Cowboy Bebop (1998–1999)

TV Series   |  TV-14   |    |  Animation, Action, Adventure


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The futuristic misadventures and tragedies of an easygoing bounty hunter and his partners.


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22 July 2003 | hyperexcel
Superbly styled anime
Cowboy Bebop should need no introduction; it's more than a uniquely defining series on several levels. Shinichi Watanabe crafted this mostly episodic anime with a beautiful plot arc that doesn't detract a bit from any moment in the series.

Following the misadventures of a crew of unlikely bounty hunters through the future solar system, Bebop liberally dabbles in jazz, both the music and the attitude. The lead character, Spike Spiegel, is as much an antihero in the anime tradition as he would be in a Hemingway novel- witty and gutsy, with a twist of nihlistic worldview. Along with Spike, each part of the ensemble main cast do more than enough to stand out on their own, with perfectly human qualities. Jet Black, the gruff pilot, is truly epitomized in the episode "Ganymede Elegy," where he confronts an old flame. Ed and Ein, the genius teenage hacker and her supersmart Corgi dog, throw the limits of standard comic relief out the window. And who could forget Faye Valentine, the eat-your-heart-out sprite of a woman with pizazz, flair, and a penchant for gambling.

If you're not a fan of anime because of its tendency to be far-fetched and downright weird at times, Bebop is the right starter series for you. A melodrama, a jazzy jam session, and a sci-fi detective thriller all wrapped into a tight, upbeat package. Superb.

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Trivia

In Session #7: Heavy Metal Queen, Faye and Spike's bounty for the episode is a man named Decker. This is reference to Blade Runner (1982), in which the main character, Deckard, is eventually chased by a woman (Pris) and a man (Batty).


Quotes

Ed: Ed will introduce Ed. Full name - Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky the 4th.
Spike Spiegel: That's a long name.
Faye Valentine: Who the hell's this?
Ed: Ed made up that name for Ed, isn't it cool?
Spike Spiegel: If you made it up, how can you be the 4th?


Goofs

Spike's hair changes from green to black repeatedly throughout the show.


Crazy Credits

In the English version during the credits while "Real Folk Blues" plays the subtitles alternate between the English translation (odd-numbered episodes) and romanized Japanese lyrics (even-numbered episodes).


Alternate Versions

After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, for two cycles, episode #22, "Cowboy Funk" was not aired on Cartoon Network, due to its plotline (a bomber blowing up skyscrapers) and the associated images of skyscrapers collapsing. The episode has since been aired on Cartoon Network. Also unaired, due to 9-11, was Episode #8 "Waltz for Venus," which opened with a spaceliner being hijacked. Also, for different reasons #6 "Sympathy for the Devil" (for scenes of a child being killed) was cut. All three episodes have since been aired on Cartoon Network. The original Japanese broadcast only aired half of the episodes in the show's run: the other half were deemed too violent for broadcast. It was aired later, uncut, on the cable WowWow network.


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Blue
by Seatbelts featuring Mai Yamane (ep 26)

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Animation | Action | Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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