parents (major anime-haters) actually sat down and enjoyed watching them.
The characters are all enjoyable at the least, most of the time lovable (I didn't like Jet all that much). The best characters would have to be Vicious, Spike, Ed, Faye, Shin, Lin, and that super-assassin-with-the-mind-of-a-child.
The music...
I was never a huge jazz fan... until Cowboy Bebop appeared in my life. Grats to Yoko for another great soundtrack. A must-have series for the music if you love good jazz.
The storyline was very good, whether separate or consecutive. Most pieces of the story encompass a single episode, with two two episode exceptions. The character development is handled very well.
Buy this one... right now.
Go out right now and buy this series.
And once again, I repeat:
na no da

Last updated Sunday, April 01 2001. Created Sunday, April 01 2001.
Buy 9 9 10 10 10 Black Panther [series:175#142]
This is one of my favorite anime's of all time! It is hilarious! However, don't be fooled, the story line is so gripping, and the symbolism...,the character design WOW, and the music is just...excellent...I LOVE the music. I don't think any anime I have seen has matched it. "Cowboy Bebop" is a one of kind, and so worth buying! What ever you do don't miss out on this one!
PS I am now the PROUD owner of the complete "Cowboy Bebop" series, Thank you Coyote!

Last updated Saturday, December 28 2002. Created Monday, February 19 2001.
Buy 9 9 9 9 10 Anonymous #130 [series:175#130]
Cowboy Bebop is definately a great anime. Throughout the course of the anime, most of the episodes are very episodic. Yet, it does not seem so much that way, occasionally there are a few stories that go on to two episodes. However, there are these universal stories that they slightly talk about and in the end or throughout the course of the TV series, it all comes together. The ending was an extremely great ending (happy and sad depending who's perspective you look at). An absolute MUST-BUY for any anime fan.

Last updated Thursday, January 25 2001. Created Thursday, January 25 2001.
Buy 9 9 10 10 9 Dr.Yoshi [series:175#110]
This is one of my top 5 favorite anime shows. It's hilarious, but also has a sense of meaning to it. This is one of the few series that you can either watch in a row or an episode separately, and it won't really hurt the story line.
But the best parts of this anime is the charters and the music. I fell in love with the five main charters to the series. All have the ups and downs, and we get to see many sides on them. The music is also unforgettable. Yoko Kanno does a magnificent job here.

Last updated Sunday, December 17 2000. Created Sunday, December 17 2000.
Buy 9 9 9 10 9 Kaneda [series:175#87]
This is a really cool anime, the music is great the action is cool, I pressoanlly loved it and would reccomend it to most

Last updated Monday, November 20 2000. Created Monday, November 20 2000.
Buy 9 9 8 10 9 CatWoman [series:175#65]
This is a really good anime with the exception of the few that the Coyote mentioned. It is hilarious but it has a touch of a serious nature to it. It is one that I would sugest you buy (excluding 8,12,13).

Last updated Friday, August 11 2000. Created Friday, August 11 2000.
Buy 9 9 9 10 10 The Coyote [series:175#64]
This is a great anime. I would call this my favorite all time anime Series the story line is griping and entertaining, both funny and dramatic and it brings to the table a new kind of anime. These shows can be watched seperatly and as a series and can be entertaining both ways, But the real kicker is the music this is without a doubt tops ever in anime I wish I could just find the sound track and listen to that all day if you love great jazz and great music you won't find better any where bar none. The story line is supreamly done a total master peice This is what an anime series should be

Last updated Sunday, May 30 2004. Created Monday, August 07 2000.

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