In the year 2071, humanity has colonized several of the planets and moons of the solar system leaving the now uninhabitable surface of planet Earth behind. The Inter Solar System Police attempts to keep peace in the galaxy, aided in part by outlaw bounty hunters, referred to as “Cowboys”. The ragtag team aboard the spaceship Bebop are two such individuals.
Mellow and carefree Spike Spiegel is balanced by his boisterous, pragmatic partner Jet Black as the pair makes a living chasing bounties and collecting rewards. Thrown off course by the addition of new members that they meet in their travels—Ein, a genetically engineered, highly intelligent Welsh Corgi; femme fatale Faye Valentine, an enigmatic trickster with memory loss; and the strange computer whiz kid Edward Wong—the crew embarks on thrilling adventures that unravel each member’s dark and mysterious past little by little.
Well-balanced with high density action and light-hearted comedy, Cowboy Bebop is a space Western classic and an homage to the smooth and improvised music it is named after. – My Anime List
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It is no doubt that Cowboy Bebop has had its lasting significance, and its qualities prove why critics are still raving over this classic. While the dark, solemn nature of the series may not be everyone’s cup of tea, Bebop takes what it wants to cover and puts it on masterful display. This series is short and bittersweet, but it is an experience I think every anime fan should have at least once. Plus, who could really reject the incredibleness that was this? See you Space Cowboy…
On the surface, it’s easy to dismiss as ’70s retro fluff. “Hey, there’s Vega$ all over again!” And yes, many a Japanese and American movie star or feature is lampooned in one form or another during each episode. Cases in point: Spike Spiegel is a postmodern Lupin III. And in the first episode alone, Asimov Sorenson and Katarina…. can we say Desperado, kids? (Heck, even Quentin Tarantino seems to have a cameo!) But beneath that noir veneer is a very human drama that has just enough humor and clever dialogue to be realistic, yet highly entertaining. This is a must-have for any serious collector of Japanese animation.
Simply put, this anime is one of the best.
Cowboy Bebop was so well done that I just didn’t want it to end. There was so much to it, but at lot more could have been possible. It didn’t help that Spike’s story felt a little incomplete. Not bagging on the ending, it was excellent, but I can only imagine how much richer the series would have been given another five to ten episodes. What I personally experienced was similar to when I watched Fafner, being so entranced, so connected that I wished it could go on much longer. Alas, that is a sign of good storytelling which I can forgive, especially with a standalone movie that came later. I could go on forever, the epic moments, the fun battles, the dub that was as good (maybe better) than the original. But I digress, this review is starting to go overboard. I bid you ado, until next time, space cowboy.
Anime News Network
Cowboy Bebop takes a cold view of the universe and colors it with warmth, inviting viewers to a tragedy that is frequently punctuated with purest joy. It takes its cynical, world-weary neo-noir roots and thoroughly transforms them into a story that is strangely uplifting in its sorrow, and filled with downright gleeful adventures in the build to the dream’s conclusion. This show is so damn good that it doesn’t have to be deciphered to be appreciated. Even without the episode-combing it takes to uncover the deeper reasons for Spike’s final “Bang,” his shot made its way straight to the hearts of millions, and with this release, hopefully millions more in the future.
Seriously if I was going to recommend an anime, I’d recommend this anime first. It is nearly flawless as an anime, and just crazy enough to get you use to some of the craziness that is other anime. There are incredibly few flaws and is nearly perfect therefore if you haven’t watched the series yet, I’d recommend doing so. Right now. Top of the list. If you have watched the series, you probably know what I mean. This may not be my favorite anime series, but professionally I can’t deny it is nearly flawless and few people won’t enjoy this.
Now I loved the little throwbacks here and there in the episodes, but I think the one thing that was great in the series was the music. It was just beautiful, which by the way is one my favorite anime soundtracks.
Really, I could go on talking even more about this show. However, several people already have and, like all good things, this review must eventually come to an end. For those who haven’t seen Cowboy Bebop, GO WATCH IT NOW. Trust me, you have no idea what you’re missing out on.
Believe the hype. Cowboy Bebop is known worldwide for its mastery of the medium for more reasons than I could possibly squeeze into this review. It is about as flawless as an anime can get and it is rare that I ever end a review without a single negative comment. Even the box art is nice, I can’t even criticise that! It sits there looking cool and sophisticated from the spine and then BAM the colour erupts into your eyes the second you turn it over and that is exactly what Cowboy Bebop is, impeccably stylish, but with the action and excitement to back it up
I think Cowboy Bebop will always have a special place in my heart. For all its distinct qualities, the series has carved a niche of its own and ultimately attested to its own commercial slogan: the work, which becomes a new genre itself, will be called Cowboy Bebop. Every episode in the series has its individual flair, yet when taken as a whole, it doesn’t feel disjointed or awkward. At times fun, at times inspirational, and at times heartbreaking, this is a series brimming with originality and fully deserving of every praise it has garnered.
Cowboy bebop was and is a turning point for anime. It showed that you can put tremendous amounts of effort into the soundtrack, and also that it could be a serious and professional work of music. Especially being broadcasted during the turn of the century, it wrapped all of the decades in a cute and spunky package. It captured everything from the 20’s to the 50’s in an original and authentic way. It signalled the beginning of a progressive and serious take on anime. Whether you watch it for the fighting scenes or the spike’s philosophical ideas on time, this show will offer you something, anything, that no other anime can. Are you living in the real world? Can you really ever let go of the past? That’s for you to decide.
Cowboy Bebop is a phenomenon, it set the bar for anime in the west, beloved by multiple generations of fans, it made us appreciate the storytelling Japan could do when most licensed anime was aimed at kids. It’s the one anime tha It’s the one story you appreciate when you’re older. non anime fans love and It’s aged very well and coming from the studio that animated The New Batman Adventures, you get to see what they can do with thier animation style and Japanese storytelling, and to thin this was originally supposed to be an anime to sell spaceship toys!
Now it is the Space Western that took us to the stars.
See you space cowboy!
Store On Anime Online
What can I say about Cowboy Bebop that hasn’t been said already? It’s got amazing characters, animation and great dubs on both Sides. While the story takes a while to gather up steam, and the soundtrack isn’t perfect, Cowboy Bebop is one of THE essential anime to watch, whether you’re interested in the space genre or not.
Cowboy Bebop is easily one of the best animes I have ever seen. I would like to see one person who has watched the entire Cowboy Bebop series and not say it is great! Such a person does not exist, because when you create an anime on such a scale of brilliance it will be popular to ay sorts of viewers. Cowboy Bebop is a anime where is has a strong theme that stems from america in the 1950s, yet the anime is set in the 2050s!. To have such a perfect match is amazing, each episode is one small story that is perfectly wrapped up at the end with all questions asked. All the characters backstorys are explored fully and brilliantly which is a sign of great character development. Only in the major central plot lines of the anime does it prove its “legendary status” incluing Spike and his backstory. Most people question the ending, do not even utter the ending of Cowboy Bebop in case of spoilers in the comments. However the ending perfectly rounds off the end of one of japans finest animes to date.
Tam And Eggs
If you’re into Star Wars, Star Trek, or anything that is Sci-fi, I personally recommend Cowboy Bebop, especially if you are about to try Anime for the first time. It is definitely a classic. It doesn’t really contain any interesting outlandish galactic uniforms or lightsabers, but these characters all have interesting stories to tell.
If you haven’t heard of this series before, it’s Cowboy Bebop. GO WATCH IT.
If you have heard of this series before, GO WATCH IT.
No description or review is needed. You’ll only be wasting your time if you dislike episodic-styled shows, western-scifi, or good things.
J And J Productions
While not entirely perfect, Cowboy Bebop is the type of series that is far too important and influential not to watch if you are an anime fan. Seriously, if you watch one classic anime in your lifetime, Cowboy Bebop should be your first pick. As much as I enjoyed Evangelion, it is not for everyone, but Bebop most certainly is for everyone. There has to be at least one episode that you will enjoy due to the sheer variety that the series contains. For non-anime fans, Cowboy Bebop is not a bad place to start, since it was my second anime series, and while, at the time, I found some of it weird and occasionally off-putting, when Bebop is at its best, few shows can top it. In short, go watch Cowboy Bebop!
Hash Tag Nerd Swag
This series is definitely a classic, hands down. If you’ve been a anime fan, I’m sure you have already heard of Cowboy Bebop. Each character in this story gets his own episode or two dedicated to their history which all comes together by the end of the series. For Spike its a final fight scene with an old friend from his Red Dragon Syndicate days, Jet meets a female he was once in love with and gets closure, Faye is shown to be a product of cryonics and her body being woken up in the future for thefuturistic medicine and how she handles her transition, while Ed meets his father no one thought he had. All these things are very acceptable to the viewer and doesn’t seem too far fetched. If you are looking for a anime to get into, or you are trying to enter the world of anime, this is the series you want to start with.
The Anime Review
Cowboy Bebop is easily in my list of “best anime ever”. If you like anime, you should see it. Period. Normally, I use my final paragraph to sum it all up, but that says it all. You should see it.
Cowboy Bebop is a lot of things, but the one thing that it really stands out as is a great anime that set the bar for many to come. There is a reason we don’t see a lot of space westerns anymore, and the high standard that Cowboy Bebop and some of the other animus made in the late 1990’s set for the future.
If for some reason you haven’t seen this series, I can only say that you need to spend some time and give it a try. I believe you will walk away form it with a better understanding of how a great series should be made and also how music can play a big role in the overall feel of a story. Also, if you like Cowboy Bebop you really need to see Kids on the Slope, you will be pleased in what you discover.
It only took one viewing to show me why Cowboy Bebop is not only so beloved but has also managed to stand the test of time for so long. This anime really is an experience worthy of any fan and is one you should take the time to watch once. No matter what genres you may or may not like, no matter if you don’t like Watanabe’s other work. While not perfect, it is a masterpiece that I’m glad I finally sat down to watch and one I hope will continue to be fondly remembered many, many years in the future.
Never before or since have I seen a series of such astonishing variety, intelligence and style. Ten out of ten.
Digital Fox Media
With only 26 episodes in the whole show, I cannot implore someone enough to watch ‘Cowboy Bebop’. It definitely won’t be the most conventional series you have ever seen, and come say that it starts off a little slow (be patient!), however I guarantee a memorable, enjoyable and great time when watching this anime. If I’m wrong, I’ll pay you a hefty reward of 1 Million Woolongs.
The best description I ever read of this series was that it was the embodiment of the Blues, the laidback, cool, occasionally comical, but ultimately sad style of jazz. Completely compelling, blessed with both style and substance, and with an identity all of its own, Cowboy Bebop is as close to perfection as any anime can claim to be.
Cowboy Bebop is one of the coolest anime ever made. It can even easily entertain people who are not into anime. Cowboy Bebop can easily be defined as a masterpiece as it is something that reaches directly to your heart. It has achieved something great in just 26 episodes that many anime struggle to even touch in hundreds of episodes. From start till the end, Cowboy Bebop is a crazy ride with a very refined story and even more refined characters. Like many other anime from the 90s, cowboy bebop also left a mark on history of anime and shaped many shows that came after it. From episode 1 to episode 26, it was pure perfection with a good touch of balanced humor. I enjoyed it a lot, and I believe I will enjoy it again when I re-watch it after a few weeks.
Almost every single episode is very fun and classy in it’s own way circling around great protagonist and a certain antagonist that your gonna’ just love to hate <3
If you haven’t seen all of this and you call yourself an anime-fan/ or otaku, wtf you need to watch this NOW.
Cowboy Bebop to me represents what one can achieve when a masterful storyteller is allowed to tell their own story with full trust from those around them. If you’ve never watched this show definitely check it out.
To close off, this show also had truly excellent visuals. Especially the art direction and the designs of this series are very likely to be the best of its time: every single frame is filled with all kinds of imaginative stuff and junk in the background. The architecture is exquisite and every single design just blooms with ideas and creativity. I can point out quite a number series that may have had better action than this series, or less still frames. I can however think of only a few other series that had more visual ideas than this one.
While there are only a few recurring characters outside of the main cast, each is fleshed out fairly well. Those that only show up for a single episode are generally quite memorable, whether it is because they are a hardened freight runner, an overweight mushroom salesman, or a goofball cowboy caricature. Still, the heart of the story belongs with the five main characters, and the creators of Cowboy Bebop should be commended for creating such a perfect group – especially since one of them only ever barks. Whether it is an action fix you’re after or a well-scripted story, Cowboy Bebop should satisfy both.
While not particularly packed with anything new Cowboy Bebop fans won’t already know of in special features, Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series is a worthy buy if you can find the Blu-Ray version for a good price. Cited by many as one of the greatest anime series of all time, if you’ve never seen Cowboy Bebop and are looking to add this set to your collection or if you’re simply a collector of sets from your favorite anime series, then I suppose that too justifies the purchase.
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All in all Cowboy Bebop is an anime that’s in the top tier on the greatness scale, and a show I believe every anime fan should give a try.
Am I biased? Yes, yes I am. Because Cowboy Bebop is one of the only anime’s made in the later half of the 90’s that reached world wide critical acclaim. I believe one of the main reasons CB was such a hit was because it appeals to such a wide audience. Seriously. There could be any number of reasons for you to like the show…and they would all be acceptable.Let me ask, is it because of Steve Blum’s voice? A voice that will make any man question his gender and undresses the ladies with just the sound. Or is it because of the characters and their dynamic relationships with each other? Or, maybe it’s because of the way each episode flows along, as if it were a part of one big jazz album and each episode is just the next track. All are acceptable. You will receive much respect and many-a-head-nod from all kinds of anime folk; if you own any type of merch’ from this cult powerhouse.
Cowboy Bebop’s complex characters and music dedication has set a bar few anime have been able to challenge. Serving up laughs, sighs, and the occasional cry, Cowboy Bebop is an emotional journey in gunslingers clothing. When you’ve caught up on all the latest simulcasts, rewind to 1998 and discover how episodic storytelling should be done.
If you like animation, cyberpunk or crime thrillers this is certainly an easily accessible classic. Maybe you might even like the melodrama! I didn’t, but I prefer the episodes dealing with disability philosophy and gun battles. What can I say? I’m a rare breed. Sci-fi and anime action geeks won’t be disappointed!
The Geek Clinic
When Cowboy Bebop first aired it would have made major waves, so I have no trouble understanding why viewers still look back on it fondly. The animation and characters have stood the test of time excellently and just about every other aspect of the show could stand up to newer counterparts without shame. Unfortunately, the series as a whole lacks the cohesion granted by overarching plotlines that is needed to really shine and make itself memorable in the current day, and its meagre attempts at cultivating that are more detrimental than enjoyable. Still, if you like more gritty and relatively serious anime then Cowboy Bebop is well worth a try. After all, it’s a classic for a reason.